Oct 24 2012 By Andrew Weston
Newmains United went down to a 3-0 defeat at Super Premier Petershill in their Emirates Cup second round clash on Saturday. First half strikes from Paul Woods and Richie Burke put Peasy on their way before Sean McKenna’s last minute strike made it 3-0.
United gaffer Ian Rankin said: “We started slowly in the game and to be honest Petershill had a number of chances in the first half and deservedly went in ahead at the break.
“But we did better in the second half and Gary Preston missed a great chance with 15 minutes to go which would have made it 2-1.
“Who knows what would have happened if that had gone in.
“It was disappointing when they scored a third late on because I think 2-0 would have been a fair reflection.”
United go on the road to Vale of Clyde on Central Two league duty this weekend with Rankin hopeful they can pick up points and move further away from the bottom.
He added: “This is a rare opportunity for us to push on up towards midtable and we are in good form just now and confident.
“It’s never easy taking on the Glasgow sides especially away from home.
“They always make it tough for us but if the boys continued showing the desire and effort that has been on display this season I reckon we might be able to sneak a result.”
Midfielder Steve Barker is set for a spell on the sidelines after fracturing his foot.