Glenafton 2 Hurlford 2

Sat 8th December 2018 KO 1:45 pm 

McBookie.com West Region Premiership | Match 14

Loch Park, New Cumnock

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 2 (0) HURLFORD UNITED 2 (0)

Glenafton were still without top goalscorer Cris Dallas, captain Craig Menzies, Chris Cummins, Dale Moore and Connor Lynass leaving a bench of three of Alan Cairns, assistant manager Craig Potter and keeper Craig Burns.

Hurlford last visited Loch Park in the opening game of the season which ended in a 2-2 draw with the Glens winning the penalty shoot-out for the bonus point in the West  Regional Sectional Cup. They return today as league leaders with the outstanding record of 13 wins from 14 games, having lost only to Kilwinning Rangers.

Both sides made the most of the difficult conditions and keepers were on top as the chances came and went at both ends. Although the visitors enjoyed the lion’s share of these it was Hurlford’s keeper that pulled off the save of the half from a powerful angled shot from Joe Andrew. HT Glens 0 Hurlford 0

Hurlford broke the deadlock soon after the break. A quick throw from former Glens striker Michael Reilly caught the Glens on the back foot as the ball was quickly taken to the bye-lie and whipped to the near-post for the inrushing Ryan Caddis to guide the ball home. Reilly then played a defence splitting ball into the box to set up Caddis for what looked like a certain second only for keeper Brian McGarrity to pull off a great block and Kyle McAusland win the battle to snap up the rebound with brilliantly timed tackle deep in the box.

At the other end Dan Orsi’s drive to the bye-line ended with his cut back across goal almost inadvertently being turned into his own goal by defender Chris Robertson only for the keeper at full stretch getting a safe finger-tip to the ball.

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Leon Murphy

The hosts drew level with a wonderfully worked goal. Darren McLean just inside his own half rolled a short pass forward for Mick McCann to clip the ball sideways to Findlay Frye who instantly threaded a forward ball through a number of defenders for Leon Murphy to chase down and gather at the edge of the box before firing a low angled shot that beat the outstretched arm of the keeper on its way into the net at the back post.

Murphy’s mazy run from deep in his own half ended with a crunching tackle 30 yards from goal and McAusland free-kick whizzing inches wide of the post.

Hurlford regained the lead with a stunning strike from Caddis after a throw-in from the left was cleared to the edge of the box where the ‘Ford stiker cracked an unstoppable shot beyond McGarrity.

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Cameron Marlow

Both teams continued to attack and as the minutes ticked away it was the hosts that conjured up a late and deserved equaliser. A goal mouth scramble ended with the ball falling for Cammy Marlow a yard inside a packed box with the keeper bearing down on him. The Glens midfielder kept his cool to laser the ball past the hapless goalie and through a congregation of yellow shirts in the six yard box to spark off home celebrations as it re-emerged into view before bulging the net. FT Glens 2 Hurlford 2

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 1. Brian McGarrity 2. Darren McLean (12. Alan Cairns) 3. Cameron Marlow 4. Kyle McAusland 5. Ryan McChesney 6. Ally Park 7. Dan Orsi 8. Findlay Frye 9.

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Pollok 1 Glenafton 1

Sat 1st December 2018 KO 1:45pm 

Macron Sottish Junior Cup | 4th Round Replay

Loch Park, New Cumnock

POLLOK 1 (1) GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 1 (0)

Pollok win penalty shoot-out 3-0

LONGMUIR LOKS OUT LUCKLESS GLENS

There was little between Glenafton and Pollok in last week’s goalless draw in the Macron Scottish Junior Cup 4th round tie at Loch Park and so it proved today again in the replay at Newlandsfield.  With top goalscorer Chris Dallas and captain Craig Menzies still out through injury the Glens started with the same eleven. They started brightly enough without creating any clear-cut chances from either open play or the several set pieces earned from fouls committed by the home side on the outskirts of the box. However it was Pollok that opened the scoring on 15 minutes with a well-worked goal. Play was switched from left to right before Shaun Fraser played a one-two with Bryan Young in the box and after driving to the bye-line cut the ball across the face of goal for the incoming Stefan McCluskey to pick his spot from close range.

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The home side spurred on by the opener looked the livelier going forward as the pressed for a second albeit without success. Indeed they had keeper Jordan Longmuir to thank for preserving their lead going into the break after he pushed Joe Andrew’s low drilled shot from 20 yards wide for a corner-kick via the outside of the post. HT Pollok 1 Glens 0

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Although Lok were quick out the blocks after the restart and create a couple of half chances the Glens levelled the cup-tie on 51 minutes. Darren McLean, wide on the right, picked out Joe Andrew on the corner of the penalty box to roll the ball to Conor Lynass tucked tightly on the touchline where he whipped the ball deep into box for Leon Murphy to glance a header beyond the reach of keeper.

The Glens looked the more threatening of the sides for the remainder of the half with Findlay Frye going close and a shot from Murphy whizzing wide of the post. At the other end Danny Boyle’s header from a corner kick slipped inches wide of the target and the match ended in stalemate. FT Pollok 1 Glens 1

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The penalty shoot-out was over in a flash as Jordan Longmuir emerged as the home hero saving the Glens first three penalties from Mick McCann, Dale Moore and Darren McLean while the home side despatched their three kicks to win 3-0.

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC: 1. Brian McGarrity 2. Darren McLean 3. Alan Cairns 4. Kyle McAusland 5. Ryan McChesney 6. Dale Moore 7. Conor Lynass (14. Dan Orsi) 8. Findlay Frye 9. Mick McCann 10. Joe Andrew 11. Leon Murphy.

 

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Glenafton 0 Pollok 0

Sat 24th Nov 2018 KO 1:45pm 

Macron Sottish Junior Cup | 4th Round

Loch Park, New Cumnock

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 0 (0) POLLOK 0 (0)

Glenafton welcomed Pollok to Loch Park for their Macron Scottish Junior Cup 4th round tie in what was the ninth occasion that the two sides have been drawn to face each other in the national competition. Injuries impacted on the starting line ups for both sides with the hosts missing top goal-scorer Chris Dallas and captain Craig Menzies, both of whom will be side-lined for some weeks.

The Glens were first to threaten as Leon Murphy gathered a flick-on from Joe Andrew to bomb down the left with a squadron of black and white defenders in pursuit. The young midfielder had progressed to the corner of the six yard box before the back-tracking Paul Gallagher made a timely intervention and the chance was gone.

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Leon Murphy denied by Paul Gallagher

The visitors countered with a quick break down the left ending with Stuart McCann lashing a vicious angled shot from the 18 yard line which was finger-tipped wide by keeper Brian McGarrity, who had advanced to the edge of his six yard box. The corner-kick was played to Ryan McGregor at the near post where his shot was blocked at the expense of another corner which was duly cleared.

Back came Glens through Alan Cairns finding Ryan McChesney who switched play from left to right with a long ball for Conor Lynass that was intercepted and headed wide by the head of Danny Boyle. The corner kick was mopped up and Pollok were back on the offensive.

On 10 minutes former Glens striker David Gormley, who was having little joy in the Glens’ box, won a free-kick some 30 yards out that was floated into the box by Brian Young and although McGregor won the aerial battle his header was safely gathered by McGarrity .

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Ryan McChesney holds off David Gormley as Kyle McAusland looks on

Although clear-cut chances were thin on the ground the visitors passing was much sharper than that of their hosts whose possession was often surrendered by a stray pass.

On 16 minutes Murphy’s low corner from the left was knocked on at the front of the six yard box by Andrew and the loose ball cleared to initiate a counter-attack down the right by Stefan McCluskey which concluded with the award of a free-kick against McChesney close to the corner. McCluskey clipped the ball to the back post where McGregor’s looping header pulled off a great save from McGarrity finger-tipping the ball away from the postage-stamp of his goal.  The keeper got both hands on Young’s corner-kick and captain Kyle McAusland cleared the loose ball.

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Brian McGarrity saves from Ryan McGegor’s header

Pollok manufactured three half-chances in a two-minute spell without however testing the keeper – Gormley’s effort from 20 yards flew high and wide of the target; McCluskey skewed his shot from the edge of the box well wide of the post and McCann’s strike from inside the box sailed over the bar.

The Glens enjoyed the lion’s share of the chances in the closing quarter-of-an-hour of the half with Findlay Frye and Dale Moore asserting themselves in the middle of the park.  The pressure almost paid off on 39 minutes when Mick McCann, deep in the box,  got between the two centre backs to power a header for the top corner only for keeper Jordan Longmuir to leap and push the ball round the post.

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Jordan Longmuir pushes Mick McCann’sheader wide

The corner kick was only partially cleared and the ball quickly recovered by Murphy who played a slick one-two with Andrew before driving into the left hand side of the box and drilling a low angled shot that although beat the diving Longmuir it rolled wide of the back post.

In the last action of the half Moore slipped the ball to Lynass wide on the right to whip a vicious ball into the six yard box beyond the reach of the defenders for the incoming Frye at the back post only for the former Pollok player to miss making contact by a stud.

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Findlay Frye – a whisker away

HT Glens 0 Pollok 0

The home side were quick of the mark winning back-to-back corner kicks within a minute of the restart. Pollok countered with a corner of their own which was cleanly clutched at the back post by McGarrity.

The scene was set for the rest of the half as played flowed from end-to-end in determined fashion albeit with little reward in terms of goal scoring chances.

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Conor Lynass in control

On 51 minutes Frye chased down a fine ball through the middle from Lynass only for the back-tracking Boyle to make a timely tackle at the edge of the box at the expense of a throw-in. Glens continued to press through Darren McLean on the overlap down the right to fire a ball to the back post where Grant Evans’ clearing header fell for Frye to lash a shot from 15 yards which rebounded off the back of McGregor and the loose ball cleared.

Pollok brought on Ewan McNeil for Danny Boyle, after the big centre back hadn’t recovered from a bad knock late in the first half.

The visitors floated a free kick from wide on the left deep into the box where McCann under pressure from McChesney headed well over the bar.

On the hour mark Murphy won a corner on the left which was headed clear by Gallagher and the ball quickly gathered by Moore to fire a shot from the corner of the box that was still on the rise as it flew over the bar.

On 62 minutes Pollok replaced David Gormley with Adam Forde as play had entered a scrappy period with neither side creating any openings of note. Ten minutes later Glens brought on Dan Orsi for Conor Lynass.

Darren McLean’s free kick from 22 yards out saw Longmuir get down low to push the ball past the post for another corner-kick that came to nothing.

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Mick McCann challenges

Pollok made their final substitution bringing on Shaun Fraser for Stuart McCann as the game entered that phase of ‘a goal the winner’ in a Scottish Junior Cup tie. Fraser was instantly in the thick of the action. He gathered a ball chested down by Forde before driving for the bye-line to square the ball into the six yard box which was blocked by McChesney only for Forde to pounce on the loose ball to thump a first time shot which thundered off the chest of McGarrity and although the loose ball fell for Young he couldn’t find the target.

On 82 minutes Glens brought on Ally Park for Darren McLean in a final push for a winner. McAuland from deep in his own half launched a free kick into the box which was headed on by Orsi and it was Longmuir rushing from his line that caught the descending ball preventing Andrew putting the final touch to the move.

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Jordam Longmuir beats Joe Andrew to the ball

McGarrity showed a clean pair of hands at the other end when he leapt head and shoulders above all others to pluck a corner-kick out the air as the Pollok defenders lined up at the back post.

Into added timed and Pollok won a free kick on the outskirts of the left-hand side of the penalty box. Young’s kick was headed high into the air by Frye and McGarrity judged its descent perfectly to capture the ball as Evans threatened. In last action of the match McCann picked out Orsi who did well to give a defender the slip to set up a shot from just outside the box which Longmuir smothered safely.

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Handshakes and a replay

FT Glenafton 0 Pollok 0

The replay will be played at Newlandsfield Park next Saturday 1st December KO 1:45pm

Glenafton Athletic: 1. Brian McGarrity 2. Darren McLean (15. Ally Park) 3. Alan Cairns 4. Kyle McAusland 5. Ryan McChesney 6. Dale Moore 7. Conor Lynass (12. Dan Orsi) 8. Findlay Frye 9. Mick McCann 10. Joe Andrew 11. Leon Murphy. Subs not used 14. Cameron Marlow 19. Craig Brns (gk)

Pollok: 1. Jordan Longmuir 2. Grant Evans 3. Danny McKenzie 4. Paul Gallagher 5. Danny Boyle (16. Ewan McNeil) 6. Ryan  McGregor 7. Stefan McCluskey 8.  Jamie Henry 9. Stuart McCann (14. Shaun Fraser) 10. David Gormley (12. Adam Forde) 11. Bryan Young. Subs not used: 15. Ross Brash 20. Scott Johnson (gk)

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Irvine Meadow 0 Glenafton 1

Sat 17th Nov 2018 KO 2:00pm 

McBookie.com West Region Premiership | Match 13

Meadow Park, Irvine

IRVINE MEADOW 0 (0) GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 1 (0)

THE second half of this match was delayed to enable a repair to the net Meadow had been attacking in the opening 45 minutes. How it got damaged is a mystery as it wasn’t due to a non-stop pummelling by the home side.

Glens had started on the front foot with Leon Murphy straying offside after a good move involving Dale Moore and Mick McCann. Alan Cairns then delivered a decent cross which McCann connected with but his shot was blocked as Meadow came under attack.

Their best chance had fallen to Darren Jones who tried to chip keeper Brian McGarrity but the ball continued rising and out of play. Chris Dallas limped off with just 20 minutes played, after he went over on his ankle, ironically while back helping the defence.

Meadow then had to defend in numbers as Glens fired in four shots in rapid-fire fashion, all blocked including the first attempt which Shaun Newman got a foot to.Joe Andrew had been foiled initially, while his team-mates McCann, Moore and Murphy were also denied by some brave defending.

Newman then saved well from a Murphy free-kick before the last chance of the half fell for Jones but, with his back to goal, he was unable to get a clean shot on target.

H/T Meadow 0 Glens 0

Within minutes of the second half, Meadow had engineered almost as many chances as they had in the entire first half. But Glenafton were threatening every time they crossed the halfway line and, in 52 minutes, Murphy set off on a run which took him past several defenders.

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Mick McCann

James Latta then brought him down in the box, getting a yellow card as a punishment, with Mick McCann scoring from the resultant penalty.

Carnwath was a lucky man to stay on the park after he elbowed Moore, but he joined Latta in the ref’s book.

A few of his decisions were angering the visitors as tempers boiled over on several occasions.

Back to the football, though, and Murphy took off on another run and sent in a dangerous cross which Jared Willet got to first.

A flurry of substitutions disrupted the flow of the match although one of the subs, Meadow’s Jordan McGuire hit the side netting in 83 minutes.

Glens finished the match with 10 men after Kyle McAusland was sent off for violent conduct although, judging by his reaction, there may have been a degree of simulation involved.

F/T Meadow 0 Glens 1

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC: McGarrity; Park (McLean 30), Cairns, McAusland, McChesney, Moore, Lynass (Orsi 62), Frye, Dallas (Andrew 20), McCann, Murphy.

Subs not used: Menzies, Burns (g/k)

Report courtesy Frank Cassidy, Ayrshire Weekly Press

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Glenafton 7 Maryhill 2

Sat 10th Nov 2018 KO 2:00pm 

Ardagh Group West of Scotland Cup | 1st Round

Loch Park, New Cumnock

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 7 (3) MARYHILL 2 (0)

Prior to kick-off a minute’s silence was held to mark Remembrance Day and tomorrow’s 100th Anniversary of the signing of the Armistice.

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The minute’s silence also served as a mark of respect for the recent passing of Mr Freddie Duda who had run the Maryhill Club for many years and was a big friend of Maryhill FC.

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Glens gave a first league start to striker Kit Cummins with top goal-scorer Chris taking his place in the bench while captain Craig Menzies was rested. The visitors’ top goal-scorer Tam McGaughey was also missing from their line-up.

The rain synchronised with kick-off and for only brief spells during the game did it relent. Despite the conditions both sides were committed to a passing game that ensured an entertaining encounter. Like the rain the Glens were relentless in attack carving our 7 goals while Maryhill kept their heads up and were duly rewarded with a brace of their own.

Leon Murphy was giving the visitors a hard time down the left flank before the home side forced a couple of corner kicks. The first decent chance fell to Findlay Frye on 6 minutes when his close-range header, from a Dan Orsi cross from wide on the right, dipped over the bar. However, it was Frye that fashioned the Glens opener on 14 minutes. As the visitors tried to play the ball out from the back Alan Cairns intercepted Ali Crawford’s pass to Jack Easdon before cutting inside to pick out Frye at the edge of the “D” and after a thundered a low shot home from the 18-yard line.

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Two minutes later the visitors won a free kick well inside the Glens half. Lively playmaker Dale Clark floated the ball into a crowded box where a late run by the bustling Ciaran O’Donohue saw him win the header only for it to sail well over the bar.

After a fine break up the left by Cummins he squared the ball inside for Orsi who drifted wide to edge of box before his low angled shot was deflected wide by defender Marty McNichol. Cummins connected with Leon Murphy’s corner-kick at the near post only for his effort to be well blocked by O’Donohue with the Glens striker taking a sore one on the back of the heel. The big man appeared to have shaken it off as a minute later following a sublime one-two by Orsi and Joe Andrew on the right-hand side of the box, he got on the end of a cross from the latter only for his header to loop over the bar.

Midway through the half Cairns played a lovely 20 yard pass to Andrew in the box who in trademark fashion with his back to goal held off defender Scott Edgar to allow Cairns to complete his dash into the box before rolling the ball into his path only for defender’s dink to be clutched clearly by keeper Wallace.

Maryhill responded with a quick break through O’Donohue releasing Easdon down the right to drive for the bye-line before whipping a wicked ball into the danger area for the incoming Brian Ashe but his timing was off and he scooped his shot from 8 yards well over the bar.

Frye’s tenacity saw him eventually dislodge the ball from the possession of the equally tenacious Clark in the centre circle before threading a long low into the box for Cummins to chase down and fire a low angled shot that beat Wallace at full stretch only to slip inches wide of the back post.  Orsi then picked out the striker in the box with a peach of a pass and as Cummins teed up the shot Gavin Naismith made an excellent goal-saving intervention.

Maryhill countered with an excellent passage of play beginning with Crawford deep in his own half who dinked the ball upfield to O’Donohue  who turned the defender and fed the overlapping Easdon to take the ball to the corner, where having seemingly painted himself in as Glens defenders closed in, he rolled the ball back to the advancing Crawford to whip the ball to the back post where Darren McLean beat Ashe to the jump at the expense of a corner. The kick from the left was taken short to Clark to thunder a low shot the flew wide of the far post.

At the other end Andrew slotted a cute pass into the box and although Cummins got in between two defenders to engineer a shot at goal it was well blocked by the keeper rushing from his line.

On 36 minutes Cummins then turned provider after his exquisite back heel from a McLean slide-rule pass took out a defender allowing former Maryhill player  Joe Andrew to run on to the ball and crack a fierce shot past the keeper from inside the “D”.

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Glens continued to press with Frye and Dale Moore winning the midfield battles and feeding both flanks. Frye slotted a ball up the right that was flicked on by Andrew and gathered by Cummins to hit a thundering shot from the corner of the penalty box that Wallace did well to push wide with both hands. The kick was partially cleared and the Glens soon recovered the ball allowing Ryan McChesney to drive to forward and with a slick reverse pass picked out Murphy on the left hand side of the box to immediately lay the ball off for Cummins in space to pick his spot from 14 yards . Glens 3-0 up with 41 minutes gone and the big striker clearly to open his Glens account.

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Maryhill continued to plug away and O’Donohue tried a long-range effort that whistled wide of the post. In the last chance of the half Wallace made an excellent job on a difficult surface to get down low and hold McLean’s pile driver of a free-kick from all of 30 yards .

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Kit Cummins earlier knock took its toll and he didn’t reappear after the break with Chris Dallas taking his place.

Maryhill started with vigour and Fraser McLaughlin showed good skill to cut infield from the left and picked out the ever-willing Clark to have a go at goal from 20 yards only for his shot to dip over the bar. Glens responded with a quick break that ended with Moore driving into the box to fire a shot that was well saved by Wallace and the attempt by Dallas to bury the rebound blocked on the line by an alert Crawford.

On 52 minutes McLean from inside his own half played the ball forward to Moore who quickly curled a pass to Andrew at the edge of the box and in turn he rolled the ball into the box to match Leon Murphy’s run for the youngster to slot past the advancing goalie for his first league goal for the club.

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Celebrations and handshakes followed and as the Glens players made their way back to their own half for the re-spot the referee had a discussion with his assistant; the goal was disallowed and bizarrely the Glens were awarded a free kick in their own half!

Undeterred back came Glens and Wallace pulled off another good save from Moore. Minutes later Kyle McAusland’s fine floated ball from the half-way line found Andrew in the box with his back to goal and as he tried to turn was clipped by Edgar and a penalty was awarded. Chris Dallas drilled the spot kick past the luckless Wallace to make it 4-0 on 55 minutes.

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Maryhill brought on Kyle Robertson for Brian Ashe as the Glasgow side continued to make the most of the adverse conditions and score-line. McLaughlin weaved his way in from the left to the outskirts of the box but his shot lacked the power to test McGarrity.

On 64 minutes Dallas on the left cut the ball infield for Orsi to play a short pass for Andrew on the left-hand side of the box and spotting  Dale Moore’s blistering run into far side of the box squared the ball for the midfielder to blast home an unstoppable shot from six yards out.

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The Glens brought on Cameron Marlow and Mick McCann for Findlay Frye and Leon Murphy.

With 10 minutes to go Clark played a neat one-two with Robertson before breaking into the box where his run was impeded by Marlow. Clark picked himself up and coolly slammed home the spot kick.

Glens restored the five goal lead two minutes later after Andrew gathered Moore’s pass in the box and swiveled to lash a stunning angled volley that found the net via the underside of the bar.

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Tracey came on for O’Donohue who left the field with a final dose of good-natured banter with the home support.

A fantastic break upfield by Robertson ended with him picking out Tracey at the edge of the box and claims that his shot struck Marlow’s hand en-route to McGarrity pulling off a fine save to push the ball wide of the post.  Although the corner kick was headed well clear of the box the ball was snapped up by Luke Running to drive back into the penalty area where a nudge from McAusland earned Maryhill another spot-kick. Clark did the business from 12 yards to make it 6-2 on 88 minutes.

However, it was the Glens that had the last word. Orsi won a corner kick on the left which was punched away by Wallace only for the hosts to recover the ball. McCann forced his way to the bye-line and although his cut back was palmed away by Wallace the loose ball bounced up for Dallas to knee it into the empty net.

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FT Glens 7 Maryhill 2

Glenafton Athletic: 1. Brian McGarrity 2. Darren McLean 3. Alan Cairns 4. Kyle McAusland 5. Ryan McChesney 6. Dale Moore 7. Dan Orsi 8. Findlay Frye (17. Cameron Marlow) 9. Joe Andrew 10. Kit Cummins (12. Kit Cummins) 11. Leon Murphy

Maryhill: 1. Wallace 2. Ali Crawford 3. Luke Running 4. Marty McNichol 5. Scott Edgar 6. Naismith 7. Jack Easdon 8. Ciaran O’Donohue 9. Brian Ashe 10. Dale Clark 11. Fraser McLaughlin 12. Tracey 14. Kyle Robertson 15. Kyle McQueen 16. Lewis Tobin

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Glenafton 3 Kilbirnie 2

Sat 3rd Nov 2018 KO 2:00pm 

McBookie.com West Region Premiership | Match 12

Loch Park, New Cumnock

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 3 (1) KILBIRNIE LADESIDE 2 (2)

Dallas does the trick as Glens overcome Blasties

Prior to kick-off a minute’s silence was held in memory of young Murray Harkness who played for Glenafton Athletic U19s and lifelong Glenafton supporter Billy Jackson.

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Glens and Kilbirnie served up an entertaining match in difficult conditions in the relentless rain and the gusting wind which often would change direction at will ……much like the score-line. The visitors opened the scoring on 16 minutes from a corner kick that was headed on at the near post to skid across the wet surface to the back post for Reece Williamson to hook home from the six yard line.

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The home side drew level on 23 minutes with a sublime goal. Darren McLean wide on the right picked out Chris Dallas on the outskirts of the box and although he was tightly marked he cutely flicked the ball with outside of his boot over his head before breaking into the box to meet the ball on its descent and crack an unstoppable shot past the keeper.

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The visitors regained the lead with an equally impressive strike on 30 minutes after Jon Scullion curled a lethal left footed shoot beyond Brian McGarrity at full stretch.

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The Glens keeper later produced a great double save as the Blasties pushed to extend their lead while another flashed inches wide of the post. In the stramash leading up to the saves Cammy Marlow was injured and was replaced with Kyle McAusland .

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HT Glens 1 Kilbirnie 2

The visitors picked up from where they left off as Scullion tested McGarrity with another screamer of a shot before the keeper blocked a point-blank shot from the corner-kick that followed. Glens immediately broke upfield and Mick MCann’s shot from the right hand corner of the box struck the outstretched arm of Williamson. Up stepped Dallas to send the keeper the wrong way from the penalty and square the game on 47 minutes.

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The home side were now doing all the pressing and took the lead on 59 minutes. A super run own the right by Orsi saw him slip past a number of defenders to get to the bye-line and after turning the defender one way and then the other clipped an inch perfect ball into the box for Dallas to get between keeper and two defenders on the line to nod the ball home from 2 yards.

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It was now Kilbirnie’s keeper that had to perform heroics and keep his side in the game as the Glens pressed while visitors attacking play had lost its earlier sparkle.

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Nevertheless a late revival ensured for a tense finish for the hosts and McGarrity was called into action before Ally Park and Kyle McAusaland combined to make fantastic block as substitute Joel Kasubandi looked certain to score from 4 yards.  The home side held on for the points as the five minutes of added-time finally drew to a conclusion.

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FT Glens 3  Kilbirnie 2

Glenafton Athletic : 1. Brian McGarrity 2. Darren McLean 3. Cameron Marlow (14. Kyle McAusland) 4. Craig Menzies 5. Ryan McChesney 6. Findlay Frye 7. Dan Orsi (16. Dale Moore) ) 8. Ally Park 9. Chris Dallas 10. Mick McCann 11. Conor Lynass (17. Leon Murphy). Subs not used: Alan Cairns, Joe Andrew, Craig Burns (gk).

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Ellon 1 Glenafton Athletic 3

Sat 27th Oct 2018 KO 2:00pm 

MACRON SCOTTISH JUNIOR CUP | 3rd round

TheMeadows, Ellon

ELLON UNITED 1 (1) GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 3 (2)

GLENS HEAD FOURTH

A hat-trick of headers from Chris Dallas, Mick McCann and Dale Moore put Glens in the hat for the fourth round

Glenafton travelled to Ellon, some 16 miles north of Aberdeen, to face Ellon United in the 3rd round of the Macron Scottish Junior Cup in what was the first meeting between the two sides. Both sides created a number of half chances but it Ellon, currently lying in 3rd place in the North Region Superleague, that opened the scoring on 15 minutes. A ball over the top of the Glens defence was chased down  by Fraser Thomson wide on the left and ignoring the visitors claims for offside he hit a low bobbling ball into the box for Dean McDonald to thunder a shot from 12 yards which was brilliantly stopped by keeper Brian McGarrity only for James Bain to pounce and slot home the rebound. The game continued to flow from end to end before the Glens drew level on 30 minutes. Dale Moore was robbed off the ball in the box at the expense of a corner kick and Dean Hawksworth’s delivery was met by Chris Dallas, head and shoulders above all others in the six yard box to head home. Four minutes later Glens edged in front. Darren McLean floated a long ball into the box for Mick McCann which was cut out by the head of  centre back Ross Gibbon only for Dallas to mop up the loose ball and roll it out to Moore wide on right to clip an inch perfect  ball into the six yard box for the unmarked McCann to rise and elegantly head past keeper Cammy Fraser.

Into the second half and the visitors were very much on the front foot and the third and the final goal of the game came on 63 minutes.  McLean and Dallas combined well down the right to set up Moore to break into the box only for his shot to be blocked and the ball fall for Dallas to roll it back to McLean. The full back switched play with a ball to far left hand side of the box where Conor Lynass met it first time to delicately lob it into the six yard box for Moore to dive and power a header beyond Fraser at full stretch.

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC: 1. Brian McGarrity, 2. Darren McLean 3. Cameron Marlow 4. Craig Menzies 5. Ryan McChesney 6. Findlay Frye 7. Dale Moore 8. Ally Park 9. Chris
Dallas 10. Mick McCann 11. Conor Lynass, Subs used: Joe Andrew, Dan Orsi, Kit Cummins. Sub not used: Craig Burns (gk)

ELLON UNITED: Fraser, Goodwin, Anderson, Gibbon, Brailsford, Burr, Massie, J. Tait, Bain, (Tremaine), McDonald (Coutts), Thomson (Buxton), Beattie, S. Main.

 

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Left: Glenafton captain Craig Menzies poses with Ellon captain and mascots along with the match referee. Photo courtesy of Grant Milne

 

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Kilwinning 4 Glenafton 3

Sat 20th Oct 2018 KO 2:00pm 

McBookie.com West Region Premiership | Match 11

Abbey Park, Kilwinning

KILWINNING RANGERS 4 (0) GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 3 (2)

The Glens made two changes to the starting eleven that defeated Auchinleck Talbot at Beechwood with Cameron Marlow and Dale Moore coming in for Ryan McChesney (injury) and Alan Cairns (holiday).

The visitors were first to show on 4 minutes with Leon Murphy breaking into the box before his run was blocked by keeper Chris Strain on the six-yard line sending the ball spinning into the air which was met by the head of David Syme and the ball falling kindly into the welcoming arms of the grounded goalie.  At the other end it was Glens keeper Brian McGarrity that had to block a shot on his line before Kyle McAusland followed up by blocking Michael Wardrope’s attempt to bury the loose ball.

On 10 minutes Syme lost his footing as the persistent, if not heavy, rain-soaked the Abbey Park surface allowing Dale Moore to steal the ball before feeding Chris Dallas to drive into the box and although his low drilled shot ended in the back of the net it did so via a gap in the side netting – which was promptly pegged down before play resumed.

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Dale Moore and Sam McCloskey

Syme was soon in action at the other end only for his looping header from a free-kick floated into the box to drop safely into the hands of McGarrity. Back came the visitors through Dallas with a run deep into the box but his cut-back into the goal mouth to be cleared.

A good spell of pressure from the visitors ultimately produced the opening goal on 21 minutes. It began with a McAusland free-kick into the box which saw the ball eventually fall for Findlay Frye with his back to goal and in a flash the midfielder turned to lash a shot from 16 yards that was deflected wide of the post. The resulting corner-kick was headed clear of the box and the ball snapped up by Leon Murphy to whip a wicked ball from the left into the goalmouth where Chris Dallas got the jump on Syme to bullet a header home from 8 yards out.

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Chris Dallas heads home the opener

Glens were now well on top and continued to threaten but McGarrity had to be alert on the half-hour mark after a quick break down the right ended with the ball being played to the near post for the incoming Ben Lewis only for the keeper to dive bravely at his feet and gather the ball.

On 34 minutes Moore nicked the ball from Wardrope in the centre circle and as both sides strived to recover the loose ball McAusland was adjudged to have impeded Lewis before Wardrope appeared to lash out with a boot; outcome free-kick to Buffs and Wardrope fortunate so see the official flash a yellow card instead of red.

It was Wardrope that carved out the next chance with a cute curling shot from outside the box which was well held on the line by McGarrity. Glens responded through Dallas with a determined run down the middle and into the box forcing the keeper to rush from his line and perfectly judge the striker’s attempted chip to pluck the ball out of the air. At the other end Carlo Monti fashioned a shot from outside the box that lacked power to test the keeper.

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Mick McCann celebrates at 2-0

On 44 minutes as Glens pressed a ball from the left to the near post was miscued by Craig Pettigrew and the alert Mick McCann kept his cool to guide a looping header over keeper Chris Strain rooted to the spot and into the net.

H/T Buffs 0 Glens 2

The Buffs brought on Bryan Boylan and Ryan Nesbit and started the second half brightly in the descending gloom and looked much livelier up front. On 57 minutes the home side halved the deficit after a break down the left saw former Glens midfielder Wardrope advance to the corner of the six yard box where his cut back across the face of the goal was diverted into his own goal by former Buffs player Frye.

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An O.G. halves the deficit for Buffs

Five minutes later following a break through the middle McCann squared the ball to Dallas to take a touch before rifling an unstoppable shot from 25 yards to restore the Glens two goal cushion.

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Chris Dallas bags his brace to make it 3-1

The celebrations had all but subdued before the Buffs pulled one back from the restart with another break down the left that ended with substitute Ryan Nisbet scoring from an acute angle.

Glens brought on Conor Lynass for Leon Murphy as the Buffs pressed for the equaliser. Although Monti had another shot at goal that failed to test the keeper his distribution of the ball was causing the visitors all sorts of bother

On 72 minutes Kilwinning squared the match after full back Sam McCloskey broke down the left before drilling a low cross to the near post which seemed to be covered by Brian McGarrity only for the ball to squirm out the keeper’s hands and into the net.

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Sam McCloskey makes oit 3-3

With their tails up Buffs continued to press and another penetrating run by Wardrope ended with his shot hitting the side netting. Glens rallied and after a powerful run through the middle by Moore he slipped the ball to Lynass who in turn picked out Dallas to roll the ball back into the path of Moore to break into the box only for Pettigrew to time his slide tackle to perfection. He along with fellow centre-back were now looking more assured and the pair combined to clear a corner kick after Dallas’s header had been pushed wide of target by Strain.

On 80 minutes Glens brought on Joe Andrew for Mick McCann and soon after replaced Dale Moore with Dan Orsi as they tried to find a foothold in the game. However with five minutes to go the Buffs completed their unlikely come-back after Ryan Nisbet broke into the left-hand side of the box to lash a shot from the corner of the six-yard box past the advancing keeper.

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Ryan Nisbet bags the winner

The Buffs far from content to defend their lead continued to threaten a rattled Glens and Kyle McAusland was in the right place to clear an effort to find an empty goal after McGarrity had been forced to leave the box to sweep up another attack. With a minute to go Dallas was denied his hat-trick after Strain showed a safe pair of hands to clutch the striker’s close-range header from a corner-kick.  At the other end McGarrity pulled off a stunning save from Carlo Monti as the Buffs looked to extend their lead.

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Brian McGarrity saves from Carlo Monti

F/T Buffs 4 Glens 3

Glenafton Athletic: 1.Brian McGarrity 2. Ally Park 3. Cameron Marlow 4. Craig Menzies 5. Kyle McAusland 6. Findlay Frye 7. Dale Moore (15. Dan Orsi) 8. Dean Hawkshaw 9. Chris Dallas 10. Mick McCann (14. Joe Andrew) 11. Leon Murphy (12. Conor Lynass)

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Auchinleck 0 Glenafton 1

Sat 6th Oct 2018 KO 2:00pm 

McBookie West Region Premiership | Match 10

Beechwood Park, Auchinleck

AUCHINLECK TALBOT 0 (0) GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 1 (1)

Glenafton extended their unbeaten run to 4 games by ending Auchinleck’s unbeaten run of 11 games with a 1-0 victory at Beechwood Park. Mick McCann came close to opening the scoring on 7 minutes only for his shot to slip inches wide of target.  On 12 minutes the visitors took  the lead with what proved to be the decisive goal. Chris Dallas dispossessed Craig McCracken before heading for goal only for he defender to bring him down at the edge of the box. Up stepped Kyle McAusland to repeat the feat at Cumbernauld and superbly curl a free-kick home, this time via the underside of the crossbar. Glens then lost Ryan McChesney through injury with Findlay Frye taking his place and the defence reshuffled and soon after Alan Cairns received two yellow cards in quick succession. Down to 10 men for an hour the visitors put in a great shift to secure a well deserved three points.

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Kyle McAusland

Glenafton Athletic:  1. Brian McGarrity 2. Kyle McAusland, 3. Alan Cairns 4. Craig Menzies, 5. Ryan McChesney (14. Findlay Frye) 6. Ally Park, 7. Dale Moore, 8. Dean Hawkshaw,9. Chris Dallas (12. Dan Orsi) 10. Mick  McCann 11. Leon Murphy (15. Cameron Marlow). Subs not used Conor, Joe  Andrew, Craig Burns

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Cumbernauld 1 Glenafton 2

Sat 29th Sep 2018 KO 2:00pm 

Macron Scottish Junior Cup | 2nd Round

Guy’s Meadow Park, Cumbernauld

Ally and Kyle finish with style as Glens go through.

Glenafton Athletic squad (11)In a keenly fought contest it the Premiership side that just edged out high flying championship side Cumbernauld United to progress to the 3rd round of the Macron Scottish Junior Cup. The visitors made a lively start and already threatened before taking the lead on 4 minutes.  Chris Dallas and Leon Murphy played a near one-two in the right hand side of the penalty box before Dallas rolled the ball to other side of the box for the incoming Ally Park (left) to leather an unstoppable low shot.  The midfelder came close to doubling the Glens advantage when his header from a Murphy cross hit of the top of the bar and fell into the hands of the keeper. H/T Cumbernauld 0 Glens 1

Glenafton Athletic squad (16).JPGThe home side were very much on the front foot after the break with former Glens players, captain Paul Murphy and striker Scott McManus in the thick of things. United’s pressure paid off on the hour through a marvellous strike from Jamie Kennedy wide on the right. Both sides went in search of a winner with some decent chances being created. Deep into injury time and Murphy played a one-two with Dale Moore before running through the middle only to be barged off the ball some 25 yards from goal. Up stepped Kyle McAusland (left) curl the ball beyond the wall and the reach of the forlorn keeper. F/T Cumbernauld 1 Glens 2

Glenafton Athletic: 1.Brian McGarrity 2.Kyle McAusland 3. Alan Cairns 4. Craig Menzies 5. Ryan McChesney 6. Ally Park 7. Dale Moore 8. Dean Hawkshaw 9. Chris Dallas (14. Kit Cummins) 10. Mick McCann 11. Leon Murphy
 
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