Jul 4 2008 by Our Correspondent, Stirling Observer Friday
KILLEARN maintained their position in the title race on Saturday when they joined the small number of visiting sides to have taken full points at Thornhill this season.
The reigning champions were without regular keeper Stuart Ashworth and his deputy Colin Banks. In their absence the gloves were given to utility man Chris Jewell and early on Chris had no more than a passing interest in fierce shots from Thornhill's Andy Bailey and Gareth Killen. Fortunately for him and Killearn, both came back off the bar. The first goal of the match went to Killearn when Alan More scored the opener from the penalty spot.
More added a second goal before David Lamont brought Thornhill back into contention. At 2-1 goals might have come at either end but once again it was Killearn who scored when More logged another hat-trick. Thornhill cut the deficit to a single goal when Scott Stevenson scored. From then on it continued to be end-to-end, with Thornhill having more pressure but no goals.
Killearn now have 30 points from 11 games and are 10 points behind Blanefield, who have 40 points but have played 15 games.
ABERFOYLE showed little regard for the relative positions of the contestants and never went behind.
The visitors started off well enough but over-elaboration in midfield and little punch up front proved their undoing. RobRoy went ahead ten minutes before half-time, adding a second seven minutes after the restart. Balfron staged a revival which saw them score twice through Kevin Meggat in 59 minutes and Ewan Sneddon three minutes later.
Back on level terms, they dropped back into their earlier ineffective game and two late goals gave Aberfoyle a deserved win.
HAVING lost their undefeated record to Killearn, Blanefield got back on the winning trail.
They got away to a good start with a goal from Mark Linning after only five minutes but this new Fintry side does not lack self-belief and Jonny McAdam netted their equaliser from the penalty spot. Cameron Anderson followed that up and scored to put Fintry ahead.
On the half-hour Drew Lowrie pulled the league leaders level with the second penalty of the match then Fintry had a disastrous five minutes leading up to the break, when Adam Hopes, Jimmy McNeill and Drew Lowrie all scored to give Thistle a 5-2 lead.
In the second half Blanefield added four more to their total through Adam Hopes, Mark Linning, Derek McAuslane and Colin Hannah.
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DRYMEN got back to winning ways on Saturday, coming from behind to do so.
David Bailey gave Rob Roy the lead before Ruaraidh Nicholson brought Drymen level with a great solo goal. David McDonald then provided the opening for Lewis McGregor to put Drymen in front, the scorer later turning provider to set Ralph Carston up for Drymen's third goal. Colin McDonald laid on a chance for David Cowan to grab his first goal of the season but Aberfoyle had the last word when Colin Campbell drove in a 30-yard effort.
June 25: Aberfoyle Rob Roy 4, Balfron Rovers 2; Drymen Utd 1, Blanefield Thistle 3; Gargunnock 2, Deanston 3.
Saturday: Aberfoyle Rob Roy 2, Drymen Utd 4; Blanefield Thistle 9, Fintry 2; Deanston 3, Gartocharn 3; Thornhill 2, Killearn 3; Balfron Rovers v Kippen and Buchlyvie Utd v Gargunnock postponed.
Saturday, 7pm: Aberfoyle Rob Roy v Killearn, Blanefield Thistle v Balfron Rovers, Buchlyvie Utd v Kippen, Drymen Utd v Deanston, Gartocharn v Fintry,Thornhill v Gargunnock.
Tuesday, 7.30pm: Balfron Rovers v Thornhill, Buchlyvie Utd v Blanefield Thistle, Fintry v Aberfoyle Rob Roy, Gargunnock v Gartocharn, Killearn v Drymen Utd, Kippen v Deanston.