Scottish Junior Cup 1st round
Saturday 26th September Loch Park , New Cumnock
GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 14 (8)
NEWMACHAR UNITED 0 (0)
A minute’s silence was held prior to kick-off in memory of former Glenafton player Jim Dohertty who passed away recently. Jim played in the Cumnock Juniors side that won the the Scottish Junior Cup in 1978/79 and signed for Notts County the following season. He later returned to Scotland and was captain for the Glens for a time.
Glenafton were delighted to welcome Newmachar United from the North First Division (East) for the Scottish Junior Cup 1st round tie in what was the first meeting between the two sides. The home side made several changes to the starting eleven that faced Hurlford United a fortnight ago. In came Craig McGuffie, Jamie Hay, John Adam and John Paul Boyle for Ally Park, Alan Cairns, Chris Malone and Joe Andrew.
Four goals in a five minute spell for Glenafton effectively killed off thi s Scottish Junior Cup 1st round tie with just over quarter of an hour gone. Dan Orsi started the ball rolling getting down on the six yard line to head home a corner kick on 11 munutes.
A free kick from 25 yards out was buried in customary style by Darren McGill.
Another corner saw Jamie Hay roll it along the touch line to McGill who quickly clipped the ball back into the danger area where Mick McCann’s header was finished off by John Paul Boyle from close range.
McCann returned the favour and picked out McGill on the left who forced his way into the box and blast the ball home.
Newmachar’s keeper Ross Chapman pulled off the two great saves to stem the tide and indeed at the other end Stuart Riley pulled off a good save from Glens’ goalie Brian McGarrity.
The home side then produced another four goal burst in the closing ten minutes of the half. On 34 minutes Craig McGuffie gathered the ball on the right hand corner of the box and after a couple of touches curled a low shot through a ruck of players into the far corner of the goal.
A fine pass from John Adam picked out McGuffie down the right flank who in turn found Boyle to set up Mick McCann to clip the ball home from the six yard line.
Two minutes later McCann struck again after a great solo run through a host of defenders, he drew the keeper from the line before slotting the ball into the net.
A minute before the break Glens made it 8-0 with perhaps the pick of the bunch when a killer cross by McGill on the left flank was met on the drop by John Paul Boyle to volley the ball into the net from the far corner of the six yard box.
H/T Glenafton 8 Newmachar 0
Five minutes after the re-start Adam won the ball in the middle of the park and picked out Boyle who with a well timed pass set Darren McGill on his way to securing his hat-trick after breaking forward and from the 18 yard line slam a low hard shot beyond the reach of the outrushing Chapman.
Just after the hour mark McGuffie collected a pass from Boyle and kept his cool to lob the ball over the stranded keeper and into the gaping net.
Two minutes later another lung bursting run down the right by Orsi ended with his cross being headed into his own net by the unfortunate Morrison.
Keeper Chapman pulled off more notable saves as the Glens continued to push forward and on 70 minutes they added to their tally. Ally Park motored down the right flank before bursting into the box to lay off to McCann who played the ball back to McGill to loft a ball to the back post where Boyle stole in to guide his header home with the keeper rooted on his line.
There was little either the keeper could do when Jamie McGeoghegan picked up a square ball from Adam and from 25 yards out lashed the ball into the ball into the top corner of the net – unlucky for some and now 13-0.
On 87 minutes the Glens completed the scoring after Orsi’s cross from the right was headed clear only for Ally Park to pounce on the loose ball and lash it home from 12 yards out.
A tough day for Newmachar who left the field to warm applause for keeping their discipline and trying yo seek out an elusive consolation.
Glenafton Athletic: 1. Brian McGarrity (17. David Buchanan) 2 Dan Orsi 3. Jamie McGeoghegan 4. Ryan McChesney 5. Craig Menzies (12. Chris Meikle) 6. John Adam 7. Craig McGuffie (15. Ally Park) 8. Jamie Hay 9. John Paul Boyle 10. Mick McCann 11. Darren McGill Subs : 14. Craig Potter 16 Alan Cairns
Newmachar United: 1. Ross Chapman 2. Patterson 3. Parley 4. Fuller 5. Morrison 6. Keith 7. Riley 8. Buck 9. Still 10. Mearns 11. Wilson Subs 12. Buchan 14. Petrie 15. Cooper 16. Marcelline 17. Bain (gk)
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A big thank you to Glenafton Athletic Ladies Committee for sponsoring the match ball.