Glenafton 4 Wishaw 2

Pre-season Friendly

Saturday 4th August , Loch Park, New Cumnock



Gareth Campbell

The game kicked off in brilliant sunshine and Gareth Campbell rattled the post after two minutes before John McStay punished some slack play in the home ranks and fired the visitors in front. Glenafton were level on ten minutes when Danny Mitchell and Bobby Colligan combined to set up Gareth Campbell who guided his header beyond the reach of keeper Sandy Thomson and then took the lead after a Campbell daisy-cutter found the net. Two minutes before the break Glen Mitchell met a Colligan corner to double the Glens lead with a perfectly placed header. Ten minutes after the re-start Gareth Armstrong conjured up some magic in the box with a finale of lobbing the helpless Thomson. As mini-tornadoes swept through Ayrshire the heaven’s opened above Loch Park nevertheless midway through the half Nicky Moore kept his composure to pull one back for the visitors.

Glenafton: Dunsmuir  McEwan Trialist G. Mitchell   Henderson  D. Mitchell  McKenzie Murphy  Boyle   Colligan  Campbell. Second half subs all used Dempster,  Menzies, McManus,  McKillen, Potter,  Armstrong ,McChesney.

Wishaw: Sandy Thomson  John Cuddihy  Stuart Little  Chris McIntyre   John McFarlane  David Hamilton  Mark Hamilton  John McStay  Nicky Moore Jason Lafferty  subs  James Main  Robert Boyle  Chris Flannery  Ryan Mackie

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Kilbirnie 3 Glenafton 1

Pre-season Friendly

Wednesday 1st August , Valefield, Kilbirnie



Ladeside came close to taking the lead within twenty seconds of kick-off when former Rutherglen Glencairn striker Mark McAlpine caught the Glens cold only for his shot from close range, as well as a tight angle, to be well held by keeper Ryan Dunsmuir. The hosts continued to press and were moving the ball across the bowling green of a playing surface  with impressive pace and accuracy in equal measure. Six minutes gone and a Glenafton move down the right flank was halted at the half-way line and in the blink of the eye the ball moved diagonally, via two or perhaps three Blasties, to Josh Mullen on the far side of the visitors’ box, the former Pollok amateur showing great composure to lash the ball low and hard into the far corner of the net. The rain now lashed down just as hard from the thick vale of cloud that hung over Valefield but still Kilbirnie continued to played with some panache. Nevertheless the Glens began to enjoy a greater share of possession and forced a number of corner kicks each of which were manfully defended. However with five minutes of the half remaining a set piece finally paid dividends when John Dempster headed home a Gareth Campbell free-kick, whipped in from the left deep into the Blasties box.

Brolly good from John Dempster

In what effectively was the last kick of the half Mark Archdeacon capitalised on adefensive misunderstanding at the edge of the Glens’ box and kept his cool to loft the ball into the gaping net. H/T Ladeside 2 Glens 1

John Dempster and Shaun Dillon

Twenty minutes into the new half the Ladeside goal went unpunished after keeper Willie Spence lost the ball at the edge of the box but then aided and abetted with his defenders managed to scurry back and scramble the ball to safety. A minute later the keeper kept his nerve and raced from his line to steal the ball from the feet of John Paul Boyle.  On the hour mark Archdeacon bagged his brace rifling home an unstoppable shot after Shaun Dillon’s header from a corner kick had been cleared off the line. Seven minutes later Scott McManus came close to halving the deficit by dancing past a host of Ladeside defenders in the box before deftly trying to place his hot beyond the reach of Spence only for the keeper to brilliantly parry the ball and his defender mop up the danger on the rain-soaked pitch. With honours even in the closing period the home side held on for a well deserved win. F/T Ladeside 3 Glens 1

Glenafton: Dunsmuir; Menzies, McChesney, Mitchell G., McKillen (McEwan); McKenzie, Mitchell D., Campbell, trialist; Dempster (Colligan), Armstrong (Boyle)

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Glens 0 Hurlford Thistle 2

Loch Park, Monday 30th July Friendly

Glenafton Athletic 0 Hurlford Thistle 2

The Scottish Amateur Cup winners took an early lead and although the Glens struck the woodwork on three occasions a hard working Hurlford doubled their tally to ensure a well-deserved win.

Glenafton: Dunsmuir  Menzies  McEwan  McChesney  McKillen  Dempster  McKenzie  Potter  Colligan  Armstrong  Bell  sub used McManus  not used R Campbell. Naismith  Quinn .

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Troon turnaround to triumph

Glenafton hosted Kello Rovers and Troon in the pre-season Challenge Cup at Loch Park in a round robin format of games of half an hour each way. The Glens were without Gareth Armstrong, Gareth Campbell and Ally Semple all through injury (the keeper requiring nine stitches to a knee sustained at midweek training) while new signing Danny Mitchell was on holiday. As in the Joe Meldrum Trophy last week former Glenafton player Andy Bell guested for the hosts.

Game 1: Glenafton 0 Kello Rovers 0

Newly promoted Kello Rovers, looking forward to their first season in the Super League 1st Division, created the lion’s share of the chances in the opening half. Former Glens’ players Alan Middleton and Jim Wilson both tested Ryan Dunsmuir from distance however the young keeper showing a safe pair of hands to deny each attempt. Glenafton’s best attempt was created by Bobby Colligan when a burst of speed took him deep into the Kello box but his blast at goal battered off the post.

The home side featured more prominently as an attacking force after the break but were thwarted by some stunning saves from Lugar keeper Ronnie Davis – the pick of them a point blank stop from a Scott McManus drive after an excellent run took him to the corner of the six yard box. Despite their second half superiority the hosts were almost undone at the death when a Jim Wilson header skimmed over Dunsmuir’s bar.

Glenafton: Dunsmuir, Bell (Menzies) McChesney, Mitchell G.(Henderson), McKillen; Colligan, Murphy, Potter, McKenzie; Dempster (McManus), Boyle

Game 2: Troon 4 Kello Rovers 2

Rovers, who pipped Troon by 2 points to promotion from the Ayrshire District League last season, raced to an early lead when former Glens’ player Steven Shankland rounded the keeper with some finesse to stroke the ball home. Two minutes later the sides were level as Gareth Armstrong was on hand to finish off a fine passing move and guide the ball over the line at the back post.  Midway through the half former Talbot striker David Gillies, another summer signing, put the Portland parkers ahead drilling the ball low and hard into the corner of the net. Seven minutes later it was all square as Dean Keenan’s tackle on Steven Shankland at the edge of the box ended with the ball looping high in the air and over the head of the stranded keeper and into the gaping net.

Steven Shankland sees off  Dean Keenan to score

Honours were even in the opening encounters of the second half before Troon took control of the game. Midway through the half Dale Moore, former Glens Boys Club player, was unfortunate to see his exquisite effort to lob keeper Daviis skim off the outside of the post. Agony transformed to ecstasy five minutes when he skipped his way to the bye-line and cut back for David Gillies to fire an unstoppable shot home from seven yards out.

Dale Moore watches David Gillies drill home

In what effectively was the last kick of the game Scott Chatham fired home a free kick for Troon much to the surprise of the host of players gathered in the box preparing to challenge for his incoming cross.

Game 3: Troon 2 Glenafton Athletic 2

Glenafton dominated the first half and will consider the game could have been over as a contest before the break. Early pressure paid off with the award of a penalty on ten minutes after a Paul McKenzie run was halted by a blatant tug on his shirt which also saw the culprit sent off.  Sportingly Glens’ manager Darren Henderson intervened to plea for leniency and although there was to be no reprieve for the offender  Troon were allowed to bring on a replacement, former Afton lad Cammy McKinnell. Back to the football and Scott McManus slammed home the spot-kick to put the Glens ahead. Three minutes later he doubled the hosts’ lead after meeting a McKenzie corner kick at the far end of the six yard box with a perfectly placed header that looped over the keeper’s reach and into the postage stamp at the other end of the goal.

Scott’s header sails home

Two minutes later a Paul Murphy free-kick cannoned off the wall before bouncing off  the post but McManus’ attempt to slot home the rebound for his hat-trick was well blocked by the keeper. A minute later the keeper rushed from his line to take the ball from the feet of Bobby Colligan as he burst into the box after showing the Troon defence a clean pair of heels some thirty yards from goal. Some respite for Troon as  Moore fired from distance but Dunsmuir had it covered as it zoomed just wide of target. Back came the Glens through Craig Menzies who stormed down the right flank to the bye-line but his cut-back just failed to connect with John Dempster in the box. McKenzie tried the other flank, dancing past Troon defenders to lay the ball off to  Dempster only for his effort from four yards out to be held by the keeper.

Just before the break a shell-shocked Troon began to show signs of recovery. A ball bombed over the top of the Glens back line forced Dunsmuir to race to edge of his box to face the incoming Armstrong and although he could do little to stop the midfielder squaring the ball into box there were no Troon takers and the danger passed momentarily. Soon after Dunsmuir, at full stretch, got both hands to a Keenan free-kick and Keenan’s header from the resultant corner-kick went inches wide, as did McKenzie’s header at the other end in the last chance of the half. Indeed it proved to be the midfielder’s last chance as he hobbled to the dressing room at the break.

A determined run deep into the Troon box by McManus deserved more as the striker tried to find the postage stamp again but his shot sailed inches wide with the keeper beaten.  Any suggestion that the half was to be a mirror image of the first were quickly dispelled five minutes after the restart. A perfectly executed one-two saw Scott Chatham steal behind the Glens defence and drill the ball home from an acute angle. The visitors seized the initiative and pegged the Glens back for long periods without creating any clear-chances as they pushed for an equaliser. Similarly,  when the Glens forced their way upfield it was with much less menace than they had shown in the first half and there was little promise of a third and killer goal.

The Moore the merrier

As energy levels sapped throughout both sides Dale Moore had still some in reserve and with two minutes to go he was first to react to challenge for the loose ball emerging from a goal mouth scramble and spring in the air to head home and secure the draw.

Glenafton : Dunsmuir; Mitchell G, McChesney, Henderson, Menzies; Trialist, Potter, Murphy, Colligan; McManus, Dempster.

Congratulations to Troon on winning the Challenge Cup.

More photos here

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PFTJ 2012/13 kicks off

Season 2012/13 : Paying for the Jersey

The club is pleased to announce that PFTJ 2012/13 kicks off today. Since its inception PFTJ signings have raised over £8,000 and their continued support is greatly appreciated by the club and the players. It is fantastic to say that there are many supporters that sign up every season and equally every season it is a pleasure to welcome new signings.

This year on our return to the Premier Division as Super League 1st Division Champions we know we can count on the PFTJ team to get behind the Glens again.

Please sign up for the PFTJ 2011/23 team  …. more details here

Gareth Armstrong & Jim Kerr and John Hamilon & John Dempster in PFTJ 2011/12

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Sammy Conn Charity Match

John Garroch, Sammy Conn, Stevie Kerrigan, Darren Henderson and Alan McGill

John Garroch has organised a Charity Match for Sunday 29th July at Kilwinning Sports Club with a 1.30pm kick off. Entry is free with the opportunity to donate to the charity during the day.

John explains

‘The game will be between players who have played under Sammy Conn and myself at Kilwinning Rangers 21s and Dalry Thistle as well as anyone who has played with or for Sammy at any other club. This is a chance to show your appreciation for all the help Sammy has given via football. He is now being helped by Ayrshire Hospice and we feel we can show our appreciation in this small way.This will be a quality game with every player having played to at least junior level at some point.

Please donate anything you can, every penny counts for a great cause. The game and the day will be well attended. Many thanks to all of the players who have already confirmed their attendance.

Sammy Conn played senior football all of his life and despite suffering from Motor Neurone Disease for the last few years has continued to be an inspiration to everyone who knows him. Every player who has been asked to play in this game, plus many many more, will confirm the importance of having worked with Sammy Conn. Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page’.

So please dig deep and donate now here at  JustGiving .

Learn more of the fantastic work of Ayrshire Hospice here

Kilwinning U21’s Squad

Martin Fraser (Troon Juniors), Paul Timmons (Dirrans Athletic), Barry Fleeting (Buffs),Franny McGeachie and David Rocks (Woodwind Wolves), Cammy McKinnell and Neil Sanderson (Troon Juniors), Darren Russell (Irvine Vics) Andy Bell (Unattached),Graeme Dayer (Unattached), Chris McKnight (Cumnock Juniors), Kris Gilhooley (Unattached), Billy Gilmour (Ardrossan Winton Rovers) and Graham Muir (Largs Thistle).

  • Manager Billy Fraser assisted by Mark Duncan.

Ayrshire Junior Select squad

Ross Stewart (Dalry Thistle) Craig Menzies and Craig Potter (Glenafton Athletic), Jason Stewart (Dirrans Athletic), Darren Henderson (Glenafton), Brian Strain (Unattached), George O’Malley (Buffs), Alan Kerr (Unattached), Scott Brown (Unattached), Ian Cashmore (Buffs), Tony McCormack (Unattached), William McMillan (Woodwynd), Graeme Muir (Unattached).

  • Manager George Cooper assisted by John McMillan.

Craig Potter, Cammy McKinnell and Craig Menzies

As well as John, Glenafton are well represented with Craig Menzies, Craig Potter and Darren Henderson in the line-ups along with former players John McMillan, Ian Cashmore, Cammy McKinnell and Andy Bell.

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Who’s in the dug out !


Glenafton Athletic are pleased to announce that John Garroch has returned to the club as assistant manager to Darren Henderson after a spell as manager of Ardrossan Winton Rovers. John was back in the Loch Park dugout yesterday as the Glens retained the Joe Meldrum Trophy. The club is also delighted to announce that defender Craig McEwan will take up a new role as player / coach.

We wish John and Southy all the best.


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New faces at Loch Park

From New Luce to New Cumnock

Danny and Glen in the Joe Meldrum Tournament

Glenafton have signed brothers Danny and Glen Mitchell who hail from New Luce and who played together at senior level with local side Stranraer.  Danny, 24 year-old midfielder, signed for the Stair Park side in 2007 after a spell with Northampton Town and made 168 appearances and scored 16 goals for the club before joining Annan Athletic last season.  Glen, 22 year old defender, signed for Stranraer in 2o08 and made over 30 appearances for the club.

Scott’s re-united

Scott McManus in the Joe Meldrum Trophy

Scott McManus, 22 year old striker, has also signed for the club and is re-united with a number of former team-mates from his time at Stenhousemuir. He stepped up from the Ochilview youth set to the first team under manager Campbell in season 2006/07, joining some well-kent new faces at the club  – Darren Henderson, John Dempster and Craig McEwan. While at Stenny , Scott represented Scotland at U17 and U18 level. He moved to Stranraer in October 2009, playing in the same side as the Mitchell brothers. Scott signed for junior side Vale of Clyde at the start of season 2010/11, where he was later joined by his brother Ally, before the brothers teamed up together at Celtic U21s last season.

Welcome to Loch Park – Danny , Glen and Scott.

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Hosts hold on to Joe Meldrum Trophy

Joe Meldrum Trophy

  • Saturday 21st July, Loch Park, New Cumnock

Glenafton played host to Neilston Juniors, St Cuthbert Wanderers and Shildon AFC in their annual pre-season Joe Meldrum Trophy tournament. St. Cuthbert’s of the South of Scotland League were making their second visit to the Joe Meldrum having finished runners up in the tournament last season while of course Neilston, now in the West Region Central Division 1, are no strangers to Loch Park having last faced the Glens here in a Super League 1st Division match back in April 2010.

Welcome to Shildon AFC

It was an extra special welcome to Shildon of the English North League Division  who were visiting Loch Park for the first time, along with an excellent travelling support from County Durham.

This season’s format was a straight knock-out with games of 30 minutes each way.

Semi-Final 1: Glenafton 3 St Cuthbert Wanderers 1

In the opening semi-final the Glens faced St. Cuthbert Wanderers and it was the visitors that took the lead 10 minutes into the second half. New Cumnock lad Ryan Campbell, guesting for the Kirkcudbright side, was quick to react and and force a fine cut-back from the bye-line into the net as keeper Ally Semple dived at his feet.

Ryan Campbell opens the scoring

The hosts were on level terms two minutes later when a John Dempster cross to the back post was headed across the face of goal by Gareth Armstrong for the incoming Paul Murphy only for the helpless covering defender to get the final touch before the ball crossed the line.

Paul Murphy takes on the Wanderers defence

Five minutes later trialist Lee McCrae finished off a fine move with an even better finish stroking the ball beyond the reach of the Wanderer’s keeper from 16 yards out.

Lee puts the Glens in front

The Glens added a third goal in a 10 minute spell when Paul McKenzie and John Dempster double-teamed to see off the close attention of three defenders deep in the box before JD picked his moment to lash the ball high into the net and put the holders through to the final.

JD grounded looks on as the ball finds the net.

Glenafton: Semple (Dunsmuir) Menzies, Mitchell G. (Bell), Henderson , McKillen; McKenzie, Murphy, Mitchell D. (Colligan), Campbell (McCrae); McManus (Armstrong), Dempster.

Glenafton v St Cuthbert Wanderers more photos

Semi-Final 2: Neilston Juniors 0  Shildon 2

Shildon see off a Neilston attack

Sam Garvie proved to be the match winner for Shildon with a goal in each half. The opener came from the penalty spot three minutes before the break and although Neilston had to their chances to draw level the striker’s second secured a place in the final for the County Durham side.

3rd /4th place : Neilston Juniors 3 St Cuthbert Wanderers 1

Paul Deeney back at Loch Park, with Neilston

In a thoroughly entertaining tie Matthew Stevenson put the Farmers’ Boys ahead and when a James Gorman header doubled their lead there seemed no way back for the Wanderers. However Jackson halved the deficit to ensure a fighting finish which concluded with the lively David McCready firing home the goal of the tournament from an acute angle wide on the right touch-line to give Neilston victory.

For the Glenafton support it was great to see Paul Deeney back at Loch Park. He will of course be forever remembered for his stunning headed goal in the 4-3 win over Cumnock in the final of Ayrshire League Cup in 2005/06 at Somerset Park.

Final : Glenafton Athletic 2 Shildon AFC 2 (Glens win 4-2 pens)

Honours had been fairly even in the opening encounters before the Glens began to press and on 12 minutes keeper Keith Finch pulled off a fantastic save to deny Gareth Armstrong putting the finishing touches to a cracking cross from Craig McEwan from the right corner-flag. Shildon soaked up a couple of corner kicks but on 15 minute Scott McManus shielded the ball well before finding Gareth Campbell who showed great determination to ward off two defenders before firing the ball from 15 yards out under the body of Finch who had advanced to the six yard line.

Gareth Campbell fires home the opener

Shildon responded well to the set-back and playing controlled football from the back took the game by the scruff of the neck as they moved the ball from box to box with some style and were level within four minutes.  In a flowing move the ball was played from wide on the right to Chris Hughes in the middle and from the brink of the box he rolled it out to Billy Greulich-Smith on the left where the striker drilled the ball low and hard into the net at the far post; some Shildon supporters suggesting it may have been assisted there via a deflection off Ben Wood.

Shildon draw level

The visitors grew in strength and the Glens goal survived a scare or two before Shildon’s pressure paid off and no doubt of the scorer this time as bulleted a powerful header past Semple from close range three minutes before the break.

Billy heads home

Although Shildon started the second half strongly the Glens gradually began to make  in-roads and on 35 minutes McManus menaced his way into the box only for Finch to show a safe pair of hands to block the summer-signings shot. Three minutes later the Glens striker threaded a ball into the box for Armstrong but again Finch came out on top as he rushed from his line to parry away the shot, however Shildon failed to clear their lines and the ball some way made its way back to Armstrong and with his back to goal he cutely guided the ball beyond the reach of the flummoxed Finch to draw the sides level.

Bo’s back flick foxes Finch

Both sides had chances to prevent the penalty shoot-out most notably Shildon but Semple pulled off a brilliant save at the feet of Chris Hughes and so to spot kicks.

Glenafton: Semple, McEwan, McChesney, Mitchell G., McKillen; McCrae (Menzies), Murphy, Campbell, Colligan (trialist); Armstrong (Dempster), McManus

  • John Dempster fired home the first kick for the Glens and Shildon responded in kind.
  • It was advantage to the visitors when an elated Finch got both hands to Paul Murphy’s effort, while Shildon dispatched their kick.
  • Craig McEwan made it 2-2 and Semple ensured the scoreline stayed that way with a stunning save from Chris Hughes.
  • The Glens edged 3-2 ahead when Gareth Campbell blasted home and retained their advantage when a cheeky attempt to chip the ball over Semple’s head backfired spectacularly and the keeper was left with all the time in the world to comfortably clutch the ball.
  • Scott McManus fires his spot-kick into the roof of the net to give the Glens an unassailable lead and Shildon are not required to take their fifth kick.

Glenafton Joe Meldrum Trophy Winners 2012/13

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Cup Competition Fixtures

Ardagh Glass Sectional Cup

Cup Glenafton will kick off their Ardagh Cup campaign with a Monday night fixture at home to fellow Premier Division side Cumnock. The corresponding fixture last season ended goal-less at Townhead. The Glens won the four other games to top the section before losing out to Girvan in a quarter final penalty shoot-out at Loch Park.

Robbie Henderson and Chic Connolly share a smile after the former Glens man put his spot-kick over the bar

  • Mon 06 Aug KO 18:45 Cumnock Juniors (h)
  • Wed 08 Aug KO 18:45 Lugar Boswell Thistle (a)
  • Sat 11 Aug KO 14:00 Auchinleck Talbot (h)
  • Mon 13 Aug KO 18:45 Kello Rovers (a)
  • Wed 15 Aug KO 18:45 Muirkirk Juniors (h)

Full Fixture List here

New Coin Automatics West of Scotland Cup

Gus Cochrane leqves Troon beached

Glenafton have been drawn at home to Troon in the 1st round of the West of Scotland Cup. The Glens enjoyed a great run in the competition last season taking the Premier scalps of Clydebank and Pollok before losing out in the semi-final to Irvine Meadow who went on to win the trophy and of course the Premier Division title. Troon of course are no strangers to Loch Park and earned a well-deserved 2-1 victory over the Glens in the Ayrshire Weekly Press Cup semi-final back in May.  A date for the tie is yet to be decided.

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