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

The Farmer’s Boys had a goal ruled off in the opening minutes after Robbie Cameron broke clear to fire home.

Paul Young’s effort from Danny Stoney’s corner was then blocked by a defender.

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 came on.

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’s 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 past the post. The game continued to flow 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 headed 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.

Minutes later, substitute Chris McQuade was denied by Burgh’s Kelly.

In the last 10 minutes, Neilston kept the pressure on as Kennedy twice hit the post but neither side could find the net.

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

Not used: Gamba and Stevenson.

Johnstone Burgh: Kelly, McCormick, Brown, Ross, McGarrigle, Usher, McStay, Perrie, Heron, Wright (Fitzpatrick), McGonigle.

Subs not used: Docherty and Wilson.