Glenafton v Irvine Vics

Ayrshire Weekly Press Cup 1st Round

Sat 18th February , Loch Park, New Cumnock, KO 2:00pm

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC v IRVINE VICTORIA

The two sides last met in the Ayrshire Weekly Press Cup in Season 2007/08 and like this week-end’s match it was a first round tie. In stark contrast the first time the Glens and Vics met in the competition was in the Cup final of 1935/36 at Rugby Park.

LAST MEETING: Friday 18th April 2008

Ayrshire Weekly Press Cup 1st Round
Victoria Park, Irvine
IRVINE VICTORIA 1 GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 2

The two sides last met in Ayrshire Cup in Season 2007/08 when the Ayrshire District side went in at the interval a goal to the good courtesy of an own goal by Chris Merrilees.  The Premier side struck back twice in the second half with goals from Frankie Haggarty and David Gormley to seal the tie.

Glenafton: Matthews; Connolly,Gow, Merrilees, Quinn; Haggarty, Howie (Grant), Doyle (Deeney), Agnew; Feroz (Anderson), Gormley

FIRST MEETING: Saturday 10th April 1936

Ayrshire Junior Challenge Cup Final
Rugby Park, Kilmarnock
GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 3 IRVINE VICTORIA 0

Glenafton as reigning Western League champions and Irvine Vics were in a three horse race for the league title when they faced each other in the Ayrshire Junior Cup Final – a race that was eventually won by Cumnock Juniors, with Vics runners-up and Glens in third place.

Irvine Vics road the final began with a bye in the 1st round followed by victories over Kilbirnie (3-1, h), Dalry (4-0,h) and Saltcoats (5-1 at Recreation Park). While the Glens claimed the scalps of the Meadow (3-1,a), Kilwinning Rangers (6-0, h) and Cumnock (6-1, at Rugby Park).

Although Vics ‘carpet-weaving’ style of play caught the eye it failed to penetrate the Glens defence with Bill Gray in outstanding form. In contrast the Irvine side could not handle Glens’ outside left John Reid who bagged a first half brace and completed his hat-trick with a stunning strike from the corner of the box that flew past Jardine and into the corner of the net. The Glens had won the Ayrshire Cup for the first time in the club’s short history.

Glenafton: McEwan; Brown & Ferguson; Craig, Gray, & Ballantyne, Irvine, Hawthorn, Serrie, Campbell & Reid

Irvine Vics: Jardine; Gibson & Caldwell; J.Dempster, Kyle & McCormack; Donnelly, M.Dempster, McGill, Steele & Campbell.

The famous Glens side of 1935/1936. Galston lad Tommy Langan missed the final through injury and local lad J. Serrie took his place at centre forward.

Back row: Brown, Ferguson, McEwan, Craig, Gray and Ballantyne. Front row: Irvine, Hawthorn, Langan, Campbell and Reid.

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