Friday 9th December ,KO 8:00pm
KA Sports Pitches, Almswall Park, Kilwinning
GLENAFTON ATHLETIC v IRVINE MEADOW
With no scheduled fixture this Saturday the Glens will face Premier Division champions Irvine Meadow at Almswall Park, Kilwinning. The Medda currently sit in 5th place in the league seven points behind leaders Petershill, but with four games in hand.
The First Meeting
Coincidentally when the two teams met for the first time, way back in August 1933, Meadow were the reigning Western League Champions. The Glens and fellow south Ayrshire teams Talbot and Kello gained entry into the Western League that season and the New Cumnock side beat Meadow 5-2 at Connel Park and drew 3-3 at Meadow Park in the league clashes. However, the clubs had already clashed in the 2nd round of the Moore Trophy and a gate of £27 at Connel Park watched the Glens mow the Meadow by 5 goals to 1 , a brace each from Montgomerie and Irvine and an own goal from the visitors.
The Last Meeting
The Glens went to the top of the league after beating Meadow 3-1 at Loch Park in October 2009, with a W4 D1 Lo record. The home side went two up within seven minutes with a 25 yard lob from Craig Feroz and a20 yard thunderbolt from Chris Zok. Seven minutes before the break Stephen Swift rose like a lark to head home and half the deficit. Chris Zok rifled a stunning volley into with 20 minutes to go to seal the points.
By the time the two sides met in the corresponding fixture at Meadow Park, the Glens had plummeted to 8th in the league (en-route to a play-of loss to Lanark) whole while the Medda were top of the league (en-route to the title). Goals from Chris Strain and David Hamilton gave the home side a 2-0 victory, the Glens going close through Simon Eeles, but his shot crashed off the post.
Former Afton Lad
Simon joined Glenafton from Hurlford United at the beginning of season 2007/08, signed by then manager Gordon Dalziel. His previous clubs were Stirling Albion, Largs Thistle, Stenhousemuir, Tarff Rovers, Gretna, Kilbirnie Ladeside, Linlithgow Rose, Auchinleck Talbot and Saltcoats Victoria before moving to Blair Park. Simon made 53 starts (and about half as many again substitute appearances) for the Glens over the three seasons at Loch Park and scored 12 goals. On his game an exciting player who could take on defences with relish and score the odd cracking goal or two. Simon’s last appearance for the Glens was at the start of season 2010/11 before he moved on to a second spell at Kilbirnie Ladeside and from there to Meadow at the beginning of last season.