Newtongrange exit Cup as home fans aim missiles

Nitten's Kris Renton was sent off
Nitten's Kris Renton was sent off
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Newtongrange Star were sent crashing out of the Scottish Junior Cup in a bad-tempered match played in an unsavoury atmosphere.

Many home supporters were allowed into the ground to consume alcohol and proceeded to aim obscene chants at players and throw missiles. Despite this, no attempts were made to eject these fans.

As for the match itself, the game was won by Shettleston with two second-half goals as they stepped up a gear to secure a quarter-final clash at home to Ayrshire giants Auchinleck Talbot.

They made a significant substitution at half-time taking winger Paul Martin off and replacing him with big bustling Scott Anson through the middle. He made a telling presence on the pitch scoring the opener and causing havoc in the Star defence.

On the hour-mark Shettleston winger Robert Campbell made a terrific run down the left wing before crossing low for Anson to stroke the ball home from six yards. Soon after, Kris Renton was harshly given a straight red card for a challenge on Kenny Marshall.

Star’s Craig Thomson crashed a 40-yard piledriver off the bar but Shettleston settled the game as central defender Reece McGillon headed home a corner from Marshall in the 73rd minute.

Star boss Alan Miller said: “We were in control all the first half and the players seemed to relax and run the game out. It was only after we went behind that we had some urgency in our game. We didn’t do enough though to win the game.”

Shettleston: Halliwell, Dickson, Juskowiak, Boyle, McGillon, Marshall, Martin, McCormack, McRobbie, McIntosh, Campbell. Subs: Anson, C Boyle, McArthur, Hutchison, Robertson.

Newtongrange Star: Ke Renton, McManus, Delland, Tolmie, Dunn, Thomson, Jamieson, Cherrie, Kr Renton, C King, M King. Subs: Cropley, Wilson, Noble, Gillon, Amos.