Talbot progressed to the knock out stages of the West League Cup with a solid win over Hurlford United. With Craig McCracken injured and Ross Harvey working Gareth Armstrong was moved to a sweeper roll alongside Neil McPherson. Their was a first start for Sean McIlroy while David Waite was given the nod in the centre of the park.
Talbot showed their intentions when Kemp shot narrowly past the post, but it was Andy Leishman who was the early saviour when he saved at the feet of Robertson after the big striker pounced on a Lyle passback. Sean McIlroy was to open the scoring on 19 minutes when Glasgow caused havoc in the visitors box and when the ball was partially cleared the big striker gathered the ball six yards out and slid the ball past the keeper. Hurlford equalised a minute later when a speculative ball upfield took a wicked deflection off Pope and landed at the feet of Watt who passed the ball into the net well away from Leishman.
Talbot retained their lead on 34 minutes when Pope curled a superb ball into the box where the unmarked Dwayne Hyslop headed into the net.
The second half was void of any clear cut chances except a Robertson header that Leishman briliantly saved. With Hurlford pushing forward for another goal the Talbot defence stood firm, and nearly extended their lead when Graham Wilson forced the keeper into a decent stop.
|August 1, 2018