Our home, since 1960, is Loch Park, New Cumnock, Ayrshire, Scotland and we play in the West Region of the Scottish Junior Football Association.
Broxburn Athletic 3 Glenafton Athletic 3
Glenafton’s Great Escape
The Glens looked certain to make a 1st round exit in the Scottish Junior Cup at Albyn Park as their 10 men trailed 3-1 to Broxburn Athletic with the regulation 90 minutes running out. However on the stroke (and nick) of time Joe Andrew kept his cool to wrong foot a defender before drilling a low shot into the corner of the net. Three minutes later with added time fading quickly David Gray floated a free kick into a crowded six yard box for Kyle McAusland to power a downward header beyond the reach of the keeper to level the cup-tie and initiate starkly contrasting scenes of despair and joy in the home and away camps.
It had all began so well for the home side as they stroked the ball about the Albyn Park surface with ease and pegging back the visitors. A few decent chances had come and gone before a free kick from the right hand side of the box was met by the leaping Scott Richards to loop a header into the net at the back post to put Broxburn ahead on 18 minutes. The visitors eventually found their feet with a couple of decent chances. On 34 minutes Joe Andrew was barged off the ball on the outskirts of the box and up stepped David Gray to slam home an unstoppable free kick.
Although the Glens finished the half strongly the home side started the second half in storming fashion. A free kick from wide on the left was headed clear only for a brilliant ball to be threaded back into box for Richards to gather and turn two defenders before picking his spot from 8 yards to restore Broxburn’s lead on 47 minutes. Glens’ goalie Brian McGarrity then made a fine block at the near post before the home side spurned a glorious chance on 54 minutes to double their lead with the ball blasted over the bar from close range. No matter, three minutes later a corner kick from the right appeared to evaded players of both sides before Craig Purves with a late run into the box to bullet a header home. Glenafton came close to pulling one back, first through a Dan Orsi header that skimmed inches wide of the back post and then the keeper made a brave block at the same post as Kyle McAusland tried to force home a free kick. The visitors survived a few close shaves at the other end before any hope of a fight back looked to have been extinguished after Ally Park earned a second yellow card and the Glens reduced to 10 men with five minutes to go. However, the late drama unfolded beginning with Andrew’s goal on 90 minutes and a minute later McAusland flashed a header inches wide of the post before he found the net in 93 minutes to head home Gray’s free kick in effectively the last action of the match.
Scottish Junior Cup 1st Round
Saturday 24th September 2016 KO 2:30pm , Albyn Park, Broxburn
- Broxburn Athletic v Glenafton Athletic
Scottish Junior Cup 1st Round Replay
Saturday 1st October 2016 KO 2:30pm , Loch Park, New Cumnock
- Glenafton Athletic v Broxburn Athletic
West of Scotland Cup 1st Round
- Carluke Rovers (Home)
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