Ardagh Glass Sectional Cup Quarter-Final
Wednesday 22nd August , Ladywell Stadium, Maybole
MAYBOLE JUNIORS 0 (0)
GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 3 (0)
Perfect conditions set the scene for an exciting end-to-end encounter with chances falling at both ends. After having the better of these the visitors nearly paid the price a minute before the break when Maybole won a free-kick on the outskirts of the box but a stout defence cleared the danger, albeit at the second attempt. H/T Maybole 0 Glens 0.
The wake-up call for Glenafton registered and four minutes after the re-start a piece of Paul McKenzie magic on the left wing ended with a cut-back to Gareth Armstrong who from the vicinity of the penalty spot drilled the ball low and hard beyond keeper Scott Johnstone. Back came ‘Bole and Ally Semple pulled off a super save to stop a screamer from Alan Love heralding a period of sustained pressure from the hosts. Again the Glens’ defence stood firm and Craig McEwan was well placed to clear a Scott Irvine effort off the line, after a double save from Semple. On 67 minutes the visitors doubled their lead when John Dempster picked out Gareth Armstrong on the outskirts of a busy ‘Bole box and the striker picked his spot with perfection. The two goal cushion spurred on the visitors and the pace of Bobby Colligan and the fresh legs of John Paul Boyle had the home side on the back foot.With 13 minutes to go Colligan cruised down the left and his pinpoint cross met Paul McKenzie racing in at the back post to bullet home a header.
F/T Maybole 0 Glens 3
Maybole: Johnstone; Reid, Dempster, Simpson; Love, Dinwoodie, Parris, Irvine; MacDonald, McGrady. Subs Murphy, Forde, Morrison, Allan, Gallacher
Glenafton: Semple; McEwan, Henderson, G. Mitchell, McKillen; McKenzie, D.Mitchell, Potter, Colligan; Dempster, Armstrong. Subs Boyle, Campbell, Menzies, McChesney, Dunsmuir (gk)
Many thanks to John Vass for the photographs.
Other Quarter-Final Results.
Auchinleck 3 Troon 3 ( Talbot 7-6 pens); Beith 2 Irvine Meadow 4; Kilbirnie 3 Largs 0
Glens will host Talbot in the sem0-final at Loch Park , Wednesday 29th August