|Pre-Season Friendly||02/07/2022 |
|Huntershill Sports Hub|
|West Park United||0 (0)|
|Glenafton Athletic||2 (1)||McKenzie, Nisbet|
Glenafton travelled to face West Park United in the first of their pre-season fixtures. The Bishopbriggs club recently gained entry to the Fourth Division of the WOSFL and are based at Huntershill Sports Hub.
Glens fielded their five new summer signings – goalkeeper Conor Cullen, defenders Adam Caldwell and Michael McMullin, midfielder Paul Paton and striker Sean McKenzie in the starting eleven. On the bench were five of the Glenafton Youth Academy (U17s) accompanied by their manager Cammy Black.
There were only a few clear-cut chances on show during the half as two well organised sides enjoyed some good passages of patient passing play while trying to create any openings.
Glens were first to threaten after Paul Paton from deep on the right pinged a diagonal pass to David Blyth wide on the left where he cut inside and curled a shot from 20 yards that drifted wide of the far post. Soon after the same pair combined with Paton floating a ball to back post for the incoming Blyth only for his header to be pushed away by the keeper and the flag raised as he slotted the loose ball into the net.
At the other end a peach of a pass into the box set up No. 10 but under pressure from Michael McMullin he dragged his low shot inches wide of the post.
Glens made the breakthrough on 19 minutes after some sustained pressure. Sam McKee broke down a West Park counter-attack in the Glens half before driving forward and rolling the ball to Ryan Nisbet wide on the right. From here he cut inside and switched on the after-burners to shake off a defender and from just short of the bye-line clipped the ball high to the back post, over two other defenders and the keeper, for Sean McKenzie to bullet a header home from 2 yards out.
The Glens continued to press with Adam Caldwell and McMullin initiating the moves from deep in their own half. However, they were up against a well organised side equally eager to build from the back. On 26 minutes a good move ended with No.18 fashioning a shot from the edge of the box that was cleanly held by keeper Conor Cullen.
Back came Glens after Calvin Kemp won the ball in the centre-circle and quickly picked out McKenzie who squared the ball to McKee to crack a shot from 30 yards that the keeper finger-tipped over the bar. McKenzie’s glancing header from Murphy’s corner kick dipped inches over the bar. Shortly afterwards, McKenzie’s header from a Murphy cross drifted wide of the post.
West Park finished the half strongly and came close to drawing level on 37 minutes. No. 18 broke through the middle and played a neat one-two with No. 20 before progressing into the box and with McMullin closing in, he chipped the ball high in the air over the head of Cullen at his near post only for it drop on the cross bar and bounce to safety.
No. 10 then chased down a through ball but his shot from just outside the box lacked the power to test Cullen. In the last action of the half the same player skipped into the right-hand side of the box and picked out No.17 at the far post for a tap-in, but from an offside position.
HT West Park 0 Glenafton 1
Played ebbed back and forth in the early stages of the half with some half-chances at either end. For the home side No. 26 did well to engineer a shot on target from outside the box under pressure from Caldwell only for it to fall into the hands of Cullen.
Midway through the half Caldwell then broke upfield and picked out Nisbet in a busy box who then rolled the ball back out to Blyth to crack a low shot from 22 yards that the keeper pushed round the post. Soon after James Martin broke down the right before clipping the ball to the back post where It was cleared only to the edge of the box where Blyth killed it on his chest before drilling a low shot inches wide of the post.
On 71 minutes the Glens doubled their lead after Kemp intercepted an uncharacteristic poor pass and knocked the ball on to Sam McKee who took a touch before side-footing a perfectly weight pass into the path of Ryan Nisbet to progress unimpeded into the box, draw the keeper from his line before clipping the ball over his head and into the gaping net.
Glens dominated possession for a time stroking the ball about looking for openings and although West Park faded for a time the home defence remained difficult to break down.
As the game drew a close West Park made a final a push Cullen had to be alert to punch a corner-kick clear from under his bar and Paton was in place to clear the ball upfield.
Glens countered with Murphy down the left who played the ball inside to McKee who in turn squared it to Caldwell to unleash a low thunderous shot from 30 yards that the keeper did well to get down low and then snatch the loose ball.
The last chance of the game fell to West Park after No. 26 broke down the left and whipped a great ball to back post for the incoming No.12 who looked certain to scire but his header glanced wide of target.
FT West Park 0 Glenafton 2
|1. Conor Cullen 2. James Miller 4. Adam Caldwell 3. Michael McMullin 11. Leon Murphy; 7. Sam McKee 6. Paul Paton 10. Calvin Kemp 8. David Blyth 9. Sean McKenzie, 19. Ryan Nisbet|
|West Park United v Glenafton Athletic|