- West Region Premiership
- Match 3
- Petershil Park, Glasgow
- Saturday 11th August 2018, KO 2pm
- PETERSHILL 0 (0)
- GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 4 (2)
- Andrew 2, Lynass, Moore
LYNASS THE CONQUEROR
Conor Lynass returned to his former club Petershill and tormented them all game with his blistering pace, setting up two goals as well as scoring one of his own.
Ally Park was ruled out through injury before kick-off while Dale Moore and Ryan McChesney on the bench were both still nursing injuries.
Glens got to a flying start with Alan Cairns and Leon Murphy combining down the left to win the first corner of the game within a minute. The kick was partially cleared before Conor Lynass and Joe Andrew played a neat 1-2 deep in a packed penalty box but the Glens midfielder was forced to shoot wide through the close attention of centre back Craig Connelly.
On 4 minutes after a Petershill free-kick was floated into the box and headed clear by Kyle McAusland with the ball falling for Chris Hall at the edge of the ‘D’ to thump a cracking volley that cannoned off the head of Craig Menzies on the six-yard line with some force to sail wide for a corner kick. The Glens captain was then floored after a clash of heads with Jamie MacLennan as he defended the corner.
The home side won another corner-kick on 10 minutes. The decision to play it short back fired as the Glens stole the ball and released it down the left where Murphy and Darren McClean combined before picking out Joe Andrew some 10 yards inside his own half. The striker threaded a perfectly paced pass upfield for Lynass to beat the offside trap for a free run on goal, with Findlay Frye for company and defender Connelly giving chase, only for the outrushing keeper to make a convincing save as Lynass’s shot from the edge of the box. A minute later the midfielder’s header at the back post, from Alan Cairn’s cross, drifted wide of target – perhaps it wasn’t going to be his day!
Play became more evenly balanced for a spell without either side seriously testing the keepers from open play or set pieces.
The breakthrough came it 18 minutes and it was former Petershill player Lynass that was the architect with a blistering run down the right wing taking him deep into the box before cutting the ball across goal for Joe Andrew to stroke home from 3 yards out.
Glens enjoyed a good period of possession as they pressed for a second albeit without success. The Peasy struggled to build any meaningful attacks but created couple of half chance either side of the half-hour mark with Chris Hall firing over the bar from 22 yards and keeper Brian McGarrity comfortably saving Chris Wilson’s free-kick from 25 yards.
The visitors lost the menacing Murphy to injury five minutes from the break and brought on Dale Moore, still recovering from injury.
The home side’s corner kick was headed clear by McLean and the ball quickly recovered on the left to be played to the back post where Ian Gold was unlucky to see his header bounce agonisingly inches wide of the post. On 42 minutes Jamie Hamilton threaded a great ball through the middle for Jamie MacLennan to gather at the edge of the box only for the Cairns and McGarrity to combine and block his effort at goal.
Back came the Glens through Moore who won a corner on the left and soon after another on the right after a fine save by the keeper. In the last action of the half the midfielder tried the left flank again before cutting inside to fire what seemed like a net-bound shot before Gibson got both hands to push it away only for Conor Lynass to pounce and drill the ball into the net from a tight angle.
H/T Petershill 0 Glens 2
A Glens corner in the opening minute of the new half was played to the back post where McLean and Gold both got their heads to the ball which bobbled dangerously about the box before the keeper won the scramble to get it under control.
On 50 minutes Lynass burst up the right and slipped the ball past Chris Wilson before continuing on his overlap only to be chopped down by the beleaguered defender infuriating Lynass’s team mates and the flash of only a yellow card doing little to subdue their wrath.
Five minutes later the Peasy put together a fine passage of play that concluded with Gold threading a fine ball for Dylan Kennedy to gather in his run deep into the box but his shot from the corner of six- yard box flashed well wide of the back post. Soon after, the home side threatened again but MacLennan’s shot from the right-hand side of the box ruffled the side netting.
On 59 minutes the Glens responded in devastating fashion after Lynass wide on the right picked up a pass from Andrew before whipping the ball into the box where it bounced off Connelly’s knee and fell for Dale Moore to lash home an unstoppable shot from 15 yards.
Glens immediately replaced Cameron Marlow, who had taken a knock, with Ryan McChesney who took up his familiar role at the centre of defence while Kyle McAusland moved into midfield.
Gold made a powerful run through the middle before firing an equally powerful shot from the edge of the box that whizzed inches wide of the post with McGarrity at full stretch.
On 68 minutes Mick McCann came on for Chris Dallas and was soon in the thick of the action when he scooped a Lynass cut-back over the bar from six yards out.
Wilson made excellent progress down the left and deep into the box before cutting back for Hall with space and time in his favour only for the striker to drag his shot wide of the post with the goal at his mercy.
Again, the Glens punished Peasy’s missed chance with a fourth goal on 74 minutes. With Connelly in close attention Joe Andrew judged the bounce of an upfield ball perfectly to twist away from the defender and drive to edge of the box where he wrong-footed Wilson before continuing his run and drilling a low shot through the keeper’s legs from 12 yards out.
Petershill plugged away in search of a consolation and although they managed to breach the Glens box on occasion it had not been a day for their shooting boots as McGarrity was seldom tested.
Lynass continued to torment down the right and another pin-point cross ended with McCann lashing a header over the bar.
FT Petershill 0 Glens 4
Glenafton Athletic: 1. Brian McGarrity 2. Darren McLean 3. Alan Cairns 4. Craig Menzies 5. Kyle McAusland 6. Findlay Frye 7. Conor Lynass 8. Cameron Marlow (17. Ryan McChesney) 9. Chris Dallas (12. Mick McCann) 10. Joe Andrew 11. Leon Murphy (16. Dale Moore) Subs. 14. Kit Cummins 17. Craig Burns (gk)
Petershill: 1. John Gibson 2. Ryan Haxton 3. Chris Wilson 4. Jordan Kennedy 5. Craig Connelly 6. Dylan Kennedy 7. Daniel Fiado 8. Jamie MacLennan 9. Chris Hall (14. Scott Cameron) 10. Jamie Hamilton 11. Ian Gold Subs used 12. Ross Barclay Subs not used: 15. Chris Ketterer 16. Steffan Graham 17. Ryan Deas