Glenafton 2 Kilwinning 0

Tues 21 Mar 2023 KO 7:30pm Loch Park, New Cumnock
PDM Buildbase WOSFL Premier LeagueMatch 22
Glenafton Athletic 2 (2)McMullin, Murphy
Kilwinning Rangers 0 (0)

Glenafton made one change to the eleven that started against Cambuslang Rangers with Michael McMullin replacing Dean Currie. On the bench for Kilwinning Rangers was Aldin El-Zubadi who had a loan spell from the Buffs to the Glens earlier in the season.

The game kicked off under the lights at Loch Park in wet and windy conditions that would prevail throughout the game and the home side were quickly on the front foot.

Glens were first to threaten through a close ranger header from Hugh Kerr that was blocked by a defender. 

Scott McLean and Paul Paton played a slick one-two on the right which concluded with McLean gathering the ball on the box and drilling a low angled shot that was well held by keeper Ally McInnes.

Alex McWaters from wide on the right floated a high ball to the back post for the incoming Michael McMullin only for claims that a defender’s arm deflected the ball wide were waved away. A twist of fate saw Leon Murphy’s corner kick dummied by Michael Moffat at the near post and the ball then bounce onwards to the back post where substitute Aldin El-Zubadi’s attempt clearance cannoned off McMullin’s head and into the net. Glens 1-0 on 15 minutes.

Glens continued to do most of hr pressing. Moffat chased down a McMullin throw into the left hand side of the box and lobbed it high to back post where Kerr’s powerful header bounced off a defender, again appeals for hand-ball were dismissed.

Moffat gathered a McLean pass on the outskirts of the box before threading a ball between two defenders for Kerr to break into the left-hand side of the box forcing McInnes to race from his line and take out the striker with a sliding tackle. Up stepped Leon Murphy to send the keeper the wrong way from the spot and double the Glens lead on 36 minutes.

Glens continued to dominate the game until the break.

HT Glens 2 Kilwinning 0

Both keepers dealt comfortably with free-kicks from well outside their boxes.

Paton picked up a pass from Craig Pettigrew in the Glens half of the centre-circle before guiding a defence splitting ball upfield for McLean to chase down and with the outrushing keeper favouring to cover his near post the Glens midfielder angled his shot for the back post only for the ball to slip inches wide.

Mclean then picked up a pass from Adam Caldwell to break forward and slip a through ball to present McWater swith a free run in on goal  and with the keeper off his line he chipped him from the 18 yards only for the ball to dip inches over the bar and bouncing off stanchion.

Buffs rallied for a speel and corner-kick curled deep into the box initiated a lively scramble before Murphy hoofed the ball way upfield. Soon after a Kilwinning cross into a busy box was headed cleared by Ollie Rowe only for a defender to arrive at speed and laser a thunderous shot from 22 yards, and despite seeing the ball late Markey kept his cool to tip it over the bar; the corner that followed was cleared.

Glenafton won back-to-back corners, the second of which was played into six yard box for the incoming McMullin but a shove in the back saw his header at the near post sail out for a throw-in rather in the net!

 FT Glens  2 Kilwinning 0

1. David Markey 22. Ollie Rowe 4. Craig Pettigrew (captain) 5. Michael McMullin 3. Scott McLean 2. Adam Caldwell 8. Paul Paton 6. Alex McWaters (18. Dylan O’Kane) 11. Leon Murphy; 9. Hugh Kerr (7. Sam McKee) 15. Michael Moffat (14. Ryan Nisbet).  Subs Not used: 14. Callum McFadyen, Aiden Russell (gk).
1. Ally McInnes 2. Josh London 3. Dom Boland (17. Aldin El-Zubadi) 4. Robbie Torrance 5. Kieren Wood 6. Kenny Marshall 8. Blair McIntyre 9. Thomas Collins 10. Mark Lamont (16. Jordan Stuart) 11. Gavin Millar (14. Ben Lewis) 15. Dylan Mackin Subs Not Used: 12. Ally McColm 18. Chris Millar 19. Jack MacCalman 20. Ewan Henderson
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