Glenafton 3 Auchinleck 1

Mon 01 May 2023 KO 7:30 pm Loch Park, New Cumnock
PDM Buildbase WOSFL Premier LeagueMatch 27
Glenafton Athletic 3 (1)Nisbet, O’Kane 2
Auchinleck Talbot 1 (0)Samson

Glens made two changes with to the eleven that started against Cumnock Juniors on Saturday with Adam Caldwell and Ryan Nisbet replacing Dean Currie and Michael Moffat.

In the Auchinleck starting eleven was former Glenafton midfielder Michael Wardrope.

The visitors were first to threaten through Aaron Mason’s shot from 18 yards that sailed over the bar. Soon after Michael Wardrope’s effort from 20 yards was pushed wide for a corner by keeper Aiden Glavin which ended with Wardrope shot from inside the box comfortably saved by Glavin.

The Glens opened the scoring on 6 minutes with a cracking goal. Alex McWaters from deep on his own half in the middle of the park pinged a long diagonal ball to Ryan Nisbet on the right wing inside the Talbot half. After trapping the ball, he cut inside Aiden Wilson and turned on the after-burners leaving the defender in his wake to burst to the edge of the box before whipping a low vicious shot that whizzed beyond the reach of the advancing keeper Marc Fisher and into the net.

After an exhilarating start, the match played got bogged down for large spells with defences of top. Glavin leapt t clutch a Talbot corner into a packed six-yard box while his counterpart Fisher held Nisbet’s low shot from the edge of the box.

HT Glens 1 Auchinleck 0

The half-time oranges kicked in quickly as the Glens doubled their advantage on 48 minutes with Nisbet turning provider on this occasion. From wide on the right and deep in his own half he clipped a high ball upfield for Dylan O’Kane to burst into the box between Wilson and Craig McCraken and from the edge of the six- yard box slip the ball through the legs of the keeper and into the net from a tight angle.

Five minutes Talbot pulled one after Glavin could only parry Wardrope’s shot from 30 yards and Keir Samson was on hand to poke the loose ball from 6 yards out.

The visitors continued to press and instead of shooting for goal Wardrope slipped a free-kick into the left hand-side of the of the box from where the ball was cut-back to the near post and McCracken’s attempt to divert it into the net only for Glavin to block it on the line. A Talbot attack down the right saw Ali Boyle whip a low ball into the six-yard box for the incoming Samson but again the young keeper blocked the shot with his feet.

On 70 minutes Glens brought on Cameron McKenzie for Sam McKee.

The Glens were defending well with Craig Pettigrew and Ollie Rowe winning the aerial battles as Talbot attacked in waves without however creating any chances of note .

On 85 minutes doubled their lead through shear guts and determination from Dylan O’Kane. A Talbot throw from deep in their own squared to Garth Armstrong on the edge of the box and while the defender was trying to get the ball under control O’Kane burst forward from the edge of the centre-circle to nick the ball and then turned the defended, held him and lashed an unstoppable shot past the keeper and into the net at the far post. The young New Cumnock striker’s celebrations were enjoyed supporters and those in the dug-out in equal measure.

Nisbet picked up the ball in the centre-circle before driving forward past one ‘Bot after another and the from the edge of box clipped a low diagonal shot that slipped inches wide of the post with the keeper stranded on his line.

FT Glenafton 3 Auchinleck 1

Four league wins a row takes the Glens to 7th place in the league.

1. Aiden Glavin 2. Adam Caldwell 22. Ollie Rowe 4. Craig Pettigrew (captain) 5. Michael McMullin ; 14. Ryan Nisbet 3. Scott McLean 6. Alex McWaters , 7. Sam McKee (19.Cameron McKenzie) 18. Dylan O’Kane, 9. Hugh Kerr.  Subs Not Used: Callum McFadyen, Sean McKenzie, Craig Burns (gk).
1. Marc Fisher 2. Lewis Crawford 4. Neil McPherson 5. Craig McCracken 3. Aiden Wilson; 7. Ali Boyle (14. Nathan Lennox) 6. Gareth Armstrong 8. Michael Wardrope 11. Ross Taylor; 9. Aaron Mason (12. Ross Mason) 10. Keir Samson
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