Petershill 0 Glenafton 2

Sat 22 Apr 2023 KO 2:00 pm Petershill Park,Glasgow
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Petershill 0 (0)
Glenafton Athletic 2 (0)O’Kane, Murphy

Glenafton made three changes that started against Clydebank midweek. Captain Craig Pettigrew (returning from suspension), Leon Murphy and Sam McKee replaced Mick McMullin (suspended), Adam Caldwell and Hugh Kerr.

The visitors started brightly and would go on to dominate the first half in terms of possession and the half chances that were on show. On 5 minutes Scott McLean released Ryan Nisbet down the right to whip a ball into the box that was intercepted by Jordan Scott and as the loose ball bounced about Michael Moffat met it on the drop sending his shot just wide of the post.

Peasy keeper Josh Bradley-Hurst did well to cut out Leon Murphy’s cross into the box for the inrushing Moffat. Soon after he firmly clutched a Dylan O’Kane’s shot from the edge of the box, curled over the heads of two defenders.

Glens continued to press. Scott McLean robbed Del Hepburn of the ball on the half-way line before breaking forward to slip it wide to Moffat to break into the box and fire a shot that the keeper punched high over the bar, at his near post. Back-to-back corner kicks followed as the Peasy defence stood firm.

Midway through the half Ross McCabe bundled Alex McWaters to the ground just inside the Peasy half. McLean played a short one-two with Murphy before playing a forward pass to Moffat on the outskirts of the box who diverted it diagonally to McWaters and despite defender Conor McGregor tight on his back, he completed the one-two with a delightful back-heel to Moffat now free to advance into the box and body swerve McCabe before drilling a low angled shot to the back post only for the keeper to finger-tip it wide of the post; the corner was cleared.

The home side mounted a counter-attack after Lennon Houston beat O’Kane to the ball on the right wing and then rode a strong tackle from McLean and then another from Ollie Rowe before switching the ball to David Aubrey to break forward and pick out Ben Cappie‘s run into the box only for the offside the flag to be raised to end a fine move.

On 34 minutes Peasy were forced into a substitution with Josh Gracie replacing the injured Terry Hewitt. He was soon in the thick of the action heading a ball to the back post across the face of goal for Houston only for Craig Pettigrew to intercept and head it clear of the Glens box.

Back came Glens through Nisbet breaking down the right and clipping high ball to the near post where Bradley-Hurst leapt above both team-mate McCabe and Moffat to grab the ball with both hands.

At the other end Craig Quinn gathered a knock-on by Houston before firing a low shot from 25 yards that Glens’ goalie Aiden Glavin gathered comfortably.

The half closed with the Glens on the front foot. Moffat forced his way through a wall of defenders into the box, laid the ball off to McWaters for a shot but another brave defensive block sent the ball clear.

Dean Currie then halted a Peasy break, nicking the ball from Hepburn to drive over the half-way line and cut inside to feed Moffat, who quickly dinked the ball down the right for Nisbet to chase and burst into the box before whipping the ball across face of goal by-passing McCabe and the keeper, for the inrushing McAndrews only for McGregor to intercept with a sliding tackle that caused the ball to cannon off the goalie and prevent the dreaded OG.

HT Petershill 0 Glens 0

The half began in the same fashion as the first with the Glens on the front foot and Sam McKee in particular seeing a lot of the ball.

However, the home side began to grow into the game. On 55 minutes Houston intercepted a Glens clearance and sent a high looping header dropping into the ‘D’ where Cappie met it sweetly on the bounce only for his shot to fly over the bar. Soon after Gracie burst down the right driving to the bye-line before sending a high ball to the back post for the inrushing Houston only for Glavin to leap and clutch cleanly.

At the other end the Peasie keeper beat O’Kane to Moffat’s ball into the box and then held McKee’s curled shot from the corner of the box.

On the hour mark Petershill came close to breaking the deadlock, following a lung-bursting run down the left by Hepburn to break into the box and make for the bye-line. With his way to goal blocked he skipped past two defenders to retreat to the edge of the box before fashioning a shot for the far post where Glavin at full stretch got the slightest touch to send it wide, as Hepburn closed in. The keeper then punched Aubrey’s corner kick over the bar and the corner that followed was headed wide by McCabe. Peasie continued to press and Marshall’s speculative shot from distance was well held by Glavin.

Midway through the half Peasie brought on Christian Nade for Craig Quinn.

Some patient build-up play by Glens down the left involving McKee, Pettigrew, Moffat and Murphy concluded with the latter squaring the ball along the six-yard line for the incoming McWaters only for Scott to intervene at the expense of a corner, which was swiftly followed by another that was cleared by McCabe.

Glens continued to press and McWaters blasted a free-kick from 30 yards low and hard that was deflected wide for a corner which McLean played short to McKee, who curled a ball into the heart of the six-yard box for the leaping Rowe, only for the goalie to punch it clear with both fists. The Peasie counter-attack ended with Pettigrew blocking Marshall’s shot.

Play raged back & forth for a spell as both sides chased a winner.

On 41 minutes Glens brought on the fresh legs of Hugh Kerr for Ryan Nisbet.

In a fast flowing box-to-box move, Murphy gathered the ball on the left and played it forward to Moffat who ran along the half way line to play a one-two on the right with Currie before slipping the ball down wing to McWaters who then threaded a defence splitting ball into the box for McLean to chase down before shooting from 12 yards only for the outrushing keeper to block and Scott to rapidly hoof the ball clear.

The visitors made the breakthrough on 89 minutes.  McWaters tight on the right wing trapped a clearance from Glens’ attack seconds beforehand, before driving to the bye-line and cutting the ball back for Kerr only for his shot to be blocked by McCabe. Dylan O’Kane pounced on loose ball and volleyed a low shot that bounced off Scott and while a handful of Glens players raised their hands claiming hand ball, O’Kane calmly trapped the loose ball and side-footed it through a ruck of players and past the keeper into the net.

Two minutes later Glens doubled their lead. After a passage of stroking the ball about in the outskirts of the Peasie box, McKee played a one-two with Moffat before breaking into the box, where Scott clicked his heels. Leon Murphy stepped to slot the ball beyond the reach of the keeper Josh Bradley-Hurst, who had an outstanding game.

The visitors played out the additional time deep in the Peasy half.

FT Petershill 0 Glenafton 2

1. Aiden Glavin 20. Dean Currie 22. Ollie Rowe 4. Craig Pettigrew (captain) ; 14. Ryan Nisbet (9. Hugh Kerr) 3. Scott McLean 6. Alex McWaters 18. Dylan O’Kane 11. Leon Murphy 7. Sam McKee, 15. Michael Moffat.  Subs Not Used: Adam Caldwell, Callum McFadyen, Cameron McKenzie, Sean McKenzie, Craig Burns (gk)
1. Josh Bradley-Hurst 2. Conor McGregor 3. Jordan Scott 4. Ross McCabe (captain) 5. Terry Hewitt (14. Josh Gracie) 6. Jordan Marshall 7. Craig Quinn (15. Christian Nade) 8. Ben Cappie 9. Lennon Houston 10. Del Hepburn 11. David Aubrey. Subs not used: 12. Dean McBride 16. Mario Mendes 17. Ross McPherson 18. Dom Morgan
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