- 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.
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)