Stagecoach Western Super League Premier Division : Match 9
- Saturday 29th November, Townhead Park Cumnock
CUMNOCK JUNIORS 0 (0)
GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 2 (2)
Glens visited Townhead Park to face local rivals Cumnock Juniors, looking to bounce back from last week’s disappointing defeat to Rob Roy in the Scottish Cup, whilst the Townhead Park side were looking to record their second league win of the campaign. Glens welcomed back influential playmaker Jamie McKernon to the side at the expense of the injured Dan Orsi.
Following a long period of sustained pressure, the visitors opened the scoring in the ninth minute. Winger Adam Strachan released the overlapping Alan Cairns down the left hand side, and his drilled cross was only half cleared by the Cumnock defence to ex Cumnock striker Aaron Connolly whose close range strike gave ex Glens keeper Ally Semple no chance.
Glens were unlucky not to double their lead shortly afterwards. A powerful long range dipping effort by McKernon looked to be a goal from the moment it left his foot, however the Cumnock goalkeeper Ally Semple managed to acrobatically tip the ball over the bar.
Glens continued to dominate possession playing some neat football which was a joy to watch at times, and created numerous chances. Following a Glens corner, the ball was only half cleared to Ryan McChesney who picked out the unmarked McKernon on the edge of the box with a neat pass, McKernon then avoided the challenge of Cumnock full back Steven Crawford before advancing into the penalty box and drilling a powerful low shot that Semple could only parry into the path of Cammy Marlow who slotted the ball into the net however he was adjudged to be in an offside position by the linesman.
Following a Cumnock corner, a quick Glens counter attack saw Adam Strachan release the onrushing Jamie McGeoghan who had ran the full length of the pitch, however his attempted lob over Semple with his weaker left foot was easily caught. A disappointing first half for the home side was to be compounded by a red card for debutant Kieran Downs. His wild lunge on Glens defender Jamie McGeoghan saw him dismissed much to the displeasure of the home support.
Glens eventually added the goal that their play deserved in the 42nd minute. Kinney released Mick Wardrope on the edge of the right hand side of the box, and although the midfielder was well placed to have a strike, he unselfishly picked out Adam Strachan with a floated cross, and Strachan made no mistake, taking a touch to compose himself before slotting the ball past Semple with a low finish that hit the inside of the post before going into the back of the net.
In an entertaining finale to the first half Cumnock came close to pulling one back in the 44th minute. A through ball left striker Paul Quinn one on one with Glens goalkeeper Brian McGarrity and after rounding the keeper, his shot was weak which allowed it to be cleared on the line by McGeoghan to deny a certain goal.. The action for the half still wasn’t finished as Adam Strachan should have really have scored his second in first half stoppage time, however his close range effort was fired well over. H/T Cumnock 0 Glens 2
The second half followed a similar pattern of play with the Glens continuing to dominate the bulk of the possession and creating numerous chances with McGarrity in the Glens goal being seldom tested.
Following a neat passage of play by the visitors, midfielder Mick Wardrope’s first time drilled shot went narrowly wide of the post. Another neat move from the visitors this time involving Strachan, Kinney and Marlow, saw Kinney releasing Marlow into a great goalscoring position however the keeper did well to tip his powerful left hand shot past the post.
A misjudgement by Cumnock defender James Lundie provided striker Alain Kinney with a golden opportunity however his attempted lob over Semple went well over the bar. Kinney came closer shortly afterwards with the games final chance however although his curling shot from the edge of the penalty box had Semple beaten, the ball hit the inside of the post before being cleared to safety. F/T Cumnock 0 Glens 2
Cumnock Juniors: Semple, Lundie, Crawford, Lowe, Kennedy, McKnight, Downs, Williamson, Nisbet, Quinn, Ronald Subs Maltoni, Wood, Scanlon
Glenafton Athletic: McGarrity, Menzies, Cairns, McGeoghan, McChesney, Marlow, Wardrope, McKernon, Connolly, Kinney, Strachan Subs:Walker, McGill, Reilly, Meikle, Buchannan
Thank you to Steven Kerr for the match report