Tuesday 29th November , Toryglen Regional Football Centre, Glasgow
GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 2 (1) v STRANRAER 0 (0)
The Glens faced SFL side Stranraer in a closed-door friendly at Toryglen tonight. Former Cowdenbeath, Stenhousemuir and Cumnock Juniors striker John Dempster guested for Glenafton and partnered John Paul Boyle up front. There were some familiar faces in the Stair Park starting eleven including former Afton lads John Kane and Nathan Shepherd.
The astrosturf surface lent itself to the Glens passing game with former Stranraer player Paul Murphy pulling the strings in the middle of the park for the men in red , ably assisted by Ian Cashmore who had an outstanding game in central midfield. John Paul Boyle, who made his debut for the Glens on Saturday, his first start in a game since June, understandably felt the effects of his efforts at Hermes and was replaced midway through the half by Craig Potter
The Glens made the breakthough late in the first half, when the impressive Dempster was denied from close range by keeper David Mitchell but magical Paul McKenzie was on hand to slam the ball home. H/T Glens 1 Stranraer 0
The New Cumnock side doubled their lead soon after the restart, Cashmore’s courage winning a header in the box and the ball falling to John Dempster with his back to goal, and holding off his marker he hooked the ball over his head into the net. The Glens carved out a number of opportunties to add to their tally with fluent fast flowing football that had Stranraer players chasing shadows under the Toryglen floodlights. Stranraer, with a large squad to choose from, enjoyed a sustained period of pressure but efforts from distance whistled past both posts and young keeper Ryan Dunsmuir pulled off two quite stunning saves. The Glens finished the stronger and thoroughly deserved their victory. F/T Glens 2 Stranraer 0
Glenafton: Dunsmuir; McEwan; McChesney, Henderson, McKillen; McKenzie, Murphy, Cashmore, Bell; Dempster, Boyle (Potter)