Ardagh Glass Sectional Cup Final

Glenafton Athletic will face Auchinleck Talbot in the Ardagh Glass Sectional Cup Final at Meadow Park, Irvine on Sunday 8th October 2017 in a repeat of the 2014/15 final.


Glenafton Athletic Ardagh Cup Winner 2014/15

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Glenafton 6 Golspie 1

  • William Hill Scottish Cup
  • Preliminary Round 2
  • Loch Park, New Cumnock
  • Saturday 2nd September 2017
    • Chris Dallas 4, Jamie McKernon, Mick McCann
  • Golspie Sutherland 1 (1)


Glenafton played host to Golspie Sutherland of the North Caledonian League in the 2nd Preliminary Round of the William Hill Scottish Cup.

In a strangely subdued first-half the Glens never really got going against a well organised Golspie side that looked very comfortable on the ball and yet had by the far created the bulk of chances on show before visitors took the lead through an own goal on 15 minutes.

As early as two minutes Conor Lynass gathered the ball on the left before cutting inside and cracking a shot from 22 yards into the bread basket of keeper Graeme Williamson. Two minutes later Chris Dallas attempt to angle a close-range effort in at the far post ended with one defender kicking the ball from his keeper’s and another ushering it safely back to the goalie as Joe Andrew threatened. On 7 minutes Andrew was brought down on the outskirts of the box and David Gray’s flashed a free-kick from 25 yards that threatened to rip the side netting with the keeper a spectator.


David Gray’s free kick goes inches wide

The lively Lynass showed MacNab a clean pair of heels only to have them clicked and this time Gray’s free kick from 22 yards was well held by Williamson. Soon after Andrew’s cross from wide on the right was cleanly clutched under the bar by Williamson as Dallas challenged.

On 14 minutes Golspie earned a corner kick on the left that was whipped into the goalmouth and cleared at the expense of another kick from the right which was plucked out the air by keeper Brian McGarrity as MacNab closed in.  A minute later a determined run by a Golspie striker (No 18) into box saw him shake off a couple of Glens defenders and as he tried to slip the ball past the advancing McGarrity in stepped Kyle McAusland to clear only to send the ball into the net via Conor Lynass.


Golspie take the lead

Glens tried hit back immediately with a couple of attacks that were doggedly defended before MacNab countered down the left-wing with a good run and cross into the box that was cut out by Gray. The visitors were forced to make a change with Jacob Lockette coming on for a striker (No. 18).

Midway through the half Dallas gave Jordan Sutherland in the box to fire an angled shot from the corner of the six-yard box that whizzed wide of the post albeit the keeper had his near post well cover. Three minutes later Sutherland barged into Dallas’s back to set up another Gray free-kick that blasted from 25 yards and thundered off the post with the goalie well beaten.


Jamie McKernon broough down in the box

Both sides exchanged corner-kicks that were mopped up before Glens forced back-to-back corners the ended in a similar fashion. The home side continued to press and Jamie McKernon held off a defender to break into the box and slip by Sutherland only for Ewan Murray to slide in and bring down the Glens midfielder. Chris Dallas lashed home the penalty kick to level the tie on 39 minutes.


Chris Dallas makes it 1-1 from the spot

Lynass carved out another chance only for his sweetly struck shot from 22 yards to be deflected wide for a corner kick which Gray clipped into the box and Mick McCann’s header looped over the bar. In the closing action of the half Andrew’s cut back from the bye-line was met by Lynass on the edge of the six-yard box and he seemed certain to score only for Williamson to make a great save with an outstretched leg to guide the ball wide of the post. At the other end McGarrity had to be quick off the mark to clear a ball as MacNab and Lockette closed in.

H/T Glens 1 Golspie 1

The home side began the half with much greater sense of purpose and were immediately on the front foot with early attacks down both flanks before being rewarded with an early goal. Andrew along with the indefatigable Sutherland challenged for the ball and as both players tumbled to the ground the ball fell for Dallas to run unimpeded into the box, draw the keeper from his line before placing his shot from 7 yards that clipped off the inside of the near post sending the ball into the far corner of the net. The home side now 2-1 up after 48 minutes.


Chris Dallas shot clips off the post and into the net

Three minutes later Alan Cairns and Andrew combined well in the box to set Dallas for a tap-in at the box but the big striker did so from a offside position.  However, the Dallas hat-trick did arrive on 56 minutes. Andrew slipped the ball to McKernon deep in the box who then skipped past two defenders to forge his way to the near post before clipping the ball past the keeper and along the face of the goalmouth for Dallas to take a touch before firing home for three yards out.


Chris Dallas fires home his hat-trick 3-1

The visitors now looked all but out on their feet as tired legs struggled to maintain the disciplined defending of the first half while Glens showed no intent to take their feet of the gas. Indeed, the home side brought on the fresh legs of Ally Park in place of Kyle McAusland and he was soon in the thick of it breaking down a rare Golspie attack that Craig Menzies quickly mopped up.

Back came Glens and Lynass fashioned an angled shot from inside the box that was well held by Williamson. On 71 minutes, tired legs may have contributed to a defensive slip that allowed Dallas to nick the ball wide on the left before cutting into the box and wrong footing the advancing keeper to drill a low shot into the gaping net from 16 yards out. After stringing a quartet of goals together the big striker was immediately replaced with Darren McGill and left the field with the now vocal Afton army singing his praises.


Chris Dallas makes it 4-1

Three minutes later Jamie McKernon broke into the box and with three defenders closing in from behind he perfectly timed his shot to beat the keeper from the six-yard line.


Jamie McKernon slots home  and its 5-1

With 15 minutes remaining while Gray waited to deliver another corner-kick Glens made their final substitution with Ryan McChesney making way Iain McKnight. Gray’s kick was met by the head of McCann at the near post and the ball only partially cleared giving the striker a second bite at the cherry to turn and shoot from close range only for Williamson to pull off a wonderful save with quick feet.  The keeper could do little to stop McCann completing the scoring on 84 minutes. A ball from the left floated to the far-side of the box was trapped perfectly by Lynass before he hooked the ball inside for McCann to gather and stab the ball home from 4 yards.


Mick McCann completes the scoring 6-1

After a difficult first half the Glens proved too strong for Golspie in the second half and its the New Cumnock side’s name that went into the hat for the William Hill Scottish Cup 1st round prepare that was made later that day.

Glens will host Glasgow University or Threave Rovers.


F/T Glenafton 6 Golspie 1

Glenafton Athletic: 1. Brian McGarrity 2. Kyle McAusland (15. Ally Park) 3. Alan Cairns 4. Craig Menzies 5. Ryan McChesney (14. Iain McKnight) 6. Jamie McKernon 7. Mick McCann 8. Jamie McKernon 9. Chris Dallas (12. Darren McGill) 10. Joe Andrew 11. Conor Lynass Subs not used: 16. Ryan Borris 17. Craig Potter 18. Scott Watson (gk)

Golspie Sutherland: 1.Graeme Williamson 2. Daniel Coghill 3. Blair Duncan 4. Jordan Sutherland 5. Ewan Murray 6. G. Shearer 7. Alexander MacLeod 8. Adam Sutherland 18. ? 10. G. MacNab 11. Liam Bremner Subs Used: 12. Jacob Lockette 14. Scott Risbridger Subs not used: 9. S. Mackay 15. L. McBoath 16.  B. McKay (gk)

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Glenafton 1 Hurlford 0

  • Ardagh Glass Sectional Cup
  • Semi Final
  • Loch Park, New Cumnock
  • Wednesday 30th August 2017
    • Joe Andrew
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Joe Andrew

Glenafton took the lead on 8 minutes after a passage flowing football from deep in their own half to the outskirts of their opponents’ box where Conor Lynass tried his luck with a low drilled shot from 20 yards only for it to be blocked by a defender after which Cameron Marlow challenged for the loose ball to send in spinning into the air and Lynass on hand to flick it the way of Joe Andrew to lash a low angled shot home. Marlow didn’t recover from the tackle and was replaced by Chris Dallas. The home side dominated the rest of the half with further chances coming the way of Mick McCann, Andrew, Dallas and Lynass and the woodwork coming to the aid of ‘Ford.

The visitors best chances came at the beginning and the end of the second half with the Glens enjoying the period of play in between with chances for Andrew. Dallas and sub Iain McKnight. In the closing minutes Brian McGarrity pulled off a fine save from a close range header to prevent the penalty shoot-out and ensure Glens progressed to the final

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC: 1. Brian McGarrity 2. Kyle McAusland 3.Alan Cairns 4. Craig Menzies, 5. Ryan McChesney 6. Jamie McKernon 7. Conor Lynass 8. David Gray 9. Mick McCann 10. Joe  ndrew 11. Cameron Marlow (12. Chris Dallas). Subs: 14. Iain McKnight 15. Ally Park, 16. Craig Potter 17. Scott Watson (gk)




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Beith 5 Glenafton 0

  • McBookie West Region Super League Premier Division
  • Match 02
  • Bellsdale Park, Beith
  • Saturday 26th August 2017

    • McPherson 3, Milliken, McLaughlin

Glenafton run of 11 straight wins (which included 3 games at the close of last season) ended abruptly at Beith in a heavy 5-0 defeat.

It literally was an uphill battle for the Glens in the first half as the home side attacked down the slope in some style. Ross McPherson turned in the box to flash home a Darren Christie to open the scoring on 4 minutes. McPherson bagged his brace seven minutes later after heading home McGowan’s free kick.  Beith continued to press and it was 3-0 on 30 minutes with David McGowan’s free-kick the source and former Auchinleck player Kier Milliken the finisher. Another header, this time from Mark McLaughlin, made it 4-0 and completed the scoring in the first half without Stephen Grindlay in the Beith goal having been seriously tested.

H/T Beith 4 Glens 0

The visitors fashioned an early chance after the break only for McLaughlin’s tackle preventing Mick McCann from finishing with a shot at goal. Strike partner Chris Dallas did get a shot away but it whizzed wide of target. McPherson completed his hat-trick on the hour mark after smashing a free-kick into the roof of the net. With the outcome of the game in no doubt the tempo dropped and there would be no further scoring, however more pain came the Glens way after Kyle McAusland received a yellow card.  F/T Beith 5 Glens 0

Glenafton Athletic: 1. Brian McGarrity 2. Ally Park 3. Alan Cairns 4. Kyle McAusland 5. Ryan McChesney 6. Jamie McKernon 7. Ryan Borris 8. David Gray 9. Chris Dallas 10.Mick McCann 11. Darren McGill. Subs used : 12.Cameron Marlow 15. Dale Moore Subs not used: 14. Conor Lynass 16. Iain McKnight gk Scott Watson

Beith Juniors: 1. Stephen Grindlay  2. Ryan Docherty 3. Nick Docherty 4. Mark McLaughlin 5. John Sheridan 6.  Wilson 7. Darren Christie (12. James Bradley) 8. Paul Frize (14. Tommy Martin) 9. Ross McPherson (15. David McKenna) 10. Kier Milliken 11. David McGowan. Subs: 16. Tom Collins, 17. Kevin MacDonald.




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Glenafton 7 Craigmark 0

  • Ardagh Glass Sectional Cup
  • Quarter Final
  • Loch Park, New Cumnock
  • Wednesday 23rd August 2017
    • Chris Dallas 3, Cameron Marlow 2, Dale Moore , Kyle McAusland

In an action packed game both sides created decent chances in the opening encounters the best of which fell to the home side including a Chris Dallas shot from inside the box that was brilliantly saved by the Craigmark keeper Matthew McClymont and later a Mick McCann header from a free kick crashed off the base of the post before Ryan Borris’s attempt to thunder home the rebound was cleared off the line. At the other end Brian McGarrity comfortably saved two shots from distance before a header at the back post sneaked wide of target with the keeper beaten.

Glenafton Athletic squad (10)

Chris Dallas

There was an element of good fortune when the Glens opened the scoring on 29 minutes after Chris Dallas’s cross from tight on the right wing aimed for McCann at the back post sailed over the keeper’s head and into the net. No luck involved when Dallas doubled the Glens lead three minutes later the striker allowing a cross from Darren McGill on the left to bounce twice on the far side of the box before unleashing an unstoppable left-footed volley into the roof of the net. McClymont then pulled off a another super save after McCann’s turn and shot in the box.  H/T Glens 2 Craigmark 0

The Dalmellington side made a positive start to he second half and earned a free kick just outside the box and although it cannoned off the wall the chase to retrieve the ball ended with a trip in the box and spot-kick for Craigmark. Unfortunately Scott Dempster lost his footing and skewed his shot from 12 yards wide of the post. To rub salt in the wounds Chris Dallas completed his hat-trick with another wonder strike meeting a corner-kick full on the volley with his  right foot to send the ball screaming into the roof of the net.

Glenafton Athletic squad (13)

Cameron Marlow

Substitute Cameron Marlow made in 4-0 after a powerful run through the middle before being dispossessed at the edge of the box only for McCann to recover the ball and roll it back to Marlow to clip it over the keeper’s head from the 18 yard line. Marlow then added a fifth after picking up a fine pass from Jamie McKernon on the outskirts of the box before chipping another ball from the 18 yard line that ended in the net via the underside of the crossbar. Credit to Craigmark they continued to look for a consolation and McGarrity was forced into a saving a close range header pulled off a brilliant save from a shot within the six yard box.

The home side made it 6-0 after good work down the left by McCann to pick out Dale Moore’s run into the box for the substitute to slip past two defenders and his shot deflect off the advancing keeper before finding the net despite a defender’s valiant attempt to clear it off the line.  In the closing minutes players from both sides lined up the box awaiting the delivery of David Gray’s free kick from the right only for the midfielder to play it back to McKernon who quickly passed to Kyle McAusland on the left hand corner of the penalty box where the defender took a touch or two before lashing a shot into the far corner of the net. F/T Glens 7 Craigmark 0

Glenafton Athletic: 1. Brian McGarrity 2. Cameron Menzies 3. Cameron Marlow 4. Kyle McAusland 5. Iain McKnight 6. Jamie McKernon 7. Ryan Borris (14. Conor Lynass) 8. David Gray 9. Chris Dallas 10. Mick McCann 11. Darren McGill (12. Dale Moore) Subs Used: 15. Ally Park 16. Ryan McChesney


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Glenafton 1 Clydebank 0

  • McBookie West Region Super League Premier Division
  • Match 01
  • Loch Park, New Cumnock
  • Saturday 19th August 2017

    • Joe Andrew
  • CLYDEBANK 0 (0)

On the 19thAugust 1307 the standard of Edward II was raised at Cumnock Castle that stood on the castle-hill overlooking the meeting place of the Afton Water and River Nith.  The newly crowned King of England had marched his great army north in his quest to capture Robert the Bruce, King of Scots who had taken refuge in the hills of Glen Afton.


Ian Burgoyne and club President Iain Young unfurlthe flag

Today on the 19th August 2017, exactly 710 years later, Glenafton Athletic raised their treble winning standard at Loch Park, which lies sandwiched between the castle-hill and the River Nith. On this occasion the newly promoted Clydebank descended on New Cumnock to face the champions of Scotland and just as Edward had managed to purloin Bruce’s own sleuth-hound in an attempt to get one over on the King of Scots, the Bankies now had former Glenafton coach Kieran McAnespie at their head, hoping to sniff-out the Scottish champions weaknesses.

Thankfully only league points were at stake today and proceedings started with the age-old act of chivalry with the opponents forming a guard of honour to applaud the Champions onto the field of play while the Champions and their supporters respectfully acknowledged their genuine gesture.


Clydebank’s guard of honour for the champions

The battle lines drawn on a grey, wet day Clydebank quickly revealed their strategy, one of attack being the best form of defence, as their yellow shirts lit up the gloom like a hail of flaming arrows as they darted forward down both flanks. Within two minutes Glenafton’s captain Craig Menzies had to be sharp to block Jordan Shelvey’s angled volley from inside the left hand side of box and deflect the ball for a corner which was grabbed cleanly under the bar by keeper Brian McGarrity. Attacking full back Andy Paterson whipped a great ball in from the left for Ryan Deas to stoop and flash a header wide of the post on 4 minutes followed quickly by Josh Watt’s shot from the corner of the 18-yard box that flew over the bar as the Bankies continued to press.


Safe in the hands of Brian

The hosts rallied and although Chris Dallas outjumped his markers his header from a David Gray free-kick slipped wide of the post. Jamie Darroch then robbed Joe Andrew of the ball in the box at the expense of a corner-kick which was cleared by the big defender.  On 10 minutes Gray trapped in a pocket of three yellows dinked a superb ball into the box for Ally Park to chase down only for his brave cut-back from the dead-ball line to be smothered by keeper Josh Lumsden as Dallas closed in.

Possession was now more evenly balanced but play was scrappy with the strong wind not helping matters.

On 15 minutes defender Kyle McAusland gathered the ball on the right flank, deep in his own half, and like a human trebuchet catapulted the ball upfield over the Bankies defences where in anticipation Joe Andrew had already breached the self-same defences to let the ball bounce twice before calmly clipping it over the head of the keeper, who had advanced to edge of the box, and into the gaping net. This was the striker’s fourth goal in this fixture, the previous three coming in the colours of Clydebank.


Joe Andrew eyes up the goal…..


1-0 Glenafton!

Darren McGill’s determined running style was proving a handful for the visitors and often a source of a set piece, and a free-kick opportunity for Gray. Having already floated a few into the box the Glens midfielder tried to catch Lumsden off guard with a low drive that slipped past the near post.

The visitors regained their composure with Shelvey leading the vanguard and Johnny Allan and Deas pulling the strings they created half a clutch of decent chances in a 20-minute spell. It began with Shelvey on 20 minutes his close-range header from a corner-kick glancing agonisingly inches wide of the post. The striker then drilled a low drive from 20 yards that was comfortably held by McGarrity.

On 32 minutes the keeper faced a greater test as Shelvey picked up a fine pass and broke into the box before trying to place his shot into the net only for McGarrity now on the penalty blocking it with his legs; the resulting corner-kick headed wide by Ross Forsyth.


Brian defies Jordan

Six minutes later Jamie McKernon brought a Deas run to an end at the expense of a free-kick on the edge of the ‘D’. Up stepped Watt, a summer signing from Cumnock, to curl a shot over the wall and beyond the reach of the keeper only for the ball to crash off the crossbar.


Josh hits the bar!

The Glens had created a couple of chances of their own during the Bankies onslaught through Ryan Boriss’s shot from outside the box that was blocked by a legion of legs while McKernon’s blast from 22 yards had Lumsden at full stretch to push the ball wide of the post; the resulting corner-kick cleared.

In the closing minutes of the half it was more a case of handbags than hand-to-hand combat as the troops from both sides gathered to contest a robust tackle and the reciprocated retaliation. The referee bringing the joust to a close with a yellow card apiece and dishonour even!

HT Glenafton 0 Clydebank 0

Following the half-time truce play resumed and with the strong wind continuing to frustrate both sides as they huffed and puffed and cancelled each other out. The first real chance fell on the hour mark to Shelvey after he showed great skill to shake off two defenders at the edge of the box and drive forward to sweetly strike a low angled shot from 8 yards out only for McGarrity to block it with an outstretched leg and pounce on the loose ball.


Shelvey v McGarrity

Reinforcements were introduced with the Bankies bringing on Ciaran Lafferty for Josh Watt while Glens followed suit soon after with Ryan Borris making way for Dale Moore.

On 63 minutes Lafferty slipped a fine pass to Deas on the edge of the box and rather than complete the one-two he turned a defender to fashion a powerful shot at goal that proved no match for the power of McGarrity’s gauntlets.

Midway through the half Glenafton came close to doubling their lead. Gray’s corner-kick was headed into the crowded goalmouth by Dallas where the ball was trapped by Andrew with his back to goal and yet, somehow, he engineered a shot that battered off the post before Moore tried not once but twice to bury the rebound but could not penetrate the schiltron of shirts of yellow.


Joe hits the post

At the other end a free kick 10 yards from the corner-flag was floated into the six yard box for Darroch only for the ball to be cleanly clutched from his head by the formidable McGarrity.

Glens brought on Cameron Marlow for David Gray in preparation for the final 20 minutes as the Bankies pressed for a precious equaliser. Shelvey sent another 20 yard shot whizzing wide of the post and minutes later Allan from the ‘D’ hooked a well struck shot that McGarrity clutched firmly on the line.

A final flurry of substitutions followed with the home side bringing on Mick McCann for Joe Andrew and the visitors replacing Phil Johnston with Reece Pearson and the gallant Jordan Shelvey with Chris Black.

In the closing minutes the two captains duelled in the Glens box as Menzies threw his body in front of Forsyth’s shot and the ball eventually deflected for a corner-kick that was headed clear by McKernon at the near post.


Captain’s duel

The final whistle ended with warm handshakes between players and management teams.

FT Glenafton 1 Clydebank 0

Glenafton Athletic: 1. Brian McGarrity 2. Ally Park 3. Alan Cairns 4. Craig Menzies 5. Kyle McAusland 6. Jamie McKernon 7. Ryan Borris (15. Dale Moore) 8. David Gray(14. Cameron Marlow) 9. Chris Dallas 10. Joe Andrew (12. Mick McCann) 11. Darren McGill Subs not used 16. Iain McKnight Gk Scott Watson

Clydebank: 1. Josh Lumsden 2. Jamie Lyden 3. Andy Paterson 4. Ross Forsyth 5. Jamie Darroch 15. Alan Vezza 18. Johnny Allan 7.  Phil Johnston (12. Reece Pearson) 11. Watt (10. Ciaran Lafferty) 8. Ryan Deas, 9. Jordan Shelvey (16. Chris Black) 11. Josh Watt  Subs not used: 6.Calum Gow 20. Scott Morrison

The Bankies were sent homeward not so much to think again but to think of what might have been after having created so many chances in such difficult conditions.

Champions Glenafton will relish the three points and reflect that they have won 7 games in 17 days and kept three clean sheets against Premier Division sides.


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Glenafton 5 Kello 2

  • Ardagh Glass Sectional Cup
  • Section 4: Match 5
  • Loch Park, New Cumnock
  • Wednesday 16th August 2017
    • Chris Dallas 4, David Gray
  • KELLO ROVERS 2 (0)

Glenafton Athletic squad (10)Glenafton maintained their 100% record start to the season with a 5-2 win over newly promoted Super League 1st Division side Kello Rovers.  Chris Dallas opened the scoring in 20 minutes.David Gray fired home a free-kick 5 minutes later and Dallas bagged a brace 5 minutes before the break. Rovers pulled one back before Dallas completed his hat-trick. Former Glens keeper Ryan Dunsmuir saved Jamie McKernon’s spot kick before Kello pulled it back to 4-2  only for Dallas to fire in a fourth to complete the scoring.

Glenafton Athletic: 1. Brian McGarrity 2. Ally Park 3. Alan Cairns (14. Craig McEwan) 4. Craig Menzies 5. Kyle McAusland 6. David Gray 7. Jamie McKernon 8. Craig Potter 9. Chris Dallas 10. Joe Andrew 11. Dale Moore (12. Conor Lynass) Subs not used: 15. Cameron Marlow 16. Iain McKnight Gk Scott Watson





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