Match report by Christopher Dodds
Pollok’s Sectional Cup campaign hit a snag on Monday night, after drawing with Shettleston and missing out on the bonus point in the penalty shootout at Greenfield Park in a stuttering performance. Lok dominated the first half, bossing possession and the tempo of the game and took the lead midway through the half through new signing Danny Boyle. After scoring on Saturday, he again rose highest to a Ewan McNeil free kick from the right hand side of the area to head home into the bottom left corner.
Shettleston equalised midway through the second half through Kevin Corr who capitalised on an error by Mohammed Niang and Ross Brash. Niang misplaced his pass which went straight to the Shettleston midfielder, who passed it out wide to the left, and the winger drove on past McNeil and played it through for Corr, who let it run past him and used young Tony Coutts as a shield to hide his shot into the bottom left corner beyond Longmuir.
Sub David Gormley then had the best chance for the Lok to regain the lead, hitting a fine strike from 30 yards beating the keeper but rattling the crossbar and bouncing back off the line, much to the relief of the Shettleston keeper, and the despair of Gormley.
With the game headed to penalties, Lok missed their second and fifth penalty with Sideserf shooting high and left, with Shettleston goalie Mclean being equal too it and ‘Piño’ Dachnowicz being too complacent and letting the keeper read his body and dive the right way to save his penalty comfortably.
This left it to Taylor King, Shettleston’s youngest ever player, to confidently slot it past Longmuir into the bottom left corner to win his side the bonus point.
After the evening’s results, Pollok’s section saw Rossvale on top, Lok second, Shettleston third and Maryhill fourth meaning the winner of Pollok v Rossvale on Wednesday goes through unless there is a large goal swing in Shettleston’s favour in their game against Maryhill.