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Sunday January 27 saw Shettleston Juniors visit the astro. Unbeaten in the league they were sure to provide a stern test for Red Star 2004. With strong gusting winds it was never going to be a day for fine football.
Shettleston who beat Red Star 4-3 through in Glasgow earlier in the season started strongly. However within a few minutes Star nicked the ball off them and a quick exchange of passes saw Caskie in a position to play a nice through ball for Aitken score with a controlled finish. Despite playing against a strong wind Star were looking the stronger team at this point and a shot from Paterson whizzed past the post. Green was also causing problems down the right for Shettleston. A second goal arrived for Star with McMurchy scoring. Eventually Shettleston started to claw their way back into the game scoring first with a wind assisted 30 yard free kick and then reacting first to a bouncing ball. Half time 2-2.
With the wind in the second half Star started strongly and took the lead again through McMurchy. Whilst possession was evenly balanced Brown, Hoad and Barclay were strong at the back and with Murphy secure in goals and West tidying up in front of them they limited the chances for Shettleston. Up front McLean was dragging the Shettleston defence around with some great running and the returning Cameron almost sneaked through on goal.
There were to be no more goals but Star confidently saw the game out for a terrific win against an excellent Shettleston team. Final score Red Star 3 v Shettleston Juniors 2.