Glenafton 4 Cumnock 2

  • West Region Premiership
  • Match 2
  • Loch Park, New Cumnock
  • Wednesday 8th August 2018, KO 7pm
  • GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 4  (3)
    • Dallas 2, Moore, Andrew
  • CUMNOCK JUNIORS

    • Patterson 2

Having lost the last three meetings with Cumnock Juniors last season the Glens looked in determined fashion to put an end to that losing streak.

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Dale Moore (left) Chris Dallas (top right) Joe Andrew (bottom right)

After a lively start the home side made the breakthrough on 20 minutes.Former Glenafton keeper Ally Semple launched a long ball up the right flank for Paul Burns but Alan Cairns beat him in the air and his downward header was immediately returned up the other end of the park high into the air by Craig Menzies. Cumnock’s back-tracking centre backs, with Glens front men Chris Dallas and Joe Andrew giving chase, had reached the edge of the box by the time the ball descended –James Lundie failed to trap the ball and although Richard Murray got a touch it was a poor one and Dallas stole the ball and slipped it past Semple into the net from 6 yards out. Glens continued to press and Dallas was giving the centre-backs a torrid time before carving out another couple of chances.

Cumnock threatened occasionally and Scott Anson shot at the near post slipped just wide of target.

Back came Glens and doubled their lead on 28 minutes with a goal made by Leon Murphy and finished by Dale Moore. Findlay Frye, deep in his own half, broke down a Cumnock attack and picked out Murphy with a peach of a pass. The midfielder wasted no time in driving forward, initially drifting wide right before cutting infield weaving past a blue shirt after blue shirt before being bundled down on the outskirts of the box only for the ball to fall into the path of Moore, arriving in the left had side of box at speed, to drive a low angled shot in at the far post.

Murphy was the architect of the third goal on 34 minutes after being picked out on the right hand side of the box before cutting inside to shake off the defender before curling a vicious shot that Semple could only parry away before Joe Andrew pounced to force the loose ball over the line from a few yards out.

Further chances came and went against the home side’s way against a rattled and unsettled ‘Nock defence but there was not further scoring before the break.

H/T Glens 3 Cumnock 0

The start of the second half was delayed for 40 minutes after a Cumnock supporter had taken unwell and thankfully later recovered.

Cumnock pulled a goal  back on 49 minutes after a free kick was floated in the box and a powerful glancing header from Robert Patterson, a summer signing from Girvan, flew into the net.

At the other end substitute Mick McCann shot was blocked by the legs of Semple and then smothered Dallas’s mishit attempt to bury the rebound. The keeper then safely held substitute Conor Lynass’s curled shot from outside the box.  His counterpart Brian McGarrity repeated that feat with an inventive shot from Sean McKenzie.  A long clearance from Semple saw he bounce of the ball beat two Glens defenders before it fell for Patterson who hooked a vicious shot that dipped inches over the bar.

Cumnock got themselves back into the game on 78 minutes with a well worked goal. Kyle Faulds drove through the middle of the park before slipping the ball out left to Stephen McKenna to clip the ball into the box where McKenzie’s header was met by the head of Patterson to guide it home beyond the reach of McGarrity.

The visitors’ hopes of salvaging a point were dashed four minutes later. McGarrity threw the ball out to full Alan Cairns on the left to push forward before hitting a cross-field pass that was dummied by Cameron Marlow allowing Chris Dallas to pick up the ball at the edge of the box and blast a right footed shot that Semple saved well but could nothing to prevent Dallas snapping up the loose ball and lash a left-footed shot into the net.

F/T Glens 4 Cumnock 2

Glenafton Athletic :1. Brian McGarrity 2. Ally Park 3. Alan Cairns 4. Craig Menzies 5. Kyle McAusland  6. Findlay Frye 7. Dale Moore  8. Cameron Marlow   9. Chris Dallas 10. Joe Andrew 11. Leon Murphy  Suns Used 12. Darren McLean 14. Mick McCann 15. Conor Lynass Subs Not Used 16. Kit Cummins  17. Craig Burns (gk)

Cumnock Juniors: 1.Ally Sample 2. Ray Montgomerie 3. Stevie Crawford 4. James Lundie 5, Richard Murray 6. Stephen McKenna 7. Paul Burns 8. Kyle Faulds 9. Scott Anson 10. Robert Patterson 11. Sean McKenzie Subs. 12. Keiren Wood 14. Gregory Ferry 15. Scott Dinwoodie 16. Andy Muir 17. Darren Johnson (gk)

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Hurlford 3 Glenafton 2

  • West Region Premiership
  • Match 1
  • Blair Park, Hurlford
  • Saturday 4th August 2018, KO 2pm
  • HURLFORD UNITED 3 (1)
    • Robertson, L.Caddis 2
  • GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 2 (2)
    • Marlow, Dallas

A week after the two sides had met in the opening game of the  West Region Sectional League Cup at Loch Park they met again, this time at Blair Park, in the opening game of the West Region Premiership campaign. The visitors took the lead midway through the first half with a goal from Cammy Marlow. Striker Chris Dallas doubled Glenafton’s advantage 10 minutes later only for Hurlford to halve the deficit through former Glens striker Ross Robertson on 40 minutes.   HT Hurlford 1 Glens 2

Robertson went down in the box  on 65 minutes earn the home side a hotly disputed penalty kick which was converted Liam Caddis. It was Caddis that struck what proved to be the winner in the dying minutes,

Glenafton Athletic :1. Brian McGarrity 2. Ally Park  3. Alan Cairns 4. Craig Menzies 5. Kyle McAusland  6. Findlay Frye 7. Dale Moore (15. Conor Lynass) 8. Cameron Marlow  (12. Darren McLean) 9. Chris Dallas 10. Joe Andrew (14. Mick McCann) 11. Leon Murphy  Subs Not Used 16. Robert Neil 17. Craig Burns (gk)

Hurlford United: 1. Chris Murchie 2. Adam Hodge 3. Richie McKillen 4. Ross Fisher 5. Chris Robertson 6. David Barron  7. Paul McKenzie 8.  Liam Caddis 9. Calum Watt 10. Ross Robertson 11. Jack Whittaker  Subs 12. M Reilly  14. Ryan Caddis 15. Paul Byrne 16. Mark Roberts 17. Nathan Baird

 

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Darvel 1 Glenafton 6

  • West Region Sectional League Cup
  • Group 4: Match 3
  • Recreation  Park, Darvel
  • Wednesday 1st August 2018, KO 7pm
  • DARVEL JUNIORS 1 (1)
  • GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 6 (3)
    • Murphy, Marlow, Dallas, McAusland, McCann, Andrew

In order to qualify for the knock-out stage Glenafton required to beat Darvel by 5 goals and hope that Hurlford and Auchinleck draw at Beechwood Park with Talbot winning the penalty shoot-out for the bonus point !

Glens gave starts to summer signing midfielder Leon Murphy and to Darren McLean signed from BSC Glasgow , who had signed earlier in the day. It was Murphy the put the Glens ahead with a super goal on 17 minutes. Cammy Marlow doubled their lead seven minutes later before Darvel halved it seven minutes after that. On  37 minutes Chris Dallas restored the two goal lead. Kyle McAusland  made it 4-1 soon after the restart and substitutes Mick McCann and Joe Andrew each scored to deliver the needed 5 goal deficit in a 6-1 victory. Unfortunately although Talbot and Hurlford were all square for a time, Dwayne Hyslop scored the winner for the home side to put them through to the last 32.

Glenafton Athletic 1. Brian McGarrity 2. Darren McLean 3. Alan Cairns 4. Craig Menzies 5. Kyle McAusland  6. Cameron Marlow 7. Dale Moore 8. Ally Park 9. Chris Dallas 10. Kit Cummins 11. Leon    Murphy Subs 12. Mick McCann 14. Joe Andrew 15. Conor Lynass 16. Findlay Frye 17. Craig Burns (gk)

Group 4 Other Match: Auchinleck Talbot 2 Hurlford United

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Glenafton 0 Auchinleck 3

  • West Region Sectional League Cup
  • Group 4: Match 2
  • Loch Park, New Cumnock
  • Monday 30th July 2018, KO 7pm
  • GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 0 (0)
  • AUCHINLECK TALBOT 3 (1)
    • Glasgow, G. Wilson, Kemp

The visitors took an early lead when Jamie Glasgow converted a great cross from wide on the left at the near post. There was little between the two sides in the remainder of the half but the second proved to be a different story as Talbot took control., with the Glens cause not helped my the loss of centre-back Ryan McChesney to injury. Graham Wilson doubled the visitors lead with a close header at the back post from a cross from the right hand touch-line and in the dying minutes a wonder strike from substitute Calvin Kemp made it 3-0.

Glenafton Athletic 1. Brian McGarrity 2. Kyle McAusland 3. Alan Cairns 4. Craig Menzies 5. Ryan McChesney 6. Findlay Frye 7. Conor Lynass 8. Ally Park 9. Mick McCann 10. Joe Andrew 11. Dale Moore Subs 12. Chris Dallas 14. Kit Cummins 15. Rhys Wallace (trialist) 16. Leon Murphy 17. Craig Burns (gk)

Auchinleck Talbot:  1. Andy Leishman 2. Willie Lyle 3. Gordon Pope 4. Neil McPherson 5. Ross Harvey 6. Stephen Wilson 7. Gareth Armstrong 8. Steven White 9. Graham Wilson 10. Mark Shankland 11. Jamie Glasgow Subs. 12.  Sean McIlroy 14. Calvin Kemp 15. Dwayne Hyslop 16. David Waite 17.Hewitt (gk)

Group 4 Other Match: Hurlford United 2 Darvel 0

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Glenafton 2 Hurlford 2 (3-2p)

  • West Region Sectional League Cup
  • Group 4: Match 1
  • Loch Park, New Cumnock
  • Saturday 28th July 2018, KO 2pm
  • GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 2 (1)
    • Dallas, Frye
  • HURLFORD UNITED 2 (1)
    • Whittaker, OG

GLENS BAG BONUS POINT AFTER  DRAW WITH ‘FORD

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Glenafton kicked off the new season playing host to Hurlford United in the newly introduced West Region Sectional League Cup which effectively unifies the Ayrshire Ardagh Sectional League Cup and Central Sectional League Cup competitions. Auchinleck Talbot and Darvel Juniors make up the four-team Group 4.

Glens welcomed back midfielder Findlay Frye to the starting line-up in his second spell at Loch Park after signing from Kilwinning Rangers in the summer. New faces on the bench were summer signings striker Kit Cummins and goalkeeper Craig Burns, along with Robert Neill of Glenafton U19s and trialist Rhys Wallace, currently back in Scotland from a soccer scholarship in the USA.

The Loch Park surface was looking in great nick and would be subjected to a gusty wind and sunny intervals between a range of showers from light to heavy.

Although Glens started brightly it was Hurlford that took the lead on 18 minutes after the visitors corner-kick was only partially cleared and the ball fell for Jack Whittaker to strike a low angled shot through a ruck of players that took deflection to wrong foot the keeper before ending in the net.

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The hosts came close to equalising three minutes later when Dale Moore got on the end of a free-kick at the back post only for keeper Chris Murchie to block his shot from a few yards and push the ball onto the bar. The keeper then blocked a low drive from Connor Lynass only for the Glens midfielder to pick up the rebound and set up Cammy Marlow with a shot that was blocked by Liam Caddis at the expense of a corner-kick, the first of three in quick succession that were cleared.

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On the half-hour mark player Paul McKenzie floated a free-kick into the box and the ball eventually fell for fellow former Glens player Ross Robertson to whip a vicious shot just wide of the far post. Glens were quickly on the back on the front foot. A ball played into the box by Alan Cairns for Joe Andrew was headed clear by former Glens player Richie McKillen and fell for Chris Dallas on the edge of ‘D’ and before centre-back Chris Robertson could close him down he hooked the ball into the pitch to send it skiffing across the surface (like a stane across the Afton without the ripples) before it squeezed between the keeper at full stretch and the post to tie the match on 35 minutes.

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Glens continued to press and two minutes from the break had a strong claim for a penalty as Chris Robertson grabbed a handful of Andrew’s jersey in the box, only for the striker to be flagged offside. The final chance of the half fell to the visitors through Caddis only for McGarrity to pull off a fine and push the shot from 18 yards round the post.

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The visitors forced an early corner which ended with Robertson’s close range being blocked by a sea of red shirts. Soon after the striker performed his defensive duties well as headed clear a Glens corner.  Ten minutes later the home side won another corner which although cleared heralded a period of pressure for the home side. Lynass won the race for a ball down the right drawing the keeper from his line who was then left in no man’s land as the midfielder cut the ball into the box and although McKilllen prevented it reaching its target of Dallas the ball fell for Andrew but as the striker tee-ed up his shot Chris Robertson made a fine tackle.

Minutes later Dallas’s header from a corner looped over the bar. Kyle McAusland combined with Andrew down the right to set up another attack but his effort was blocked and the ball fell for Findlay Frye in acres of space 25 yards from goal  – within a flash he took a touch before curling a shot that took a bounce before beating the keeper low at his right hand post; memories of Camelon Scottish Junior Cup semi-final came flooding back as the popular midfielder celebrated a goal on his return to Loch Park. Glens 2-1 up with 61 minutes gone.

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Five minutes later Glens almost doubled their lead after Dallas set up Andrew in the box and although he gave Robertson the slip his attempt to guide beyond the advancing keeper ended the ball slipping past the post.

Midway through the half Hurlford replaced Caddis with former Glens striker Michael Reilly and soon after Glens brought on trialist Wallace for Craig Menzies.

Ford’s new signing Alex McWalters’ free kick from the edge of the box beat the wall but sailed over the bar, while at the other end Ryan McChesney’s long range shot nicked off a defender to send the ball whizzing past the post and the resulting corner was cleared.

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With 12 minutes to go Hurlford brought on Ryan Caddis for Paul Byrne . A minute later the visitors were level after good work down the left by Whittaker and his ball across the face of goal intended for the incoming Reilly at the back post was turned into the his own net by the unfortunate McChesney, who had an outstanding game. Ford were now very much on the front foot as they battled for the winner.

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Glens brought on the fresh legs in the form of new signing Kit Cummins for Chris Dallas who it seemed had covered every blade of grass on the pitch. Cummins was soon in the thick of it, his shot from outside the box deflected for a corner that was cleared at the near post. Murchie then made a comfortable save from Andrew’s shot from 12 yards. At the other end McAusland got down low to head clear a wicked cross from Whittaker as Robertson threatened to pounce. Marlow cleared the loose ball upfield for Cummins to give chase forcing Murchie to rush out his box but his clearance fell for Andrews only for his attempt to find the empty net from 35 yards to drop over the bar. Both sides tried frantically to fashion a winner in dying minutes without success to set up the penalty shoot-out with the winners earning a bonus point.

FT Glens 2 Hurlford 2

Penalty Shoot Out

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  • 1. Glens Cairns saved by Murchie 0-0
  • 1. Ford Hodge saved by McGarrity 0-0
  • 2. Glens Moore scores 1-0
  • 2. Ford R.Robertson saved by McGarrity 1-0
  • 3. Glens Frye scores 2-0
  • 3. Ford McWater scores 2-1
  • 4. Andrew scores 3-1
  • 4. Reilly scores 3-2
  • 5. McAusland misses 3-2
  • 5. R.Caddis saved by McGarrity 3-2

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Glenafton Athletic: 1. Brian McGarrity 2. Kyle McAusland 3. Alan Cairns 4. Craig Menzies (14. Trialist Rhys Wallace), 5. Ryan McChesney 6. Findlay Frye 7. Conor Lynass 8. Cameron Marlow 9. Chris Dallas (12. Kit Cummins) 10. Joe Andrew 11. Dale Moore subs not used Craig Potter, Robert Neill, Craig Burns

Hurlford United: 1. Chris Murchie 2. AdamHodge 3. Paul Byrne (14. Ryan Caddis) 4. Richie McKillen 5. Chris Robertson 6. Liam Caddis (12. Michael Reilly) 7. Paul McKenzie 8.  Jack Whittaker 9. Calum Watt 10. Ross Robertson 11. Alex McWaters  Subs not used:  15. Mark Roberts 16. Ross Fisher

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Group 4 Results

  • Auchinleck 1 Darvel 2
  • Glenafton 2 Hurlford 2 (3-2p)

 

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New Faces for 2018/2019

Findlay Frye, midfielder from Kilwinning Rangers. 

Squad: Findlay FryeFindlay returns to Loch Park for a second spell having previously joined the club in 2013/14 and scored the winning goal in the Scottish Junior Cup semi-final against Camelon. He made over 40 appearances for the Glens and scored 5 goals in his time at Loch Park. Fin signed for Pollok early in Season 2014/15 ,a natural replacement for former Glens captain Willie Howie, and played a major part in the Glasgow club’s promotion to the Premier Division. In October 2016  he moved to Kilwinning Rangers  and played his part in Buffs push for the title last season.

Craig Burns, goalkeeper, Barrhead Boys Club

craigburns01Craig, 22 year-old from Paisley , signed for Clyde U20 in 2011/12 before moving to Aberdeen the following season and progressing from the U17 to U20 sides at Pittodrie. In 2014 he joined Stenhousemuir.  Last  season Craig  made a number of appearances for Neilston Juniors before moving on to Barrhead BC.

 

 

Leon Murphy, attacking midfielder, Ayr United

leon_murphy0019 year-old Leon from Ayr joined the youth set up at Ayr United in 2015/16 and earned the Player of the Year award for the U17 side.  Leon progressed to the U20 side before signing for the first team in July 2017. Leon joins the Glens on  1 year loan deal from the Somerset Park side.

 

 

Kit Cummins, striker, Shotts Bon Accord

aa_kit_cumminsKit made 23 appearances for Central Division 1 side Shotts Bon Accord, last season scoring 9 goals for the Hannah Park side. He had previously played for Neilston Juniors ad Cumnock Juniors after having a speel in USA on a scholarship. Kit played as a trialist in the pre-season games scoring againt Killie U20s and a hat-trick against Mid Annandale.

 

Darren McLean, defender/ midfielder, BSC Glasgow

DarrenMcLean0127 year-old Darren signed from Lowland Leaguse side BSC Glasgow and has played at junior level for a host of clubs Pollok, Colville Park, Petershill, Kilbirnie Ladeside, Irvine Meadow, Ardrossan Winton Rovers

 

 

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Squad News, moving on!

JamieMcKernon_RyanBorris_ScottWatsonMidfielders Jamie McKernon and Ryan Borris along with young keeper Scott Watson have left the club. All at Glenafton Athletic woud like to thank them and wish them all the best for the future.

Jamie McKernon

Jamie previously played with St. Mirren, Ayr United and East Stirlingshire before joining the Glens at the start of the 2013/14 season when the club reached the Scottish Junior Cup final. The following season he earned the man-of-the-match award in the Ayrshire Ardagh Cup Final win over Auchinleck Talbot. Jamie returned to the senior ranks with Queen’s Park before returning to Loch Park for second spell season. His 35 appearances took his Glens total to 102 and his over the three seasons he bagged 19 goals.

Ryan Borris

Ryan counts Dumbarton, Raith Rovers, Ayr United, Stirling Albion and Stranraer in his list of senior clubs. He joined the Junior ranks at Kilbirnie Ladeside before moving to Hurlford United and then making the move from Blair Park to Loch Park at the start of Glenafton’s treble winning season in 2016/17 – Scottish Junior Cup Winners, West Region Premier Division Champions and Evening Times Champions Cup.  In his two seasons at the club Ryan has made over 60 appearances and scored 4 goals.

Scott Watson

Young keeper Scott had Junior experience with Beith Juniors and Dalry Thistle and during his two season has proved a committed stand-in to No.1 goalkeeper Brian McGarrity.

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Kirkintilloch 2 Glenafton 0

  • McBookie West Region Super League Premier Division
  • Match 22
  • Guy’s Meadow, Cumbernauld
  • Saturday 2nd June 2018
  • KIRKINTILLOCH ROB ROY 2 (0)
    • Gallagher, Hughes
  • GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 0 (0)

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Glenafton ended this season’s league campaign away to Kirkintilloch Rob Roy in a repeat of the fixture that saw them clinch the title ahead of their nearest rivals. Neither side were in the running to be crowned champions and both were forced to make a number of changes to the starting personnel for various reasons. The Glens without any of their recognised strikers available gave Jake Griffen, stepping up from the U19s, his first start; keeper Scott Watson earned his first league start as cover for Brian McGarrity and assistant manager Craig Potter partnered Jamie McKernon in the middle of the park.  The visitors could only name two substitutes with Ryan Berry, another promising player from the U19s’ and coach Craig Clark.

The game was only two minutes old when Glens were forced to make a change after Ryan McChesney’s superb tackle to dispossess Connor Hughes in the box saw the big defender fall awkwardly and in some pain. Berry came on in his place to slot into the midfield with Craig Menzies returning to his familiar role in the centre of defence.

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Ryan Berry in control with Jamie McKernon in support

The Rabs earned their first corner kick on 5 minutes and it was Kyle McAusland that won the aerial battle against the home side’s trialist centre half to clear the ball. The game was being played at a fair tempo in very close (as in humid!) conditions with possession rapidly changing from one team to the other.

On 14 minutes fine work by the Glens down the right flank set up a header for Griffen at the near post only for the ball to drift inches wide.

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Jake Griffen goes close

Three minutes later Willie Sawyers held off two Glens defenders to engineer a shot from outside the box which swerved well wide of target.

Glens countered through Menzies with his trademark run from the heart of the defence to the opponent’s half before picking out Moore on the right and his cross to the back post was just beyond connecting with Berry’s good run into the box. This was a good spell for the visitors and Potter broke down another Rabs attack in the middle of park before releasing Moore down the right, to skin the full back. Twice the midfielder’s attempt to cross the ball were blocked before the third attempt found Lynass at the back post to play a one-two with McKernon before blasting the ball over the bar from 18 yards out. At the other end Lee Gallagher’s shot from inside the box suffered the same fate.

Back came Glens and neither Berry’s or McKernon’s speculative efforts from distance tested keeper Martin Fusari.

On 28 minutes the Rabs came within a whisker of taking the lead from a corner kick after their trialist centre half’s glancing header at the near post sneaked inches wide of the back post. Two minutes later and the centre half looked favourite to get his head to another corner only for keeper Watson to leap and grab the ball cleanly.

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Keeper Scott Watson’s clean catch

From just inside the Rabs’ half McKernon floated a free kick to the back post for McAusland to head back into the danger area where Griffen lost his marker to fire a snap shot wide of target.

McKnight broke down a Rabs attack on the edge of the box and the ball fell to Moore to clear upfield for Lynass to chase only for keeper Fusari to rush out of his box and time his tackle perfectly to clear the danger.

The midfield tussles continued with no quarter given and a competitive first 45 minutes ended all square and goal-less.

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The home side were first to show after the break with a decent spell of possession and pressure.  On 49 minutes a corner from the right saw no fewer than three Rabs rise as the back post to challenge for the header with Mark McCulloch winning that battle only for Watson to come off his line to leap and catch the ball cleanly as Andrew Johnstone waited in vain for a spill.  A cute pass from Chris Hopkins released Hughes to progress to the box and lash a powerful shot that Watson pushed up into the air with both hands and stayed alert to grasp the loose ball as Sawyers challenged.  Rabs continued to press and Sawyers’ squeal help earn a free kick on the edge of the box and although Gallagher curled the ball past the wall it dipped over the bar.

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Lee Gallagher’s free kick

On 55 minutes some respite for the visitors after Potter broke down another attack and played the ball upfield for Lynass to show McCulloch a clean pair of heels before drilling a low angled shot from the corner of the box which Fusari did well to get down low and push the ball away across the face of goal to be mopped up. Lynass and Moore then combined down the right to win the Glens a corner-kick which was played short back to Moore to drill the ball into the box only to be cleared eventually by the home rearguard.

At one end Watson saved a snapshot from Gallagher low at his post and at the other end Fusari was quick off his to line to gather the ball as Griffen closed in.  A fine passing move from the Glens began with left back Alan Cairns deep in his own half picked out Griffen who played the ball packed to McKernon to then feed the overlapping Cairns to skip back the Rabs full back and drive deep into the box only for his cut-back for the incoming McKernon to be blocked by a brace of defenders.

The visitors were enjoying a good spell and on 65 minutes Moore skinned Mark Gourlay at the corner flag to drive along the bye-line before his cross was deflected out for a corner which was headed clear by McCulloch. Two minutes later Glens won another corner and again this was headed clear. The visitors continued to press and McAusland cut infield to play a one-two for Lynass and although his shot from the outskirts of the box was blocked Potter snapped on the loose ball at the edge of the “D” only to be tripped by Hopkins. McAusland drilled a low free-kick past the wall but again Fusari got down low at his post to stop the ball and then smother it safely.

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Craig Potter drives for the box

Possession changed hands a number of times during a midfield skirmish before the ball fell for Hopkins to push forward and drill a low hard shot that Watson held well.

On 69 minutes Glens lost possession upfield before the ball was picked up by Lee Gallagher on the half-way line to push forward to the box where he played a one-two with Sawyers and then showed quick feet to turn a clutch of defenders as he advanced deep into the box to fire home from 12 yards.

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Lee Gallagher (out of shot) makes it 1-0

 

Three minutes later Glens brought on Craig Clark for Ryan Berry and play continued to flow from end with both keeper showing a safe pair of hands to end a couple of half-chances.

On 81 minutes the Rabs doubled their lead in controversial fashion after the full back trialist lofted a great ball deep into the six-yard box where Sawyers and Watson challenged for the ball with the young keeper getting a face-full of the striker’s forearm sending him crashing to the ground leaving Connor Hughes free to slam home the loose ball. Glenafton’s pleas went unheeded by a disinterested official.

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Connor Hughes makes it 2-0

 

With 5 minutes to go Rabs’ manager Stuart Maxwell came on to replace Sawyers. The home side won another couple of corner kicks both of which were cleared before the referee blew for time. The result has the Rabs leapfrog Glens into sixth place in the Premier Division.

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Handshakes

F/T Rob Roy 2 Glens 0

Glenafton Athletic: 1. Scott Watson 2. Kyle McAusland 3. Alan Cairns 4. Iain McKnight 5. Ryan McChesney (12. Ryan Berry (14. Craig Clark) )6. Craig Menzies 7. Craig Potter 8. Jamie McKernon 9. Dale Moore 10. Connor Lynass 11. Jake Griffen

Kirkintilloch Rob Roy: 13. Martin Fusari 2. Trialist 3. Mark Gourlay 4. Gary McCulloch 5. Trialist 6. Shaun Fraser 7. Andrew Johnstone 8. Chris Hopkins 9. W. Sawyers (12. Stewat Maxwell) 10. Connor Hughes 11. Lee Gallagher Subs. 14. Trialist 15. Joe Slattery

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Young team Scott Watson, Jake Griffen and Ryan Berry

 

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Glenafton 0 Hurlford 3

  • McBookie West Region Super League Premier Division
  • Match 21
  • Loch Park, New Cumnock
  • Wenesday 30th May 2018
  • GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 0 (0)
  • HURLFORD UNITED 3 (2)
    • Robertson (2), Watt

Hurlford United recovered from their injury time collapse in Sunday’s Scottish Junior Cup final against Auchinleck Talbot to put in a fine performance at Loch Park. Former Glenafton striker Ross Roberston scored a double in the first half, in between which Chris Dallas had a goal disallowed for offiside for the home team. Calum Watt completed the scoring after the break for a comfortable 3-0 win.

Glenafton Athletic: 1. Brian McGarrity 2. Craig Menzies 3. Alan Cairns 4. Iain McKnight 5. Ryan McChesney 6. Ally Park 7. Dale Moore 8. Kyle McAusland 9. Chris Dallas 10. Mick McCann 11. Connor Lynass Subs. 12. Craig Potter 14. Jake Griffen 15. Ryan Berry 16. Scott Watson (gk)

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Clydebank 2 Glenafton 1

  • McBookie West Region Super League Premier Division
  • Match20
  • Holm Park, Clydebank
  • Saturday 19th May 2018
  • CLYDEBANK 2 (1)
    • Deas, Cunningham
  • GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 1(0)
    • Andrew

Glens enjoyed the early pressure albeit without fashioning a serious attempt at goal. On 8 minutes Bankies came close only for Ryan Deas’s header to drift wide of the post. Two minutes later good attacking play down the left by Darren McGill saw him advance in the box and his attempt to pick out Joe Andrew in the box cut out by Jamie Darroch at the expense of a corner kick which was duly cleared. Glens surrendered possession in the centre circle allowing Josh Watt to break upfield and picked out Deas on the left who lost out to the back-tracking Ryan Borris to earn a corner-kick.  Watt floated the kick to edge of the six yard box where the unchallenged Deas glanced his header into far corner of the net to put the home side ahead on 13 minutes.

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Ryan Borris failed to recover from an injury he picked up and on 18 minutes was replaced by Conor Lynass.

Play was frantic at times with the ball being battered about as possession changed from team without either keeper being tested. On 27 minutes defender Iain McKnight was shown a yellow card for tripping John Cunningham a few a yard from the bye-line and a yard more from the left hand side of the penalty box. On a move from the training ground Watt slipped a low free-kick to the near side of the six yard box for Cammy McClair but his first attempt was a fresh-air shot while his second was blocked by defender Alan Cairns to set up a counter attack by Glens that was broken down by Andy Paterson on the half-way line.  Back came Glens through Kyle McAusland’s clearance upfield that was headed on by McGill and then in turn by Chris Dallas to be picked up by Lynass only for his volley from the 18 yard line to fall comfortably into the hands of keeper Marc Waters.

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Play continued at a place with no quarter given in the sunshine at Holm Park.  On 36 minutes the Glens won a free-kick on the right hand side of the outskirts of the box after Paterson kicked Moore on the back of the heel. Although McGill’s kick bounced off the defensive wall the ball fell for Cameron Marlow to blast a shot from 25 yards that flew inches wide of the post with the airborne keeper beaten. A minute later a mix up in the Glens defence left McGarrity stranded outside the corner of his six yard box leaving Cunningham and McKnight to battle for the ball in front of an empty net and it was the young defender that came out on top with a last-ditch tackle to hook the ball away.  Back upfield and Marlow tried his luck from 30 yards but this time the keeper could look on as the ball sailed wide of the target.

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Tempers flared on 40 minutes as Moore and Ross Forsyth tussled on the ground after a robust tackle by the latter.  In terms of chances the Bankies had the last word in the first half with the Glens eventually clearing Watt’s corner-kick.

H/T Bankies 1 Glens 0

Within a minute of the restart the home side created the first chance of the new half with McClair’s close range glancing header from a Paterson cross easily held by McGarrity. Glens responded almost immediately through Dallas with a snapshot from outside the right-hand corner of the box which dropped safely into the arms of Waters. A minute later Marlow floated a ball deep into the box and Andrew’s bullet header screamed past the post.  The same pair combined soon after with Marlow releasing Andrew down the left to drive to the bye-line but there were no takers for his cut-back across the face of goal.

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Back came Bankies and Paterson’s perseverance down the left saw him progress into the box only for his shot to be deflected wide by Marlow. Although the resulting corner-kick was headed clear by McKnight the Bankies quickly recovered the ball to set up Deas in the box for a low angled shot that was also deflected wide and the corner that followed mopped up by the Glens defence.

In the centre circle Ryan McChesney beat Deas in the air and the ball fell for Moore on the left to drive forward and cut the ball into the box where former Bankies striker Joe Andrew got between Darroch and Matt McLean to lash the ball home from 8 yards out, to level the match on 57 minutes.

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Glens freshened things up as they pressed for a second with goalscorer Andrew making way for Mick McCann. On 63 minutes Lynass beat Chris Dooley in the air and Dallas snapped up the ball to break forward and fashion a shot from 24 yards out which Waters did well to get down low and hold on tight to the ball.

Midway through the half Bankies brought on Ross Alexander for Josh Watt. Still the Glens pressed and Dallas nicked the ball from Darroch before then turning the defender outside in before slipping a superb ball into the box for the incoming Lynass to gather to crack a shot from the corner of the six yard box that was brilliantly blocked by the feet of Waters.

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On 71 minutes some respite for the home side through Paterson’s break down the left before cutting into the box and shooting for goal only for McGarrity to pull off a great block with his legs as McClair waited on the cut-back. Bankies made another change with Darroch making way for Reece Pearson.

The referee took Moore and Forsyth aside for a word after the latter squared up to the former another clash. Deas got on with the game with a powerful drive through the middle and evaded a tackle from Moore at the edge of the box but his shot lacked the power to test McGarrity.

Forsyth was living dangerously as he refused to surrender the ball when the Glens had won the throw in and squared up to McAusland.

Play was now more evenly matched and flowed from end to end without any clear cut chances.  On 83 minutes McGarrity launched the ball upfield and Dallas snapped up Dooley’s attempt to head it clear before breaking into the box only for the defender to recover and rob the striker off the ball and give away a corner.

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Lynass’s kick was cleared at the near post and John Cunningham got a touch on the centre circle to release McClair upfield. Cunningham matched his teammate’s run to pick up his pass to advance into the box where he turned Moore and McKnight and although he fell to the ground he kept his wits to poke the ball between the keeper’s legs and into the net. Bankies 2-1 up on 84 minutes.

Two minutes later Forsyth couldn’t resist the temptation to have another kick at Moore and a second yellow card saw the Bankies face the closing minutes with 10 men. However, there were to be no further chances of notes and Keiran McAnespie’s Bankies took the points.

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FT Bankies 2 Glens 1

Glenafton Athletic: 1. Brian McGarrity 2. Kyle McAusland 3. Alan Cairns 4. Iain McKnight 5. Ryan McChesney 6. Cameron Marlow 7. Dale Moore 8. Ryan Borris (14. Conor Lynass). 9. Chris Dallas 10. Joe Andrew (12. Mick McCann) 11. Darren McGill  Subs not used. 15. Jake Griffin 16. Craig Potter 17. Scott Watson (gk)

Clydebank: 1.Scott Waters 14. Chris Dooley 3. Andy Paterson 4. Alan Vezza 5. Jamie Darroch (12. Reeced Pearson) 21. Matt McLean 7. Cammy McClair 8. Ryan Deas 15. Ross Forsyth 19. John Cunningham 11. Josh Watt (17. Ross Alexander) Subs Not used: 18. Ross Harvie 6. Jack McInnes 16. Chris Black 20. Scott Morrison

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