Glenafton 3 Arthurlie 2

  • McBookie West Region Super League Premier Division
  • Match 14
  • Loch Park, New Cumnock
  • Saturday 14th April 2018
  • GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 3 (2)
    • Park, Dallas, McCann
  • ARTHURLIE 2 (1)
    • McAleenan, O’Halloran

GLENS GET THE BETTER OF LUCKLESS ‘LIE.

Glenafton lined up with Conor Lynass and Cameron Marlow filling the full back slots and the centre back pairing of Kyle McAusland and Iain McKnight. Filling the left back position for visitors Arthurlie was former Glenafton favourite Kevin McBride who enjoyed three spells at the club while up front was James Marks, so often a thorn in Glens side, returning to Barrhead from Largs Thistle.

Arthurlie, currently sitting bottom of the table, got off to a great start after Conor Lynass clipped the ankles of Andrew MacLennan in the box and Kieran McAleenan rifled home the spot kick. The visitors continued to look lively on the break and earned a corner-kick five minutes later that was cleared at the near post by the Lynass.

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Arthurlie take the lead from the spot

On 12 minutes Glens fashioned their first chance after former Arthurlie player Chris Dallas picked up the ball from Mick McMcann to drive into the box and drill a low shot that was pushed away by keeper Grant Hay. The keeper then showed a safe pair of hands as he clutched Ryan Borris’s cross from wide on the right under the bar.

A half-chance to double their lead came ‘Lie’s way on 17 minutes after James Marks held off Iain McKnight to force his way into the box where Kyle McAusland’s attempt to clear the ball cannoned off keeper Brian McGarrity who had rushed off his goal-line but although the striker snapped up the loose ball the angle to find the empty net was too narrow; the chance was gone.

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Jamie McKernon and Kieran McAleenan

Midway through the half Dallas picked up the ball on the half-way line and threaded a superb pass for Moore to chase down and drive into the box where he turned Michael Daly before closing in on goal only for the alert Hay to advance and make a marvellous block. This sparked a good spell of pressure for the home side and another cute pass from Dallas set up a shot from 10 yards out for the lively Jamie McKernon that was pushed round the post by Hay. McCann came within a whisker of connecting with McKernon’s corner before a rattled Arthurlie cleared their lines.

The visitors break upfield was mopped up by Lynass deep on the left who quickly played the ball infield to Cameron Marlow to switch the ball upfield Borris wide on the right. The midfielder’s first attempt to cross the ball into the box was blocked by the sole of MacLennan’s boot and his second attempt was met by the head of Mark Blakey which sent the ball high into the air triggering a run into the box by Ally Park to meet ball sweetly as it dropped and smash it into the net with the keeper rooted to the spot. The sides now level at 1-1 with 23 minutes gone.

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Ally , Dale and Jambo celebrate the equaliser

A period of scrappy play ended on 32 minutes with a marvellous piece of play by the industrious Hal Bohme who killed the ball on his chest before giving Marlow the slip to advance into the box and crack a shot from a tight angle only for McGarrity to pull off a superb reflex save before McKnight made a goal saving to clearance as Marks seemed certain to bury the loose ball. The keeper then rose unchallenged to gather the corner-kick with ease.

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Brian pulls off a great save from Hal

McCann’s run down the right was brought to an abrupt end by Daly before the free-kick deep into the box saw McKnight win the aerial battle and Dallas’s attempt to find the net blocked by a ruck of blue shirts.

Back up field and Holme, from right hand corner of the box, played a glorious ball to the back post for the incoming MacLennan but the former Renfrew midfielder was just a step off the pace.

Glens countered up the left through Moore who clipped the ball to McCann to head into the box for Dallas to gather and flash the ball across the face of goal to be met at the back post by Borris only for Hay to push the ball round the post. McKernon’s corner was flicked on by head of McKnight and collected at the far side of the box by McAusland who was brought down by a mis-timed tackle by the unfortunate Bohme. Although keeper Hay guessed the right way he couldn’t reach Chris Dallas’s spot kick as he lashed home his 24th goal of the season to put the Glens ahead on 37 minutes.

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Chris Dallas puts Glens ahead 2-1

The visitors responded in determined fashion and the woodwork deny Marks and an equaliser twice in two minutes. The first saw Slick hold of a challenge from McAusland on the six-yard line to get a shot away that crashed off the crossbar with the keeper beaten. Marks then got the better of McAusland again, this time in the air, but his header from 8 yards out struck the base of the post.  Sandwiched between those chances was a powerful downward header from  MacLennan was well held by McGarrity.

Glens carved out the last chance of the half through a tremendous run by Lynass to weave past a number of players to reach the bye-line only for his cut-back for Dallas to be intercepted by Craig Buchanan and headed wide. Hay finished off a fine half claiming the ball without a challenge.

H/T Glens 2 Arthurlie 1

The home side were first to show after the break following a scramble in the box and the ball falling for Moore only his shot from 12 yards to dip over the bar.

Arthurlie countered down the left and Kevin McBride picked out Marks at the corner of the box bit the striker’s shot was blocked and the ball fell for McKernon who immediately launched the ball up the left-wing for Dallas to chase. The striker showed the back-tracking Buchanan a clean pair of heels as he stormed into the box and with Daly now giving chase he timed to perfection his square ball for the incoming Mick McCann to take first time and give Hay no chance from 8 yards out. The Glens now 3-1 up after 49 minutes.

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Mick McCann doubles the Glens lead 3-1

The home side were stroking the ball about with some purpose. A long pass from Lynass to McCann was touched on to Park who rolled the ball into the path of Dallas to turn and shoot in the box only to be foiled by the outrushing Hay with another fine block.  The resulting corner kick was taken short by Borris to McKernon and after another quick exchange of the ball the latter’s shot at goal sailed over the bar.

On 57 minutes Arthurlie made a change with Jordan Craig replacing Ryan Scanlon.

McKnight’s push on Marks earned the visitors a free kick 20 yards from goal but Blakey fired the ball into the wall and drilled the rebound deep into the box which was eventually cleared by the Glens defence.

Back came the Glens and Park’s shot from 22 yards dipped over the bar as did McKernon’s angled shot from inside the box courtesy of Blakey’s clearing header. The corner-kick that followed was also cleared as was a free kick floated into the box soon after.

Arthurlie made their second change on 71 minutes with defender Blakey making way for midfielder Dominic O’Halloran as ‘Lie tried to salvage something from the game. A minute later they almost halved the deficit but astonishingly Marks hit the woodwork for the third time in the game. A ball to the back post was headed across goal by Buchanan and there was Marks but his shot from the six- yard line thundered off the crossbar.

At the other end a clever ball into the box from Borris took McBride out of play allowing Lynass a free run to gather the ball and cut it back from the bye-line only for the outstretched leg of Hay to deny Dallas a tap-in.

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Kevin McBride pointin out Mick

With 15 minutes to go the visitors made their final with Newlands replacing Kevin McBride and soon after Glens brought on Craig Menzies for Ryan Borris.

McCann released Dallas down the right before running into the box to gather the return ball but it was Hay coming off his line that was the recipient of Dallas’s cross.

On 81 minutes Arthurlie halved the deficit after Marks gathered a knock on and from the left hand corner of the penalty box leathered what seemed an unstoppable shot only for McGarrity to get a strong hand to push the ball away before it fell for substitute Dominic O’Halloran at the far corner of the six yard box to rifle it into the roof of the net.

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Dominic makes it 3-2

With their tails up the Barrhead side went in search of an equaliser and a minute later MacLennan did well to trap a long ball at the edge of the box and set up a shot that drifted well wide of the far post. Back-to-back corners kicks were cleared by the Glens defence as Arthurlie continued to press. The second clearance saw the ball launched back into the box and Buchanan’s header fell for O’Hallaran to tee up a close range shot but Park was on him like a shot with a strong block.

The Glens regained their composure with attack being the best form of defence and saw out the closing 5 minutes to extend their unbeaten league run to 5 games including 4 wins.

F/T Glens 3 Arthurlie 2

Glenafton Athletic: 1. Brian McGarrity 2. Conor Lynass 3. Cameron Marlow 4. Kyle McAusland 5. Iain McKnight 6. Ally Park 7.Ryan Borris (14. Craig Menzies) 8. Jamie McKernon 9. Chris Dallas 10. Mick McCann 11. Dale Moore Subs. 12. Ryan McChesney 15. Craig Berry 16. Ryan Berry 17. Scott Watson (gk)

Arthurlie: 1. Grant Hay 2. Graham Girvan 3. Kevin McBride (15. Newlands) 4. Mark Blakey (12. Dominic O’Hallaran) 5. Craig Buchanan 6. Ryan Scanlon (14. Jordan Craig)  7. Hal Bohme 8. Kieran McAleenan 9. James Marks 10. Michael Daly 11. Andrew MacLennan. Subs 16. Healy 17. Ahmed Mohamed

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Glenafton 6 Annbank 1

  • Ayrshire Weekly Press Cup
  • 1st Round
  • Loch Park, New Cumnock
  • Saturday 7th April 2018
  • GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 6 (4)
    • McGill, Moore 2, Marlow, McCann, Borris
  • ANNBANK UNITED 1 (1)

    • Sloan

No place in the squad for captain Craig Menzies and Joe Andrew both of whom picked up knocks at Girvan a fortnight ago, while Ryan McChesney returned from injury for a place a bench on the place.  Ally Park and Jamie McKernon were also rested.

aa_a_dalemoore05Darren McGill opened the scoring on 17 minutes to kick start a goal rush of 4 goals over a twelve minute spell. Substitute Dale Moore (left), an early replacement for Chris Dallas who suffered a bad back injury, made it 2-0.  Cameron Marlow added a third before Moore bagged his brace to put the home side four up. Tommy Sloan pulled one back for Bankies before the break.

Mick McCann restored Glens four goal lead 10 minutes after the break and Ryan Borris completed the scoring with a well struck free-kick in the closing minutes to seal a 6-1 win.

A pleasing feature of the game were the introduction of Jake Griffin and Ryan Berry came off the bench to make their first apperances in the first team, since signing on from the Glens U19’s at the turn of the year.

The Glens will now host Cumnock Juniors in the 2nd round after their 5-0 win away to Saltcoats Victoria.

Glenafton Athletic : 1. Brian McGarrity 2. Conor Lynass 3. Alan Cairns 4. Kyle McAusland 5. Iain McKnight 6. Craig Potter (14. Ryan Berry) 7. Ryan Borris 8. Cameron Marlow  9. Chris Dallas (12. Dale Moore) 10. Mick McCann 11. Darren McGill (15. Jake Griffin) Subs not used: 17. Scott Watson (gk)

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Girvan 1 Glenafton 3

  • McBookie West Region Super League Premier Division
  • Match 13
  • Hamilton Park, Girvan
  • Saturday 24th March 2018
  • GIRVAN 1 (1)
    • P.Cameron
  • GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 3 (0)

    • Borris, Moore, Andrew

Glens made three changes with from the starting line-up against Kilwinning Rangers.  Ian McKnight, Ryan Borris and Dale Moore came in for Alan Cairns (suspended), Conor Lynass and Darren McGill while centre back Ryan McChesney is still out through injury. With manager Craig McEwan on a family break assistant manager Craig Potter was at the helm.

Laurence Dinwoodie took over the hot seat at Girvan following the departure of manger Scott Clelland and his staff midweek and the home side look eager to get off to a flying start under their new boss.

With less than 2 minutes gone Paul Cameron within a whisker of guiding the ball home at the back post after a good cross from the right. Two minutes later Craig Reid whipped another wicked ball into the box for the leaping Darren Mitchell but his powerful header flew wide of target.

Glens carved out their first chance after Dale Moore picked up a pass from Mick McCann on the left before cutting infield and driving forward to hit a low drive from 25 yards that slipped wide of the post. On 10 minutes McCann won a corner that was headed clear only for the Glens to recover the ball and set up Ally Park to thunder a shot from the corner of the penalty box that found the side netting.

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Ian McKnight and Michael Reilly

Girvan broke upfield and Michael Reilly gave the Glens defence the slip and with the only the keeper to beat the former Glens striker dragged his show wide of target. A minute later he nearly made amends only for his header from a corner kick to dip over the bar.

The game continued to flow from end to end at a good tempo with clear-cut chances thin on the ground before the Glens made the breakthrough on 24 minutes. Jamie McKernon’s free kick was floated deep into the box and although Michael Mossie won the header the ball fell kindly for Ally Park to blast a shot from 15 yards which took a nick off Chris Dallas on the six-yard line before falling for Ryan Borris to pick his spot from 5 yards out.

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Ryan slots home the opener

The goal heralded a sustained period of pressure from the visitors with Kyle McAusland and Borris combining well down the right flank and McKernon bossing the midfield. Park had a shot from inside the box blocked while Borris’s effort flew wide of the post. On 28 minutes it was Park again then engineered space to get a shot at goal only for keeper Scott Johnstone to pull off a great save from 12 yards out.

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Paul Cameron celebrates the equaliser

Girvan weathered the storm and McKnight kept Reilly at bay coming out on top of a couple aerial battles. The striker however had better luck on the ground after picking up a pass in the box from Jack McDowall. Initially he lost his footing but on recovering he collided with Craig Menzies before tumbling to the ground and the referee pointed to the spot before booking Park for his protests. Paul Cameron kept his cool to slam the ball beyond keeper Brian McGarrity and level the match on 40 minutes. Although the Seasiders pushed for a second it remained all square at the break.

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Glens forced an early corner-kick which was cleared. Girvan through Reid with a quick break down the right and cross into the box that was clutched by McGarrity.

Three minutes into the second and the visitors suffered a set back when captain Craig Menzies pulled up injured. He was replaced by Darren McGill who filled an unfamiliar full back role while McAusland moved to centre back to partner McKnight. The reshuffled defence was quickly tested by consecutive Girvan free kicks into the box and the danger cleared both times.

At the other end McKernon clipped a wonderful ball into the box for Chris Dallas but his downward header lacked power and the keeper saved comfortably. Marlow then did well in a crowded box to roll the ball out to McKernon and his low drive from 20 yards was deflected wide for a corner kick, which after a good old stramash was eventually cleared.

Back came Girvan but Reilly couldn’t get the better of McKnight in the box, the young centre half having a fine game, and McKernon was on hand to clear the ball upfield.

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Dale Moore fires home to make it 2-1

On 62 minutes Glenafton regained the lead after Dale Moore chased down a ball into the box and held off the defender before unleashing an unstoppable shot from 12 yards past the keeper at full stretch.

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Dale celebrates

Midway through the half and Glens brought on Conor Lynass for Ryan Borris and five minutes later Joe Andrew replaced Mick McCann.

Attacks down both flanks by Lynass on the right and then by McGill on the left were repelled. The clearance from the latter ended with Paul Cameron seeing red for an over the ball tackle on Moore. McKernon’s free kick was pushed wide for a corner-kick which was partially cleared but it wasn’t long before the ball was back in the Girvan box as the Glens pressed for a third goal.

On 75 minutes McGill made excellent progress down the left and threaded a great ball between two defenders to pick out Andrew in the box albeit with his back to goal and defender Adam Caldwell in close attention. In a flash Andrew turned the defender and lashed a low angled shot that was brilliantly by the feet of the keeper.

The 10 men of Girvan were still very much in the game and brought on striker Craig Harvey for defender Caldwell in an attempt to salvage a point.

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In safe hands!

Play, although a bit scrappy, was now end-to-end with both sides rewarded with corner kicks for their endeavours. However, on 83 minutes it was a Scott Dinwoodie free kick from just outside the right-hand side of the penalty box that the home side almost claimed the equaliser but McDowall’s header brushed off the back of McAusland’s head and the ball bounced agonisingly inches wide of the post. McGarrity then clutched the corner-kick cleanly under his bar as Stevie O’Donnell challenged.

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The next Girvan attack saw McKnight win another header at the back post and McAusland launching the loose ball upfield where it was gathered by Dallas on the right. The striker then rolled the ball back for McKernon to chip the ball over the Girvan defence freeing Marlow to beat the offside trap and run unimpeded to the bye-line before cutting the ball back for Joe Andrew to stroke it home from 3 yards out on 85 minutes.  The striker also ended up in the back of the net after being caught badly by the Johnstone; earning the keeper a yellow card.

The closing 5 minutes were played at 10-a-side as Andrew continued to receive treatment and the game ended with handshakes.

FT Girvan 1 Glens 3

Glenafton Athletic: 1. Brian McGarrity 2. Kyle McAusland 3. Cameron Marlow 4. Craig Menzies (12. Darren McGill) 5. Ian McKnight 6. Jamie McKernon 7. Ryan Borris (Conor Lynass) 8. Ally Park 9. Chris Dallas 10. Mick McCann (Joe Andrew) 11. Dale Moore Subs 17. Scott Watson (gk)

Girvan: 1. Scott Johnstone 2. Adam Caldwell (16. Craig Harvey) 3. Marc Cameron 4. Michael Mossie 5. Stevie O’Donnell 6. Scott Dinwoodie 7. Craig Reid 8. Paul Cameron 9. Michael Reilly 10. Darren Mitchell 11. Jack McDowall subs 12. Stephen Auld 14. Mark Doolan 15. Kieran Balfour 17. Mark Higgins(gk)

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Glenafton 1 Kilwinning 1

  • McBookie West Region Super League Premier Division
  • Match 12
  • Loch Park, New Cumnock
  • Saturday 17th March 2018
  • GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 1 (0)
    • Dallas
  • KILWINNING RANGERS 1 (1)
    • Boylan

by Frank Cassidy . Ayrshire Weekly Press

KILWINNING weathered a wave of Glens’ attacks while battling against a swirling wind before taking the lead. Chris Dallas and Darren McGill both had chances for the home side before Craig Pettigrew intercepted a Connor Lynass pass which was heading for Dallas.

But Buffs aren’t top of the league by accident and they showed why in 14 minutes with a goal in their first attack. Carlo Monti outpaced Ally Park on the left flank then sent in an inch-perfect pass which found Brian Boylan, who duly converted for 1-0.

Glens don’t like losing goals at home and they stormed back with Dallas setting up Mick McCann for a low shot which was well saved.

Boylan was caught offside in what looked like a tight decision, although there were no complaints from the player, more from the large visiting support. They had something to cheer about 10 minutes later when Adam Strain pulled off a magnificent save from a long-range Jamie McKernon effort.

Despite the wind, this was an enthralling encounter and Buffs were next to launch an attack which ended with a Michael Wardrope shot, from outside the area, just too high. He then got on the end of a sublime crossfield move involving Boylan and Monti, chipping keeper Brian McGarrity, but the ball ended up on the roof of the net.

Strain was called into action in the closing stages of the first half with a save to equal his earlier heroics, this time from a Lynass volley. With just one goal separating the teams, the next one was going to be crucial and Kilwinning started the second half strongly as they went in for the kill.

Having the strong wind behind them, they attempted to score from the kick-off but the ball sailed over. A Sam McCloskey shot failed to trouble McGarrity but he could only parry a Boylan effort, then almost lost a 50-50 to the hitman.

Mother Nature then had a hand in proceedings with a ball being caught in the wind giving Dallas an unexpected chance before a Monti corner was blown back out for a bye-kick. Sub Ryan Borris was involved within minutes of coming on, setting up Park, whose cross was blocked the combining well with fellow sub Dale Moore.

Glenafton Athletic squad (10)Borris went one better with a dangerous cross into the box which caused chaos among the defenders – who were also distracted by an overlapping Park. Moore’s shot blocked but Chris Dallas showed a striker’s instinct to pounce and level the scores with less than 20 minutes left.

Within a minute, Glens were down to 10 men when Alan Cairns was red-carded for dissent when he felt the referee should have played advantage.

Craig McEwan issued instructions from the sidelines and, as so often happens, the 10 men rallied. There were a few nervy moments, including a wind-assisted Ricky Hanvey shot and a brave save from McGarrity at the feet of substitute David Winters.

But Glens finished on top and were desperately unlucky when a Kyle McAusland free-kick found Dallas whose effort was just over the bar. One last chance fell for Wardrope who came close with a free-kick but the stalemate remained and it was a point apiece for two excellent teams.

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC: McGarrity; Park, Cairns, Menzies, McAusland, Marlow, Lynass (Borris 56), McKernon, Dallas, McCann, McGill (Moore 56). Subs not used – McKnight, Andrew, Watson (gk)

KILWINNING RANGERS: Strain; Coleman, McCloskey (Nisbet 83), Pettigrew, Whyte, Frye, Monti, Hanvey, Boylan, Lewis (Winters 77), Wardrope Subs not used: Latta, McGuinness, Campbell.

 

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Pollok 1 Glenafton 3

  • McBookie West Region Super League Premier Division
  • Match 11
  • Newlandsfield Park, Glasgow
  • Saturday 24th February 2018
  • POLLOK 1 (1)
    • Gallacher
  • GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 3 (0)

    • McCann, Dallas 2

Glenafton came from behind to beat Pollok 3-1 at Newlandsfield and move up to 6th place in the league.  The home side took the lead on 17 minutes after Brian McGarrity got down low to parry away  Adam Forde’s thundering free-kick from 30 yards and Stefan McCluskey pounced on the loose ball to play it back into the six yard box for Paul Gallacher to guide home from close range.

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Mick McCann

Glens drew level on 65 minutes after Conor Lynas from almost the right hand side corner flag whipped a glorious ball to the far end of the penalty box for substitute Mick McCann (right) to bullet a sweet header beyond the outstretched arms of keeper Jordan Longmuir.

Glenafton Athletic squad (10)

Chris Dallas

Six minutes later the visitors took the lead after Jamie McKernon floated a free-kick into the box and Kyle McAusland’s jump was impeded by Gallacher. Up stepped Chris Dallas (right) to slam home the spot kick. The former Arthurlie striker would also have the last say on 90 minutes. Joe Andrew forced the defender to paint themselves into a corner before opting to square the ball to Longmuir who had advanced to edge of his six yard box only to let the ball run past him and then see his attempted clearance crash off the shins of the inrushing Dallas for the ball to end in the net. New Cumnock cheers now echoed round Newlandsfield with the Glens enjoying back-to-back league wins.

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

Pollok: 1. Jordan Longmuir 2. Mouhamed ‘Sena’ Niang 3 Mark Sideserf 4. Paul Gallacher   5. Ryan McGregor 6. Paul Byrne 7.Stuart McCann 8. Nicky Little 9. Adam Forde 10. Stefan McLuskey 11. Bryan Young. Subs used 12. Liam Rowan 14. Derek Hepburn 15. David Gormley  Not Used: 16.Bryan Wharton 17. Scott Johnson

 

 

 

 

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Glenafton 4 Girvan 0

  • McBookie West Region Super League Premier Division
  • Match 10
  • Loch Park, New Cumnock
  • Saturday 17th February 2018
  • GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 4 (3)
    • Lynass, Andrew, Dallas, Moore
  • GIRVAN 0 (0)

GLENS TURN THE TIDE AGAINST SEASIDERS

A minute’s silence was held before kick-off in memory of Glenafton supporter Jim Walker who passed away recently. The Walker family sponsored today’s matchball and young grandson Trey handed over the cheque to manager Craig McEwan posed for photos with the manager and club secretary John Stewart.

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Glenafton hosted Girvan for the second time this season the Seasiders having won the previous encounter 3-2 in the West of Scotland Cup after racing to a 3-0 lead in the first half. Back to league business and the champions turned the tables on the visitors with three unanswered goals in the opening forty-five which were joined with a last-minute counter to deliver a well-deserved 4-0 victory.

Girvan started brightly with former Glens striker Michael Reilly looking lively up front. On 7 minutes he began a move that ended with Kieran Balfour gathering the ball in the box to turn and shoot only for Kyle McAusland to make a fine block. The ball went out for a throw that was launched to the Glens near post where keeper Brian McGarrity leapt to cleanly clutch the ball from the head of Marc Cameron.

The game however quickly turned in the Glens favour. Conor Lynass and Ally Park combined well down the right-wing before the latter floated a cross to the near post where keeper Scott Johnstone was off his mark to gather the ball as Chris Dallas threatened. Joe Andrew threaded a ball through the middle for Dallas who quickly picked out Marlow at the edge of the box and after a touch or two his shot skewed wide of the post.

On 14 minutes the New Cumnock side made the breakthrough with a piece of fine flowing football on a bumpy pitch.  A long ball into the Glens box was headed cleared by Alan Cairns and snapped up by Darren McGill who set off down the left flank the after burners leaving the full back for dead on the half-way line. When level with the 18-yard line the midfielder squared the ball into the box which was dummied by Andrew to set up a low shot from Dallas from 14 yards out that was pushed away by the keeper only for the alert Andrew to pounce on the loose ball at the near post and clip it across the face of goal for the incoming Conor Lynass to side foot into the net at the back post.

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Conor Lynass and Chris Dallas

Glens continued to press and two minutes later a McGill free-kick from 22 yards whizzed inches wide of the post. Soon after Marlow picked up a Dallas pass in a busy box and curled a shot that the keeper did well to hold.

On 19 minutes Girvan created their best chance after Jack McDowall whipped a great ball from wide on the left to the back post where Craig Reid’s header just dipped over the bar.

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McDowall’s header dips over the bar

The home side were soon back on the front foot and midway through the half a Marlow header from a Jamie McKernon corner was headed of the line and over the bar by Scott Dinwoodie. From a short corner McKernon played a quick one-two with Andrew before returning the ball to the striker on the edge of the box about 15 yards from the bye-line and in a flash, Andrew turned to fire a powerful shot that caught the keeper unaware at his near post. Glen 2-0 on 24 minutes.

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Celebrations after Joe makes it 2-0

The visitors responded through McDowall and Reid combing again the latter’s header causing a goal-mouth scramble in which Craig Menzies & McAusland got the better of Dinwoodie & Reilly and McGarrity gathered the loose ball. This proved to be Reilly’s last real action in the game as soon after he earned a straight red card for dissent and the Seasiders reduced to 10 men on 27 minutes.

Things went from bad to worse for Girvan two minutes later after the Glens added a third goal. McGill snapped up the ball on the left before cutting infield to ‘D’ of the penalty box to slip the ball to Lynass on the right-hand side of the box. The midfielder’s shot for goal deflected off the outstretched leg of Darren Mitchell sending the ball high into the air before dropping kindly for Chris Dallas at the back post to guide home his 20th goal of the season from close range.

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Chris Dallas makes it 3-0

One-way traffic towards the Girvan goal ensued with chances to add a fourth coming thick and fast. On 31 minutes Park’s angled shot from the right-hand side of the box cannoned off the base of the far post. Johnstone then punched clear McKernon’s corner-kick from the head of Marlow. A minute later Marlow’s low drive from the 18-yard line drifted wide of the post and soon after Marlow’s third bite at the cherry, a powerful shot from outside the box was well held by the keeper.

In a rare Girvan attack a well-timed and executed tackle by McAusland denied Cameron a clear shot at goal.

H/T Glens 3 Girvan 0

At the break Stevie O’Donnell replaced Kieran Balfour and slotted into the centre of defence with Mitchell now pushed forward. 10 men Girvan regained their composure and play in the early stages of the new half flowed from end to end with defences dealing well with the half chances on offer.

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Conor Lynass

McDowall’s shot was parried by McGarrity and the keeper was quick off the mark to recover the ball before ending in the net. McKernon’s determined run into the box was halted by an equally determined well-timed tackle by Michael Mossie. McKernon tried again with another strong burst into the box and his square ball for Dallas seemed certain to set up a fourth goal only for Mossie to intervene again and cut out the pass at the expense of another corner-kick for the home side which was headed clear. At the other end Mitchell picked out McDowall but his shot, although on target lacked any power to test the keeper.

On 58 minutes Lynass’s run from deep ended with a pass to Dallas who gave Mossie the slip before thundering a shot from the edge of the box that beat the keeper at full stretch before zipping past the post.

On the hour mark the Glens made a double change with Andrew and McGill making way for Mick McCann and Dale Moore. Soon after Ryan McChesney replaced Ally Park with McAusland now filling the right full back slot.  Girvan followed suit with Paul Cameron coming on for Marc Cameron.

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Darren McGill

On 72 minutes McDowall and Mitchell combined well down the left before the latter burst into the box and although he stumbled he kept his feet but the chance had gone while delayed claim for a spot kick, for a push in the back, was waved away.

The lively Lynass then leathered a powerful shot from outside the box which was pushed round the post Johnstone.  Although this sparked a sustained spell of pressure for the hosts the Girvan defence stood firm.  At the other end McDowall cut in from the left to curl a shot just wide of the post.

The Glens dominated the dying embers of the game. Moore beat the offside trap to earn himself a free run into the box only to lose his footing on the bumpy surface as he closed in on goal. McAusland’s perseverance won the Glens a corner-kick which was headed out of the box to be met with Moore and his well struck first time daisy-cutter was well held by the keeper.

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Cameron Marlow and Andrew Hunter

With two minutes to go McKernon forced his way into the box and shot from 12 yards crashed off he crossbar and Moore’s acrobatic attempt to bury the rebound was bravely blocked by former Glens defender Andrew Hunter before McKernon then tried again, but his shot slipped wide of the target.

On 90 minutes Girvan’s hopes of a consolation goal were dashed when McGarrity promptly plucked Mossie’s header from a corner kick out of the air. Glenafton however had the last say and McGarrity’s clearance upfield was pounced on by Lynass and after pushing forward whipped a peach of a ball across the goal for Moore to bullet home a header from 4 yards out.

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Dale Moore completes the scoring

F/T Glens 4 Girvan 0  

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

Girvan: 1. Scott Johnstone 2. Stephen Auld 3. Andrew Hunter 4. Darren Mitchell 5. Michael Mossie 6. Scott Dinwoodie 7. Craig Reid 8. Kieran Balfour (15. Stevie O’Donnell) 9. Michael Reilly 10. Marc Cameron (12. Paul Cameron) 11. Jack McDowall Subs not used: 14. Caldwell 16. David Cunningham 17. Higgins

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Good luck Davie

Glenafton manager Craig McEwan and David Gray have mutually agreed that Davie  be given a free transfer to allow him the opportunity to get more playing time.  The Glenafton management & committee wishes David every success with his next club and thank him for his contribution to Glens winning the treble of Western Premier Division title, Scottish Junior Cup and the Evening Times Champions cup.

Glenafton Athletic squad (4)

David signed for the Glens in January 2016 and scored his first goal for the club the following month in a 5-1 win at Benburb in the West of Scotland Cup with a stunning free-kick from 25 yards out.

The following season it was another spectacular free kick from David that drew the Glens level away at Broxburn in the Scottish Junior Cup 1st round .  The home side hit back to take a 3-1 lead and Glens looked to be out of the competition as they trailed by that scoreline and were down to 10 men as the game went into its final minute.  Joe Andrew gave the Glens a glimmer of hope to make it 3-2 on 90 minutes and then unbelievably on 93 minutes David floated a free kick into a crowded box for Kyle McAusland to head home the equaliser.  The rest is history as Glenafton went on to win the Scottish Junior Cup with David scoring four goals in the competition.

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Celebrations as Glens make it 3-3 on 93 minutes

David scored 3 league goals and 11 cup goals to finish second top goal scorer; 2 goals behind top scorer Chris Dallas. His final goal of the season came at  Benburb’s ground again with another cracking free kick as Glens defeated Glasgow Perthshire in the Evening Times Champions Cup final.

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Goalscorers Cameron Marlow and David Gray with captain Craig Menzies holding the cup.

As West Region Premier Champions and Scottish Junior Cup Winners Glenafton gained entry into the William Hill Scottish Cup. In their first game in the ‘big Scottish’ for the first time in the club’s history they defeated  Newton Stewart 6-0 in Preliminary Round 1, and fittingly among the goals was a David Gray free-kick.

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Glenafton’s first appearance in the big Scottish Cup, David 2nd from right front row

In his time at Glenafton David made 63 starts an 75 appearances in total and scored 22 goals including many memorable ones. Thanks for the memories David and all the best for the future.

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Cumnock 3 Glenafton 1

  • McBookie West Region Super League Premier Division
  • Match 09
  • Townhead Park, Cumnock
  • Saturday 3rd February 2018
  • CUMNOCK JUNIORS 3 (1)
    • Keir Samson, Jamie Ballantyne, Paul Burns
  • GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 1 (1)
    • Chris Dallas

ChrisDallasGlenafton opened the scoring on 19 minutes. Good work down the left flank ended with Darren McGill winning a corner-kick which although was partially cleared the ball was played back into the box to be headed home for Chris Dallas (left).  A minute before the break the home side drew level through a fine finish from Keir Samson.

Cumnock started the second half in determined fashion and on 48 minutes Jamie Ballantyne found the net from the back post. Five minutes later Ryan McChesney impeded Paul Burns in the box and the Cumnock midfielder dusted himself down to slot home the spot kick and completed Cumnock’s comeback.

Glenafton Athletic: 1. Brian McGarrity 2. Kyle McAusland 3. Alan Cairns 4. Craig Menzies 5 . Ryan  McChesney 6. Jamie McKenon 7. Dale Moore 8. Ally Park 9. Chris Dallas 10. Joe Andrew 11. Darren McGill Subs. 14.David Gray 15. Cameron Marlow 16. Conor Lynass 17. Mick McCann 18. Scott Watson (gk)

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Congratulations Jack

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Ex Glenafton Athletic youth player Jack Hendry who started his career with the Glens  signed for Celtic on a transfer deadline day swoop, on a four-and-a-half-deal from Dundee.

Jack began his career with the Glens after sone great times and also was captain for us when we won the Amsterdam cup. He then moved to Celtic youth academy along with Mark Shankland. Jack then signed for Partick Thistle before he moved to Wigan Athletic in September 2015. During his time in England he also had loan spells with Shrewsbury Town and MK Dons before returning north last July when he signed for Dundee

It’ss great to see another Glenafton youth player make it to the highest level in the game. He text me 6.30 am today to let me know and thank Glenafton for giving him his first taste of Football and he still looks out for the Glens results. 

John Stewart (Glenafton secretary)

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Kilwinning 1 Glenafton 1

  • McBookie West Region Super League Premier Division
  • Match 08
  • 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.

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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

 

 

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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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