Jun 22 2012 by Jean Pedder, Stirling Observer Friday
AFTER struggling for a number of weeks to find players to fulfil their matches Thornhill have decided to withdraw from the remainder of this season's fixtures.
Their players have been released so that they can find other clubs.
Since Thornhill withdrew at the end of the first half of the season, their unplayed league matches up to that point will be regarded as 3-0 wins for their opponents and their fixtures for the rest of the season disregarded.
BALFRON ROVERS 1
BLANEFIELD THISTLE 3
IN SUNDAY'S Margaret White Cup semi-final at Fintry Balfron had much more of the ball but found themselves three down after not much more than half an hour.
In Thistle's first attack after 10 minutes Mark Linning stuck the ball in front of Jamie Pace, who immediately stuck it in the net.
Balfron spent the next 20 minutes in the Blanefield half without seriously threatening to score. On the half-hour Jamie Pace struck again and signs of panic started to appear before a Rovers defender lashed the ball past Stevie Day for Thistle's third goal. Cammy Rubython made the scoreline a bit better in the last minute of the half when he scored from close in.
Alec Hailstones’ header hit the bar and David Reid curled a free kick against a post.
Midway through the second half the score was unchanged when a Thistle player was brought down in one of their infrequent attacks. Balfron's Stevie Day pulled off a great save from Drew Lowrie's spot kick but even that failed to inspire his mates.
THE semi-final at Balfron was a very close match, with Gartocharn having to come from behind twice to book a final place.
Deanston were always threatening and pounced on a bit of slack defending to grab the lead just before half time.
In the second half Gartocharn created more chances and when Dougie picked up the ball just inside the Deanston half he set off on a run, beating half of the Deanston defence before placing the ball in the corner of the net.
Poor defending let Deanston back into the match to take a 2-1 lead. Gartocharn battled back and a free kick by Graeme McKenzie from the halfway line eluded everyone, keeper included, to level the scores.
Extra time looked likely but with five minutes left good wing play from Gregor Mitchell and Richard Davidson freed Dougie Wilson. His low cross was hammered home byAndy Slowik to give his side a 3-2 lead and this time there was no way back for Deanston.
DRYMEN UNITED 3
IN the only league match played at the weekend Fintry, short of five regulars, were within five minutes of producing the shock of the season.
After 85 minutes goals from Calum McLaren and Drew MacDonald had given them a 2-1 lead over third-placed Drymen. Their youngsters pushed forward for glory and the home side took full advantage when Ian Strachan and Craig Cowan both scored to take full points in a match which had seemed well beyond them.
DRYMEN UNITED 1
ON TUESDAY this local derby was played with the usual passion and commitment from both sides.
After 30 minutes Ian Muir gave Gartocharn the lead when he scored from a Robert Muir corner. Gartocharn went further ahead when Dougie Wilson ran through the Drymen defence to score after 41 minutes.
In the second half Drymen come back into the game but were thwarted by resolute defence from Gartocharn.
On the hour mark a long clearance by Robert Muir into the Drymen box was flicked over the keeper's head by Gary More and it looked like being the visitors' night. Drymen refused to give up and pulled one back. Their pressure was not turned into goals and in the last minute Gartocharn's Chris Poole was brought down in the box and Robert Muir drove home the penalty.
BLANEFIELD THISTLE 2
BALFRON ROVERS 0
FOR Tuesday's league match at Blanefield Balfron were without five of Sunday's team but made a good start.
As on Sunday, they were unable to cash in on the fact that most of the game was in their opponents' half and the only goal in the first period was scored by Jamie Pace eight minutes before the break.
The second half was similar, Balfron doing much of the attacking and Thistle doing the scoring – a 66th minute goal by Jamie Pace.
BUCHLYVIE UTD 1
BUCHLYVIE'S youngsters were no match for a steadily improving side who emerged winners as easily as the scoreline suggests.
ABERFOYLE ROB ROY 5
A COUPLE of weeks' rest and a couple of new signings appear to have worked wonders for the Rob Roy, who turned in their best performance of the year.
FINTRY made a poor start and, although their second-half performance was better, they were still a distant second.
Saturday, 7pm: League – Aberfoyle Rob Roy v Drymen Utd, Deanston v Blanefield Thistle, Kippen v Gartocharn. Balfron Rovers v Gargunnock and Fintry v Killearn are postponed.
Tuesday, 7.30pm: Blanefield Thistle v Gartocharn, Buchlyvie Utd v Gargunnock, Drymen Utd v Killearn, Fintry v Balfron Rovers; Kippen v Aberfoyle Rob Roy.