Glenafton 3 Clydebank 2

Tues 18 Apr 2023 KO 7:45 pm Loch Park, New Cumnock
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Glenafton Athletic 3 (2)Moffat, Nisbet, Kerr
Clydebank 2 (1)Weir, McKinlay

Glens made four changes to the side that lined up against Cumnock on Friday evening. In came keeper Aiden Glavin, Dean Currie, Dylan O’Kane and Ryan Nisbet for David Markey (injured), Craig Pettigrew (suspended), Paul Paton (suspended) and Leon Murphy.

In the Clydebank line-up was young Calum McEwan, son of Craig McEwan, a regular visitor to Loch Park, during his father’s time at the club as both player and manager. Of course, Clydebank manager Gordon Moffat was also a former Glenafton player.

Glens got off to a flying with a goal on 4 minutes. Scott McLean clipped a corner kick from the right to the near post when Mick McMullin flicked a header towards the back post where Ollie Rowe beat the keeper to the ball and sent a looping header back to the near post where although it was headed off the line by Frazer Johnstone the ball took a bounce and Michael Moffat lashed a low shot that battered off the back post an into the net.

Michael Moffat

The home came close to doubling their lead after McLean floated a free kick deep into the box where McMullin flicked the ball across the face of goal and Hugh Kerr came within a whisker of heading it over the before it bounced off the inside of the post and booted clear by Matt Niven.

At the other end Bankies came close to drawing level. A corner was floated into the box where Jamie Darroch leapt from the six-yard line and although his attempted header failed to connect the ball dropped out from a group of players and seem destined to sneak in at the near post only for keeper Aiden Glavin to get down low and scoop it away with a strong hand catching out the wrong-footed Darroch who could do nothing but deflect the ball wide of target.

However, on 23 minutes, the visitors squared the match as the Glens got into a fankle and Josh Weir chased the ball down holding off Rowe to break into the box and then send a delicate chip over the outrushing keeper and into the net from 14 yards.

Glens enjoyed a piece of good fortune after a Darroch’s diving header from a corner kick looked certain to bulge the net only for Moffat to keep his cool and head the ball of the line.

Two minutes before the break to home side regained the lead courtesy of another McLean corner kick from the right. McEwan and Moffat leapt together at the near post only for the ball skim over their heads and the alert Ryan Nisbet nipped in front of Darroch to side foot the ball home from 2 yards out.

Ryan Nisbet

HT Glens 2 Clydebank 1

The visitors drew level again on 57 minutes after Hamish McKinlay from wide on the right pinged a high ball into the box where Liam McGonigle outleapt two defenders and sent a high looping header into the corner of the net beyond the reach of the keeper.

Back came the Glens and it was another McLean corner, from the left on this occasion, that put them in front.  A header flicked on at the near post by Moffat saw the ball bounce up and Hugh Kerr kill it before swivelling and drilling the ball into the ground an onward into the net.

Hugh Kerr

The home side then defended a corner and McLean hooked the ball upfield where Dylan O’Kane trapped the ball and gave a defender the run-a-round before clipping the ball forward to Nisbet on the outskirts of the box who in turn chipped in forward to Moffat. The striker soon find himself confronted with a pocket of defenders and so rolled the ball back to Nisbet who then skipped past a defender into the right-hand corner of the box before firing an angled shot that took a bounce before slipping inches wide of the far post and beyond the reach of the inrushing McMullin.

With three minutes to go Glens were reduced to 10 men after McMullin earned a second yellow card and Sam McKee came on for Hugh Kerr as the home side held on for a valuable 3 points.

FT Glens 3 Clydebank 2

1. Aiden Glavin 2: Adam Caldwell 22. Ollie Rowe 20. Dean Currie 33. Mick McMullin; 3. Scott McLean 6. Alex McWaters 18. Dylan O’Kane 14. Ryan Nisbet; 9. Hugh Kerr (7. Sam McKee), 15. Michael Moffat.  Subs Not Used: Callum McFadyen, Cameron McKenzie, Sean McKenzie, Craig Burns (gk)
1. Jamie Donnelly 25. Calum McEwan 3. Danny McKenzie 4. Matt Niven 5. Jamie Darroch 6. Frazer Johnstone 17. Larry McMahon 24. Hamish McKinlay 27. Connor Higgins 19. Josh Weir 11. Liam McGonigle. Subs. Lucas Ross (gk), 15. Oisin McHugh, 9. Ciaran Mulcahy, Kelly, Eze, Adam Smith, McLernan
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