AN INSPIRED second-half performance from Rhu Amateurs was enough to collect all three points in a 2-1 win against Hamilton on Saturday.
Rhu were down to the bare bones as injury, illness and work commitments left them with only 11 players available to play the game.
Hamilton had a strong wind behind them in the first half and forced the early play.
Rhu were keeping Hamilton at bay without creating too many chances themselves, though they did win a couple of corners.
As the half progressed Hamilton were putting Rhu under more pressure and they went ahead after 30 minutes when their wide player broke in from the left and found the bottom corner of the net giving goalkeeper Grindlay no chance.
Hamilton pushed for more but Rhu’s defence held firm until the break.
It was Rhu’s turn to have the advantage of the wind, and they came close early on when Adam McCulloch’s shot went just wide.
Some good link-up play gave McCulloch another chance, but this time his shot clipped the crossbar and went over.
It wasn’t all Rhu though as Hamilton looked for their second goal.
Rhu were beginning to dominate now and they got a deserved equaliser when a terrific one-two between David Holburn and Alan Lennie gave Holburn the space to fire the ball home.
Hamilton responded immediately and only a brilliant save by Grindlay kept them out.
Hamilton missed a sitter before Rhu regained their composure to finish the stronger.
With time running out Rhu got the winner when David Holburn’s corner was powerfully headed home at the back post by Alan Lennie, much to the delight of his team-mates.
Rhu are at home in the next game against Rothesay Brandane on Saturday, kick-off is at 2pm.
Rhu Amateurs: Grindlay, Rennie, Kemp, Hanley, Stilwell, Mitchell, Lennie, Scullion, McCrea, Holburn, McCulloch.