Carnoustie 1 Glenafton 3

Saturday 03 Dec 2022 KO 1:30pm Laing Park, Carnoustie
Clydebuilt Home Improvements
Scottish Junior Cup
4th Round
Carnoustie Panmure 1 (1)MacDonald
Glenafton Athletic 3 (1)Rowe, Paton, S. McKenzie

Glenafton made two changes to the eleven that started against Kilwinning Rangers on Friday evening with Craig Pettigrew (injured) and Hugh Kerr making way for Ollie Rowe and Cameron McKenzie.

The Glens travelled to face Carnoustie Panmure in the Scottish Junior Cup 4th round in the first meeting between the two clubs in the national competition. They won the competition in 2003/04 defeating Tayport in an all-Angus final on penalties and of course Tayport were also Glenafton’s first scalp in the Scottish back in 1992/93. In the previous round they fought back from 2-1 down at the break to win 3-2 with two late goals away at WOSFL Premier League side Petershill. Carnoustie now play in the Midlands Football League in the 6th tier of the pyramid structure of which they were inaugural champions last season and are in good shape to challenge this season again, currently sitting with am impressive record of Pl12 W12 D2 L1. 

Glenafton kicked off and were quickly out of the traps against ‘The Gowfers’ with Sam McKee breaking down the left to sand wedge a high ball to the back post where Gordon MacDonald took no chances and headed it out for a corner. Although Leon Murphy’s kick was won in the air by Jamie Winter and the ball scrambled clear the visitors quickly retrieved the ball and another McKee cross from the left was headed clear as Glens pinned Panmure back in their own box.

Neat build-up play from Jamie McKernon and David Blyth set up Cameron McKenzie to blast a shot from 25 yards that had keeper Darren Clarkson diving at full stretch to push the ball wide of the post. As before, Winter’s head intercepted this corner at the near post and once again the ball was won back by the Glens for McKee on the left to float another ball into a packed box where Sean McKenzie flicked it on for Aldin El-Zubaidi to control and hold-off Louis Joyce. He then slipped the ball a few yards to his right for Ollie Rowe, who despite being under pressure from Ryan Suttie, managed to engineer a shot from the edge of the six yard box that flew into the roof of the net above the outstretched arm of the keeper.  Glens 1-0 up on 4 minutes.

The visitors continued to press and another Cameron McKenzie shot from 25 yards zipped over the bar. Soon after Blyth chased down a ball into the box forcing the keeper to rush 10 yards off his line and get a hand to Blyth’s chip shot to push it wide for another corner kick, that was …..headed clear!   

Carnoustie managed briefly to break into the Glens half before Rowe’s clearance was headed high into the air by Ross Fraser in the centre circle which Cameron McKenzie met on the drop to release Blyth down the right to drive to the side of box and cut-back for the incoming Sean McKenzie only for Bailey Steel to intervene at the expense of another corner which went much the same way as the others.

The Gowfers then came to the fore with Winter pulling the strings. On 14 minutes they won the first of four corner kicks in a five- minute spell to equal their opponents’ tally. Adam Caldwell and El-Zubaidi combined to force the first one behind at the back post and the one that followed saw keeper David Markey leap and push the ball high into the air which was met on the drop by Gordon MacDonald, only for his sweetly struck shot to whiz wide of the post. The lively Joyce whipped a ball from wide on the right to the back post for the incoming MacDonald but Caldwell got their first to guide it wide of target. The corner that followed was headed wide by El-Zubaidi for another which Danny Millar met at the back post but his header drifted wide. The home side continued to press winning free-kicks on the outskirts of the box that were stoutly defended by the visitors.

Play then raged back and forth and on 24 minutes Glens came close to doubling their lead after Murphy released McKee down the left and although his cross flew over the heads of attackers and defenders alike it had Clarkson scurrying across his line and grateful to see the ball crash off the inside of the post and back out into the six-yard box for Millar to gather.

At the other end Winter floated a ball high into the box which was headed on by Paul Martin and as Markey run from his line to collect, he took a sore one as MacDonald barged into his shoulder.

Back came Glens and Sean McKenzie held off a clutch of opponents on the half-way line before laying the ball off to Paul Paton who clipped a perfectly weighted pass down the right for Cameron McKenzie to chase and drive into the box before trying to pick out McKee, only for an outstretched leg of Ryan Roche to divert the ball wide for a corner kick that was headed clear by Dale Reid.

From just inside his own half Winter fired another fine ball into the Glens box for Reid to chase which ended with a coming together with Markey, not too pleased with the collision, ending with both players shown a yellow card.

On 36 minutes the home side drew level and it was no surprise that Winter was the architect. Joyce broke down the right before clipping ball into box where Reid controlled it well before rolling it back out the box for Winter to thunder a low ball from 25 yards that Markey did well to get down low and push away only for the incoming Gordon MacDonald to intercept and lash the ball into the gaping net. Carnoustie 1 Glens 1.

Much of the closing ten minutes of the half proved to be a midfield battle with a few chances on show, the best of which saw McKee clip a high ball into the box and Cameron McKenzie get between two defenders only for his shot to fall comfortably into the keepers’ hands while at the other end Markey got down low to smother Steel’s low angled shot.

The last action saw Carnoustie draw level with Glens’ corner-count of five, which was clutched cleanly by Markey

HT Carnoustie 1 Glenafton 1

Glenafton made a change at the break with Calvin Kemp coming on for David Blyth. 

The visitors won an early corner and Murphy’s curler was headed over his own bar by Miller while McKernon’s corner that followed was headed clear at the near post by Winter.  On 53 minutes, Reid from the right-hand side of the box rolled the ball into the path of the incoming Ross Fraser who lost his footing, and Reid’s appeal for penalty was waved away.

Carnoustie pressed for a period but the Glens defence closed ranks in preventing any shots at goal.

Glens countered through Murphy pushing forward wide on the left before picking out McKernon just over the half-way line who then pinged a great ball to Sean McKenzie, just inside the box with his back to goal, who quickly laid it back to his brother Cameron to lash a shot from 20 yards only for keeper Clarkson to get airborne and tip the ball over the bar at full stretch. The corner was headed clear and The Gowfers pressed again but could not unlock the Glens defence forcing Winter to try his luck from 30 yards only for the ball to sail over the bar.

Back came Glens with a string of three corners in quick succession the last of which was headed clear to the edge of the box where Paton fired a shot that flew over the bar.

On 62 minutes Glens brought on Hugh Kerr for Cameron McKenzie, who had run his socks off.

Two minutes later the visitors took the lead for a second time. Winter clipped another ball at pace into the Glens box only for Rowe to clear and Kerr to gather on the half-way line where he squared it wide to Kemp to drive forward and release Sean McKenzie to burst down the right with Suttie in hot pursuit. On reaching the edge of the box, ten yards from the goal line, the big striker applied the brakes and Suttie slid on bye, allowing McKenzie space to square the ball for the incoming Paul Paton to take a touch and curl a shot that deflected off Roche before nestling in the net. Glens 2 Carnoustie 1 on 64 minutes.

The home side were forced to make a change with Greig Warwick for the injured Danny Millar.

Carnoustie responded well and although they pushed forward in numbers any shots were blocked time and again by Glens legs and keeper Markey was seldom tested. Play then entered a period of back and forth with few chances on show until 77 minutes.

Markey launched a goal-kick upfield which Kerr headed square to Kemp on the right, who chested it down before breaking upfield to curl a super ball into the heart of the box where the inrushing Kerr leapt high to power an equally superb header from 8 yards out only for keeper Clarkson to outshine them both with a magnificent save diving low to his right to get a strong hand to the ball near the base of the post and as Kerr chased down the loose ball, MacDonald was on hand to gratefully kick it out for a corner.

McKernon floated the kick into the heart of the six-yard box and although Suttie won the aerial battle the ball fell for Paton on the ‘D’ to blast a shot that cannoned off the back of a defender and out for another corner. Murphy’s kick was also cleared to the outskirts of the box and again Paton pounced to lash a low shot that whizzed wide of the post.

On 79 minutes the Glens doubled their lead. Clarkson launched the ball up the right wing where it was hooked into the centre and fell for Paton to cushion a lob upfield where Sean McKenzie got the jump on Suttie to have a free run into the box and draw the keeper to his six-yard line before curling the ball into the net from 12 yards out. Glens 3 Carnoustie 1

The visitors had scored two late goals at Petershill in the 3rd round and would need to do the same here if they were to stay in the competition. Daniel Dorovic won the ball in busy box and slipped it to Reid only for his low angled shot to be blocked by the feet of Markey.

Soon after the keeper launched a long ball upfield which was headed on by Sean McKenzie, gathered by Kerr to square to Kemp on the right who then cut inside to lash a shot from 22 yards that zipped past the keeper at full stretch and inches wide of target.

Glens kept possession in the closing minutes before, in the last action of the match Winter lofted a free kick high into the box which Markey punched clear.

FT Carnoustie 1 Glenafton 3

Glenafton will tavel to face Bellshill Athletic in the Quarter-Final on 11th February 2023

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC:1. David Markey 2. Adam Caldwell 3. Aldin El-Zubaidi 4. Ollie Rowe 11. Leon Murphy 14. David Blyth (10. Calvin Kemp) 6. Jamie McKernon (captain) 8. Paul Paton 7. Sam McKee 16. Sean McKenzie 19. Cameron McKenzie (9. Hugh Kerr) Subs: Subs not used: 15. Ryan Nisbet 17. James Martin 18. Dylan O’Kane
CARNOUSTIE PANMURE: 21. Darren Clarkson 4. Bailey Steel 5. Ryan Roche 7. Pat Martin 8. Jamie Winter 10. Ross Fraser 12. Danny Millar (3. Greig Warwick) 18. Dale Reid 19. Gordon MacDonald 20. Ryan Suttie 23. Louis Joyce. Subs 16. Aaron Leiper 17. Daniel Dorovic 22. Paddy Conway
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