Ardagh Glass Ayrshire Sectional League Cup
Section 4: Match 5
Wednesday 15th August , Loch Park, New Cumnock
Glenafton, began at a blistering pace and with 3 minutes gone Paul McKenzie unleashed an unstoppable shot from the edge of the box into to the roof of the net and seven minutes later Craig Potter doubled the home side’s advantage after picking spot with a well taken header. On 16 minutes Gareth Campbell limped off to be replaced with a trialist, local lad Ryan Campbell, and the home side were soon back on the front foot – a great run by Craig McEwan ending with a searing shot cracking the bar. John Paul Boyle picked out Potter with a peach of a pass to blast home his brace and put the Glens three-nil.
Bobby Colligan’s destructive pace allowed him to surge into the Muirkirk box and set up John Dempster to swivel and fire home a fourth goal before McKenzie fired in a fierce drive that was neatly guided beyond the keeper’s reach by Richie McKillen for the fifth before the break. H/T Glens 5 Muirkirk 0
The goal spree continued apace after the re-start with the Glens finding the net three times in a ten or so minute spell to build on their lead with Colligan the architect on each occasion. In cruise control the Kirk defence struggled manfully with the wide-man’s pace and in turn he released McKenzie to drill home his second of the night and then set up a quick fire brace for Boyle.
Gareth Armstrong entered the fray and with some clinical finishing helped himself to a hat-trick .The first a low grounder; the second after pouncing on a poor clearance and the third heading home a Colligan cross at the back stick. In the final minute, Dempster played a neat one-two with McKenzie before slotting home the twelfth of the night. Knowing that a five goal win would secure passage to the knock-out stages the Glens are to be congratulated on going about their business in a professional manner while of course not forgetting the gallant display from the Muirkirk side, and in particular their keeper who made some splendid saves despite the goal avalanche. F/T Glens 12 Muirkirk 0
Glenafton: Semple; McEwan, McChesney, R. Henderson, McKillen; McKenzie, Potter, G.Campbell (R.Campbell); Dempster, Boyle (Armstrong). Subs Henderson, Menzies, D.Henderson
Auchinleck 3 Cumnock 0 ; Lugar 0 Kello 7
Ardagh Glass Cup Section 4 table here
Glenafton required to win by a five goal margin to guarantee a place in the knock out stage of the competition irrespective of the outcome of the Auchinleck v Cumnock game. The Talbot won 3-0 and top the section on goal difference and as runners’ up in the section the Glens will travel next Wednesday to face Section 3 Winners Maybole Junior in Quarter Final. The winners will host the winners of Auchinleck v Troon in the sem-final the following Wednesday.