Ross on loan at Loch Park

Ross Robertson (photo courtesy of Ayr United)

Ross Robertson (photo courtesy of Ayr United)

Ross Robertson has joined Glenafton Athletic on loan from Ayr United until the end of the season. The 21 year old stepped up from the Ayr United Academy in October 2009 and made his first team debut for the Somerset side in July of the following year.

Irvine-born Ross has made over 75 appearances for the first team and scored 5 goals. Originally playing in defence or midfield he now plays up front.

Welcome to Loch Park, Ross.


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Glenafton 7 Kilwinning 0

Friendly Match

Tuesday 22nd January , Beith Astro Turf, Beith



Gareth Armstrong put the Glens ahead from the penalty spot and Danny Mitchell doubled the lead ten minutes later. Richie McKillen struck soon after , quickly followed by Mitchell bagging his brace before the break. Bobby Colligan grabbed a double before Danny completed his hat-trick.

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Glenafton 4 Kello 0

Friendly Match

Saturday 19th January , Greenwood Academy, Irvine



With the scheduled league match at home to Clydebank postponed due to a frozen pitch the Glens faced Kello in a friendly at Greenwood Academy.  A double from Gareth Armstrong and strikes from Paul McKenzie and Richie McKillen  help secure a 4-0 victory for the Glens .

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Jamie joins the Glens

Glenafton have signed 24 year old defender Jamie Donnelly on a two year deal from Annbank United. Jamie played for Kilmarnock Youths in 2006/07 and made a handful of appearances for Killie reserves that season. He moved to Dundee United the following season playing for the U20 side at Tannadice. Jamie joined the junior ranks with Ardeer Thistle and from there moved to Annbank United last September.

Welcome to Loch Park, Jamie.

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Glenafton 0 Pollok 1

Stagecoach West Region Premier Division

Saturday 12th January , Loch Park,  New Cumnock


POLLOK 1 (0)

Glenafton 0 Pollok 1

For the second time in seven weeks Pollok left Loch Park with all the spoils and left Glenafton to lick their wounds having taken nothing from either encounter after having given so much. Little consolation neither that as in the Scottish Junior Cup tie the winning goal proved to be a worthy match winner.

The first half evolved into three phases of play. Although Glenafton started brightly in the glorious sunshine and enjoyed much of the early possession their play lacked the bite of the “blast of Janwar win’” that cut across the park and keeper Stephen McNeil was rarely tested. The initiative passed to Pollok who conjured up a couple of telling runs down the left but on each occasion the final ball across the face of goal was easily mopped up by the Afton defence.

Brian McKay and Paul McKenzie

Brian McKay and Paul McKenzie

The home side dominated the closing twenty minutes of the half beginning with a Gus Cochrane corner-kick which Steve Reilly was on hand to usher behind at the back post with Glen Mitchell waiting to pounce.  Bobby Colligan’s pace saw him skip past former Glenafton defenders Reilly and Kevin McBride into the box but his shot on the run sailed just high and wide of target. Still on the front foot the Glens carved out a collection of corner-kicks. Typically, either Mitchell or Ryan McChesney came out on top in the ensuing aerial contests, the latter coming close to breaking the deadlock only for his header to crash off the top of the bar three minutes before the break. HT Glens 0 Pollok 0

Two minutes into the new half and Glen Mitchell’s bullet header from a Cochrane corner-kick was met by Paul McKenzie at the back post where he shook of the shackles of Ross Hepburn to try and prod the ball home, however with McNeil grounded the alert Paul McQuilken stepped in and cleared the danger. Four minutes later Pollok won back to back corners kicks the latter of which ended with Ross Dunlop’s drive whizzing over Semple’s bar.

Paul McKenzie comes close

Paul McKenzie comes close

Play raged from end to end albeit with clear cut chances thin on the ground.  On the hour mark a Pollok corner caused panic in the Glens’ six yard box, only for McChesney to do enough to prevent Carlo Monti from getting enough purchase to power the ball home and the striker’s shot was cleared on the line by John Dempster. Three minutes later another ‘Lok corner saw McChesney and Mitchell combine to block Reilly’s effort and Dempster and Craig McEwan double team to prevent Jonathan Carter battering home the loose ball.

Glenafton responded well and on 64 minutes a Paul Murphy header was gathered by Dempster, twelve yards out with his back to goal and McBride and McQuilken for company. The big striker wheeled and drilled the ball for goal but McNeil was in the right place at the right time to parry the shot with both hands and gather the loose ball safely. Two minutes later the keeper could only look on in relief as a McChesney header from a corner looped over his head and over the bar. Soon after McNeil had to be on his toes to claw away a Cochrane corner from right under the bar and then look on as McKenzie came within a whisker of making contact with another deadly corner from Cochrane.

Bobby Colligan and Kevin McBride

Bobby Colligan and Kevin McBride

With 15 minutes to go a brave McNeil raced from his line to clutch the ball and deny the incoming Dempster from getting a toe poke on a cross from Murphy. Two minutes later the keeper punched a corner kick from the head of Dempster and in a flash Dunlop launched the loose ball up the left wing only for a promising Pollok break to be ended by Craig Potter at the cost of a booking.

Back came Glenafton and inevitably the corner count continued to mount. With eight minutes to go Mitchell got between Carter and Reilly to win another header from a Cochrane delivery but McNeill’s goal remained secure as the ball bulleted over the bar. On 85 minutes another Glenafton attack, down the left flank, was broken down at the corner flag and play quickly switched by Pollok to their left flank where the ball was gathered by substitute Tony Fraser and taken upfield at pace. On the edge of the box Fraser fed McQuilken on the overlap and he instantly cut the ball across the face of goal for the incoming Ryan McArdle at the back post only for Cochrane to intercept and clear the ball skywards. Hepburn was on hand to head the descending ball into the path of McCardle who took a touch with his right foot before swivelling and blasting the ball home with his left from on or near the penalty spot – a quite stunning finish.

Gutted Glenafton brought on Gareth Armstrong for Craig Potter and although they managed to breach the visitors box on a couple of occasions McNeil’s net remained empty. FT Glens 0 Pollok 1

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

Pollok: McNeil, Dunlop, McBride, Reilly, Carter, McGinty, McKay (McArdle), McQuilken, Hepburn, Monti, Mills (Fraser). Subs. Millar, McMahon, Black (gk)

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Glenafton 0 Rob Roy 4

Stagecoach West Region Premier Division

Saturday 5th January , Loch Park,  New Cumnock



The game started at a fast pace and after three minutes Paul McKenzie shot narrowly past. The Rabs replied with a good chance of their own as the game quickly opened up with both sides trying to play football. John Paul Boyle worked his way into the box only for Jordan Smith to make a last gasp clearance. In the 12th minute the Glens won a corner but from the resultant kick Rob Roy broke away and following a slick movement Roddy Hunter opened the scoring; with home claims for offside waved away.

The home side responded but again Boyle was denied. In the 18th min Hunter rounded Ally Semple who had to leave the area but his shot  hit the post. The former Clyde striker was proving a handful and Semple had to produce a point blank save. Play continued to swing from end to end. With half an hour gone Bobby Colligan came on for Boyle. In the closing minutes of the half the impressive Gus Cochrane met a cut back with his head but the ball slipped past the goal frame. H/T Glens 0 Rob Roy 1

An explosive start to the second half saw a Colligan shot blocked and McKenzie smash the rebound which was blocked on the line with a suspicion of handball; the Glens midfielder booked for the manner of his appeal. In the 50th min the Rabs broke upfield and Steven Meechan and slotted past Semple. Sixty seconds later the home roof caved in when a misheaded clearance fell straight at the feet of Kieran McAleenan who calmly tapped the ball home to put the visitors three up.

There seemed no way back now for Glenafton particularly against a resolute back four. Another penalty appeal from the home side, after McKenzie was clattered in the box, resulted in another yellow card with captain Paul Murphy going in the book. With 10 minutes to Roddy Hunter bagged his brace with another piece of clinical finishing.

To add to the home side’s woes John Dempster earned himself a brace of yellow cards for letting his feelings known to the referee.

Glenafton: Semple, Potter, McChesney, G. Mitchell, McKillen; McKenzie, Murphy, D.Mitchell, Cochrane; Boyle (Colligan), Dempster. Subs -McEwan, Menzies, Dunsmuir (GK) , Campbell

Kirkintilloch: Robertson Mcvey Smith Henderson Bradley K.Connolly, McMeechan, McAleenan Hunter Diack. Subs – Lindsay, Easton, C. Connolly, Adam, Brown

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Cumnock 0 Glenafton 1

Stagecoach West Region Premier Division

Saturday 29th December , Townhead Park,  Cumnock




Glenafton had the honour of travelling to Townhead to face Cumnock in the final game of their hosts’ Centenary season. In the visitors’ squad there were no fewer than seven former Cumnock players – Ally Semple, Craig Potter, Craig Menzies, Gareth Campbell, Gareth Armstrong, John Dempster, John Paul Boyle – and of course add to that tally Glens’ manager Darren Henderson. While in the Cumnock squad of the trio of former Glenafton players only keeper Chris Fahey was available for selection, with Willie Howie and Paul McInnes both missing.

Chances were few and far between in the first-half, indeed the better ones were fashioned at the beginning and end of the opening forty-five, as neither side could gain the upper hand. The visitors were first to show in six minutes when Paul McKenzie gathered the ball in the middle of the park and pushed forward before firing for goal from 22 yards and although Fahey failed to hold the ball, Chris Robertson was on hand to clear . From the resultant corner kick an unmarked Glen Mitchell from 8 yards out bulleted a net bound header but Gary McMenamin stood firm to head the ball of the line with Fahey beaten.

Paul McKenzie skips past Stuart McDonald

Paul McKenzie skips past Stuart McDonald

Five minutes from the break Craig Potter brought an excellent run by Sean Pierce to nn end at the expense of a corner kick. Robertson rose above all around in the six yard box and like his Glens’ counterpart his header appeared destined for the net only for keeper Ally Semple to instinctively get both hands to the ball and force it over the bar from point blank range. Two minutes later the home side should have taken the lead when John Bradford capitalised on a defensive slip that presented a free run in on goal but with the keeper to beat the striker uncharacteristically pulled his shot woefully wide of target. H/T Cumnock 0 Glens 0

Within a minute of the restart Bradford came close to making amends when he did well to get on the end of a ball whipped across the face of goal by his former Arthurlie team-mate John Johnson but just failed to guide it home. The scene was set for what proved to be a much more open game as both sides showed determination to break the deadlock, yielding a host of attacks and counter-attacks.

Glenafton gained the upper hand with Paul Murphy at times steam rolling his way through the middle of the park opening up options of McKenzie or Gareth Campbell on the flanks and John Dempster and JP Boyle up front. Campbell and Boyle combined well to drive into the box on the hour mark only for the latter to fire into the side netting.

JP scores the winner!

JP scores the winner!

Four minutes later the pair enjoyed greater reward. The irrepressible Campbell, thriving on his return to Townhead, had choices to make as he broke into the right hand side of the box with Fahey in front of him rushing from his line and Robertson to his left between him and the incoming Boyle.  As the two Cumnock men drew parallel some 10 yards from goal Campbell threaded the ball through the space between them for John Paul Boyle to collect only to lose his footing before regaining his composure, as David Smith closed in, and slot the ball into the gaping net.  Red-shirted and black-white shirted arms raised aloft in unison, one set in joy the other in desperation and hope for an offside flag that was never going to be raised, as JP and his team-mates raced to the away dugout in celebration.

'Zee' knows the score !

‘Zee’ knows the score !

On 71 minutes a magnificent ball from Murphy split the Cumnock defence to release Campbell in the box and on this occasion Fahey elected to stay on his line only to be left with ringing ears as the Glens’ man thunderbolt of a shot pinged off the outside of the metal upright.  Four minutes later the keeper did well to get down quick and low to his near post and hold McKenzie’s volley from the edge of the box.

Ally saves !

Ally saves !

With 13 minutes to go Cumnock were unlucky not to draw level when a corner kick played to the back post saw the ball drilled back into a packed six yard box by Richard Hanvey where another touch by substitute Scott Anson sent it net-bound only for Semple to get a strong hand to it on the goal-line before the ball was cleared. Three minutes later a McMenamin cut back from the left was brilliantly cleared by the outstanding Glen Mitchell as both Hanvey and Anson waited to pounce. Soon after, Ryan McChesney at full stretch prevented a fine ball from Bradford finding Anson deep in the box.

On 83 minutes a Cumnock free kick from close to the left hand corner flag was whipped across by McMenamin forcing Semple to rise and push the ball wide from under his bar. The resultant corner kick initiated another scramble in the six yard box with Semple, Campbell and Dempster standing firm to stave off the danger. In time added on another Cumnock corner was met by Bradford but his shot cannoned off the back of Potter to send the ball skyward and was met on its descent by the head of Danny Mitchell and then volleyed clear by McKenzie. At the death Potter did enough to block Johnson from testing Semple. F/T Cumnock 0 Glens 1

Happy New Year !

Happy New Year !

Cumnock Juniors: Fahey, Lundie, McDonald, Robertson, O’Donnell, McKnight, Johnston, Hanvey, Bradford, Pierce, McMenamin. Subs:  Anson, Smith, Murray, Paterson, McCulloch.

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

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Other Premier Division scores: Irvine Meadow 0 Auchinleck 2, Kirkintilloch 1 Pollok 2

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Meadow 0 Glenafton 2

New Coin Automatics West of Scotland Cup 2nd round

Sat22nd December, Meadow Park, Irvine



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.


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.


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



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Irvine Vics 0 Glenafton 4

Friendly Match

Sat 15th December, Greenwood Academy, Irvine



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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