Pollok 2 Glenafton 0

PDM Buildbase WOFL | Match 0324/07/2021
KO 2:00pm
Newlandsfield Park, Glasgow
Pollok2 (0)S. McCann, Forde
Glenafton Athletic 0 (0)
Warm-up on the sunny Southside

Glenafton kicked off with the glorious Newlandsfield pitch bathed in equally glorious sunshine. It was former Pollok keeper Scott Johnson that was first called into action getting down low to save a low shot angled shot from Matty Grant.

At the other end Leon Murphy’s ball into the box was deflected high into the air and on its descent keeper Jordan Longmuir punched the ball from the head of Jordan Ryan.

The home side were breaking at speed, Grant in particular catching the eye, and spreading the ball from flank to flank. Fraser won a corner kick down the right which was headed over the bar by Kyle Bradley.

Sam McKee, Ryan and David Blyth combined well to progress to the outskirts of the box but were stopped in their tracks by a trio of defenders. Soon after Jordan chased down Alan Cairns’ long ball into the box only for the outstretched arms of Longmuir to beat the Glens striker outstretched leg to the ball.

Midway through the half the home side came close to opening their account. A string of neat passes allowed Fraser to drive down the left to the bye-line before whipping a cross into the six-yard which was headed back out by Craig Pettigrew and recovered by Fraser who picked out the incoming Stuart McCann only for his header to batter of the bar.

Bradley mopped up a Glens attack and fed Grant to sprint to the half-way line before hitting a long diagonal ball that Adam Ford killed with his left foot and as it dropped cracked with the same peg to send the ball dipping over the bar.

Justin Devenny then floated a Glens free-kick into a crowded box with Longmuir rising to double-fist it out for a throw only for Sean Bennie to launch it back from where it came and this time Paul Gallacher won the aerial battle to clear the danger. This promptly sparked another lightning streak up the right by Grant who switched the play to the left and although the Glens defence stifled this attack the ball was eventually arrived on the right-hand corner of the box which Grant flicked up before thumping a shot that thundered off the top of the bar and out of play.

On 31 minutes Darren Curtis played a smart one-two with Ryan before picking out Murphy tight on the right touchline and although he gave Danny MacKenzie the slip his low shot from the outskirts of the box slipped wide of the post.

Pollok continued to move the ball upfield at pace and McCann was denied a couple of chances through Ross Fisher’s header back to his keeper and then Curtis’s timely tackle deep in the box. Mark Sideserf, from the centre circle, picked out MacKenzie on the left before breaking forward into the box, where he received the ball back from MacKenzie via a touch by Fraser, and whipped it to the back post for the incoming Grant only for his shot to fly wide of the post. Mackenzie then clipped a high ball into the left-hand side of the box for McCann to quickly switch it to the right-hand side where Fraser did well to control, but dragged his shot wide of the far post under pressure from Alan Cairns.

In the closing minutes of the half the Glens held off a couple of other attacks before Ryan’s touch to Blyth set up a good counter-attack only for Grant to take the feet from himat the expense of a free-kick and yellow card. Although Cairns free-kick into the box was won in the air by Fisher the ball flew over the bar.

HT Pollok 0 Glens 0

The second half began like the first one had with Johnson getting down low to hold a low angled shot, only on this occasion from Fraser.

Pettigrew pushing down the left flank lofted a ball to the far side of the box for Murphy to chase and although he was impeded by Mackenzie holding, it was the Pollok defender that fell to the ground to win a free kick. Yet, a minute later Fisher launched a long ball down the right for McKee to chase into the box with Bradley by his side and when the Glens man tumbled claims for a free kick were wave away.

On 54 minutes Pollok broke the deadlock. Longmuir launched the ball up the middle and after a bit of head tennis, involving players from both sides, the ball dropped deep into box and although Fisher held off Fraser his team-mate Stuart McCann was on had to slip the ball past Johnson from close range.

Play then flowed back and forth before the Glens enjoyed a good period of possession. McKee’s effort from 25 yards out was blocked on the edge of the box and a minute later another shot from the edge of the box was cleanly held by Longmuir before he was penalised for backing into a defender at a Glens corner-kick.

At the other end Mackenzie made a great run into the box to only his shot fly over the bar.

The home side then doubled their lead on 65 minutes.  Steven McDevitt headed a high ball upfield where Forde nodded it on for Fraser to chase and although Bennie got there first his attempt to clear it was blocked by Forder who then rolled it into the path of Adam Forde to slot home from 6 yards out.

Four minutes later Former Glens target Del Esplin fired wide of target.

On 71 minutes the visitors made a triple substitution with Fisher, Blyth and Ryan replaced with Ryan McChesney, Mark Gilmour and Sean McIlroy. While Pollok brought on Jonathon Lyon for Esplin and soon after Gary McCann came on for Adam Forde.

The Glens pressed with Pettigrew in particular pushing forward. Gilmour’s shot from long range was well held by the keeper.  The Pollok defence stood firm and Curtis attempt to breach their box was ended with a foul on the edge of the “D”, 22 yards out. Sam McKee stepped to leather a shot that beat the wall and Longmuir only to crash off the bar and ball eventually cleared for a throw in; with Pollok bringing on Chris Duff for Stuart McCann before it was taken.

Although Bennie’s long throw into the box was won by McChesney the loose ball was cleared and recovered by Murphy on the right flank. He weaved past MacKenzie to get to the edge of the box only to be caught a sore one above the knee by Sideserf’s heel and to rub salt in the wound no foul was given.

In the closing minutes the Glens forced another corner kick that came to nothing while the flawless Longmuir leapt to cleanly clutch another high ball into the box.

FT Pollok 2 Glenafton 0

1. Scott Johnson 2. Sean Bennie 4. Ross Fisher (5. Ryan McChesney) 6. Craig Pettigrew  3. Alan Cairns 11. Leon Murphy 14. Justin Devenny 8. Darren Curtis 7. David Blyth ( 12. Mark Gilmour) 9. Jordan Ryan (Sean McIlroy) 10. Sam McKee Subs: not used 17. Scott Sherrie 18. Calum Thomson 21. Daniel Sloan (gk)
1. Jordan Longmuir 2. Kyle Bradley 3. Danny MacKenzie 4. Paul Gallagher 5. Mark Sideserf 6. Stephen McDevitt 7. Matty Grant 8. Del Esplin (15. Jonathon Lyon) 9. Stuart McCann (16. Chris Duff) 10. Adam Forde (14. Gary McCann) 11. Shaun Fraser. Subs. 12. Evan Horne 17. Callum Graham 18. Alex McWaters 21. Josh Lumsden
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Glenafton Athletic v Pollok

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Glenafton 1 Darvel 2

PDM Buildbase WOFL | Match 0221/07/2021
KO 2:00pm
Loch Park, New Cumnock
Glenafton Athletic1 (0)McKee
Darvel FC2 (0)Meggatt, Ferguson
Alex Jess

Prior to kick-off players and supporters of both clubs along with match officials joined In a minute’s applause in memory of Alex Jess, former President, Secretary and lifelong supporter of Glenafton Athletic who passed away on Sunday morning.

A minute’s applause for Alex

Darvel kicked-off in the glorious sunshine and were quickly on the front foot through Andrew Stirling’s low angled shot from the left hand-side of the box which was well held at the base of the near post by Glens’ keeper Scott Johnson. Darvel won their first of what would be a ‘wheen’ of corner kicks and this like many to come was manfully defended by the home side.

Some brief respite for Glens as Mark Gilmour broke up the left before whipping a ball across to the edge of the box for the chasing forward only for Ian McShane to pick up the loose ball and set up a counter-attack that saw the ball switched back and forth before another corner was earned. Although Daryll Meggatt, at the back post, headed the ball across the face of goal the keeper bravely snatched it before Allan McKenzie could get a toe on it.

The Glens made some ground upfield but as yet were still to breach the Darvel box.

On 15 minutes Sean Bennie cleared a corner-kick, one of three for the visitors in a five a minute spell. The second was punched away by the keeper and the third repelled, time and again, by the red line of defenders.

Sam McKee weaved his way out a pocket of Darvel midfielders before playing a clever one-two with Bennie only for his forward pass for Leon Murphy down the right to be intercepted and the danger cleared. Darren Curtiss and Sean McIlroy then both initiated attacks that showed some promise and of course gave the defence a breather. Speaking of which the referee blew for a water-break midway through the half.

Glens enjoyed a good five-minute spell of forward play including earning their first corner-kick which albeit came to nothing while McKee, McIlroy and Murphy were seeing more of the ball but without testing the keeper.

The next five minutes, however, belonged to Darvel. The impressive Bennie burst a lung to track back and get an outstretched leg to the ball preventing Darren Miller with a free route to goal.  Nevertheless, Darvel retained possession and pegged the Glens back in their box. Another corner-kick initiated a number of half-chances before the ball fell to Andrew Stirling to curl a shot from the right-hand-side of the box that flew past the back post. Yet another corner kick was brilliantly blocked at the near post by Johnson leaving MacKenzie holding is head in his hands. From the resulting corner the keeper got both hands to push it from the head of Ross Caldwell.

The closing five minutes of the half were less intense and Glens made a couple of breaks which ended with McKee winning a free-kick near the corner flag that was cleared and then the tireless striker was caught just offside when chasing down McIlroy’s through ball.

In the closing action of the half Darvel won a free-kick at the corner of the left-hand side of the box, like all other of the visitors set-piece the Glens defence stood firm.

HT Glens 0 Darvel 0

Play quickly fell into a pattern of end-to-end play without any direct shots on goal until 51 minutes when McKee in the box nicked the ball from the feet of Meggatt before quickly turning and lashing a low angled shot that keeper Chris Truesdale, on his knees’ could only watch drift inches wide of the back post. Soon after the keeper got a sore one on the face after he did well to clutch the ball from the head of McIlroy.

McIlroy then played a great ball into the box for the fearless McKee to chase only for Jordan Allan and Meggatt to double team and win the ball at the expense of a corner-kick. Initially cleared the ball was later recovered by Justin Devenny and clipped to the near post where Meggatt again headed clear.

The game continued to flow from end-to-end before Darvel came close to taking the lead on the hour mark. A Darvel corner, possibly their 10th, bounced about the busy box before falling for Ross Caldwell to rifle a shot that Johnson stopped superbly with a strong hand and Cameron Eadie’s attempt to bury the rebound dropped over the bar.

Soon after Mark Gilmour took a knock and was replaced with David Blyth while Sean McIlroy made way for Jordan Ryan; with both soon in the thick of the action. Blyth forced his way into the box but with his way blocked the ball was played back to Curtis who cracked a cracking shot from 30 yards out that dipped over the bar.

Another water-break on 64 minutes at which time Ryan McChesney came on for Ross Fisher who put in a shift and a half already.

Soon after play resumed Darvel won a free-kick on the outskirts of the box which was headed clear by Pettigrew while the corner-kick that quickly followed came to nothing.

On 75 minutes the Glens finally broke the deadlock with wonderfully worked goal. Blyth robbed McShane of the ball just inside the Glens half before clipping forward pass upfield for former Darvel player Ryan to chase and although Meggatt appeared to have won the race for the ball, he stumbled in the box as he tried to shield it from the Glens striker, and then calmly threaded along the six yard line between the keeper and back-tracking Benjamin Marr for the incoming Sam McKee to keep his cool and guide the ball into the gaping net before got his tackle in.

Glens continued to push forward and won a free kick that Devenny instead of floating it into the box lasered shot from 35 yards which well held by Truesdale as the incoming was ready for any spillage.

Play then revered to the end of end stuff and McKenzie won a hotly disputed corner-kick on the right for the visitors. It was played to the far-side of the box and then clipped back across the face of goal to Caldwell unmarked at the post only for Johnson to save instinctively at the expense of another corner kick. It proved to be lucky 13 as Daryll Meggatt towered up the Glens defence in a packed six-yard box to head the ball home from a few yards out to draw the sides level on 82 minutes.

Two minutes later Blyth’s running down the right flank ended with Darvel conceding a throw-in. Bennie, as he does, propelled the ball deep into the box where Meggatt towered high again but with both his hands on Pettigrew’s shoulders to do so and on 84 minutes the ref pointed to the spot. Pettigrew stepped up to take the spot-kick and although it beat the outstretched arm of the keeper the ball slipped wide of the post.

Rejuvenated Darvel went on the hunt for the winner which failed to materialise from their final two corner kicks. Glens responded with another strong run from Ryan into the box. Back came Darvel with a dangerous ball into the box that Pettigrew cleared.

On 90 minutes Murphy wide on the right near the half-way line attempted a pass back to the keeper but it was short, forcing Johnston to run to the outskirts of the box in a race for the ball against two Darvel front men, and although he managed to boot the ball upfield it was gathered by Scott Ferguson who from inside his own half launched the ball high into the air to drop into the net with the valiant back-tracking keeper now only two yards from his goal line. A truly marvellous finish to take the lead.

Following a delay of 4 minutes, in the aftermath of the goal celebrations, the match was restarted. One last throw for the Glens, Bennie’s shy reaching deep into the six yard box only to be headed clear.

FT Glens 1 Darvel 2

1. Scott Johnson 2. Sean Bennie 4. Ross Fisher (5. Ryan McChesney) 6. Craig Pettigrew  3. Alan Cairns 7. Leon Murphy 8. Justin Devenny 5. Darren Curtis 11. Mark Gilmour (15. David Blyth) 9. Sean McIlroy (16. Jordan Ryan) 10. Sam McKee Subs: not used 17. Scott Sherrie 18. Calum Thomson 21. Daniel Sloan (gk)
1. Chris Truesdale 2. Cameron Eadie 3. Jordan Allan 5. Daryll Meggatt 6. Ian McShane 7. Darren Millar 8. Andrew Stirling 9. Alan Mackenzie 10. Ross Caldwell 12. Benjamin Marr 18. Henry Monaghan Subs. 11. Ryan Thomson 14. Dominic Bolland 15. Gavin Mitchell 17. Scott Ferguso 22. Aaron black 21. Lyle Avci (gk)
Match Photographs
Glenafton Athletic v Darvel FC
(sorry for quality; into sun at begnning and then darker near the end!

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Irvine Meadow 1 Glenafton Athletic 3

PDM Buildbase WOFL | Match 0117/07/2021
KO 2:00pm
Meadow Park,Irvine
Irvine Meadow XI 1 (1)Slooves
Glenafton Athletic3 (1)Fisher, McIlroy, Murphy

Glenafton Athletic travelled to face Irvine Meadow XI in a league fixture some 88 years after the two sides had first met as junior clubs in the then Western Junior League. Today, history was in the making again as both sides were facing each other in their first ever competitive match as senior clubs, now members of the West of Scotland Football League.

Undoubtedly a number of “firsts” would be made today, the most important of which was the return of supporters to football, a shared experience greatly welcomed by all. On a personal note, entry to the ground by the James Crescent gate was a first, eventually after three circuits round the housing schemes! Other firsts for the Glens were a new management team and 9 players (including substitutes) making their Glens debut in a competitive match.

Young striker Sam McKee kicked-off for the Glens, adorned in their new away top of red and white hoops. Despite the sweltering heat the game started at a high tempo with both sides mounting attacks the first of which that threatened the goal came in 4 minutes when former Glens midfielder Michael Wardrope cut in from the left and into the box to crack an angled shot that keeper Scott Johnston clutched cleanly as Ryan Mckie waited for any spillage. Two minutes later and McKie, from almost the same spot, flashed a shot across the face of goal.

Glens’s McKee countered with a low drilled shot from 20 yards that sneaked past the far post of Marc Waters. The keeper then held a Craig Pettigrew header from a Cameron Marlow free kick.

Some fancy footwork in a busy Glens box by James Martin was eventually foiled by Pettigrew as the striker lined up his shot. On 13 minutes McKie gave two defenders the slip in the box before shooting from close range only for Johnston to pull off a great save and push the ball round the post. The corner was played short but the attack fizzled out as Gilmour and Darren Curtis stood their ground before clearing up field for McKee to give chase.

Scott Johnson saves from Ryan McKie

The Glens were now enjoying a good spell of possession with Marlow and Curtis controlling the middle of the park and combining well with Gilmour and Alan Cairns down the left. However, on 16 minutes after Marlow whipped a ball into the box that was headed out for a throw-in, he fell to the ground in some discomfort. Sean Bennie launched a long throw into the box and although McIlroy won another aerial battle the ball drifted wide of the back post. Marlow, sadly had to leave the field and was replaced by trialist Justin Devenny who quickly impressed with some fine touches. Meadow won a couple of free-kicks that were floated into the box abd readily mopped up by Glens defence. At the other end Gilmour and Mark Findlay clashed in the box and the Meadow defender appeared to over react but the situation concluded with both players receiving a stern word from the referee.


On 36 minutes Michael Wardrope was penalised for a late tackle on Ross Fisher in the centre circle, albeit he came out the worse for wear! Alan Cairns floated the free kick into the right-hand side of the box and it was Fisher that leapt to send a looping header over the heads of the keeper and two defenders at near post for the ball to drop into the far corner of the net with Sam McKee on hand in case it needed a helping touch.

Glens kept their composure despite a couple of unsavoury challenges and eventually Kyle Faulds name went in the book. Cairns’ free kick into the box was won by McIlroy and the loose ball fell for Pettigrew to square for Murphy on the right wing to shake off two defenders before returning it to Pettigrew to quickly slip it to Bennie breaking into the right hand side of the box to sweetly strike a low shot that Waters got down low to hold at the near post.

In the closing minutes of the half Wardrope broke down the left and twisted and turned past a number of defenders in the box before fashioning a low shot that Johnson got down to push away. Meadow then won a free-kick and Wardrope’s glancing header flashed wide of the post.

Glens countered with McKee running through the middle with Whyte giving chase into the box before the striker hit a low shot through the defender’s legs only to be comfortably blocked by Waters.

HT Meadow 0 Glens 1

The second half began in a similar fashion to the first with play going from end to end without testing either keeper. A Murphy shot from outside the box dipped over the bar while at the other end Martin did well to set a close range shot that slipped wide of the post.


On 59 minutes Gilmour made a lung-bursting run down the left wing while McKee and McIlroy, with a couple of defenders for company broke, into the box; Gilmour then, after a quick glance clipped a glorious ball into the edge of the six yard box for McIlroy to rise and bullet a “pick-it-out header” past the keeper to double the Glens lead.

Meadow made a double substitution with Graham Boyd and Andy McLaughlin coming on for Dylan Pooler and Martin Findlay.

Glens continued to press and McKee won a corner that cleared while the Meadow counter attack ended with Jared Willet’s low angled shot from inside a packed box drifted wide of the back post. Soon after Boyd’s low shot from outside the box suffered the same fate.

Back on the front foot Glens pushed forward with McKee’s direct running proving a handful. Down the right Bennie played a superb one-two with Murphy before driving into the box and drilling a low shot that Waters blocked and Mark McLennan cleared the loose ball for a corner before McIlroy could pounce. 


Glens were in full flow now and on 72 minutes went 3-0 up with a glorious goal.Sean Bennie launched a high ball down the right. As it dropped from the glare of the sun Leon Murphy, tight on the touchline and with a defender on his back, killed the ball with an exquisite touch to keep it in play before cutting into the box. As Slooves closed in, he bided his time to wrong foot him, and then curl a low ball from 8 yards under the body of the keeper and into the net.


Meadow however pulled one back two minutes later after a free-kick on the right was pushed away at the back post by Johnson and the ball played back into the packed box by McKie where Wardrope’s shot was blocked only for the ball to fall for Graham Boyd to slip to Neil Slooves who stroked at home from close range as Glens forlornly claimed for offside.

Glens brought on fresh legs with David Blyth replacing Darren Curtis and soon after Scott Sherrie on for Sam McKee; both having worked tirelessly. The sting was taken out of a possible late comeback by the Meadow who were pinned back into their own box for long spells.

Blyth’s shot from 22 yards dipped over the bar and soon after Sherrie left Faulds for dead as he broke into the box and cut past Slooves before tumbling the ground and his claims for a penaly waved away.

Another Glens attack broke down and Boyd counter down the left wing ended with Bennie bring the Meadow and down and earning a booking.  Once again Meadow’s  set-piece again didn’t  go as planned and seconds later the final whistle blew.

FT Meadow 1 Glens 3


1. Scott Johnson 4. Sean Bennie 2. Ross Fisher 6. Craig Pettigrew  3. Alan Cairns 11. Leon Murphy 10. Cameron Marlow (17. Justin Devenny) 5. Darren Curtis ( 8. David Blyth) 13. Mark Gilmour 7. Sam McKee 9. Sean McIlroy Subs: Ryan McChesney, Calum Thomson, Lewis ? , Daniel Sloan (gk)
1. Marc Waters 2. Martin Findlay (Andy McLaughlin) 3. Jared Willet 4. Neil Slooves 5. Jamie Whyte 6. Mark McLennan 7. Kyle Faulds 8. Michael Wardrope. 9. Dylan Pooler (Graham Boyd) 10. Jamie Martin. 11. Ryan McKie. Other used sub Sam McLoy
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Irvine Meadow v Glenafton Athletic

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Glenafton 9 Glenafton Amateurs 0

KO 1:00pm
Loch Park, New Cumnock
Glenafton Athletic9 (5)Blyth 2, McIlroy 3, McKee 3, Ryan
Glenafton Amateurs0 (0)

HT Glenafton 5 Glenafton Amateurs 0

FT Glenafton 9 Glenafton Amateurs 0


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Glenafton 2 Maybole 1

KO 7:00pm
Loch Park, New Cumnock
Glenafton Athletic2 (0)Murphy, Blyth
Maybole Juniors1 (1)Reilly

Maybole took an early lead when Michael Reilly took advantage of slack marking by the Glens defence when a free kick found him with time to head the ball past the home keeper one nil Maybole. Both teams struggled to put any passing game together and very few chances fell to either team and the game finished 0-1 at half time.

HT Glens 0 Maybole 1.

The home side came out determined to put on a better display and Leon Murphy blasted an unstoppable shot past the away keeper to draw the Glens level. 1-1. Glenafton took control of the game and five minutes after Glens first goal another flowing passing move seen a brilliant finish by David Blyth and a 2-1 scoreline for the home side. 2-1. Maybole pressed for the equaliser but resolute defending by the Glens seen any of the away side chances few and far between. So the game finished with no more goals and the home team securing a win with the loudest shout all night of the young team behind me celebrating a Denmark goal.

Full Time Glens 2 Maybole 1

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Glenafton 4 Whitletts 0

Ko 1:00pm
Loch Park, New Cumnock
Glenafton Athletic4 (2)McKee, Ryan, Murphy, McIlroy
Whitletss Victoria0 (0)

It took the Glens less than 10mins to take the lead with a flowing move down the right saw the ball crossed into the box and dispatched past the away keeper 1-0 Glens(McKee). The home side were dominating the opening 25mins and it didnt take long for goal number two for the home side and it looked like a carbon copy of the first when another flowing move and cross this time from the left was blasted past the Vics keeper giving Glenafton a 2-0 (Ryan)deserved scoreline. The away team slowly got to grips with the home teams attacking forward line and started to get some play without really testing the Glens defence, and the first half ended at half time 2-0 to the home side.

Half Time Glens 2 Whitletts 0

The Glens started on the front foot right from the start and scored goal number three with Scotlands Billy Gimour in attendance and impressed with the young Glenafton team it was looking like a comfortable lead at. 3-0. (Murphy) The homeside were now dominating the game and goal number four was well deserved in a good team performance against a well organised Vics team.4-0 ( Mcilroy) Full time came and the scoreline was a true reflection on the game and how Glenafton played today.

Full Time Glens 4 Whitletts 0

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Glenafton 2 Largs 4

Ko 1:00pm
Loch Park, New Cumnock
Glenafton Athletic2 (1)Blyth (12), Bennie (64)
Largs Thistle4 (1)Milliken (25), W.Sewell (66, 71), Faulds (70)

Glenafton had Alan Cairns, Leon Murphy, Jordan Ryan and Scott Sherrie all unavailable for selection while midfielder Dean Hawkshaw returned from holiday to make his first appearance in the pre-season friendly.

Largs Thistle had kindly accepted the short-notice invitation to play at Loch Park following the cancellation of the Glens planned trip for face Dalbeattie Star.

The early encounters settled into a period of end-to-end play without either side fashioning any clear-cut chances.

The visitors began to gain the upper hand in terms of possession and won a free-kick on the right-hand corner of the penalty box. Although the kick was blocked Thistle recovered the ball and Craig Forbes quickly switched play to the left wing for Jack Haggerty to whip a great ball into six-yard box where Ross Fisher headed clear for Glens as Keir Milliken and George Sewell both challenged. Soon after keeper Scott Johnson had to sprint from his line and dive at the feet of the incoming W. Sewelll to strip him of the ball.

Glens countered through Blyth picking up the ball with his back to goal only to be wrestled to the ground by the attentive Forbes. The young striker stepped up to take the free-kick and from 30 yards out lashed a shot beyond the reach of keeper Jamie McGowan at full stretch to bulge the net almost to bursting. Glens 1-0 after 12 minutes.

Largs responded well and enjoyed a decent passage of pressure. Milliken, on the left, clipped a ball into the box which Simon McBryde hooked goalward only for captain Craig Pettigrew to get a head to it and Johnson dive on the loose ball. Another good move ended with Stuart Faulds curling a ball over the bar from 29 yards out. Johnstone had to be alert again and race to the edge of his box to beat McBryde to the ball.

Some respite for Glens after Sean Bennie’s long throw into the box kept Thistle’s defence on their toes and although the ball was cleared at the second attempt it eventually fell for Dean Hawkshaw on the half-way line to float a long ball deep into the box only for Fisher’s knock down for the incoming Cameron Marlow to be cut out by McGowan.

At the other end Milliken broke into the box but his attempt to chip the advancing keeper was foiled by a strong pair of hands. Back came Glens and Marlow’s determined run ended with him slipping a great through ball for Sam McKee to break into the right-hand side of the box to drill a low angled shot that beat the diving keeper on the six-yard line only to slip past the far post.

On 25 minutes Milliken won a free kick 10 yards inside the Glens half. Faulds clipped a great ball into the box for Millken to meet first time on the drop and deftly guide in into the net to draw Largs level.

Chances were then exchanged by both sides. Marlow’s shot from 22 yards out sailed over the bar. Millken’s header from a free-kick into the box was cleanly clutched by Johnson while at other end Iain McKnight’s header from 8 yards bounced just wide. Another menacing ball into the Glens box ended with Fisher outjumping Faulds to head clear.

The visitors enjoyed another sustained spell of pressure only to meet a resolute GlenS defence ably supported with some tenacious tackling by Darren Curtis. Glens did carve out a couple of counter attacks, these too were repelled by a well-disciplined rear guard.

HT Glens 1 Largs 1

The hosts made a couple of changes at half-time with Daniel Sloan replacing Scott Johnson in goal and Ryan McChesney replacing Iain McKnight in the centre of defence. The visitors too made a couple of changes with two trialists 12. and 14. coming on.

Largs were quickly on the front foot and forced a corner on 51 minutes which was played to the back post where Laurie McMaster’s header battered off the post. The visitors continued to press and both Pettigrew and Fisher both sustained knocks.

Bennie and McKee combined well down the right to gallantly try and get Glens further upfield but the visitors stood firm. Back came Largs with a great run by Trialist 12 that ended with a timely tackle by McChesney in the box.

On 57 minutes Glens were forced into a double substitution after both Craig Pettigrew and Ross Fisher failed to recover from their knocks and were replaced with Calum Thomson and manager Mick McCann slotting into a defensive role.

Largs resumed their offensive and Sloan rushed from his line to clatter the incoming W. Sewell on the outskirts of the penalty box. Sewell’s free-kick was deflected over the bar and the ensuing corner kick was partially clearly before Thistle set up another attack that again was repelled with red bodies putting their bodies on the line.

Glens at last breached Thistle’s box through Bennie’s long throw which was won in the air by McChesney only for McGowan to get down low and save the bullet header. Sloan then raced from his line to bravely face the incoming attacker and launch a long ball through the middle that was chased down by Blyth who broke into the box before firing a low shot that the keeper got fingers too but couldn’t hold. McKee fed the loose ball back to Blyth only for his cut back to be booted upfield where Curtis released Sean Bennie down the right and cut inside the box, gave McMaster the slip, and drill a low angled shot into the far corner. Glens back ahead on 64 minutes.

The lead however was short-lived as Largs got into their stride again and scored now fewer goals in a five-minute spell.

It began with a break down the left and the ball played to the far side of the box where Forbes squared to William Sewell to slam home the equaliser home from six yards out on 66 minutes.

Soon after McGowan launched a long ball upfield and Trialist12 made a great run into the box only to skew his close range shot wide of target. He quickly made amends by playing a neat one-two to set up Stuart Faulds to stroke the ball home from 8 yards to put Largs ahead for the first time on 70 minutes.

Glens tried to steady the ship but an attack was broken deep in the Largs half and a great forward diagonal ball gave Trialist12 a free run into box before taking a great touch to set up a shot from the 18 yard line that cracked oof the post to fall for William Sewell to thump the ball off the ground to send it over the head of Sloan and into the net. Largs 4-2 on 71 minutes.

A brief respite for Glens before back came Largs and Sloan pulled off a great save from Milliken’s close-range shot. Soon after Trialist14’s effort from the six yard box dipped over the bar.

Nohar made a break down the right and his effort from outside the box also dipped over the box while at the other end Blair McIntyre’s attempt to lo the advancing Sloan drifted wide of the goal mouth. In the last action McKee’s free kick from distance stung the fingers of McGowan before the handshakes.

FT Glens 2 Largs 4

1. Scott Johnson (19. Daniel Sloan) 2. Sean Bennie 4. Iain McKnight (5. Ryan McChesney) 6. Craig Pettigrew (12. Callum Thomson) 3. Ross Fisher (17. Mick McCann) 10.Cameron Marlow 7. Darren Curtis 8. Dean Hawkshaw 14. Liam Nohar 9. Sam McKee 11. David Blyth
21.Jamie McGowan 2. Craig Forbes 3. Laurie McMaster 4. Cory Hughes 5. George Sewell 6. Stuart Faulds 7.Simon McBryde 8.Blair McIntyre 9. Keir Milliken 10. William Sewell 11. Jack Haggerty Subs: 12. Trialist 14. Trialist 15. Trialist GK Daniel Farrell
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Glenafton 2 Girvan 0

KO 1:00pm
Loch Park
New Cumnock
Glenafton Athletic2 (2)Sherrie (28), Ryan (36)
Girvan 0 (0)

The second friendly of the season saw the Glens host Girvan with several changes to the side that faced Kello Rovers the week before.

The home side were quick off the mark after Mark Gilmour pushed into Girvan’s half before clipping a high ball into the box for David Blyth to get ahead of two defenders only for his glancing header to be blocked by keeper Sam Gibson.

Play quickly settled into an end-to-end pattern without either keeper being tested.  Glens won a corner kick that went just beyond the reach of Craig Pettigrew at the back post while at the other end Martyn Brown attempt from distance flew over the bar.

Finn Taylor broke down the left to whip a great ball into the box for Mark Curragh only for Ross Fisher to win the aerial battle and Stuart Bennie mop up the loose ball. Midway through half and Fisher won the aerial battle in the Girvan box but his header from a Scott Sherrie corner kicked looped high over the bar. Blyth then found Sherrie wide on the right and his floated ball to the back post for the incoming Leon Murphy was cut-out by the leaping Gibson.

Glens keeper David Sloan

Girvan countered with a quick break down the right before Craig Harvey cut inside and threaded a perfectly weighted pass for Stephen McLelland to gather and drill a low shot from the edge of the box that although it beat the advancing keeper the ball slipped wide of the far post.

Back came Glens with Blyth driving to the by-line to whip a wicked ball across the goal mouth only for the keeper to get a hand to it and Keiron Balfour clear hit it behind for a corner-kick as Murphy threatened at the back post. Sherrie clipped the kick into the heart of the box and although Orr appeared to beat Pettigrew to the ball the Glens captain (and others) claimed the Girvan defender had handled the ball. Play continued and Sherrie recovered the ball only for the unperturbed Orr to block his cross and clear the ball.

Glens appeal for hand ball in the box

Girvan won a free-kick some 28 yards from goal which Orr blasted into the wall and after recovering the rebound playing a neat one-two before leathering the ball high and wide of target.

On 28 minutes the home side broke the deadlock. Sloan launched a long goal-kick up the right hand side which Girvan recovered only for Curtiss to rob Taylor of the ball and slot a measured pass up the line for Scott Sherrie to gather and cut inside past one defender before cracking a low angled shot  between two defenders past the diving goalie at his near post.

Both sides had a couple of decent attacks repelled before the Glens doubled their lead on 36 minutes after a period of patient possession. Pettigrew picked up the ball in the middle of the park and squared to  Curtiss on the left who quickly turned his marker to feed Gilmour tight on the touchline who quickly rolled it up the line to Murphy in space to curl a cross to the edge of the six yard line and although Orr beat Ryan to the ball in the air it fell to Sherrie on the far side of the box who killed it dead allowing Blyth to promptly dispatch it back into the danger area where Jordan Ryan got the better of Orr on this occasion, to coolly side-foot the ball into the back of the net.

Glens finished the half with the better of the few chances on show. Pettigrew tried his luck with a thunderous shot from 30 yards out that dipped over the bar, albeit the keeper had the top corner kick. Ryan, back defending, nicked the ball from the feet of Orr on the 18 yard line and slipped it to Curtiss to strike a great ball up the middle for Blyth to chase by the alert Gibson sprinted out his box to clear the danger.

The home side won another couple of corner kicks before the break that were well defended.

H/T Glens 2 Girvan 0

The visitors enjoyed an early spell of pressure through pushing men forward. A long throw deep into the box by substitute Sean Millarvey was headed back out by Ryan McChesney and Millarvey then floated the ball to the back post where Fisher headed clear. Ross Clark then managed to squeeze a shot through a ruck of players that dipped over Sloan’s bar and soon after Mark Curragh won a corner-kick that was mopped up by the Glens defence.

Pettigrew was spraying passes about the park as the Glens came back into the game and the captain tried another long range effort at goal that dropped over the bar.

On 58 minutes Girvan won another corner that Sean Bennie cleared at the back post only for the ball to fall for Martyn Brown but his shot was blocked by Ryan which set up a counter-attack from the Glens from which Murphy earned a corner kick. Sherrie dropped the kick into a crowded box and McChesney came out on top with his header sailing wide of the post.

Pettigrew stroked a free-kick from wide on the right to pick out Murphy on the left hand side of the box where he danced by one defender before drilling a low ball across the face of the goal that evaded the keeper leaving Bennie and Taylor to slide in at the back post sending the ball back to the keeper who did well to push it out beyond the six yard box. Ryan snapped up the loose ball and managed to seek out Blyth on the 18 yard line and his attempt to chip it into goal was thwarted by the alert Gibson.

Sean Bennie denied by defender and keeper

Another long throw from Millarvey for Curragh at the near post was won in the air by McChesney and the ball safely gathered by Sloan. The young keeper then rushed from his line to beat McClelland to a great through ball into the box.

Fisher navigated his way out a pack of Girvan players on the half-way line to pick out Ryan on the right who then released Sherrie down the line to clip a cross to the back post for the incoming Murphy only for Gibson to block his attempt to nick the ball into the net.

Ross Fisher pushes forward

On 65 minutes Glens brought on Liam Nohar and Callum Thomson for Scott Sherrie and Darren Curtiss.

Bennie’s long throw into the heart of the Girvan box was headed cleared and Girvan built a counter-attack with Harvey slipping a great ball into the box to match Curragh’s run and although the striker’s low shot beat the advancing keeper the ball sneaked inches wide of the far post.

Glens made their final change with Sean McIlroy replacing Jordan Ryan up front.

Play continued to flow from end to end without either keeper being tested. Glens came close after the Bennie played a one-two with Blyth down the right before whipping the ball into the box for Fisher to power and header wide of the post.

On 78 minutes some fine control by Bennie before picking out Nohar to roll a through ball into the box saw Blyth beat the offside trap to lash a shot from 15 yards that the outrushing Gibson pushed over the bar.  Nohar fired the corner kick to the edge of the six yard box where McIlroy met it first time and his volley smacked off the post and the ball eventually cleared.

Sean McIlroy’s shot hits the post

Girvan then enjoyed a good spell of pressure with Clark cutting back a great ball to McClelland only for his shot from 6 yards blocked by the feet of Sloan, the keeper later denied Clark with a shot of his own.

Back came Glens through a Murphy shot from the edge box that Gibson clutched cleanly. At the other end Girvan pressed and won back-to-back corner kicks but couldn’t find a way through a stubborn defence. Another attacked ended with Harvey from deep in the box lashing an angled shot over the bar.

Pettigrew broke down another Girvan attack on the half way line and played the ball forward for Nohar to clip the ball to the far side of the box from Murphy and although his shot from a tight angle beat the keeper the ball flew harmlessly across the face of the open goal.

Leon Murphy goes close

The Glens finished on the front foot and the last action of the game had Gibson foil Blyth’s attempt to chip the ball into the net.

FT Glens 2 Girvan 0

19. David Sloan 2. Sean Bennie  4. Ryan McChesney 5. Ross Fisher 3. Mark Gilmour 7. Scott Sherrie (14. Lewis Nohar) 6. Craig Pettigrew 8. Darren Curtiss 11. (12. Callum Thomson) Leon Murphy 9. Jordan Ryan (15. Sean McIroy ) 10. David Blyth. Subs 16. Scott Johnson (gk) 17. Mick McCann
Girvan: 1. Sam Gibson 4. Martyn Brown 2. Ross Clark 5. Alan Orr 3. Jack Taylor 11. Antonio Sissi 6. Kieron Balfour 8. Stephen McLelland 10. Finn Taylor 7. Craig Harvey 9 Mark Curragh Subs  17. David Oliphant 14 . Sean Millarvey
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Glenafton Athletic 3 Kello Rovers 1

KO 1:00PM
Loch Park, New Cumnock
Glenafton Athletic 3 (1)McKee (2), Pettigrew (72), McIlroy (88)
Kello Rovers1 (1)Armour (45)

Football and Fans Return to Loch Park

It was September last year when Glens last played at Loch Park, in a friendly against Muirkirk behind closed doors in accordance with the COVID-19 restrictions of the time.

It was March 2019 when Glens last played at Loch Park with supporters in attendance, at a league match against Largs Thislte, before the league closed down for the season in accordance with COVID-19 restrictions of that time.

Today we are delighted to welcome our neighbours Kello Rovers and supporters of both sides to Loch Park, under the COVID restictions of today.

The Glens under the new managment team of Mick McCann and Brian McGarrity had to rebuiId a team having closed down and released all their players at the beginning of last season. Several, thankfully, agreed to return while a number of new faces have also been signed up. Rovers opted to play last season looking to continue to build on great progress made the season before, only for the league to close down.

The sun was shining tempered by a cold wind (yes football’s back) and both sides with a sprinkling of trialists on show served up an entertaining match.

Glens opened the scoring after two minutes with a well-worked goal. The ball was switched from Darren Curtis on the right via Cameron Marlow to Mark Gilmour and then onto Alan Cairns wide on the left. He curled a low ball towards the penalty spot, taking 3 defenders out of play, for Scott McKee to pounce and beat a fourth defender to the ball before slotting it home from 10 yards past the advancing goalie Ryan Dunsmuir.

Rovers recovered from the early set back and menacing runs from Mark Armour kept the Glens back-four on their toes. From a short corner the striker weaved into the box and although he temporarily lost the ball, he won it back forcing Iain McKnight to concede another corner. This one was floated into the heart of the box and headed clear by Ross Fisher but again it was Armour that retrieved the ball to drive into the box, only to be dispossessed by Craig Pettigrew.

The midfield battles were intensifying as both sides tried to build attacks. Cairns and Gilmour combined well down the left with the latter earning a corner. Leon Murphy’s kick was flicked on by from Glens keeper Dunsmuir, who then gathered Pettigrew’s attempt to guide the loose ball home. Up the other end and an excellent run through the middle by Aiden Lang ended with him slipping the ball to Armour to break into the right- hand side of the box only for keeper Scott Thomson to narrow the angle and force the striker to send his low shot wide of the far post.

Back came Glens and David Blyth’s perseverance won the tussle with Andrew Struthers to release the ball to Marlow to thump a shot from 25 yards that whizzed passed Dunsmuir at full stretch and inches wide of the post. Soon after Thomas Shirkie’s free kick from the same sort of distance beat the Glens wall but sailed high over the bar.

On 15 minutes a patient build-up from Glens ended with McKnight in the centre circle slipping a through ball for Blyth to chase down and crack a low shot from the 18-yard line only for the outrushing Dunsmuir to block it with an outstretched leg. Fisher and Murphy then combined well down the right to pick out McKee on the edge of the box to flash a shot from a tight angle that bulged the side netting.

Kello won another free-kick just outside the box and although Armour curled it wide of the wall the ball fell comfortably into the hands of the keeper. Up the park and Blyth drilled a daisy-cutter from 22 yards out which Dunsmuir got down quick to smother. Some excellent defending with McKnight robbing Armour of the ball deep in Glens’ box to set up a break upfield that ended with Struthers perfectly timing his tackle to nick the ball from the feet of Blyth as he burst into the box. Back came Kello and Johnson eluded a pocket of Glens defenders to set up a shot that flew well over the bar.

On 37 minutes Murphy curled a corner-kick to the back corner of the six-yard box for McKnight to bullet a header that Dunsmuir dived to hold at the near post. Fisher and Murphy combined down the right before feeding McKee tight on the touchline to whip the ball into the goalmouth only for it to find the top of the net. Cairns and Gilmour then followed suit combining down the left before picking out Blyth in the box only for Smith and Dunsmuir to block his attempt at goal.

On the stroke of half-time Kello drew level through a fantastic strike. A corner kick was headed clear at the near post by Marlow and the loose ball pounced on by Lang to take a touch before squaring it for Lori Johnson to casually clip it into the box where Mark Armour, with his back to goal, turned and lashed home an unstoppable shot from 17 yards out.

HT Glens 1 Kello 1

Glens made two changes at half-time with keeper Daniel Sloan replacing Scott Johnson while Mark Gilmour made way for Jordan Ryan.

The tall striker was soon in the thick of the action gathering a slide-rule pass from Fisher and slipping the ball into the path of Blyth to run into the box and drill a low angled shot that Dunsmuir got down low to push it away. Ryan chased down the loose ball his claims he was impeded by Declan Hill before he collided with the unfortunate Struthers and the ball booted upfield.  Play raged on Curtis threaded a great through ball for McKee to thunder a shot from 25 yards which Dunsmuir blocked with his feet, while his team-mate Struthers was still lying injured on the corner of the six yard box. It was Ryan that snapped up the loose ball again and as Blyth burst into the box for the cut-back his claims that Hill pulled him back were also waved away and Ryan’s squared ball was blocked by Dunsmuir. As Kello tried to clear their lines common sense prevailed and play was stopped to attend to Struthers while players from both sides saw the funny side.

No laughing matter when Pettigrew’s attempt to clear the ball from the box cannoned off team-mate McKnight and headed goalward but Sloan was alert to get down and clutch the ball cleanly.

Glens enjoyed a good period of possession in the Rovers half without creating any clear-cut chances against a hard-working defence.

Play then entered a period of the end to end variety. Dunsmuir launched a goal-kick upfield and after some good build up play Lang forced his way to the bye-line but his cut-back to Armour caught the striker wrong-footed and the chance was gone. Back came Glens and McKee and won a corner-kick that was well defended while Rovers responded through a Liam Fleming header that Sloan punched away as Lang closed in. David Thomson, from within a ruck of defenders in the box, cracked a low powerful shot that had Sloan diving at full stretch only for it to sneak wide of the post. At the other end Fisher won a corner and then was in place to clip into the six-yard box where Dunsmuir punched it clear from the head of Ryan.

The Kello goal survived a scare when McKnight’s header from a corner-kick looped over the head of Dunsmuir and bounced along the goal line with two defenders frozen to their respective posts. McKee then clipped it back into the danger area only for it to be cleared.

Midway through the half Glens brought on striker Sean McIlroy for David Blyth as the home side continued to threaten. A corner kick was cleared up field and the ball recovered by McKee to thunder a shot from 25 yards out that Dunsmuir pushed away with both hands. Soon after Ryan on the bye line cut the ball back to Marlow to drill a low angled shot that was deflected wide of the far post. Murphy’s corner kick eventually fell for McKee in a crowded box to curl a powerful shot from 8 yards out that somehow Dunsmuir, having seen it late, managed to get down to push the ball away only for Craig Pettigrew to leather it home from the corner of the six yard box and put the Glens ahead on 72 minutes. Glens continued to press and another couple of corner-kicks were cleared by the Rovers rear guard.

On 78 minutes Glens brought on fresh legs with Ross Fisher and Darren Curtis making way for Scott Sherrie and Calum Thomson and both made a quick impression. Young Thomson combined down the right wing with Ryan and with a bit of trickery took two Rovers out of play to break into the box and slip the ball to Sherrie only be denied a shot by a third defender.

Although Rovers were still in the game the Glens were creating the better of the chances and turned up the pressure in the closing five minutes with a couple of corner kicks and close-range shots that Dunsmuir dealt with admirably. However, with two minutes to go McKee gathered the ball, some 30 yards out and wide on the left, before launching a ball deep into the six yard box where Sherrie trapped it brilliantly before slipping the ball through Dunsmuir legs only for it to nestle at the back post but Sean McIlroy got the jump on the defender to clip it over the line.

Glens continued to push and McKee’s shot from 18 yards was deflected over the bar for a corner which was duly cleared. In the last action Dunsmuir stretched out an arm to cut out McIroy’s cut-back across the face of the goalmouth.

1. Scott Johnson ; 5. Ross Fisher 3. Iain McKnight 6. Craig Pettigrew 17. Alan Cairns; 15. Leon Murphy 8. Cameron Marlow 9. Darren Curtis 14. Mark Gilmour; 11. David Blyth, 10. Sam McKee Subs. 2. Jordan Ryan 7. Scott Sherrie 8. Sean McIlroy, 12. Calum Thomson, 19. Daniel Sloan (gk)
1. Ryan Dunsmuir 3. Kieran Pagan 4. Lori Johnson 5. Andrew Struthers 6. Aiden Lang 7. Evan Crombie 9. Mark Armour 10. Liam Fleming 11. Declan Hill 12. Steven Parker 16. Alistair Smith 17. Michael Kane 18. Thomas Shirkie ) 19. David Thomson
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Signing News Season 2021/22

Glenafton Athletic is delghted to announce manager Mick McCann’s new signings in preparation for the Season 2021/22 which hopefully will kick-off in July 2010.

Craig Pettigrew

Craig Pettigrew

34 year old defender Craig began his junior career with Lugar Boswell Thistle before stepping up to the seniors in 2005 with Ayr United. In the summer of 2008, he joined Auchinleck Talbot and during six seasons at Beechwood won three Scottish Junior Cups and two Premier Division titles as well as being capped for Scotland. Back to the seniors with Stranraer for two seasons and then Dumbarton for another before returning to Stair Park for a brief spell. Craig returned to Talbot in 2017 but within a few months moved on to Kilwinning Rangers. He joined Glenafton in Season 2019/20 and made 22 appearances while chipping in with a couple of goals before football closed down. Following the Glens decision to withdraw from the league in 2020/21 Craig joined St. Cadoc’s.

Welcome back to Loch Park, Craig.

Dean Hawkshaw

Dean Hawkshaw | (Photo John Haddow)

The 23 year-old midfilelder has signed for the Glens for the third time! After coming through the Kilmarnock U17 and U20 sides he stepped up to the first team squad in Season 2017/18. He had loan spell at Stranraer before Craig McEwan signed him for the Glens at the start of the following season. Dean made only 5 appearances before heading south to play for Halesowen Town and then returning to turn out for Airdrieonians. Southy signed Dean again for the Glens at the beginning of the ill-fated Season 2021/21. After the Glens withdrew from the WOSFL at the start of season the management team and several players, incuding Dean joined St. Cadoc’s.

Welcome back to Loch Park, Dean.

Leon Murphy

Leon Murphy | Photo John Haddow

Leaon’s story has a similar ring to that of Dean’s. The 22-year-old (tomorrow) came through the Ayr United U17 and U20s sides before stepping up to the first team squad in Season 2017/18. The following season Leon made enjoyed a succesful loan period with Glenafton making over 32 appearances for the club and scoring 5 goals before returning to Ayr United. Manager Craig McEwan signed Leon again for the Glens at the beginning of the ill-fated Season 2021/21. After the Glens withdrew from the WOSFL at the start of season the management team and several players, incuding Leon joined St. Cadoc’s.

Welcome back to Loch Patk, Leon.

David Blyth

17 year old Mauchline lad David Blyth joined the youth set up as a 7 year-old and was at Somerset through to the U15. He then moved to the Kilmarnock Youth set-up where he was part of the 03 squad that former Glens coach Craig Kyle worked with for a spell. Last year he scored a ‘worldie’ as Kilmarnock beat Hearts 2-1 in the Scottish Youth Cup Semi-final but unfortunately due to the pandemic the final was not played. David can play wide on the left or up front and is an exciting prospect.

Welcome to Loch Park, David.

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