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Football: Neil down but Denis won't give up all hope; Round-up.

NEILSTON defender Denis Connaghan has warned his team-mates they must pick themselves up quickly if they are to preserve their Super League status.

The Renfrewshire side's 1-0 loss at home to Troon means they must win against Maryhill on Wednesday to stand any chance of avoiding relegation.

Connaghan said: 'It shouldn't have come down to this as we're not a bad side.

'But at the end of the day it's results that count and we haven't won enough.

'We have to rely on Cumnock beating Johnstone Burgh as well as ourselves winning against Maryhill to avoid relegation so it's not just in our hands.

'You could tell on Saturday we're a team staring relegation in the face as there was no confidence throughout the team so we've got to pick ourselves up for our cup final on Wednesday night.'

John Gallagher got the only goal for Troon.

Already relegated Kilbirnie went down 2-1 to managerless Pollok with Jimmy McPhee and Davie Hamilton getting on the score-sheet and Andy Carbury grabbing a consolation.

Auchinleck had a massive win to avoid relegation, beating Maryhill 3-0 thanks to a double from Gavin Friels and a George Wallace strike.

Cumnock beat Larkhall 3-1, with John Dempster getting two.

James Donnelly and Craig Callaghan traded goals as Johnstone and Glenafton drew 1-1.

In the Abercorn League, Clydebank were crowned champions as they beat the league's bottom club Coltness 5-0.

A crowd of more than 1000 saw David Simeon blast a hat-trick with Graham Mackay and Mark Hailstones also getting on the score sheet.

In the Whyte&Mackay Super League Bo'ness beat Bathgate 3-0 with goals coming from Gary Smith, Dougie Todd and young John Martin.

Linlithgow beat Newtongrange 4-2 on penalties to reach the final of the Fife and Lothians Cup while in the Miller Cup Sauchie slaughtered Dunbar 8-0.

Manager Willie Irvine, Gregor McKechnie and Paul McHale netted doubles with Alan Ward and Jimmy Mitchell also scoring.

In the Interbrew Cup, Oakley beat Thornton 2-0 with manager Willie Newbigging and John Rushford the scorers.

A Benny Andrews goal put Glenrothes into the Kingdom Cup Final as they beat Rosyth.

In the North End Challenge Cup goals from Kenny Jones and Phil Hagan allowed Dundee Violet to beat Montrose Roselea 2-1.

Carnoustie warmed up for the Scottish Cup Final by trouncing Kirrie 7-1 in the Whyte & Mackay Tayside League.

Ralph Brand hit a hat-trick, Ally Paterson a brace with Johnny Kelly and Ritchie Montgomery piling on the misery for Kirrie.

Goals from Tony Dixon and Mark Warren (2) saw Arbroath Vics beat Jeanfield 3-1.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 17, 2004
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