Goalless draw ends Kirrie’s season

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Kirrie Thistle ended their disappointing spell in the Premier League with a hard fought draw against Arniston Rangers.

The hosts showed great spirit throughout the whole game and always looked a threat whilst on the attack.

In a game that both sides could have won, Rangers started the brighter, testing Knox in the Kirrie goal twice in the opening exchanges.

Kirrie’s first effort on goal was a whipped free kick from Smith which was cautiously palmed over by the away goalkeeper.

And the home side had a glorious chance to take the lead moments after, Robbie George putting a dangerous ball on to Russell’s head who saw his effort cleared off the line by veteran Nisbit.

The visitors rested star man Thomson on the day and his absence was noticeable, the contrast to the reverse fixture obvious.

Before the break a strong run by skipper Archibald presented the midfielder with a golden goalscoring chance but he snatched at the opportunity, firing high and wide.

The second half saw the same sort of play in an end to end match where both sides were up for it despite it being the final day of the season with nothing but pride to play for.

Kirrie again threatened, this time Barclay latching on to a high through ball, but his effort when one-on-one with the goalie was too tame and his limp volley was comfortable for the goalkeeper.

Down the right Thistle were linking up well, Ogg crossing for Miller to volley over via a fingertip save, then again with Steven Barclay stinging the palms of the diving keeper.

However, in the closing stages Thistle were thankful for the returning Knox’s incredible reactions, first denying a well struck shot from twelve yards with a stunning one-handed block and then again seconds later preventing Arniston claiming the win, pouncing on to a goal-bound close range effort.

As the season draws to a close, Kirrie must regroup and dust themselves off for the hard season that awaits them as they look to get promoted back into the Premier League at the first time of asking.