LOCAL rivals Neilston and Johnstone Burgh played out a 0-0 draw at Brig O’Lea on Saturday.

Neilston completed the signing of midfielder Sean Crumlish before the game and he made his debut in the Renfrewshire derby clash.

The Farmer’s Boys had the ball in the net in the opening minutes after Robbie Cameron broke clear to fire home but the referee ruled it out for offside.

The Burgh survived the early pressure and mounted their own attack as McGonigle’s shot forced a save from James Digney.

In the 15th minute, Neilston were forced to make a change with Stephen Docherty picking up an injury and Derek Kennedy coming on.

Allan Diack put his header just over from Stoney’s cross, then Magennis’ shot was blocked.

Kennedy was denied twice in quick succession with his first effort saved by Kelly then minutes later, his header was cleared off line.

Burgh came close to opening the scoring in the 32nd minute when McStay cross found Wright in space, but his shot came crashing off the crossbar and was cleared away.

At the other end, Crumlish went close with a free kick that went just by the post. The game continued to flow from end to end, with Burgh’s McStay threatening before firing just wide.

Neilston enjoyed a spell of pressure in the second half.

Kennedy had the first opportunity but his effort was tipped around the post by Kelly after a good run and cross from Magennis.

From the resulting corner, Paul Young blasted over the bar.

In the 55th minute, Burgh broke upfield at pace and missed a great chance. Usher found space on the right and he crossed to Wright who put his header over the bar.

Neilston’s trio of Kennedy, Stoney and Crumlish all went close before Digney produced a good save to prevent Burgh taking the lead as he blocked Brown’s low drive.

In the last 10 minutes, Neilston kept the pressure on as Kennedy twice hit the post but they couldn't find the breakthrough.

Neilston: Digney, McDade, Geddes, Clark, Young, Docherty (Kennedy), Magennis, Crumlish (McQuade), Cameron (Paterson), Diack, Stoney.

Not used: Gamba and Stevenson.

The bus for Neilston’s cup game away at Haddington on Saturday will leave Brig O’Lea at 10am.

Due to numbers, seats will be limited for supporters. They will be offered to regular fans who travel on the bus to away games. If you want a space let the club know.

Neilston completed the signing of midfielder Sean Crumlish. Crumlish started his career at senior level with Raith Rovers before playing for Mearns Amateurs and Neilston Amateurs. He also had a short spell at Brig O’Lea three years ago.

The club would like to wish midfielder Stephen Docherty a speedy recovery after he picked up a bad ankle injury against Johnstone Burgh and underwent an operation on Monday.