Jan 17 2013 by David Bell, Hamilton Advertiser
Shotts Bon Accord boss Tony McInally said it had been long time coming as his side finally turned possession into points by thumping second-top Clydebank 3-0.
The timing of Shotts’ first Super Premier League win of the season could hardly have been better timed as the Emirates Scottish Cup holders prepare to take on Benburb in the fourth round at Hannah Park in a bid to reach the last 16.
Manager Tony McInally said: “This breakthrough has been coming for a while – we have been playing well and are unbeaten in three months.
“We scored three against Cumnock before losing a stoppage-time equaliser and at Pollok had two goals chalked off.
“But we thoroughly deserved the win at Clydebank and I’m delighted for my players.”
Shotts started the scoring when skipper Paul Finnegan sent Allan MacKenzie through on goal and when he was pulled down inside the box, Tom Hanlon scored from the spot.
The second goal came from a good move with MacKenzie laying on a pass for Mark Sideserf to volley into the net from 25 yards, then collected an Andy Scott pass before firing in the clinching third goal.
McInally added: “We will take this boost into the cup tie. We had Benburb watched for the second time in their 4-4 draw with Bellshill, so we have a fair idea of how they will line up.
“We’re proud to be the holders defending the trophy, and we intend to do justice to that role on Saturday.”
Central defender Chris Walker is back in contention but the tie probably comes a week too soon for attacking left-back Graham Goodall, who was injured in training.
Thorniewood United bounced back from last week’s Scottish Cup defeat to beat Whitletts Vics 4-2 in the clash of the Super League First Division tail-enders in Ayr.
Twice they came from behind to go in 2-2 at the break, thanks to a 25-yard screamer from Matt Bennett and a back-post header from Chris Queen.
As United began to move on top Mark Duffy then bagged a brace with a powerful volley into the top corner and a 20-yard drive that took a mild deflection on its way in.
Manager Kieran McGuinness said: “It was a very impressive performance but the scoreline could have been more impressive.”
United have now opened up an eight-point gap over Whitletts.