Cumnock 3 Glenafton 3

Wed 07 Dec 2022 KO 8:00pm Townhead Park, Cumnock
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Cumnock Juniors 3 (0)McLennan, Moore 2
Glenafton Athletic 3 (2)S. McKenzie 2, Kerr

Glenafton made four changes to the side that started against Carnoustie Panmure with Aldin El-Zubaidi, David Blyth, Sam McKee and Cameron McKenzie making way for Michael McMullin, Dean Currie, Calvin Kemp and Hugh Kerr.

In the Cumnock line-up was former Glens player Findlay Frye while treble winning Kyle McAusland was on the bench.

Cumnock kicked off after handshakes between captains and former Glenafton team-mates Findlay Frye and Jamie McKernon.

It was former Cumnock striker Sean McKenzie that got the visitors off to a flying start on 8 minutes. McKernon floated a corner kick from the left to the far side of the six yard box where Ollie Rowe sent a controlled cushioned header back to his far post where McKenzie got the jump on the ‘Nock defender to head the ball home past the keeper from 2 yards out.

The Glens doubled their lead on 19 minutes with a wonderfully worked moved. Leon Murphy clipped a ball down the left for Hugh Kerr midway into the Cumnock half and holding off a defender he rolled the ball inside to Sean McKenzie who quickly dispatched it to Calvin Kemp on the right hand. From here the midfielder played the ball back to McKernon to instantly whip it into where Hugh Kerr, with his back to goal and Mark McLennan tight on his back, killed the ball with his right foot before swivelling and drilling a low shot with his left, under the keeper from 14 yards.

Hugh Kerr

Another fine passing move from the visitors ended with Kemp cracking a shot from th corner of the box that fizzed inches over the bar.

HT Cumnock 0 Glens 2

The home side halved the deficit on 54 minutes through Mark McLennan’s spot kick after Murphy had been ajudged bump Frye in the box. Although Cumnock continued to press the Glens were unlucky not to double their lead after Paul Paton, from the centre circle, lofted a high ball to the edge of the box where the back-tracking defender attempted to head the ball back to the outrushing Jamie Barclay, however the chasing Kerr intercepted and flicked the ball over the keeper’s head only for it hit off the inside of the post and gathered by Barclay.

On 64 minutes Cumnock drew level from a corner kick that was headed to the edge of the six yard box and then flicked on with another header for substitue Jordan Moore to guide the ball into the net from close range. Moore bagged his brace on 78 minute after slotting home another spot kick for the home side to turn the game on its head.

Sean McKenzie

The visitors continued to battle and were rewarded on 86 minutes after Sean McKenzie let a long ball upfield bounce into the box before cutting inside one defender and then wrong-footing two other defenders as he set-up a low angled shot from 14 yards ou that nestled in the corner of the net.

In the closing minutes keeper David Markey pulled off a fine save from Moore blistering shot from 18 yards denying the striker his hat-trick and Cumnock three points. Soon after Markey launched a long high ball to the edge of the box where Sean McKenzie and a defender pushing close on his back were both challenging for the ball only for the striker to catch him with a swinging arm and the defender collapsing to the ground. The referee had no hesitation on sprinting to show the record and thankfully the defender got back to his feet and the 10 men held on for a share of the points.

HT Cumnock 0 Glens 2

1. David Markey 2. Adam Caldwell 22. Ollie Rowe 3. Michael McMullin (7. Sam McKee)20. Dean Currie 11. Leon Murphy 10. Calvin Kemp 8. Paul Paton 6. Jamie McKernon (captain) 16. Sean McKenzie 9. Hugh Kerr (16. Cameron McKenzie) Subs: 4. Craig Pettigrew 15. David Blyth15. Ryan Nisbet 17. James Martin 18. Dylan O’Kane 21. Aldin El-Zubaidi
Jamie Barclay, Jared Willet, Greg Ferry, Mark McLennan , Cammy Ross; Callan Veitch, Andy McLaughlin, Findlay Frye (captain), Jamie Dolan; J. Conn, Brendan Sharpe. Subs: Adam Strain, Kyle McAusland, Ryan Carnwarth, Chris Campbell, Graham Boyd, Jordan Moore
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