Kilwinning 1 Glenafton 1

  • McBookie West Region Super League Premier Division
  • Match 00
  • Abbey Park, Kilwinning
  • Saturday 13th January 2018
  • KILWINNING RANGERS 1 (0)
    • Own goal
  • GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 1 (1)
    • Chris Dallas

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Reigning Premier Division champions Glenafton and league leaders Kilwinning shared the points at a rain-sodden Abbey Park in a game short of clear-cut chances but full of endeavour in difficult conditions.

The Buffs enjoyed some early pressure forcing the Glens central defenders into a couple of ‘close-shave’ pass backs that saw keeper Brian McGarrity keep a cool head to clear both quickly. On 10 minutes the home side won a corner-kick after Sam McCloskey’s cross from wide on the left was headed over the bar by Craig Menzies as Brian Boylan threatened. The kick, taken by former Glens midfielder Mick Wardrope, was partially cleared to the outskirts of the box only for Boylan to recover the ball and then to lose it again after a well-timed slide tackle by Menzies.

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Ryan McChesney and Brian Boylan

A quick break down the right by Glens concluding with Conor Lynass cut-back from the bye-line stirred up a stramash in the six-yard box with the ball taken from the toes of Ally Park and then recovered by Chris Dallas before Tommy Maitland cleared for the Buffs. Within 30 seconds however the visitors were on the attack again. Brian McGarrity launched the ball upfield which was headed on by Dallas only to be intercepted by James Latta, however his weak header back to his keeper was pounced on by Mick McCann who was then brought down by his former Talbot team-mate as he tried to make amends for his error. Latta was shown a red card for denying a goal scoring opportunity and

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James Latta and Mick McCann

Chris Dallas sent Adam Strain the wrong way as he slotted home the spot kick to put the Glens ahead on 14 minutes.

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Back came the Buffs through Boylan winning a corner-kick, after another fine tackle from Menzies, which was punched to safety by McGarrity.

The game then slipped into a scrappy period with play bogged down in the middle of the park and possession quickly lost if there was touch too many was taken or a pass then went astray as the pitch became heavier with the constant rain.

On 26 minutes Strain ventured well off his line to make a clearance only to get into a fankle giving Dallas time to close in, nick the ball and round the keeper before Strain got his wits back to dive at the striker’s feet and recapture the ball.

Boylan then broke down the right to the bye-line and with his route to goal blocked by Alan Cairns he elected to slip a pass to Wardrope but in stepped Menzies to clear the danger again.  Buffs continued to press through Ben Lewis down the right who curled a wicked ball to the far post for the incoming Boylan only for McAusland to intercept at the expense of a corner kick which was headed clear by Park.

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Tommy Maitland and Mick McCann

Ten minutes from the break Glens responded through Dallas down the right forcing his way to the bye-line where his cut-back for McCann was cut-out by Maitland for a corner-kick which was followed by two other corners in quick succession as Buffs cleared their decks. The 11 men continued to press for a second goal and earned yet another corner-kick which eventually fell for Park only for his shot be blocked in a packed box as was McChesney’s attempt at the rebound.

With the half drawing to a close Rickey Hanvey tried to fashion a equaliser with a shot from 25 yards out but the ball swerved harmlessly wide of target. At the other end he tripped McKernon on the outskirts of the box but the Buffs wall took the brunt of McAusland’s free kick in all but the last action of the half.

HT Kilwinning 0 Glens 1

Within two minutes of the restart the Glens won another corner after McKernon’s attempted chip to the back post cannoned off Lewis and despite Strain’s valiant attempt he couldn’t prevent the ball crossing the line. The kick was cleared upfield but back came Glens and Dale Moore’s run down the left-wing was brought to an abrupt end resulting in a free-kick floated in the six-yard box that was cut-out by Maitland with Dallas sliding in at the back post.

On 50 minutes McCann was first to react to snap up a headed clearance before pushing forward to drill a shot that sailed over the bar. Glens were seeing a lot of the ball without however testing keeper Strain.

The Buffs gradually came back into the game and created a couple of decent chances in quick succession. Wardrope on the left slipped the ball inside to Carlo Monti who struck the ball sweetly in his stride from 22 yards only for McChesney outstretched leg diverting the ball wide for a corner kick which was over hit and the danger over momentarily. Boylan gathered the ball in the centre circle and chipped a great ball for Wardrope to chase into the box however no sooner had he taken a touch the backtracking McChesney stole the ball from his toes.

At the other end McKernon over hit a free-kick seemingly straight into the keeper’s hands but although he spilled the ball he quickly dived on it to prevent Dallas prodding it home. Not only that, Strain’s long clearance upfield saw the ball eventually fall for Sam McLoskey wide on left to whip a vicious ball into the box for the incoming Lewis only for Cairns’ attempt to block the ball see it end up in the back of his own net, levelling the match on 59 minutes.

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Ball ends up in Glens net

Two minutes later Monti’s free kick into the box was headed over the bar by Maitland.

Glenafton brought on Darren McGill for Conor Lynass and the midfielder was soon in the thick of the action. McCann chased down Dallas’s headed knock down to burst into the box and hit a low angled shot that was blocked by the foot of advancing Strain sending the ball to the outskirts of the box where it was met by McGill his shot drifted well wide of the post.

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Jamie McKernon and Mick Wardrope

On 72 minutes Monti played a fine one-two at pace with Lewis to break down the right with McChesney on his heels and as he cut into the box the big defender stole he ball cleanly before the Buffs player tumbled to the ground, earning only a ticking off from the referee.

Wardrope failed to recover from and earlier injury and was replaced by Findlay Frye, another former Glenafton player.

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Chris Dallas shoots for goal

Back came Glens and McCann did brilliantly to break free from the arms of Maitland to slip a superb pass for Dallas to pick up the ball at the edge box and with the indefatigable Maitland closing in the striker cracked a stinging shot from 17 yards that although the ball beat the keeper it swerved wide of the far post.

Glenafton then changed to three up front with striker Joe Andrew coming on for Dale Moore. However, a change of plan quickly transpired after McChesney was shown a straight red card for denying a goal scoring opportunity after impeding Monti’s run into the box. 1-1 and 10 aside with 74 minutes. Monti then fired the free-kick from 22 yards high over the bar. Soon after Glens reverted to two up front with the tireless Mick McCann making way for Ryan Borris while Buffs brought on David Winters for Brian Boylan.

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Adam Strain saves from Joe Andrew

With ten minutes to go McKernon lasered a free kick into the box which was trapped by Dallas and rolled back out for Park to thunder a low drive which although looking to go wide was angled towards goal by Andrew only for the alert Strain to get down low and push the ball away with both hands before diving on the loose ball.

Buffs made their last change with Rick Hanvey hobbling off.

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It’s off the post.

With three minutes of regulation time remaining Kilwinning came close to claiming all three points when Maitland’s header from a corner kick crashed off the post.

A Glens corner kick was headed clear in added time and in what was all but that last action of the match McGill’s free kick from 25 yards was clutched comfortably by Strain.

F/T Kilwinning 1 Glenafton 1

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC: 1. Brian McGarrity 2. Kyle McAusland 3. Alan Cairns 4. Craig Menzies 5. Ryan McChesney 6. Jamie McKernon 7. Conor Lynass (14. Darren McGill) 8. Ally Park 9. Chris Dallas 10. Mick McCann (15. Ryan Borris) 11. Dale Moore (12. Joe Andrew)

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Glenafton 0 Auchinleck 1

  • McBookie West Region Super League Premier Division
  • Match 07
  • Loch Park, New Cumnock
  • Saturday 6th January 2018
  • GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 0 (0)
  • AUCHINLECK TALBOT 1 (0)

A minute’s silence was observed before kick-off in the memory of Jackie Scarlett who passed away last Saturday, aged 88 years old.  A well-known figure in Ayrshire Junior football he played a leading role in turning the fortunes of Whitletts Victoria around in the 1970s when the club seem destined to fold.  Of course he will also be remembered fo sponsoring the Ayrshire Sectional League Cup known as the Jackie Scarlett Cup in honour of his father of the same name.

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Auchinleck Talbot were first footers at Loch Park in the first game of the New Year and were quickly on the front foot forcing back-to-back corner from attacks down both flanks.

Glens responded with a fine through ball from McCann for Chris Dallas to chase but the striker lost out to the alert Andy Leishman as the keeper raced 10 yards out of his box to boot the ball clear. Soon after the keeper got down low to cut out Dallas’s cross from wide on the right aimed for Ryan Borris in the six-yard box.

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Chris Dallas and Neil McPherson

At the other end Stephen Wilson’s fine run down the right flank saw him progress to the bye-line only for his cut-back for brother Graham to be  cleared by Craig Menzies at the near post. The visitors recovered the ball and play switched to the left where former Glenafton U19’s player Klark Thomson gathered the ball and engineered an angled shot at goal that was well held by Brian McGarrity. The keeper also made light work of a close- range header by Graham Wilson from another Jamie Glasgow cross.

Although play continued to ebb and flow, albeit interrupted by niggly fouls from both sides, clear cut chances were thinner on the ground than the layer of Loch Park frost that had melted away in the January sunshine as defences were well on top.

On 20 minutes Jamie McKernon broke down another Talbot attack deep in his own half and picked out Borris who quickly found Davie Gray who gave a clutch of Talbot midfielders the slip before threading a ball through the middle destined for McCann’s run into the box only for defender Neil McPherson to intercept in the nick of time.

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Jamie Glasgow goes close

The visitors counter-attack came within a whisker of breaking the deadlock after Graham Wilson broke down the left and floated a killer cross to the back post where Glasgow leapt of one foot to guide the ball with the other past McGarrity covering the near post only for it to hit off the knee of Ryan McChesney and roll along the goal line to be gathered by the keeper re-emerging from the back of the net.

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Brian McGarrity stops the ball in the line

Back came Glens and their pressure resulted in another couple of free kicks in good positions one of which on 24 minutes earned a yellow card for Gordon Pope. Gray’s chip into the box was only partially cleared and snapped up by Borris to return the ball into the busy box to be headed on by McCann and Gray to meet the ball on the drop and fire his shot into the side-netting.

Five minutes later Gray’s free-kick from just inside the Talbot half was won in the air by McChesney but his header drifted wide of the post which was well covered by Leishman in any case. Five minutes after that the keeper must have had a flashback to the Scottish Junior Cup Final in June when defender Alan Cairns opted to shoot from 35 yards out however on his occasion the ball sailed over the bar.

On 39 minutes Kyle McAusland breaking down the right joined Pope in the book after a tussle with the Talbot defender. Leishman launched the free-kick upfield and the ball eventually fell for Graham Wilson in the box and with Ally Park closing him down he slipped the ball to brother Stephen to shoot from 12 yards but McChesney got in a great block. McKernon picked up the loose ball and released Borris to break forward and feed McCann to edge into the box with Dallas support only for McPherson to time his tackle perfectly and steal the ball.

 

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Ryan McChesney and Jamie Glasgow

Menzies broke up Talbot’s counter on the half-way line and then with the ball glued to his feet forged his way forward through the outer lines of defence before clipping the ball into the box for McCann to chase but by time he forced the save from Leishman the offside flag had been raised. In the last action of the half Menzies was back at the heart of the defence to mop up a free-kick floated into the Glens box.

H/T Glens 0 Auchinleck 0

The pattern of the second half soon mimicked that of the first with play moving from end to end. Glasgow on the right picked out Graham Wilson but his powerful header, which  pulled off a point-blank save from McGarrity, was from a offside position.

McKernon’s peach of a pass, through the middle, enabled Dallas to get the jump on Ross Harvey 10 yards inside the Talbot half and head for the Talbot box.  With the defender hot on his heels and Leishman advancing to the edge of his six-yard box the striker scooped his shot from 12 yards out over Leishman standing tall and over the bar.

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Chris Dallas chance

At the other end on 53 minutes Stephen Wilson from the right picked out Dwayne Hyslop in the box but his shot lacked power to test McGarrity. From the half way line Pope lofted a perfectly weighted ball over the Glens defence for Graham Wilson to gather and tee up a shot at goal only for Cairns to execute a well-timed block.

On 57 minutes the Glens reshuffled the midfield with Dale Moore and Darren McGill replacing Ryan Borris and Davie Gray. Five minutes later Talbot made a change up front with Graham Wilson making way for Sean McIlroy.

Back to the action and White weaved his way deep into the left hand-side of the box and from within a pocket of Glens defenders managed to manufacture a low angled shot that saw McGarrity drop to his knees to  gather the ball at the base of the near post.

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Kyle McAusland and Klark Thomson

Back came Glens and  when there was no way through a packed box for Dallas he slipped the ball to Moore wide on the right to whip a vicious ball across the face of goal that Leishman managed to punch away at the back post and then block McGill’s attempt to drive home the loose ball. Another good run from Moore ended on the edge of box with a timely tackle from Pope.

The visitors then enjoyed a good spell of pressure with a couple of corner kicks that came to nothing.

Controversy on 74 minutes when Harvey grabbed a fistful of the back of Dallas’s shirt in the box. The defender earned a yellow card but was very fortunate a spot kick didn’t follow as the referee placed the ball a good two yards outside the box for the free-kick which was blasted into the wall and cleared.

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Ross Harvey and Chris Dallas in the box

Two minutes later Talbot brought on Mark Shankland for Klark Thomson who can be pleased with his performance on his return to Loch Park.

On 80 minutes McPherson’s headed clearance from a McAusland cross into the box fell for Park on the 18-yard line and the former Talbot midfielder struck the ball swift and sweetly sending it whistling inches wide of the post with Leishman late to see it.

Talbot countered through Glasgow slipping the ball to Shankland on the outskirts of the box and although he curled his shot past McAusland it lacked the direction and power to threaten McGarrity.

McGill wide on the left lofted the ball deep into the Talbot where Moore darted into the space between Pope and Harvey to stretch out a leg only to guide the ball away from goal much to the relief Leishman.

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Mick McCann

Shankland snapped up Glasgow’s header in the box but was forced wide by McAusland before whipping the ball to the back post where it was headed clear by Cairns. Pope then picked out Hyslop in the box but with McChesney and Park between him and goal he turned and scooped his shot over the bar.

Although play continued to flow back and forth Talbot’s attacks had a more menacing edge. On 80 minutes Stephen Wilson switched play from the right to Shankland on the left hand and Menzies slid in to cut out his cross as Talbot players flooded into the box. McAusland headed the resulting corner-kick out of the box and Harvey gathered it on the right to float a great cross to the back post where Hyslop headed it across the face of goal and McIlroy seemed certain to bulge the net with a close range header only for Park to head the ball off the line.

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Ally Park clears off the line

The visitors pressure finally paid off two minutes when Dwayne Hyslop headed home Pope pinpoint cross from the left to the back post.

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Dwayne Hyslop celebrates

On 90 minutes Glens won their first corner kick of the match, after Pope’s tackle robbed Moore of the ball deep in the box, which Leishman clutched cleanly out of the air.

Three minutes of added time came and went and the game finished with a 1-0 scoreline as had the two other meetings between the sided this season.

F/T Glens 0 Auchinleck 1

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

Auchinleck Talbot 1. Andy Leishman 2. Gordon Pope 3. Willie Lyle 4. Neil McPherson 5. Ross Harvey 6. Hyslop 7. Stephen Wilson 8. Steven White 9. Graham Wilson 10. Jamie Glasgow 11. Klark Thomson Subs 12. Sean McIroy 14. Mark Shankland 15. Gareth Armstrong 16. Kyle Faulds 17. Craig McCracken

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Glenafton 4 Kirkintilloch 0

  • McBookie West Region Super League Premier Division
  • Match 06
  • Loch Park, New Cumnock
  • Saturday 23rd December 2017
  • GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 4 (2)
    • Chris Dallas, Ally Park, Darren McGill, Mick McCann
  • KIRKINTILLOCH ROB ROY 0 (0)

A minute’s silence was held before kick off in memory of Glenafton supporter Maurice Hanlon who passed away on Wednesday after a long illness and he will be sadly missed at Loch Park.

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A moment for Maurice

Glenafton made two changes to the starting eleven that lost out to Rob Roy last Saturday in the Scottish Junior Cup with David Gray and Chris Dallas coming in for Dale Moore and Mick McCann. The visitors made four changes from their starting line up with Daniel O’Halloran, Stefan Law, Andrew Johnstone and Gary Carroll replacing Gary McMenamin, Gary McCulloch, Gavin Mackie and Willie Sawyers.

Manager Craig McEwan was looking for a reaction following the holders exit from the Scottish Junior Cup as the reigning Premier Divisions champions faced what was only their sixth game of the league campaign. Southy hadn’t long to wait as Chris Dallas picked a defence splitting pass from Joe Andrew to burst into the box and round the advancing keeper before lashing the ball into the net; Glens 1-0 up after six minutes.

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Chris Dallas opens the scoring

Rabs raced upfield to earn a corner kick which was headed clear by Ryan McChesney as Danny Boyle challenged.

Played ebbed back and forth with the home side kicking into a strong wind. On 13 minutes Ryan Borris from just inside the Rabs’ box held off defender Scott Walker to lay off the ball for Ally Park only for his shot to fly wide of the post. Ten minutes later Gary Carroll in a packed penalty box picked out Joe Slattery and his low drive was comfortably held by keeper Brian McGarrity.

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Ryan McChesney

Back up the park and defender Daniel McKenzie grappled with Joe Andrew tight on the right flank before taking the feet from the striker. After the yellow card was shown David Gray floated a free-kick into the six-yard box which sclaffed off the head of Walker and the ball fell kindly for McChesney at the far corner of the six-yard box but the big defender fired wide of the back post.

Glens continued to press with Jamie McKernon and Gray bossing the middle of the park. Alan Cairns and Borris combined before the latter’s attempt to find Dallas deep in the box was cleared by Daniel O’Halloran. The ball was quickly returned to the danger area and as keeper Steven McNeil rushed to the penalty spot to gather Boyle opted to head clear only for the ball to fall for Ally Park on the edge of the “D” and from 22 yards he wonderfully volleyed the ball into the beckoning net to double the Glens lead on 26 minutes.

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Ally Park celebrates at 2-0

The Afton tails were up and McChesney launched a long ball upfield from deep on the left to McAusland wide on the right and the full back burst forward before whipping the ball into the goalmouth where Park’s touch sent the ball inches wide.

On 31 minutes Shaun Fraser clipped the heels of Dallas as the Rabs conceded another free-kick on the outskirts of the box. Gray’s kick was headed clear and played back into the box by McAusland only for the ball to be cleared again at the expense of a corner-kick. The ball eventually fell to McChesney and his shot for goal before McAusland’s attempt to fire home rebound through a ruck of players was cleared off the line by the well place McKenzie.

The home side continued to look the more threatening with the Rabs showing as an attacking force in glimpses but crosses into the Glens box were easily mopped up by McChesney and Craig Menzies. Five minutes from the break and Fraser picked up a yellow card for persistent fouling. In the last action of the half the midfielder went down easily in the box albeit from a offside position. The incident generated a heated exchange of views and Fraser did not appear for the second half after receiving a second yellow-card for a ‘stamp’ on the toes of a Glens player on the way to pavilion.

 H/T Glens 2 Rabs 0

With two minutes of the restart McNeil did well to get down low and push Borris’s angled shot wide for a corner kick which was whipped wickedly across the face of goal to the back post where McAusland tried in vain to keep the ball in play. Two minutes later McKernon stole the ball on the half way line and spotting the keeper off his line he launched an audacious shot for the empty net. The back-tracking McNeil was relieved to see the ball re-enter Loch Park’s atmosphere and clipped the back of the cross-bar and splash down on the roof the net.

Gray then picked a pass from Park before floating the ball into the box for Dallas to beat Boyle the jump but his header was comfortably by the goalie.

On the hour mark Rob Roy made a double substitution with Willie Sawyers and Lee Gallacher replacing Andrew Johnstone and Joe Slattery. The Glens quickly followed suit and brought on Dale Moore and Darren McGill for David Gray and Ryan Borris; both leaving to well-deserved applause.

Moore was soon in the thick of the action with an exhilarating run down the right that saw him skip past Rab after Rab to force his way to the corner of six yard and his shot pull off a super two-handed save from McNeil.

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Stephen McNeil saves from Dale Moore

Sawyers too had made an impact winning a hat-trick of free-kicks. One of these aimed for him in the heart of the box was headed clear by McAusland and the ball snapped up by Moore to drive through the middle before firing a shot from 25 yards that flew wide of the post. A minute later Sawyers brought McGill from behind to concede a free kick from 25 yards out.  Up stepped Darren McGill and cracked a vicious kick that beat McNeil and crashed off the underside of the bar with the ball appearing to cross the line (the linesman heading for the half way line) however Chris Dallas was on hand to head home from 4 yards out as the keeper was still trying to get back on his feet. Glens 3-0 up against 10 men after 66 minutes.

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Darren McGill’s free-kick makes it 3-0

The Rabs surrendered the ball from the kick off and the home side won a corner kick that was booted clear by Boyle. On 70 minutes Glenafton made their final substitution with Joe Andrew coming off to an appreciative applause to make way for Mick McCann who soon after came within inches of connecting with a wicked ball whipped into the six-yard box by Moore; the winger’s mesmerising runs exasperating the 10 men.

With 15 minutes to go Kirkintilloch made their final change with Stefan Law making way for Gavin Mackie.

Glenafton continued to attack in waves and a great run down the right by McCann took him to the by-line only for his cut back for Dallas to by cut out by an outstretched leg of the keeper.  McGill and Dallas combined before picking out Mick McCann on the left-hand side of the box where he gave Walker the slip before wheeling to drill a low angled drive that whizzed by the wrong-footed McNeil to make it 4-0 on 78 minutes.

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Mick MCann completes the scoring

The traffic was all but one-way during the remainder of the game with McGill shooting wide before sending another shot from outside the box dipping over the bar. McAusland then shot wide and soon after McNeil pulled off another decent save from Park’s powerful shot from inside the box.

With two minutes to go Rabs were reduced to 9 men after Walker earned a second yellow card from a foul on the outskirts of the box. A minute later and an exasperated O’Halloran hacked down Moore on another blistering run to leave the referee little choice to send the young defender off.

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On a day the club opened their new turnstyle the team turned on the style to secure all three points from a thoroughly convincing win.

FT Glens 4 Rabs 0

Glenafton Athletic: 1. Brian McGarrity 2. Kyle McAusland 3. Alan Cairns 4. Craig Menzies  Ryan McChesney 6. Jamie McKernon 7. David Gray (14 Dale Moore 8. Ally Park 9. Chris Dallas 10. Joe Andrew (12. Mick McCann) 11. Ryan Borris (16. Darren McGill) Subs Not Used: 15.Connor Lynass 17. Scott Watson (gk)

Kirkintilloch Rob Roy: 1. Stephen McNeil 2. Scott Walker 3. Daniel McKenzie 4. Daniel O’Halloran 5. Daniel Boyle 6. Stefan Law (16. Gavin Mackie) 7. Andrew Johnstone (9. Willie Sawyers) 8. Shaun Fraser 15. Gary Carroll 10. Kevin Watt 11. Joe Slattery (12. Lee Gallacher ) Subs Not Used: 14. Gary McCulloch 17. Michael Morris

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Kirkintilloch 1 Glenafton 0

  • Scottish Junior Cup
  • Round 3
  • Petershill Park, Glasgow
  • Saturday 16th December 2017
  • KIRKINTILLOCH ROB ROY 1 (0)
    • Kevin Watt
  • GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 0 (0)

LATE GOAL RESULTS IN EARLY EXIT FOR HOLDERS

aa_DSC_2853Holders Glenafton were knocked out of the Scottish Junior Cup by fellow Premier Division side Kirkintilloch Rob Roy after Kevin Watt scored with only 3 minutes remaining of the 3rd round tie.

After two previous postponements the 3rd round tie was moved to the plastic pitch at Petershill Park a decision vindicated after much of the Junior card was again wiped out due to frozen pitches.

Glens kicked off as the low December sun cast elongated sharp shadows over the spruce green Petershill pitch.  The Rabs were first to threaten in 2 minutes after Joe Slattery’s efforts down the right-wing earned the ‘home’ side a corner kick. Although Daniel Boyle won a free-header from close range the ball flew straight into the welcoming hands of keeper Brian McGarrity.

Two minutes later the ‘visitors’ made equal good use of their right flank through Ryan Borris determined run to the goal-line and although his cut-back for the inrushing Joe Andrew was cut out by Boyle’s outstretched leg the ball spun up into air for Andrew to head for goal only for the ball to sneak inches wide of the post.

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Joe’s header drifts wide

Back came the Rabs and a free-kick into the box was headed across the face of goal by Boyle for Willie Sawyers to lay-off to Gary McMenamin but his close range shot at goal was blocked by Alan Cairns and the loose ball cleared by Mick McCann. Soon after McCann was on hand again to head clear a free-kick whipped into the goalmouth from the right-hand side of the box.

Glenafton then enjoyed a good spell of pressure with the combination of Kyle McAusland and Borris down the right flank becoming a feature of the play. However, on 10 minutes, it was from a throw-in on the left that ended with the Glens finding the net after Andrew held up the ball before stroking a pass into the box for McCann to chase down and slip the ball past keeper Stephen McNeil; the offside flag curtailing early Christmas celebrations.

Two minutes later Borris’s cross from the right was headed on by Boyle before the ball dropped for Dale Moore at the back and his volley across the box was deflected wide for a corner-kick which was headed clear by Gary McCulloch.

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Mick McCann holds off Gary McMenamin

Glens continued to press and on 15 minutes McCann broke through the middle holding off the challenge of McMenamin before the Rabs captain pulled him back on the outskirts of the box and although Jamie McKernon’s free kick beat the wall the ball sailed over the bar.  Two minutes later McMenamin’s game was over after falling awkwardly in a 50-50 challenge with McCann of the right touch-line and was replaced by Daniel O’Halloran.

On 17 minutes Alan Cairns switched the play to right where Borris’s headed knock on saw Andrew get the jump on the Rabs’ defence and charge into the box before cracking a powerful angle shot that was blocked well by the keeper who had advanced to the corner of the six-yard box.

Some respite for the Rabs through a strong run down the left by Kevin Watt however having breached the Glens box he was undone by a fine tackle from Glens captain Craig Menzies. McAusland’s pressure forced McCulloch into a slack pass that was snapped up by Moore and after a few strides hit a low shot from outside the box that McNeil got down low to hold comfortably.

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Dale Moore and Danny Boyle

A scramble in the Glens box ended with Cairns and McGarrity combining at the post to extinguish the exuberant endeavours of Shaun Fraser. Soon after, a slick one-two between Sawyers and Gavin Mackie set up shot for the striker in the box only for Cairns to slide in with a perfectly timed tackle to clear the danger. The tireless Borris equalled that as stole the ball from the feet of Fraser as he mincingly advanced to the Glens box.

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Jamie McKernon breaks down Rabs attack with Ally Park and Craig Menzies in support

Rabs pressure as the half drew to a close resulted in Ryan McChesney, Menzies and Ally Park all being booked within a five-minute spell of each other. Only one of the free-kicks came to anything after Fraser’s free-kick deflected off the wall for a corner-kick which was over hit and marshalled clear by McAusland at the back post.  It was the energetic Glenafton full back that conjured the final chance of the half with a shot from outside the box that was well held by McNeil.

HT Rob Roy 0 Glens 0

Straight from kick-off McChesney mopped up a Rabs’ attack before Glens replied through a blistering break down the left by Moore that took him into the box where his low angled drive was blocked by the legs of the outrushing keeper. Play continued to ebb and flow from end-to-end which occasionally produced a half-chance. Slattery fired wide of target from outside the box at one end and O’Neill pulled off a fine save from Park at the other; although another tight offside decision would have denied the Glens midfielder the opener in any case. In between times McCulloch was booked for shoving Andrew off the ball at the edge of the box, however the Glens set piece yet again failed to test the keeper.

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Kyle McAusland and Ryan Borris

Although McAusland and Borris continued to combine well and make good progress down the right flank but unpicking the Rabs’ defence to fashion a shot at goal was proving a tougher nut to crack.  Back up the park and Watt forged his way to the right corner-flag before rolling the ball back for Slattery at the corner of the box and although his attempt to pick out Sawyers in the middle of the box was cut out by Cairns the loose ball was snapped up by McCulloch and his low drive whizzed wide of McGarrity’s far post.  McAusland tried his luck with a shot from 22 yards out that O’Neill gladly welcomed into his clutches.

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Ally Park and Danny Boyle

Three substitutions in a ten-minute spell saw the Rabs replace Gavin Mackie with Andrew Johnston either side of the Glens bringing on Conor Lynass for Dale Moore and Joe Andrew making way for Chris Dallas. The game remained goal-less with twenty minutes to go.

With his way into the left-hand side of the box Slattery squared the ball to McCulloch to fire a shot from 25 yards that was blocked by Park and the loose ball fell for Sawyers who was quickly robbed by McChesney and the danger cleared.

On 73 minutes Watt collected a knock down from Sawyers in the box and with McAusland for company turned a flashed a shot that flew wide of target. Three minutes later Cairns flashed a long- range shot inches wide of McNeil’s post. Borris, wide on the right then, whipped a super cross high into the box where McNeil leapt to claw the ball from the head of Dallas before dropping like a stone to smother it before Lynass could pounce.

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Chris Dallas

With 10 minutes to go Slattery earned the Rabs a corner kick which was won at the back post by Boyle but his header disappeared into the glare of the of the floodlights.

Both sides then made their final substitutions with Ryan Borris coming off for Darren McGill and Rabs replacing Willie Sawyers with replaced by Garry Carroll.

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Kevin Watt (No 10) scores the winner,

With 2 minutes to go the fresh legs of Carroll broke down the left before picking out Fraser and from the corner of the six-yard box the midfielder lashed a powerful shot that brilliantly parried by an equally powerful hand of McGarrity only for the ball to fall kindly for the incoming Kevin Watt to lash the ball into the roof of the net.

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Glens tried in vain to fashion a final chance but McNeil kept his cool to cleanly clutch a cross under his bar. Rabs didn’t rest on their laurels and earned another corner-kick before the sun set on Glenafton’s hold on the Scottish Junior Cup.

Hard lines Glenafton and congratulations to Rob Roy .

F/T Rob Roy 1 Glens 0

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

Kirkintilloch Rob Roy: 1. Stephen McNeil 2. Scott Walker 3. Daniel McKenzie 4. Gary McMenamin (17. Daniel O’Halloran) Daniel Boyle 6. Gary McCulloch 7. Joe Slattery 8. Shaun Fraser 9. Willie Sawyers 10. Kevin Watt 11. Gavin Mackie 12. Gary Carroll 14. Jordan McGuire 15. Michael Morris 16. Andrew Johnston 17. Daniel O’Halloran

Footnote: Glenafton were pleased to here that the injury to Rabs captain Gary McMenamin was not as serious as first thought and wish him a speedy recovery.

GLENAFTON LEGENDS

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Livingston 2 Glenafton 0

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  • William Hill Scottish Cup
  • Round 3
  • Tony Macaroni Arena, Livingston
  • Saturday 18th November 2017
  • LIVINGSTON 2 (1)
    • Dylan Mackin (2)
  • GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 0 (0)

 

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Warm-up

LIVI LIONS TOO STRONG FOR THE PRIDE OF DEAR NEW CUMNOCK

Glenafton Athletic’s journey into this season’s William Hill Scottish Cup began by gaining entry into the competition as Scottish Junior Cup Winners and West Region Premier Division Champions.  After successfully navigating two preliminary rounds and the 1st and 2nd round proper of the national cup competition the Glens travelled to face Livingston, last season’s SPFL 1st Division Champions, who currently sit one point off the top of the SPFL Championship as they battle for a return to the Premier Division.

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Kick-off

Glens manager Craig McEwan set out his stall with a ‘have a go’  4-3-3 formation the front three comprising Chris Dallas, Mick McCann and Joe Andrew who between them had scored 12 goals in the four rounds of the competition.  The men tasked with managing the midfield were Jamie McKernon, Ally Park and David Gray while the defence had the familiar look of captain Craig Menzies and Ryan McChesney in central defence with Kyle McAusland and Alan Cairns the attack-minded full backs and Brian McGarrity the man between the sticks.

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Brian McGarrity beats Dale Carrick to the ball

In the opening 15 minutes the visitors were more than a match for Livingston. Clear cut chances were thin of the ground as central defenders of both sides came out on top in the physically crunching aerial battles. When called upon both keepers also came out on top Brian McGarrity clutching the ball as Dale Carrick challenged and his counterpart debutant goalie Gary Maley punching clear a David Gray free kick whipped deep into the box.

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Dale Carrick & Craig Menzies

On 14 minutes another Gray free kick from all but the right hand corner flag was headed wide by Mick McCann under pressure from Craig Halkett.  The Lions roared upfield and the lively Josh Mullin and Keaghan Jacobs combined down the right to set up a chance for Jackson Longridge at the back post only for McGarrity to get down low and push the ball away.

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Dylan Mackin opens the scoring

A flowing passage of play ended with Jacobs releasing Mullin to run to the outskirts of the box where his shot for goal cannoned off defender Alan Cairns and behind for a corner. Mullin took the kick which was headed on by Alan Lithgow and the defection off a defender quickly gathered by Dylan Mackin before lashing a left footed shot into the net  from 8 yards out to give the hosts the lead on 20 minutes. Four minutes later Glens tried to conjure up a carbon copy with Gray’s corner headed on by Mick McCann but the ball didn’t fall kindly for Dallas and the striker’s effort drifted wide of the target.

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Jamie McKernon on the move

Jamie McKernon and Ally Park were having to put in a shift and half in the middle park , however on the half hour mark Park required to leave the field having failed to recover from an injury sustained in a free-kick he had conceded five minutes earlier.  He was replaced by Dale Moore and the attacking midfielder showed some nice early touches that drew a couple of free kicks from Livi which came to nothing.

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Chris Dallas effort goes wide

On 34 minutes Craig Menzies headed clearance was recovered by the hosts and Jacobs’ cracker of a shot from 25 yards whizzed inches of the post albeit McGarrity appeared to have it well covered. The keeper then dealt comfortably with Declan Gallacher’s attempt to convert a free-kick into the box from close range. Soon after the full back produced a goal saving tackle at the other end after Dallas had shown Shaun Byrne  clean pair of heels to burst into the box only for the back-tracking Gallacher to steal the ball from his toes.

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Joe Andrew holds off Craig Halkettt

The home side finished the half with a flurry of chances two of the half variety  the first a  header from Carrick that was comfortably saved by McGarrity and then a powerful 20 yard shot from Mackin that ended in the ubiquitous row Z of the Tony Macaroni Arena. The final chance began with a delightful pass from Scott Pittmann that picked out Jacobs run into the left hand side and the midfielder low angled drive was brilliantly blocked at the corner of the six yard box by the feet of the advancing McGarrity.

Half-time Livingston 1 Glenafton 0

Glens kicked off and within a minute a great through ball saw Dallas get the jump on Alan Lithgow and push forward only for the covering Halkett to cut across and into the path of the striker who was then penalised in the box for holding back the defender. While at the other end Carrick in the box under pressure from Ryan McChesney shot over the bar.

The visitors struggled to conjure up any further early chances in the half as play was punctuated for a period with a number of fouls conceded by the hosts.

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Ryan McChesney steals the ball from Dale Carrick

Indeed it was Livi that looked the more threatening going forward. On 52 minutes another peach of pass from Pittman looked certain to set up Carrick in the box only for McChesney to execute a superb tackle and Kyle McAusland mop up the loose ball. Soon after McChesney blocked Pittman’s shot and then followed up with a goal saving tackle on the midfielder only for the loose ball to be played back into the heart  of the goal where the big defender block Carrick’s shot from close range at the expense of a corner kick. McGarrity was forced to push that kick over the bar for another corner which resulted in a Mullin chance that was saved by the keeper. Mullin on the right then gathered a great pass from the centre circle to cut inside and drill a low angled shot the that was block by the knee of McGarrity.

The Lions pressure paid off on 61 minutes with a well worked and well taken goal. Jacobs picked up a headed clearance on the centre circle and quickly fed Mullin wide on the right who curled a pass upfield to Carrick before setting off to complete the one-two and whip a vicious ball into the box over McChesney’s head and there was Dylan Mackin to bullet a downward header into the net from 6 yards.

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Dylan Mackin doubles Livi’s lead

Both sides made changes with Livi bringing on Nicky Cadden for Jackson Longridge and Glens later replacing Mick McCann with Ryan Borris. In between times Carrick had the ball in the net but from a offside position.

The home side continued to press and the half chances on offer were all falling to them through a Mullin shot saved by McGarrity and Mackin’s header for a hat-trick sailing over the bar.

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Chris Dallas and Joe Andrew

Further changes were made with Glens replacing David Gray with Conor Lynass and Livi bringing on Matthew Knox for goal-maker Josh Mullin. Both replacements were soon in the thick of things with McGarrity saving from Knox and Lynass’s run down the left setting up a move then ended with Joe Andrew heading wide of target.

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David Gray

Credit to Glenafton they finished with their heads and tails up. McAusland and Lynass were combining well down the right flank enabling the latter to drive to the goal-line and cut the ball into the goal mouth only for Maley to block with his feet at the near post and send the ball skyward to be cleared. Soon after Lynass whipped the ball high into the box from tight on the right flank forcing Maley to palm the ball away as Dallas threatened.  Moore then made good progress down the right before being upended by Pittmann and after the free-kick into the box was cleared Moore was fouled again, this time by Lithgow and again the free-kick was cleared. Lynass then advanced to the deadball line only for his cross into the box to be cleared to safety.

A breather for Livi four minutes for time as goal hero Dylan Mackin had to leave the park through injury to be replaced by Craig Henderson.

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Kyle McAusland

Glens continued to push for a what would now be a consolation goal unless of course the ‘miracle of nearby Broxburn’ in the Scottish Junior Cup 1st round last season could be repeated. Alas it was not to be and in added time Knox passed up a good chance to make it 3-0 for the hosts after some fine build up play ended with a shot lacking power that was saved comfortably by man-of-the match McGarrity.

The Lions thoroughly deserved their victory and we wish them well in their push for the Premier Division. As for Glenafton the lion-hearts left the field with the songs of praise from the Afton Army ringing in their ears – ‘The pride of dear New Cumnock‘.

Full-time : Livingston 2 Glenafton 0

Glenafton Athletic: 1. Brian McGarrity 2. Kyle McAusland 3. Alan Cairns 4. Craig Menzies (captain) 5. Ryan McChesney 6. Ally Park (14. Dale Moore) 7. David Gray (15.Conor Lynass) 8. Jamie McKernon 9. Mick McCann (12. Ryan Borris) 10. Joe Andrew 11. Chris Dallas Subs not used: 16. Iain McKnight 17. Cameron Marlow 18. Craig Potter 19. Scott Watson (gk)

Livingston: 20 Gary Maley. 31 Declan Gallagher 26. Craig Halkett 4. Alan Lithgow 7. Sean Mullin (16. Matthew Knox) 6. Shaun Byrne 14. Keaghan Jacobs 8. Scott Pittman, 3. Jackson Longridge (11. Nicky Cadden 61) 15. Dylan Mackin (22. Craig Henderson) 19. Dale Carrick.
Subs not used: 1. Neil Alexander 9. Nikolay Todorov 23. Rafa De-Vita

Referee: Alan Newlands

Attendance:735

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Glens 2 Girvan 3

  • New Coin Automatics West of Scotland Cup
  • Round 1
  • Loch Park, New Cumnock
  • Saturday 11th November 2017
  • GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 2 (0)
    • Ryan Borris, Kyle McAusland
  • Girvan 3 (3)
    • Michael Reilly, Craig Reid 2

Glenafton hosted Girvan in the New Coin Automatics West of Scotland Cup 1st round and to mark Armistice Day a minute’s silence was observed before kick-off.

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Glenafton made one change from the starting eleven that faced Dalry Thistle in the Scottish Junior Cup victory over Dalry Thistle with central Iain McKnight replacing captain Craig Menzies suffering from a back injury. The Girvan side included former Glenafton striker Michael Reilly while on the bench was defender Andrew Hunter currently on loan from the Glens.

The visitors got off to a great start after Michael Reilly capitalised on a slack defensive pass wide on the left to steal the ball and drive deep into the box to fire an angled shot which saw the ball take a deflection off a defender before bulging the back of the net. Seasiders up 1-0 with two minutes gone.

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Michael Reilly opens the scoring

Glenafton responded well in terms of possession and attacking play without however creating any clear-cut chances particularly from corner-kicks and a series of free-kicks won in the visitors’ half. Indeed, the home side survived a scare after a long clearance by keeper Brian McGarrity was gathered by Jack McDowall and from the half-way line launched the ball for goal only for Ally Park to get back and kill it dead with his chest a few yards from the goal-line.

Back came Glens through Jamie McKernon picking up a pass from Joe Andrew to force his way to the bye-line and cut the ball back for Dale Moore only for his shot from 12 yards to be blocked by Michael Mossie. With the box packed Park then tried to curl a shot from 22 yards only for it to dip over the bar.  On 17 minutes Kyle McAusland floated a great ball into the six yard box where Moore got in behind the defender to hook a goal-bound shot that keeper Scott Johnstone did well to get down low and punch it away with both fists.

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Scott Johnstone save from Dale Moor

Girvan then enjoyed a good spell which saw Craig Reid pick up a pass in space but his attempt to curl the ball into the top corner was well off target. Reilly then caught the Glens defence on the hop and advanced to the edge of the box but his shot with McKnight closing in lacked the power to test McGarrity. Paul Cameron and Scott Dinwoodie came out on top in a game of head-tennis in the centre circle with Reilly picking up the loose ball to slip a defence splitting pass to Robert Patterson who seemingly beat the offside trap to run into the box unchallenged before squaring the ball for the incoming Craig Reid to guide the ball home from 6 yards out before clattering into the post to delay his celebrations. Girvan 2-0 up with 28 minutes gone.

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Goalscorer Craig Reid flat out at the post after making it 2-0

Any concussion Reid suffered was short-lived for two minutes he extended the visitors lead. Play maker Paul Cameron whipped a free kick from the right into the heart of the six-yard box and although McGarrity managed to punch it clear from Reilly’s head an attempt to clear the loose ball saw it crash of the bar and there was Reid at the back post to head it into the empty net from two yards.

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Reid celebrates as Girvan go 3-0 up

A stunned Glens gathered themselves and won a corner-kick from the kick-off only for this to be headed clear again by central defender Darren Mitchell. The ball was quickly recovered and McKernon’s chip into the box was met by a powerful downward header by McChesney which the alert Johnstone got down low to hold at the base of the post.

McDowall replied for the visitors with a powerful run down the left before cutting into the box with a trio of defenders on his tail and as he geared to shoot the covering Alan Cairns made a goal saving tackle at the expense of a corner kick which was cleared to safety.

Back came the hosts and McKernon found Andrew in the box who held off Mitchell before wheeling and shooting for goal but again the keeper was not be bettered. Unable to fashion a shot from within a crowded penalty box Andrew rolled the ball back to Park who in turn set up McAusland to blast a shot from 25 yards that Johnstone pushed away and Stephen Auld mopped up the loose ball.

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Ryan Borris holds off Scott Dinwoodie

On 41 minutes Mitchell impeded Andrew on the edge of the box, 6 inches the wrong side for a spot kick for the home side.  The free kick was blocked by the wall and the remnants of which also blocked the Glens next as they continued to struggle to manufacture a clean shot at goal.  A final raid before half-time was repelled by a stubborn defence and Park was forced to try from 22 yards sending a low show whizzing wide of the post.

H/T Glens 0 Girvan 3

Glens began the second half on the front foot but penetrating the Girvan box was still proving difficult although McKernon did manage to muscle his way past Cameron and Dinwoodie at the expense of losing control of the ball which was booted clear by Mark Doolan. Soon after McKernon’s corner-kick was cleared initiating a Girvan break that ended with Reilly’s shot from inside the box being comfortably saved by McGarrity.

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Joe Andrew and Darren Mitchell

On 57 minutes Mitchell wrestled Andrew to ground in the box but claims for a penalty fell on deaf ears and Girvan came close to rubbing salt in the wounds with a quick break that ended with McGarrity pulling off a brilliant save from Patterson’s close-range header. Within a minute the Glens turned what could have been a 0-4 scoreline to one of 1-3 when Cairns from wide on the left fired the ball to the edge of the six-yard box where Ryan Borris got the jump on Doolan to head past Johnstone on 58 minutes.

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Ryan Borris heads home to make it 1-3

The midfielder was then replaced by striker Chris Dallas as Glens set out to salvage something from the game with half an hour to go.

Girvan look rattled as Glens went on the offensive with Park’s header from inside the box looping over the bar and a minute later the midfielder forced the keeper into a brave save as he slid and tried to guide home an Andrew pass. A Glens corner kick was cleared and the counter-attack ended with McDowall’s shot at goal being easily held by McGarrity. Back came the Glens on 63 minutes. Dallas outjumped Mitchell to head the ball onto Andrew on the outskirts of the box who squared the ball for the inrushing Moore to burst into the box and round the advancing keeper only to leave to a tight an angle and his shot drifted wide of the empty goal. Park then hit another sweet strike from 22 yards but against Johnstone was his match and clutched the ball cleanly.

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Dale Moore rounds the keeper

The home side’s pressing was relentless although Girvan looked lively on the break with a Patterson low angled shot forcing another save from McGarrity. On 70 minutes Girvan brought on Marc Cameron for Jack McDowall while soon after Glens replaced Mick McCann with David Gray.

Chris Dallas lashed a low vicious shot from the left-hand side of the box and although it beat the keeper at full stretch the ball sneaked wide of the far post. Glens one-way traffic continued to face congestion in the Girvan box but gaps were now appearing that fostered a faint glimmer of hope.

McKernon slipped a super pass to Moore on the right to whip the ball into the box and when it fell for Andrew there wasn’t a defender within 5 yards allowing the striker time to turn and thump a shot only for man-of-the-match Johnstone to pull off another great save to push the ball round the post.

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Joe Andrew fires for goal

McKernon’s corner was fired low to McChesney on the six yard line and as the defender set up to redirect the ball goalward Dinwoodie won the ball with a crunching tackle and while players turned to look at the referee for a whistle that never came, meanwhile Dinwoodie picked himself up to clear the loose ball. A minute later Andrew gathered the ball on the right hand corner of the box and rolled it back out to Gray to drill a low shot that was cleared by Mitchell’s outstretched leg sending the ball spinning to the left hand side of the ‘D’ where it was snapped up by Kyle McAusland to arrow an unstoppable shot past the helpless keeper.  Glens now a goal behind with 6 minutes to go.

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Kule McAusland (far left) blasts home for 2-3

McAusland forward pass to Andrew was knocked on to allow Park to burst into the box and advance to the corner of the six yard box and having drawn the keeper from his line he squared the ball for Dallas only for his effort to miss the target and the ball cleared to safety.

With four minutes remaining Girvan brought on Andrew Hunter for Mark Doolan as they looked to see out the game, however attack almost turned into the best form of defence when Reid cut in from the right to drill a low shot that beat McGarrity but Park was on hand to clear the danger.

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Scott Johnstone pulls of another great save

In the last-minute of the regulation 90 minutes the tireless Dinwoodie headed the ball clear of the box which fell at the feet of McAusland and Gray, the later thumping It first time sending the ball seemingly to herald a penalty shoot-out only for the airborne Johnstone to pull off the save of the match and tip the ball wide for corner kick. Gray’s kick was then won in the air by Park but his header sailed over the bar.

Deep into stoppage time and Girvan replaced Michael Reilly with David Cunningham and two minutes later the referee’s whistle went to end an eventful cup tie.

F/T Glens 2 Girvan 3

Glenafton Athletic: 1. Brian McGarrity 2. Kyle McAusland 3. Alan Cairns 4. Iain McKnight 5. Ryan McChesney 6. Jamie McKernon 7. Ryan Borris (12. Chris Dallas) 8. Ally Park 9. Mick McCann (14. David Gray) 10. Joe Andrew 11. Dale Moore subs not used: 15. Conor Lynass 16. Craig Menzies 17. Cameron Marlow Gk Scott Watson

Girvan: 1. Scott Johnstone 2. Stephen Auld 3.Mark Doolan (15. Andrew Hunter) 4. Michael Mossie 5. Darren Mitchell 6. Scott Dinwoodie 7. Craig Reid 8. Paul Cameron 9. Michael Reilly (12. David Cunningham) 10. Robert Patterson 11.  Jack McDowall (14. Marc Cameron) subs 12. Danny Cunningham 16. Stevie O’Donnell

 

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Dalry 1 Glenafton 5

  • Scottish Junior Cup
  • Round 2
  • Abbey Park, Kilwinning
  • Saturday 4th November 2017
  • DALRY THISTLE 1 (0)
    • Dylan Stevenson
  • GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 5 (3)
    • Mick McCann 3, Dale Moore, Ryan McChesney

MICK’S THE MAN AS HOLDERS ADVANCE IN THE SCOTTISH 

Glenafton began their defence of the Scottish Junior Cup with a 2nd round tie against Dalry Thistle at Abbey Park the home of Kilwinning Rangers over concerns that Thistle’s Merksworth Park would be unplayable; the tie having been called off the last week.

The two sides have met twice before in the competition and both games like today’s in the 2nd with Glens winning 4-1 in 1935/36 and underdogs Dalry triumphant more recently in 2008/09 winning in a penalty shoot after two 1-1 draws.

In the Dalry starting eleven were goalkeeper Blair Lochhead who joined the Merksworth side from the Glens in the summer after a loan spell last season and former Glens striker Ian Cashmore. Meanwhile Thistle’s manager Gavin Friels opened the scoring for the Glens in their Scottish Junior Cup 2nd round replay defeat against Lanark United back in 2006/07 in what was his only appearance for the club during a short spell on loan from Ayr United. Currently his side are unbeaten in the Ayrshire District League with 4 wins and a draw from their 5 games.

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A minute’s silence was observed prior to kick-off.

Within a few minutes of the kick-off the New Cumnock side found themselves playing into the driving rain as Kyle McAusland broke down the right-wing to whip the ball heart of the penalty box where the unmarked Mick McCann met it first time only to lash the high over the bar. On 5 minutes McCann, at the left-hand corner of the penalty box, gathered a throw in from Alan Cairns and with a defender at his back took a couple of touches before wheeling round to curl a vicious shot through the gap in a clutch of Dalry defenders which saw the ball bounce off the soaking surface before accelerating into the net beyond keeper Blair Lochhead at full stretch.

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Mick floored as his shot finds the net

 

Two minutes later the Glens doubled their lead with a beautifully worked goal. Ryan Borris wide on the right picked up a pass from McAusland to push forward into the Dalry half and playing a quick one-two with McCann. Collecting the ball with his left foot Borris cut inside to slip a superb defence splitting ball with the outside of his right foot for Dale Moore to chase down in the box and with Kyle Cumming closing in the midfielder kept his cool to drill a low shot beyond the keeper for the ball to smack of the base of the inside of the post before ending in tent.

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Dale Moore shoots, he scores !

Although the rain relented the Glens never took their foot of the gas with Jamie McKernon and Ally Park controlling the middle of the park and looking to use both flanks to build attacks. Lochhead did well to cut out a Borris cross from the right as McCann hovered with intent. Moore fired a shot from 20 yards that whizzed wide of the post and on 30 minutes Ally Park thundered a shot from the right-hand side of the box that cracked off the self-same post.  A minute later Joe Andrew after combining with Moore on the left forced his way into the box to fire a shot from a tight angle that the keeper did well to get down and block with his knees before the loose ball was quickly cleared.

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Dylan Stevenson and Craig Menzies

Cairns deep in the left sent a ball over the top of Dalry’s defence for Moore to hunt down and whip the ball across the face of goal for McCann at the back post only for full back Kyle Lochhead to intervene and send the ball sailing high into the sky and behind for a corner kick. McKernon’s kick was partially cleared by Chris McGowan and recovered by Borris who clipped it down the right flank for McKernon to float the ball into the six yard box where Ryan McChesney pounced on a defensive slip and kept his cool to slam home a left-footed shot home from 8 yards out as defender John Monan and keeper closed in. The holders now 3-0 up with 34 minutes gone.

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Ryan McChesney makes it 3-0

Five minutes later McCann slipped the ball to Moore and as the midfielder tried to round the advancing keeper the ball was bravely stripped from his feet by the keeper.

A defiant Dalry ended the half, the park now bathed in sunshine, with a flurry earning a corner-kick that was headed clear by McAusland and the ball quickly returned to the heart of the box where captain Craig Menzies made a timely tackle to deny the forward a shot at goal. Glenafton had the last say as Andrew picked out McCann deep in the box only for Lochhead to pull off what proved to be his best save of the match.

H/T Dalry 0 Glens 3

The second half began how the first had finished after Lochhead denied McCann with another decent save but any thoughts of one-way traffic were quickly dispelled.  Monan launched a seemingly hopeful ball through the middle which however eluded the Glens defence presenting Dylan Stevenson with a free run at goal with McAusland on his heels. On reaching the 18 yard line having drawn keeper Brian McGarrity from his line the former Talbot forward fairly lashed the ball into the net to pull one back from 48 minutes.

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Dylan Stevenson fires home

Thistle took heart and veteran defender McGowan had a shot blocked by Park and later McGarrity held another sizzling shot from Stevenson on the hour mark. A clever ball over the top by Jordan Stuart for Stevenson caught McChesney on his heels forcing McGarrity to rush from his line and dive at the feet of the striker to snatch the ball cleanly.

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Brian McGarrity foils Dylan Stevenson

A minute later the stuffing was knocked out of Dalry’s revival when McCann extended Glenafton’s lead. A McKernon corner kick from the left was cleared at the expense of another corner from the right which McKernon pitched into a packed six-yard box where McCann arrived late to bullet home an unstoppable header. Glenafton 4-1 up with 63 minutes gone.

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Mick McCann heads home for 4-1

The holders brought on fresh legs with Chris Dallas replacing Joe Andrew followed soon after by a double substitution with Dale Moore and Ryan Borris making way for Conor Lynass and David Gray.

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Craig & Cashy keep their distance 🙂

Play was punctuated with a number of petty fouls and fewer not so petty as the game drew to conclusion with clear-cut chances thin on the Abbey Park ground. With a minute to go however McAusland won the ball wide on the right and clipped it over the top of the Dalry defence for Dallas to gather and drive to the bye-line before cutting the ball back for McCann to complete his hat-trick from close range.

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Conor and Chris with Mick completing his hat-trick

F/T Dalry 1 Glens 5

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

Dalry Thistle: 1. Blair Lochhead 2. John Monan 3. Kyle Lochhead 4. Lewis Kirkwood 5. Chris McGowan 6. Jordan Stuart 7. Kyle Cumming 8, Jamie Anderson 9. Ian Cashmore 10. Dylan Stevenson 11. Sean Lavery. Subs. 12. 14.Craig Marshall 15. Mark Archdeacon 16. Paul Lawrie 17. Paul Byrne 18. Barry Fleeting

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Deveronvale 0 Glenafton 2

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  • William Hill Scottish Cup
  • Round 2
  • Princess Royal Park, Banff
  • Saturday 14th October 2017
  • DEVERONVALE 0 (0)
  • GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 2 (0)
    • Joe Andrew (2)

 

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JOE JOE IS THE MAN” WITH LATE DOUBLE AS AFTON FLOW PAST DEVERON

Glenafton travelled to Banff with midfielders David Gray, Cameron Marlow, Jamie McKernon and Ally Park all unavailable selection. Nevertheless the Glens strength in depth ensured a strong starting eleven took the field with assistant manager Craig Potter and Ryan Borris at the heart of the midfield.

Prior to kick-off both sides ‘Showed Racism the Red Card” in support of the SFA’s weekend of supporting SRtRC Scotland.

The visitors started brightly and Potter gathered up a loose clearance on the outskirts of the box and cut the ball back for Moore to drive forward before firing a shot from 25 yards that the keeper did well to get down low to hold.  McAusland wide on the right and deep in his own half launched a long ball over the top of the Vale defence for Mick McCann to chase the ball down and form the right hand side of the box flashed an angled shot that beat the keeper at full stretch but slipped inches wide of the back post.

The home side’s best chances came as the half progressed. A header won in the middle of the park released the winger down the right to skip past a defender to float a great ball into the box only for striker Dane Ballard’s header to fly wide of the post. The overlapping left back displayed great footwork in the box to give the Glens defence the slip and pick out Bob Scott but he rushed his shot and the ball swerved well of target without testing Brian McGarrity in the Glens goal. H/T Vale 0 Glens 0

Glens came close to making the breakthrough as defender Alan Cairns drove forward and from 25 yards tried to repeat his dream shot in the Scottish Junior Cup final only for the ball to deflect of a Vale defender and fly high into the air. On its descent Chris Dallas beat the defender to the ball but then appeared to be impeded with both players falling to the ground and as the striker claimed for a penalty the ball broke loose to McCann with his back to goal who hooked it over the keeper’s head only for it to bounce off the top of the bar and bounce conveniently into the bemused goalie’s gloves. McCann then snapped up a stray pass deep in his own half and released Ryan Borris through the middle of the park with a peach of a pass which Borris them emulated to release substitute Joe Andrew to break into the box and chip the ball over the advancing keeper and into net. To the disbelief of Borris and Andrew the offside flag to bring the celebrations to an abrupt end.

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Joe Andrew

A long ball upfield caught out the Glens defence and Ballard took a great touch in the box with his right foot before lashing a powerful left foot shot only for McGarrity to pull off the save of the match and push the ball round the post. It went from bad to worse for Ballard after the tripped Potter from behind just inside the Glens half and while tempers were still cooling McAusland launched the free kick up to the left hand corner of the box for McCann to head into the box and Joe Andrew to pounce and drill a low angled shot into the far corner of the net to end the stalemate on 87 minutes.

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A minute into added time and substitute Darren McGill broke up the left-wing and after a coming together with a midfielder both players fell to the ground but the never-say-die midfielder sprung to his feet to recover the ball. He then cut infield before chipping the ball into the box where although it was headed clear the ball fell at the feet of Joe Andrew to take a couple of touches before lashing the ball into the same far corner of the net. The New Cumnock side were through to the 3rd round of the William Hill Scottish Cup. F/T Vale 0 Glens 2

Video: The William Hill Scottish Cup Facebook Page

William Hill Scottish Cup top goalscorers (do not include Preliminary Rounds)

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William Hill Scottish Cup 3rd Round Draw

The draw for the 3rd round of the Scottish Cup was made at Links Park, Montrose an hour after the conclusion of the 2nd round games on Saturday. It was streamed live on the Scottish Cup Facebook page and Archie Knox, pulled Glenafton Athletic number (21)  first ‘out  of the hat’ and then Derek Sim of Montrose F.C pulled out Queen of the South to give the Glens a dream tie that would pack Loch Park. Regrettably the draw was soon at “sixes and sevens” after the basic error of confusing “sixes and nines” ensured red-faces. In accordance with rules this was deemed a “technical error” and the original draw considered null and void and it was re-drawn from the start.

Glenafton Athletic were then drawn away to Livingston who at the time of the draw are sitting 2nd top of the SPFL Championship. It’s a great honour for the club to play against a team at such a high level in Scottish football.

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Glenafton 0 Auchinleck 1

  • Ardagh Glass Sectional Cup
  • Final
  • Meadow Park, Irvine
  • Sunday 8th October 2017
  • GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 0 (0)
  • AUCHINLECK TALBOT  1 (0)
    • Craig McCracken

Glenafton Athletic faced Auchinleck Talbot in the Ardagh Cup Sectional Cup final at Meadow Park, Irvine in a repeat of the 2014/15 final when the New Cumnock side triumphed at Troon. Of course, Glenafton came out on top when both sides faced each other in the Scottish Junior Cup final at the end of last season having already done the league double over the Talbot on their way to being crowned Premier Division Champions. The New Cumnock side made it four wins a row over their local rivals with a 1-0 win at Beechwood in the Ardagh Section match as they progressed to the final with a 100% record.

The Glens started brightly and a Jamie McKernon free kick from 25 yards dipped viciously over the Talbot wall and just wide of the post with keeper Andy Leishman at full stretch.  Dale Moore then found Joe Andrew to set up a cross from the left-hand side of the box that took a wicked deflection of Ross Harvey sending the ball skyward and is descended towards the Talbot goal Leishman was forced to nudge it over the bar. Conor Lynass weaved his way from the right infield and picked out Ally Park in a pocket of defenders in the box who quickly released the ball to Mick McCann and as the former Talbot teed up to shot Willie Lyle broke away from the aforementioned pocket to get a goal-saving block on McCann’s shot from 8 yards.

Talbot came more into the game as the half progressed and had the ball in the net after Graham Wilson swivelled in the “D” to hook a super volley that flew into the net past keeper Brian McGarrity who made no effort to save as he acknowledged the offside-flag. Wilson then played a neat one-two with Gareth Armstrong to advance deep into the Glens box only for shot at gaol to be blocked by Ally Park.  H/T Glens 0 Talbot 0

Glenafton Athletic squad (16)Glens were first to show in the second half and struck the woodwork twice within a minute.  McKernon, deep in on the left hand side of the Talbot half, rolled the ball back for Kyle McAusland (left) as he pushed forward over the half way line and from all of 35 yards he launched a blistering dipping shot that beat an airborne Leishman at full stretch only for the ball to thunder off the upright. Memories of Alan Cairns winning goal in the Scottish Junior Cup spring to the minds of players and supporters of both persuasion.

Within 60 seconds Moore collected a pass from Joe Andrew to break forward before curling a wicked shot from 25 yards past two defenders in his path and again the ball beat the keeper at full stretch and yet again the woodwork came to the Talbot’s rescue. Andrew hunted down the loose ball only for McCracken to get a touch which looked certain to send the ball into his own net only for the grounded Leishman to get a glove to it and push it away for Gordon Pope to boot clear.

Talbot counted their blessings and more. A pass from Armstrong released the lively Jamies Glasgow wide in the box to crack a shot from a tight angle forcing McGarrity to pull off a fine and push the ball out for a corner at his near post. That corner was partially cleared and another followed in quick succession which was delivered to the edge of the six yard box up leapt Craig McCracken to bullet an unstoppable header downward and up into net.

Talbot’s tails were up and Glasgow’s pace opened up a couple of good chances both of which ended with the young striker caught in two minds to pass or shoot and the chances gone. A Talbot free-kick then crashed of the junction and cross and bar. In a final flurry McGarrity launched a couple of free kicks into a packed Talbot box, one of which ended with McCann’s shot blocked on the line and the other with Chris Dallas’s header flashing wide

Glenafton Athletic: 1. Brian McGarrity 2. Kyle McAusland 3. Alan Cairns 4. Craig Menzies 5. Ryan McChesney 6. Jamie McKernon 7. Conor Lynass (14. Ryan Borris) 8. Ally Park 9. Mick McCann 10. Joe Andrew (12. Chris Dallas) 11.Dale Moore

Auchinleck Talbot: 1. Andy Leishman 2. Willie Lyle 3. Gordon Pope 4. Ross Harvey 5. Craig McCracken 6. Steven White 7. Gareth Armstrong 8. Stephen Wilson (Dylan Pooler) 9. Graham Wilson 10. Jamie Glasgow (Sean McIlroy) 11. Dwayne Hyslop

 

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Squad News: John Carter

Glenafton Athletic squad (9)Striker John Carter has left the club by mutual agreement.  Working long hours and travelling back and forth from Greenock was impacting on family time. Signed from Queen’s Park in January 2017 he has joined his former club and hometown team Greenock Juniors.

He made 26 appearances for the Glens and  scored 5 goals.

Glenafton would like to thank John and wish him all the best.

 

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John Carter, Chris Dallas and Mick McCann with the West Region Premier Division Trophy

 

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