- McBookie Premier Division
- Match 16
- Beechwood Park, Auchinleck
- Wednesday 26th April 2017
- AUCHINLECK TALBOT 0 (0)
- GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 1 (1)
- Conor Lynass
Neither side were looking on the game as a dress rehearsal for the forthcoming Scottish Junior Cup Final as both were still heavily involved in a four-way fight for the Premier Division title. A wonder first-half goal from Conor Lynass secured all three points for the Glens, the New Cumnock side playing the last half-hour with 10 men, in a tight game to complete the league double over the Beechwood side.
Auchinleck enjoyed some early pressure and created a handful of decent chances without severely testing Glens keeper Brian McGarrity.
Glenafton grew into the game and Andy Leishman in the Talbot goal had to be alert to push a thundering 30-yard free kick from David Gray from under the bar out for a corner-kick. Former Talbot player Ally Park nicked the ball from Graham Wilson in the centre circle and played a one two with Craig Menzies before playing the ball wide to Alan Cairns who quickly fed Conor Lynass on the half-way line, wide on the left flank. The young midfielder burst upfield to the corner of the penalty box where he spearheaded through the gap between a pair of Talbot players to continue his run along the 18-yard box where he left another Talbot defender in his wake before again exploiting the gap between another pair of black and gold shirts to fire a low shot that whizzed past another Talbot defender and beyond the reach of Leishman at full stretch and into the net at the keeper’s left hand post. A quite stunning goal!
Leishman then prevented the visitors from doubling their lead with a stunning save from a Gray free-kick sweetly curled round the wall from 20 yards, the big keeper again at full stretch to get a hand to the ball and push it past the post.
On the hour mark Ally Park received a red card for a tackle on Bryan Young and the 10 men delivered another backs-to-the-wall performance to hold on to their narrow lead.
Glenafton Athletic: 1. Brain McGarrity 2. Kyle McAusland 3. Alan Carins 4. Craig Menzies 5. Ryan McChesney 6. Ally Park 7. Ryan Borris (12. Darren McGill) 8. David Gray 9. Joe Andrew 10. John Carter (14. Dan Orsi) 11. Conor Lynass (15. Cameron Marlow) Sub Not Used: 16. Mick McCann Gk. Blair Lochhead
Auchinleck Talbot: 1. Andy Leishman 2. William Lyle (12. Dylan Stevenson) 3. Gordon Pope 4. Ross Harvey 5. Martin McGoldrick 6. Dwayne Hyslop (15. Steven White) 7. Bryan Young 8. Klark Thomson 9. Graham Wilson 10. Keir Milliken 11. James Latta Subs Not Used: 14. Dylan Pooler 16. Neil McPherson gk Brian Hewitt