Glenafton 2 Lesmahagow 1

Sat 12th Jan  2018 KO 1:30 pm 

Ardagh Group West of Scotland Cup | 2nd Round

Loch Park, New Cumnock

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 2 (0) LESMAHAGOW JUNIORS 1 (1)

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Prior to kick-off a minute’s silence was observed in memory of Alan “Tubbs” Graham who sadly passed away this week. Alan formerly served on the Glenafton committee as well as being club secretary for a period and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.

THE BRIAN GAME

Glenafton welcomed club captain back to the starting eleven. Leading the Lesmahagow line was top goal-scorer Jonny McStay, son of former Glenafton manager John McStay who led the club the title of “Last Champions of Ayrshire” in 2001/02, the season before league reconstruction.

Gow currently sitting second in West Region League Two and having already knocked out Premiership side Largs Thistle in the 1st round of the West of Scotland Cup kicked off with a strong wind at their back.  The first decent chance fell to the visitors on 6 minutes after tenacious midfielder Paul Woodlock picked out Scott Schoneville wide on the right to whip the ball to the near post where a Ryan Innes header flashed across the face of goal and roll unimpeded to the far side of the six-yard box where Matty Clarke’s shot was blocked by Dan Orsi. Four minutes later McStay found himself with time and space on the right-hand side of the box to square the ball for Clark who took a good touch to shake off a couple defenders before forcing keeper Brian McGarrity into a point-blank save from a powerful shot from 8 yards. Gow continued to press and look the livelier but could not take advantage of a couple of free-kicks won in dangerous areas.

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Glens began to weather the storm, literally, and on 13 minutes Conor Lynass tried his luck from 25 yards only for his shot to drift wide of the far post. Lynass then combined down the left with Alan Cairns before driving into the box only for S. Schoneville to block his cut-back for Mick McCann at the expense of a corner-kick which was delivered by Lynass and headed clear by Darren Lygate. The home side were now winning the majority of the midfield battles with Cameron Marlow and Dale Moore giving no quarter in 50-50 balls. On 18 minutes Joe Andrew slipped a cheeky ball into the box for Lynass to chase down only for centre back Neil Schoneville to intervene and eventually the loose ball was cleared for corner kick which was headed inches wide of the back post by McCann.

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Although the Glens threatened down both flanks through Oris and Lynass the visitors well marshalled defence along with the strong head wind and driving rain was proving a hard nut to crack ensuring clear-cut chances were thin on the rain-soaked ground. Midway through the half Orsi deep on the right rolled the ball back Ally Park who leathered an angled shot from 22 yards which keeper Sandy Thomson did well to block with both hands and then smother the ball securely on the slippery surface.

Andrew picked out Lynass on the left-hand corner of the box and as S. Schoneville came across to cover, a jink to the right left the Gow man flat-footed and gave Lynass the space to curl a shot for goal only for it to sail over the bar. On 37 minutes Orsi cut in from the right flank before cracking a powerful low shot from the corner of the penalty box that Thomson once again got down to stop and hold on tightly to a ball that could otherwise have squirmed out of less sure hands in such conditions. Two minutes later Lynass floated a corner-kick to the back post where N. Schoneville cleared with a powerful header only for the tireless Marlow to snap up the ball and lash a 30 yarder that had Thomson scurrying across his line to push the top-corner bound ball away and no fewer than three of his defenders stand their ground to see off Lynass’s cut back across the face of goal.

On 41 minutes McCann and Moore combined on the outskirts of the box and the latter threaded a ball into the box for Lynass only for S. Schoneville to execute an excellent last-ditch tackle to deny the Glens man a shot from 8 yards out.  The home side continued to press and Moore’s drive into the box earned a corner that was played to the near post where McCann got the jump on McStay only for his header to sail wide.

McStay won a free-kick on the half-way line tight on the wing. It was quickly taken and the ball rolled seemingly overhit up the line for Paul Woodlock to chase with Lynass in pursuit.  However, the Gow man persevered and did well to take the ball to corner before whipping a cross aimed for the incoming Neil Schoneville at the back post only for the ball to be caught in a gust of wind and end in the back of the net to the dismay of the home support and the delight of the away. Gow 1-0 up on 43 minutes.

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The visitors visibly lifted and in the last action of the half won another free-kick in a dangerous position that again came to nothing.

HT Glens 0 Gow 1

The Glens with the wind at their back, although it had died down by a notch or two, started the second half in determined fashion. Within a minute of the restart Lynass broke in to the left-hand side of the box and his chip into the six-yard box was headed inches wide by McCann with the keeper rooted to his line.  Orsi then attacked down the right and although his chip into a crowded box was headed on by Gary Nicholson the ball fell for Moore only for his close range shot to be deflected wide for a corner kick. Lynass played it short to Cairns and his cross was met by McCann only for his leader to loop over the bar.

Some respite for Gow through a good break down the right which ended with Scott Schoneville drilling a low angled shot from the edge of the box that was carefully gathered by McGarrity at the near post.

Back came the Glens and on 51 minutes their pressure was rewarded following a fine passing move and an equally fine finish from Mick McCann.  It began with Marlow’s forward pass to Andrew who took one defender out of play with a knock-on to Moore who broke forward on a diagonal run that drew two further defenders out of position before he switched play inside leaving McCann free to run into the box, gather the ball and calmly slip it past the advancing Thomson.

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The visitors responded well with Innes breaking into the box and setting up McStay for a close range shot from a tight angle that was well held by McGarrity at the post.

On the hour mark Lesmahagow brought on Jason Thomson for Matty Clarke while soon after Glens replaced Conor Lynass with Leon Murphy and both substitutes were soon in the thick of the action.  First Thomson, who gathered a pass from McStay on the left hand-side of the box and attempted to complete the one-two with a super ball played into the near post only for Menzies to make a goal saving block and deflect McStay’s shot from two yards out wide of target. The corner kick was cleared and set up a counter attack that began with Murphy deep on the right and ended with him in the box, following touches from McCann and Moore, where he was stripped off the ball with a brave save from the advancing keeper.

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Play was raging from end to end and on 67 minutes the visitors threatened again. A ball from wide on the left was floated to the back post where Woodlock deftly guided it back to the penalty spot for the incoming Innes to meet it sweetly only for McGarrity to pull off the save of the match with a strong hand pushing the ball over the bar. The corner kick that followed was cleared. Back up the field where a super through ball by Moore set up Orsi with a one-on-one against the keeper and it was Thomson that came out on top again through initially diving at his feet to knock the ball away before regaining his feet and diving on the loose ball.

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A flurry of substitutions began with Glens bringing on Chris Dallas for Joe Andrew and the Findlay Frye for Dan Orsi while the Gow were forced to replace the injured Paul Woodlock with James Faughan.

On 77 minutes Dallas chased down a through ball and met it on the bounce at the right edge of the box and cracked a volley that dipped over the bar.  This marked a period of good pressure or the Glens and they now had a stronger wind at their back.  Murphy pounced on a poor clearance and darted into the box forcing the keeper to rush from his line to get the slightest of touches on the midfielder’s shot and send the ball narrowly passed the back post. The corner kick created a stramash in the box but the visitors stood firm.

With five minutes to go Marlow, who had covered every blade of grass, fired a low shot from outside the box and keeper Thomson showed a clean pair of hands, if not gloves, to clutch the ball. Glens continued to push for a late winner and like their counterparts their set pieces were not creating clear-cut chances.

On the 89 minutes, in what was now a rare attack, Gow won a free-kick on the left just outside the box, however it trundled along ground and straight into the hands of Brian McGarrity. The keeper quickly launched the ball upfield where Dallas, on the outskirts of the box had pulled 2 yards clear of back-tracking defenders, however the ball bounced beyond the reach of the striker and high over the head of keeper Thomson on his six yard line and despite his best efforts could not get a hand to ball as it dropped from the sky to land on the goal-line and into the net. While McGarrity’s team-mates rushed to celebrate with the unlikely goal-scorer it was difficult not to feel for his counter-part who had played exceptionally throughout. A minute later the goal-scorer turned goalkeeper diving bravely at the feet of McStay.

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At the other end Marlow fashioned another powerful shot from outside the box that was deflected for a corner that was scrambled clear. Three minutes of added time had passed when McGarrity had to rush to the outskirts of the box to beat Jason Thomson in the race for the a through ball.  Kyle Weir whipped a fine cross from the into box for McStay but McChesney won that aerial battle and Frye ushered the ball upfield before the whistle brought an engrossing cup-tie to a conclusion.

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FT Glens 2 Gow 1

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC: 1. Brian McGarrity 2. Ally Park 3. Alan Cairns 4. Craig Menzies 5. Ryan McChesney 6. Dale Moore 7. Dan Orsi (17. Findlay Frye) 8. Cameron Marlow 9. Mick McCann 10. Joe Andrew (12. Chris Dallas) 11. Conor Lynass (15. Leon Murphy) Subs not used: 14 Kit Cummins 16. Darren McLean 18. Craig Burns (gk)

LESMAHAGOW JUNIORS: 1. Sandy Thomson 2. Darren Lygate 3. Jordan Whitefield 4. Paul Woodlock (12. James Faughan) 5. Neil Schoneville 6. Gary Nicholson 7. Ryan Innes 8. Scott Schoneville 9. Matty Clarke (16. Jason Thomson) 10. Jonny McStay 11. Kyle Weir Subs Not used 14. Jordan Lithgow 15. Lewis Noble

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Pollok 1 Glenafton 0

Sat 5th Jan 2018 KO 1:45 pm 

McBookie.com West Region Premiership | Match 18

Newlandsfield Park, Glasgow

Pollok 1 (0) GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 0 (0)

Glenafton were first-footers at Newlandsfield as the two sides faced each other for the third time this season. As in the previous two Scottish Junior Cup ties there was little between the teams. The visitors had the opportunity to break the deadlock in the second half after substitute Leon Murphy was brought down in the box, however keeper Jordan Longmuir repeated his penalty shoot-out heroics and saved Mick McCann’s spot-kick. Another stalemate appeared to be on the cards before controversy struck four minutes into added time when substitute Craig Menzies was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box. Ryan McGregor slotted home the spot kick and Pollok bagged the three points .

Glenafton Athletic: 1. Brian McGarrity 2. Ally Park 3. Alan Cairns 4. Kyle McAusland 5. Ryan McChesney (15. Craig Menzies)     6. Cammy Marlow 7. Dan Orsi 8. Dale Moore 9. Mick McCann (12. Chris Dallas) 10. Joe Andrew 11. Conor Lynass (16. Leon Murphy)  Subs not used 14. Kit Cummins 17. Craig Burns (gk)

Pollok: 1. Jordan Longmuir 2. Tony Coutts 3. Danny McKenzie 4. Paul Gallagher 5. Danny Boyle 6. Ryan  McGregor 7. Stefan McCluskey 8.  Shaun Fraser 9. Stuart McCann 10. Scott Anson 11. Bryan Young. Subs not used: 12. Adam Forde 14. Gary McCann 15. Ross Brash 16. Josh Watt 17. Scott Johnstone (gk)

 

 

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Glenafton 3 Beith 3

Sat 29th December 2018 KO 1:45 pm 

McBookie.com West Region Premiership | Match 16

Loch Park, New Cumnock

GLENAFTON ATHETIC 3 (2) BEITH JUNIORS 3 (1)

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Glens made a couple of changes from the eleven that started in the 3-0 win at Cumnock. In came Dale Moore and Conor Lynass for Findlay Frye and Leon Murphy, both on holiday. There was a welcome back to top goalscorer Chris Dallas and place on the bench after a spell out through injury since the Meadow game in mid-November.

The Glens were very much on the front foot from the kick-off and created the best of the chances on offer.  Dan Orsi won a corner kick on the right after 7 minutes which was delivered to the heart of the box by Connor Lynass and the ball met on the volley by Dale Moore only for Joe Bradley to clear it off the line with the keeper rooted to the line. Six minutes later Joe Andrew’s knock-on set Lynass free to drive into the box and fire a low angled shot for goal, as Paul Frize closed in, that appeared to have been tipped inches wide by diving keeper Stephen Grindlay, however a goal kick was the decision.

The visitors made some progress down the right which ended with Darren Christie floating a ball to the back post for Kenny McLean only for keeper Brian McGarrity to intercept and gather the ball safely.

On 24 minutes Cammy Marlow clipped a free-kick into the box where Ryan McChesney got the jump on both centre backs to head the ball on for Mick McCann to flick it back up into the air and then from inside the six-yard box attempt to guide the ball home but Grindlay got an outstretched hand to push it away as Andrew threatened before the ball was scrambled away.

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Joe Andrew (far right) watches his net-bound shot

Glens continued to press and on 28 minutes were rewarded after Ally Park picked out Joe Andrew in the box with his back to goal and Kevin Green in close attendance the striker quickly turned to lash an angled shot from 12 yards beyond the reach of the keeper and into the corner of the net.

The visitors looked out of sorts and McCann beat John Sheridan in the air with ease again to knock the ball for Andrew to stroke a perfectly paced pass to match the alert Lynass’s run into the box only for Grindlay to be well placed to catch his shot.

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Kyle McAusland and Paul Haggarty

Another great touch from Andrew found McCann at the left-hand corner of the penalty box and after further progress was blocked, he rolled the ball back to Lynass to curl the ball to the far side of the six-yard box for Orsi to take on defender and keeper and win a corner kick. Lynass played it short to the edge of the six yard where Orsi clipped it goalward only for his shot to be deflected inches wide for another corner. On this occasion Lynass played it high into the box where Sheridan headed it clear. The ball was quickly recovered by Marlow and with a peach of a pass picked out Lynass tight on the left touchline to float a ball into the box which after going through a ruck of players fell for Mick McCann to rifle the ball into the roof of the net from 3 yards out. Glens 2-0 up after 39 minutes.

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Mick McCann makes it 2-0

Two minutes later Beith showed their teeth when Frize’s close-range effort came off the base of the post and Kyle McAusland was on hand to clear the ball to safety. The big defender was less fortunate in the last action of the half.

 

Bradley appeared to be chasing a lost cause when hunting down a ball on the right which was being ushered out of play by McChesney only for the Beith midfielder to arrive in the nick of time to whip the ball across the face of goal where it cannoned off the back of McAusland and into the net past the wrong-footed McGarrity for an unfortunate own goal.

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Beith make it 2-1

HT Glens 2 Beith 1

Beith began brightly after the break and were awarded a penalty kick after Park brought down Paul Haggarty in the box.

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Kenny McLean scores from the spot

Kenny McLean sent McGarrity the wrong way from the spot and incredibly the Glens having dominated for most of the match were pegged back to 2-2 on 48 minutes.

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Mick McCann restores Glens lead

 

Both sides had a couple of half chances before the Glens restored their lead on 57 minutes. Marlow rode the tackle from Jamie Wilson on the outskirts of the box before slipping the ball between two defenders for Mick McCann to get the jump on Sheridan and then stretch to guide the ball beyond the advancing keeper and into the far corner of the net.

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Joe Andrew slips ball to Mick McCann adjudged offside before he ‘scores’.

Three minutes later it was Andrew’s turn to feed McCann with a defence splitting pass into the box and again the striker appeared to get the better of Sheridan before drilling a low angled shot into the same corner of the net; only for the offside flag to curtail the celebrations.

The visitors then enjoyed a good spell of pressure. Midway through the half McLean’s angled shot stretched the side netting. Soon after Frize’s fine run into the box and cut-back for Haggarty in the six-yard was intercepted and cleared by McAusland. Back came Beith down the right flank with Wilson slipping the ball to Christie and as he pushed forward to the edge of the box Marlow’s tackle earned him a second yellow card and an early bath.

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Beith celebrate equaliser

The free-kick that followed was met by Paul Frize and the ball whizzing past McGarrity ay his near post. The match all square again at 3-3 on 70 minutes with Glens down to 10 men.

With 15 minutes to go Glens brought on striker Chris Dallas for midfielder Dale Moore.

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Glens protest

A minute later McLean picked out Christie in space on the right-hand side of the box and continued his run into the box. Christie took a touch or two before lashing the ball which flew into the net but adjudged to have done via a touch from McLean on a offside position. As the dust settled Haggarty was shown a second yellow card, presumably for protesting the decision, and it was now 3-3 and ten-a-side.

Both sides went in search of an equaliser with the home side coming closest to finding one. Dallas from the half-way line chased down a long through ball only for the outrushing Grindlay to slide out his six-yard box to push the ball away from the feet of the Glens striker. The keeper then stood firm to safely grab the ball from the feet of Park as he surged into the six-yard box.

FT Glens 3 Beith 3

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC: 1. Brian McGarrity 2. Ally Park. 3. Alan Cairns 4. Kyle McAusland 5. Ryan McChesney 6. Cameron Marlow 7. Dan Orsi 8. Dale Moore (12. Chris Dallas) 9. Mick McCann 10. Joe Andrew 11. Conor Lynass. Subs not used. 14. Kit Cummins 15. Darren McLean 16. Craig Menzies17.Craig Burns

BEITH JUNIORS 1. Stephen Grindlay 2. Jamie Wilson 3. Steven Noble 4. Kevin Green 5. John Sheridan 6. Joe Bradley 7. Darren Christie 8. Paul Frize 9. Kenny McLean 10. Paul Haggarty 11. David McGowan Subs 12. Jamie Grant 14. Tom Collins

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Glenafton v Cambuslang

Sat 22nd December 2018 KO 1:45 pm 

McBookie.com West Region Premiership | Match 16

Loch Park, New Cumnock

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC A CAMBUSLANG RANGERS  A

Glenafton took the lead on 6 minutes through Dan Orsi. Ten minutes before break the home side were awarded a penalty after Leon Murphy was brought down and the Cambuslang player ordered off, before a team-mate was also shown a red card. A further incident, now subject of a police enquiry, followed and the referee abandoned the game.

 

 

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Cumnock 0 Glenafton 3

Sat 15th Dec 2018 KO 1:45 pm 

McBookie.com West Region Premiership | Match 15

Meadow Park, Irvine

CUMNOCK JUNIORS 0 (0) GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 3 (1)

GLENS KNOCK THREE TIMES

Glens travelled to Townhead to face a Cumnock side under new management after the departure of boss Peter Leonard following a string of poor results including a 7-1 loss at home to Largs Thistle last Saturday. Taking over the hot seat as player/manager is local lad Paul Burns supported by Stephen McKenna as player/coach , Scott McCulloch coach and the legendary former keeper  Bill Bentley.

The Glens made an early breakthrough after Cammy Marlow (bottom left) picked up from where he left off last week after netting on 5 minutes. It proved to be the only goal of the half as the visitors continued to dominate.

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Chances kept coming the New Cumnock side’s way and Joe Andrew (below middle) doubled their lead on the hour mark. Mick McCann (below right) added a third five minutes later as Glens completed the league double over their neighbours to climb to third place in the table with half their league matches now completed.

FT Nock 0 Glens 3

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GLENAFTON ATHLETIC: 1. Brian McGarrity 2. Ally Park. 3. Alan Cairns 4. Kyle McAusland 5. Ryan McChesney 6. Cameron Marlow 7. Dan Orsi 8. Findlay Frye 9. Mick McCann (14. Conor Lynass) 10. Joe Andrew 11. Leon Murphy (12. Dale Moore). Subs  not used15. Darren McLean 16. Kit Cummins 17.Craig Burns

CUMNOCK JUNIORS: 1. Ally Semple 2. James Lundie 3. Greg Ferry 4. Richard Murray 5. Stephen McKenna 6. Scott Dinwoodie 7. Steven Degnam 8. Kyle Faulds 9. Scott Anson 10. Dan Carmichael 11. Dean Brotherston subs  12. Craig Reid 14. Robert Patterson 15. Andrew Muir 16. Raymond Montgomery 17. Paul Burns

 

 

 

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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. Mick McCann 10. Joe Andrew 11. Leon Murphy. Subs Not used 14. Craig Potter 17. Craig Burns (gk)

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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 1:45 pm 

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 .

 HT Glens 3 Maryhill 0

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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