JOHNSTONE Burgh boss Jamie McKim dedicated Saturday’s 2-1 win over Shotts Bon Accord to a member of his coaching staff.

Ryan Muldoon lost his father Harry last week, with a minute of applause in his memory being observed at Keanie Park before kick-off.

The hosts then got off to a fast start, with trialist Kieron Brophy, who left Neilston last week, netting from close range.

Jojo Gillespie got Burgh’s second as the half-time break approached.

Shotts pulled one back in the second period but Burgh held on for a win that puts their Conference A destiny in their own hands.

They can secure a top four spot – and a place in the First Division for the 2022/23 campaign – if they win their final game of the season against Muirkirk at the end of this month.

McKim told Gazette Sport: “We’re delighted to come away with another win.
“It sets things up going into the last game and we know it’s in our own hands, so you can’t really ask for any more.

“The two goals came straight off the training park on Thursday night. We brought in Ross Stewart from the development team to work with the forward players and he put on some drills for us.

“It’s been a tough couple of weeks for Ryan and everybody at the club is trying to support him.

“Sometimes you wonder if what you’re saying to the players is going in but the last thing we mentioned before we went out was we would do it for Ryan and, at that point, you knew it struck a chord with everybody.”

Burgh’s match against Muirkirk takes place at Keanie Park on April 30.