Ton romp to victory with one-goal win
Published: 9 Jul 2012 12:300 comments
The low-key encounter, played on an astro-turf pitch in front of a respectable crowd, including a sizeable contingent of Ton fans, was settled by a thumping Martin Hardie header in the 17th minute.
After experimenting with a 4-3-3 formation in the first half of last Tuesday's meeting with Rapid Bucharest, Allan Moore set his team out in a tried and tested 4-4-2.
Derek Gaston continued in goal, where he was protected by a back four of Willie Dyer, trialists Scott Taggart and Polako, and youth-team graduate Euan Blair. In midfield, trialists Hardie and Ross Forbes played in the centre, with David Graham and Declan McDaid either side of them, while Lewis Hawke partnered Archie Campbell up front.
There were some familiar faces in the Albion Rovers side. Former Morton under-19s player Gary Phillips came on at left midfield and ex-Ton goalkeepers Ryan McWilliams and Matt McGinlay were given a half each.
After a slow start in which the Coatbridge side settled quicker, McWilliams was eventually called into action in the 12th minute. Hawke won a free-kick 25 yards from goal, which Hardie curled over the wall, forcing the keeper to spring full length to his right to touch the ball around the post.