Arthurlie 1 Glenafton 4

Sat 23rd MAR  2019 KO 2:00 pm 

Ardagh Group West of Scotland Cup | 3rd Round

Dunterlie Park, Barrhead


Glens raced to an early with a goal in 3 minutes at Dunterlie. Alan Cairns well advanced down the left flank picked out Joe Andrew at the edge of the box who quickly turned the covering defender to clip the ball across the face of goal and although Mick McCann had a fresh air shot at the near post the incoming Findlay Frye was on hand to drill the ball past keeper  James Digney from six yards. Arthurlie restored parity before the Glens opener could be “tweeted” . A corner kick was played short before the ball was fired into a packed penalty box where it bobbled about before striker Jamie Docherty took possession but quickly lost it again only for the loose ball to be guided into own net by Dan Orsi.

Midway through the half the visitors restored the lead after McCann earned a corner kick which was only partially cleared by the home defence. The Glens recovered the ball and Leon Murphy returned it to the danger area where Scott Nicol mistimed his clearance before Joe Andrew pounced to hit a low shot through legs of Liam Mushet and past the unsighted keeper from 8  yards. Glens were very much on the front foot against a backs-to-the-wall ‘Lie defence creating a hosts of chances that they couldn’t convert and almost paid the price only for captain Craig Menzies last ditch tackle to deny striker James Marks,


first half double from Findlay Frye

The visitors doubled their lead a minute before the break. McCann trapped a weak defensive clearance inside the Arthurlie half and promptly picked out Andrew on the edge of the box who cut it back to apparently complete the one-two with his strike partner only for McCann to dummy the ball and let it roll into the path of Findlay Frye to thunder the ball home from 25 yards.

H/T Lie 1 Glens 3

The visitors came within a whisker of increasing their lead when Andrew threaded a superb ball into the box for Murphy to chase down and drive to the bye-line, holding off a defender all the while and drawing the keeper from his line, before squaring to McCann for a tap-on only for Nicol to stop the ball dead on the line and clear the danger. A fourth goal was soon on the way following a trademark determined foray up front by Menzies which took him to the right hand side of the box where he clipped the ball to Joe Andrew just inside the box. The former Arthurlie striker with his back to goal and holding a defender quickly swivelled and hooked an exquisite shot into the far corner of the net.

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Brace from Joe

A fifth wasn’t far off when Murphy lobbed a wonderful ball into the box to match substitute Ally Park’s run and although he lobbed the ball over Digney’s head it bounced off the top of crossbar and hooked clear by a defender. At the end a Mark’s header from a corner-kick thundered off the post. Both sides created a number of half chances and as the clock run out a Glens corner initiated a game of head tennis beginning with Ryan McChesney at the back post to head back across the face of goal for Dale Moore to perfectly judge a a high looping header that beat the keeper only to smack off the bar and headed out for another corner-kick by Mushet.

F/T Lie 1 Glens 4

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC: 1. Brian McGarrity 2. Dan Orsi 3. Alan Cairns 4. Craig Menzies 5. Ryan McChesney 6. Findlay Frye 7. Dale Moore 8. Cameron Marlow 9. Mick McCann 10. Joe Andrew 11. Leon Murphy. Subs used 12. Conor Lynass 14. Ally Park . Not used 15. Craig Potter, 16. Chris Dallas

ARTHURLIE: 1. James Digney 2. Hal Bohme 3. Scott Nicol 4. Tony Etherson 5.Liam Mushet 6. Del McNab 7. David Reid 8. Lee Roulston 9. James Marks 10. Jamie Docehrty 11. Conor Bradley Subs. 12. Niall Reynolds 13. Josh Payne 14.McTaggart 15. Urquhart 16. McLaren


Quarter-Final & Semi-final draw

Troon or Beith Juniors v GLENAFTON ATHLETIC or Cambuslang Rangers

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