Glenafton 1 Rossvale 2

  • Sat 12 OCT  2019 KO 2:00 pm
  • McBookie.com West Region Premiership| Match 12
  • Loch Park, New Cumnock
  • Glenafton Athletic 1 (0) |Pettigrew
  • Rossvale 2 (2) |McGonigle, S. Higgins

A GAME TO DRAW A VALE OVER FOR GLENS

Prior to kick-off both teams joined in the centre circle to show their support for the “Show Racism the Red Card” campaign as part of Junior football day of action.

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With Kyle McAusland and Joe Andrew unavailable for selection Glens made two changes to the eleven that started against Beith last week bringing in Ryan McChesney and Ryan Nisbet.

Glenafton welcomed Rossvale to Loch Park in the first ever meeting between the two clubs, the Bishopbriggs side now managed by former Glenafton player David Gormley.

Visitors Vale got off to a flying start with a goal on 2 ½ minutes after Joe Slattery broke down the right to pick out Sean Higgins in the box who quickly squared the ball for Liam McGonigle. He took a touch to Anthony Higgins but his shot at goal came off McGonigle who then cleverly controlled the ball before giving keeper David Wilson no chance from a few yards out.

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Liam McGonigle opens the scoring

Soon after Del McNab cut into the box from the left-hand side and played a neat one-two with Anthony Higgins before firing a shot from a narrow angle that beat Wilson at his near post and slipped inches wide of the back post. The movement of the pair continued to trouble the Glens defence.

The home side were struggling to get their passing game going and were often bogged down in the middle of the park while any attacks were mopped up by a defiant defence ably supported by Thomas Sinclair who would go on to have an outstanding game.

On 11 minutes however Ryan Nisbet outleapt the centre backs to get on the end of a Craig Menzies cross into the box only for his powerful looping header from 15 yards to be pushed over the bar by both hands of keeper Jamie Donnelly. The goalie then towered above attackers and defenders to punch the resulting corner kick well clear, again with both hands.

After breaking down the left wing A. Higgins picked out McGonigle’s run into the far side of the penalty box only for his cut-back to be blocked for a corner kick which ended with McNab’s knock-on being squeezed inches wide by Sean Higgins under pressure from Wilson.

On 15 minutes the lively McNab burst into the box only for Ryan McChesney to time his tackle to perfection and the striker’s appeals for a spot kick waved away. Minutes later McChesney mishit a clearance straight to McGonigle but he skewed his shot well wide of target leaving both players with their head in their hands.

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Dan Orsi and Anton McDowall challenge for the ball

Vale continued to move the ball about quickly while Glens laboured. However just as the Glens enjoyed a spell pressure resulting in back-to-back corner kicks the visitors doubled their lead. Donnelly’s long clearance into the Glens box fell for A. Higgins who tumbled after contact by defender Edward Campbell.  Namesake Sean Higgins slammed home the spot-kick beyond Wilson at full stretch to make it 2-0 on 26 minutes.

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Sean Higgins slams home spot kick

On the half hour mark Glens replaced defender Ryan McChesney with striker Mick McCann, with right full back Craig Menzies now partnering Craig Pettigrew in the centre of defence and Dan Orsi dropping back to the right back.  Four minutes later Nisbet picked out McCann just inside the box and his flashing header had keeper Donnelly scurrying across his line as the ball bounced just off target.

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Mick McCann wins the header

At the other end McNab broke free into the box forcing Wilson to rush from his line only for back-tracking Menzies to nick the ball from his feet.

Lee Gallacher and Dan Orsi began to see more of the ball down the flanks and together won a couple of corner kicks that were well defended, with Sinclair the driving force.

Vale still enjoyed the occasional break and Wilson showed safe hands to hold A. Higgins’ curled shot from the edge of the box.

Back came Glens through a lightning break down the left by Nisbet only to be scythed down by the back-tracking Anton MacDowall with no action other than a free-kick which was headed cleared and the ball eventually recovered by Nisbet to initiate another attack that concluded with a yellow card for a “dive” by the striker.

HT Glens 0 Rossvale 2

Glens made a change at the start of the second half with Ally Park making way for Cameron Marlow.

The home side started the half brightly and Donnelly was quickly called into action to punch away a dangerous cross from Orsi. At the other end Pettigrew outjumped McGonigle to head clear a free-kick floated into the box.

Back came Glens and McCann slipped a short pass to Findlay Frye in the “D” with Peter Bradley at his back and in a flash, he turned to thunder a shot that was pushed round the post spectacularly by Donnelly.

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Gallacher’s corner kick was won in the air by Pettigrew and the loose ball fell into a pack of players congregated on the edge of the six-yard box where it was recovered by Dan Orsi. He then shielded the ball before slipping it back to Pettigrew who from 8 yards out drilled a low shot through the pack, past Donnelly and two defenders on the goal-line to halve the deficit on 55 minutes.

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Craig Pettigrew makesit 2-1

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Craig congratulates Craig

Rossvale replaced goal scorer McGonigle with Gary Giffen and he was soon in the thick of it with a fine pass inside to Sean Higgins to fire a screamer of a shot from 25 yards out that whizzed inches wide of the post, although Wilson’s seemed to have it covered.

The game was punctuated by free-kicks and the Vale fell off the pace for a spell as Glens pressed for an equaliser without however creating any chances from open play other than speculative shots from the outskirts of the box from Nisbet and Gallacher.

A couple of half chances came their way from set pieces including a free kick floated into the box where Slattery did enough to prevent Moore from getting a touch at the back post. The resulting corner-kick had the home side claiming for a spot-kick after David Leadbetter pushed Pettigrew to the ground; the referee deciding the infringement occurred before the corner had been taken.

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waiting on the free-kick

Vale threatened on the break and Slattery’s sweet strike from 25 yards deflected off Menzies and just wide of the post which was followed by back-to-back corner kicks for the visitors before the Glens regained the offensive. On 70 minutes the visitors brought on Jackson Biggar for Sinclair, his hard shift was over.

Try as they might Glens could not convert possession into attempts at goal and with ten minutes to go the task on hand took a blow after they were reduced to 10 men following Ryan Nisbet’s second yellow card after raising an arm in a tackle on Slattery.

Both sides made changes with Glens bringing on Alan Cairns for Edward Campbell and Vale replacing Anthony Higgins with Paul Brennan.

On 83 minutes Gallacher’s free kick deep into the box saw Donnelly and McDowall combine to force the ball wide as Moore threatened and the corner kick that followed was mopped up.

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Dale Moore goes close

Five minutes later it was Orsi’s cross from tight on the right that had Moore and McDowall challenging for the ball at the back post again only for the Glens man to be penalised. Four minutes into added time another Gallacher free kick was well defended in what proved to be the last action of the match.

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FT Glens 1 Rossvale 2

Glenafton Athletic: 1. David Wilson 2: Craig Menzies 3. Edward Campbell 4. Ryan McChesney (12. Mick McCann) 5. Craig Pettigrew 6. Ally Park (15. Cameron Marlow) 7. Dan Orsi 8. Findlay Frye 9.  Ryan Nisbet 10. Dale Moore 11. Lee Gallacher Subs Not used: Craig Burns (gk)

Rossvale: 1. Jamie Donnelly 2. Anton McDowall 3. David Leadbetter 4. Gary McGrath 5. Peter Bradley 6. Thomas Sinclair (12. Jackson Biggar) 7. Liam McGonigle (17. Gary Giffin) 8. Joe Slattery 9. Derek McNab 10. Sean Higgins 11. Anthony Higgins (15. Paul Brennan) Subs 14. Scott Davidson 16. Curtis Rose

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Glenafton 4 Beith 1

  • Sat 05 OCT  2019 KO 2:00 pm
  • McBookie.com West Region Premiership| Match 11
  • Loch Park, New Cumnock
  • Glenafton Athletic 4 (0) |Orsi 2, Moore, Frye
  • Beith Juniors 1 (0) |Frize

Glenafton made two changes to the eleven that started against West Calder last Saturday with Alan Cairns and Cameron Marlow replaced by Edward Campbell and Ally Park.

Although the first half was played at a lively pace there were few clear-cut chances on offer to break the deadlock. Beith looked the more lively in the early exchanges with the best of the chances falling to Paul Frize the first of which saw the midfielder force his way deep into box before firing wide and the second his powerful run through the middle ended with his equally powerful shot from 22 yards whizzing inches wide of the post.  The Glens showed their teeth later in the half with Dan Orsi cutting in from wide on the right before curling a shot from the corner of the box which bulged the side netting while Lee Gallacher’s free-kick from the edge of the “D” beat the wall before dipping inches over the bar.

HT Glens 0 Beith 0

aa_dan_orsi_01The home side made the breakthrough on 51 minutes after Dan Orsi (above) gathered the ball and with defender Conner McGlinchey on his tail drilled a low angled shot from 22 yards out, beyond the outstretched arm of diving goalie Stephen Grindlay and into the corner of the net.

With their tails up the Glens played some wonderful stuff turning defence into attack with slick and timely passing. Craig Pettigrew cut out a ball on the edge of his own box before driving forward and threading a long upfield pass to Joe Andrew to touch back to Findlay Frye who quickly played it forward to Dale Moore for the midfielder to brilliantly disguise a dummy and let the ball run on for Lee McCulloch bursting down the right on the overlap and into the box only for his final ball, aimed for Orsi, to be cut out by the keeper.

Soon after Kyle McAusland, deep in his own half, nicked the ball from the lively Joe Bradley and the loose ball gathered by Frye who played it down the right for McAusland on the overlap and in turn he picked out Gallacher who with quick feet  bamboozled two defenders before completing his one-two with McAusland for the defender to whip a wicked ball into box which the alert Grindlay safely held as the incoming Frye threatened.

Some respite for the visitors as Kier Milliken’s perseverance on the left hand side of the Glens box saw him hold defenders off before hooking a high ball over to the far side of the box where Darren Christie let it take a bounce before cracking a powerful net-bound volley only for Edward Campbell to make a brave block.

Play continued at a frantic pace. Back came the Glens through McAusland’s long clearance down the right wing for Gallacher to hunt down then drive into the box, hold up the ball before squaring it for the inrushing Frye only for Grindlay to push his shot wide of the post.

The relentless attacking play paid off on 56 minutes when Dan Orsi doubled the home side’s lead after holding off defender Ryan Docherty at the right hand corner of the penalty box before turning and unleashing another powerful low drive that flew past the diving Grindlay and into the same corner of the net as his first goal.

Beith halved the deficit on 67 minutes after McGlinchey’s free kick from deep in his own half into the Glens’ box was chased down by substitute Kenny McLean to cut it back to Bradley on the left who lofted a great ball into the box for Paul Frize to leap and bullet a header into the far corner of the net.

aa_dale_moore_01The home side restored their two-goal cushion four minutes later. Gallacher holding up the ball wide on the right and timing his short pass inside for McAusland to take a touch or two before sending a peach of the ball from the right hand corner of the penalty box to the left hand corner of the six yard box for the unmarked Orsi to send a perfectly cushioned header square across the face of goal for Dale Moore to meet on the drop and give the keeper no chance from close range.

Beith had a couple of chances from set pieces but both headers, one from Sean McIroy and the other from Kevin Green were off target.

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FT Glens 4 Beith 1

Glenafton Athletic: 1. David Wilson 2. Kyle McAusland 3. Edward Campbell 4. Craig Menzies 5. Craig Pettigrew 6. Ally Park 7. Dan Orsi 8. Findlay Frye 9. Joe Andrew 10. Dale Moore 11. Lee Gallacher (12. Ryan Nisbet). Subs 14. Ryan McChesney 15. Alan Cairns 16. Craig Burns (gk)

Beith Juniors: Stephen Grindlay 2. Conner McGlinchey 3. Ryan Docherty 4. Kevin Green 5. John Sheridan (15. Lawrence McMahon) 6. Jamie Wilson (14. Darren Ramsay) 7. Darren Christie 8. Paul Frize 9. Sean McIlroy (16. Kenny McLean) 10. Keir Milliken 11. Joe Bradley

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Glenafton 13 West Calder 0

  • Sat 28 SEP  2019 KO 2:30 pm
  • Macron Scottish Junior Cup |2nd Round
  • Loch Park, New Cumnock
  • Glenafton Athletic 13 (7)
    • Pettigrew, OG, McAusland, Moore 3, Orsi 2, Marlow, Frye 2, Nisbet 2
  • West Calder 0 (0)

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GLENS TAKE THE BISCUIT WITH A BAKER’S DOZEN.

Glenafton made two changes to the eleven that started at Kilbirnie last week with Ally Park and Matthew Reilly making way for Dan Orsi and Matthew Reilly.

Glenafton’s constant pressure and clinical finishing put a young and gallant West Calder side to the sword at Loch Park with seven unanswered goals in the first half and six in the second.  Craig Pettigrew opened the scoring on 13 minutes with a thundering shot from 30 yards plus that gave keeper Ian Moffat no chance, a screamer to register his first competitive goal for the club.

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Two minutes later Kyle McAusland’s cut back from the bye-line was turned into his own net by the unfortunate Jack Wood. On 20 minutes  McAusland volleyed home a third from the corner of the six yard box high into the opposite top corner of the net.

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Three minutes later Lee Gallacher’s powerful to the bye-line on the left hand side of the box ended with his cut-back into the box eventually falling for Dale Moore on the 18 yard line to whack a shot through a crowded box to bulge the net with some force.

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Three minutes after that, Moore turned provider to clip the ball from deep on the left hand side of the box to the back post where Dan Orsi ghosted in to guide the ball home.

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Further chances came and went, including Gallacher’s goal disallowed for offside, before Cameron Marlow made it 6-0 on 42 minutes from 7 yards;  stroking home an inch perfect square ball from Craig Menzies.

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A minute later Orsi whipped in a dangerous ball from the right into the goalmouth which was misjudged by the keeper resulting in the ball rolling over the line.

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HT Glens 7 West Calder 0

West Calder brought on Andrew Dunnet for Ian Moffat, their only substitute and the young keeper was soon in the thick of the action as Glens continued to turn the screw through chances from Andrew. Credit to the visitors as they looked to build a couple of attacks of their own. On 50 minutes Jai Smith’s low-angled shot from the right whizzed wide of the far post and soon after McAusland and Menzies combined to block out Joseph Johnson.  Tired legs at the back however ended with Jack Wood tripping Dale Moore in the box before Findlay Frye fired home the spot kick to make it 8-0 on 56 minutes.

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Glens brought on fresh legs with Alan Cairns and Joe Andrew making way for Edward Campbell and Ryan Nisbet.  On the hour mark the latter threaded a ball into the box for Frye to chase down only for the Dunnet to rush from his line and force him wide with a posse of defenders in pursuit, however  he kept his cool to roll the ball back for Dale Moore to pick his spot from 8 yards out.

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Although the Glens remained ruthless in attack West Calder kept their heads and determined in their pursuit of a consolation and on 63 minutes came close to being rewarded.  Johnson’s angled shot from deep in the box forced keeper David Wilson into a fine save at the near post and McAusland’s timely tackled denied the incoming Andy Kennedy from forcing the loose ball in at the back post.  Glens broke upfield where Jack Frame’s trip on Nisbet in the box earned the home side a second penalty.  Although Dunnet came within a whisker of getting his hand to Frye’s kick low to the keeper’s right hand post the Glens were now ten up on 65 minutes.

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Some West Calder players were now suffering from cramp or knocks they had picked and with no substitutes admirably soldiered on. On 70 minutes Moore run through on goal and shot past the advancing keeper to complete his hat-trick before  being replaced by Ryan McChesney.

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During another frantic spell the home side created several other chances without adding to their tally while at the other end Pettigrew and McChesney held off a dual attack from Fisher and Johnson, the latter’s appeal for a push in the box waved away. On 84 minutes  Ryan Nisbet charged down the ball before racing into the box and rifling a terrific shot into the roof of the net for his first Glenafton goal.

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Two minutes later he bagged his brace after Dunnet pulled off a brilliant block from a close range Orsi effort only for the ball to fall for Nisbet just inside the penalty box to bullet a low shot through a ruck of players and into the net to make it 13-0 and complete the scoring.

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FT Glens 13 West Calder 0

The tally falls one short of the Glens record of 14-0 recorded in season 2015/16 in a Scottish Junior Cup 1st round tie at home to Newmachar United.

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

WEST CALDER UNITED:  1. Ian Moffat (13. Andrew Dunnet) 2. Connor Campbell 3. Andrew Kennedy 4. Adam McKinstry 5. Jack Wood 6. Jamie Campbell 7. Jai Smith 8. Jack Frame 9. James Fisher 10. Joseph Johnson 11. Jamie Staniard

 

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Thank you Brian

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Glenafton Athletic can confirm that goalkeeper Brian McGarrity is hanging up his gloves after being side-lined following  another serious injury at the start of the season. This is devastating news for Brian, the club and its supporters. Everyone at the club appreciates this has been a painful and emotional decision for Brian  to make. We hope by way of consolation that Brian   realises the huge impact he has made at the Glens, both on and off the park, and that he and his family will have happy memories to look back on as well as a clutch of medals.

Brian first caught the eye of Glenafton supporters in a league game for Annbank United almost 10 years ago in season 2010/11 when he saved a penalty from Craig McEwan on his Glens debut at New Pebble Park.  He had also caught the eye of Auchinleck Talbot and moved to Beechwood the following season as cover to Andy Leishman where in the   Evening Times Cup Winners Cup Quarter-final he saved two Glens spot-kicks to ensure the home side won the shoot-out.

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Brian at Annbank denying Bo Armstrong

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Brian at Annbank saving a penalty from Craig McEwan on his Glens debut

 

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Brian at Talbot denying John Dempster

Brian joined Glenafton at the start of Season 2013/14 and made his debut in the Ardagh Cup Sectional match in a narrow 3-2 defeat at Beechwood, a deflected own goal winning it for Talbot two minutes from time. In the last game of the season he earned his first Glens medal, as runners-up in the Scottish Junior Cup final. Brian’s first honour came at the start of the following season in the Ardagh Cup, a competition they seem destined to exit at the Quarter-final stage after trailing 2-0 away at Whitletts Victoria. However, two late goals forced a penalty shoot-out and incredibly Brian saved four-in-a-row to put the Glens through. A clean sheet in the final against Talbot saw the Glens run out 2-0 winners.

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Penalty shoot-out heroics at Whitletts

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Ardagh Cup Winners

The next cup final was also against Auchinleck Talbot in the Scottish Junior Cup final of 2016/17 at Rugby Park.  Brian kept a clean sheet from the 3rd round through to the two-legged semi-final against the strongly fancied Bonnyrigg Rose – 6 games in total before the 2-1 victory over Talbot at Rugby Park.

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Keeping a clean sheet at Bonnyrigg

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Scottish Junior Cup winner against Talbot

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By that time Glens had already been crowned West Region Premier Champions and went on to win The Evening Times League Champions Cup where Brian kindly stepped aside to allow back up keeper Blair Lochhead to play.

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Winning the League at Rob Roy

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Champion Celebrations

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Champions Cup

The following Glenafton gained entry to the William Scottish Cup and progressed through two Preliminary Rounds and then the 1st and 2nd rounds proper where clean sheets were delivered. In the 3rd round the Glens gave a great account of themselves before losing 2-0 away to Championship side Livingston, who would go on to win promotion to the Premier Division.

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Scottish Cup against the Livi Lions

Last season Brian added a first to his Glens record when he scored a late winner in a West of Scotland Cup tie with a kick from his own box catching his counterpart off his line.

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Goalscoring celebrations against Lesmahagow

However, the season ended prematurely for him with injury forcing him to miss out in the last five games.  In his third game of this season injury struck again requiring Brian to be substituted at half time at Beechwood Park. Sadly, it seems his Glenafton career has come to a close where it began in a game against Auchinleck Talbot. In his six full seasons with  Glenafton Athletic he made 196 appearances and scored 1 goal; add the three appearances for this season he falls one short of two hundred appearances for the Glens.

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Game 199!

The final word comes manager Craig McEwan  “I am distraught to be putting this out there as not only has Brian been an excellent servant to the Glens but I have made a friend. Do not be a stranger mate and I hope you are about the place to allow me to keep pestering you to return.”

Thank you Brian

 

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Scottish Junior Cup celebrations

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Mix emotions at Champion Celebrations

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Proud Dad

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Coaching the kids

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2016/17 POTY Awards with Maggie Buchan

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Brian with George Capstick his Paying For The Jersey supportr for many seasons

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Kilbirnie 1 Glenafton 0

  • Sat 21 SEP  2019 KO 2:00 pm
  • McBookie.com West Region Premiership| Match 10
  • Valefield Park, Kilbirnie
  • Kilbirnie Ladeside 1 (1)

    • Scullion
  • Glenafton Athletic 0 (0)

Prior to kick-off a minute’s applause took place in memory of Kilbirnie Ladeside supporter Scott Falconer who sadly passed away recently.

Glenafton made one change to the starting eleven that faced Troon last Saturday with Ryan Nisbet making way for Matthew Reilly.

In glorious sunshine on a bowling green of a pitch the visitors were soon stamping their authority on the game pressing forward in numbers. On 5 minutes Dale Moore slipped a through ball for Joe Andrew to chase down on the right-hand side of the box before squaring across the edge of the six-yard box for the incoming Moore only for Hughes to intercept at the expense of a corner kick which was headed clear.

Kyle McAusland and Moore then played a one-two through the middle before the former clipped a balled into the far end of box which was gathered by Matthew Reilly and rolled back for Moore to thump a shot that was well blocked by Michael O’Byrne. The resulting corner was again headed clear but the ball quickly recovered by Findlay Frye to feed Craig Pettigrew on the outskirts of the box only for his shot to sail high and wide of the target.

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Most of the play was taking place in the Ladeside half with the home side enjoying the occasional break that would fritter out.

On 16 minutes Moore made another powerful run through the middle which was ended with a fouljust outside the “D”. Although McAusland’s free kick rebounded off the wall the hungrier Glens regained and patiently kept possession to go again and their efforts rewarded with another corner kick that was clutched cleanly by keeper Joe Wilton.

Midway through the half Ladeside broke when John Kelly picked up a pass from O’Byrne and tried his luck from 25 yards but the shot lacked power to test David Wilson, the young keeper cleanly catching with both hands.

Back came the visitors as the lively Reilly drove through the middle before he picked out Frye in the box but with no way through, he slotted the ball back to McAusland to instantly thread the ball back into the box for Moore to lash home from 12 yards out, but from a yard offside.

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Reilly and Moore combined well down the left to win the Glens another corner-kick which was mopped up well by Kelly.  Joe Andrew then held off two defenders in the box before picking out the incoming McAusland to fire an angled shot that flew over the bar.

On 27 minutes Reilly and Moore initiated another attack that concluded with the latter trying to pick out Andrew in the six-yard box only for Hughes to make a timely intervention to clear the danger.

Ladeside broke down a Glens attack in the centre circle releasing Finlay down the left to drive for the box where he was robbed of the ball by Pettigrew.  Soon after Finlay had a second bite at the cherry and on reaching the box squared the ball for Joe Scullion only for Craig Menzies to cut out and clear.  At the other end O’Byrne matched Menzies with a timely tackle on Park just inside the box.

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On 33 minutes the home side passed up a great chance to break the deadlock after Wood whipped in a dangerous ball from wide on the right which flew over the head of the leaping Frye but caught Scullion on the six yard line off guard and the ball bounced off his feet and inches wide of the post.

After a brief water-break for both sides, Scullion almost made amends when from the edge of the box he cracked a low angled shot that Wilson did well to get down low and at full stretch push the ball away which was booted clear by Menzies as Finlay threatened.

Back came Glens through Andrew chipping a ball into the box for Moore to hunt down with Kelly for company. The Glens midfielder appeared to get the better of the duel and progress to the edge of the six-yard box as Kelly stumbled to the ground but before he could tee up a shot the whistle went for a free kick to the home side.  A minute later Park got between two defenders to win the race for the ball only for his attempt to lob the advancing keeper from 16 yards out fly over the bar.

Incredibly despite dominating much of the first half the Glens went a goal down with the last kick of the first half. Ladeside won a corner of the left, their first of the game, where Finlay played it short for a one-two with Peter McGill before picking out Scullion on the edge of the box and although his first touch was poor he regained control of the ball, evaded two defenders before  leathering a low angled shot beyond the reach of Wilson into the far corner of the net.

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HT Ladeside 1 Glens 0

The Glens started the second half brightly. Reilly earned an early corner-kick that came to nothing; there was a half-hearted shout for a handball in the box; Hughes close attention forced Moore to shoot narrowly wide from 6 yards out ; Moore then did well to manufacture a shot from the corner of the box that drifted wide of target and Reilly curled a dangerous ball into the box that Wilton palmed away.

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Ladeside reacted with a double substitution on 52 minutes with James Finlay and Connor McVey making way for Jamie Longworth and Chris Craig.

The tide began to turn in the home side’s favour which saw them dominate large passages of play in the remainder of the half and create the best of the chances on offer.

Scullion floated a free kick deep into the box that was headed wide by Menzies for a corner kick which Scullion also executedas Ladeside pegged the Glens back for quite a spell which included further free kicks and corner kicks that were defended resolutely.

On 65 minutes the visitors made a double substitution with Dan Orsi and Lee Gallacher coming on for Ally Park and Matthew Reilly.

A minute later Mitchell, from close to the right-hand corner flag, clipped a ball to the back where Ferry leapt head and shoulders above others only for his header to dip inches over the bar.

Glens were now seldom seen as a serious attacking force with the few breaks that they conjured up petering out and Ladeside responding with another period of sustained pressure.

The visitors made their final substitution on 73 minutes with Ryan Nisbet replacing Joe Andrew and the game slowly became more evenly balanced in terms of possession and the few remaining chances.

With 10 minutes to go O’Byrne, deep in the box with his back to goal, was the target of a long throw in from the left which he cutely tried to guide into the net with an overhead kick only for the ball to drop kindly into the hands of Wilson. At the other end Frye’s shot from the edge of the box was blocked and he quickly recovered the loose ball to feed Orsi with his shot flying over the bar.

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On 83 minutes Kilbirnie made their final substitution with Darren McLean coming on for goalscorer Scullion. The game continued to drift back and forth and the final chance fell for Longworth who was denied a last minute goal by a fine save from Wilson.

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FT Ladeside 1 Glens 0

Glenafton Athletic: 1. David Wilson 2. Kyle McAusland 3. Alan Cairns 4. Craig Menzies 5. Craig Pettigrew 6. Findlay Frye 7. Dale Moore 8. Ally Park (15. Dan Orsi) 9. Joe Andrew (14. Ryan Nisbet) 10. Matthew Reilly (12. Lee Gallacher) 11. Cameron Marlow. Subs not used 16. Edward Campbell 17. Craig Burns (gk)

Kilbirnie Ladeside: 1. Joe Wilton 2. Kieran Wood 3. John Kelly 4. Cory Hughes 5. Michael O’Byrne 6. Gavin Mitchell 7. Connor McVey (14. ) 8. Mark Ferry 9. James Finlay (16. Joe Longworth) 10. Joe Scullion (15.) 11. Peter McGill

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Glenafton 3 Troon 1

  • Sat 14 SEP  2019 KO 2:00 pm
  • McBookie.com West Region Premiership| Match 09
  • Loch Park, New Cumnock
  • Glenafton Athletic 3 (1)
    • Park, Andrew, Reilly
  • Troon 1 (0)
    • Pooler

GLENS SINK SEASIDERS

Glenafton made three changes to the eleven that started against Clydebank last Saturday with Kyle McAusland, Dale Moore and Ryan Nisbet coming in for Dan Orsi, Lee Gallacher and Mick McCann. On the bench was young striker Matthew Reilly who has joined the club on a loan deal from the St.Mirren.

The home side opened the scoring on 8 minutes after Findlay Frye robbed Troon of the ball wide on the right before cutting inside and riding a tackle at the edge of the box which saw the ball break free and Ryan Nisbet brilliantly bring it under control taking two defenders out of play before slipping it to Ally Park  (left) to beat the offside trap and lash the ball high into the net from 15 yards. Glens enjoyed the best of the remaining chances in the half. Park came within a whisker of bagging a brace but was inches away from making contact with a great ball into the box to tap from a few yards while late Dale Moore’s lob over the advancing keeper drifted inches wide of the post.

HT Glens 1 Troon 0

Keeper Scott Johnstone’s outstretched leg stopped Ryan Nisbet from doubling the host’s lead after being set up by Moore. The visitors drew level on 54 minutes after a great ball into the box took out on the defence allowing Dylan Pooler to chase down the ball and slot it beyond keeper David Wilson as he charged from his line.

Two minutes later the Glens drew level in clinical fashion. Frye from the centre circle lofted a high ball to right hand edge of the penalty box where Park leapt to send a cushioned header to the edge of the six-yard box and a bounce later Joe Andrew crashed the ball into the net.

Play was flowing back and forth with both sides creating some decent chances and the game was still very much in the balance. On 77 minutes Troon won a corner on the right but the out swinging kick drifted out the box and in a flash Kyle McAusland threaded a fantastic ball upfield  between two defenders on the half way line while a third played substitute Matthew Reilly onside leaving him free to gather the ball and charge upfield where he kept his cool to round the advancing keeper and slot the ball into the empty net for a fantastic debut goal.

 Although other chances came and went for both sides there was no further scoring.

FT Glens 3 Troon 1

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC: 1: David Wilson 2: Kyle McAusland 3: Alan Cairns 4: Craig Menzies 5: Craig Pettigrew 6: Findlay Frye 7: Dale Moore 8: Ally Park 9: Joe Andrew 10: Ryan Nisbet 11: Cammy Marlow. Subs used 12: Lee Gallacher 14: Matthew Reilly 16: Edward Campbell subs not used 15: Ryan McChesney 17: Craig Burns (GK)

TROON: 1: Scott Johnstone 2: Kieran Paterson 3: Mark Gilmour 4: Andy Strachan 5: John Gemmell 6: Steven McCreadie 7: Sam McCloy 8: Scott Chatham 9: Ryan Stevenson 10: Raymond Montgomerie 11: Dylan Pooler. Subs used 14: Dean Keenan; Subs not used: 12: Todd Henderson15: Jack Sherrie 16: Neil McGregor gk: Marty Fraser

 

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Glenafton 0 Clydebank 1

  • Sat 07 SEP  2019 KO 2:00 pm
  • McBookie.com West Region Premiership| Match08
  • Loch Park, New Cumnock
  • Glenafton Athletic 0 (0)
  • Clydebank 1 (0)
    • Shelvey

Prior to kick-off a minute’s silence was observed in memory of the 69th  anniversary of the Knockshinnoch Disaster in which 13 miners lost their lives at Knockshinnoch Castle Colliery on 7th September 1950.

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Glens kicked off with the same starting eleven that won at Pollok last Saturday. In Bankies line-up was former Glenafton midfielder Conor Lynass while in the dug-out was former Glenafton player Gordon Moffat taking over as boss following the departure of former Glenafton player / coach Kieran McAnespie.

Glens were first to show on 5 minutes from a corner kick that was headed clear to the “D” for Craig Pettigrew to leather a shot first time which was deflected out for a throw. This too was headed clear and the ball fell for Mick McCann only for his shot from inside to be blocked before Cameron Marlow hammered a low shot forcing a fine save from keeper Marc Waters. Although Joe Andrew gathered the loose ball deep in the box and rolled it back to Dan Orsi his shot drifted wide of the far post.

Bankies enjoyed some pressure down the right flank with Cammy McClair in the thick of things without however creating any real chances.

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Former Bankie Joe Andrew on the ball

The Glens were seeing a lot of the ball in the middle of the park but making inroads into the box was proving more difficult. On 15 minutes Dan Orsi and Lee Gallacher combined down the right and with no way through the latter was forced to retreat before curling a shot from 20 yards out which sailed wide of target.

Waters launched the ball upfield and a knock-on from Chris Black saw Conor Lynass chase the ball into box only for the alert David Wilson to rush from his line and steal the ball from midfielder’s feet.

At the other end another neat passage of play saw Ally Park, Andrew and McCann move the ball from the right to the left-hand side of the box where although Gallacher only for the midfielder to be stripped of the ball which was then duly thumped upfield.

Midway through the half the visitors carved out a good chance with a fine move. Liam Rowan played a ball through the middle for Nicky Little to gather and slip quickly to McClair on the right to push into before whipping the ball across the face of the goal but neither the inrushing Little or Lynass could connect.

Bankies then stoutly defended a Glens free-kick and quickly broke upfield with a series of sharp passes that ended with McClair skipping past a defender before Craig Menzies prevented him breaching the box with a strong tackle at the edge of the box. Little snapped up the loose ball to win a corner which was cleared through a diving header by Alan Cairns at the near post.

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Cammy Marlow with Conor Lynass

The visitors continued to press with Black winning the ball just inside the Glens’ half where he slotted a pass into the box for Jordan Shelvey to chase down where he narrowly won the race to get the first touch on the ball as Wilson rushed off his line to dive at his feet. On 29 minutes Nick Little stepped up to take the spot kick only for the young keeper to get down low and pull off a terrific stop before smothering the loose ball as McClair closed in.

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David Wilson saves the spot kick

Glens responded with a Mick McCann effort that was well saved by Waters. Another Bankies break followed immediately with Lynass releasing McClair free wide on the right only for Wilson foil him on the bye-line at the expense of a corner which the keeper cleanly clutched.

Glens captain Craig Menzies then got involved up front collecting a ball from McCann on the edge of “D” before slipping past a defender into the box only for his low angled shot from 15 yards finishing inches wide of the post.

Five minutes from the break Gallacher, wide on the left, released Alan Cairns on the overlap to drive to the bye-line and whip a wicked ball into the box for McCann only for Waters show a safe pair hands, securely grabbing the ball under the bar. In the closing action a Glens corner eventually fell to Cammy Marlow in the heart of the “D” only for his delicate chip to drift wide of goal

HT Glens 0 Clydebank 0

Bankies were soon on the front foot with a Lynass effort from outside the box sailing high over the bar and them Shelvey picking out Little at the edge of the box only for Pettigrew to execute a well- timed tackle to avert the danger. Glens responded through McCann and Cairns down the left winning a corner kick that was headed clear by Black.

On 50 minutes the visitors took the lead after Wilson, under pressure from Little, miskicked his attempt to launch the ball upfield and the Bankies’ midfielder snapped up the ball and rolled it perfectly into the path of the incoming Jordan Shelvey to keep his calm and place the ball into the net from 16 yards out.

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Jordan Shelvey puts the Bankies ahead

The young keeper recovered quickly and from a corner-kick he got down to dave McClair’s close range shot.

A host of substitutions followed with injuries forcing Bankies to replace Chris lack with Ross Alexander and Glens bring on Kyle McAusland for Craig Menzies. The home side made further changes with Dale Moore and Ryan Nisbet replacing Joe Andrew and Lee Gallacher while Bankies later brought on Kyle Munro for Conor Lynass.

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Kyle Munro and Ally Park

Nisbet’s determined run to the bye-line earned the Glens a corner kick which was headed well clear before Moore lofted the ball back deep into the box which Waters leapt high to grab with both hands.

The Bankies came close on 73 minutes triggering a spell of decent chances after McClair’s cross from wide on the right was met square on by the head of Kyle Munro only for the ball to dip inches over the bar. Wilson then pushed a low shot from Michael Bailey round the post before punching away the corner kicked that followed and the loose ball volleyed over the bar.  Following another Bankies break away Munro fashioned a low drilled shot from the right-hand side of the box which Wilson dived to stop and then clutch the loose ball short of the line.

 

Meanwhile Glens were struggling to get the better of a well-drilled Bankies defence either from open play or set pieces.  Bankies tried to reinforce that position by bringing defender Andy Paterson for the lively Cammy McClair.

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Dale Moore sets up last minute chance.

Yet, on the final minute of the regulation time Moore brilliantly killed a ball into the box before thumping a volley from just outside the corner of the six yard box only for the flawless Waters pull off a super block and his defenders combine to clear the loose ball.

FT Glens 0 Clydebank

Glenafton Athletic: 1 . David Wilson 2. Ally Park 3. Alan Cairns 4. Craig Menzies ( 15. Kyle McAusland) 5. Craig Pettigrew 6. Findlay Frye 7. Dan Orsi 8. Cameron Marlow 9. Mick McCann 10. Joe Andrew (12. Dale Moore) 11. Lee Gallacher (14. Ryan Nisbet) Subs 16. Edward Campbell 17. Craig Burns (gk)

Clydebank: 1: Marc Waters 2. Michael Bailey 5. Jamie Darroch 21. Matthew McLean 12. Paul Byrne 8. Liam Rowan 10. Nicky Little 16. Chris Black (17. Ross Alexander) 7. Cammy McClair 9. Jordan Shelvey 14 . Conor Lynass subs 20. Scott Morrison 3. Andy Paterson 17. Ross Alexander 13. Aaron Miller 23. Kyle Munro

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Pollok 2 Glenafton 3

  • Sat 31 AUG  2019 KO 2:00 pm
  • McBookie.com West Region Premiership| Match 07
  • Newlandsfield Park, Glasgow
  • Pollok 2 (1)
    • Evans (2)
  • Glenafton Athletic 3 (1)
    • o.g., Gallacher, Moore

The Glens were twiced pegged by Pollok but never gave up the chase and were rightly rewarded with a last minute winner to return with the three points from Newlandsfield to New Cumnock.

Glens made two changes to the eleven that started in the victory over Cumnock Juniors last Saturday. With keeper Craig Burns unavailable for selection the Glens gave a debut to 18 year old David Wilson a midweek signing from St. Mirren while captain Craig Menzies returned to the centre of defence in place of Kyle McAusland, also unavailable for selection.

In Pollok’s starting line-up was former Glenafton striker Chris Dallas who recently joined the Newlandsfield club after the Loch Park side had reluctantly released him from his contract in June.

It was Dallas that set up the home side’s first chance after chasing a long ball down the left-hand side to cut it back for the incoming Stuart McCann to hit a sweet strike from the 18 yard line that debutant David Wilson took the sting out off with both hands before recovering the loose ball.

The visitors responded with a corner kick that was flicked on by the head of Dan Orsi in the heart of the six yard box and then met by the inrushing Craig Pettigrew only for his header to be blocked at the back post at the expense corner which came to nothing.

Alan Cairns robbed Grant Evans as he tried to break forward from the half way line and quickly switched play from left to right by picking out Dan Orsi to drive into the box and lash an angled shot whizzing over the bar.

Evans pushing forward curled a ball into the box that Shaun Fraser did well to kill with his chest before lashing a shot that smacked off the base of the post.

Keeper Josh Lumsden launched a long ball upfield that Fraser laid off to Dallas only for Cairns to make a determined block on the 18 yard line and although the loose ball fell kindly for the ‘Lok striker he dragged his shot well wide of target. Dallas then slipped a neat ball to match Del Esplin’s run into the box but with only the keeper to beat he sliced his shot wide.

At the other end Pettigrew cracked a free kick from 25 yards that beat the wall and keeper at full stretch only for it to whiz inches wide.

Three minutes before the break Glenafton made the breakthrough courtesy of an own goal from the unfortunate Danny Boyle. It began with another long ball launched up the middle for Dallas but he was beaten in the air by Cammy Marlow who headed it upfield where Mick McCann headed back to Lee Gallacher to gather and square for Marlow, still deep in his own half, to clip a long ball up the left for Joe Andrew to chase. However, Boyle, with a head start, initially looked certain to usher the ball safely into the box as his keeper rushed to the corner of the six yard box but with Andrew hunting him down indecision descended and he clipped the ball back to Lumsden but at an angle and pace that wrong footed the goalie who despite an outstretched leg could not prevent the ball rolling into the empty net.

In the last action of the half the home side drew level when a wicked free kick was fired into a packed penalty box for Grant Evans to make a great connection and bulge the net from six yards out.

HT Pollok 1 Glens 1

aa_lee_gallacherThe visitors quickly made amends and regained the lead three minutes after the restart. Cairns’ long throw from the left was knocked on by Andrew and gathered at the outskirts of the box by McCann who held off Esplin before slipping the ball wide to Lee Gallacher (left) in space where a touch or two wrong-footed defender Danny McKenzie before he curled a sublime ball from the 18 yard line into the top left hand top corner of the net. The celebration for his first goal for the wasn’t too shabby either!

Although both sides put some good passing moves together neither could conjure up any chances that seriously threatened the keepers. However on 80 minutes Pollok equalised with a freak goal.  A ball whipped into the box was headed clear by Craig Menzies that was then chested down by Orsi tight on the touchline and rolled back towards Pettigrew, however the forceful challenge from Grant Evans sent both players falling to the ground and the ball into orbit before re-entering in the heart of the goalmouth and over Wilson’s head and into the net.

Glens picked themselves up and pressed for the winner. Substitute Dale Moore clipped a great ball over the heads of the Lok defence for fellow substitute Ryan Nisbet to chase down the ball and square across the goal mouth for the incoming Gallacher to fire for goal only for a great tackle to divert it wide for a corner. Although Lumsden got a fist to it the ball fell for Pettigrew and his shot was deflected wide for another corner which concluded with Andrew’s shot from 10 yards being blocked.

aa_a_dalemoore00The visitors pressure finally paid off and was rewarded with a wonderful last-minute goal. Nisbet robbed Evans of the ball on the left hand touchline and held off the defender’s attempt recover it before cutting infield and threading a glorious 20 yard pass to Orsi at the right hand corner of the penalty box. Although McKenzie cut out his attempt to feed Ally Park on the overlap the ball bounced back infield for Dale Moore (left)to trap with his left foot before thumping a low shot with his right from 25 yards that took one bounce in the box before beating the keeper low at his right hand post.

Cliché time a goal worthy of winning any match.

FT Pollok 2 Glens 3

Glenafton Athletic: 1. David Wilson 2. Ally Park 3. Alan Cairns 4. Craig Menzies 5. Craig Pettigrew 6. Findlay Frye 7. Dan Orsi 8. Cameron Marlow 9. Mick McCann 10. Joe Andrew 11. Lee Gallacher  SUBS:    12. Dale Moore 14. Ryan Nisbet 15. Edward Campbell 16. Ryan McChesney 17. Craig Potter

Pollok: 1. Josh Lumsden 2. Grant Evans 3. Danny McKenzie 4. Paul Gallacher 5. Danny Boyle 6. Jamie Henry 7. Shaun Fraser 8. Del Esplin 9. Stuart McCann 10. Chris Dallas 11. Jordan Morton SUBS 12. Adam Forde 14. Gary McCann 15. Mikey McWilliams 16. Tony Coutts 17. Dom Larkin

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Glenafton 2 Cumnock 1

  • Sat 24 AUG  2019 KO 2:00 pm
  • McBookie.com West Region Premiership| Match 06
  • Loch Park, New Cumnock
  • Glenafton Athletic 2 (0)
    • Andrew, McCann
  • Cumnock Juniors 1 (0)
    • Ramage

Prior to kick-off a minute’s silence in memory of Matt Spiers former Secretary of the Ayrshire and West Regions of Junior football, a true stalwart of the junior game.

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Glens made one change to the side that kicked off at Hurlford mid-week with Cameron Marlow replacing the suspended Ryan McChesney. Both Dale Moore and Ryan Nisbet were unavailable for selection.

Although the Glens had concerns over Craig Burns who was unwell before kick-off the keeper dealt manfully with Cumnock’s early attacks by cleanly clutching Alan Miller’s low ball to the near post; comfortably collecting Chris Campbell’s effort from inside the box and then cut out another cross into the box from Miller.

Glens countered through Alan Cairns on the left floating a ball into the box where a Mick McCann header deflected off Stevie Crawford for a corner-kick which although won in the air by Alan Murdoch the ball fell for McCann only for his shot to loop over the bar.

On 8 minutes Craig Pettigrew cut-out another dangerous ball into the box from Miller on the left at the expense of a corner-kick which bounced in the heart of the box and into Kyle McAusland’s “bread basket” with Cumnock’s appeals for a hand-ball being waved away.

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Criag Pettigrew and Kyle McAusland keep an eyo on Jordan Kemoe and Graeme Ramage

With a quarter of an hour gone Dan Orsi switched play from wide on the right to the lively Lee Galllacher on the left to gather the ball and return it to the far side of the six yard box where Orsi had now arrived  only for former Glens keeper Ally Semple to pull off a point blank save from his header.

Back came Cumnock and a passage of good build up play concluded with Jordan Kemoe killing the ball before slipping a perfect pass to match Miller’s run into the left-hand side of the box but his shot sailed well over the bar.

A 15-minute spell of play then followed where play ebbed from to end without either keeper being seriously tested as defences were well on top. Nevertheless, the runs of Glens’ Gallacher and Cumnock’s Campbell caught the eye.

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Lee Gallacher on the move

On 33 minutes McCann and Gallacher played a neat one-two in and around the box before the former rolled the ball back to Cairns to whip the ball in the heart of the goalmouth only for Findlay Frye’s header to loop over the bar.

Five minutes from the break Cumnock broke down the left through Miller who slipped the ball to Conn in the “D” and from there to Kemoe to hold and pass to the incoming Campbell who cracked a ferocious shot from a tight angle that Burns leapt to brilliantly tip over the bar.  The corner kick that followed ended with Murdoch impeding Pettigrew in the six yard and a free-kick to the home side.

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Craig Burns saves from Chris Campbell (out of shot)

In the final action of the half a Cumnock attack was mopped up in the box by Cameron Marlow who quickly found Orsi who then burst up the left before cutting infield and from 35 yards unleashed a thundering shot which Semple did well to stretch and take the sting out of it with both hands. With the keeper now on the ground the ball then struck the base of the post allowing Mick McCann to gather, but adjudged to have done so from an offside position.

HT Glens 0 Cumnock 0

The visitors were first to show in what proved to be a hectic half played at a high tempo on a hot afternoon. Conn won a corner kick on the right which was headed clear by McCann. Glens countered with Ally Park and Orsi combing down the right before the former hooked the ball high into the box where Frye headed it back to Marlow to thump a low shot from the edge of the “D” that was blocked by Murdoch while McCann’s attempt to fire home the rebound was also blocked before the loose ball fell for Frye only for his shot to sail over the bar.

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Dan Orsi and Ally Park making progress down the right

Cumnock then won four corner-kicks in a three-minute spell without seriously threatening the Glens goal.  On 55 minutes the home side threatened through counter-attacking after Pettigrew cleared a corner and Frye knocked it on to Andrew whose overhead kick from the half-way line was snapped up by Frye to make a lung bursting run for the box where he squared it for the incoming Gallacher only for the back tracking Craig McLeish to make a last gap block. Cumnock scrambled the loose ball out the box which was snapped up by Park who squared to Marlow to instantly feed Andrew in the box with his back to goal and Paul Burns at his box who with his arms all over the Glens striker appeared to haul him to the ground, but play on said the referee much to the astonishment of the home side and their followers.

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Paul Burns and Joe Andrew in the box

Glens dusted themselves down and responded in the best possible fashion. Yet another Cumnock corner-kick was the source of a Glens attack.  Pettigrew cleared it upfield to Marlow who then picked out Frye to make another break for the edge of box where he weaved inside Miller to progress to the penalty spot before shooting for goal and although Semple pulled off a fine save he could do nothing to stop Joe Andrew blasting home the rebound from 6 yards out. Glens up 1-0 on 57 minutes.

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Joe Andrew makes it 1-0

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The visitors fought back and enjoyed a good spell of pressure which inevitably included winning a couple of corner-kicks. On the hour mark from open play Kemoe showed good control before slipping the ball to Burns who struck the ball sweetly from the outskirts of the box only for his namesake keeper Craig Burns to leap and with an outstretched arm pull off a great save and push the ball over the bar.

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Craig Burns saves from Paul Burns

The resulting corner was cleared but Cumnock continued to press and earned a free kick 10 yards inside the Glens half which was fired into the box and met by Paul Burns but his header slipped inches wide of the back post.

On 65 minutes Cumnock brought on Jordan Banks for Jordan Kemoe but it was Glens that were now on the front foot without however testing Semple. The visitors weathered the mini-storm and were still very much in the game but again the counter-attack proved to be their Achilles’ heel. Pettigrew robbed Banks of the ball at the left hand corner of the Glens penalty box before clipping a glorious forward pass to Gallacher in the centre circle where a Sweet Afton dummy left Burns for dead and the midfielder free to emerge from the other end of the centre circle before rolling a defence splitting perfectly weighted pass for Mick McCann bursting into the box and without having to break his stride clipped the ball over the advancing Semple into welcoming net. A glorious goal to double the Glens lead on 76 minutes.

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Lee Gallacher sets Mick McCann free

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Mick McCann beats advancing Ally Semple to make it 2-0

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Cumnock looked crestfallen and the home side pressed for a third without any joy. On 84 minutes the visitors were handed a life-line. Although a free kick into the box saw McAusland win the aerial battle against Stephen McKenna the ball fell for Paul Burns who tried to pick out Miller on the right hand side of the box but before he could gather the ball he collapsed to the ground , apparently impeded by Mick McCann and the referee pointed to the spot. Graeme Ramage stepped up to take the kick and although Burns guessed correctly, he could do nothing to stop the well struck shot finding the bottom of his right-hand corner of the net.

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Graeme Ramage pulls one back from the penalty spot

Play continued at a frantic pace with both sides venturing forward in search of a crucial goal. On 88 minutes Mill flashed a free kick from just outside the right-hand corner of the penalty box inches wide of the far post.  A minute later Conn gathered a throw-in on the right close to the corner flag and wriggled his way to the bye-line before whipping a wicked ball to the near post where Park and Banks both ended on the ground in their attempt to connect with the ball trapped between them keeper Burns was unable to recover it until Pettigrew arrived and along with the resurrected Park  blocked off the risen Banks allowing the keeper to safely smother the ball.

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Craig Burns – got it!!

The visitors continued to press but Glens managed the three minutes of additional by ensuring the ball stayed in the Cumnock half.

FT Glens 2 Cumnock 1

Glenafton Athletic: 1. Craig Burns 2. Ally Park 3. Alan Cairns 4. Craig Pettigrew 5. Kyle McAusland 6. Findlay Frye 7. Dan Orsi 8. Cameron Marlow 9. Mick McCann 10. Joe Andrew 11. Lee Gallacher Subs not used 12. Craig Menzies 14. Edward Campbell 15. Craig Potter

Cumnock Juniors: 1. Ally Semple 2. Paul Burns 3. Stevie Crawford 4. Stephen McKenna 5. Alan Murdoch 6. Craig McLeish 7.Chris Campbell  8. Graeme Ramage 9. Jamie Conn 10. Jordan Kemoe (12. Jordan Banks) 11. Alan Miller

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Hurlford 2 Glenafton 0

  • Wed 21 AUG  2019 KO 6:45 pm
  • McBookie.com West Region Premiership| Match 05
  • Blair Park, Hurlford
  • Hurlford United 2 (2)
    • R. Caddis, L.Caddis
  • Glenafton Athletic 0 (0)

Glenafton made three changes to the starting eleven that faced Rutherglen Glencairn. In came Craig Pettigrew (back from suspension), Kyle McAusland and Joe Andrew to replace Edward Campbell, Cameron Marlow and Ryan Nisbet (unavailable for selection.

In terrible conditions for both sides the Glens couldn’t repeat the victory at Blair Park that they enjoyed at the beginning of the season in the West Sectional Cup match. Hurlford took the lead on 3 minutes through Ryan Caddis. For the third league game out five the Glens were reduced to 10 men after Ryan McChesney received two yellow cards in a ten minute spell. Soon after, on 23 minutes Liam Caddis doubled the home side’s lead to complete the scoring with the best of the remaining chances falling to Hurlford.

Glenafton Athletic: 1. Craig Burns 2. Kyle McAusland 3. Alan Cairns (14. Edward Campbell) 4. Craig Pettigrew 5. Ryan McChesney 6. Findlay Frye 7. Dan Orsi 8. Ally Park 9. Mick McCann 10. Joe Andrew 11. Lee Gallacher (12. Cameron Marlow) Subs Not Used: 15. Craig Potter

 

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