West Region Premier Division : Match 9
Saturday 9th November, Loch Park, New Cumnock
GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 1 (1)
CLYDEBANK 2 (0)
The Bankies were quickly on the front foot with the play of Adam Strachan in particular catching the eye but try as they might they struggled to conjure up an opening goal.
Fewer chances came the home side’s way and yet in on 26 minutes they took the lead. Aaron Connolly pounced on a poor clearance by keeper Robert Smith from an ambitious pass-back and burst into the box where he was adjudged to be brought down to by the back-tracking Austin McCann. Despite the defender’s plea that he had made a clean contact with the ball a penalty kick was awarded and Alain Kinney blasted it home with some aplomb.
The breakthrough spurred the Glens on and Cameron Marlow tested the keeper from distance. Just before the interval Smith was on top form to tip a fantastic 25 yard free-kick by Connolly over the bar. H/T Glens 1 Clydebank 0
Three minutes into the new half and the visitors were on level terms. Andy Paterson’s cut back from the left wing missed its intended target but the ball rolled on into the path of on rushing Scott Walker who struck in sweetly beyond the reach of keeper Brian McGarrity.
Bankies with their tails erect again pressed with Strachan ghosting his way about the Loch Park time and again. Yet, on 66 minutes it was the Glens that created the biggest scare with another stunning Connolly free-kick and although it beat Smith this time the ball crashed off the under-side of the bar.
With 15 minutes to go the visitors took the lead when Marc Russell rose to bullet home a Strachan corner-kick. In the dying minutes the home side had a strong appeal for a penalty as Walker tangled with Connolly in the box, but the claims were waved away and Bankies took the points and the plaudits. F/T Glens 1 Bankies 2
Glenafton: McGarrity; McGeoghan, McChesney, Menzies, Cairns; Craig, Frye, McKernon, Marlow; Connolly and Kinney Subs Miller
Clydebank: Hamilton, Walker, Russell, McCann, Paterson; Gold, Martin Wilson, Strachan, Berry , McPherson subs