Glenafton 0 Pollok 1

Emirates Scottish Junior Cup 3rd round

Sat 24th November, Loch Park, New Cumnock

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 0 (0)

POLLOK 1 (1)

GLENAFTON LOCKED OUT OF THE SCOTTISH

Former Glens defender Stevie Reilly bulleted home a seventh minute header to put the visitors ahead and later masterminded a ‘backs-to-the-wall  performance’ by the Pollok defence as they repelled wave after wave of Glenafton raids to ensure the Glasgow side progressed to the next round of the Emirates Scottish Junior Cup.

Pollok made the early running with some purposeful passing as crisp as the New Cumnock November air. On three minutes Ross Hepburn filled his lungs and burst through the middle of the park before feeding Carlo Monti wide on the left and after a touch or two he slotted the ball to the corner of the six yard box where home keeper Ally Semple brought the move to an end with a brave save at the feet of Willie Sawyers. Three minutes later Semple had no chance when Steven Reilly attacked a Pollok corner-kick and was almost vertical at the near post when he powered a header high into the net at the opposite corner.

Steve Reilly heads home

Glenafton responded well and enjoyed good periods of pressing play with Paul Murphy exerting his presence in the middle of the park. However the home side, like their counterparts, were finding it hard to carve out clear cut chances until the closing stages of the half.

On 39 minutes, yet another Glens’ corner kick generated a scramble in the six yard box. The ball eventually emerged from a heap of fallen bodies to Richie McKillen who tried to guide it home only for keeper Steven McNeil to get a sliding foot to the ball and send it back into the mix where it was pounced upon by Murphy and although his shot avoided the mass of mixed shirts the ball crashed off the top-side of the bar.

Paul Murphy’s shot heading for the bar

Four minutes later a long ball launched up-field by McNeil was misjudged by the Glens’ central defenders and a grateful Sawyers snapped up the ball but with only the keeper to beat the striker fluffed his shot woefully wide of target.  Back came the home side to force back-to-back corners which concluded with a Danny Mitchell drive through a ruck of players from 12 yards being cleared by an alert Stuart Mills with McNeil boxed in. H/T Glens 0 Pollok 1

Glenafton quickly took command of the game as Murphy and Craig Potter dominated the middle of the park and Paul McKenzie’s switch to the right side created a lucrative route to getting behind the Pollok defence.

Paul Murphy challenges Peter McMahon with Craig Potter in support

Two minutes into the new half McNeil did well to hold a Ryan McChesney header as John Paul Boyle waited to pounce on any spillage. The keeper then was at full stretch as a Gareth Armstrong shot from the far side of the penalty box slipped just past the post.  The home side continued to push but struggled to make the most of the set pieces won on the outskirts of the box. In popular parlance Pollok all but ‘parked the Doig’s bus’ with Reilly the man at the wheel as he steered his defence in keeping the Glens at bay.  Another drive from Armstrong and a strike from Danny Mitchell each whizzed wide of target as did a snapshot from McKenzie after he had nicked the ball from Monti and skipped past Peter McMahon into the box.

Steve Reilly slides in on Gareth Armstrong

Midway through the half the visitors conjured up some respite with Sawyers whipping a shot across the face of goal and seconds later latch onto a clever ball from Monti and fire for goal only for Semple to pull off a stunning save to push the ball over the bar.

One way traffic to McNeil’s goal resumed and on 71 minutes the home side’s appeal for a spot kick, after a Potter cut-back appeared to strike the hand of Reilly, went unheeded. A minute later McKenzie menaced his way into the box and his ball into the six yard box eluded Armstrong by inches to be gathered safely by McNeil.  Second half substitute John Dempster then released McKenzie wide in the box and the midfielder’s cut back was helped on its way by the incoming Dempster on the six yard line hoping to find Danny Mitchell only for the alert Ross Dunlop to nip in and clear the danger. Craig Menzies was next to power his way into the ‘Lok box but was locked out by Jonathan Carter.

Another goalmouth scramble

On 78 minutes the visitors’ defence enjoyed a brief breather when substitute Tony Fraser played an excellent one-two with Monti to get the Glens bye-line but there were no takers for his cut-back across the goalmouth. Back came Glenafton chiefly through McKenzie down the right which yielded corner after corner each of which typically initiated a scramble in the box before Reilly & Co. cleared their lines.  With four minutes of regulation of time remaining Dempster outleaped Reilly to power a header towards McNeil’s top left hand corner only for the keeper to get airborne and get a strong hand to the ball and push it wide of corner – a fantastic save!  Glenafton continued to peg Pollok back but the Glasgow side stood firm to secure their place in the fourth round. FT Glens 0 Pollok 1

Glenafton: Semple; Menzies, McChesney, G.Mitchell, McKillen; McKenzie, Potter (Colligan), Murphy, D.Mitchell; Armstrong , Boyle (Dempster). Subs Cochrane, Dunsmuir (gk)

Pollok: McNeil, Dunlop, McMahon, Carter, Reilly, McGinty (Miller) , Mills (McArdle), Hepburn, Sawyers, McQuilken (Fraser), Monti; subs: McBride, MacKay.

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Glenafton 2 Irvine Meadow 1

Stagecoach West Region Premier Division

Saturday 10th November , Loch Park, New Cumnock

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 2 (1)

IRVINE MEADOW XI 1 (0)

OH DANNY JOY

The meeting of last season’s Super League 1st Division champions Glenafton and the Premier Division champions Irvine Meadow began with an early goal for the home side, a player from each side shown a straight red soon after the break, a late equaliser from the visitors to seemingly steal a share of the points only for the Glens to snatch an injury time winner to ignite scenes of joy and celebration from the men in the flame red shirts.

Glenafton started on the front foot and the Meadow defence found Gareth Armstrong a handful (and throughout the game as it transpired) as he shielded the ball from their view prior to picking out a partner in red in their common quest to breach the blue back-line. On four minutes with his back to goal and Chris McGowan at his back he chested the ball back to the edge of the box for Danny Mitchell to have a pop at goal but it lacked the power to worry Michael Wardrope who held the ball comfortably. Two minutes later another Glens attack appeared to have come to nothing when Neil McGowan forced John Paul Boyle to rethink his plans to breach the box on the right side. The former Meadow player retreated and the ball found its way back to Ryan McChesney who lofted a perfect ball into the heart of the danger area where Paul McKenzie, in acres of space between JP McKeever and C. McGowan, rose to head the ball in at the near post leaving the keeper  flat-footed on his line.

Taz heads home the opener

Armstrong’s aerial prowess continued to haunt ‘the McGowans’ as the Glens enjoyed the bulk of possession, however  further clear cut chances were proving to be thin on a ground that was getting heavier by the moment as the light rain seeped into the saturated surface.

Gareth Armstrong and Chris McGowan

Meadow’s first serious opening was fashioned on 28 minutes by David Hamilton with a crisp cross to the far post where Keigan Parker headed the ball back into the six yard box for striking partner Richie Barr but not for the last time the threat of Meadow’s leading scorer was snuffed out by McChesney.  Ten minutes before the break the visitors caught the home side on the break and Parker pushed forward with Barr in tandem while Glen Mitchell and Craig McEwan gave pursuit only for the wheels to come off the move as Parker’s attempt to release his partner in the box was mis-hit. H/T Glens 1 Meadow 0

The new half was only four minutes old when Barr reacted angrily to a McChesney tackle with an elbow into the young defender’s face and a straight red card swiftly followed for the frustrated forward.  A minute later and matters for Meadow almost went from bad to worse when Danny Mitchell burst into the box behind the visitors defence and cut the ball back for Boyle on the six yard line but he failed to connect much to the relief of Wardrope.  Two minutes later and another twist of fortune saw the home side reduced to ten men when McEwan and Neil McGowan gave chase for a ball played down the Glens’ left flank, with no quarter given by either player, the sliding tackle of the Glens man was adjudged worthy of a straight red.  Richie McKillen replaced Boyle and slotted into McEwan’s position.

Soon after, Meadow introduced Frank Gibson for Zander Ryan in a tactical move that immediately raised the tempo of the visitors’ play and they began to peg back their hosts for long spells.  Ally Semple did well to leap at full stretch to clutch a Gareth Turner cross and hold the ball firmly to his chest as he fell to the ground as Gibson waited in vain for any spillage.

Midway through the half Gareth Armstrong left the park to rapturous applause from the home support in recognition of his tireless shift and was replaced by John Dempster. Any sense of relief at seeing the back of Bo (as they had most of the game) from the Meadow defence soon dissipated as Dempster deftly dinked the ball over ‘the McGowans’ into the box where Paul Murphy lobbed it for the top corner only for Wardrope to pull off a stunning save and then rush from his line to prevent McKenzie crashing home the rebound.

At the other end a dangerous ball in from the left was met by the gambolling Gibson at the back post but the quality of his header failed to match that of his leap and ball ended well off target.  Glenafton responded with a slick passing move on the sticky surface. McKillen broke down a Meadow attack on the edge of the box and fed McKenzie in midfield, he then in turn picked out Dempster wide on the right.  Cutting inside he deposited the ball with Craig Potter on the outskirts of the box who rolled the ball wide left to the overlapping McKillen to slip it back into the danger area for the incoming Dempster and although his shot beat Wardrope it went inches wide.  On 73 minutes Wardrope blocked Dempster’s powerful shot but the offside flag was up in any case, however McKenzie had only eyes for the rebound and volleyed it into the net from 18 yards out, only to be booked for wasting time! The pair then combined to take the ball to the dead ball line where Dempster’s cut back looked destined for Murphy only for the alert Gibson to make a last ditch clearance.

With the light beginning to fail as quick as the rain was now falling Meadow conjured up an equaliser on 85 minutes when after a scramble to clear a free-kick launched into the Glens’ box saw the ball fall for Chris McGowan and the former Cumnock defender showed great composure and some panache to blast the ball home from short range.

Credit to Glenafton their heads remained aloft as they went in search of a winner. In the closing minute of regulation time McKenzie’s menacing forced Neil McGowan to concede a corner. The kick delivered by McKenzie was headed on its way by Murphy only to be bravely punched from the head of McChesney by Wardrope.  Two minutes into injury time Craig Menzies and Murphy combined well down the right before the Glens’ captain played the ball into the box, where despite giving C. McGowan yards of a start, Dempster got to it first and rolled it into the path of Danny Mitchell who drilled the ball low and hard into the far corner beyond the reach of Wardrope – what a winner.

Danny Mitchell bags the winner

The falling gloom was instantly illuminated with fantastic scenes of a team united in celebration, as the huddle of flame red shirts merged into one large fireball – sadly not quite bright enough to compensate for the failing shutter speed of my camera already suffering from shaking with joy!

Come Awa’ the Afton

Glenafton Athletic: Semple; Menzies. McChesney, G. Mitchell, McEwan; McKenzie, Potter, Murphy, D.Mitchell; Boyle (McKillen) , Armstrong  (Dempster)

Irvine Meadow: Wardrope  McKeever  Halliday  N McGowan  C McGowan  McGuinness  Ryan  Hamilton (Reader)  Barr  Parker (Strain Jnr) Turner.

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Other scores : Arthurlie 4 Beith 1; Ashfield 1 Petershill 2; Auchinleck 3 Kirkintilloch 3; Clydebank 2 Cumnock 1; Pollok 2 Shotts 1

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Petershill 3 Glenafton 0

Stagecoach West Region Premier Division

Saturday 3rd November 2012 , Petershill Park,  Glasgow

PETERSHILL 3 (2)

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 0 (0)

Glenafton on the back of an unbeaten October (3 wins and 1 draw)  travelled to face high-flying Petershill in the first match between the two sides since June 2011 when the North Glasgow side retained their Premiership status with a 1-0 aggregate win over the Ayrshire side in the end of season play-off.

Paul McKenzie picked up an early yellow card as the game began at a frantic pace with the home side playing impressive football on the plastic pitch, Stephen McGladrigan in particular catching the eye. On 25 minutes the Peasy striker came close to breaking the deadlock only to be denied by a fine block from an alert Ally Semple. The Glenafton keeper’s counterpart Michael White pulled off a brilliant save in tipping a Gareth Armstrong drive over the bar. Petershill’s pressure paid off on 32 minutes when Semple parried a Richie Burke shot and Ryan Craig netted the rebouned. Seven minutes later the menacing McGladrigan doubled the home side’s tally after latching on to a long clearance and finishing in some style. Just before the break John Paul Boyle came close to halving the visitor’s deficit only for his effort to smack off the crossbar. H/T Petershill 2 Glenafton 0

The game continued to be played at a pace with a dominant Petershill well in control and the Glens were restricted to a few chances by a determined defence marshalled by Ryan Jordan and Ross McCabe.  Although well on top the home side could not conjure up a killer third goal and the visitors began to make some inroads in the closing 15 minutes, however on the occasions when the home defence was breached keeper White kept a clean sheet with some immaculate handling. With 5 minutes to go substitute Sean McKenna, so often a thorn in the Glens’ side through the seasons, came out on top in a goalmouth scramble and nipped in to score from close range. F/T Petershill 3 Glenafton 0

Petershill: White  Hadden  Maxwell  McCabe  Jordan  Murch  Finnigan Craig  McGladragin  Woods  Burke  subs  McKenna  O’Keane  Barclay  Black (gk)

Glenafton: Semple; Menzies, McChesney, G. Mitchell, McEwan; McKenzie, Potter, Murphy, Cochrane (D.Mitchell); Armstrong, Boyle (Campbell) subs. Colligan, Dempster, Dunsmuir (gk)

Other Scores: Ashfield 5 Irvine Meadow 2; Beith 2 Pollok 2; Clyebank 1 Arthurlie 2; Cumnock 0 Auchinleck 2; Kirkintilloch 4 Shotts 2

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Glenafton 3 Ashfield 1

Stagecoach West Region Premier Division

Saturday 27th October , Loch Park, New Cumnock

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 3 (2)

ASHFIELD 1 (1)

Glenafton secured their first league win of the season with a dominant display against Ashfield at Loch Park and extended their unbeaten run to four matches. In doing so they also claimed their first league victory over the Saracen Park side having drawn two and lost two of the previous encounters.

The scene was set as early as the second minute when the visitors’ central defence was left chasing the clean pair of heels shown by John Paul Boyle as he broke into the box. After rounding keeper Stephen Hall the Glens’ striker was left an impossible angle from which to score and there were no takers for his chip into the six yard box. Three minutes later Gareth Armstrong’s diving header from eight yards out was parried by Hall at full stretch and in a flash Boyle had nicked the loose ball, turned defender Jamie Coll, and delivered another telling cross into the danger area only for it to be cleared by Jamie Darroch.

On 11 minutes Ashfield showed their teeth when Paul Maxwell, who had bagged 5 goals in his previous two visits to Loch Park, got behind the Glens’ defence but his square ball across the face of the goal fell betwixt and between team-mates Willie Ferguson and Gary McCann and the chance was gone.

Back came Glenafton when Paul McKenzie released Craig Menzies down the right and his cut back from the dead ball line escaped the grasp of the grounded Hall and found Paul Murphy who hit a low drive from 15 yards out only for Darroch, with his keeper stranded,  to come to the rescue again. The home side’s pressure delivered the opening goal on 17 minutes after Armstrong with his back to goal and on the outskirts of the penalty area fended off the attention of Jim Smith to touch the ball into the path of Gus Cochrane who met it first time and cracked a left footer into the net from 20 yards out beyond the wrong-footed Hall.

Gus grabs opening goal

Ashfield tried to strike back in double quick time but Maxwell and Ferguson lost the aerial battle as central defenders Glen Mitchell and Ryan McChesney snuffed out the danger before Craig Potter mopped up the loose ball. At the other end Murphy took time out from bossing the midfield to thunder a shot from 25 yards that flashed just wide of Hall’s post and minutes later he beat Mark Thompson to head the ball into the box where it was gathered by John Paul Boyle and then volleyed with venom beyond Hall at full stretch to double the home side’s lead with 24 minutes gone.

JP Boyle slams home the second

Although Ashfield mustered the occasional attack the home side continued to press and appeared to have extended their lead ten minutes from the break. A Craig McEwan free-kick was double-fisted cleared by Hall only for the ball to be returned into the packed box and fall for Armstrong who prodded the ball home from the six yard line, but from an offside position. Three minutes later the game took on a new complexion when the visitors conjured up a classy goal. A quick passing move that took the ball from box to box, including a brilliant back-heel, ended with  McCann on the right drilling the ball to the near post where the incoming Shaun Fraser saw off the challenge from Menzies and keeper Ally Semple to guide the ball home.

Fraser finds the net

Before the half-time whistle Hall tipped a Murphy shot wide of target and then punched clear the resultant corner to keep his team in the hunt at the break. H/T Glens 2 Ashfield 1

Ashfield began the new half brightly winning an early free kick at the edge of the box but although Smith’s effort beat the wall it flew high over the bar.  A cross from the right flashed across the goalmouth where Mitchell got a vital touch to deny the incoming Maxwell and Armstrong headed clear the resultant corner.

Gradually Glenafton got a grip of the game again and a perfectly timed tackle deep in the box by Darroch brought another excellent run by Boyle to an end. An Armstrong free kick skimmed over the bar, albeit Hall seemed to have it covered. On 55 minutes Cochrane skipped over Thomson’s tackle on the half way line and released Boyle down the left who made a bee-line for the box where he turned Smith inside out and, before Darroch could prevent him, then fired for goal which beat Hall at full stretch only for the ball to crack of the base of the post. Seven minutes later a McEwan free kick from wide on the left and high into the box evaded the outstretched arm of the high leaping Hall and everyone else in the danger area, all of whom could only watch as the ball skimmed inches wide of the far post.

Inches wide!

The game entered a spell of end-to-end play where both sides carved out a couple of chances that lacked the finishing touch. Ashfield’s substitute Chris Hall cut the ball across the face of goal but again it missed the intended target Maxwell.  A long throw-in from the left initiated some head tennis in the Glens’ box the ball eventually won by doubles partners Mitchell and McChesney. At the other end a Murphy cross to the back post was met by Armstrong but Hall did well to get low to push the ball behind for a corner. On 74 minutes the keeper pulled off the save of the match to again foil Armstrong after Boyle had burst into the box at pace and picked out his fellow striker on the six yard line only for Hall to bravely spread himself across the goal and brilliantly block the ball. Minutes later a knock down in the box by Armstrong saw Boyle nick in behind the central defenders but the alert Hall bravely rushed to edge of his six yard box to clutch the ball at the feet of the Glens’ live-wire.

Save of rhe match from Stephen Hall

Two minutes later an injured Paul McKenzie was replaced by Richie McKillen. In no time the substitute set up Glenafton’s third goal when his cut back from the bye-line into a packed penalty box ended with Darroch for once mistiming his tackle and flooring Boyle. On 79 minutes up stepped Gareth Armstrong to send Hall the wrong way from the penalty spot.

Bo makes its 3-0 for Glens

On 78 minutes a Cochrane corner kick was lofted to the far side of the box and as McChesney made his run for his header his heels were clicked by Wright earning the Ashfield man a second yellow card and Glenafton a second penalty. The outstanding Hall got the better of Armstrong and at full stretch got both hands to parry the ball back into the danger area where Maxwell’s presence did enough to ensure that Cochrane’s attempt to net the rebound only found the side netting.

With five minutes to go Armstrong left to a rousing reception from the home support while the fresh legs and pace of his replacement Bobby Colligan gave the visitors’ 10 men some more anxious moments but thanks chiefly to the Hall’s heroics there was no further scoring. F/T Glenafton 3 Ashfield 1

Glenafton: Semple, McEwan, McChesney, Mitchell, Menzies; McKenzie (McKillen), Murphy, Potter, Cochrane; Armstrong (Colligan), Boyle. Subs Bell (trialist), Dunsmuir (gk)

Ashfield: S Hall, Coll, Darroch, Smith, Coll; McCann, Thomson, Fraser, Wright; Maxwell, Ferguson. Subs C. Hall, Mackay, Chalmers, McShane, Martin

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Other Scores: Auchinleck 5 Clydebank 1, Irvine Meadow 2 Cumnock 1, Pollok 2 Kirkintilloch 2, Shotts 0 Petershill 0

Footnote:  The Glenafton Athletic Boys Club 2000s visited Loch Park with the wonderful trophy that they won in Parma, Italy last Sunday after defeating hosts ACD Colorno (1-0) and UP Vitrus (2-0) in the triangular tournament. Proud parents, families and friends gathered to join the crowd in showing their appreciation during the boys’ lap of honour.

Glenafton Athletic Boys Club 2000’s with the Parma 2012 Trophy

Well done Afton Lads!

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Glenafton 3 Clydebank 2

Emirates Scottish Junior Cup 2nd round

Sat 20th October, Loch Park, New Cumnock

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 3 (2)

CLYDEBANK 2 (2)

FORTUNE FAVOURS THE BRAVE

A gutsy Glenafton maintained their 100% cup record over Clydebank (albeit three games) despite going behind twice in the brilliant sunshine at Loch Park to the side that had outshone them at Holm Park three weeks ago.

Gareth Armstrong returned to the front-line partnering Gareth Campbell up front, while Gus Cochrane came in for the suspended Danny Mitchell. In the visitors ranks was former Glenafton defender Gordon Moffat.

Both sides came out of the blocks in best cup-tie fashion and in the opening minutes keeper Robert Hamilton cut out a dangerous cut-back by Gareth Campbell while at the other end a cracking Chris Wilson drive whistled wide of Ally Semple’s post, taking a nick on the way to win a corner. Panic ensued in the home box when the ball took a wicked bounce from a Wilson shot and foiling Semple but the keeper recovered to make a brave block from Ross Macpherson only for the Bankies to come back for a second and third bite as the home guard struggled to clear their lines. Eventually the breakthrough came when a clever pass by Andrew Paterson from the centre circle picked out Joe Andrew,  wide on the right and breaking into the busy box, who then drilled the ball low and hard into the far corner of the net, just shy of the five minute mark.

Joe Andrew (10) scores the opener

However, within two minutes the home side were on level terms when Paul McKenzie tight on the right-touchline whipped the ball into the goal mouth but it was too near Hamilton to cause any damage, or so it seemed, before the unfortunate keeper let the ball slip from his clutches and fall into the net.

Paul McKenzie takes the plaudits

The sides swapped chances as play continued to move from end to end and both keepers came out on top in aerial battles, Semple denying MacPherson and Hamilton fending off Gareth Armstrong.  With a quarter of an hour gone Glenafton conjured up their best move when Craig Potter deftly lofted the ball over the Bankies back-line into the box for the overlapping Craig McEwan to gather and then drive for the outskirts of the six yard box before blasting the ball for goal from an acute angle only for it to bulge the side netting. A series of corner of kicks at both ends came and went with neither side able to convert them into a lead.

On 20 minutes however the Paterson and Andrew combination put Clydebank ahead for a second time.  Paterson pushed his way up the left flank unimpeded before chipping a perfectly placed ball over the heads of the Glens’ defence for the alert Joe Andrew who then killed the ball expertly before rounding the keeper and slamming the ball home.

Joe Andrew bags his brace

Four minutes later Armstrong won the ball in the air and his knock down into the box was met by Campbell who fended off the attention of Paterson only for Hamilton to rush from his line and make a fine block. Up the park and the Bankies won a free kick 25 yards out and although Macpherson’s well struck attempt beat the wall it sailed over Semple’s bar. The visitors enjoyed a spell of sustained pressure creating a number of half chances that were mopped up by the home defence; however they could only look on when fine play by Wilson ended with his fierce shot beating Semple at full stretch but whiz wide of the post. End-to-end play resumed but neither side could add to their tally before the break. H/T Glenafton 1 Clydebank 2

Injuries forced the Glens to replace Richie McKillen with Craig Menzies and captain Paul Murphy with John Paul Boyle. The fresh faces were soon in the thick of the action as the home side’s determination saw them take the ball down the right to the bye-line where Menzies cut the ball across the face of goal for Campbell  but he sclaffed his shot high and wide of target.  On 50 minutes Hamilton got his fingers to a thunderous free-kick from McEwan to tip the ball over the bar as Glenafton continued to press.  Soon after Boyle breached the Bankies box skipping past Martin McInnes to home in own goal but his shot from the narrowest of angles found the side netting.  Just after the hour mark Glenafton were back on level terms.  Great work by Potter and Menzies down the right touch line ended with the latter firing the ball from the corner to the far side of the box where McKenzie headed it back into the mix. As both sides fought for the loose ball Ryan Kelly’s attempted clearance was met by the blocking foot of the incoming Craig Potter on the penalty spot and the ball flew into the bottom corner of the net.

Craig Potter pots the ball in the far corner

Bankies bounced back and quickly forced a corner kick which was won in the air by substitute Ross Campbell only for Semple to plummet to the ground and clutch the loose ball. The keeper then bravely dived at the feet of Andrew after a lightning break down the left by substitute Ally Graham had set up the striker for a sniff at his hat-trick. At the other end a Campbell drive from 20 yards was helped on its way by McKenzie some 10 yards out from goal but Hamilton parried the ball and gathered it safely before Boyle could hunt down the loose ball.

Midway through the half the Clydebank came within a whisker of taking the lead for the third time. Another exquisite pass into the box was met first time by Andrew and his flick at goal was blocked by Semple on the edge of the six yard box who then dived to grab the loose ball only for Graham to kick it goalward from his grasp but Glen Mitchell was on hand to clear it off the line. The ball then fell conveniently into the arms of the grounded keeper, who held it tightly and saw off the hefty challenge from Gold.   Semple then held a well struck shot from 20 yards out by Paterson and soon after Ryan McChesney and Mitchell double-teamed to prevent Tommy Martin from testing the keeper after fine play saw him menace his way into the box.

With two minutes of regulation play remaining Glenafton got their noses in front for the first time with Menzies again the provider. His quickly taken throw-in from wide on the right was returned by Boyle and the ball instantly whipped over deep into the box where Gold’s attempt to head clear was gathered by Paul McKenzie and then drilled for goal the ball deflecting of the leg of Gold and into the roof of the net.

Taz fires home the winner

In a frantic finish Boyle released Campbell but Hamilton won the race for the ball rushing to the 18 yard line to block the Glens’ striker.  At other end Martin won a corner-kick which was cleared with conviction by McChesney, Mitchell & Co.  In the Bankies’ last throw of the die, Gold launched a long throw deep into the box with defender Gordon Moffat the target only for Menzies to get a toe to the ball and his clearance greeted by the final whistle. F/T Glenafton 3 Clydebank 2

Glenafton: Semple; McEwan, McChesney, G. Mitchell, McKillen (Menzies); McKenzie (Colligan), Murphy (Boyle), Potter, Cochrane;  Armstrong, Campbell Subs. Dunsmuir (gk)

Clydebank: Hamilton Bell Paterson Kelly McInnes Moffat Gold Martin Macpherson Andrew Wilson Subs. Clark, Graham, Berry, Walker, Campbell

Full report to follow

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Shotts 1 Glenafton 1

Stagecoach West Region Premier Division

Saturday 13h October 2012 , Hannah Park,  Shotts

SHOTTS BON ACCORD 1 (1)

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 1 (1)

Glenafton made three changes to side that defeated Troon in the West of Scotland Cup last week as they travelled to face fellow promoted side Shotts Bon Accord in the first Premier Division encounter between the two sides at Hannah Park since February 2011, when goals from Stephen Docherty and Paul McKenzie help secure a 2-1 victory. In came Richie McKillen, Craig Potter and Gareth Campbell while Craig Menzies, Gareth Armstrong and John Paul Boyle took their place on the bench.

The visitors got off to a determined start in the pouring rain pressing back the home side on a very slippy pitch and forcing three corners in a row, all of which were frantically scrambled cleared by the Shotts defenders. The home side responded in style and in 6 minutes Ally Semple brilliantly tipped over a net bound shot from Tam Hanlon. Back came Glenafton and on 11 minutes midfielder Paul McKenzie won possession in a very crowded penalty box and picked his spot to place the ball beyond keeper Johnny Murdoch.

Super Ally

The visitors were now moving the ball about well in difficult conditions and the back division was looking pretty solid. However, just before the half hour mark Danny Mitchell earned a straight red card for a two footed tackle to reduce Glenafton to ten men. Momentum swung Shotts way as the home side probed for openings with Colin Williamson dictating play in the midfield. Four minutes from the break Allan McKenzie burst through and hammered the ball home for the equaliser. Two minutes later former Glens’ striker Adam Coakley earned his side a penalty, but the visitors would feel justice was done when Semple pulled off a fine diving save to keep Coakley’s effort out. H/T Shotts 1 Glens 1

Shotts applied pressure to the Glens defence who were in no mood to give anything away as the second period got going. Apart from mopping up through balls Semple looked quite comfortable. McChesney who was outstanding took a real sore knock and had to leave the game with Craig Menzies slotting perfectly into the middle of the back four. While later Gus Cochrane and JP Boyle provided much needed fresh legs for the 10 men side. The hosts huffed and puffed and tended at time to over play the ball. Glens stuck to their system rigidly and deserved the well-earned point as well as the well-earned round of applause from the travelling fans.  F/T Shotts 1 Glens 1

Shotts: Murdoch  Finnigan  Burns  Wharton  Walker  Williamson  Hanlon  Scott  Coakley  McKenzie  Sideserf.   Subs Gray  Whelan  Kerr

Glenafton:  Semple  McEwan  McChesney  G. Mitchell  McKillen  McKenzie  Murphy  Potter D. Mitchell  Campbell  Colligan  subs.  Cochrane  Menzies  Boyle  Armstrong  Dunsmuir ( gk )

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Glenafton 2 Troon 0

New Coin Automatics West of Scotland Cup 1stround

Sat 6th October, Loch Park, New Cumnock

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 2 (1)

TROON  0 (0)

Ryan McChesney returned to the centre of the Glens defence following the midweek departure of Robbie Henderson to Rob Roy while Gareth Armstrong recovered from injury partnered John Paul Boyle. Vistors Troon, winners at Loch Park last season in the Ayrshire Weekly Press Cup Semi-final had former Glenafton players Dougie Ramsay and Martin Ure in their starting eleven.

Paul ‘Taz’ McKenzie

The home side got off to a flying start and in 2 minutes Paul McKenzie turned inside and gave keeper Martin Barclay no change to give the Glens an early lead. Three minutes later Ure was perfectly placed to clear the ball off the line after Bobby Colligan beat the goalie. Some neat passing place set up Boyle to crack a screamer only for Barclay to pull off a brilliant save.  Troon found their feet as well as their passing game and the match opened up with long spells of end-to-end play. Semple in Glenafton’s goals now saw much more of the action and conjured up two good saves to preserve the home side’s narrow lead. H/T Glens 1 Troon 0

Gareth ‘Bo’ Armstrong

The second half proved very much to be a mirror image of the first when the home side enjoying the early pressure and again finding the net two minutes into the half. As Boyle burst free in the box he was hauled back by the defender and after consultation the referee awarded the home side a penalty, a decision that divided opinion – one view the defender was fortunate to stay on the park, the other the home side were fortunate to get the award. In any case Gareth Armstrong eventually stepped up to score from the spot and double the home side’s advantage.  Boyle came close to extending the lead but his diving header whizzed past the post. Troon again fought back aided by the introduction of Dale Moore and Tony Murphy both with strong Glenafton connections. In turn the home side shored up the back line with Richie McKillen and welcomed back midfielder Gus Cochrane to the fold and saw the game out, not without a scare or two. F/T Glens 2 Troon 0

Glenafton: Semple; McEwan, McChesney, G.Mitchell, Menzies; McKenzie, Murphy, D.Mitchell, Colligan; Armstrong, Boyle. Subs McKillen, Cochrane, Potter, Dunsmuir (gk)

Troon: Barclay; Ure Roy Keenan Cairns Armstrong Ramsay Chatham Wilson Gillies Gilmour Subs Moore Murphy Seymour Rae

 

 

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Robbie to Rob Roy

Robbie bows out at Bankies

Having reluctantly placed Robbie Henderson on the transfer list at the player’s own request last week Glenafton have completed the transfer of the club captain to Kirkintilloch Rob Roy.  Robbie joined the Glens in March 2011 and made 66 appearances for the club,  scoring two goals and captained the side to the Super League 1st Division championship last season.

Glenafton would like to thank Robbie and wish him all the best for the future. .

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Gus returns to Glens

Gus Cochrane leaves Troon beached

Glenafton are delighted to announce that Gus Cochrane has returned to Loch Park. The midfielder joined the Glens on a loan deal from Stranraer in February last season. He made 17 appearances for the club and scored two goals including a cracker in the 5-0 promotion clinching match over East Kilbride Thistle. Welcome back Gus.

In other squad news, striker John Dempster will be out through injury for six weeks while Gareth Armstrong is yet to recover from the knock sustained against Arthurlie.

Glenafton have been drawn at home to Clydebank in the 2nd Round of the Emirates Scottish Junior Cup. The full draw can be found here .

Ties to be played on Saturday 20th October.

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Clydebank 3 Glenafton 0

Stagecoach West Region Premier Division

Saturday 29th September , Holm Park, Glasgow

CLYDEBANK 3 (3)

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 0 (0)

A quick thinking and slick-passing Clydebank proved too hot to handle for Glenafton in a first half at Holm Park which ended with the impressive home side three goals to the good. The visitors got their passing game going after the break but couldn’t convert any of the number of chances they created to cut the deficit before the Bankies found a second wind when they too saw some good chances go a begging.

Transfer-listed captain Robbie Henderson teamed up with Glen Mitchell at the heart of the Glenafton defence. There was no place however for injured strikers John Dempster, who will be out for six weeks, and top goalscorer Gareth Armstrong and the visitors started with John Paul Boyle and Gareth Campbell up front.  In the Bankies side was former Glenafton defender Gordon Moffat, fresh from his brace of penalty kicks in the cracking 4-0 win over Bathgate in the Emirates Scottish Junior Cup 1st round  last week-end.

In the opening minute Campbell caught Clydebank cold and released Boyle down the right who burst into the box before drilling a low drive that was well held by keeper Robert Hamilton.   The promising start disappeared quicker than the overhead planes on their descent to Glasgow Airport as the Bankies propelled themselves into a two goal lead on just beyond the quarter hour mark. On 9 minutes live wire Paul Allum forced his way down the right and as he cut into the penalty area clipped the ball forward for Ally Graham to gather and square it across the six yard line where Ross McPherson was on hand to poke the ball home beyond the reach of Ally Semple.

Ross McPherson opens the scoring

Seven minutes on, McPherson lined up to fire a free kick from 25 yards out, or so it seemed, instead he calmly rolled the ball into the box for Paul Allum to peel off the end of the Glens’ wall, collect the ball and drill a low shot past Semple from an acute angle.

Although the visitors got themselves back into the game and enjoyed an equal share of possession their efforts, particularly those of Campbell who chased every ball, failed to generate any chances that severely tested Hamilton. At the other end, with 32 minutes gone, Semple pulled off a stunning save after Graham finished a blistering run down the left with a stinging shot.  Six minutes later the home side extended their lead with the move of the match.  It began in the Bankies’ box with Andy Paterson bringing a Craig Menzies attack to an end and feeding Ian Gold, tight on the left touch-line, who instantly despatched the ball up field for it to be played across the middle of the park in stages before arriving at Allum wide on the right who in turn played it down the flank to Vinny Berry but with his way to goal blocked by Richie McKillen he returned the ball to Allum who whipped it high into the 6 yard box and although the leaping McPherson failed to connect there was the instigator of the move Ian Gold on hand to bend low and guide the ball over the line.

The Glens almost cut the Clydebank cushion to two within a minute.  Craig McEwan and Menzies combined well down the right before Menzies picked out Danny Mitchell on the edge of the box who shielded the ball from Tommy Martin and took Moffat out of play with a cute pass to the incoming Boyle who cracked a great shot only for Hamilton at full stretch to push the ball wide of target.

JP Boyle denied by Robert Hamilton

The keeper then leaped above all and sundry to punch the resultant corner kick half way up the park. A minute later Hamilton did enough to take the sting out of a 25 yard thunderbolt from McEwan and collect the loose ball at the second attempt. H/T Clydebank 3 Glens 0

As in the first half the visitors caught the home side wanting from the kick-off. Again Campbell found Boyle who burst into the box between Paul Bell and Paterson but the latter managed to get a touch to force the Glens man to go wide of the grounded Hamilton and well wide of the gaping goal. Boyle then and cut the ball back to Paul McKenzie whose chip into box was headed clear but found its way back to midfielder and his subsequent drive at goal blocked by a host of Bankies back in defence. The Glens continued to press and Hamilton again showed a clean pair of hands to rise and clutch another dangerous ball into the box.

The home side conjured up some respite with a quick slick passing move between Allum and McPherson setting up Graham but his close range header sailed over the bar without troubling Semple. Back came Glenafton to force a couple of corners that were eventually mopped up by an unnerved home guard. Clever thinking and a burst of speed on 51 minutes saw Menzies defeat the Bankies offside trap and gather the ball wide on the left before firing it across to the far side of the box where McKenzie killed the ball and tried a delicate chip shop which skimmed over Hamilton’s crossbar. Seven minutes later and another Glens’ corner kick was met full on by the head of Glen Mitchell but with Hamilton beaten Bell was on hand to block the ball from crossing the line.

Paul Bell clears Glen Mitchell’s header off the line

On 65 minutes McPherson through on goal looked certain to add to his and the Bankies’ tally only for Semple to pull off a stunning save. Nevertheless the chance confirmed that the home side had weathered the storm of the visitors start to the second half unscathed and the closing quarter of the match was much more even in terms of possession and chances. The pick of Glenafton’s chances arrived on 71 minutes when a McEwan free-kick played into the box was touched on by Paul Murphy to Richie McKillen who beat Allum to the ball but although his shot from 10 yards out soared past the airborne Hamilton the ball crashed off the bar.

Richie’s shot crashes off the bar

For the Bankies, McPherson came close to capping off a fine performance on 83 minutes when his shot from the corner of the box beat the keeper but drifted inches wide off the far post. In the last minute of the match Gareth Campbell, received a second yellow card for leading with a raised arm when jumping for the ball, a bit harsh on the workhorse of the Glenafton team who had himself to contend with some robust defending throughout the match. F/T Clydebank 3 Glenafton 0

Clydebank: Hamilton Bell Paterson Martin McInnes Moffat Allum Berry R. McPherson Graham Gold  subs Andrew Wilson Kelly Campbell C.McPherson (gk)

Glenafton:  Semple; McEwan, G. Mitchell, Henderson, McKillen; McKenzie, D.Mitchell, Murphy, Menzies (Colligan); Boyle (McManus), Campbell.  Subs McChesney, Cochrane, Dunsmuir (gk)

More photos here

Other scores: Arthurlie 2 Auchinleck 3; Beith 1 Petershill 4; Cumnock 3 Shotts 0; Pollok 1 Ashfield 0

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