Glenafton 0 Largs 1

  • Sat 25 JAN 2020 KO 1:30 pm
  • Ardagh Group West of Scotland Cup| 2nd round
  • Loch Park, New Cumnock
  • Glenafton Athletic 0 (0)
  • Largs Thistle 1 (0)|Adam

BURNS DAY BLUES AS GLENS LOSE OUT WHILE LARGS BATTLE ON

Glens took the field on Burns Day clad in all blue but there was to be no sweet ending for the Afton. The home side crashed out the of West of Scotland Cup following a smash and grab raid by the Viking-boat-badged Largs Thistle who sunk their only real chance of the game while repelling wave after wave of attacks by their opponents.

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The home side’s first chance fell on four minutes after good work by Ally Park saw him set up Joe Andrew for a shot from the left-hand side the box that was deflected wide for a corner kick. The kick was cleared and soon after Park, who had picked up an injury, was replaced by Dan Orsi.

On 10 minutes Alan Cairns floated a free-kick into the box which saw Ryan McChesney get the better of three black and gold strips only for his header to drift wide of the post. Two minutes later Mick McCann won a corner kick which was scrambled clear by a well drilled defence.

At the other end Paul Harkins’ free kick into the box was won in the air by McChesney and the loose ball snapped up by Kane O’Neill to fire a low angled shot from the outskirts of the box only for the big Glens defender to block that too. Although Thistle enjoyed a decent spell of pressure with Scott Adam holding the ball up well, albeit without creating an effort on goal.

Back game Glens and midway through the half Andrew hooked a ball from the edge of the box wide of the post and two minutes later Lee Gllacher laid of the ball to Dale Moore to clip a shot from 25 yards that beat airborne keeper Jamie McGowan only to skim off to the top of the crossbar.

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Orsi from wide on the right chipped a dangerous ball into the six-yard box for the incoming Gallacher only for Craig Forbes to keep his cool and head the ball towards his keeper to kill it with his chest before clutching it to the aforesaid torso.

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The home side continued to press and Findlay Frye forced his way to the bye-line only for his cutback to be cut-out by McGowan.

The visitors countered occasionally but again without penetrating the Glens box or engineering any shots at goal. In stark contrast the Glens turned the screw in the closing 10 minutes of the half  and forced no fewer than four corner kicks the most threatening of which saw McChesney outleap Adam on the six-yard line and power a header that appeared to rebound of the keeper, rather than be saved by him.

The loose ball was recovered by Glens and following a patient build up Frye picked out Moore on the corner of the box to lash a ferocious shot that beat McGowan at full stretch but zipped inches wide of the post.  The last action of the half saw the last corner-kick of the four headed clear by centre half Ross Love, having a tremendous game at the heart of the Largs defence.

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The home side picked up from where they left off as Mick McCann held off Harkins at the bye-line to roll the back for Andrew only for Love to clear before the Glens recovered and the busy Gallacher mounted another attack down the left before George Sewell robbed him off the ball.

On 50 minutes Blair MacIntrye released Simon McBryde to break down the left before squaring the ball along the 18 yard line where Kane O’Neill met hit first time to hook a low drive that although keeper Davie Wilson got down low to stop with one hand former Glens striker Scott Adam pounced to tap home the loose ball from two yards out.

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The Glens responded well and dominated the remainder of the half with Largs content, on occasion, to give away free kicks in their own half which they defended resolutely.

Gradually the Glens turned up the heat and on 63 minutes Orsi and McCann combined in the box to set up Moore to fire a shot across the face of goal that Gallacher came within a whisker of getting a touch before the ball flew inches wide of the back post.

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Gallacher then switched play from left to right and from the bye-line McAusland chipped the ball into the heart of box where Andrew’s shot from 10 yards was blocked by George Sewell while Harkins blocked Frye’s attempt to bury the rebound before the keeper could get back on his feet.

There was little respite for Largs as back came Glens with McAusland slipping a ball through to McCann on the penalty spot who although was quickly closed down by Forbes and the outrushing keeper managed to guide the ball past them only for Sewell to scoop the ball off the line which then fell to Orsi to blast an angled shot that was blocked and cleared at the expense of a corner-kick.

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Gallacher’s kick was knocked on by Moore in a packed box and although Orsi won the ball his shot sailed high and wide of target.

The visitors who had earlier brought on Ben Black for O’Neill did occasionally venture upfield but often too short in numbers to mount any serious attacks.

On 75 minutes keeper Wilson from deep in his own half lined up to launch a free kick into the Largs’ box but instead slipped the ball wide to Craig Menzies to move forward before whipping the ball into the box for Moore to power a header from 15 yards screaming wide of the post.

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At the other end another tussle between Adam and McChesney ended with a yellow card for the defender, as is often the case in these encounters, and a free kick from the edge of the box. The visitors frittered the chance away before Frye mopped up the danger.

With numbers still upfield Thistle mounted a break down the left through Black only for his cross to be headed clear by Menzies at the near post. The visitors recovered the ball and fed Black down the left again only for his cross to suffer the same fate as before with Menzies clearing. Although the ball fell for McBryde to crack a shot it was blocked by Frye.

On 77 minutes Glens brought on Ryan Nisbet for Mick McCann.

Moore’s free kick deep into the Largs box was headed over the bar by Harkins and although Gallacher delivered a peach of a corner-kick into the heart of the six-yard box there were no takers from either side and the ball rolled aimlessly on for a goal kick.

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Nevertheless Glens kept the pressure on. Although Gallacher’s free kick into the box was headed clear the midfielder recovered the ball to feed Moore to clip it high into the box where McChesney beat Adam in the air again and Andrew pounced on the ball before lashing a shot from the corner of the six yard box only for McGowan to pull off a great point blank save to turn the ball round the post.

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The keeper punched clear the corner kick that followed but back came Glens through Gallacher on the left and his ball into the box was headed clear by the towering Love.

Largs countered through Adam and MacIntyre who combined to drive forward to the left-hand side corner of the penalty box where the latter curled a shot that sailed high over the bar.

Into added time and Glens pushed to try and take the tie to a penalty shoot-out. Frye slipped the ball to Moore on the corner of the penalty box to whip  into the box where Harkin’s headed clearance sent the ball high into the air forcing the keeper to rush from his line to punch it clear from the head of Andrew only for it to be met by Frye to thunder a shot that whizzed inches wide.

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Gallacher then won a corner kick, Glens 10th of the match, that was frantically cleared upfield where Largs gave away what proved to be the last free-kick of the game. Keeper Wilson came forward to take it, as every other player packed the box, but his counter-part had the last say as he leapt high to clutch the ball safely.

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FT Glens 0 Largs 1

Glenafton Athletic: 1. David Wilson 2. Kyle McAusland 3. Alan Cairns 4. Craig Menzies 5. Ryan McChesney 6. Ally Park (15. Dan Orsi) 7. Lee Gallacher 8. Findlay Frye 9. Mick McCann (16. Ryan Nisbet) 10. Joe Andrew 11. Dale Moore. Not Use 17. Cameron Marlow 18. Craig Burns

Largs Thistle: 1. Jamie McGowan 2. Craig Forbes 3. Paul Harkins 4. George Sewell 5. Ross Love 6. Stuart Faulds 7. Simon McBryde 8. Blair MacIntyre 9. Scott Adam 10.  Kane O’Neill (12. Ben Black) 11. Laurie McMaster Subs not used. 14. Ross George 15. Kieran Brophy 16. Ross Lundy

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Troon 4 Glenafton 1

  • Sat 18 JAN  2020 KO 1:45 pm
  • McBookie.com West Region Premiership| Match 18
  • Portland Park, Troon
  • Troon 4 (1) |Fulton, Gemmell, Maley 2
  • Glenafton Athletic1 (1) | Moore

Glens unbeaten six match league run (5 wins, 1 draw) came crashing to an end at Portland Park as home side Troon game from a goal down to win by four goals to one.

The visitors opened the scoring on 15 minutes after Kyle McAusland’s throw-in picked out Joe Andrew and his deft touch took 3 defenders out of play as he guided the ball into the path of former Troon midfielder Dale Moore to hold off another defender before picking his spot from 6 yards out.

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On 26 minutes the home side drew level after Dean Fulton chased down John Gemmell’s flick into the box and held off Craig Menzies before slotting the ball from a narrow angle.

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Just after the hour mark the home side were forced to make a substitution after Ray Montgomerie suffered a bad injury and was replaced by Evan Maley, while Dylan Pooler replaced Ben Reilly soon after. The substitutes were soon in the thick of the action. A corner-kick eventually fell for Pooler in the box to take a touch and set up John Gemmel to slam home from close range and put Troon ahead on 73 minutes.

On 80 minutes the home side doubled their lead after Glens’ keeper David Wilson misjudged his throw-out and the ball was snapped up by Fulton to instantly square the ball for Maley to thunder home a shot from 25 yards out. Four minutes later after some terrific build up play Maley ran on to a cute back heeler and although Ally Park got a touch the ball bounced up to a perfect height for the substitute to unleash a ferocious shot into the top corner of the net.

FT Troon 4 Glens 1

Glenafton Athletic: 1. David Wilson 2. Kyle McAusland 3. Edward Campbell 4. Craig Menzies 5. Ryan McChesney 6. Ally Park 7. Dale Moore 8. Lee Gallacher 9. Joe Andrew 10. Dan Orsi 11. Matthew Reilly Subs. used:  12.Mick McCann 14. Findlay Frye. Subs not used 15. Craig Potter 19. Craig Burns

Troon: 1. Scott Johnstone 2. Mark Morrison 3. Jack Sherrie 4. Dean Keenan 5. Andy Strachan 6. Ross Barbour 7. Ben Reilly (14. Dylan Pooler) 8. Ray Montgomerie (14. Evan Maley) 22. John Gemmell (12. Todd Henderson) 10. Scott Chatham 11. Dean Fulton

Glenafton would like wish Ray Montgomerie a speedy recovery after suffering a double break to his collar bone.

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Clydebank 2 Glenafton 2

  • Sat 04 JAN  2020 KO 1:45 pm
  • McBookie.com West Region Premiership| Match 17
  • Holm Park, Clydebank
  • Clydebank 2 (0) |Little 2
  • Glenafton Athletic 2 (0) | McAusland, Orsi

Glenafton were Clydebank’s first footers in the first game of the new decade. The home side struck the woodwork twice in a first half that ended goal-less. The Bankies opened the scoring on 54 minutes after a great run from former Glens midfielder Conor Lynass which ended abruptly at the edge the box and with advantage played Paul Byrne gathered the loose ball to cross from Nicky Little to head home at the back post.

KyleMcAuslandFive minutes later Matthew Reilly broke down the left to the touchline before cutting the ball into the box where former Bankie Joe Andrew got the better of Jamie Darroch and although he slipped the ball past keeper Scott Morrison it was cleared off the line. Andrew retrieved the ball and picked out Ally Park to shoot from 6 yards only for Chris Black to stoop and block the shot with his arm at the expense of a red card for him and a penalty for the Glens. Kyle McAusland to send the keeper the wrong way and level the match on 60 minutes.

aa_dan_orsi_01Two minutes later Glens scored again after Alan Cairns launched a long ball upfield where Mick McCann’s header sent the ball sideways and after a bounce on the 18 yard line substitute Dan Orsi hooked low hard shot that beat the outstretched Morrison before finding the back of the net.

On 72 minutes the ten-man drew level after the ball was hoofed high into the air from the half-wayline and dropped in the right hand side box where Little killed it brilliantly with his right foot before guiding it past keeper David Wilson with his left foot.

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC:  1. David Wilson 2. Kyle McAusland 3. Alan Cairns 4 . Craig Menzies 5. Craig Pettigrew 6. Cameron Marlow  7. Matthew Reilly 8. Ally Park 9. Joe Andrew  10. Mick McCann 11. Lee Gallacher Subs Used: Dan Orsi (12) Not Used. 16. Ryan McChesney 17. Craig Burns( gk)

 

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Glenafton 2 Kilwinning 1

  • Sat 28 DEC  2019 KO 1:45 pm
  • McBookie.com West Region Premiership| Match 16
  • Loch Park, New Cumnock
  • Glenafton Athletic 2 (1) |Andrew, Reilly
  • Kilwinning Rangers 1 (0)| Lewis

Glenafton finished the decade with a 2-1 win over league leaders Kilwinning Rangers at Loch Park. Joe Andrew opened the scoring from close range in the first half.

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Matthew Reilly doubled the lead in the second half with a  wonderful run through before weaving his way through defenders in the box and although the keeper advance to block his shot from 12 yards the young striker reacted quickly to bury the rebound.

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The Buffs halved the deficit through Ben Lewis and in the closing minutes substitute and former Buffs striker  Ryan Nisbet received his marching orders as Glens held on for the three points.

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

 

 

 

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Cumnock 1 Glenafton 2

  • Sat 21 DEC  2019 KO 1:45 pm
  • McBookie.com West Region Premiership| Match 15
  • Townhead Park, Cumnock
  • Cumnock Juniors 1 (0) |Murdoch
  • Glenafton Athletic 2 (1) | Frye 2

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Glenafton made two changes to the eleven that started against Irvine Meadow with Cameron Marlow and Lee Gallacher replacing Dale Moore and Mick McCann.

The visitors dominated the opening encounters with Matthew Reilly on song particularly down the left wing skipping past black and white shirts at will.  On 2 minutes he drove deep into the box before cutting the ball back for Ally Park only for Craig McLeish to make a timely tackle.  A minute later Joe Andrew’s shot from 25 yards took a deflection off Alan Murdoch to divert the ball inches wide of the post and Lee Gallacher’s corner kick that followed was headed over the bar by Cameron Marlow.

A Cumnock free kick from wide on the left fell for Ryan Caddis on the far side of the box and although he got to the bye-line his cut back for Chris Campbell was ably cleared by Craig Pettigrew.

Back came Glens through Reilly who had temporarily switched to the right flank where he glided past Murdoch on his way to the bye-line before clipping the ball back for Park only for Kyle Faulds to intervene and clear the danger.

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On 10 minutes Findlay Frye picked out Reilly on the left and after being boxed in at the corner flag he rolled the ball back to Alan Cairns to curl a ball high into the box where Gallacher’s header from 12 yards out drifted just wide of the post.  Reilly broke down the left again before cutting inside to a busy box and passing it to Frye to square to Cairns on the flank to curl a low ball into the six-yard box for the incoming Andrew only for Murdoch to slide in and clear.

Glens quickly recovered the ball and Craig Menzies, joining the attack, combined with Reilly to earn another corner kick. Although the kick was cleared the ball fell for Frye on the outskirts of the box to drive forward and unleash a low drive from 18 yards through a ruck of players which keeper Ally Semple did well to get down low and at full stretch tip the ball inches wide of the post.

This corner too was cleared but again the Glens continued press through Frye in the middle of the park picking out Gallacher wide on the right who fed McAusland on the overlap to fire a ball to the back post where although Frye got the jump on two defenders his header dipped over the bar.

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A minute later the New Cumnock side’s pressure paid off. Park collected the ball in the centre circle and squared it right to McAusland to push forward before threading a forward pass to Gallacher who quickly picked out Andrew in the box to kill the ball and touch it onto McAusland to crack the ball from the 18 yard line which Semple pushed away with both hands. However the alert Andrew beat the static defence to snap up the loose ball on the right hand side of the six yard box and cut the ball back beyond the reach of the goalie the for the incoming Findlay Frye to see off Faulds challenge and force the ball into the gaping net from 3 yards out to put Glens 1-0 up on 16 minutes.

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Soon after Andrew was released into acres of space down the left only for his cut-back into the box to be mopped up by a relieved ‘Nock defence.

Cumnock then began to grow into the game and enjoyed a decent spell of pressure as Glens faded for a spell. Jamie Conn broke down the right and his cross from the bye-line picked out the unmarked Ryan Caddis at the back post but his header from 8 yards dropped tamely into the hands of keeper David Wilson. Soon after Caddis’s cross from deep on the left was clawed out the air by Wilson and quickly gathered as Faulds threatened. Alistair Miller was next to show with a low angled shot from 20 yards that drifted well wide of the post. On 28 minutes the home side passed up a great chance to draw level after Chris Campbell weaved his way down the right to the bye-line before his cross was headed on at the near post and the ball fell for Faulds but under pressure from Park he blasted the ball over the bar from 7 yards out.

Glens found their feet again and earned another corner kicked which Gallacher viciously whipped into the heart of a packed six-yard box only for Semple to grab Pettigrew’s glancing header with a firm pair if hands. On 36 minutes Glens had another shout for a penalty after Gallacher released Reilly down the left to square the ball into the box for Andrew who was wrestled off the ball by Faulds before it was booted clear.

bb_DSC_1359In the closing minutes of the half Wilson cleanly clutched a Cumnock free-kick floated into the goalmouth while at the other end McAusland’s free kick from 24 yards was well blocked by the Cumnock wall.  The home side’s first corner of the match was headed clear by Pettigrew. Fittingly the last chance was created by Reilly who after picking up the ball in his half broke down the right before cutting inside and thundering a thirty-yard shot that although beat Semple dipped inches over the bar.

H/T Cumnock 0 Glens 1

The home side were first to threaten after the break through Conn who gave two defenders the slip to break into the left-hand side of the box before curling a shot that flew over the bar.

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Glens responded with Andrew’s shot from just inside the box that swerved wide of target. Glens won their fifth corner kick of the game which Gallacher delivered directly into the danger area but neither attacker or defender made contact.

On the hour mark the Glens made their first change with Lee Gallacher making way for Ryan Nisbet.

Back came Cumnock and Conn made good progress down the left before a sliding tackle by Menzies sent him crashing at the corner of the box. Caddis curled a low ball past the two-man Glens’ wall to the near post for Conn, only for McAusland to intercept and clear the ball at the expense of a corner kick which was met at the back post by Alan Murdoch to send a looping header over the keeper’s head and into the far corners. Game all square after 66 minutes.

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Soon after Glens brought on striker Mick McCann for midfielder Cameron Marlow.

The home side with their tails up began to stroke the ball about and created several half chances. Good work by Conn on the left took him to the bye-line before whipping a low ball across the face of a goal where Caddis was denied a tap-in by a tremendous tackle from Cairns.  McCleish then picked out Campbell near to the right-hand corner of the box but his low diagonal drive flew well wide of the far post. Soon after he had another effort from outside the box that suffered the same fate.

On 72 minutes Cumnock made their first change with Ruaridh McIntyre replacing Kyle Faulds.

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Glens fought their way back into the game and Reilly’s ball from wide on the left had Semple and Greg Ferry scramble the ball away from the feet of Nisbet at the near post. McCann followed with a strong run through the middle before firing a shot from 18 yards out that Semple finger-tipped round the post and Nisbet’s corner-kick was cleared.

With 10 minutes to go Cumnock made their final change with Chris Campbell making way for Kieran McLaughlin.

The visitors continued to press and Cairns whipped a great ball deep into the box for Andrew and Nisbet marked closely by two defenders only for the ball to take a bounce and clutched by Semple. Cumnock broke upfield and Caddis looked set to score the winner only for Wilson to make a great block and Pettigrew mop up the loose ball.

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To rub salt in the wound the Glens counter-attacked in lethal fashion as Pettigrew progressed up the right wing before squaring the ball to Park in the centre circle who quickly rolled it wider to Cairns. The full back pushed forward unchallenged before threading a forward pass that slipped past McCleish on its way to Andrew at the edge of the box who took the pace of the ball before his deft touch took Murdoch out the game and set up Findlay Frye to lash home at Semple’s near post. Glens ahead on 84 minutes.

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With the home side deflated the Glens controlled the closing minutes of the game. Reilly ran the home side ragged down the left flank and with a minute his wicked ball across the face of the goal came with an inch of being tapped home by Nisbet.

In added time the Glens were forced to defend McLaughlin’s great cross from wide on the right before Reilly took the ball for another timely run down the left.

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 F/T Cumnock 1 Glens 2

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

CUMNOCK JUNIORS: 1. Ally Semple 2. Nathan Baird 3. Greg Ferry 4. Alan Murdoch 5. Andy Dowie 6. Craig McCleish 7. Chris Campbell (15. Kieran McLaughlin) 8. Kyle Faulds (12. Ruaridh McIntyre) 9. Jamie Conn 10. Ryan Caddis 11. Alistair Miller Subs. 14. Iain Anderson.

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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 quickly despatched a forward pass for McTernan to chase down the right flank and as 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.

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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 Lee McCrae’s short throw in from deep on the left was returned from McTernan 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 lly McLaughlin 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.

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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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