East Dunbartonshire 0 County Thistle 3
COUNTY went into this tricky away tie again with a number of players missing due to various reasons.
The game was played in Kirkintilloch on a surface that was surprisingly very good considering the recent wet weather.
County began the game well and went into an early 1-0 lead after Kilmartin converted the spot kick after he was brought down in the box, this goal being County’s 100th league goal for the season.
County then extended their lead within minutes of this after Turnbull flicked the ball into the corner of the net from a Thomas cutback a more casual finish you will not see all season.
County then had to withstand a bit of pressure from the home team but went in at the break 2-0.
At half-time the players were reminded to keep things tight and they did that and more as they scored a good third goal after Kilmartin ran clear of the home team’s defence and he finished well from a tight angle to put County 3-0 up.
The remainder of the game was spent on the back foot with the home team trying their best to get some consolation but the County backline including keeper Gourlay were at the top of their game and County finished 3-0 winners on the day.
Manager Tam McAvoy added: “East Dunbartonshire are a decent side but we coped well withe everything the threw at us and we are delighted with the three points, but at the same time we know we played well within ourselves.”
On Monday night, County Thistle took on St Vincent’s for the second time this season and as expected beat their opponents convincingly running up a winning scoreline of 18-1.
This is quite an achievement in any league, and the goals came from Mackey (7), Kilmartin (5), and Thomas (4), with Ramsay and Watson scoring one apiece, while St Vincent’s consolation came from the penalty spot.
County now move six points clear at the top although Inchinan have games in hand.
Next up for County Thistle are Kelvinbridge on Saturday, in another must-win league game.