Glenafton 1 Irvine Meadow 1

  • Sat 07 DEC 2019 KO 1:30 pm
  • Macron Scottish Junior Cup| 4th round replay
  • Loch Park, New Cumnock
  • Glenafton Athletic 1 (0) |McAusland
  • Irvine Meadow XI (1) |McLenann

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Prior to kick-off a minute’s silence was observed in memory of Jean McCulloch who passed away recently. Jean was the daughter of Haddow Nisbet the Glens trainer in the late 50’s and early 60’s and in 1960 she married Glenafton’s legendary forward Danny McCulloch who would later play in the Scottish Junior Cup final against today’s visitors Irvine Meadow XI.

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Meadow kicked off as the rain lashed down on an overcast Loch Park but play was quickly halted as a playful dog entered the field of play to spend the next 5 minutes chasing its own leash up and down the park evading any attempts of capture before succumbing and returning its frisbee, now clenched in its jaws, to its exasperated owner.

 

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Play resumed and both sides had bounded up and down park unleashed before the first decent chance fell to the visitors on 8 minutes after Lee McCrae floated a freekick into a packed Glens box and Calum Gow leapt to flash a header inches wide of the post.  Meadow continued to press and following some neat build up play the ball was played over the top into the right-hand side of the box for Eddie McTernan to chase down with Glens captain Craig Menzies in pursuit. However, keeper Davie Wilson had already rushed from his line to dive low and get both hands on the ball before the attacker and defender tumbled over his body; the former forlornly appealing foul play to the well-placed assistant referee.

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The home side then enjoyed a good spell of pressure creating a hatful of half chances beginning on 14 minutes with Ally Park at the left-hand corner of the penalty box whipping the ball into the centre for Dale Moore on the penalty spot to bullet a net bound header only for keeper Paddy O’Neil to  get down and at full stretch push the ball away.

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Jarred Willet’s clearance was quickly recovered by the Glens and Findlay Frye floated the ball back into the danger area where the incoming Mick McCann got between two defenders but his header looped high over the bar. Soon after Matthew Reilly picked up the ball in the centre circle and progressed to the edge of the box where with his route blocked, he cut the ball back for Park to fire a shot from 30 yards out that flew high over the bar.

On 20 minutes Glens broke down a Meadow attack on the left and in a flash, Moore picked out Andrew to release Reilly through the middle with defender James Latta back tracking. On reaching the box the young midfielder cut inside, leaving Latta wrong-footed, and after creating space he miscued his shot sending the ball drifting well off target.  Menzies from just inside his own half clipped a high ball to the edge of the box for Andrew to gather and drive into box with defenders Calum Gow & Neil Slooves in pursuit; the former doing enough to prevent any power in the striker’s shot and the latter mopping up the loose ball.

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On 26 minutes Meadow created a great chance after McLennan collected the ball in the centre circle and quciklt despatched a forward pass for McTernan to chase down the right flank and defenders Alan Cairns and Menzies closed in he cut the ball back from the bye-line to the heart of the box for the incoming Willet only for Frye’s presence to ensure his shot from 8 yards out to lack the power to test Wilson as he got down low to hold cleanly.

The rain relented slightly and play raged from end to end keeping both keepers on their toes. On 31 minutes the visitors came close to opening the scoring in spectacular fashion. Slooves cut out a defensive clearance in the centre circle then took a touch before setting his sights for goal and although his smoothly struck shot beat the outstretched arm of Wilson the ball crashed off the crossbar with force that the ball rebounded clear of the penalty box.

Back came Glens and Cairns’ long free kick deep into the box was punched clear from the head of Kyle McAusland by O’Neil. The home sided recovered the ball and McAusland tight on the right touch line drilled a low diagonal ball into the box where Park got the jump on the Meadow defence only for O’Neil to dive bravely at his feet and hold the ball tightly in difficult conditions.

At the other end Wilson had to be alert to rush from his line to try and beat Brendan Sharpe in the chase for Willet’s well directed header into the box. Although the keeper got to the ball first it slipped through his hands and the big striker unable to apply the brakes continued his run and tumbled over Wilson before he recovered the ball. Penalty appeals from his team-mates were waved away.

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Play was frantic as both sides endeavoured to fashion a lead before the break. The home side’s best remaining chances came from set pieces. The first a Reilly free-kick from the left-hand side of the box to the back where although McAusland won the aerial battle his header dipped over the bar. The second came from a corner kick in added time that was met on the drop at the penalty spot by Craig Pettigrew only for his hooked shot to slip just wide of the post.

The final chance of the half fell to Meadow from open play after Sharpe broke into the left hand side of the box and whipped a great ball for McTernan to bullet a glancing header high over the bar.

HT Glens 0 Meadow 0

The visitors began the new half in determined fashion and forced three corner kicks in quick succession without however testing the keeper.  On 52 minutes Glens responded through fine work from Pettigrew to set himself up for a shot from 18 yards which although it beat the keeper the ball slipped just wide of target.

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Three minutes later the home side was forced to make a change with Dan Orsi replacing the injured Dale Moore.

On 59 minutes the Meadow took the lead after No 11 short throw in from deep on the left was returned from in N0 9 before he curled a ball to the back post where Wilson leapt to grab the ball with two outstretched arms only to lose possession under pressure from Willet’s challenge. The ball fell kindly for McLennan to poke the ball home from 5 yards and spark off Meadow celebrations in contrast to the shunned appeals from the Glens that the keeper had been impeded.

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The home side recovered well through Frye and Orsi combining down the right before the latter fired a cross to the back post which was headed down by Slooves and fell for McAusland to blast a shot from 18 yards that O’Neil pushed over the bar with two firm hands and the corner that followed was cleared.

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Back came Meadow to win their fourth corner of the match that eventually fell for No. 8 at the left hand corner of the box to curl a ball to the back post which comfortably clutched by Wilson.

On 69 minutes Glens brought on Ryan Nisbet to replace Matthew Reilly. A minute later keeper Wilson launched at clearance to the edge of the Meadow box where it is was headed clear and the ball gathered by Frye to push it wide to Cairns on the left to float a ball into the box that was met on the drop by Kyle McAusland to guide the ball home in some style. Cup tie all square on 70 minutes.

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The home side’s tails were up and Orsi progressed down the right to the bye-line before clipping a ball to the back post for the incoming Frye to guide a header goalward only for O’Neil to rise and clutch the ball under the bar. At the other end McLaughlin header from a cross from the left flew just wide of the back post. Back came Glens and Orsi won a corner-kick that was played to the same player but his effort from inside the box sailed over the bar.

On 78 minutes the visitors replaced Colin Spence with Darren Jones.

Glens then enjoyed a sustained period of pressure with chances coming and going. Nisbet gathered the ball wide on the left and cut aside at pace before rocketing a low shot that was deflected wide for a corner. The kick skimmed off the top of Slooves head before falling for Nisbet at the back post to bullet a header that O’Neil stopped on his line with a strong hand while Glens hands raised in unison to claim the ball ground had crossed the line as it dropped to the grounded.

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The now grounded goalie managed to push the ball a few yards out only for Nisbet to pounce for a second bite that O’Neil blocked and juggled on the line before getting both hands on it and initiating further claims from the home side that the ball had again crossed the line. O’Neil’s goal remained intact.

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Glens continued to press and won another corner kick which O’Neil pushed over the bar for and the corner that followed was finally cleared after a stramash deep in the box. Soon after Nisbet cut in from the left again to blast a low ball from 25 yards that the keeper got down well and hold firmly in the fading light.

Some brief respite for Meadow as a break down the left concluded with a good ball into the box only for Wilson to smother the ball between a pack of two attackers and two defenders.

Back came Glens and Andrew trapped the ball on the outskirts of before turning his marker only to drill his low angled shot wide of the post. The home side continued to press with Orsi exploiting space down the right flank.  First on the overlap through picking up a great ball from Andrew only for his angled shot to be held cleanly by the keeper. Next, Frye’s ball from the centre circle released him in acres of space free to run into the edge of the box and square it for the inrushing Frye only for his shot, under pressure from Slooves, to fly over the bar.

On 89 minutes O’Neil’s heroics kept the Meadow in the tie with a fantastic exhibition of goalkeeping. Menzies launched a ball up the left for Nisbet who cut inside and unleashed a thunderbolt of a shot that had the keeper diving to his left to block the ball away before getting of the ground far enough in order to block McCann’s attempt to bury the rebound and finally drag himself into a position to stop Frye’s effort to fire home that rebound from 8 yards out, sending the ball high over the bar.

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O’Neil enjoyed a touch of good fortune from the corner that followed with a bit of juggling before the ball was hooked cleared of the box only to be recovered by the Glens leading to Pettigrew’s shot from the edge of the box that drifted wide of the post.

Two minutes into added time Glens earned their seventh corner kick of the match which was punched clear to create a Meadow counter attack that eventually petered out. In the last action of the match Wilson launched a free kick from just inside Glens half which was headed out the box but immediately hooked back into the danger area by Pettigrew to set up a header for McCann that dropped into the hands of O’Neil.

FT Glens 1 Meadow 1

O’Neil with momentum on his side saved the Glens two first spot kicks from Frye and then McCann and although McAusland and Andrew converted their kicks Meadow with all four of their attempts to win the shoot 4-2.  So for the second successive season Glens crashed out the 4th Scottish Junior Cup on penalties, after 0-0 and 1-1 draws

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC: 1. David Wilson 2: Kyle McAusland 3. Alan Cairns 4. Craig Menzies 5. Craig Pettigrew 6. Ally Park 7. Dale Moore (14. Dan Orsi) 8. FindlayFrye 9. Mick McCann 10. Joe Andrew 11. Matthew Reilly (16. Ryan Nisbet). Subs: 12. Cameron Marlow 15. Lee Gallacher /17. Craig Burns (gk)

IRVINE MEADOW XI: 1. Patrick O’Neil 2. Mark McLennan 3. James Latta 4. Calum Gow 5. Neil Slooves 6. Jarred Willet 7. Colin Spence (12. Darren Jones) 8. Ally McLaughlin 9. Eddie McTernan 10. Brendan Sharpe 11. Lee McCrae Subs: 14. Ryan Carnwarth 15. Reece Pearson 16. Patrick Woods 18. Adam McLean (gk)

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Irvine Meadow 0 Glenafton 0

  • Sat 23 NOV 2019 KO 1:45 pm
  • Macron Scottish Junior Cup| 4th round
  • Meadow Park, Irvine
  • Irvine Meadow 0 (0)
  • Glenafton Athletic 0 (0)

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Squeeky Bum Time as Defiant Defences keep the Sheets Clean at Meadow

Glenafton made one change from the eleven that started in the league victory over Auchinleck Talbot last Saturday with Cameron Marlow replacing the injured Ryan McChesney. Incredibly today was only the third meeting between the Glens and Irvine Meadow in the Scottish Junior Cup. The first of which was in the final at Hampden 1962/63 when Meadow defeated the Glens 2-1 and then again in 2001/02 when Glens won 2-0 at Meadow Park in the 5th round.  The Meadow currently sit 3rd in the Premiership with Glenafton three points behind in 6th place.

The visitors forced a corner kick on 3 minutes that was cleanly punched clear by keeper Patrick O’Neil. Matthew Reilly was looking lively down the left with two good runs, one ending with a cross field pass that was cleared and another ending with James Latta ushering the ball out for a goal kick.

Latta’s header then cut out a long ball up the wing from former Talbot team-mate Craig Pettigrew and the ball gathered by Andy McLaughlin to break down the right before cutting inside to pick out Brendan Sharpe on the edge of the box who was forced wide before firing a low angled shot that slipped beyond the far post.

On 13 minutes Colin Spence lobbed a ball into a busy box where Pettigrew and Sharpe challenged for the ball and as it ran free in one direction the Meadow striker ran into Pettigrew and tumbled to the ground, too theatrically for the close by referee’s liking an earned a yellow card.

Back came Glens and O’Brien was alert to rush far from his line to beat Reilly to Menzies’ long ball into the box. Played continued at a frantic level with each side quickly closing down their opponents in a packed midfield as possession changed hands regularly and often through some petty free kicks.

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On 18 minutes Lee Gallacher was bundled off the ball by Neil Slooves and although the midfielder’s free kick from 28 yards beat the wall it sailed well over the bar. Soon after the Glens broke down a Meadow attack allowing Dale Moore to release Reilly to race down the left before cutting into the box where he gave Latta the slip and as Callum Gow closed in got a shot away from the edge of the six-yard box that was comfortably held by the keeper.

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Play continued to get bogged down and scrappy in the midfield for long spells and the best of the half chances on offer fell to the visitors.

On 28 minutes Pettigrew attempted to break the deadlock in style by launching a high ball from the centre circle that had O’Neil backtracking anxiously to his goal-line in time for him to see it dip over the bar. The centre back then initiated the next Glens attack by threading a ball through the middle for Moore to gather and drive into the box before firing a low shot that the keeper pushed round the post. The corner kick was headed clear out the box and fell for Frye only for his shot to sail high and wide of target.

Glens continued to press and on 31 minutes had strong appeals for a penalty kick turned down. Gallacher’s lob high into the box saw Slooves choose to duck out the header and leave the ball for his keeper only for Reilly to get between them both before Slooves realised his predicament and barged the Glens man from behind allowing the ball to fall freely into the hands of a grateful O’Neill.

Meadow then enjoyed a good spell of pressure after a peach of a ball over the top from Spence picked out Jared Willet deep and wide on the left to whip a ball to the near post for Sharpe only for Menzies to make a brilliant block at the expense of a corner-kick; Meadow’s claims that a hand was used werewaved away. The kick was played short and after being cleared once it was switched from left to right where Mark McLellan’s ball into the box for Sharpe was overhit and collected by Wilson. Soon after Sharpe stripped Menzies of the ball to race into the box with the Glens captain in pursuit, however the striker’s touch was poor and the ball run safely into the hands of Wilson before he tumbled to the ground again much to the anger of the Glens defence.

At the other end Gallacher’s header from the centre circle was hooked forward into the air by Moore but as the ball dropped Slooves mistimed his attempted clearance allowing Reilly to chest the ball and drive into the box with the defender giving chase where he recovered the ball at the goal-line; Glens half-hearted appeals that the big centre back had again pushed the Glens man off the ball were not entertained.

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Reilly then made a lightning break down the right to the bye-line outstripping Lee McCrea to cut the ball into the box before being caught late on the ankle by the defender. Play continued and Moore recovered the ball to try and pick out Gallacher at the back post, but the offside flag brought the move to an end.

HT Meadow 0 Glens 0

Glens mopped up an early Meadow attack before mounting one of their own after Gallacher nicked the ball from Meadow’s short throw-in and held off Spence to set up a shot from distance that O’Neil did well to get down low and hold. Shortly after the visitors won three corner-kicks in quick succession the third being comfortably plucked from the air by the keeper.

Meadow responded with a good break down the right where McLaughlin gathered a short throw-in from near the flag to whip the ball high into the goalmouth which Wilson clutched cleanly under the bar as Sharpe challenged

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The second half soon assumed the format of the first with plenty of effort and commitment exhibited by both sides that continued to effectively cancel each other out in the midfield battles which generated a couple of yellow cards for good measure.

McCrea launched a free kick into the box and although Gow won the aerial battle his header dropped harmlessly into the arms of Wilson

On 57 minutes Glens brought on Dan Orsi for Lee Gallacher.

Meadow pushed forward again trough Sharpe picking out Spence but the former Talbot player was robbed on the outskirts of the box by Reilly who in trademark style burst down the left leaving some blue shirts puffing their cheeks in his wake and others on his tail before Gow halted him on his tracks six yards from the by-line; the defender then clearing the free-kick that followed.

On 65 minutes Meadow replaced Colin Spence with Reece Pearson.

Willard broke down a Glens move on the left deep in his own half before setting off on a long diagonal lung bursting run at pace before feeding McLaughlin tight on the right wing on the outskirts of box only for Alan Cairns to seemingly win the ball but to receive a yellow card for his robust challenge instead. The free-kick saw Wilson rise unchallenged to collect the ball with ease.

On 71 minutes Glens brought on Joe Andrew for Cameron Marlow and Meadow replaced Brendan Sharpe with Eddie McTernan.

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A sustained period of pressure from the visitors began with Frye winning a corner-kick on the right which fell for Mick McCann only for his shot from 10 yards to be deflected wide for another corner which eventually arrived at the feet of Orsi only for his shot from the corner of the box to also be deflected wide. It was almost third corner lucky as Frye’s late run into the box caught the Meadow defence cold but his powerful diving header whizzed inches over the bar. The game remained deadlock with 15 minutes to go.

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On 76 minutes Meadow made their final substitution with Darren Jones coming on for Lee McCrea.

Reilly then weaved into the box before unleashing a shot that deflected off Latta and was saved on the bye-line by O’Neill to prevent another corner. Menzies then took matters into his own hands, with a break through the middle ended by a trip from an exasperated McLaughlin. The overhit free-kick was collected easily by O’Neil.

Another break down the left by Reilly saw him skip past Latta only for Slooves to cut out his cut-back across goal to earn Glens their ninth corner of the match which was powerfully headed clear by Slooves.

In the closing minutes the game raged back and forth as both sides went in chase of a winning goal. McLellan did well to cut in from the right and fashion a shot from the edge of the box, however it lacked the power or direction to test Wilson.

At the other end Reilly cut in from the left to flick the ball into the box for Andrew to trap before cracking an angled shot from 8 yards that O’Neill held tight as McCann waited to pounce on any loss ball.  The keeper then dealt with Frye’s low trundling shot from 20 yards with the same ease.

Three minutes into added time and his counterpart David Wilson, the less busy of both keepers throughout regulation time, pulled off the save of match to ensure the game went to a replay. The Glens were hemmed in at the right-hand corner flag from where a throw in was intercepted by the head of Latta to knock it deftly to the feet of McLaughlin on the 18 yard line to square it to McLellan who quickly thread it through between Glens defenders to Jones who completed the one-two with a delicate touch to set up McLellan who seemed to have picked his spot from 14 yards out only for Wilson to dive low and push it round the post with a strong hand. In stark contrast the Meadow’ hands that had been raised prematurely in celebration dropped quickly to hold their heads in disbelief.

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Still a final chance remained for the home side as McLaughlin delivered a perfect corner-kick to the heart of the six-yard box only for Pettigrew to beat Slooves to the jump and head the ball clear with the last touch of the game.

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FT Meadow 0 Glens 0

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC: 1. David Wilson 2. Ally Park 3. Alan Cairns 4. Craig Menzies 5. Craig Pettigrew 6. Cameron Marlow (12. Joe Andrew) 7. Findlay Frye 8. Dale Moore 9. Mick McCann 10. Lee Gallacher (14. Dan Orsi) 11. Matthew Reilly Subs 15. Ryan Nisbet 16. Ryan McChesney 17. Craig Burns (gk)

IRVINE MEADOW XI: 1. Patrick O’Neil 2. James Latta 3. Lee McCrea (12. Darren Jones) 4. Neil Slooves 5. Callum Gow 6. Ryan Carnwarth 7. Mark McLellan 8. Colin Spence (14. Reece Pearson) 9. Brendan Sharpe (16. Eddie McTernan) 10. Andy McLaughlin 11. Jared Willet 15. Patrick Woods 21. Adam McLean (gk)

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Glenafton 3 Auchinleck 0

  • Sat 16 NOV  2019 KO 1:45 pm
  • McBookie.com West Region Premiership| Match 14
  • Loch Park, New Cumnock
  • Glenafton Athletic 3 (2) |McCann, Gallacher, Andrew
  • Auchinleck Tabot 0 (0)

THREE OF THE BEST FROM THE GLENS

Glenafton made seven changes to the eleven that started against Larkhall Thistle last Saturday. In came David Wilson, Craig Pettigrew, Alan Cairns, Ally Park, Mick McCann, Lee Gallacher and Matthew Reilly for Craig Burns, Kyle McAusland, Edward Campbell, Cameron Marlow, Joe Andrew, Dan Orsi and Ryan Nisbet.

Champions Auchinleck Talbot arrived at Loch Park unbeaten in the league since Kyle McAusland’s goal secured all three points for the Glens at Beechwood back in early October 2018. Of course, the two sides have already met in the league this season with the Talbot beating 10 men Glens 4-1 at home.

Former Talbot striker Mick McCann kicked off for the Glens and 23 seconds later he was celebrating the opening goal. Twice the Glens had played the ball upfield only for it to be returned to their half. Third time lucky and Craig Pettigrew clipped the ball high upfield for McCann only for Neill McPherson to cut it out with a header which sent the ball high into the air back towards the edge of the penalty box. Although the defender tried to chase it down McCann beat both him and Willie Lyle to meet the ball on its descent and hit it on the drop high over the head of keeper Andy Leishman, now beyond his six yard box, and into the inviting open net.

 

Five minutes later a long throw from Talbot deep into the box was headed clear by Ryan McChesney where the ball fell kindly for Mark Shankland at the edge of the box to thump a low shot through a ruck of players that was blocked before being kicked out for a corner kick, which came to nothing.

Back came Glens through Gallacher who after gathering McCann’s knock-on cleverly switched play from left to right where Matthew Reilly got the better of Lyle in the box to cut the ball back across the six-yard line and McCann beat McCracken to the jump only for his header to loop high over the bar.

On 9 minutes Alan Cairns and Keir Samson challenged for a loose ball in the centre circle which bounced free again and as McChesney chased it down Gareth Armstrong’s sliding tackle took the legs from the big defender. Following a quick consultation with his assistant the referee showed the offender a red card and Talbot were down to 10 men.  Although McChesney played on for a time he failed to recover from the tackle and was replaced 8 minutes later. On came Cameron Marlow to take Ally Park’s place in midfield who took up the right full back slot with Craig Pettigrew now partnering Craig Menzies at the centre of defence.

Glens took full advantage of the extra man with Findlay Frye, Dale Moore and Marlow bossing midfield. They were patient in the build up with sharp passing on a difficult surface and using both flanks to great effect.   After stringing 4 or 5 passes together Reilly was released down the left leaving Lyle in his wake before clipping the ball into the box where McCann got in front of McCracken only for his header to go high and wide.

Soon after Marlow picked out Moore in the middle of the park who side stepped Samson before driving forward and drilling a low shot from 25 yards that was comfortably collected by Leishman.

On 21 minutes the home side earned their first corner kick of the match which was delightfully delivered by Gallacher to the edge of the six yard box where former Talbot player Pettigrew got the jump on Dwayne Hyslop to bullet a header only for Leishman to throw himself across the face of goal and pull off a wonderful save to push the net-bound ball away before Graham Wilson took no chances and headed it wide to safety.

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The corner that followed was caught cleanly by the towering keeper who quickly initiated a counter attack with a long throw out for Shankland to chase down the left before cutting inside but their usual zip and slick interplay up front was deserting the visitors and the pass intended for Wilson went astray.

In stark contrast Cairns snapped up the loose ball on the outskirts of the Glens box and an inch perfect forward diagonal pass to Gallacher saw the winger cut in-field before taking two Talbot midfielders out of play out with a terrific threaded ball for Moore to drive to the edge of the “D” before feeding Reilly on the overlap on the left where although S. Wilson hemmed him in at the corner he wriggled free to get the ball back to Frye in the middle of the park to set up a second wave of attack which concluded with Pettigrew hitting a low shot from 25 yards that was well held by Leishman.

On 26 minutes Talbot showed their teeth through G. Wilson’s pace down the right and as Menzies closed him down at the edge of the box, he whipped a ball to the back post for the incoming Shankland only for Wilson to intercept and clutch safely with both hands.

A minute later the Glens doubled their advantage with a fantastic box-to-box move and an equally fantastic finish. Frye and Reilly doubled team to rob S. Wilson off the ball on the outskirts of the box near the corner flag with Frye coming away with the ball before slipping it down the left flank for Reilly, now just inside the Talbot half, where with a flick of the outside of his boot he left two Talbotians flat-footed and completed his one-two with Frye.  Now on the outskirts of the left hand-side of the Talbot box the Glens dynamo faced with the choice of taking on McPherson or picking out McCann in the box who was being tightly marked by Pope, instead Frye opted to poke the ball to the far side of the box for the inrushing Lee Gallacher with time and space to tee up and curl a peach of a ball beyond the reach of the airborne Leishman and into the far corner of the net.

 

The goal, as did the previous one, spurred Auchinleck into action through a trademark burst of speed by G. Wilson down the left before firing a pinpoint pass to match Samson’s run into the far side of the box to set up the striker to lash a low angled shot that pulled off a super save from keeper Wilson at his near post, pushing the ball across the face of goal. The danger was not over as G. Wilson rushed past a group of Glens’ defenders to force the ball over the line but with the use of a hand; no goal.

The best of the remaining efforts on goal from open play fell to the Glens. On 35 minutes Moore picked out Gallacher on the right flank who tried his luck with a low shot from outside the box that Leishman did well to get down to stop and hold at his near post. Ten minutes later the same player, from the same position, tried again only on this occasion he aimed for the top corner of the back post forcing Leishman to leap and pluck the ball out the air. At the other end a good run by G. Wilson ended with him blasting a shot from 20 yards well over the bar.

Talbot finished the first half action with a Shankland free kick from just outside the right hand corner of the box that was headed clear by Pettigrew.

HT Glens 2 Talbot 0

Talbot made a change at the break with Kieran Healy replacing Mark Shankland.

Talbot came out the traps full of intent and won a free kick wide on the right which was floated into box and appeared to be headed wide by McCracken but adjudged to take a touch of Pettigrew.  The corner that followed was headed well wide by Hyslop.

Glens responded with Reilly breaking down the left and slipping a forward pass to Moore to progress to the touchline where Pope’s tackle earned Glens a corner-kick from which Talbot won a free kick after a foul by McCann.

On 56 minutes Pope’s free kick from wide on the right took a bounce outside the box and as Frye stooped to head the ball a crescendo of Talbot arms raised systematically appealing for a hand ball but the referee was well placed to deny their appeals. Play continued and the ball quickly returned high into the box by McKinlay which was punched clear by Wilson and the ball deflected into the path of Lyle who lashed a shot from inside the box that was blocked by Cairns.

Glens countered and after a string of passes Marlow’s shot from 30 yards sailed over the bar. On the hour mark Glens brought on Dan Orsi for Lee Gallacher, the wing man leaving to a well-earned applause. Soon after Moore chipped a ball into the box and although Frye got between McCracken and Lyle to win the ball his header drifted well wide.

Talbot responded through G.Wilson, now threatening every time he had the ball, chasing down a long ball from Leishman before whipping it to the back post where although Samson got the jump on Cairns his header was easily held by Wilson. The Auchinleck side enjoyed a good spell of pressure that earned them a series of free-kicks and corners that were repelled in turn by the Glens defence; they also introduced Bryan Boylan for Keir Samson during this period.

On 70 minutes Ally Park clipped a ball from the half-way line down the right for McCann to chase and after holding off McCracken he slipped the ball to Moore who broke into the box and weaved past Hyslop and McKinlay before curling a shot from close range that Leishman held safely.

More joy down the right when Orsi released McCann and then set off for the box to complete the one-two before cutting the ball back for the incoming Reilly to drill a low shot from 14 yards that was deflected wide; but no corner given.

On 76 minutes Glens made their final change with Mick McCann applauded off the park as Joe Andrew took his place. Talbot too made their last substitution with Jamie Glasgow replacing Dwayne Hyslop.

The visitors enjoyed another period of pressure as they tried to salvage something from the game but found young keeper David Wilson in a determined mood to keep a clean sheet. Boylan picked out G.Wilson in a busy box who shook of two defenders to slip a short pass to Glasgow and as he teed up to shoot from a few yards out Wilson spread his body to make a fine block and send the ball wide of target; the corner that followed was cleared at the near post by Frye.

Talbot continued to press and Pope’s free kick into the box initiated a series of attempts to break down the home rear-guard with no success.  A ball from wide on the right was then launched into the box which was headed on by G. Wilson and chased down by Boylan in space at the back post where the alert Wilson rushed from his line and his timely slide tackle sent the ball out for a corner.

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This was partially cleared and saw Talbot win another free kick which was headed clear by Park and set up a blistering counter attack started by Frye with excellent interventions from from Reilly, Andrew and Moore before finishing with Frye’s shot from 22 yards taking a slight deflection before Leishman saved well.

The keeper then launched the ball upfield to the edge of the Glens box where Pettigrew headed it back up towards the centre of circle where Orsi killed it with his chest and Moore snapped up the loose ball before driving through the middle and although McPherson cut out his pass to Reilly the youngster prevented Lyle from gathering the ball and instead it sat up for Joe Andrew to thunder an unstoppable shot from 22 yards past Leishman at full stretch and in off the inside of the back post. Glens now 3-0 up on 82 minutes.

 

Credit to Talbot they continued to try an eke out a consolation and a minute into added time they came close to doing so. Healey from wide on the left whipped a great ball into the six yard box where Boylan leapt high to power a header destined to burst the net only for Wilson to somehow claw the ball out the air before Park booted it clear; the young keeper earning well deserved handshakes from his fellow defenders.

FT Glens 3 Talbot 0

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC: 1. David Wilson 2. Craig Pettigrew 3. Alan Cairns 4. Craig Menzies 5. Ryan McChesney ( 15. Cameron Marlow) 6. Ally Park 7. Dale Moore 8. Findlay Frye 9. Mick McCann (12. Joe Andrew) 10. Lee Gallacher (14. Dan Orsi) 11. Matthew Reilly Subs 16. 17. Ryan Nisbet 18. Craig Burns (gk)

AUCHINLECK TALBOT: 1. Andy Leishman 2. William Lyle 3. Gordon Pope 4. Neill McPherson 5. Craig McCracken 6. Gareth Armstrong 7. Dwaye Hyslop 8. Stephen Wilson (12. Jamie Glasgow) 9. Graham Wilson 10. Keir Samson (14. Bryan Boylan) 11. Mark Shankland (15. Kieran Healy). Subs: 16. Jack McDowall 17. Aiden Wilson.

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Glenafton 4 Larkhall 1

  • Sat 09 NOV 2019 KO 2:00 pm
  • Ardagh Group West of Scotland Cup| 1st round
  • Loch Park, New Cumnock
  • Glenafton Athletic 4 (4) |Cameron 2, Orsi, McChesney
  • Larkhall Thistle 1 (0)|Cuthbertson

Glens made seven changes to the side that started against Banks O’ Dee last Saturday in came Craig Burns, Edward Campbell, Ryan McChesney, Cameron Marlow, Dan Orsi, Joe Andrew and Ryan Nisbet for David Wilson, Alan Cairns, Craig Pettigrew, Ally Park, Mick McCann, Matthew Reilly and Lee Gallacher.

A minute’s silence was held prior to kick-off to mark Remembrance Day.

Glens made the early running with the first chance coming from a Dale Moore corner kick that keeper David Cherry did well to get down and push it off the line before the ball was scrambled clear. The home side quickly recovered the ball and fed to Moore still wide on the left to float a ball to the back post for the incoming Dan Orsi to side foot into side netting. Thistle’s first chance also came from a corner kick that was headed on by Jack Currie followed by a diving header from defender Adam Boyle that fell into the arms of keeper Craig Burns. The keeper then pulled off a fine finger-tip save a shot blasted from the 18-yard line.

aa_cammy_marlowBack came Glens with lots of possession and crisp passing as they patiently built attacks and on 14 minutes their efforts were rewarded. Cammy Marlow (left) gathered the ball in the centre circle then squared it to Findlay Frye to clip a ball over the top for Dan Orsi to chase down the right flank before whipping it into the goalmouth where it ricocheted off a defender’s legs and fell for the inrushing Marlow to crack a fierce shot from 10 yards out which although the unfortunate keeper got a hand to it the ball bounced off the inside of the post and into the net.

Glens continued to press and a great run down the right by live-wire Ryan Nisbet earned a corner kick that was met at the near post by Ryan McChesney only for his looping header to dip over the bar. Nisbet, having given the defender a head start, won the race for a ball played down the left, then wrong-footed said defender at the edge of the box before chipping the ball into the box for the incoming Orsi only for his header to be comfortably saved by Cherry.

aa_dan_orsi_01The visitors responded and earned back-to-back corners kicks before the home side doubled their lead with a wonderfully worked goal on 28 minutes. Craig Menzies broke down a Thistle attack allowing Frye to snap up the loose ball and feed Nisbet to cleverly pick out Andrew in the centre circle who in turn threaded a perfectly weighted forward pass between two defenders for the overlapping Dan Orsi (right) to drive freely into the box before drilling the ball under the body of the keeper from 10 yards.

Six minutes later Glens extended their lead after Edward Campbell, deep on the left, rolled the ball back to Marlow who picked out Andrew on the left-hand side of the box. The striker held off a defender before pushing for the bye-line and whipping the ball into the box where Marlow pounced on a poor clearance to curl the ball home from 12 yards.

aa_a_mcchesney01It was all Glens and Cherry pulled off a good double save from Nisbet before the hosts added a fourth on the stroke of half time. Moore’s corner kick from the left was headed on and Menzies hunted down the loose ball to turn and fire a low shot through a ruck of players only for Cherry to get down low and push it away.

Frye recovered the ball on the outskirts of the box and slipped it to Moore still in the vicinity of the corner to float a great ball into the edge of the six yard box where Ryan McChesney (left) beat keeper and defender to the cross and bullet home a close range header.

HT Glens 4 Larkhall 0

Although the Glens started off on front foot turning possession in to clear cut chances was proving difficult. Nisbet continued to be a thorn in the Jags side with crosses into the box but Cherry’s  handling was sound.

Credit to Thistle, who were enjoying a decent unbeaten run of form, were determined to take something from the game. Half-hearted claims for a penalty were waved away after a cross into the box missed its target and the ball bounced up onto Campbell’s body.

The visitors’ luck deserted them again soon after. Billy Wilson and Jack Currie combined well down for the former to advance deep into the box and cut the ball back and tee up a ferocious shot from Bartoz Mackiewicz only for keeper Craig Burns to pull off a superb save. Undeterred the big striker fought to win the ball back and from a closer ranger beat the keeper only to be foiled by Menzies headed clearance of the line.

Glens still looked dangerous on the break particularly from the relentless runs of Nisbet another of which set up Moore with a shot from the edge of the box which Cherry took the sting out of with both hands. The home side a couple of changes with Alan Cairns coming on for Edward Campbell and Matthey Reilly for Kyle McAusland.

Another mazy run from Nisbet saw him waltz into the box and lash a low angled shot hat pulled off a decent reflex save from the keeper. Soon after he was tripped on the outskirts of the box and although Cairns curled the resulting free-kick round the wall Cherry got down low to punch the ball to safety.

On 77 minutes Larkhall’s efforts were finally rewarded. After a break into the Glens box had been repelled back came Thistle with another attempt and although this too was cleared the ball fell for substitute Mark Cuthbertson on the 18 yard line to crack an unstoppable shot that beat the airborne Burns before smashing off the underside of the bar the ball deflecting off the grounded goalie and into the net. Glens made their final change with Mick McCann coming on for Findlay Frye as the home side continued to threaten while Thistle too were eager to add to their tally but neither keeper was to beaten again.

FT Glens 4 Larkhall 1

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC: 1. Craig Burns 2. Kyle McAusland (14. Matthew Reilly) 3. Edward Campbell (16. Alan Cairns) 4. Craig Menzies 5. Ryan Mcchesney 6. Cameron Marlow 7. Findlay Frye (12. Mick McCann) 8. Dale Moore 9. Joe Andrew 10. Dan Orsi 11. Ryan Nisbet. Subs: 15. Lee Gallacher 19. David wilson (gk)

LARKHALL THISTLE: 1. David Cherry 2.  Ben Fraser 3. Adam Boyle 4. Kyle Stewart 5. Craig Dickson 6.           Dylan. O’Hagan (Dawson ) 7. Shaun Gallagher 8. Warren Grenfell 9. Billy Wilson (15. Mark Cuthbertson) 10. Bartoz Mackiewicz 11. Jack Currie

 

 

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Glenafton 2 Banks O’ Dee 1

  • Sat 02 NOV 2019 KO 2:00 pm
  • Macron Scottish Junior Cup| 3rd round
  • Loch Park, New Cumnock
  • Glenafton Athletic 2 (0) |Andrew, Orsi
  • Banks O’ Dee 1 (1) |K. Winton

The Glens made two changes to the eleven that started against Rob Roy with Craig Menzies and Ally Park replacing Dan Orsi and Cameron Marlow for this Scottish Junior Cup 3rd round tie with Banks O’ Dee, in the first meeting between the two clubs.

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The home side started brightly with Dale Moore’s shot from 20 yards pulling off a good save from keeper Andy Shearer.   Glens looked lively on both flanks with Lee Gallacher on the right and Matthew Reilly on the left, the young midfielder time and again turning defenders as he drove for the bye-line before cutting the ball back into the box.

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Matthew Reilly on the move

On 11 minutes Findlay Frye gathered the ball at the edge of box and forced his way forward between two defenders, before all three on the ground and the Glens midfielder’s appeal for a penalty waved away.  Meanwhile the keeper retrieved the loose ball and launched it up the left flank for Robert Armstrong to chase and burst into the box only for Craig Menzies to make a superb tackle before he could square to Ryan Hall for a tap in.

Stuart Duff then broke down a Glens move in the middle of the park and Dee broke upfield where Kane Winton won his side the first corner kick of the game. It was Winton that got the jump on the Glens defence to head home the opening goal on 13 minutes.

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Kane Winton heads home opener

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Four minutes later Duff threaded a great diagonal ball into the box for Mark Gilmour to cut in from the right only for keeper David Wilson to rush from his line and dive at Gilmour’s feet to get a hand to the ball and deflect it off the midfielder’s shin for a goal kick.

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David Wilson saves at the feet of Mark Gilmour

Back came the hosts and Ally Park picked out Moore on the outskirts of the left-hand side of the box who took a touch before skipping past a defender and curling a shot from 20 yards that whizzed past the post. Soon after another Reilly rush down the left earned the Glens their first of three corner kicks in quick succession all of which the Dee defence handled stoutly including one that Kyle McAusland tried to force home at the back post.

Hall did well to set up Michael Philipson to tee up a shot from just inside the box before Alan Cairns made a timely tackle to clear the danger.  Glens responded with Reilly and McCulloch combining down the left to win another corner kick which Shearer rushed from his line to punch clear with both fists.

On 24 minutes Winton’s long ball down the right was chased down by the lively Philipson who quickly inside leaving a trail of defenders in his wake before drilling a low shot from the edge of the “D” that lacked the power to test Wilson. However, this sparked a spell of pressure that delivered Dee three consecutive corner kicks one of which Mick McCann’s defensive header off the line denied Gilmour a certain goal.

The game continued to rage in traditional Junior cup style and inevitably a couple of flash points that resulted in yellow cards which were accepted without too much of a fuss.

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Andy Shearer touches Dale Moore’s shot round the post

On 34 minutes Gallacher switched play from right to left to match Moore’s run for the far side of the box. Here he gathered the ball before wrong footing a defender and curling a shot past another that appeared to evade the diving keeper at full stretch only to sneak inches wide of the back post. In fact the keeper was adjudged to get his finger tips to the ball and a corner was awarded. This was cleared only for Glens to regain possession and continue to press without success.

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Andy Shearer and Matthew Reilly

Play continued to flow or perhaps grind from end to as both teams gave all in the run up to the break in a cracking cup-tie.

HT Glens 0 Dee 1

Glens enjoyed the early pressure but Dee always looked dangerous on the break with slick passing and making good use of both flanks. On 54 minutes Winton pushed forward and picked out Ryan Hall’s run to the back post for a tap in it seemed, only for keeper David Wilson to rush from his line to rob the striker with an outstretched leg.

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Wison in action again

Back came Glens through Craig Menzies floating the ball into a busy box which was headed clear  to the feet of Findlay Frye who quickly squared the ball to substitute Dan Orsi to blast a shot from 22 yards that cannoned off the keeper’s chest before fellow sub Joe Andrew pounced on the loose ball to fire home from 6 yards out. The tie now all square on 70 minutes.

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Joe Andrew blasts home the equaliser

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Andrew came close to adding a second on 73 minutes after turning in the box and lashing an angled shot from 12 yards that beat the air-borne keeper but sailed just wide of target. On 79 minutes the home side’s efforts were rewarded with Reilly the architect through another determined run down the left flank before whipping a superb ball into the box where Andrew’s header was met by the incoming Dan Orsi to bullet home a header for 2-1.

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Dan Orsi heads Glens into the lead

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Glens continued to threaten and on 84 minutes Frye’s shot from 15 yards whizzed over the bar.  A minute later however Dee earned a penalty kick after Ally Park brought Winton down in the box. Up stepped Stuart Duff to smack the ball firmly only for Wilson at full stretch to magnificently push the ball round the post.

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David Wison saves Stuart Duff’s spot kick

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In the closing minutes the Glens survived a couple of dangerous forays by the Dee, one ending in the safe hands of Wilson the other cleared by Craig Pettigrew after an almighty scramble deep in the box.

An enthralling Scottish Junior Cup tie came to a close with Glens coming from behind to progress to the 4th round.

FT Glens 2 Dee 1

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GLENAFTON ATHLETIC: 1. David Wilson 2. Kyle McAusland 3. Alan Cairns 4. Craig Menzies 5. Craig Pettigrew 6. Ally Park 7. Dale Moore (14. Dan Orsi) 8. Findlay Frye 9. Mick McCann 10. Matthew Reilly 11. Lee Gallacher (12. Joe Andrew) Subs not used:  15. Cameron Marlow 16. Ryan Nisbet 17. Craig Burns (gk)

BANKS O’ DEE: 1. Andy Shearer 2. Kacper Lewecki 3. Dean Laurie 5. Greg Alexander 6. Kane Winton 7. Mark Gilmour (12. Jamie Buglass) 8. Stuart Duff 9. Ryan Hall 10. Michael Philipson (15. Lachie MacLeod) 11. Robert Armstrong (16. Max Scoular)  Subs not used: 14. Neale Allan 16. Josh Winton 21. Vitali Sahhalevsit (gk).

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Glenafton 3 Kirkintilloch 1

  • Sat 19 OCT  2019 KO 2:00 pm
  • McBookie.com West Region Premiership| Match 13
  • Loch Park, New Cumnock
  • Glenafton Athletic 3 (0) |Reilly, McCann, Moore
  • Kirkintilloch Rob Roy 1 (1) |o.g.

Glenafton made five changes to the eleven that started against Rossvale with Alan Cairns, Kyle McAusland, Cammy Marlow, Mick McCann and Matthew Reilly replacing Craig Menzies, Edward Campbell, Ryan McChesney, Ally Park and Ryan Nisbet.

aa_lee_gallacherThe Glens looked lively from the start with former Rabs midfielder Lee Gallacher (left) in the thick of the action. His first corner kick of the game was palmed away from under the bar by keeper John Hutchison. Gallacher then picked out Matthew Reilly in the box to blast a low angled shot that Hutchison did well to push away with both hands.  He then gathered a ball on the right from Dan Orsi before slipping it into the box for Findlay Frye to run on to and crack a low drive that beat the keeper only for it to crash off the post and rebound at speed towards Mick McCann and despite his best efforts his header sailed over the bar.

The Rabs were only seen in flashes as an attacking force. Martin McBride curled a wicked free kick from 30 yards out that keeper David Wilson punched wide of target and the corner that followed was cleared.

Back came Glens through Craig Pettigrew driving forth before clipping a forward pass for McCann to dummy and Frye to collect, burst into the box and shoot only for an alert Hutchison to block the ball an outstretched foot. His counterpart Wilson had to be equally alert to rush from his line to dive at the feet of Ewan MacPherson after a good break down the left. Kyle McAusland broke down another Rabs attack just inside the Glens’ half before driving forward and unleashing a shot from 30 yards out that whizzed past the post.

Glens continued to press with some excellent build up play. On 35 minutes Orsi played a peach of long through ball into the box for Frye and in a flash, he turned an cracked a low shot that beat the keeper only for Scott Forrester to hook clear from 2 yards shy of the goal-line.

Unbelievably, a minute later the Rabs broke the deadlock with a stroke of good fortune. MacPherson’s header from a corner-kick took a deflection which Wilson did well to get down low to push off the post only for the ball to then to deflect off Dan Orsi and end up in his own net.

With their tails up the Rabs went in search of a second and four minutes before the break MacPherson gathered a long ball down the left at the corner flag, cut inside past a defender before striking a sweet shot that an air-borne pushed away with both hands.

HT Glens 0 Rabs 1

aa_matthew_reilly_02The half-time oranges rejuvenated the Glens zest. Dale Moore fashioned a fine volley in a packed box from a Gallacher’s corner only for the ball to dip inches over the bar. Both sides exchanged corner-kicks before the home side drew level on 52 minutes. Wilson’s goal kick was headed on by McCann and the ball snapped up by Gallacher on the outskirts of the right-hand side of the box where he took 3 defenders out of play before squaring the ball for McCann to hit first time from 18 yards only for the ball to strike a defender. An alert Matthew Reilly (left) pounced on the loose ball and although the advancing keeper got a hand to his shot the ball took another bounce or two before crossing the line.

Glenafton Athletic squad (5)Two minutes later the home side stormed into the lead. Pettigrew picked up the ball deep in his own half and motored forward through the middle with Gallacher to the right matching his run on the overlap. However, with defenders continuing to back off the elegant defender progressed to the outskirts of the box and rather than feed the overlapping Gallacher he clipped the ball into the heart of the box for the incoming Moore and although couldn’t connect the ball run on freely for the inrushing Mick McCann (left) to guide the ball past the keeper from 8 yards out.

aa_dale_moore_01Rob Roy were rocked and the Glens were stroking the ball about in style and on 58 minutes they extended their lead with another wonderfully worked goal. From a throw-in deep on the right the ball was played back to Cameron Marlow who curled a magnificent ball over the top of defenders for the beckoning Reilly to kill it dead at the corner of the penalty box. He then threaded a short pass to Dale Moore (right) at the edge of the six yard box and with his back to goal along with a defender for company, he wheeled round and from 12 yards lashed an unstoppable shot into the far corner of the net.

The visitors slowly recovered from the six minute three goal blitz and fashioned some decent half chances with MacPherson in particular putting in a good shift.

Glens came close to adding a fourth after Orsi and McCann combined to set Marlow up for a powerful shot from the edge of the box that was well saved by Hutchison and the loose ball eventually scrambled clear.  The Rabs responded with a free kick from wide on the left floated to the back post but Jay McInally’s header sneaked wide of the target. At the other end Reilly’s close-range header from Gallacher’s cross suffered the same fate.

Half chances came and went but there was to be no further scoring.

FT  Glens 3 Rabs 1

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC: 1 David Wilson 2. Dan Orsi ( 12. Ryan McChesney) 3. Alan Cairns 4. Kyle McAusland 5. Craig Pettigrew 6. Cameron Marlow (14. Edward Campbell) 7. Findlay Frye 8. Dale Moore 9. Mick McCann 10. Matthew Reilly 11. Lee Gallacher Subs: 15. Ally Park, 16. Craig Potter, 17. Craig Burns (gk).

KIRKINTILLOCH ROB ROY: 1. John Hutchison,2. Scott Walker,3. Jordan Currie-McLean 4. Scott Forrester 5. Daniel O’Halloran 6. Tommy Martin (15. David Green) 7. Grant Brennan (14. Sam Mackenzie) 8. Martin McBride 9. Jay McInally (12. Gary Carroll) 10. Ewan MacPherson 11. Alan Kelly Sub(s): 16. Michael Tuohy 17. David Gray

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Glenafton 1 Rossvale 2

  • Sat 12 OCT  2019 KO 2:00 pm
  • McBookie.com West Region Premiership| Match 12
  • Loch Park, New Cumnock
  • Glenafton Athletic 1 (0) |Pettigrew
  • Rossvale 2 (2) |McGonigle, S. Higgins

A GAME TO DRAW A VALE OVER FOR GLENS

Prior to kick-off both teams joined in the centre circle to show their support for the “Show Racism the Red Card” campaign as part of Junior football day of action.

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With Kyle McAusland and Joe Andrew unavailable for selection Glens made two changes to the eleven that started against Beith last week bringing in Ryan McChesney and Ryan Nisbet.

Glenafton welcomed Rossvale to Loch Park in the first ever meeting between the two clubs, the Bishopbriggs side now managed by former Glenafton player David Gormley.

Visitors Vale got off to a flying start with a goal on 2 ½ minutes after Joe Slattery broke down the right to pick out Sean Higgins in the box who quickly squared the ball for Liam McGonigle. He took a touch to Anthony Higgins but his shot at goal came off McGonigle who then cleverly controlled the ball before giving keeper David Wilson no chance from a few yards out.

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Liam McGonigle opens the scoring

Soon after Del McNab cut into the box from the left-hand side and played a neat one-two with Anthony Higgins before firing a shot from a narrow angle that beat Wilson at his near post and slipped inches wide of the back post. The movement of the pair continued to trouble the Glens defence.

The home side were struggling to get their passing game going and were often bogged down in the middle of the park while any attacks were mopped up by a defiant defence ably supported by Thomas Sinclair who would go on to have an outstanding game.

On 11 minutes however Ryan Nisbet outleapt the centre backs to get on the end of a Craig Menzies cross into the box only for his powerful looping header from 15 yards to be pushed over the bar by both hands of keeper Jamie Donnelly. The goalie then towered above attackers and defenders to punch the resulting corner kick well clear, again with both hands.

After breaking down the left wing A. Higgins picked out McGonigle’s run into the far side of the penalty box only for his cut-back to be blocked for a corner kick which ended with McNab’s knock-on being squeezed inches wide by Sean Higgins under pressure from Wilson.

On 15 minutes the lively McNab burst into the box only for Ryan McChesney to time his tackle to perfection and the striker’s appeals for a spot kick waved away. Minutes later McChesney mishit a clearance straight to McGonigle but he skewed his shot well wide of target leaving both players with their head in their hands.

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Dan Orsi and Anton McDowall challenge for the ball

Vale continued to move the ball about quickly while Glens laboured. However just as the Glens enjoyed a spell pressure resulting in back-to-back corner kicks the visitors doubled their lead. Donnelly’s long clearance into the Glens box fell for A. Higgins who tumbled after contact by defender Edward Campbell.  Namesake Sean Higgins slammed home the spot-kick beyond Wilson at full stretch to make it 2-0 on 26 minutes.

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Sean Higgins slams home spot kick

On the half hour mark Glens replaced defender Ryan McChesney with striker Mick McCann, with right full back Craig Menzies now partnering Craig Pettigrew in the centre of defence and Dan Orsi dropping back to the right back.  Four minutes later Nisbet picked out McCann just inside the box and his flashing header had keeper Donnelly scurrying across his line as the ball bounced just off target.

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Mick McCann wins the header

At the other end McNab broke free into the box forcing Wilson to rush from his line only for back-tracking Menzies to nick the ball from his feet.

Lee Gallacher and Dan Orsi began to see more of the ball down the flanks and together won a couple of corner kicks that were well defended, with Sinclair the driving force.

Vale still enjoyed the occasional break and Wilson showed safe hands to hold A. Higgins’ curled shot from the edge of the box.

Back came Glens through a lightning break down the left by Nisbet only to be scythed down by the back-tracking Anton MacDowall with no action other than a free-kick which was headed cleared and the ball eventually recovered by Nisbet to initiate another attack that concluded with a yellow card for a “dive” by the striker.

HT Glens 0 Rossvale 2

Glens made a change at the start of the second half with Ally Park making way for Cameron Marlow.

The home side started the half brightly and Donnelly was quickly called into action to punch away a dangerous cross from Orsi. At the other end Pettigrew outjumped McGonigle to head clear a free-kick floated into the box.

Back came Glens and McCann slipped a short pass to Findlay Frye in the “D” with Peter Bradley at his back and in a flash, he turned to thunder a shot that was pushed round the post spectacularly by Donnelly.

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Gallacher’s corner kick was won in the air by Pettigrew and the loose ball fell into a pack of players congregated on the edge of the six-yard box where it was recovered by Dan Orsi. He then shielded the ball before slipping it back to Pettigrew who from 8 yards out drilled a low shot through the pack, past Donnelly and two defenders on the goal-line to halve the deficit on 55 minutes.

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Craig Pettigrew makesit 2-1

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Craig congratulates Craig

Rossvale replaced goal scorer McGonigle with Gary Giffen and he was soon in the thick of it with a fine pass inside to Sean Higgins to fire a screamer of a shot from 25 yards out that whizzed inches wide of the post, although Wilson’s seemed to have it covered.

The game was punctuated by free-kicks and the Vale fell off the pace for a spell as Glens pressed for an equaliser without however creating any chances from open play other than speculative shots from the outskirts of the box from Nisbet and Gallacher.

A couple of half chances came their way from set pieces including a free kick floated into the box where Slattery did enough to prevent Moore from getting a touch at the back post. The resulting corner-kick had the home side claiming for a spot-kick after David Leadbetter pushed Pettigrew to the ground; the referee deciding the infringement occurred before the corner had been taken.

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waiting on the free-kick

Vale threatened on the break and Slattery’s sweet strike from 25 yards deflected off Menzies and just wide of the post which was followed by back-to-back corner kicks for the visitors before the Glens regained the offensive. On 70 minutes the visitors brought on Jackson Biggar for Sinclair, his hard shift was over.

Try as they might Glens could not convert possession into attempts at goal and with ten minutes to go the task on hand took a blow after they were reduced to 10 men following Ryan Nisbet’s second yellow card after raising an arm in a tackle on Slattery.

Both sides made changes with Glens bringing on Alan Cairns for Edward Campbell and Vale replacing Anthony Higgins with Paul Brennan.

On 83 minutes Gallacher’s free kick deep into the box saw Donnelly and McDowall combine to force the ball wide as Moore threatened and the corner kick that followed was mopped up.

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Dale Moore goes close

Five minutes later it was Orsi’s cross from tight on the right that had Moore and McDowall challenging for the ball at the back post again only for the Glens man to be penalised. Four minutes into added time another Gallacher free kick was well defended in what proved to be the last action of the match.

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FT Glens 1 Rossvale 2

Glenafton Athletic: 1. David Wilson 2: Craig Menzies 3. Edward Campbell 4. Ryan McChesney (12. Mick McCann) 5. Craig Pettigrew 6. Ally Park (15. Cameron Marlow) 7. Dan Orsi 8. Findlay Frye 9.  Ryan Nisbet 10. Dale Moore 11. Lee Gallacher Subs Not used: Craig Burns (gk)

Rossvale: 1. Jamie Donnelly 2. Anton McDowall 3. David Leadbetter 4. Gary McGrath 5. Peter Bradley 6. Thomas Sinclair (12. Jackson Biggar) 7. Liam McGonigle (17. Gary Giffin) 8. Joe Slattery 9. Derek McNab 10. Sean Higgins 11. Anthony Higgins (15. Paul Brennan) Subs 14. Scott Davidson 16. Curtis Rose

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Glenafton 4 Beith 1

  • Sat 05 OCT  2019 KO 2:00 pm
  • McBookie.com West Region Premiership| Match 11
  • Loch Park, New Cumnock
  • Glenafton Athletic 4 (0) |Orsi 2, Moore, Frye
  • Beith Juniors 1 (0) |Frize

Glenafton made two changes to the eleven that started against West Calder last Saturday with Alan Cairns and Cameron Marlow replaced by Edward Campbell and Ally Park.

Although the first half was played at a lively pace there were few clear-cut chances on offer to break the deadlock. Beith looked the more lively in the early exchanges with the best of the chances falling to Paul Frize the first of which saw the midfielder force his way deep into box before firing wide and the second his powerful run through the middle ended with his equally powerful shot from 22 yards whizzing inches wide of the post.  The Glens showed their teeth later in the half with Dan Orsi cutting in from wide on the right before curling a shot from the corner of the box which bulged the side netting while Lee Gallacher’s free-kick from the edge of the “D” beat the wall before dipping inches over the bar.

HT Glens 0 Beith 0

aa_dan_orsi_01The home side made the breakthrough on 51 minutes after Dan Orsi (above) gathered the ball and with defender Conner McGlinchey on his tail drilled a low angled shot from 22 yards out, beyond the outstretched arm of diving goalie Stephen Grindlay and into the corner of the net.

With their tails up the Glens played some wonderful stuff turning defence into attack with slick and timely passing. Craig Pettigrew cut out a ball on the edge of his own box before driving forward and threading a long upfield pass to Joe Andrew to touch back to Findlay Frye who quickly played it forward to Dale Moore for the midfielder to brilliantly disguise a dummy and let the ball run on for Lee McCulloch bursting down the right on the overlap and into the box only for his final ball, aimed for Orsi, to be cut out by the keeper.

Soon after Kyle McAusland, deep in his own half, nicked the ball from the lively Joe Bradley and the loose ball gathered by Frye who played it down the right for McAusland on the overlap and in turn he picked out Gallacher who with quick feet  bamboozled two defenders before completing his one-two with McAusland for the defender to whip a wicked ball into box which the alert Grindlay safely held as the incoming Frye threatened.

Some respite for the visitors as Kier Milliken’s perseverance on the left hand side of the Glens box saw him hold defenders off before hooking a high ball over to the far side of the box where Darren Christie let it take a bounce before cracking a powerful net-bound volley only for Edward Campbell to make a brave block.

Play continued at a frantic pace. Back came the Glens through McAusland’s long clearance down the right wing for Gallacher to hunt down then drive into the box, hold up the ball before squaring it for the inrushing Frye only for Grindlay to push his shot wide of the post.

The relentless attacking play paid off on 56 minutes when Dan Orsi doubled the home side’s lead after holding off defender Ryan Docherty at the right hand corner of the penalty box before turning and unleashing another powerful low drive that flew past the diving Grindlay and into the same corner of the net as his first goal.

Beith halved the deficit on 67 minutes after McGlinchey’s free kick from deep in his own half into the Glens’ box was chased down by substitute Kenny McLean to cut it back to Bradley on the left who lofted a great ball into the box for Paul Frize to leap and bullet a header into the far corner of the net.

aa_dale_moore_01The home side restored their two-goal cushion four minutes later. Gallacher holding up the ball wide on the right and timing his short pass inside for McAusland to take a touch or two before sending a peach of the ball from the right hand corner of the penalty box to the left hand corner of the six yard box for the unmarked Orsi to send a perfectly cushioned header square across the face of goal for Dale Moore to meet on the drop and give the keeper no chance from close range.

Beith had a couple of chances from set pieces but both headers, one from Sean McIroy and the other from Kevin Green were off target.

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FT Glens 4 Beith 1

Glenafton Athletic: 1. David Wilson 2. Kyle McAusland 3. Edward Campbell 4. Craig Menzies 5. Craig Pettigrew 6. Ally Park 7. Dan Orsi 8. Findlay Frye 9. Joe Andrew 10. Dale Moore 11. Lee Gallacher (12. Ryan Nisbet). Subs 14. Ryan McChesney 15. Alan Cairns 16. Craig Burns (gk)

Beith Juniors: Stephen Grindlay 2. Conner McGlinchey 3. Ryan Docherty 4. Kevin Green 5. John Sheridan (15. Lawrence McMahon) 6. Jamie Wilson (14. Darren Ramsay) 7. Darren Christie 8. Paul Frize 9. Sean McIlroy (16. Kenny McLean) 10. Keir Milliken 11. Joe Bradley

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Glenafton 13 West Calder 0

  • Sat 28 SEP  2019 KO 2:30 pm
  • Macron Scottish Junior Cup |2nd Round
  • Loch Park, New Cumnock
  • Glenafton Athletic 13 (7)
    • Pettigrew, OG, McAusland, Moore 3, Orsi 2, Marlow, Frye 2, Nisbet 2
  • West Calder 0 (0)

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GLENS TAKE THE BISCUIT WITH A BAKER’S DOZEN.

Glenafton made two changes to the eleven that started at Kilbirnie last week with Ally Park and Matthew Reilly making way for Dan Orsi and Matthew Reilly.

Glenafton’s constant pressure and clinical finishing put a young and gallant West Calder side to the sword at Loch Park with seven unanswered goals in the first half and six in the second.  Craig Pettigrew opened the scoring on 13 minutes with a thundering shot from 30 yards plus that gave keeper Ian Moffat no chance, a screamer to register his first competitive goal for the club.

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Two minutes later Kyle McAusland’s cut back from the bye-line was turned into his own net by the unfortunate Jack Wood. On 20 minutes  McAusland volleyed home a third from the corner of the six yard box high into the opposite top corner of the net.

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Three minutes later Lee Gallacher’s powerful to the bye-line on the left hand side of the box ended with his cut-back into the box eventually falling for Dale Moore on the 18 yard line to whack a shot through a crowded box to bulge the net with some force.

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Three minutes after that, Moore turned provider to clip the ball from deep on the left hand side of the box to the back post where Dan Orsi ghosted in to guide the ball home.

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Further chances came and went, including Gallacher’s goal disallowed for offside, before Cameron Marlow made it 6-0 on 42 minutes from 7 yards;  stroking home an inch perfect square ball from Craig Menzies.

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A minute later Orsi whipped in a dangerous ball from the right into the goalmouth which was misjudged by the keeper resulting in the ball rolling over the line.

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HT Glens 7 West Calder 0

West Calder brought on Andrew Dunnet for Ian Moffat, their only substitute and the young keeper was soon in the thick of the action as Glens continued to turn the screw through chances from Andrew. Credit to the visitors as they looked to build a couple of attacks of their own. On 50 minutes Jai Smith’s low-angled shot from the right whizzed wide of the far post and soon after McAusland and Menzies combined to block out Joseph Johnson.  Tired legs at the back however ended with Jack Wood tripping Dale Moore in the box before Findlay Frye fired home the spot kick to make it 8-0 on 56 minutes.

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Glens brought on fresh legs with Alan Cairns and Joe Andrew making way for Edward Campbell and Ryan Nisbet.  On the hour mark the latter threaded a ball into the box for Frye to chase down only for the Dunnet to rush from his line and force him wide with a posse of defenders in pursuit, however  he kept his cool to roll the ball back for Dale Moore to pick his spot from 8 yards out.

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Although the Glens remained ruthless in attack West Calder kept their heads and determined in their pursuit of a consolation and on 63 minutes came close to being rewarded.  Johnson’s angled shot from deep in the box forced keeper David Wilson into a fine save at the near post and McAusland’s timely tackled denied the incoming Andy Kennedy from forcing the loose ball in at the back post.  Glens broke upfield where Jack Frame’s trip on Nisbet in the box earned the home side a second penalty.  Although Dunnet came within a whisker of getting his hand to Frye’s kick low to the keeper’s right hand post the Glens were now ten up on 65 minutes.

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Some West Calder players were now suffering from cramp or knocks they had picked and with no substitutes admirably soldiered on. On 70 minutes Moore run through on goal and shot past the advancing keeper to complete his hat-trick before  being replaced by Ryan McChesney.

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During another frantic spell the home side created several other chances without adding to their tally while at the other end Pettigrew and McChesney held off a dual attack from Fisher and Johnson, the latter’s appeal for a push in the box waved away. On 84 minutes  Ryan Nisbet charged down the ball before racing into the box and rifling a terrific shot into the roof of the net for his first Glenafton goal.

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Two minutes later he bagged his brace after Dunnet pulled off a brilliant block from a close range Orsi effort only for the ball to fall for Nisbet just inside the penalty box to bullet a low shot through a ruck of players and into the net to make it 13-0 and complete the scoring.

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FT Glens 13 West Calder 0

The tally falls one short of the Glens record of 14-0 recorded in season 2015/16 in a Scottish Junior Cup 1st round tie at home to Newmachar United.

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GLENAFTON ATLETIC: 1. David Wilson 2. Kyle McAusland 3. Alan Cairns (16. Edward Campbell) 4. Craig Menzies 5. Craig Pettigrew 6. Findlay Frye 7. Dale Moore (14. Ryan McChesney) 8. Cameron Marlow 9. Joe Andrew (12. Ryan Nisbet) 10. Dan Orsi 11. Lee Gallacher Subs Not Used:  15. Matthew Reilly 17. Craig Burns (gk)

WEST CALDER UNITED:  1. Ian Moffat (13. Andrew Dunnet) 2. Connor Campbell 3. Andrew Kennedy 4. Adam McKinstry 5. Jack Wood 6. Jamie Campbell 7. Jai Smith 8. Jack Frame 9. James Fisher 10. Joseph Johnson 11. Jamie Staniard

 

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Thank you Brian

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Glenafton Athletic can confirm that goalkeeper Brian McGarrity is hanging up his gloves after being side-lined following  another serious injury at the start of the season. This is devastating news for Brian, the club and its supporters. Everyone at the club appreciates this has been a painful and emotional decision for Brian  to make. We hope by way of consolation that Brian   realises the huge impact he has made at the Glens, both on and off the park, and that he and his family will have happy memories to look back on as well as a clutch of medals.

Brian first caught the eye of Glenafton supporters in a league game for Annbank United almost 10 years ago in season 2010/11 when he saved a penalty from Craig McEwan on his Glens debut at New Pebble Park.  He had also caught the eye of Auchinleck Talbot and moved to Beechwood the following season as cover to Andy Leishman where in the   Evening Times Cup Winners Cup Quarter-final he saved two Glens spot-kicks to ensure the home side won the shoot-out.

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Brian at Annbank denying Bo Armstrong

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Brian at Annbank saving a penalty from Craig McEwan on his Glens debut

 

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Brian at Talbot denying John Dempster

Brian joined Glenafton at the start of Season 2013/14 and made his debut in the Ardagh Cup Sectional match in a narrow 3-2 defeat at Beechwood, a deflected own goal winning it for Talbot two minutes from time. In the last game of the season he earned his first Glens medal, as runners-up in the Scottish Junior Cup final. Brian’s first honour came at the start of the following season in the Ardagh Cup, a competition they seem destined to exit at the Quarter-final stage after trailing 2-0 away at Whitletts Victoria. However, two late goals forced a penalty shoot-out and incredibly Brian saved four-in-a-row to put the Glens through. A clean sheet in the final against Talbot saw the Glens run out 2-0 winners.

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Penalty shoot-out heroics at Whitletts

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Ardagh Cup Winners

The next cup final was also against Auchinleck Talbot in the Scottish Junior Cup final of 2016/17 at Rugby Park.  Brian kept a clean sheet from the 3rd round through to the two-legged semi-final against the strongly fancied Bonnyrigg Rose – 6 games in total before the 2-1 victory over Talbot at Rugby Park.

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Keeping a clean sheet at Bonnyrigg

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Scottish Junior Cup winner against Talbot

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By that time Glens had already been crowned West Region Premier Champions and went on to win The Evening Times League Champions Cup where Brian kindly stepped aside to allow back up keeper Blair Lochhead to play.

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Winning the League at Rob Roy

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Champion Celebrations

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Champions Cup

The following Glenafton gained entry to the William Scottish Cup and progressed through two Preliminary Rounds and then the 1st and 2nd rounds proper where clean sheets were delivered. In the 3rd round the Glens gave a great account of themselves before losing 2-0 away to Championship side Livingston, who would go on to win promotion to the Premier Division.

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Scottish Cup against the Livi Lions

Last season Brian added a first to his Glens record when he scored a late winner in a West of Scotland Cup tie with a kick from his own box catching his counterpart off his line.

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Goalscoring celebrations against Lesmahagow

However, the season ended prematurely for him with injury forcing him to miss out in the last five games.  In his third game of this season injury struck again requiring Brian to be substituted at half time at Beechwood Park. Sadly, it seems his Glenafton career has come to a close where it began in a game against Auchinleck Talbot. In his six full seasons with  Glenafton Athletic he made 196 appearances and scored 1 goal; add the three appearances for this season he falls one short of two hundred appearances for the Glens.

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Game 199!

The final word comes manager Craig McEwan  “I am distraught to be putting this out there as not only has Brian been an excellent servant to the Glens but I have made a friend. Do not be a stranger mate and I hope you are about the place to allow me to keep pestering you to return.”

Thank you Brian

 

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Scottish Junior Cup celebrations

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Mix emotions at Champion Celebrations

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Proud Dad

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Coaching the kids

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2016/17 POTY Awards with Maggie Buchan

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Brian with George Capstick his Paying For The Jersey supportr for many seasons

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