New Coin Automatics West of Scotland Cup 3rd round
Sat 24th March, Loch Park, New Cumnock
GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 0 (0)
LANARK UNITED 0 (0)
Glenafton win 4-2 on penalties
‘Semple Shines in Shoot-Out’
After a hard-fought goal-less draw in Glenafton emerged victorious from the penalty shoot out thanks to four perfect spot kicks and two super saves from keeper Ally Semple. The home side’s spot kick winners were Gus Cochrane, Ian Cashmore, Paul Murpy and Richie McKillen. For the visitors Liam Mushett and Chris McDougall were successful from the spot while Stuart Tullis and John Renwick were denied by brilliant saves from Ally Semple.
Ryan McChesney returned to the starting line up to partner captain Robbie Henderson in the heart of Glenafton’s defence whilst up front John Dempster paired up with Gareth Armstrong. Leading the Lanark line was former Glenafton player Stuart Tullis, who scored a strong contender for goal of the season when the two sides shared the league points in a 1-1 draw at Moor Park in November.
In a fast moving encounter Tullis was first to threaten but he skied the ball over the bar with 6 minutes gone. Dempster then forced a good save from former Cumnock keeper Derek Barnes but soon after had to limp off to be replaced with Ian Cashmore. Paul McKenzie went close for the home side before the visitors applied pressure before the break only to find keeper Ally Semple in fine form. H/T Glenafton 0 Lanark 0
Just after the break the impressive Ryan McChesney was on the receiving end of a scything tackle from Alan McCrum and had to hobble off, with Craig Potter joining the fray as play raged on. Good build up play from the Glens ended with Cashmore cutting a perfect ball along the goal line but with Barnes beaten there were no takers.
The game erupted on 75 minutes after a lunging tackle by Henderson earned him a yellow card and then another for talking back to the official, reducing the hosts to 10 men. Several other cards followed as the referee flashed cards like confetti. No argument however when substitute Andy Bell received a straight red card after whacking McCrum; Lanark duo Chris Walker and Ryan Docherty fortunate to escape similar punishment the referee’s attention. The fast flowing hard fought battle drew to a conclusion with clean sheets in tack. F/T Glenafton 0 Lanark 0
Glenafton: Semple Menzies Henderson McChesney McKillen Murphy McKenzie Cochrane Dempster Armstrong Boyle. Subs Potter Cashmore Bell McEwan Dunsmuir ( gk )
Lanark: Barnes Renwick Gow Mushett Walker Rankin Marriott McCrum Seenan Tullis McFadden. Subs Cuthill McDougal Docherty Fletcher Collins Ronald Hyslop ( gk )
Glenafton will now face Premier side Beith in the Quarter-Final at Loch Park.