[media-credit name=”Pic: Robert Burns” align=”alignleft” width=”300″][/media-credit]Arthurlie resplendent in their new strip sponsored by local company COMPASS Cars started off with all guns blazing, when Pollok were awarded a corner at the railway end they decided to take it short and Coalen McAleer nipped in and pinched the ball before racing off up field. Getting himself the full length of the park McAleer cut inside Tony Fraser before sending over a pin point cross that saw Steven Dallas rise between Ross Dunlop and Stuart Mills to plant a downward header past the helpless Steven O’Neill and open the scoring.
Three minutes later it was two, a long ball from the halfway line was met by Ryan McGregor who flicked the ball on to Dallas who was hovering at the back post and to double his and Arthurlie’s tally.
Pollok’s first attempt of the game wasn’t until eighteen minutes when Carlo Monti tried an adventurous effort from distance that Graeme Shepherd took with ease.
Just after the twenty-five minute mark Paul Stewart raced onto a McGregor through ball and clashed with O’Neil who had raced from his area but when the ball broke to Dallas the hit man couldn’t find the target.
The ball was cleared and immediately the action was at the other end as Ross Hepburn saw his effort cleared off the line then Monti tried a cheeky lob from the clearance that went just wide.
Three minutes after the half hour Dallas and Stewart combined again with the latter hitting a sweet shot that brought a great save from O’Neill.
With the first half almost over Pollok were awarded a free kick that Monti took, his effort took a wicked deflection off the wall but Shepherd managed to change direction and turn the ball out for a corner, from the resulting kick the ball broke to Hepburn but he couldn’t find the target with his effort.
The second half started with Arthurlie going further ahead, three minutes in and a deep cross from the right was flicked on by Sandy Hodge, Paul Lovering and O’Neill seemed to leave the ball for each other and McAleer got in before them to prod the ball home.
Three nil ahead at home after forty-seven minutes, surely game over? Well you would have thought so but for some unknown reason Pollok took total control of the game from this point as Arthurlie for all their efforts were left chasing shadows.
After fifty-five minutes Hepburn out jumped trialist at the back post to give the travelling support a glimmer of hope and two minutes later they were right back in the mix.
Lovering gathered the ball inside his own box and fed Kevin McBride who played the ball to Fraser on the halfway line, Fraser looked up and sent a hopeful ball down the left-wing channel, Shepherd raced from his line as Robert Walker ran to cover and a mix up in communication between the pair saw Monti ghost in between them before chipping the ball home from an acute angle.
A minute later Monti showed his bad side as rather than release players around him decided to go alone but earned his side a corner. Monti took and Steven Reilly rose above a static home defense to bullet a header past Shepard and level the game.
After conceding three goals in a six-minute burst the home side were on the ropes as they couldn’t get on the ball, on twenty minutes things got worse, a long clearance saw an Arthurlie defender head the ball across his own area where Willie Sawyer’s gathered and after holding off Walker he spun the center back before firing low into the net.
Substitute Ryan Deas had Arthurlie’s only real effort of the second half but O’Neill blocked with his feet and on thirty-six minutes Pollok complete their comeback, the ball was played into the box to Sawyers who took on Dallas as he tried to get to the bye line and Dallas made what can only be described as a forwards challenge and felled the ex-Renfrew man.
Monti stepped up and calmly slotted the ball low to Shepherds left to complete and amazing comeback for the Glasgow side.
It’s still early days for both sides who look good going forward but vulnerable at the back, things will improve for Arthurlie as the new players gel and others return from holidays but it’s very disappointing to lose five goals at home especially against your