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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Champion Celebrations

Glenafton Athletic were presented with the Super League 1st Division Championship Trophy by Kenny Young of the SJFA, who congratulated the club on their well earned success. In a packed Campbell Hall the players and management team  celebrated with the committee and supporters and were enthusiastically entertained by live music and some stunning karaoke performances :)

The stars of the show however were the young families of the players who showed their proud mums and dads how to party and I’m sure Darren Henderson was taking note that there were a couple of budding Glens’ players of the future on show,

Club secretary John Stewart would like to thank everyone that came along to share in the celebrations, from those that have followed the club for many years to the ‘young team’ that have played their role at the 12th man this season.

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Cashy for Abbey

Cashy celebrates against Newmains

Ian Cashmore has moved to Abbey Park to join one of his former clubs Kilwinning Rangers. He joined the Glens from Girvan in September 2012 and scored in his debut later that month in a 4-3 win over then league leaders Ardrossan Winton Rovers. Cashy made 31 appearances for the Glens with just over half of these from the bench and scored six goals, including a double against Newmains United in the Scottish Junior Cup 3rd round tie at Loch Park.

The club would like to thank Ian and wish him all the best for the future.

Stevie Kerrigan

Stevie Kerrigan

Due to work commitments Stevie Kerrigan has stepped down from his position of assistant manager. The Glens would like to thank Stevie for his service to the club over the last 15 months and wish him all the best for the future. Kegs took the opportunity to thank everyone at the club and ‘leaves with a heavy heart but with enormous pride in what we all achieved’.


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Championship Presentation

 

Glenafton Athletic will be presented with the League Championship on Saturday 23rd June between 3 and 4pm at the Campbell Hall, Loch Park.

Manager, players their partners and family will be there.

There will be refreshments, bar, buffet, live music and a karaoke.

Everyone invited, lets celebrate the Glens great achievement.

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Just Champion – Glenafton

Glenafton Athletic Junior Football Club

Super League 1st Division Champions 2011/12

CHAMPIONEEEES

Glenafton Athletic clinched the Super League 1st Division championship this evening without kicking a ball. Second placed Shotts Bon Accord needed to beat Rutherglen Glencairn at the Clyde Gateway Stadium to pip the New Cumnock side to the title but the game ended in a goal-less draw and the Afton boys were champions on goal-difference, after both sides finished on 52 points.

Congratulations to all at the club , a perfect end to a great season.

The Flag Race

The chart below shows the points of the ultimate front runners for the flag and their accumulation of points by games played (as opposed to chronological) and the twists and turns.

The Race for the Flag

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Player of the Year Awards

Glenafton Athletic held the Player of the Year Awards for Season 2011/12 at the Campbell Hall, Loch Park, New Cumnock.

Before the individual awards were presented the gathering of management, players, committee, supporters and friends and acquaintances reflected on an excellent season that delivered promotion back to the Premier Division – a real Team Award.

The Roll of Honour and photos from the evening can be found here.

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Auchinleck 1 Glenafton 1

Evening Times Cup Winners Cup Quarter-Final

Wednesday 6th June , Beechwood Park, Auchinleck

AUCHINLECK TALBOT 1 (1)    (Talbot win 4-1 pens)

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 1 (1)

Almost a season separates this meeting of Talbot and Glenafton and the previous one back in August when the visitors humbled their hosts by inflicting a hefty 4-1 hammering. Now as then, the sun again bathed the Beechwood baize giving some credence to the local appellation of ‘God’s Little Acre’, albeit a name coined in that best Boswellian tradition of ‘taking critical liberties’.  Summer football however has its drawbacks and the ‘Malahide midgies’ temporarily abandoned their habitat on the Kirkland Green to descend upon the terraces in Goudie-esque numbers.  Unlike the pit-bull terrier that ‘invaded’ the pitch on a couple of occasions their bite proved to be worse than their bark.

The Glens were first to show their teeth with a shot by Paul McKenzie stinging the hands of keeper Brian McGarrity in the opening minute. Three minutes later Mick McCann came within a whisker of putting the home side ahead but just failed to get his head on the ball a few yards from the goal-line. Soon after the former Meadow striker cracked a shot off Semple’s near post from close range.

On 26 minutes Bobby Colligan flicked the ball over Gordon Pope’s head and into the box for John Dempster to gather. Leaving Gavin Collins for dead he then evaded the back-tracking Craig Pettigrew before getting his shot away only for McGarrity to drop down low and knee the ball out at the expense of a corner; the keeper then mopping this up punching the ball clear from Gareth Campbell’s head. Two minutes later McCann was released down the right and after showing the Glens’ back line a clean pair of heels he fired for goal from an acute angle but Semple blocked well and clutched the rebound to safety. McCann’s perseverance finally paid off and on 31  he wheeled on the goal line to blast a wicked corner kick into the roof of the net, converting probably the most difficult of his chances with some aplomb.

McCann can

The visitors responded strongly and Gareth Campbell, on for the injured Craig Potter, tested McGarrity with a low shot from the corner of the six yard box but once again the keeper’s knee (one of them) was put to good use. Glenafton upped the tempo and made several raids into the Talbot box. On 38 minutes Craig Menzies dispossessed Colin Spence and burst into the box and wrong footed Pope before squaring the ball to Armstrong who hit it first time from the penalty spot but once again the alert McGarrity had the measure of his opponent and having advanced to the six yard line trapped the ball dead between his feet.

Bo-w wow

The keeper however was less keen to handle the pit-bull terrier that wandered into the penalty area and it was left to Bo-w Armstrong to collar the invader. Four minutes before the break it was the turn of Glenafton’s terrier Paul ‘Taz’ McKenzie to cause panic in the Auchinleck rear guard and draw the sides level . It began with Armstrong rising to beat Collins and head the ball on to Dempster who perplexed Pettigrew and Pope before picking out McKenzie deep in the box albeit surrounded by black and gold shirts. A few Taz twists and turns had Steven White chasing the lengthening shadows and tempted Rikki Robb into a last ditch lunge but too late his low drive from 10 yards out was already net bound.

Taz tucks it away

Fan-Taz-Tic

A minute later McGarrity had to rush from his line to punch the ball from Armstrong’s head and as Campbell collected the loose ball he was bundled to the ground by former Afton defender Robb but the appeals for the penalty were waved away. Just before the break Collins timed his tackle perfectly after Colligan skinned Pope and raced for goal. H/T Talbot 1 Glens 1

The second half proved to be an end-to-end affair and although engrossing it fell short of the first forty-five in respect of goalmouth action.  Glenafton’s best chance fell midway through the half after McKenzie broke free from Ally Park to take the ball to the bye-line and whip in a vicious cross for Campbell to rise above Collins and Pope but although his header appeared destined for the corner of the net, McGarrity thought otherwise and dived full stretch to push the ball wide of its target.

Brian’s Ba’

Minutes later at the other end substitute David Gillies looked certain to score but instead blasted the ball into the side-netting from a few yards out. The last decent chance of the game fell to Talbot with two minutes to go with a cracking shot from Martin McGoldrick and an equally impressive save from Semple. F/T Talbot 1 Glens 1

Ally Semple got his hands to penalty kick specialist Gordon Pope’s attempt but still the ball found its way into the net to put the Talbot one up. Gareth Campbell almost burst the net to level the scores. Man-of-the-match Brian McGarrity saved consecutive kicks from Bobby Colligan and Ian Cashmore and with David Gillies and Kyle Faulds having converted their kicks Martin McGoldrick stepped up and blasted home the winning kick.

Auchinleck: McGarrity  Robb Pope Pettigrew (MCGoldrick) Collins White Spence (Gillies) Milliken (Latta) McCann Faulds

Glenafton: Semple; Menzies, McChesney (Cashmore), McKillen, McEwan; McKenzie, Potter (Campbell), Murphy, Colligan;  Armstrong (Boyle), Dempster

The game brings Glenafton season’s to a conclusion with promotion to the Premier Division in the bag and still an outside chance of the title.  Throughout the season the team has had the opportunity to face a number of Premier sides – Auchinleck (2), Beith, Clydebank, Cumnock, Irvine Meadow and Pollok and given a good account of themselves and look forward to returning to God’s Little Acre on league business next season, midgies or not.

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Shotts 3 Glenafton 2

West Region Super League 1st Division

Monday 4th June , Hannah Park, Shotts

SHOTTS BON ACCORD 3 (2)

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 2 (1)

Glenafton travelled to Hannah Park secure in the knowledge that not only is automatic promotion to the Premier Division already guaranteed but that victory over Scottish Junior Cup winners Shotts Bon Accord would clinch the Super League 1st Division championship. The hosts too , sitting 4th in the league and trailing the New Cumnock side by 10 points but with 4 games in hand, were very much still in the hunt for the title although as yet automatic promotion had to be secured.

With Paul McKenzie serving the second of his two match suspension Glenafton made one change from the team that had defeated East Kilbride to clinch promotion to the Premier Division, Gareth Campbell replacing Gus Cochrane.

Understandably the opening period was a scrappy and nervy affair with both sides surrendering possession cheaply as they struggled to find fluency in their play. Nevertheless, the game quickly settled into a pattern of chances being created at either end. The first flurry of goalmouth activity arrived on 8 minutes when Mark Sideserf whipped the ball  across the face of goal from wide on the left only for Richie McKillen to head it clear from the incoming Allan McKenzie and Colin Williamson then fire the loose ball over the bar. Two minutes later at the other end Gareth Campbell’s attempt to pick out John Paul Boyle in the box appeared to have been blocked by the arm of Brian Wharton, but the visitors’ penalty appeals were waved away.  Two minutes after that John Dempster wide on the right side-stepped Wharton and left Paul Burns trailing in his wake as he stormed his way into the box heading for goal before rolling the ball back for Campbell but the alert Williamson nicked in to steal the ball as the Glens man prepared to strike.

John Dempster closes in on goal

On 14 minutes the home side won the first corner of the match but keeper Ally Semple was the match of McKenzie punching the ball clear of the striker’s head. Soon after Gareth Armstrong sprung high above Darren Ferguson and his header from 12 yards out forced Craig Brown to dive low to push the ball round the post – the keeper then safely clutching the resultant corner.  A minute later a long ball released McKenzie upfield and he has raced into the box Semple simultaneously rushed from his line, only for the back-tracking Ryan McChesney to rob the striker of the ball with a perfectly timed tackle.  Six minutes later Craig Menzies lofted the ball over the heads of the Shotts back line into the box for Armstrong to chase but Brown raced from his line to bravely bundle the ball to safety.

Glenafton made the breakthrough on 29 minutes after some excellent play by John Paul Boyle. Forced tight on the right hand touchline by Wharton he twisted and turned and taking advantage of  Dempster shielding Burns made his way to the bye-line where he whipped the ball to the far side of the six yard box for Gareth Campbell to bullet a header beyond Brown and over the line despite Paul Finnigan’s best attempt to make a last ditch clearance. The home side’s protests resulted in the referee, who had given the goal, consulting with his assistant who firmly stood by their decision.

Gareth Campbell heads the Glens ahead

Shotts responded well to the set back and forced a couple of corners that were scrambled clear before drawing level on 38 minutes.  Sideserf’s route to the bye-line down the left flank was blocked by Menzies so instead he played the ball back to Burns who instantly fired a wicked cross to the back post for Tony Fleming to slam home, the visitors appeal for offside waved away and accepted without fuss. Two minutes later the home side almost got their noses in front when a superb ball from John Boyack picked out McKenzie down the left who lobbed the ball over the head of Semple, the keeper having sprinted to the edge of his box, and both could only look on with contrasting hopes as the ball bounced narrowly wide of the gaping net.

Tony Fleming fires in the equaliser

A minute before the break Wharton broke up a Glenafton attack and launched the ball up the park where Alan McKenzie gathered and shielded off the attention of McChesney before coolly lifting the ball high over Semple on his six yard line and into the welcoming net. H/T Shotts 2 Glens 1

Despite the half-time interruption Shotts’ tails were still up and they were first to show after the re-start. Although the free kick won near the corner flag failed to beat  Glenafton’s wall the resultant corner caused more of a panic with Dempster winning the first header before Robbie Henderson’s header finally clearing the danger.  Five minutes later in the other box Paul Murphy beat Wharton to the ball and his header fell for Armstrong with his back to goal, but the striker’s overhead kick went wide of Brown’s post.

Tony Fleming puts Shotts 3-1 up

Both sides exchanged half chances before Shotts doubled their lead on 63 minutes when a touch of finesse from Finnigan saw him jink past McKillen to get to the bye-line and send over a stunning cross for Tony Fleming to head home from under the bar at the far post.  Six minutes later Semple kept the visitors in the game when he dived full length to push away a Boyack blast from 25 yards and then spring to his feet to prevent substitute Craig Miles from side-footing the rebound home. A minute later an Armstrong looping header from 12 yards out left Brown anxiously looking on as the ball went over his bar.

On the hour mark JP Boyle made way for Bobby Colligan and the change almost paid off immediately.  Picking the ball up 25 yards or so from goal his blistering pace left Finnigan and Wharton for dead before he blasted the ball from 8 yards out but Brown, by now on his six yard line, pulled off a stunning save.  A minute later Colligan combined with McKillen who floated the ball into a packed penalty box where Gareth Armstrong beat Fleming to the ball and prodded it through a ruck of defenders into the far corner of Brown’s net.

Gareth Armstrong halves the deficit

Five minutes later Semple denied substitute Murray Watson and from then on the home front men were content to hold on to the ball while the defence held Glenafton at bay. Deep into time added on Armstrong tried valiantly to convert a head flick into the box by Dempster, but the Glens striker had to overstretch and the ball sailed wide of target. F/T Shotts 3 Glens 2

Shotts: Brown Finnigan Burns Wharton Ferguson Boyack Fleming Williamson McKenzie Scott Sideserf Subs: Miles Watson Jack McStay Sullivan McKenna Murdoch

Glenafton: Semple; Menzies (McEwan), McChesney, Henderson, McKillen; Campbell, Potter, Murphy, Dempster; Boyle (Colligan), Armstrong. Subs Cashmore, Dunsmuir

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Shotts v Glenafton

West Region Super League 1st Division

Monday  4th June , Hannah Park, Shotts

SHOTTS BON ACCORD v GLENAFTON ATHLETIC

Glenafton travel to Hannah Park this evening secure in the knowledge that not only is automatic promotion to the Premier Division already guaranteed but that victory over Scottish Junior Cup winners Shotts Bon Accord will clinch the Super League 1st Division championship.

Although this will be the Glens last league game of the season Shotts still have a further four more games to play – Cumbernauld (A), Girvan (H),  Thorniewood (A) and Rutherglen (A) – and so no matter the outcome of the match there are still a number of matters to be resolved in both the race for the title, automatic  promotion and the play-off positions.

Good luck Glenafton – Come Awa’ the Afton!

Well done Glens

 

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Glenafton 2000s Awards

The Glenafton Athletic Boys Club 2000s celebrated the end of a great season with an awards presentation at Loch Park last night.

Congratulations to all at Glenafton 2000s

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