- Sat 10 AUG 2019 KO 2:00 pm
- McBookie.com West Region Premiership| Match 03
- New Tinto Park, Glasgow
- Benburb 1 (0)
- Glenafton Atheltic (1)
Glens made two changes to the eleven that started against Meadow in the midweek with Lee Gallacher and Ryan Nisbet replacing Craig Pettigrew (suspended) and Joe Andrew (unavailable for selection) while the bench included injured Alan Cairns and Cameron Marlow along with trialist Campbell. In the Benburb dug-out was Ian Gray who played for the great Glenafton side of the early 1990’s including winning the Scottish Junior Cup and Ayrshire League in 1992/93.
Perhaps a draw was a fair outcome for both sides, however either could have a strong claim to the three points. Benburb on the one hand enjoyed a great deal of possession , territorial advantage and scored a peach of a goal while on the other hand Glens also scored a peach of a goal and struck the woodwork twice while leading 1-0!
After a period of sustained pressure from the home side the visitors began to threaten and on 33 minutes earned a free kick on the outskirts of the box. Kyle McAusland’s effort thundered into the wall before Ryan Nisbet rolled the loose ball back to Findlay Frye who lasered it from 18 yards to the top right hand corner beyond the outstretched arm of keeper Connolly.
Two minutes later from the right had goal-line Lee Gallacher cut the ball across the face of goal where Ally Park took a touch at the near post before Mick McCann smashed the ball off the crossbar. Two minutes from the break Ryan Nisbet, from wide on the left, gave a defender the slip before advancing to the corner of the penalty box before cracking a super short that incredibly keeper Connolly with a strong hand pushed onto the crossbar. H/T Bens 0 Glens 1
Bens started the second half in the same fashion they had the first and forced several corner kicks that the Glens defended manfully. Their pressure paid off on 58 minutes when Ciaran Diver , on as a substitute at half-time, picked up the ball on the half-way line and off he went on a mazy run past red shirt after red until he reached the edge of the box to drill a low shot into the left hand bottom corner of the net.
The Bens continued to press for a second before the Glens fought their way back into the game with Nisbet, McCann and Frye all creating half-chances. F/T Benburb 1 Glens 1
Glenafton Athletic: 1 Craig Burns 2. Dan Orsi 3. Kyle McAusland 4. Craig Menzies 5. Ryan McChesney 6. Findlay Frye 7. Lee Gallacher 8. Ally Park 9. Mick McCann 10. Ryan Nisbet 11. Dale Moore Subs . 12. Cameron Marlow 14. Alan Cairns 15. Edward Campbell (trialist) 17. Craig Potter