- William Hill Scottish Cup
- Preliminary Round 2
- Loch Park, New Cumnock
- Saturday 2nd September 2017
- GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 6 (1)
- Chris Dallas 4, Jamie McKernon, Mick McCann
- Golspie Sutherland 1 (1)
GLENAFTON HIT BACK TO HIT GALLANT GOLSPIE FOR SIX
Glenafton played host to Golspie Sutherland of the North Caledonian League in the 2nd Preliminary Round of the William Hill Scottish Cup.
In a strangely subdued first-half the Glens never really got going against a well organised Golspie side that looked very comfortable on the ball and yet had by the far created the bulk of chances on show before visitors took the lead through an own goal on 15 minutes.
As early as two minutes Conor Lynass gathered the ball on the left before cutting inside and cracking a shot from 22 yards into the bread basket of keeper Graeme Williamson. Two minutes later Chris Dallas attempt to angle a close-range effort in at the far post ended with one defender kicking the ball from his keeper’s and another ushering it safely back to the goalie as Joe Andrew threatened. On 7 minutes Andrew was brought down on the outskirts of the box and David Gray’s flashed a free-kick from 25 yards that threatened to rip the side netting with the keeper a spectator.
The lively Lynass showed MacNab a clean pair of heels only to have them clicked and this time Gray’s free kick from 22 yards was well held by Williamson. Soon after Andrew’s cross from wide on the right was cleanly clutched under the bar by Williamson as Dallas challenged.
On 14 minutes Golspie earned a corner kick on the left that was whipped into the goalmouth and cleared at the expense of another kick from the right which was plucked out the air by keeper Brian McGarrity as MacNab closed in. A minute later a determined run by a Golspie striker (No 18) into box saw him shake off a couple of Glens defenders and as he tried to slip the ball past the advancing McGarrity in stepped Kyle McAusland to clear only to send the ball into the net via Conor Lynass.
Glens tried hit back immediately with a couple of attacks that were doggedly defended before MacNab countered down the left-wing with a good run and cross into the box that was cut out by Gray. The visitors were forced to make a change with Jacob Lockette coming on for a striker (No. 18).
Midway through the half Dallas gave Jordan Sutherland in the box to fire an angled shot from the corner of the six-yard box that whizzed wide of the post albeit the keeper had his near post well cover. Three minutes later Sutherland barged into Dallas’s back to set up another Gray free-kick that blasted from 25 yards and thundered off the post with the goalie well beaten.
Both sides exchanged corner-kicks that were mopped up before Glens forced back-to-back corners the ended in a similar fashion. The home side continued to press and Jamie McKernon held off a defender to break into the box and slip by Sutherland only for Ewan Murray to slide in and bring down the Glens midfielder. Chris Dallas lashed home the penalty kick to level the tie on 39 minutes.
Lynass carved out another chance only for his sweetly struck shot from 22 yards to be deflected wide for a corner kick which Gray clipped into the box and Mick McCann’s header looped over the bar. In the closing action of the half Andrew’s cut back from the bye-line was met by Lynass on the edge of the six-yard box and he seemed certain to score only for Williamson to make a great save with an outstretched leg to guide the ball wide of the post. At the other end McGarrity had to be quick off the mark to clear a ball as MacNab and Lockette closed in.
H/T Glens 1 Golspie 1
The home side began the half with much greater sense of purpose and were immediately on the front foot with early attacks down both flanks before being rewarded with an early goal. Andrew along with the indefatigable Sutherland challenged for the ball and as both players tumbled to the ground the ball fell for Dallas to run unimpeded into the box, draw the keeper from his line before placing his shot from 7 yards that clipped off the inside of the near post sending the ball into the far corner of the net. The home side now 2-1 up after 48 minutes.
Three minutes later Alan Cairns and Andrew combined well in the box to set Dallas for a tap-in at the box but the big striker did so from a offside position. However, the Dallas hat-trick did arrive on 56 minutes. Andrew slipped the ball to McKernon deep in the box who then skipped past two defenders to forge his way to the near post before clipping the ball past the keeper and along the face of the goalmouth for Dallas to take a touch before firing home for three yards out.
The visitors now looked all but out on their feet as tired legs struggled to maintain the disciplined defending of the first half while Glens showed no intent to take their feet of the gas. Indeed, the home side brought on the fresh legs of Ally Park in place of Kyle McAusland and he was soon in the thick of it breaking down a rare Golspie attack that Craig Menzies quickly mopped up.
Back came Glens and Lynass fashioned an angled shot from inside the box that was well held by Williamson. On 71 minutes, tired legs may have contributed to a defensive slip that allowed Dallas to nick the ball wide on the left before cutting into the box and wrong footing the advancing keeper to drill a low shot into the gaping net from 16 yards out. After stringing a quartet of goals together the big striker was immediately replaced with Darren McGill and left the field with the now vocal Afton army singing his praises.
Three minutes later Jamie McKernon broke into the box and with three defenders closing in from behind he perfectly timed his shot to beat the keeper from the six-yard line.
With 15 minutes remaining while Gray waited to deliver another corner-kick Glens made their final substitution with Ryan McChesney making way Iain McKnight. Gray’s kick was met by the head of McCann at the near post and the ball only partially cleared giving the striker a second bite at the cherry to turn and shoot from close range only for Williamson to pull off a wonderful save with quick feet. The keeper could do little to stop McCann completing the scoring on 84 minutes. A ball from the left floated to the far-side of the box was trapped perfectly by Lynass before he hooked the ball inside for McCann to gather and stab the ball home from 4 yards.
After a difficult first half the Glens proved too strong for Golspie in the second half and its the New Cumnock side’s name that went into the hat for the William Hill Scottish Cup 1st round prepare that was made later that day.
Glens will host Glasgow University or Threave Rovers.
F/T Glenafton 6 Golspie 1
Glenafton Athletic: 1. Brian McGarrity 2. Kyle McAusland (15. Ally Park) 3. Alan Cairns 4. Craig Menzies 5. Ryan McChesney (14. Iain McKnight) 6. Jamie McKernon 7. Mick McCann 8. David Gray 9. Chris Dallas (12. Darren McGill) 10. Joe Andrew 11. Conor Lynass Subs not used: 16. Ryan Borris 17. Craig Potter 18. Scott Watson (gk)
Golspie Sutherland: 1.Graeme Williamson 2. Daniel Coghill 3. Blair Duncan 4. Jordan Sutherland 5. Ewan Murray 6. G. Shearer 7. Alexander MacLeod 8. Adam Sutherland 18. ? 10. G. MacNab 11. Liam Bremner Subs Used: 12. Jacob Lockette 14. Scott Risbridger Subs not used: 9. S. Mackay 15. L. McBoath 16. B. McKay (gk)