Fighting Thorniewood struggling to beat the drop

Richard McIntosh's superb chip puts Shettleston 2-0 up against Thorniewood at Robertson Park last Wednesday night. (pic by Drew Russell)
Richard McIntosh's superb chip puts Shettleston 2-0 up against Thorniewood at Robertson Park last Wednesday night. (pic by Drew Russell)

A second half fightback wasn’t enough to prevent struggling Thorniewood going down to Super League First Division leaders Pollok on Wednesday night.

The Viewpark side were trailing 4-0 to the Glasgow giants at half-time but came storming back in the second half to reduce the deficit to 4-3.

However Pollok then scored a fifth to take the points and leave United with a mountain to climb if ther are to beat the the drop.

Thorniewood had earlier produced their most encouraging performance in some time as they drew 2-2 away to Kilsyth Rangers on Monday night.

But it could be too little too late after their dwindling Super League First Division survival hopes suffered with two 3-0 home defeats in four days last week.

Both sides had chances in the first half at Kilsyth - Alan Fleming and Chris Lennon coming close for the visitors - but the game remained goalless at the break.

However Thorniewood took the lead eight minutes after the restart when CHRIS LENNON drilled the ball home from the penalty spot after Stefan Law had been fouled.

United’s joy was short lived however as Kilsyth levelled a minute later, ANDREONI latching onto a loose Craig Forbes pass to send a sensational 25-yarder into the top corner.

Thorniewood regained the lead in the 66th minute, JACK GETTY getting the final touch from 14 yards as his shot beat Smith and found the bottom corner.

Former United striker Mark Duffy then fired wide in the 74th minute before having a hand in his side’s equaliser when he cut the ball back for ANDREONI to score with a speculative lob.

Duffy, having been on the pitch for 10 minutes then received a straight red card for an off-the-ball incident but Thorniewood couldn’t take advantage of the extra man.

Thorniewood were no match for Shettleston at Robertson Park last Wednesday night as the Glasgow side ran out comfortable 3-0 winners.

The visitors took the lead through an own goal after 19 minutes and added a second seven minutes before the break when RICHARD McINTOSH netted with a superb chip.

United were unable to make any inroads in the second period and a CHRISTOPHER McCORMACK goal completed the scoring.

It was a similar story when Thorniewood took on third-placed Cumbernauld United at Robertson Park on Saturday.

The visitors who took a 14th minute lead when a long ball came off the top of Davie Hamilton’s head and GARY CARROLL strode forward to fire low past Chris Fitzpatrick.

The home side were made to pay for missed chances when, in first-half stoppage time, a free-kick on the edge of the box was despatched into the bottom corner by GAVIN MACKIE.

After the break Thorniewood struggled to find form and their fate was sealed in the 77th minute when MACKIE fired home a well hit penalty.