A goal in each half by Craig Lennon gave Glenmuir Celtic an impressive 2-0 win over newcomers Albion Rovers in glorious sunshine at Glenmuir Park on Saturday morning.
The Monasterboice side started the better, passing the ball well in the early stages and they had the first chance of the game when Tom Ackyinky shot wide of David Hayes’s goal.
Rovers also had a lucky escape in the 14th minute when Jamie Farrell’s shot for Glenmuir had to be tipped around the post by James McCabe.
Albion reacted well as minutes David Hayes produced a good save to deny Thomas Clarke and Glenmuir defender Conor Dunne was in the right place to clear Caoimhin Maher’s follow-up off the line.
Michael Ekperuoh asked a lot of questions of the Albion defence and he played a huge part in Glenmuir’s first goal, as did goalkeeper Hayes who claimed an assist when his huge clearance found Ekperuoh in space and he rolled the ball across to the waiting Craig Lennon who slotted past James McCabe.
A stunned Albion were caught napping again for a second goal on 22 minutes when a throw-in from the left was allowed run directly across the penalty area where Lennon was waiting to fire home with the help of the inside of Albion’s post.
Glenmuir almost added a third before half-time when Jack McKenna played an intelligent through ball to Conor McGowan but he was denied by another McCabe save.
At the beginning of the second-half the visitors did begin to look more offensive as they sought to cut the two goal deficit and Conor McQuillan and Jamie Giles both had shots easily saved by Hayes as Albion were restricted to shooting from distance. Glenmuir refused to sit back and looked to increase their tally and James McCabe had to dive full length to push Jordan Traynor’s well struck effort around the post.
A period of Albion pressure saw two chances for Sam Kenny but on both occasions he headed wide of the target as Glenmuir deservedly went on to take the three points.
Glenmuir Celtic: David Hayes, Jamie Doherty, Tolani Animasahun, Conor Dunne, David Ekperuoh, Abdul Abubakar, Jack McKenna, Michael Ekperuoh, Jamie Farrell, Craig Lennon, Emmanuel Kwelele, Oisin Callan Jordan Traynor, Conor McGowan.
Albion Rovers: James McCabe, Andrew Latvis, Caoimhin Maher, Luke Byrne, James Tester, Sam Kenny, Nicholas Kenny, Jamie Giles, Conor McQuillan, Thomas Clarke, Tom Ackyinky, Adam Callinan, Alex McCarthy.
Referee: James Everard.