West of Scotland Cup draw

New Coin Automatics West of Scotland Cup

  • Revised Quarter-Finals and Semi-Finals draw

Having defeated Premier sides Clydebank and Pollok in earlier rounds and fellow Super League 1st Division Lanark United in a penalty shoot-out in the 3rd round Glenafton will now host Premier side Beith in the Quarter Final at Loch Park.

Winning goal celebrations at Clydebank

West of Scotland Cup Quarter-Finals
Cumbernauld v Auchinleck
Glenafton v Beith
St. Roch's v Ashfield
Yoker or Irvine Meadow v Shotts or Renfrew
West of Scotland Cup Semi-Finals
Cumbernauld or Auchinleck v St. Roch's v Ashfield
Glenafton or Beith v Yoker / Meadow or Shotts/Renfrew

 

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Glenafton 0 Lanark 0 (4-2 pens)

New Coin Automatics West of Scotland Cup 3rd round

Sat 24th March, Loch Park, New Cumnock

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 0 (0)

LANARK UNITED 0 (0)

Glenafton win 4-2 on penalties

‘Semple Shines in Shoot-Out’

Super Ally

After a hard-fought goal-less draw in Glenafton emerged victorious from the penalty shoot out thanks to four perfect spot kicks and two super saves from keeper Ally Semple. The home side’s spot kick winners were Gus Cochrane, Ian Cashmore, Paul Murpy and Richie McKillen. For the visitors Liam Mushett and Chris McDougall were successful from the spot while Stuart Tullis and John Renwick were denied by brilliant saves from Ally Semple.

Ryan McChesney returned to the starting line up to partner captain Robbie Henderson in the heart of Glenafton’s defence whilst up front John Dempster paired up with Gareth Armstrong. Leading the Lanark line was former Glenafton player Stuart Tullis, who scored a strong contender for goal of the season when the two sides shared the league points in a 1-1 draw at Moor Park in November.

In a fast moving encounter Tullis was first to threaten but he skied the ball over the bar with 6 minutes gone.  Dempster then forced a good save from former Cumnock keeper Derek Barnes but soon after had to limp off to be replaced with Ian Cashmore.  Paul McKenzie went close for the home side before the visitors applied pressure before the break only to find keeper Ally Semple in fine form. H/T Glenafton 0 Lanark 0

Just after the break the impressive Ryan McChesney was on the receiving end of a scything tackle from Alan McCrum and had to hobble off, with Craig Potter joining the fray as play raged on.  Good build up play from the Glens ended with Cashmore cutting a perfect ball along the goal line but with Barnes beaten there were no takers.

The game erupted on 75 minutes after a lunging tackle by Henderson earned him a yellow card and then another for talking back to the official, reducing the hosts to 10 men. Several other cards followed as the referee flashed cards like confetti.   No argument however when substitute Andy Bell received a straight red card after whacking McCrum; Lanark duo Chris Walker and Ryan Docherty fortunate to escape similar punishment the referee’s attention. The fast flowing hard fought battle drew to a conclusion with clean sheets in tack.  F/T Glenafton 0 Lanark 0

Glenafton:  Semple  Menzies  Henderson  McChesney  McKillen  Murphy  McKenzie  Cochrane Dempster  Armstrong  Boyle.  Subs Potter  Cashmore  Bell  McEwan  Dunsmuir  ( gk )

Lanark:  Barnes  Renwick  Gow  Mushett  Walker  Rankin  Marriott  McCrum  Seenan  Tullis McFadden.  Subs  Cuthill  McDougal  Docherty  Fletcher  Collins  Ronald  Hyslop ( gk )

Glenafton will now face Premier side Beith in the Quarter-Final at Loch Park.

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Glenafton 1 Renfrew 2

West Region Super League 1st Division

Sat 17th March , Loch Park, New Cumnock, KO 2:00pm

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 1 (0)

RENFREW 2  (1)

Bright sunshine bathed Loch Park as Glenafton threatened to get off to a dazzling start when they caught Renfrew cold in the opening minutes. Gareth Armstrong rolled the ball wide right for Gareth Campbell to gather and in a flash he whipped the ball across the face of the ‘Frew goal where John Paul Boyle, having left Anton Heffron chasing shadows, came within a whisker of tapping in the opener. The visitors didn’t take long to heat up however and on 6 minutes David Gordon picked out Willie Sawyers in the box and the big striker held off Craig Menzies as he made his way to the bye-line from where, as other Glens’ defenders congregated, he cut back the ball into the six yard box and before the cries of hand-ball had subsided Colin Forbes pounced to poke the ball in at keeper Ally Semple’s near post.

Renfrew seized the initiative and moved the ball from box to box with some fine passing play much of which was orchestrated by Scott Upton in the middle of the park.  On 15 minutes from the centre circle he released former Glens’ front man Chris Zok wide on the left who teamed up with Gordon to find Forbes in the box who looked certain to slam in his second but for the timely intervention of Paul McKenzie. Two minutes later Forbes turned provider and chipped the ball into the box where Robbie Henderson and Semple combined to stem the threat of Sawyers at the expense of a corner.  With 28 minutes on the clock Sawyers rolled the ball back from the edge of the box for Gordon who thundered the ball inches over the bar with Semple at full stretch.

Glenafton had often struggled to clear their lines allowing their opponents to keep them pegged back in their own half for long.  Some 30 minutes had passed before they were awarded their first corner kick of the game and although it came to nothing it heralded a period of play that was more balanced in terms of possession and chances.  Up the other end Zok went down in the box in a challenge with Henderson but the referee saw nothing untoward. Two minutes later Boyle showed Ross Currie a clean pair of heels as he headed for the ‘Frew box but the backtracking Anton Smith kept his cool and dispossessed the Glens’ striker before he could test goalkeeper Danny McLeay. The home side continued to push but their only reward was a handful of set-pieces that each in turn was found lacking. H/T Glens 0 Renfrew 1

Glenafton replaced defender Craig Potter and midfielder Paul Murphy with attacking midfielder Bobby Colligan and striker John Dempster at the break and changed from a back four to three at the back as they went in search of an equaliser and they nearly found it six minutes into the new half. Gareth Armstrong , lurking with intent at the edge of the ‘D’ of Frew’s penalty box met the ball on the drop and thundered it beyond McLeay who could only stare in hope as it cracked off the junction of post and bar.

Five minutes later a neat one two at the edge of the box finished with Sawyers firing wide of target thanks to Semple rushing off his line.  Play was now end to end and Boyle and Armstrong were foiled before Frew broke upfield and Sawyers muscled his way through the heart of the Glens on this occasion Semple could do nothing to prevent the striker picking his spot and doubling the visitors lead on 57 minutes. Three minutes later Sawyers had his head in his hands after placing a free header wide of target from close range.

Back came Glenafton and Boyle tested McLeay from both outside and inside the box the keeper coming out on top on both occasions; the latter at the expense of a corner which the keeper  raised above defenders and attackers alike to punch clear with great vigour. On 73 minutes Colligan danced his way down the right flank but his cross for Armstrong in the box was cleared by Heffron straight back to the midfielder – his shot for goal then saved well by McLeay. Three minutes later another burst by Colligan saw him sail past Smith and Currie only to be blocked by Heffron before he entered the box, cried for obstruction waved away.  The home side’s pressure paid off in spectacular fashion on 81 minutes when Gareth Campbell killed the ball dead some 30 yard out, took one look up, and blasted the ball into net beyond the diving McLeay, the rigging still bulging as the keeper fell forlornly to the ground.

Glenafton broke forward in waves in search of the equaliser but McLeay showed a safe pair of hands time and again while on 87 minutes Heffron timed his tackle perfectly at the edge of the box as Armstrong threatened in on goal.  In the first minute of added on time substitute Andy Bell picked out Colligan who fed Dempster on the 18 yard line and the striker’s volley appeared net bound before McLeay dived low to his left to push the ball round the post for the first of three corners in quick succession for the home side, the last one ending with Armstrong’s acrobatic attempt from 6 yards out drifting over the bar. F/T Glens 1 Renfrew 2

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

Renfrew: McLeay, Nicolson, Smith, Currie, Heffron, Prentice, Forbes, Upton, Sawyers, Zok, Gordon Subs: Maxwell, Crowhurst, Moore, Campbell, Mort, McGregor, Wilson

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Thorniewood 1 Glenafton 1

West Region Super League 1st Division

Sat 10th March , Robertson Park, Uddingston, KO 2:00pm

THORNIEWOOD UNITED 1 (0)

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 1  (0)

‘TOUCH WOOD’ at THORNIEWOOD – but No Luck for GLENAFTON

A late close range header from substitute Chris Faulds earned a share of the points for ten man Thorniewood after the hosts had survived a second half pummelling from Glenafton who took the lead through a 25 yard stunning strike from Gareth Armstrong but were also denied by the woodwork on at least three occasions.

In what proved to be a scrappy first half clear cut chances were thin on the Robertson Park ground.  The visitors began brightly enough and with four minutes gone Gareth Campbell from the corner of the penalty area picked out Gareth Armstrong on the outskirts of the six yard box but his attempt to prod the ball home was thwarted by keeper Jon Connolly. Ten more minutes passed before his counterpart Ally  Semple was called into action of any note.  A slick passing move by Thorniewood ended with Barry McGowan releasing Matthew Bennett through on Semple and although the keeper came out on top he was left stranded to look on as the ball rebounded across the face of the goal and fell to Steven Maguire but the striker fired wide of the wide target.

As the half drew to a close Glenafton gained the upper hand and forced a series of corner kicks one of which was earned when a John Paul Boyle flick into the box was headed onto his own crossbar by defender Steven Low, with Connolly glad to see the ball bounce wide. The visitors continued to push for the opener and with a minute of the half remaining came close to achieving that goal. Richie McKillen fed Gus Cochrane down the left flank and the youngster’s cross saw Paul McKenzie out jump three ‘Wood defenders and head the ball on for Armstrong to gather and blast the ball goalward from 10 yards out only for Connolly to pull off a stunning save. The two adversaries enjoyed a sporting handshake of mutual admiration before the resultant corner was kicked.

H/T Thorniewood 0 Glenafton 0

Glenafton corner

The hosts were first to threaten and in the opening minute substitute Steven Mullen caused a stir in the Glens’ box, however the Craigs , Menzies and Potter, teamed up to block his path to goal.  A minute later at the other end McKillen towered above his markers to head the ball from Campbell’s corner into the six yard box where Boyle was first to react but his header skimmed off the top of the bar. Five minutes later Boyle and Armstrong joined forces to set up McKenzie and although his snap shot from 12 yards beat Connolly the ball struck the inside of the post allowing the keeper  the split second needed to smother it safely to his chest.  A minute after that, on 53 minutes, Armstrong headed on and Boyle beat the offside trap set by Low and Jamie Brophy, while the former lumbered the latter gave chase and did enough to put the Glens man off his stride and the chance was gone.   Before the second half was ten minutes old the woodwork came to ‘Wood’s rescue again. Campbell fired in a vicious corner kick that left Connolly swinging from his cross bar but neither Campbell or Paul Murphy could connect and the ball crashed off the inside of the post and the rebound cleared.

Thorniewood fashioned some respite and forced a corner that came to nothing. Back came Glenafton and Low, who was finding Boyle a handful , conceded another free kick which was lofted into the box and won by Robbie Henderson but gathered safely by Connolly. Back upfield and a Thorniewood corner caused more of a stir than had its predecessor. However, the ball didn’t fall kindly for Bennett and his shot was blocked and mopped up by Menzies who set livewire Boyle off on his merry way leaving one defender in his wake before threading the ball between two others into the box for Campbell to chase, but the alert Connolly raced from his line to dive at the attacker’s feet and gather the ball.

John Dempster celebrates Glenafton's Gloal

On 65 minutes the visitors’ pressure paid off with an exquisite goal. Potter broke down a Thorniewood move in the centre circle and laid the ball off to Cochrane who took a touch before hitting an inch perfect pass to Boyle who squared it to Gareth Armstrong and BANG! – the Glens ‘ top goal scorer thundered the ball from 25 yards out past the flying Connolly at full stretch and into the top right hand corner of the keeper’s net.  The leap of joy in celebration was equally impressive.

Gareth Armstrong's leap of joy

Seven minutes later Connolly came to the rescue with a miraculous double save. Henderson’s header from a Campbell corner seemed to be sailing into the corner of the net before the keeper pushed it onto the post and then pulled himself back off the ground and outstretch an arm to claw the ball off the line after Boyle had tried to bury the rebound; the Glens’ striker’s second bite at the cherry was blocked by a bunch of red shirted defenders.  A minute later  ‘Wood substitute Chris Faulds’ long pass back from deep in the Glens’ half  caught out his team mates and Armstrong nicked the ball leaving Low in his wake as he charged  to goal but blasted over from 15 yards out.

Jon Connolly saves the day

The home side rallied briefly but struggled to create any openings that would deliver an equaliser. With ten minutes to go the visitors brought on the fresh legs of John Dempster, to replace goal hero Armstrong, and within a minute he and Campbell beat the offside trap but the latter’s shot from the corner of the box went wide of target. A minute later Thorniewood were pruned to 10 men when substitute David Campbell earned a second yellow card for clumsily chopping down McKenzie, and hopes of the home side salvaging a point appeared to have with withered on the vine.

However, Thorniewood reacted well to the loss and on 86 minutes a good run and cross down the left by Mark Daly was rewarded with a corner kick. Scott Murphy whipped a wicked ball across the face of the goal eluding the jump of Semple and Chris Faulds was on hand to head home from a yard out.

The Faulds Guy

Back came Glenafton and Boyle left Low for dead but the advancing Connolly forced the striker to shoot wide of target.  With two minutes of normal time remaining the visitors replaced Cochrane with new signing Bobby Colligan who made an instant impact skipping past player after player down the right flank only for his cut back to be punched out for a corner which ended with a Henderson header being held by Connolly. In the dying embers of time added on Semple had to be alert to deny the home side a win, but left nevertheless left them delighted with the draw – under the circumstances. F/T Thorniewood 1 Glenafton 1

Thorniewood United:  Connolly, Brophy, Daly, Easton, Low, Murphy, Queen, McGowan, Maguire, Livingstone and Bennett.  Subs Mullen, Campbell, Faulds

Glenafton Athletic: Semple; Potter, Menzies, Henderson & McKillen; Campbell, Murphy, Cochrane (Colligan)  & McKenzie; Armstrong (Dempster) & Boyle

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Siney Productions   Video highlights 1st half    Video highlights 2nd half

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Thorniewood v Glenafton

Stagecoach West Region Super League 1st Division

Sat 10th March , Robertson Park, Uddingston, KO 2:00pm

THORNIEWOOD UNITED v GLENAFTON ATHLETIC

Bobby's ball - Vics take the lead

Glenafton have completed the signing of midfielder Bobby Colligan from Irvine Victoria. He scored a cracker of a goal in the recent Ayrshire Weekly Press cup tie between the two clubs at Loch Park.  Club secretary John Stewart knows Bobby from his time with the youth set up at Ayr United and the wide right midfielder later moved on to Kilwinning U19’s before joining the Vics. Welcome to Loch Park, Bobby.

Striker John Dempster is 50/50 for the trip to Thorniewood tomorrow while Craig McEwan is ruled out through injury.

The Robertson Park side has been on a tremendous run since the dramatic 2-2 draw with the Glens at Loch Park back in September with 6 league wins, 1 draw and only one defeat (at home to current league leaders Kilsyth Rangers) and now sit 4th in the league, one point behind second placed Glenafton.

Paul McKenzie and Des Bradshaw

Thorniewood took a two nil lead at Loch Park with goals from Stevie Mullen and Robert Allan and indeed were unfortunate not to be sitting down to their half-time oranges with the points wrapped up. The home side halved the deficit when Gareth Armstrong beat keeper Jon Connolly from the penalty spot. However, the friendly ‘Flying Fridge’ got the better off the Glens top goal scorer when he turned another spot kick round the post. Back bounced Bo with a glancing header from 10 yards out to level the match – both sides relieved to get a share of the points, in a game either could have won.

 

 

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Afton All Blacks

Glenafton Athletic unveiled their new all-black strip in the Ayrshire Weekly Press Cup tie against Craigmark at Dalmellington on Saturday.

Photo Courtesy of John B. Vass

Thankfully, John Vass renowned for his knowledge of the Junior game and his stunning photography was on hand at Station Park to capture these action shots of captain Robbie Henderson and Gareth Armstrong.

John and his wife Violet are weel-kent faces at Junior grounds throughout Ayrshire. Happily they are regular visitors to Loch Park and have provided great support to the Glenafton match-day programme and web-site.

Thank you John and Violet,  from all at Glenafton Athletic.

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Craigmark 1 Glenafton 5

Ayrshire Weekly Press Cup 2nd Round

Sat 3rd March , Station Park, Dalmellington, KO 2:00pm

CRAIGMARK BURNTONIANS 1 (0)

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 5 (3)

Glenafton welcomed top goal scorer Gareth Armstrong back to the starting line up where he was joined up front with John Paul Boyle who had missed out in last week‘s league win over Dalry.  Young defender Ryan McChesney was also given a start playing alongside captain Robbie Henderson in the centre of defence. However, the Glen’s skipper took a sore one early on and Craig Menzies dropped back from his midfield role to replace him, with Gareth Campbell coming off the bench and slot into the middle of the park.

JP on the boil

Donned in their new all black strip with a red trim Glenafton took control of the game from the kick off and were swarming all over the young Craigmark side and the promise of an early goal was soon realised. Nothing came of the visitors’ first two corner kicks but soon after a long kick down the park was headed by Armstrong into the path of John Paul Boyle who raced in on goal to slip the ball beyond keeper Jon Lopez. The Glens doubled their lead soon after when a teasing cross from the right was sclaffed onto his own cross bar by defender Stuart Collins and Boyle was first to react and net the rebound .

With the visitors dictating the pace of the game chances were proving to be thin on the bumpy ground for the hosts and the Glenafton back four proving all but impenetrable, with the solid McChesney and Menzies ably supported by Richie McKillen and Craig Potter.  The Glens came close to adding a third following a piercing run down the right flank by Potter, his cut back met by Armstrong only for the striker’s nifty back-heel to come off the Craigmark post. However, Gareth Armstrong was not to be denied and ten minutes before the break he turned on a threepenny bit and hooked home to put the New Cumnock side three up at Dalmellington. H/T Craigmark 0 Glens 3

Gareth Armstrong (Photo courtesy of John Vass)

To their credit Craigmark continued to try and make a game off it and battled hard for every ball with some tenacious tackling. There was little they could do to prevent the visitors extending their lead after an excellent passage of passing play conjured up by Paul McKenzie, Andy Bell and Gareth Campbell was topped off by Richie McKillen racing into the box to crack the ball past the gallant Lopez. Still the host heads didn’t drop and Glenafton keeper Ryan Dunsmuir, who had replaced Ally Semple at the break, pulled off a brilliant save from the lively Ross McCulloch. Fortune didn’t favour the brave and on 63 minutes Gareth Armstrong, who had led the front line well, bagged his brace after running on to a well-timed through ball from McKenzie and rounding the keeper before tapping home to put Glens five in front.

With the visitors taking their foot of the accelerator the hosts stepped up a gear and John Henderson deserved better when his long range thunderbolt thundered off Dunsmuir’s post. Minutes later the young keeper was forced to race from his line to defend another ‘Mark attack only for the ball to strike off Ross McCulloch and loop over Dunsmuir’s head and sail into the net. The last chance of the match fell to Glenafton when a trademark McKenzie run ended with Lopez tipping the midfielder’s shot at goal over the bar. F/T Craigmark 1 Glens 5

Glenafton: Semple (Dunsmuir); Potter, McChesney, Henderson(Campbell) & McKillen; Bell, Cashmore (McKenzie), Murphy & Menzies; Armstrong & Boyle.


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Craigmark v Glenafton

Ayrshire Weekly Press Cup 2nd Round

Sat 3rd March , Station Park, Dalmellington, KO 2:00pm

CRAIGMARK BURNTONIANS v GLENAFTON ATHLETIC

Glenafton will be without Craig McEwan (calf strain) and loan signing Gus Cochrane  who has been recalled by Stranraer for tomorrow’s match against Berwick Rangers at Stair Park, while striker John Dempster is doubtful (hamstring).  Gareth Armstrong, who came off the bench in the league win over Dalry last week, is fit and John Paul Boyle is available for selection.

Although Craigmark sit bottom of the Ayrshire District League their fortunes on the park have taken a turn for the better since former Glenafton coach Lawrie Coughtrie stepped in as interim manager at Station Park back in November. The following Saturday the ‘Mark came within a whisker of claiming their first league win  but for a late equaliser from visiting Lugar Boswell. That first win came a fortnight ago with a 2-1 away at Ardeer Thistle, hard on the heels on an excellent point at home against promotion contenders Kello Rovers.

The two sides last met in the Ayrshire Weekly Press Cup back in season 2004/05 , also in the 2nd round, with goals from Stevie Agnew, Stevie Mallan and an O.G. helping the Glens to a 3-0 win.

The first meeting between Craigmark and Glenafton was a Western League match on September 13, 1947 in the season the Dalmellington side were formed and gained entry into the South Section of that league. The match ended in a 1-1 draw with the Glens having to call on a couple of spectators to make up their numbers while Craigmark ran out 2-0 winners in their visit to Connel Park the following January.

Willie Galloway

It is good to hear that Willie Galloway has recovered from the serious knee injury he sustained while playing for the Glens against Girvan last season. Willie has signed for his former club Rutherglen Glencairn and we wish him all the best.

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West of Scotland draw

New Coin Automatics West of Scotland Cup Draw

Winning goal celebrations at Clydebank

Following victories over Premier Division sides Clydebank and Pollok the Glens have been drawn at home to fellow Super League 1st Division Lanark United.

Revised Draws (10th March) for the Quarter-Final and Semi-Final stages have also been made.

West of Scotland Cup 3rd Round
Kilbirnie V Irvine Meadow
Cumbernauld V Girvan
Shotts or Dalry V Renfrew
St Roch V Forth
Ashfield V Troon
Glenafton V Lanark
Kilwinning V Beith
Ardrossan V Auchinleck
West of Scotland Quarter-Finals
Cumbernauld/Girvan V Ardrossan or Auchinleck
Yoker or Meadow V Shotts/Dalry or Renfrew
St Rochs or Forth V Ashfield/Troon
Glenafton/Lanark V Kilwinning/Beith

West of Scotland Cup Semi-Finals

Cumbernauld / Girvan OR Ardrossan / Auchinleck V
St.Rochs / Forth OR Ashfield / Troon

Glenafton / Lanark OR Kilwinning / Beith V
Yoker or Meadow OR Shotts/ Dalry or Renfrew

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Glenafton 4 Dalry 1

West Region Super League 1st Division

Sat 25th February , Loch Park, New Cumnock, KO 2:00pm

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 4 (1)

DALRY THISTLE 1 (1)

It seemed an ice-age ago since Dalry and Glenafton last met on a lush sun-bathed Merksworth Park back in August when the visitors overpowered their hosts to return with all three points following a 4-1 score-line in their favour. Although today’s contest ended with the same outcome the Glens had to dig deep to see off a dogged Dalry, reduced to 10 men early in the first half.

Glenafton’s  starting eleven contained no fewer than three former Dalry players – Craig Potter, Cammy Menzies and Andy Bell while in the visitors ranks were former Glenafton players striker Graeme Barbour and midfield Darren McMahon, a recent signing from Whitletts Victoria.

Ian Cashmore

With John Dempster injured and JP Boyle unavailable for selection Ian Cashmore partnered Gareth Campbell up front and the pair combined to put Glenafton ahead after 7 minutes. Menzies headed clear a Dalry free-kick and the loose ball was gathered by Gus Cochrane who released Campbell down the right and after beating Callum Davidson to the ball he tore down the wing to cross for Cashmore who picked his spot with a well-placed header, giving keeper Ross Stewart no chance. The home side struggled to capitalise on their early lead as the game, played at a frantic pace with no quarter given, failed to yield chances of any real quality. With 20 minutes gone tempers got the better of a number of players from either side and as the stoor settled Graeme Barbour was shown red and Ian Cashmore yellow, to the bemusement of their respective set of supporters.

The visitors’ 10 men were on the back foot for a spell as Paul McKenzie began to open up play and carve out chances for the hosts, the best ended with him cutting the ball back to Paul Murphy who rattled the Dalry crossbar with a thunderous drive. However, with 7 minutes of the half remaining Dalry drew level after a quickly taken free kick was launched from the half-way line and the ball killed brilliantly by Ian Reid before he turned and drilled it into the corner of the net from the edge of the box. H/T Glens 1 Dalry 1

Glenafton began the second half in determined fashion and Campbell had a goal chalked off in the opening minutes and later went close with a header. On the hour mark Murphy split open the Dalry defence with a slide rule pass to his former Stranraer team-mate Gus Cochrane  who delayed his run to beat the offside trap before drawing the keeper and slotting the ball home to restore the home side’s lead.  There was to be no slacking off from Glenafton and five minutes later Richie McKillen thundered a free-kick from the edge of the box off the face of the cross bar. Stewart then denied Campbell blocking shot but could do little to prevent Paul Murphy heading home a peach of a cross from Bell on 67 minutes, to double the Glens’ advantage.

Gareth Campbell

Dalry continued to dig in but Gareth Campbell finally got the goal his performance deserved. Substitute Gareth Armstrong gathered a throw in on the half way line and lobbed the ball over the Dalry defence for Murphy to give chase and although his shot from the edge of the box cannoned off the keeper’s chase Campbell had matched his run and was on hand to head the ball into the empty net for Glenafton’s fourth. F/T Glens 4 Dalry 1

Glenafton Athletic: Semple  Potter  Henderson  Menzies  McKillen  McKenzie Murphy   Cochrane  Bell Campbell  Cashmore  subs  Armstrong  McChesney  Dempster  Dunsmuir (gk)

Dalry Thistle:  Stewart  Pearce  Davidson  Mulgrew  Russell  Holden  Patterson  McMahon  Barbour Gilhooley  Reid  subs  McKenna  McDonald  Lynn  McCormack  McIntosh  Lockhart McGee (gk)

Siney’s Video Highlights

Glens Goal 1  Dalry Goal 1  Glens Goal 2 Glens Goal 3 Glens goal 4

1st half highlights  2nd half highlights

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