- William Hill Scottish Cup
- Round 2
- Princess Royal Park, Banff
- Saturday 14th October 2017
- DEVERONVALE 0 (0)
- GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 2 (0)
- Joe Andrew (2)
“JOE JOE IS THE MAN” WITH LATE DOUBLE AS AFTON FLOW PAST DEVERON
Glenafton travelled to Banff with midfielders David Gray, Cameron Marlow, Jamie McKernon and Ally Park all unavailable selection. Nevertheless the Glens strength in depth ensured a strong starting eleven took the field with assistant manager Craig Potter and Ryan Borris at the heart of the midfield.
Prior to kick-off both sides ‘Showed Racism the Red Card” in support of the SFA’s weekend of supporting SRtRC Scotland.
The visitors started brightly and Potter gathered up a loose clearance on the outskirts of the box and cut the ball back for Moore to drive forward before firing a shot from 25 yards that the keeper did well to get down low to hold. McAusland wide on the right and deep in his own half launched a long ball over the top of the Vale defence for Mick McCann to chase the ball down and form the right hand side of the box flashed an angled shot that beat the keeper at full stretch but slipped inches wide of the back post.
The home side’s best chances came as the half progressed. A header won in the middle of the park released the winger down the right to skip past a defender to float a great ball into the box only for striker Dane Ballard’s header to fly wide of the post. The overlapping left back displayed great footwork in the box to give the Glens defence the slip and pick out Bob Scott but he rushed his shot and the ball swerved well of target without testing Brian McGarrity in the Glens goal. H/T Vale 0 Glens 0
Glens came close to making the breakthrough as defender Alan Cairns drove forward and from 25 yards tried to repeat his dream shot in the Scottish Junior Cup final only for the ball to deflect of a Vale defender and fly high into the air. On its descent Chris Dallas beat the defender to the ball but then appeared to be impeded with both players falling to the ground and as the striker claimed for a penalty the ball broke loose to McCann with his back to goal who hooked it over the keeper’s head only for it to bounce off the top of the bar and bounce conveniently into the bemused goalie’s gloves. McCann then snapped up a stray pass deep in his own half and released Ryan Borris through the middle of the park with a peach of a pass which Borris them emulated to release substitute Joe Andrew to break into the box and chip the ball over the advancing keeper and into net. To the disbelief of Borris and Andrew the offside flag to bring the celebrations to an abrupt end.
A long ball upfield caught out the Glens defence and Ballard took a great touch in the box with his right foot before lashing a powerful left foot shot only for McGarrity to pull off the save of the match and push the ball round the post. It went from bad to worse for Ballard after the tripped Potter from behind just inside the Glens half and while tempers were still cooling McAusland launched the free kick up to the left hand corner of the box for McCann to head into the box and Joe Andrew to pounce and drill a low angled shot into the far corner of the net to end the stalemate on 87 minutes.
A minute into added time and substitute Darren McGill broke up the left-wing and after a coming together with a midfielder both players fell to the ground but the never-say-die midfielder sprung to his feet to recover the ball. He then cut infield before chipping the ball into the box where although it was headed clear the ball fell at the feet of Joe Andrew to take a couple of touches before lashing the ball into the same far corner of the net. The New Cumnock side were through to the 3rd round of the William Hill Scottish Cup. F/T Vale 0 Glens 2
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William Hill Scottish Cup 3rd Round Draw
The draw for the 3rd round of the Scottish Cup was made at Links Park, Montrose an hour after the conclusion of the 2nd round games on Saturday. It was streamed live on the Scottish Cup Facebook page and Archie Knox, pulled Glenafton Athletic number (21) first ‘out of the hat’ and then Derek Sim of Montrose F.C pulled out Queen of the South to give the Glens a dream tie that would pack Loch Park. Regrettably the draw was soon at “sixes and sevens” after the basic error of confusing “sixes and nines” ensured red-faces. In accordance with rules this was deemed a “technical error” and the original draw considered null and void and it was re-drawn from the start.
Glenafton Athletic were then drawn away to Livingston who at the time of the draw are sitting 2nd top of the SPFL Championship. It’s a great honour for the club to play against a team at such a high level in Scottish football.