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Hurlford United v Renfrew - 20 April

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Kevin Knapp at Blair Park


Hurlford Utd 1 Renfrew 0

scorer: Marc McKenzie (12 minutes)



Hurlford Utd:

Murchie, Hodge, Lidington, McKillen, C. Robertson, Fisher, P. McKenzie, L.

Caddis, M. McKenzie, Hilton, Morrison

subs: R. Robertson, Watt, R. Caddis, Reilly, Whittaker



Burgess, Wylie, O'Keefe, Allans, Campbell, Benton, Maxwell, Borris, Morton, McKenna, McIntosh

subs: McGillon, Ross, Dallas, Innes, Barbour


Referee: Paul Timmons


After goals from the twin nicknamed "Jinky" duo of Lewis Morrison and James Hilton ground out hard 2-1 victory for Hurlford Utd in their last ever match at Abbey Park last Wednesday night Hurlford United faced a  Renfrew side that they had put to the sword only ten days previous at New Western Park.

In that match Hurlford were 3 goals to the good within the first half hour.

A fourth goal was to follow in the second half for Liam Caddis to complete his hatrick.

With the visitors fighting for their Super Premier league survival there was no way this match would end so convincingly.

And that proved to be the case as a solitary Marc McKenzie strike after 12 minutes was to be the only goal of the game.

Hurlford boss Darren Henderson made 2 changes to his starting line up from that tense affair at Kilwinning.

Chris Murchie replaced Ally Brown in goals and Ross Robertson had to make do with a place on the bench as Paul McKenzie started.

Renfrew looked lively in the opening period and forced a corner after 11 minutes. Thankfully for the home side Chris Robertson was on hand to clear any danger. Shortly after that the ball broke to Morrison who was in turn upended by Renfrew full back Gregor Wylie. With the home support as well as the bench on their feet screaming for the free kick referee Paul Timmons allowed play to continue (an advantage that was to prove crucial) as the ball broke to Marc McKenzie who made no mistake from the edge of the area.

Neither team settled into the game as both required the points albeit for different reasons.

Hurlford's best move of the half came five minutes before the break as Liam Caddis skipped past 4 defenders only to see his left foot effort tipped away by Dale Burgess in the Renfrew goal.

The games most controversial moment came as the clock was ticking towards the hour mark. Liam Caddis collected the ball on the near touch line before cutting in and strode towards goal. Centre back Bob Campbell hauled Caddis down resulting in a free kick to Hurlford. Campbell then appearing to stamp on the still grounded Hurlford playmaker with referee Timmons only yards away.

Astonishingly Campbell remained on the pitch and received only a yellow card for his actions.

Hurlford keeper Murchie was forced into action shortly after as he tipped a goal bound header from Scott Morton over the bar although the linesmans flag was already up for offside. But the best from man of the match Murchie was yet to come.

With ten minutes remaining a 30 yard thunderbolt free kick from diminutive substitute Craig Dallas looked goalbound all the way.  Murchie was at full stretch to turn his effort around the post. A save that may prove crucial in the weeks ahead.

Hurlford are again on their travels tonight (Wednesday) as they head to already relegated Petershill. Kick off is 6:45pm


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