JUNIORS Feast of Steven is key to rout of champs Peasy Glad all over as they surge to the Super summit

PETERSHILL blew away reigning West Region champions Irvine Meadow with a wonder show at Meadow Park on Saturday.

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Stephen McGladrigan accepts the acclaim of the Petershill management after a magnificent first strike
Stephen McGladrigan accepts the acclaim of the Petershill management after a magnificent first strike

The Springburn side were unstoppable as they stormed to a resounding and fully merited 4-1 victory that puts them three points clear of Auchinleck Talbot at the top of the Super Premier Division.

Not unsurprisingly, Ryan Jordan and his mates were in high spirits as they prepared to embark on their Christmas night out to Newcastle. The broadest smile belonged to striker Stephen McGladrigan whose mobility, bravery and clinical finishing supplied the fizz to a sparkling Peasy performance.

The 27-year-old said: "Hopefully today's result will help put to bed talk we are defensive-minded, because 14 goals in our last three games has to be good shooting.

"Today was pleasing because I want to be scoring goals, but in fairness my job is made easy by the set-up work of Liam Finnigan, Paul Woods, Stevie O'Keane and Richie Burke."

McGladrigan set the ball rolling with a contender for junior goal of the season with just 24 minutes on the clock.

An Irvine Meadow corner, headed clear by inspirational skipper Jordan, saw Petershill spring forward with pace and numbers. O'Keane, Woods and McGladrigan exchanged a series of short passes, leading to 'Glad' stepping inside a despairing Zander Ryan tackle to clip the ball beyond goalkeeper Michael Wardrope.

Injuries saw Gareth Turner and Neil McGowan limp off for the home side, who were fortunate to keep the scoreline at 1-0 at the interval. Meadow emerged full of vim and vigour, epitomised by a rasping 35-yard keeper Michael White held low.

However, the fight was knocked out of them by two blows near the hour mark. First, McGladrigan was tugged back by Robert Halliday as he raced clear on goal, bringing a penalty and a yellow card for the Meadow man.

Woods sent Wardrope the wrong way to make it 2-0 and, almost from the re-start, the Ayrshiremen were given a numerical disadvantage when Keigan Parker struck Jordan Murch in the face in front of whistler Grant Irvine and was sent off. McGladrigan punished a short pass back with a composed finish for 3-0. Shortly afterwards he was substituted to great acclaim from visiting fans and co-managers Willie Patterson and Scott Smith.

Not for the first time this season his replacement, Sean McKenna, got his name on the scoresheet to put Petershill 4-0 ahead, then Mark McLennan's swerving free kick allowed home fans a muted cheer.

Delighted Peasy co-gaffer Smith said: "It was a great all-round team performance and a very satisfying win."

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