Meadow 0 Glenafton 2

New Coin Automatics West of Scotland Cup 2nd round

Sat22nd December, Meadow Park, Irvine

IRVINE MEADOW 0 (0)

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 2 (1)

M&M’s for Sweet Afton

Murphy and Mitchell struck early at the beginning of each half for Glenafton to exact revenge for the semi-final defeat to Meadow in last season’s West of Scotland cup to send the holders crashing out the competition.

Glenafton welcomed back Gareth Campbell to the starting line-up in their first competitive match in four weeks. There was no sign of ring-rustiness as they pushed back Meadow from the kick-off and only a superb save by Michael Wardrope prevented Paul McKenzie from opening the scoring in three minutes after the midfielder nicked into the six yard box to get onto a Paul Murphy cross. From the resultant corner the keeper then leaped to take the ball off the head of Ryan McChesney at the expense of another corner.

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Paul Murphy slots home the opener

The home side had yet to breach their opponents’ box by the time Glenafton’s pressure had earned them yet another corner-kick with 11 minutes gone. John Dempster’s run from the back to near post wasn’t matched by his marker Chris McGowan and the Glens forward flicked the ball back to from where he came and the incoming Paul Murphy had a free run to slam the ball home from three yards out.

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Meadow reacted well to the set back and fine play by new signing Findlay Frye ended with Willie Kinniburgh having a close range effort scrambled clear after which the game entered into a period of end-to-end play with neither side able to find the net. The holders went close on 27 minutes when Frye’s header from a free kick deep into the box was headed off the line by the outstanding Craig Potter while at the other end a Dempster header whizzed across the face of the Meadow goal.

Paul McKenzie nicks the ball from Richie Barr

Paul McKenzie nicks the ball from Richie Barr

Meadow pressed for the equaliser in the closing 15 minutes of the half with Richie Barr at the heart of most of the potent play.  His thunderbolt from the corner of the six yard threatened to burst the side netting and five minutes from the interval he had two bites at the cherry before Semple got a foot to push a low drive out for a corner. H/T Meadow 0 Glens 1

With what light there had been fading badly the Glens began the half brightly with John Paul Boyle and Dempster menacing their way into the Meadow box albeit without success. On 51 minutes Dempster, on the left, squared the ball to Campbell in the centre circle who rather than play the expected one-two chipped an exquisite ball through the middle and over the flat-footed Meadow defence for Danny Mitchell to gather the ball at the edge of the ‘D’, take a touch and then from 16 yards out perfectly place the ball beyond the reach of Wardrope.

Danny Mitchell

Danny Mitchell

Ten minutes later brother Glen Mitchell, a tower of strength in defence all game, bulleted a header wide of target from a corner kick earned through Dempster’s determination.  Meadow, as well, forced a couple of corner kicks but each was repelled by Semple’s safe hands, the leap at full stretch to deny the incoming substitute Tom Brighton of particular note.

JP and JD enjoy a laugh with the Meadow defence

The visitors with a two goal cushion grew in confidence as the half progressed and controlled much of the play with Murphy mastering the middle of the park and yet a killer third goal eluded them. Meadow struggled to undo a stubborn Glens’ defence with Richie McKillen and Potter breaking down the attacks on the flanks while central defenders Mitchell and McChesney mopped up the preferred route of high balls into the box.

The last decent chance of the match fell to the visitors when McKenzie cut in from the left and unleashed a low drive as he entered the box only for Wardrope to get down quick and block the ball at his near post.  F/T Meadow 0 Glens 2

 Irvine Meadow:  Wardrope, Ryan, Halliday, C. McGowan, Campbell, Kinniburgh (Brighton), Frye, McLellan, Barr, Strain (McKeever), Hamilton (Gibson).

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

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Busby 0 Glenafton 5

Friendly Match

Wed 19th December, Williamwood High School , Clarkston, Glasgow

BUSBY AMATEURS 0

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 5

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Irvine Vics 0 Glenafton 4

Friendly Match

Sat 15th December, Greenwood Academy, Irvine

IRVINE VICTORIA 0 (0)

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 2 (4)

Danny Mitchell

Danny Mitchell

With the West Region Premier League all but wiped out for another weekend due to frozen pitches the Glens faced Irvine Vics in a friendly, after their match away at Cumnock was posptoned. A brace from Danny Mitchell and strikes from Paul Murphy and Paul McKenzie gave the Glens as 4-0 win.

In the only Premier league that did survive the weather Petershill beat Irvine Meadow 4-1 at Meadow Park to go top of the league.

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Special Meeting

Glenafton Athletic Special Meeting

  • Monday 17th December 7:30pm
  • Hunter Suite, Loch Park

Glenafton Athletic is holding a special meeting with all supporters, sponsors and local businesses welcome to discuss “the way forward”.

Manager Darren Henderson and his assistant John Garroch will hold ‘Question and Answer’ session at the end of the meeting.

We look forward to a good turnout.

Thank you,
John Stewart
Secretary

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December Fixtures Update

December Fixtures KO 1:45pm

  • Sat 08 Dec Premier Division: Glenafton Athletic v Kirkintilloch Rob Roy – Postponed
  • Sat 15 Dec Premier Division: Cumnock Juniors v Glenafton Athletic – Postponed
  • Sat 22 Dec West of Scotland Cup 2nd round : Irvine Meadow XI v Glenafton Athletic
  • Sat 29 Dec Premier Division: Cumnock Juniors v Glenafton Athletic
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Danny 2 Pollok 0

OH DANNY JOY !

Glenafton Athletic faced Pollok in the Emirates Scottish Junior Cup 3rd round at Loch Park yesterday. The two teams have now faced each other seven times in Junior football’s ‘Holy Grail’ which draws Pollok level with Auchinleck as the club the Glens have faced most often in the competition.

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Danny McCulloch scores the winner

Glenafton first faced Pollok some 51 years ago in season 1961/62 at the quarter-final stage at Newlandsfield when the New Cumnock side came out on top with a 2-1 victory. The two sides met each other the following season again in Glasgow, this time in the 5th round, and again the Ayrshire side came out on top with a 1-0 win.  In both games Glenafton legend Danny McCulloch, still a regular visitor to Loch Park, scored what proved to be the winning goals.

Danny (3rd left) and team-mates read telegrams of support before the game

To mark this occasion Glenafton Athletic were delighted to present Danny with a memento of those memorable games with Pollok. The club would like to thank Mr Jim Gilligan of Pollok F.C. for making the official presentation during the half-time interval. Always the joker, Danny as he stood in front of the nets that he knew so well, said ‘ My  eye-sight isn’t what he used to be but I’m glad to see the Glens go in at half-time 1-0 up!

Mr Jim Gilligan Pollok F.C and Danny McCulloch

Congratulations Danny

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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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