Ayrshire Weekly Press Cup 2nd Round
Sat 3rd March , Station Park, Dalmellington, KO 2:00pm
CRAIGMARK BURNTONIANS v GLENAFTON ATHLETIC
Glenafton will be without Craig McEwan (calf strain) and loan signing Gus Cochrane who has been recalled by Stranraer for tomorrow’s match against Berwick Rangers at Stair Park, while striker John Dempster is doubtful (hamstring). Gareth Armstrong, who came off the bench in the league win over Dalry last week, is fit and John Paul Boyle is available for selection.
Although Craigmark sit bottom of the Ayrshire District League their fortunes on the park have taken a turn for the better since former Glenafton coach Lawrie Coughtrie stepped in as interim manager at Station Park back in November. The following Saturday the ‘Mark came within a whisker of claiming their first league win but for a late equaliser from visiting Lugar Boswell. That first win came a fortnight ago with a 2-1 away at Ardeer Thistle, hard on the heels on an excellent point at home against promotion contenders Kello Rovers.
The two sides last met in the Ayrshire Weekly Press Cup back in season 2004/05 , also in the 2nd round, with goals from Stevie Agnew, Stevie Mallan and an O.G. helping the Glens to a 3-0 win.
The first meeting between Craigmark and Glenafton was a Western League match on September 13, 1947 in the season the Dalmellington side were formed and gained entry into the South Section of that league. The match ended in a 1-1 draw with the Glens having to call on a couple of spectators to make up their numbers while Craigmark ran out 2-0 winners in their visit to Connel Park the following January.
It is good to hear that Willie Galloway has recovered from the serious knee injury he sustained while playing for the Glens against Girvan last season. Willie has signed for his former club Rutherglen Glencairn and we wish him all the best.