Welcome to Glenafton Athletic Junior Football Club.
We were formed in 1930 at the heart of the miners’ rows in Connel Park, New Cumnock, Ayrshire, Scotland and are known as ‘The Glens’ or ‘The Afton’. Our colours have been red and white since 1960 when we moved to our home at Loch Park in the heart of the village of New Cumnock.
We play in the West Region Premiership of the Scottish Junior Football Association .
GLENS PIP CUMBERNAULD IN PENALTY SHOOT-OUT
Glenafton hosted Championship side Cumbernauld United in the inaugural Maggie Buchan Memorial Shield pre-season friendly. Prior to kick-off Glens manager Craig McEwan and club captain unveiled Maggie’s memorial bench situated in front of the clubhouse in the presence of Maggie’s daughter Lorraine and other members of the family.
In the Glenafton line-up were defender Craig Pettigrew and midfielder Lee Gallacher two of their three summer signings. Keeper Brian McGarrity was also in the starting line-up having missed the closing games of last season through injury. In the Cumbernauld line-up was former Glenafton youth midfielder Klark Thomson.
In the proverbial game of two halves Glens came out on top in the first half with a brace from Mick McCann. The first arrived on 17 minutes after Ally Park nicked the ball as United looked to break and rolled it upfield for Joe Andrew to gather at the right-hand corner of the penalty box to clip the ball into the goalmouth where Mick McCann nicked in front of the defender to guide the ball home from six yards out.
On 32 minutes Glens doubled their lead with a well worked goal. McCann killed a long clearance from McGarrity deep in the United half and squared the ball to Moore on his left. Head down the midfielder burst into the left hand side of the box, leaving one defender for dead while attracting the close attention another, before clipping a delightful ball over head of the keeper and a third defender at the near post for the unmarked McCann to ghost in at the back post to side foot the ball into the empty net.
HT Glens 2 Cumbernauld 0
Glens brought on Craig Burns for Brian McGarrity while Cumbernauld made four changes at the break with keeper Graeme Murphy replacing Darren Hill, Alan Benton for Jack Harrison, Paddy McCabe for John Cunningham and Cameron Taylor for David Mackay. And so, began the second half of the game of two halves!
Although Cumbernauld dictated play it would the 80th minute before their efforts were rewarded. Paul Callander won the ball in the centre circle before passing it to Chris Hall who then slid the ball to match Paddy McCabe’s run into the box who finished in style with a low angled shot into the net.
On 85 minutes however the visitors levelled the match after Benton whipped a wicked ball in from the right and Hall clipped it high over the head of the diving keeper and despite Menzie’s acrobatic attempt to clear the descending ball on the line, it nestled in the net.
FT Glens 2 Cumbernauld 2
Glens kicked off the penalty shoot-out with Marlow and McChesney scoring before keeper Murphy saved from Park. Cairns and Gallacher then scored for Glens to make it 4-4 leaving Cameron Taylor the chance to win it for Cumbernauld only to blast the ball over the bar. Pettigrew made it 5-4 for Glens and after some delay Paddy McCabe stepped up for United only for Burns to pull off a fine save.
Glens win 5-4 penalties.
Maggie’s grandson Liam Miller then presented the Maggie Buchan Memorial Shield to Craig McEwan and Craig Menzies.
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- Glenafton Athletic v Sauchie
- Saturday 20th July 2019 |KO 2pm
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Junior Football Legends Tournament
Congratulations to Glenafton’s Legends team that won the inaugural Junior Legends 7-a-side tourment at Renfrew on on Saturday 5th June. The Glens progressed from the group which also included Kilsyth Rangers, Largs Thistle and Paisley select before defeating Beith Juniors in the semi-final and Port Glasgow in the final.
Back row: John McMillan, Craig McEwan, Craig Potter, Kevin McBride, Craig Clark & Gary Matthews. Front row: Kieran McAnespie, Gavin Friels, Michelle McInnes (Manager). Calum McEwan (Assistant Manager) & Gareth Armstrong
New Faces at Loch Park
Glenafton Athletic is delighted to announce that they have agreed terms with Craig Pettigrew and Ryan Nisbet both on Kilwinning Rangers books last season.
Craig Pettigrew: 32 year old defender Craig began his junior career with Lugar Boswell Thistle before stepping up to the seniors in 2005 with Ayr United. In the summer of 2008 he joined Auchinleck Talbot and during six seasons at Beechwood he won three Scottish Junior cups and two Premier Division titles as well as being capped for Scotland. Back to the seniors with Stranraer for two seasons and then Dumbarton for another before returning to Stair Park for a brief spell. Craig returned to Talbot in 2017 but within a few months moved on to Kilwinning Rangers.
Ryan Nisbet: 22 year old striker Ryan joined Ayr United U20 team in the summer of 2014 and was loaned out to Cumnock Juniors for a spell before returning to the Honest Men and stepping up to the first team . In the summer of 2016 he moved to Troon and joined Kilwinning Rangers the following season where he scored twice in the Buffs 4-3 win over the Glens at Abbey Park.
Welcome to Loch Park, Craig and Ryan.
Glenafton Athletic can confirm we have agreed terms 24 year old left midfielder Lee Gallacher formerly of Kirkintilloch Rob Roy. Lee began his football career with Partick Thistle U17’s / U20’s before joinging Stenhousemuir in January 2015. He joined the Rabs in season 2015/16 and since has made 125 appearances and scored 32 goals for the club . Welcome to Loch Park, Lee.
Leaving Loch Park
Glenafton Athletic have this evening reluctantly released Chris Dallas (left) from his contract for next season. After discussions with the manager, Chris will look to pastures new next season due to work and family commitments. Everyone at Glenafton would like to go on record to thank Chris for his time at the club.
The club can also confirm that Conor Lynass , Kit Cummins, Darren McLean and Davie Winters have left the club . The the management and Committee thank them for their time at the club and wish them all the best for the future.
GLENAFTON ATHLETIC HOME TOP 2019/20
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