Dalry 0 Glenafton 4

Ayrshire Weekly Press Cup, 1st Round

Saturday 9th March , Merksworth Park, Dalry

DALRY THISTLE 0 (0)

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC  4 (3)

With Ryan McChesney recuperating after coming though his long awaited operation, striker Ross Robertson partnered Richie McKillen at the centre of Glenafton’s defence.  Up front Graeme Eaglesham paired up with Gareth Armstrong while on the bench were new signings from Glenafton’s U19s side Josh Blackwood and Danny Naismith

It was also a new look Dalry side that kicked off the game which quickly burst into action. The visitors forced two corners in quick succession but to no avail while Thistle hit back but Glens new look defence were giving nothing away.

The Glens were moving the ball well and Bobby Colligan was proving a thorn in the home side’s defence as he and Eaglsham continually switched wings. A goal was on the cards and on 11 minutes Colligan cutting in from the left fairly rattled the post with keeper Stewart Strachan beaten. Two minutes later Ross Robertson, up for a corner, cracked a header off the face of the bar and following up slammed home the opener.

Bobby Colligan

Bobby Colligan

Thistle were trying to play football but the visitors were in rampant mood with Colligan continuing to run riot, next laying it on a plate only for Gareth Campbell to shoot high over the bar. On 25 minutes after constant pressure Bobby Colligan cut in from the right and from the edge of the box he curled a great ball round the defensive wall and the helpless keeper.

Seven minutes from the break the visitors were given a timely wake-up call when Stephen McLarty got through on goal but Ally Semple was in determined mood to keep a clean sheet. A minute later Bobby Colligan ran into the box and slammed home an unsaveable shot to put the Glens three up at the break. H/T Dalry 0 Glens 3

Thistle began the second period with a more hustling style and Glens were knocked out of their stride for a wee spell. Danny Naismith came into the back four and helped steady the ship.

Back came the visitors with Eaglesham putting the ball into Colligan’s path but he shot high over the bar. In the 61st min Robertson thundered a header off the underside of the bar and the loose ball frantically scrambled clear by an over worked Dalry rear-guard.

Semple was rested and Ryan Dunsmuir took his place in goal while Josh Blackwood came on at right back, the U19 team-mates helping the visitors to maintain their clean-sheet through the game’s conclusion. Glenafton completed the scoring through Gareth Campbell after his shot from outside the box took a wicked deflection past the stranded Strachan. F/T Dalry 0 Glens 4

Dalry: Strachan  Smith  Cuddihy  Todd  Cochrane  Wilson  Pettigrew  McGeachey  Friels  McLarty  Lorne  subs  Muir  Jamie Friels  Mochan  Pelamie

Glenafton:  Semple  Potter  Robertson  McKillen  McEwan  Colligan  McKenzie  Cochrane  Eaglsham  Armstrong  Campbell  subs:  Dunsmuir  Naismith  Blackwood ; not used Dempster.

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Glens Youths Cup Joy

Scottish u19s Youth Cup Quarter-Final

Saturday 2nd March, Inverurie

Colony Park 0 Glenafton Athletic 3

Glenafton U19s

First half goals from Jordan Graham and Danny Naismith (penalty) put the Glens two up at the break against a very good Colony Park side that had passed up some excellent chances and found Glens’ keeper Ryan Dunsmuir in inspired form. The home side started the second half in determined fashion by Dunsmuir was not to be beaten, drawing applause from both sets of supporters. Ryan Campbell calmed the visitors’ nerves after crashing home a third goal with a stunning volley from 20 yards out.

James Young Cup Quarter-Final

Saturday 2nd March, Stevenston

Tass Thistle 0 Glenafton 4

Glenafton Athletic U13's at Loch Park, 29/10/11

Glenafton Athletic U13’s at Loch Park, 29/10/11

In an extremely tight first half  the Glens took a 1-0 lead with a well taken,  goal from Connor Jackson near to half time, this takes his tally to 51 so far this season ! A  sweetly struck penalty from Luke Colville doubled the visitors lead after the break and a Shaun Brady brace, including an excellent free kick.   saw the young Glens win 4-0.

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Auchinleck 4 Glenafton 0

Stagecoach West Region Premier Division

Saturday 2nd March , Beechwood Park,  Auchinleck

AUCHINLECK TALBOT 4 (2)

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC  0 (0)

With Paul Murphy loaned out to Bo’ness United the captain’s armband was adorned by Paul McKenzie as Glenafton faced league leaders Auchinleck at an overcast Beechwood.

The home side were soon on the front foot moving the ball the length and breadth of the pitch with slick passing and quick thinking, former Glenafton striker David Gormely a key lynch pin in link up play with both flanks.  On 5 minutes Richie McKillen was in the right place to head off the line as Graham Wilson looked to prod home a Bryan Young cross. The resultant corner kick was partially cleared and the ball lofted back out to the right for an airborne James Latta to head it back across the face of the goal where Colin Spence looked certain to head it home from a few yards out, only for Ally Semple to get down low and push the ball away and Ryan McChesney block Spence’s second bite at the cherry. Talbot continued to peg back the visitors with Young and Latta each getting to the bye line but their cut-backs were well defended.

Ally Semple saves from Colin Spence

Ally Semple saves from Colin Spence

Glenafton were content to launch high balls into the box and on 11 minutes the ploy looked to have paid off when the John Dempster beat Gavin Collins and Willie Lyle in the air to knock the ball down for Ross Robertson who from the corner of the six yard box drilled the ball low beyond the reach of Andy Leishman. The unlucky striker soon realised he was to have a third ‘goal’ in two games disallowed, this one for offside, a tight call but probably the right one.

Ross Robertson disallowed goal

Ross Robertson disallowed goal

Two minutes later Robertson saw off the aerial challenge of Collins and the ball fell for Danny Mitchell and his shot from 20 yards out cannoned off Gordon Pope and a flat-footed Leishman was relieved to look on as the ball dropped just over the bar. Brother Glen Mitchell won the header from the corner-kick and an alert Spence nicked in to deny McKillen at the expense of another corner, which Leishmann punched clear from under the bar as Danny Mitchell hovered with intent.

A quick break brought respite to Talbot defence and in a lightning quick move Wilson was through on goal but shot wide of target while later McChesney muscled Gormley off the ball allowing Semple to gather.  In 28 minutes the home side took the lead when Young cut in from the left and the ball eventually picked up by Spence on the edge of the box who drove to the right before drilling a low hard shot beyond the outstretched leg of Semple, only for Graham Wilson to put the finishing touch to the net-bound ball.  Glenafton raised arms claiming he had done so from an offside position waved away.

A speculative snap shot from distance by Gareth Campbell flew well wide of Leishman’s post as the visitors tried to strike back immediately.  McKenzie and Danny Mitchell combined well down the right flank and for once the Glens got to the bye-line only for Leishman to clutch the cut-back safely as Dempster threatened.  While at the other end Semple made a fine block at the near post as Talbot carved out another corner-kick.

Paul McKenzie with Steven White giving chase

Paul McKenzie with Steven White giving chase

With five minutes of the half remaining Talbot doubled their lead and again Glenafton appeals for offside were dismissed.  Semple raced from his line to narrow the angle and make an excellent point-blank save from the wily Wilson who had worked his way into the box. As the ball rebounded Wilson lobbed it past the keeper to James Latta who headed it home him past McKillen, who appeared to be the only player between him and the goal-line.

Just before the break a free-kick played into the Talbot box saw Roberston fend off Wilson and Pope and feed the ball to Glen Mitchell in the six yard box but Wilson recovered to force the defender to shoot wide of target. H/T Auchinleck 2 Glenafton 0

Within a minute of the re-start the home side came close to extending their lead when Wilson fired from close range only for the ball to be blocked by Danny Mitchell and Semple and Craig McEwan join forces on the goal-line to snuff out Gormley from squeezing the loose ball home. A minute later McKenzie gathered the ball in the centre circle and showing Pope a clean pair of heels headed down the right flank only to have the aforesaid heels  clicked before he broke into the box by the backtracking the defender, who was duly accepted the yellow card.

Paul McKenzie with Gordon Pope

Paul McKenzie with Gordon Pope

Collins cleared Dempster’s attempt from the resultant free-kick. The home side continued to press and Robertson’s determination in the box earned the visitors another corner which was partially cleared before being played back into a packed penalty box where the ball fell for Glen Mitchell and although he struck the ball sweetly it thundered inches wide of Leishman’s post. Up the park and a wicked shot from the impressive Wilson whistled narrowly wide with Semple stranded.

On 57 minutes Craig Potter and John Dempster were replaced by Gus Cochrane and Bobby Colligan and the latter was soon in the thick of it, but his final shot didn’t match his excellent run and it was well held by Leishman.

Talbot responded by laying siege to the Glens’ goal beginning with a fine passage of play down the left which saw Gormley break into the box and try to slot home from a narrow angle only for Semple to reach for a telling touch and Cochrane clear for a corner. The ensuing kick caused chaos Semple scurrying across his line to see off Latta and then make a stunning block at his post as Wilson tried to bury the loose ball. The keeper then rose to punch the corner kick clear as Wilson waited to head home.

Ally Semple punches clear

Ally Semple punches clear

The home side were not to be denied and on 63 minutes Pope and Gormley combined down the left to release Bryan Young who danced his way into the box and drove the ball home low and hard into the net at the far post.

Glenafton replaced the hard-working Robertson with Gareth Armstrong who was soon enjoying some classic tussles with Collins as the visitors tried to salvage something from the game. However, on 74 minutes, it was the home side that struck again. Gormley deep in the box set up Wilson whose effort from a few yards out was brilliantly beaten away by Semple but the keeper could do nothing to prevent substitute Kyle Faulds from lashing the ball into the gaping net. It was to be Gormley’s last action with Mick McCann his replacement.  Three minutes from time Talbot almost added a fifth but the ball crashed off the junction of post and bar. Glenafton’s misery was complete when Gareth Campbell earned a second yellow card following a tackle on Craig Pettigrew. FT Talbot 4 Glenafton 0

Glenafton: Semple; McEwan, McChesney, G.Mitchell, McKillen; McKenzie, Potter (Cochrane), D.Mitchell, Campb ell; Robertson (Armstrong), Dempster (Colligan)

Auchinleck: Leishman; Lyle, Pettigrew, Collins, Pope; Latta, Spence, White, Young; Gormley, Wilson. Subs – Faulds, McCann, Hyslop

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Other League Scores: Beith 0 Arthurlie 2, Irvine Meadow 2 Clydebank 0, Kirkintilloch 2 Petershill 3, Pollok 1 Cumnock 3, Shotts 1 Ashfield 1

Siney Productions:

1st Half highlights

2nd Half highlights

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Murphy’s Loan

Paul Murphy

Paul Murphy

Glenafton Athletic and Bo’ness United have agreed terms that will see Paul Murphy join the East Region Super League side on loan until the end of the season. The midfielder has made 16 starts for the Glens this season and scored 1 goal. Paul will team up with Glens former assistant manager Stevie Kerrigan.

Glenafton would like to wish Paul at the best at Bo’ness.

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Glenafton 1 Petershill 0

Stagecoach West Region Premier Division

Saturday 16th February , Loch Park,  New Cumnock

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 1 (0)

PETERSHILL 0 (0)

Glenafton got off to the perfect start against league leaders Petershill with a goal in four minutes after Paul McKenzie menaced his way into the box and played a neat one-two with Ross Robertson before firing for goal with the ball deflecting off Ryan Jordan beyond the reach of keeper Michael White.

Taz opens the scoring

Taz opens the scoring

Four minutes later Ross Robertson looked to have doubled the home side’s lead when from a Gareth Campbell corner kick he beat Jordan to the ball at the back post and guided it home by way of the other post, only for the goal to be disallowed for some infringement.

Ross's No Goal

Ross’s No Goal

The Glens were dominating the middle of the park with Craig Potter and Danny Mitchell breaking down Peasy moves and McKenzie picking up the pieces to initiate home attacks. Another corner kick beat the outstretched arm of White but Jordan was on hand to head over his own bar as Robertson threatened at the back post.

On 18 minutes Petershill conjured up their first serious attempt at goal after winning a free kick at the edge of the box. Sean McKenna’s determination against Potter and Glen Mitchell ended with the latter penalised as he tried to retrieve the ball from the grounded Peasy striker, an action that ended with Stephen O’Keane  receiving a yellow card for kicking out at Mitchell. Back to the football and Ryan Craig’s sweetly struck kick beat the wall and all but grazed the junction of the post and bar with Ally Semple beaten. Soon after, the keeper did well to punch clear a corner kick as Peasy pushed for the equaliser.

Ryan Craig goes close

Ryan Craig goes close

Back came Glenafton and on 26 minutes Craig McEwan’s pass caught the Peasey defence flat-footed allowing John Dempster to break into the box only to be denied by the fleet-footed White who rushed from his line and made an excellent block. A minute later Robertson in the centre circle picked out Craig Menzies on the right flank and he combined well with Dempster who in turn saw off the attention of Danny Smart at the corner flag to fire the ball to the back post where Robertson rushed in ahead of Ross McCabe to bullet the header past White.  But again, the goal was disallowed after Dempster’s cross was adjudged to have gone out of play. Three minutes later Robertson beat McCabe in the air again but his header sailed over the bar.

Ross's No Goal (II)

Ross’s No Goal (II)

Glens continued to dominate play and there was little respite for the beleaguered Peasy defence as the home side pushed for a second but White’s goal remained intact to the break. There were a few glimpses of attacking play from the visitors the best of which ended with a timely tackle by Glen Mitchell bringing a fine run by O’Keane to an end deep in the box. H/T Glens 1 Peasy 0

The visitors were first to show and two minutes after the restart earned a free kick on the edge of the box but on this occasion Craig’s effort battered off the wall.  A minute later Menzie’s cross to the back post saw Robertson rise bravely to beat McCabe and White to the ball and his header go narrowly wide. Back up the park and the home side for the first time in the match put the Glens’ goal under a sustained period of pressure.  Robertson headed clear a free kick deep in his own box. Soon after Semple narrowed the angle and made a stunning save from a Paul Woods strike from the corner of the six yard box. The loose ball fell to Liam Finnigan who looked certain to blast it home from a few yards out only for Ryan McChesney to launch himself into its path and repel the danger.

The game evolved into a much more even contest as play swung from end to end. On 56 minutes Robertson from 25 yards out curled a free kick over the Peasy wall and White was pleased to see it whiz wide of the post as he scurried across his line. Ten minutes later, after the sides had traded a series of corner kicks and half-chances, a Robertson shot from the edge of the box beat White but the ball crashed off the post and was smartly cleared by Graham Girvan. Two minutes later a fine run down the right by McKenna was halted by an equally fine tackle from Potter on the dead ball line as substitute Stephen McGladrigan threatened to pounce on the cut-back. At the other end Dempster engineered his way behind the visitors’ defence but McCabe kept a cool head to mop up that cut-back.

Ross eyes the Peasy goal

Ross eyes the Peasy goal

With 15 minutes to go bothteams introduced fresh legs with Bobby Colligan and Richie McKillen replacing Gareth Campbell and Craig Menzies for the home side. The legs of Paul McKenzie motored down the left as the Glens cleared a corner kick and try as he might the back tracking Jordan couldn’t catch the tigerish midfielder as he homed in on the Peasy box before pushing the ball right for Roberston whose low drilled powerful shot was held well by White, albeit at the second attempt. After another lung-bursting run and with three minutes to go McKenzie was replaced with Gus Cochrane and left the park to a great reception from the home support.

Paul McKenzie and Ryan Jordan

Paul McKenzie and Ryan Jordan

On 88 minutes White pulled off another fine save after Dempster carved out an opening to curl a shot beyond the Peasy central defenders from the edge of the box.  A minute later a frustrated Jordan Murch broke down a Glens break away and was already heading for the clubhouse as the referee prepared to administer a second yellow card.

Ally Semple and 'Saving Captain Ryan'

Ally Semple and ‘Saving Captain Ryan’

Five minutes into added time McChesney made another fearless block as McKenna fired for goal. The resultant corner was met cleanly by the head of Ryan Jordan and yet with two defenders between him and the Peasy captain Ally Semple somehow got an outstretched arm and strong hand to the ball on the line and John Dempster kept a cool head to hook the loose ball to safety.  F/T Glens 1 Peasy 0

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

Petershill:  White; Girvan, McCabe, Jordan, Smart; Woods, Murch, O’Keane, Finnigan; McKenna, Craig. Subs McGladrigan, Bailey, Mackay, Hinshelwood, McKenzie (gk)

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Siney’s Video Highlights  First half   Second half

Other league scores: Arthurlie 3 Kirkintilloch Rob Roy 3

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JP on loan at Ladeside

squad_JohnPaulBoyle01Striker John Paul Boyle as joined Super League 1st Division side Kilbirnie Ladeside on a loan deal until the end of the season. JP has made 12 starts and 7 sub appearances this season and scored 4 goals.

The club would like to wish JP all the best at Kilbirnie.

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Ashfield 2 Glenafton 0

Stagecoach West Region Premier Division

Saturday 9th February , Saracen Park,  Glasgow

ASHFIELD 2 (1)

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 0 (0)

Ross Robertson

Ross Robertson

Glenafton’s loan signing from Ayr United Ross Robertson partnered Gareth Armstrong up front and the striker was soon in the thick of the action. The first chance of the game however fell in the first minute to full back Craig McEwan who fired a free kick from 30 yards that had keeper Stephen Hall scurrying across his goal line only for the ball to whiz narrowly wide of the post. Four minutes later the keeper went airborne to punch the ball from Robertson’s head and soon after he rose and attempted to clutch the ball from the striker’s head only to spill it and then dive to get a strong hand to it before Armstrong could pounce.

On 13 minutes the home side won a free kick twenty yards goal and although Mark Thomson beat the wall keeper Ally Semple gathered the ball comfortably. Back came the visitors and three minutes later almost made the breakthrough. A free kick lofted to the back post was headed back across goal by Robertson where Armstrong lost his marker only for his bullet header to crash off the underside of the bar and the ball hoofed clear by Robert Wright.

Bo's header hits the bar

Bo’s header hits the bar

Glenafton continued to pile on the pressure forcing the home side to concede free kicks, with McKenzie more often than not on the receiving end, and corner kicks in equal measure. Hall’s goal remained intact surviving headers from Robertson and Glen Mitchell while a low drive from McEwan zoomed narrowly wide.

Midway through the half Ashfield burst into life when Thomson picked out Gary McCann on the half way line and the tricky winner exploded down the right flank leaving a host of red shirts in his wake before whipping the ball across the face of goal beyond the reach of Semple only for Craig Potter to keep a cool head and guide the ball behind and deny Shaun Fraser a tap in at the back post.  Following some head tennis from the resultant corner the ball fell for Jim Smith in the six yard box but an alert Semple did enough to block the danger, if only temporarily.  For soon after, on 24 minutes, a Glenafton attack broken down in the home box was mopped up by Paul Maxwell who in turn released the mercurial McCann and on this occasion he ventured deeper into the visitors’ box before cutting back a wicked ball which was met by the incoming Chris Hall and blasted home from three yards out. Three minutes later Maxwell set Smith free and although he got behind the Glens’ defence the back-tracking Ryan McChesney and Semple combined to foil the striker.

Chris Hall opens the scoring

Chris Hall opens the scoring

The visitors regained their composure and came within a whisker of drawing level on the half hour mark.  Armstrong’s header from a corner struck off Robertson deep in the six yard box as did his attempt to slot home the rebound, his strike partner now grounded,  the ball then fell for Richie McKillen but his shot was stopped on the line by Jamie Coll before Hall gratefully grabbed it with both hands.

Goal line clearance

Goal line clearance

The home side hit back with a slick passing move that began down the right with McCann and was switched in a flash to the left to present Wright with a free run into the box but Semple again rushed from his line, narrowed the angle and stuck out his left leg just in time to prevent the ball from being stabbed home. A minute later at the other end Robertson played a ball into the box where Danny Mitchell saw off Darroch and left Hall stranded but the nippy McCann nicked in to steal the ball and save the keeper’s blushes.  The visitors continued to push but again were caught on the break when Maxwell launched the ball upfield for Smith to give chase and again he was foiled by Semple who had raced from his to line to the corner of the box.  A spell of end to end play ensued without either side testing the keepers and the half concluded with Hall punching a McKenzie corner off the line. H/T Ashfield 1 Glenafton 0

An Ashfield corner kick in the opening minute came to nothing and the visitors were soon on the front foot.  On 50 minutes substitute Gareth Campbell, on at the break for McKillen, saw his header from 8 yards out saved well by Hall and a minute later the keeper leaped to punch the ball clear from the head of Robertson.  Glens replaced Gareth Armstrong with John Dempster as they pushed for the equaliser and the big striker came close on 58 minutes.  A free kick into the box saw Robertson win the aerial battle with Hall on the penalty spot and McKenzie chip the ball into the six yard box with the keeper stranded only for Darroch and Coll to double team and block Dempster’s effort. Two minutes later Dempster slipped the ball to Paul Murphy at the edge of the box but his shot lacked the power to severely test Hall.

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Respite for the home defence came in dramatic fashion a minute later when Glenafton surrendered possession in the middle of the park and Wright released with a free run in on goal. Semple, as he had done successfully on a number of occasions, run from his line to face the danger but caught Wright instead of the ball and the home side rightly awarded a penalty. The referee further adjudged the challenge was worthy of a red card for the keeper and his jersey and gloves were surrendered to full back Craig McEwan.  On 63 minutes Chris Hall stepped up and sent the stand-in goalkeeper the wrong way as he slotted home the spot kick.

The game quickly took on a new complexion with the home side content to sit in and hope to pick of the ten men on the break. The visitors brought on new signing Graeme Eaglesham for Danny Mitchell but try as they might they could not penetrate a well drilled defence and a packed Ashfield box. Paul McKenzie tried a different tack and in 71 minutes his cracking volley from 30 yards out cracked off the crossbar the loose ball cleared by Thomson with Robertson lurking. The home side’s defence stood firm and the Glenafton corners that ensued were repelled in turn one after the other.

The game ground to a finish with few other chances worthy of note other than two from Chris Hall. Three minutes from time his tap in from a McCann cross beat McEwan but not the offside flag and in the last kick off the ball McEwan pulled off a point blank to deny him his hat-trick. F/T Ashfield 2 Glenafton Athletic 0

Ashfield:  S.Hall, Coll Mangan Thomson Darroch Fraser Wright Hall Smith Maxwell McCann

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

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Glens U19s march on in Scottish

Scottish Youth Cup U19s 5th Round

Sunday 3rd February 2013, Loch Park, New Cumnock

GLENAFTON U19s  1 (1)

CLAREMONT AFC 0 (0)

Glenafton U19s

Glenafton U19s

The long awaited tie between Glenafton (1994s) and Claremont AFC from East Kilbride went ahead at Loch Park. Glenafton scored what proved to be the decisive goal as early as the 7th minute,  a goal worthy of winning any match. The Glens’ defence retained the ball before playing it up to Tyler Campbell on the wide right who in turn played a 40 yard diagonal ball to Jordan Graham who cutely cut inside two defenders before smashing the ball into the top corner.

The home side dominated much of the play but suffered a scare ten minutes from time when Tyler Campbell earned a second yellow card but the ten men held on to deservedly book their place in the Scottish Cup quarter finals.

Glenafton: R Dunsmuir, D Gall, J Blackwood, R Allan, J Kerr, J Graham, J Quinn, D Naismith,  T Campbell, R Campbell, J Kerr, Subs – S Stobbs, C Muncie, R Currie, J McPartland (All Used)

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Troon 1 Glenafton 4

Friendly Match

Saturday 2nd February 2013, Portland Park, Troon

TROON 1 (1)

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 4 (3)

With their Ayrshire Weekly Press Cup tie against Dalry postponed due to a frozen Loch Park pitch the Glens travelled to the coast to face Troon in a friendly match.

New signing Ross Robertson put the visitors ahead before Paul McKenzie doubled their advantage. The home side halved the deficit only for midweek signing Graeme Eaglesham to restore the two goal cushion soon after.  Gareth Armstrong completed the scoring in the second half to give the Glens a comfortable 4-1 win.

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The Eaglesham has landed

Glenafton have signed striker Graeme Eaglesham on a two year deal. The 23 year old had a spell with Ayr United and Hamilton Accies as a youth before joining Maybole Juniors. In season 2007-08 he signed for Partick Thistle during which time he had loan period at Albion Rovers. Graeme moved to study in the USA where he played for Bellevue University, Nebraska. He returned to Scotland and joined Queen’s Park for a season before heading back to Bellevue to complete his scholarship and play a further two seasons for the University side.

Graeme played for the Glens in the 7-0 friendly win over Kilbirnie on Tuesday evening.

Welcome to Loch Park, Graeme

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