Blantyre Vics 1 Glenafton 1

PDM Buildbase WOSFL | Match 1128/08/2021
KO 2:00pm
KG Stadium, Blantyre
Blantyre Victoria 1 (1)Brennan
Glenafton Athletic1 (0)Murphy

Glens made a number of changes to last week’s starting eleven against Lochee Harp. Scott Johnson, Sam McKee and Gregor Fotheringham were unavailable while Darren Curtis was on the bench. In came Daniel Sloan, Mark Gilmour, Sean McIlroy and new signing central defender Ollie Rowe.  

In the starting line-up for the Vics was former Glenafton player Simon Eeles.

A minute’s silence was observed before the match in memory of Jim Wyllie, a member of Blantyre Victora’s committee, who passed away recently.

The Glens were immediately on the front foot on the sun-drenched KG Stadium after Leon Murphy nicked the ball within seconds of Vics kicking-off. He released Sean McIlroy down the right to cut the ball across the face of goal just beyond the reach of Mark Gilmour who nevertheless recovered the ball on the left to fire a low shot that keeper David Cherrie saved at the near post.

On 6 minutes Jordan Marshall barged Murphy off the ball on the outskirts of the box and David Blyth curled the free-kick over the wall leaving the keeper rooted to his line only for the ball to crash off the outside of the post.

Blyth and Sean Bennie combined down the right to win a corner which Murphy floated into the box where Craig Pettigrew, at the far corner of the six-yard box, met the ball sweetly on the drop only for his volley to sneak inches wide of the post.

Soon after Gilmour tried his luck from 22 yards but his shot drifted wide of the target.

The tide however began to turn in the hosts’ favour as they began to build attack after attack from the back. Simon Eeles made a great run down the left touch line to the corner flag where he whipped a dangerous ball into the box that keeper Daniel Sloan did well to clutch cleanly under the bar.

On 14 minutes another ball in from the left was headed cleared to the outskirts of the box where P.J. O’Donnel took a touch to create space and crack a low shot that pulled off a great save from Sloan, pushing the ball away with both hands.  

The Vics quickly recovered the ball and Eeles tight on the left flank rolled it back to Martin Smith to curl a ball deep into the box where Sloan tipped Craig Kerr’s header over the bar.The corner was cleared only for the hosts to retrieve the ball through Grant Brennan on the left hand-side of the box who then weaved past three of four Glens player before drawing Sloan from his line and although his shot beat the keeper it rolled wide of the back post.

Not unsurprisingly the tempo of the game began to wane in the afternoon heat and although both sides were seeing plenty of the ball, play was often scrappy and chances were thin on the sun-bathed pitch. It also had taken its toll and Glens’ midfielder Aaron Miller failed to recover from a knock and both sides enjoyed a welcome water-break as he was replaced with Darren Curtis.

Play resumed and 10 minutes from the break Sam McKenzie’s shot was deflected wide for a corner that was pushed up and high into the air by Sloan and as it descended Rowe was in the right spot to clear from the feet of Ronan Kearny in the six-yard zone!

New signing Ollie Rowe meets former Glens player Simon Eeles

On 39 minutes Blantyre took the lead through a super solo effort from Brennan, a famous surname from the great Glens’ side of the late 50s and early 60s. It began on the half-way line with Marshall’s crunching tackle on Cameron Marlow after which O’Donnell recovered the ball and returned it to Marshall who quickly slipped it to Brennan to drive forward to the edge of the box by which time he was surrounded by four Glens players and again he managed to weave his way through the pack, retaining the ball before slotting the ball into the net between keeper and post.

Soon after Glens replaced the injured Cameron Marlow with Jordan Ryan.

The visitors responded well to the set back and Blyth brought out a decent save from Cherrie. Murphy then went on mazey run to break into the right of the six-yard box and from within a pocket of four defenders fashioned a shot from a tight angle that was turned round the post with a great one-handed save from Cherrie.

Murphy curled the corner into the six-yard box where Sean McIlroy leapt to bullet a downward header that was blocked on the goal-line by Sam McKenzie at the back post and the loose ball fell kindly into the grateful hands of the keeper.

Soon after McIlroy breaking down the right released Bennie who advanced to the corner flag before whipping the ball into the goal-mouth where Cherrie clutched cleanly as Blyth and Ryan threatened. In the closing action of the half the Vics won a corner-kick which Marshall headed over the bar.

HT Vics 1 Glens 0

Glens were first to threaten after the break when Murphy’s run through the middle was ended abruptly and the midfielder took the free kick which was well saved by Cherrie.

On 56 minutes Vics flashed a free-kick into the box that was pushed away by Sloan at full stretch and the loose ball cleared at the expense of a corner.  The kick was cutely cut back to McKenzie lurking unmarked on the outskirts of the box who curled the ball through a busy six-yard box and into the far corner of the goal.

Celebrations quickly deflated after the assistant referee made the referee aware of an infringement, possibly due to Scott Gibson remaining on the goal-line in an offside position after the corner kick had been taken and considered to have prevented the keeper or defender clearing the ball. It certainly seemed a harsh decision but whatever the case the aggrieved “goal-scorer” was then shown a red card for dissent.

The visitors made the “extra man” count in terms of possession with Curtis seeing a lot of the ball in the middle of the park, Pettigrew pushing forward to initiate attacks and Murphy’s meandering runs keeping the Vics defence on their toes.

Midway through the half another Murphy drive through the middle ended with a powerful shot from 22 yards that whizzed wide of the post with Cherrie beaten.

Ryan then made a great bounding down the left only for Gibson to make a well-timed tackle in the box at the expense of a corner which Blyth dropped onto the head of Pettigrew on the six yard line only for the ball to slip wide of the post.

Glens continued to press and Gilmour’s long ball into the ball for Ryan was intercepted by a good leap from Cherrie. Pettigrew then picked up the ball in the centre circle and instead of pinging another attack building pass he pushed forward before unleashing a daisy cutter from 22 yards that beat Cherrie at full stretch and flew just wide of target.

Some respite for the Vics after good work by substitute Lewis McDonald who had come on for Simon Eeles. He nicked the ball from the feet of Pettigrew close on the bye-line and then slip past Sloan at his near post only for Rowe to mop up the danger.

Ten minutes from time Glens brought on Scott Sherrie for the David Blyth, who had put in a good shift while Vics brought on fresh legs for Smith.

On 83 minutes Glens drew level after Leon Murphy picked up a pass from Ryan before driving through the middle and shimmying past O’Donnell to set up a shot he blasted from 25 yards into the corner of the net beyond the outstretched arm of Cherrie.

The visitors went on the hunt for a late winner as they pegged Vics back on their own half without however creating any chances to test the keeper.

Indeed, it was Blantyre on a rare break upfield that came close to securing all three points after Dale Jones low shot from the right-hand corner of the penalty box beat the diving Sloan but the ball slipped wide of the far post.

Still, Glens finished on the front foot. A Murphy corner was headed out for a throw-in, which Bennie launched back into the box where Pettigrew’s looping header dropped into the six yard box but inches from the toes of Ryan.

FT Vics 1 Glens 1

1. David Sloan 2. Sean Bennie 4. Ollie Rowe 6. Craig Pettigrew 3. Alan Cairns  7. 11. David Blyth (17. Scott Sherrie) 10. Cameron Marlow (15. Jordan Ryan) 8. Aaron Miller ( 16. Darren Curtis) 13. Mark Gilmour 7. Leon Murphy 9. Sean McIlroy Subs: Ryan McChesney , Brian McGarrity (gk)
1. David Cherrie 2. Dale Jones 4. Scott Gibson 5. Craig Kerr 3. Martin Smith 7. Sam McKenzie 8. P.J. O’Donnell 6. Jordan Marshall 9. Simon Eeles 10. Grant Brennan 11. Ronan Kearney Subs: Con Boyle, Lewis McDonald Fraser Allan, Eoghan McKeown, Jake Hughes
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Blantyre Victoria v Glenafton Athletic

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