Finnart AFC showed their fine pre-season form is not just reserved for amateur opposition when they defeated Ashfield FC 3-1 at the Peugeot Ashfield Stadium, North Glasgow, on Wednesday evening.
Visiting Manager Brian Blair put together a squad of players who have already impressed in two amateur friendlies, plus a group of up-and-coming Under-21 talent.
Before switching status to the new West of Scotland Conference League, Ashfield had created a proud junior football history, so this was always going to be an excellent test for their Bridgeton opponents.
Barry Peters, stepping up from the Under-21s, and amateur internationalist Mark Taylor caused the homesters problems in the final third of the park on a night when Finnart really stepped up to the plate.
Brian Blair told me “It was a good game. There was a good tempo from both teams. I thought we played the better football. Overall,. this was a good experience for my younger players.”
Ben Mills put Finnart ahead after 25 minutes following inter play with Taylor.
Graham levelled for Ashfield before the interval, but in 74 minutes Mark Taylor restored the visitors’ advantage,. and as the game raced to beat the incoming darkness. Dale Wallace crashed in a third Finnart goal.