Arthurlie went down 2-0 on Saturday to league leaders Kirkintilloch Rob Roy at Dunterlie Park writes Robert Burns.

The Lie started brightly and three minutes in should have went ahead. A great ball over the top from Jordan Leyden found Eddie McTernan who made straight for the byline before cutting the ball back perfectly into the stride of Gary Smith but the normally lethal front man fluffed his effort and it rolled harmlessly into the arms of McKinven.

Ten minutes later Smith had another chance, Mark Blakey hit a terrific cross-field pass the length of the park straight to the feet of Smith who controlled the ball in one touch before cutting back onto his left foot but his effort was blocked.

Just after 20 minutes Kassarate went on a great run beating three Lie players before cutting into the box but couldn’t finish.

Minutes later Buchanan was lucky to escape with a yellow card when he lashed out at John Gemmell off the ball. McTernan had an effort blocked when he was put through by Deas but two minutes from the break the visitors went ahead.

Duff was tearing down the right but McTernan got back and put in a fantastic tackle to win the ball but then lost his footing allowing Walker to gather possession, he played the ball to Kassarate who hit a first time effort that Grant Hay did well to block but the ball went up rather than out and Watt was on hand to send it home.

In the last minute of the half Smith had another great chance when Gemmell set him up on the edge of the sic yard box but he somehow ballooned his effort over.

The second half was seven minute old when Arthurlie were awarded a throw which was taken quickly to Deas, he showed great feet to find space before feeding McTernan who hit a goal-bound effort that McKinven did brilliantly to block.

Two minutes later however it was game over. Scott Gair was penalised for a soft foul. Duff stepped up and curled a peach into the postage stamp corner giving Hay no chance.

After 66 minutes any hope Arthurlie had of a comeback was shattered when Deas was shown a straight red in an incident that didn’t even look a foul and had Rob Roy players pleading with the referee not to send the Lie man off.

Arthurlie: Hay, Girvan, Blakey, Rushford, McGregor, Deas, Leyden, Gemmell, Smith, and McTernan. Subs: Carroll, Convery, Munday, and Nugent.