Derby Day Match Report
Gartcairn 3 -0 Bellshill
Cairn took on Bellshill today with Cairn sitting 2nd in the league and there opposition Promotion contenders 4 points behind.
Davy Greig was without the fire power of Liam McGuigan and Arbuckle who once again failed a pre match fitness test.
After coming off the Bench in the Lanark game to score skipper Kevin Ross was handed a starting berth with his centre back partner Amos being dropped to the bench.
The Cairn support were also delighted to see a starting spot for the versatile Ryan Oddonnell with the young pretender Leslie being dropped to the bench alongside the injury returning Van Nuill and Meechan.
The first half was a relatively stuffy affair with both sides testing each other out in a midfield battle that the experienced Tait, OD Bowie , Mcewan and Mcleneghan came out on top.
Bellshill were hitting pot shots from in and around the box but Johnny Robertson was never tested in the first half.
Cairn had 2 real chances that both fell to Donnelly and he stung the hands of the keeper with one and really tested him with another but failed to add to his impressive tally.
Greig made one change at HT with Tait coming off after being unable to shake a calf knock being replaced by the dropped Leslie.
Cairn exploded out of the Traps with a great through ball from Williams into the path of Mcewan who caught the Bellshill left back napping rounding him before despatching his chance with style.
1-0 Cairn 46 min.
Cairn were now in the front foot and in confident mood taking the play by the scruff of the neck with great forward runs by Williams on the Right and Bowie on the left.
Frustration took its part in the 58th Minute when frustrated by the play of Bowie on the left side the Bellshill player went head to head with Bowie and then lifted his hands leaving the Referee no option but to give him his marching orders.
With Bellshill down to 10 men it was all Cairn and Skipper Kev Ross was unlucky not to get successive goals with a header going just past on 60mins.
Leslie who had a point to prove after being benched showed his metal in the middle of the park and did what we should see more of when he drew his laces through the ball 20 odd yards out sending the ball low and beyond the Bellshill keeper.
2-0 Cairn 67 mins
It would soon be 3 when Star Man Bowie spun inside the box riffling his shot high into the roof of the net to finish the match.
3-0 Cairn 79 mins.
The reminder of the game was seen out and with other results going the way of Gartcairn they ended the day with the 3 points and top of the League.
FT 3-0 Cairn
Walkers Bon Bon MOM Scott Mcewan
There is no game next Saturday due to the international break.
Cairns next match is away to Johnstoneburgh on the 21st of October.