Largs Thistle 2 Rob Roy 2

Both teams served up a thrilling four goal encounter in the PDM Buildbase West of Scotland Premier Division - but it felt a sobering point in the end up for Thistle.

Largs will be disappointed to have surrendered their lead so meekly after working so hard to turn this game around.

The opening goal arrived via the penalty spot after George Sewell was adjudged to have handled in the box when the ball struck his arm. Scott Walker converted from the spot on the half hour mark.

Largs should have netted after Keir Milliken blazed past the keeper on the right hand side of the box and found Owen McGinty but his effort was dramatically cleared off the line.

Thistle equalised on 43 minutes after a Milliken flick found Will Sewell who supplied McGinty on the left and he hit a fierce downward diagonal strike.

Largs pressed in the second half with Owen McGinty finding Blair MacIntyre who clattered a header off the bar in a fine move, McGinty then roasted the outside of the right post with a wicked corner.

Surprise sub Kevin Struthers then forced an excellent save from the keeper as Largs continued to push forward - with a goal seeming inevitable.

Thistle deservedly moved 2-1 up on 78 minutes with McGinty blasting into the bottom right corner after a knock on following a long throw from Jamie Ballantyne. See goal below


However, the Rabs got an equaliser as Michael Baber converted from close range with five minutes left.

Defender George Sewell made a tremendous defensive block to deny Rob Roy a late opportunity on goal but came off the worst in the challenge,  and had to leave Barrfields with his arm in a sling which is a worry for the club's already lengthy injury list. See clip below.

Jamie McGowan made several crucial saves including one in stoppage time as Largs and Rob Roy had to settle for a share of the spoils.

The draw sees Largs move down a place to 17th in the Premier League of 20 teams, while Rob Roy advanced to 9th position.

Largs boss Stuart Davidson felt the first half penalty decision was harsh but said: "I am not happy. I thought we were very poor in the first half and we weren't defending right, and we weren't competing well enough, and I thought we were lucky to go in at half-time with a draw.

"At 2-1 we showed what we were all about - why were we not doing that in the first half? We should have defended better and we gave away a rubbish equaliser in my eyes. We need to perform much better over the 90 minutes."

LARGS: McGowan, G.Sewell, McMaster, Ballantyne, Hughes, Faulds, MacIntyre, McLeod, Milliken, Sewell, McGinty. Subs - Coll, Lapsley, Struthers, Trialist, Black, Gray, Farrell (GK).

Kirkintilloch Rob Roy: Kerr, Walker, O'Halloran, Henry, Bell, Cairns, Truesdale, Gordon, Gold, Leighton, Kelly Subs: McCormick, Scott, O'Kane, McPherson, Baber, Arbuckle, Gilday.