Glenafton 1 Kirkintilloch 0

Sat 13th APR 2019 KO 2:00 pm  

McBookie.com West Region Premiership| Match 26

Loch Park, New Cumnock

Glenafton Athletic 1 (0) Kirkintilloch Rob Roy 0 (0)

GLENS ROB ROY

Glenafton kicked off with the same eleven that started off in the draw away to Beith last Saturday. Although the sun was shining brightly an icy wind cut across the length of the Loch Park in a westerly direction for most of the time, interspersed with periods of unpredictable swirling gusts.

The visitors were first to show through Willie Sawyers but his low trundling shot from the edge of the box was easily gathered by keeper Brian McGarrity.

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awaiting a corner-kick

Glens responded with Leon Murphy picking out Mick McCann in the left-hand side of the box to curl a well struck ball that beat keeper Craig Gordon at full stretch but slipped past the far post.  Davie Winters and Dan Orsi combined down the right before the latter slipped the ball to Murphy deep in the box only for his shot from 12 yards to be deflected wide for a corner kick. This was partially cleared by the Rabs defence before the ball was played back into the box where McCann earned another corner. This kick too was initially cleared before being recovered by Craig Menzies to feed Joe Andrew in the box and after his shot was headed clear by Scott Forrester the Glens captain pounced to volley the loose ball which took a boounce before Gordon saved well.

On 15 minutes a cushioned header from Sawyers in the box was nodded on by strike partner Alex Cassells before cleverly turning to give two defenders the slip and wrong footing the Glens keeper but his low angle shot slipped well wide off the post.

Back came the hosts with Murphy’s mazy run ended by a trip and Alan Cairns free kick floated into the box and although Ryan McChesney leapt head and shoulders above the Rabs’ defence his header sailed high over the bar. Soon after, Cairns whipped a killer ball from wide on the left into the box where Winters got the jump of the full back and from yards tried to guide it passed Gordon, however made a fine block and then juggled the ball to safely as Winters tried in vain for a second bite at the cherry. A Murphy cross caused some uncertainty in the Rabs box and, adopting a safety-first policy, the defender conceded a corner kick which concluded with McCann’s header at the back post being blocked and cleared.

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Keeper Craig Gordon denies Davie Winters

The visitors came close to breaking the deadlock on 27 minutes after Martin McBride’s free-kick from 25 yards cracked off the junction of the post and bar.

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Free-kick hits the woodwork

The Glens, with the wind at their backs, enjoyed another decent spell of pressure but their only reward was another corner-kick which like the ones that had gone before was handled well by the Rabs defence. In stark contrast the corner-kick won by Sawyers on 37 minutes caused chaos in the Glens six-yard box. Played to the back-post McBride headed the ball back into the goal mouth where Cassells tried to head it home only for McGarrity to get a hand to it and then McChesney block Forrester’s attempt to force the loose ball out from a few yards out before McCann hoofed it clear from the goal line.

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Alex Cassells tries to head home

Menzies initiated the counter-attack for the Glens to break upfield where from the left-hand corner of the penalty box Andrew switched play and picked out the incoming Orsi at the back post to lash a fierce shot from a tight angle that flashed wide of the opposite post.  A minute later Murphy and Andrew combined to set-up Winters to curl a shot from the edge of the box which was well held by Gordon.

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Alan Cairns on the ball

Just before the break Cassells good run into the box ended with his shot being deflected wide and the corner-kick that followed was cleared by the home rear guard.

HT Glens 0 Rabs 0

The visitors, now with the strong wind at their back, made a lively start to the new half. Joe Slattery pushed deep into the Glens box to cut the ball across the face of goal which was cleared by Cairns. Soon after Sawyers’ header in the box was easily held by McGarrity. A free-kick floated to the back post was lashed over the bar by Connor Hughes. A corner-kick to the same back-post was knocked back into the danger area where an alert McGarrity snapped it up as Hughes threatened.

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Determined Dan Orsi

Some respite for the Glens as a determined run by Orsi took him to the bye-line before rolling the ball back to Findlay Frye to thump a first time shot that flew over the bar.

The game went through a period where even half chances were drying up as both sides battled the vagaries of the now swirling wind.

Midway through the half the Glens made a tactical change with Kyle McAusland replacing Davie Winters to take up Dan Orsi’s place at right full back, while Orsi pushed forward on the right flank.

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Brian McGarrity comes out on top

The visitors enjoyed a good spell of pressure beginning with a corner kick which Forrester met at the back post but his header dipped over the bar. McGarrity had to be alert to push the ball away from the head of Hughes and run to smother the loose ball. The keeper then had to rush from his line to beat Sawyers to a race for a ball into the box taking a sore one from a late tackle; as did the big striker.

Glens were struggling to make any headway against the wind and a well organised Rabs defence other than occasional runs down either flank by Murphy and Orsi.

On 77 minutes Rob Roy brought on Graeme Ramage for Joe Slattery and a minute later Gary Carroll came on for Willie Sawyers, who hadn’t recovered from his tackle on the Glens goalie.

Although McBride did well to fashion a shot from the edge of the ‘D’ the wind-assisted ball flew well over the bar. McGarrity then got down low to hold a low angled shot from Gavin Mackie. Murphy countered with an attack through the middle before picking out Orsi on the right to square the ball into the box for McCann for a snapshot at goal that Gordon held well. McBride made another impressive but again his shooting boots let him down as the ball skewed high and wide of target.

Although the Glens began to see more of the ball unpicking the Rabs defence continued to prove a hard nut to crack.

A minute from time Kirkintilloch made their final substitution with striker Alberto Vezza replacing defender Michael Tuohy.

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Ally Park looks on as ball heads for goal

Into added time and Ally Park won the ball in the middle of the park and squared it to Orsi who then gave Lewis Kinnaird the slip before riding the tackle from Mackie to drive down the right-wing and whipping the ball into the box where the incoming Park got in front of McBride to gloriously guide the ball into the net with the deftest of touches.

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Ally Parker celebrates

While the Glens celebrated what proved to be a 91st minute winner the Rabs were understandably devastated to leave Loch Park with nothing to show for their considerable efforts. If it’s any consolation that boot has been on the other foot a few times this season!

FT Glens 1 Rabs 0

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GLENAFTON ATHLETIC: 1.Brian McGarrity 2. Dan Orsi 3. Alan Cairns 4. Craig Menzies 5. Ryan McChesney 6. Findlay Frye 7. Davie Winters (12. Kyle McAusland) 8. Ally Park 9. Mick McCann 10. Joe Andrew 11. Leon Murphy Subs 14. Kit Cummins 15. Connor Lynass 16. Craig Potter 17. Craig Burns (gk)

KIRKINTILLOCH ROB ROY: 1. Craig Gordon 2. Jordan Currie-McLean 3. Lewis Kinnaird 4. Michael Tuohy (16. Alberto Vezza) 5. Scot Forrester 6. Martin McBride 7. Connor Hughes 8. Joe Slattery (15. Graeme Ramage) 9. Willie Sawyers (14. Gary Carroll) 10. Alex Cassells 11. Gavin Mackie Subs 12. Lee Gallagher 17. Michael Morris

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Beith 1 Glenafton 1

Sat 5th APR 2019 KO 2:00 pm  

McBookie.com West Region Premiership| Match 25

Bellsdale Park, Beith

Beith Juniors 1 (1) Glenafton Athletic 1 (0)

Glenafton’ introduced new signing Davie Winters as they faced Beith at Bellsdale. The visitors shooting up the slope were first to threaten after Mick McCann beat the offside trap only for keeper Stephen Grindlay to block his shot and send the ball high in the air after which Findlay Frye’s cushioned header picked out Joe Andrew to attempt a perfectly executed lob but again the keeper  came out on top as he back-tracked and jumped to push the ball over the bar. At the other end Kevin Green’s header from a corner-kick skimmed off the top of the crossbar. Back came the Glens with a dazzling display of possession football which ended with Alan Cairns clipping the ball into the box for Andrew to pick out Leon Murphy and although he was blocked the ball fell for Ally Park to thunder a low shot from 22 yards that although the keeper spilled it, he quickly recovered to the ball before Andrew could pounce.  The Glens goal then led a charmed life as James Bradley burst into the box and slipped the ball past keeper Brian McGarrity from a tight angle for the inrushing Paul Haggarty with Craig Menzies tracking him,  but somehow the Beith striker couldn’t find the empty net from 2 yards out and as both players stumbled to the ground the ball rolled on before being stopped on the line by the Glens captain’s posterior who then guided it forward to his keeper’s hands. The indirect free kick from 6 yards was rolled back to Bradley only to blast it over the line of Afton men and over the bar.

Beith broke the deadlock after good work by Milliken on the left flank before he cut into the box to fire a killer ball into the goalmouth for Darren Christie to crack into the roof of the net from a few yards out. The home side almost doubled their when a free-kick was floated into the box and  after a game of head tennis the third header saw Nicky Docherty’s effort bounce off the post. The Mighty continued to press for a second but the hal ended with no further scoring.     HT Beith 1 Glens 0

It was Beith’s goal that was charmed when Grindlay failed to hold Dan Orsi’s shot from 25 yards and the in turn efforts from Andrew, McCann and Winters were all blocked. The visitors were now on the front foot and Murphy waltzed into the box before thumping a shot the keeper pushed away with both hands.

aa_leonmurphy00From the centre circle Ryan McChesney launched a high ball into the left hand side of the box where Winters killed it brilliantly with his chest before pushing into the box and at the second attempt he picked out Leon Murphy (left) to guide an angled shot from 12 yards out through a ruck players and into the corner of the net. Findlay Frye then fired a ball over the top of the Beith defence for Winters to run onto in the box only for the keeper to pull off a fine save. At the other end McGarritty pulled off a fine save from Milliken’s volley from inside the box. Played continued at a frantic pace, up and down the slope, as both sides sought out the winner but the game, like the corresponding fixture at Loch Park, finished all square. FT Beith 1 Glens 1

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC: 1. Brian McGarrity 2. Dan Orsi 3. Alan Cairns 4. Craig Menzies 5. Ryan McChesney 6. Findlay Frye 7. Davie Winters 8. Ally Park 9. Joe Andrew 10. Mick McCann 11. Leon Murphy  Sub used : 14. Kit Cummins not used: 12. Cameron Marlow 15. Craig Potter 16. Chris Dallas 17. Craig Burns (gk)

BEITH JUNIORS: 1. Stephen Grindlay 2. Conner McGinchley 3. Steven Noble 4. Nicky Docherty 5. Kevin Green 6. John Middleton 7. Darren Christie 8. Paul Frize 9. Paul Haggarty 10. Keir Milliken 11. Joe Bradley . Subs 12 Jamie Wilson 14 Ryan Docherty 15. John Sheridan 17. David Ramsay D. Miller (gk)

 

 

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Glenafton 2 Pollok 1

Sat 30th MAR 2019 KO 2:00 pm  

McBookie.com West Region Premiership| Match 24

Loch Park, New Cumnock

Glenafton Athletic 2 (0) Pollok 1 (1)

Prior to kick-off there was a minute’s silence in memory of Glenafton Athletic legend Richard “Nodder” Kirkpatrick who recently passed away.

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Glens were without top goal scorer Chris Dallas while Ryan McChesney and Ally Park were not available for selection. This was the fourth meeting of the two sides this season with little between the teams in the previous three encounters meetings – Pollok progressing in the Scottish Junior Cup via a penalty shoot-out in the replay at Newlandsfield and the Glasgow side winning the corresponding league fixture with a controversial stoppage time spot kick.

Chances were thin on the ground as play swung frantically from end to end without an end product. Pollok came close on 15 minutes when a free-kick on the right-hand outskirts of the penalty box was whipped into the goalmouth by Stefan McCluskey but it never got beyond the first man Findlay Frye who stuck out a boot only for the ball fly inches his own crossbar. The corner-kick that followed was cleared to the edge of the box for Dale Moore to snap up and drive forward before releasing Dan Orsi wide on the right with a glorious pass but McCluskey was on his heels to nick the ball from his feet at the expense of a corner which was cleanly clutched by keeper Scott Johnson, a promising product of the Pollok youth set-up.

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Leon Murphy breaks forward as Bryan Young closes in

Play continued to flow back and forth interrupted with some midfield battles and hand-balls, deliberate and otherwise. On 23 minutes another battle in the centre circle ended with the official initially awarding the free kick to the Glens before changing his mind. The ball was quickly played upfield to Bryan Young to gather close by corner flag before giving a defender the slip to clip the ball into the box where initially was headed high by Craig Menzies. As the ball descended to edge of the Shaun Fraser edged out Moore in the aerial battle forcing the ball into box where despite Cammy Marlow’s attempt to head it clear Lok striker Adam Forde executed a superb overhead kick that sent the dropping ball into the top corner with the keeper Brian McGarrity rooted to the spot. To add salt the wounds Marlow was booked for questioning the high-boot of Forde.

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Adam Forde’s overhead kick with Cameron Marlow in attendane

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Goal celebrations Pollok 1-0 up

Five minutes later the striker passed up a great chance to double the visitors lead when a long throw into the box from Grant Evans was headed on by the Ryan McGregor to fall perfectly for Forde but his well struck volley from 12 yards out bulleted wide of the post.

The meaty tackles in the middle of the park continued and after Moore nicked the ball from McCluskey he blocked the midfielder with a swinging arm before pulling him to the ground sparking mini melee. As is often the case in these situations the cop out is to show both the aggressor and the aggressed are shown a yellow card a piece. At the bounce up McGregor and Marlow went eye-to-eye before Evans intervened with a powerful two-handed shove on the Glens player, worthy only of a yellow card.

A minute before half-time Fraser over stepped the mark when breaking through the middle he over hit the ball which allowed Alan Cairns to recover it briefly before the Lok midfielder’s studs chopped him to the ground to earn an instant red.

HT Glens 0 Pollok 1

The home side made a lively start to the second half but within three minutes it was 10 a-side after Dale Moore was late with a tackle on Allan McKenzie earning the midfielder a straight red.

The game settled back into a similar pattern of the first half with half chances at either. Just before the hour mark a Pollok free kick from the left was headed over the bar by Stuart McCann but to both team’s surprise the award was a corner kick. The ball was floated to the back post where Danny Boyle won the aerial battle to head the ball home, however certainly to one team’s surprise the goal was disallowed for Boyle’s push on Kyle McAusland. To rub salt in his wounds Boyle landed badly and never recovered forcing his substitution with Mark Sideserf.

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Danny Boyle  on the ground finds out his goal is disallowed

It proved to be a turning with the Glens now very much on the front foot. Leon Murphy picked up the ball wide on the right and after twisting past a couple of defenders curled a great cross into the box for Mick McCann to flick a looping header that looked destined to find the net only for Johnson to pull off a wonderful save to push the ball over the bar. The young keeper then pushed the corner kick away with both hands before recovering the ball from Murphy’s attempt to head it back into the danger area. He then launched the ball upfield and Forde let it take a bounce before trying to lob the ball home but it slipped past the post.

The Glens continued their push for the equaliser with Orsi proving a handful down the right flank. Still the visitors proved a threat on the break and midway through the half Evans cross was cut-out for a corner kick which was headed clear and gathered by Joe Andrew to turn and slip a great pass to Murphy. The dynamic midfielder burst through the middle skipped past the solitary defender to run in on goal only for the advancing goalie to time his run to the edge of the box perfectly to clear the danger.

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Dan breaks down the right

On 69 minutes Pollok brought on Jamie Henry for Stefan McCluskey and five minutes later Bryan Young was replaced by Jordan Morton. In between times Murphy’s header in the box from a Frye cross drifted wide of the far post.

A free kick floated into box was headed wide by Orsi as Glens continued their strangle hold on the game. On 77 minutes Orsi’s determination down the right won the home side another corner kick which ended with McCann bulleting a header inches over the bar.  A minute later following a goal mouth scramble in the Glens box the home side broke upfield where Andrew on the outskirts of the box slipped the ball to match Marlow’s run into the left-hand side of the box only for the alert keeper to rush from his line again to get a touch to deflect Cammy’s shot off target.  The corner-kick was cleared, as was the one soon after, as Glens turned the screw.

Deep on the left Cairns’s throw in to Andrew on the edge of the box was returned to the attacking full back take a touch before clipping an inch perfect cross for McCann in the six-yard box only for Sideserf to wave flailing arm across the Glens striker face and knock him to the ground – penalty kick. Although Pollok have saved 4 of the last Glens penalties against the up stepped former Pollok player Findlay Frye to drill the ball into the corner of the net beyond the finger-tips of Johnston. The game now all square at 1-1 on 82 minutes.

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Findlay finds the net from the spot

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Pollok could cope with the Glens pressure as the New Cumnock side now pushed for a winner and it came a minute from time.  From a free kick wide on the left Cairns delivered another peach of a cross for McCann but his glancing header from 8 yards out was drifting well wide of the back post and with the Pollok defence motionless Findlay Frye sprinted for the bye-line to guide the ball between keeper and post from the narrowest of angles to spark of joyous celebrations.

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Fin hits the winner

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The visitors had one last chance after Frye was booked for a foul on the outskirts of the box but the set piece summed up the visitors closing twenty minutes as the ball drifted aimlessly out of play and the points were staying at New Cumnock.

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FT Glens 2 Pollok 1 

Glenafton Athletic: 1. Brian McGarrity 2. Dan Orsi 3. Alan Cairns 4. Craig Menzies 5. Kyle McAusland 6. Findlay Frye 7. Dale Moore 8. Cameron Marlow 9. Mick McCann 10. Joe Andrew 11. Leon Murphy. Suns not used: 12. Conor Lynass 14. Kit Cummins 15. Craig Burns (gk)

Pollok: 1. Scott Johnson 2. Grant Evans, 3. Allan McKenzie 4. Paul Gallacher 5. Danny Boyle (16. Mark Sideserf) 6. Ryan McGregor 7. Shaun Fraser 8. Bryan Young (12. Jamie Morton) 9. Stuart McCann 10. Adam Forde 11. Stefan McCluskey (14. Jamie Henry) Subs not used: 15. Tony Coutts 17. Josh Watt

 

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Arthurlie 1 Glenafton 4

Sat 23rd MAR  2019 KO 2:00 pm 

Ardagh Group West of Scotland Cup | 3rd Round

Dunterlie Park, Barrhead

ARTHURLIE 1 (1) GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 4 (3)

Glens raced to an early with a goal in 3 minutes at Dunterlie. Alan Cairns well advanced down the left flank picked out Joe Andrew at the edge of the box who quickly turned the covering defender to clip the ball across the face of goal and although Mick McCann had a fresh air shot at the near post the incoming Findlay Frye was on hand to drill the ball past keeper  James Digney from six yards. Arthurlie restored parity before the Glens opener could be “tweeted” . A corner kick was played short before the ball was fired into a packed penalty box where it bobbled about before striker Jamie Docherty took possession but quickly lost it again only for the loose ball to be guided into own net by Dan Orsi.

Midway through the half the visitors restored the lead after McCann earned a corner kick which was only partially cleared by the home defence. The Glens recovered the ball and Leon Murphy returned it to the danger area where Scott Nicol mistimed his clearance before Joe Andrew pounced to hit a low shot through legs of Liam Mushet and past the unsighted keeper from 8  yards. Glens were very much on the front foot against a backs-to-the-wall ‘Lie defence creating a hosts of chances that they couldn’t convert and almost paid the price only for captain Craig Menzies last ditch tackle to deny striker James Marks,

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first half double from Findlay Frye

The visitors doubled their lead a minute before the break. McCann trapped a weak defensive clearance inside the Arthurlie half and promptly picked out Andrew on the edge of the box who cut it back to apparently complete the one-two with his strike partner only for McCann to dummy the ball and let it roll into the path of Findlay Frye to thunder the ball home from 25 yards.

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The visitors came within a whisker of increasing their lead when Andrew threaded a superb ball into the box for Murphy to chase down and drive to the bye-line, holding off a defender all the while and drawing the keeper from his line, before squaring to McCann for a tap-on only for Nicol to stop the ball dead on the line and clear the danger. A fourth goal was soon on the way following a trademark determined foray up front by Menzies which took him to the right hand side of the box where he clipped the ball to Joe Andrew just inside the box. The former Arthurlie striker with his back to goal and holding a defender quickly swivelled and hooked an exquisite shot into the far corner of the net.

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Brace from Joe

A fifth wasn’t far off when Murphy lobbed a wonderful ball into the box to match substitute Ally Park’s run and although he lobbed the ball over Digney’s head it bounced off the top of crossbar and hooked clear by a defender. At the end a Mark’s header from a corner-kick thundered off the post. Both sides created a number of half chances and as the clock run out a Glens corner initiated a game of head tennis beginning with Ryan McChesney at the back post to head back across the face of goal for Dale Moore to perfectly judge a a high looping header that beat the keeper only to smack off the bar and headed out for another corner-kick by Mushet.

F/T Lie 1 Glens 4

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC: 1. Brian McGarrity 2. Dan Orsi 3. Alan Cairns 4. Craig Menzies 5. Ryan McChesney 6. Findlay Frye 7. Dale Moore 8. Cameron Marlow 9. Mick McCann 10. Joe Andrew 11. Leon Murphy. Subs used 12. Conor Lynass 14. Ally Park . Not used 15. Craig Potter, 16. Chris Dallas

ARTHURLIE: 1. James Digney 2. Hal Bohme 3. Scott Nicol 4. Tony Etherson 5.Liam Mushet 6. Del McNab 7. David Reid 8. Lee Roulston 9. James Marks 10. Jamie Docehrty 11. Conor Bradley Subs. 12. Niall Reynolds 13. Josh Payne 14.McTaggart 15. Urquhart 16. McLaren

ARDAGH GROUP WEST OF SCOTLAND CUP

Quarter-Final & Semi-final draw

Troon or Beith Juniors v GLENAFTON ATHLETIC or Cambuslang Rangers

Auchinleck Talbot or Carluke Rovers v Kirkintilloch Rob Roy or East Kilbride Thistle

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Richard ‘Nodder’ Kirkpatrick (1943-2019)

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Richard ‘Nodder’ Kirkpatrick

Everyone at Glenafton Athletic was saddened to learn that Glenafton legend Richard ‘Nodder’ Kirkpatrick passed away today (9th March 2019) , aged 76 years old. Our thoughts are with Nodder’s family and friends at this sad time.

New Cumnock born Nodder was playing Churches League football with St.Ninians  when he joined Glenafton in the summer of 1961 as an 18-year-old forward. The previous season, their first season at Loch Park, the Glens had won the Western League South Section, winning 20 out of 22 games, but were soundly beaten by Irvine Meadow in the Western League Championship decider.

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Glens Training Records 9th July 1961 – fittingly with Nodder and Danny together

It would be late in Season 1961/62 before Nodder, a centre forward, made his debut and then scored his first goal in a 6-1 defeat of Nithsdale Wanderers in the league at Loch Park. The Glens went onto win the Western League South Section again before gaining revenge on Meadow to be crowned Western League Champions to add to the Ayrshire Cup claimed a few weeks before.  Nodder finished 3rd in the goalscoring charts with 21 goals behind top goalscorer Danny McCulloch (31) and Billy Paton (28).

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Amateur Registration May 1962

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Professional Registration June 1962 – signed by Willie Allan SFA

Season 1962/63 and Nodder was now the established centre forward forming a memorable partnership with inside left Danny McCulloch. Nodder bagged a hat-trick in his first taste of Scottish Junior Cup football in a 1st round 6-1 home win over Kirrie Thistle. He scored again in a 3rd round 6-1 win at Irvine Vics and his goal at Linlithgow Rose in the 4th secured a replay as the Glens continue their march to the semi-final for the second consecutive season.

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Glens team to face Bonnyrigg and Nodder with the ball at his feet

Back row : George Caldwell, Willie McLean, Roger Niven, Billy Moffat, John McKenzie, Willie Murray. Front row: John Maley, Eddie Brennan,  Richard Kirkpatrick, Danny McCulloch, Billy Paton.

They faced Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic in the semi-final at Firhill stadium and it was Nodder that grabbed Glens goal in a 1-1 draw. The replay ended in a 2-2 draw but Nodder was injured and missed the 2nd replay which the New Cumnock side won 3-2 after Danny McCulloch scored the winner deep in extra-time. Sadly Nodder did not recover from injury to be included in the first Glenafton team to appear in a Scottish Junior Cup final and despite taking the lead it was their Ayrshire rivals Irvine Meadow that took the coveted Holy Grail home.  Nodder was back in the side and scored a brace in a 3-1 win over Kello Rovers in the Western League Cup semi-final before defeating the Meadow 3-0 in the final. Glens went on to win he Western League South Division for a third season in a row before beating Beith Juniors in the Western League Championship decider.

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Billy Moffat and Nodder at Glens 75th Anniversary 2005

Season 1963/64 proved to be a landmark season for Nodder after he set a new goal scoring record for Glenafton with 65 goals in a season; a season in which the Glens scored 210 goals. Nodder’s tally remains a record until this day and is unlikely ever to be beaten, although Norman Montgomery has since equalled it.

A good run in the Scottish Junior Cup came to an end in the 5th round against eventual winners Johnstone Burgh. The Glens won the Western League South Section again to set up another show down with Beith for the Championship decider at Cumnock. Nodder scored a hat-trick in a 3-1 victory to secure a hat-trick of consecutive Western Championship titles for Glenafton, the first club to do so other than Ardeer Recreation’s five in a row during the limited league of the War Years (1939-45).

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Nodder attending Scottish Junior Cup match at Loch Park 2011 with the goals behibd him

In Season 1964/65 Nodder scored 27 goals for the club to take his tally beyond 100 goals, however there was to be no silverware at Loch Park and Kello Rovers claimed the Western League South Section title before Beith overcame the Kirkconnel side to be crowned Western League Champions at the third time of asking.

Season 1965/66 and the Glens won the Western League South Section for the fifth time in six years but lost out to Kilwinning Rangers in the decider for the Championship. Nodder scored the opening goal in the 3-2 win over Whitletts Victoria in the Western League Cup final, however it would be 14 years before the Glens would win another trophy.

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Nodder at the Scottish Junior Cup Semi-final 1st leg win over Bonnyrigg Rose 2017 –                     bringing back memories

Nodder continued to play for the Glens for a couple of more seasons before moving to a very good Kello Rovers side for a time.

The Glens were the dominant force in Ayrshire league football in the early 1960’s during which time they reached the Scottish Junior Cup final for the first time in the club’s history in 1962/63 and Richard ‘Nodder’ Kirkpatrick more than played his part in that great success.

Thirty years later the Glens won the Scottish Junior Cup for the first time under the stewardship of Alan Rough and it was fitting that he along with Danny McCulloch and Richard ‘Nodder’ Kirkpartick were the first three names to be inducted into Glenafton Athletic’s Hall of Fame.

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Danny and Nodder with the Scottish Junior Cup 2016/2017 inducted into Hall of Fame

Nodder and his family continued to loyal followers of Glenafton. He was a regular visitor to Loch Park where he will be sorely missed and his name never forgotten. A legend and a true gentleman, RIP Nodder.

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Nodder and his son Gordon with the Scottish Junior Cup June 2017

 

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Glenafton 3 Irvine Meadow 2

Sat 2nd MAR 2019 KO 2:00 pm  

McBookie.com West Region Premiership| Match 23

Loch Park, New Cumnock

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 3 (1) IRVINE MEADOW 2 (2)

SWEET AFTON FLOOR MEADOW

_DSC0033 copyGlens hosted an Irvine Meadow side that had won their last 5 league games and more notably after taking only one point from their first seven games now currently sit 2nd in the table with 13 victories under their belt.  In dreadful conditions both sides served up an entertaining game and it was the home side that opened the scoring in the first minute through Joe Andrew (left). The visitors drew level before the break when Roddy Paterson headed home a corner-kick.

Paterson moved Meadow ahead with another fine header this time sourced from a well flighted free kick. The New Cumnock side fashioned an equaliser on 80 minutes with a fine finish from  Mick McCann. Three minutes later Dale Moore concluded a goal mouth scramble to force a later winner for the Glens to secure the three points and leap-frog the Meadow to 2nd place in the league.

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC: 1. Brian McGarrity 2. Dan Orsi 3. Alan Cairns 4. Craig Menzies 5. Kyle McAusland 6. Dale Moore 7. Findlay Frye 8. Cammy Marlow 9. Mick McCann 10. Joe Andrew  11. Chris Dallas (12. Conor Lynass) Subs not used: 14. Craig Potter 15 Kit Cummins 17. Craig Burns (gk)

 

 

 

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Glenafton 1 Petershill 1

Sat 23rd FEB  2019 KO 2:00 pm  

McBookie.com West Region Premiership| Match 22

Loch Park, New Cumnock

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 1 (0) PETERSHILL 1(0)

PEASY MAKE THEIR POINT

Although there was plenty of endeavour it proved to be a fairly forgetful first forty-five for both sides with passes going astray, possession surrendered cheaply and corner-kicks causing little threat for either keeper. It was the keepers however that produced the best of the highlights.

On 4 minutes former Troon striker Dale Shirkie progressed down the right to the bye-line before cutting the ball back across the face of goal forcing Glens keeper Brian McGarrity to rush from his line to steal the ball from the feet of Anton Eadie and as the on-loan midfielder from Patrick Thistle tumbled to the ground the loud shouts for a Peasy penalty were ignored while Lewis Crawford’s attempt to curl the ball into the net drifted wide of the far post.

Although nothing came of three corner kicks for the home side in a ten-minute spell their best chance from open play came on 20 minutes. A cute back heel from Joe Andrew was gathered by Ally Park on the edge of the box to roll the ball into the path of Chris Dallas and the striker low shot from 14 yards was pushed inches wide of the post by the finger tips of keeper Mark Quinn at full stretch; the corner-kick that followed, like its predecessors, was safely mopped up.

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Mark Quinn saves from Chris Dallas

Three minutes later a powerful run from Shirkie took him to the left-hand corner of the penalty box before he cut inside to curl a low shot for goal that pulled off a great save by McGarrity, the keeper at full stretch getting a hand to the ball at his near post to push it past the far post. The ensuing corner-kick was eventually scrambled clear by the home rear-guard.

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On the half-hour mark, from a short free-kick, Corey Pearson whipped the ball into the crowded box which was headed clear by Dan Orsi only for it to fall for the prowling unmarked Crawford to kill the ball before setting up a shot that although it lacked the power to test McGarrity, the bounce did and the keeper did well to get down low to safely smother.

In the closing 15 minutes of the half play continued to shift from end to end however neither side created any further chances to worry the goalies.

HT Glens 0 Petershill 0

The second half was only five minutes old when the hosts appeared to have broken the deadlock after Leon Murphy headed home a Park free-kick from 8 yards out only for it to be ruled out for a push in the box.

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Leon Murphy disallowed goal

Straight back up the park and although Pearson’s attempt to play the ball into the box was blocked by captain Craig Menzies it fell kindly for Andy Muir, recently signed from Cumnock Juniors, to lash a powerful shot from the left-hand corner of the penalty box that whizzed beyond the reach of McGarrity in full flight and inches wide of the back post.

Glens won back-to-back corners, the first of which was cleared and the second clutched well under the bar by Quinn as Dallas challenged. Back came Peasy and the mobile Pearson and Shirkie combined well to set up the latter to lash a shot from 22 yards that zoomed inches wide.

On 59 minutes the home side countered through Murphy breaking into the left hand side of the box only for keeper Quinn to rush some distance off his line to strip the ball from the midfielder‘s feet before  Andrew’s attempt to play the loose ball was deflected wide.

The corner-kick was won in the air by Orsi and the ball fell for Kyle McAusland on the 18-yard line to crack a shot that thundered off the post before Dale Moore’s attempt to bury the rebound was brilliantly scooped over the bar by the alert Eadie.  Murphy played the corner shot to Alan Cairns to clip the ball into the heart of the box where, with his back to goal, Chris Dallas turned to volley the ball into the corner of the net to break the deadlock on the hour mark.

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Chris Dallas makes it 1-0

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With their tails up Glens pushed for a second as Murphy broke into the box and on this occasion he got the better of the advancing keeper to create the space for a low angled shot that rolled just wide of the post. On 64 minutes Orsi burst into the box with only the keeper to beat but the mighty Quinn pulled off a stunning save to push the ball over the bar, leaving Glens players with their heads in their hands and soon after applauding the save.

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Mark Quinn saves from Dan Orsi

The corner kick was scrambled clear and a fine passing move upfield ended with McGarrity saving from the marauding Crawford. The visitors had weathered the storm and they were next to threaten on 72 minutes when Muir tight on the right flank fired a cross to the far post where Pearson headed inches wide.

A series of substitutions saw Peasy bring on Jamie MacLennan for Antony Eadie and then James Stokes for David Crerand while Glens replace Joe Andrew with Mick McCann.

Glens now back on the front foot looked lively down both flanks. On 82 minutes Orsi earned a corner kick from which McCann’s header flew over the bar. Five minutes later Shirkie won a free kick at the left-hand corner of the penalty box only for his fellow striker Pearson to fire well over the bar.

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Lewis Crawford celebrates his late equaliser

A minute into added time and the visitors broke upfield through Stokes who picked out the overlapping Muir on the right to drive to the touchline and chip a dangerous ball into the goalmouth where although McAusland outjumped Pearson to get his head to ball it landed at the feet of Lewis Crawford unmarked at the back post to drill home from close range. All square with 91 minutes gone – a minute later and the whistle for full-time brought the play to an end.

FT Glens 1 Petershill 1

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC: 1. Brian McGarrity 2. Ally Park 3. Alan Cairns 4. Craig Menzies 5. Kyle McAusland 6. Findlay Frye 7. Dan Orsi 8. Dale Moore 9. Chris Dallas 10. Joe Andrew (12. Mick McCann) 11. Leon Murphy Subs Noted Used 14. Cameron Marlow 15. Conor Lynass 16. Kit Cummins 17. Craig Burns (gk)

PETERSHILL: 1. Mark Quinn 2. Ross Barclay 3. Lewis Crawford 4. David McCallum 5. Chris Ketterrer 6. Jordan Kennedy 7. Andrew Muir 8. Antony Eadie (14. Jamie MacLennan) 9. Dale Shirkie 10. Corey Pearson 11. David Crerand (12. James Stokes 14. Jamie MacLennan) Subs Not Used: 15. Daniel Fiado 16. Dylan Kennedy 17. Ian Gold

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Clydebank 1 Glenafton 2

Sat 16th FEB  2019 KO 2:00 pm  

McBookie.com West Region Premiership| Match 21

Lochburn Park, Maryhill

CLYDEBANK 1 (0) GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 2 (1)

Glens travelled to face 2nd top Clydebank in their current temporary lodgings of Lochburn Park, home of Maryhill FC mindful that Kieran McAnespie’s side won the corresponding fixture at Loch Park earlier in the season. The visitors made one change from the starting eleven that defeated Kilwinning Rangers last week with matchwinner Dan Orsi replacing the injured Ryan McChesney and the defence suitably reshuffled.

It was the Glens that came close to opening the scoring with a lightning break after Chris Dallas nicked the ball from Jamie Docherty deep in the Glens half. The striker promptly passed the ball to Orsi wide on the right flank for the midfielder to drive forward before chipping the ball into the box where Findlay Frye’s excellently executed header dropped perfectly for Dallas arriving in the D who couldn’t have struck the ball any sweeter only for keeper Marc Waters to pull off a stunning save to tip the ball over the bar.

aa_a_dalemoore00Soon after on 28 minutes the Glens made the breakthrough with again Dallas the initiator of the build-up play. Just inside his own half he intercepted a weak pass from Liam Rowan and picked out former Bankie Joe Andrew in the centre circle who rolled the ball to Orsi wide on the right before advancing to the outskirts of the right hand side of the box to receive the return pass and cutely clip it into the path of Dale Moore to unleash an unstoppable dipping shot over Waters and into the net from 25 yards.

HT Bankies 0 Glens 1

Bankies drew level on 53 minutes after Andy Paterson deep down the left flank took a quick throw to Del Hepburn who slipped the ball back to Paterson to whip a wicked cross to the back post for Jordan Shelvey and although keeper Brian McGarrity pushed clear what seemed to be a net-bound header, Shelvey reacted quickly to contort his body and leap to head home at the second attempt.

aa_leonmurphy00Glens finished the game on the front foot. Waters pulled off a fine two footed save from Leon Murphy’s shot from inside the box after Orsi gathering a glorious pass from Orsi. However, with 3 minutes to go Leon Murphy wasn’t to be denied. Substitute Mick McCann’s header killed the ball on the half-way line before he hooking a long high ball down the left where Murphy showed two defenders a clean pair of heels and let the ball take a bounce before nodding it into the box and then let it take another bounce before lobbing it high into the air and over the advancing keeper into the welcoming net.

FT Bankies1 Glens 2

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC: 1. Brian McGarrity 2. Ally Park 3. Alan Cairns 4. Craig Menzies 5. Kyle McAusland 6. Findlay Frye Marlow 7. Dan Orsi 8. Dale Moore 9. Chris Dallas 10. Joe Andrew  11. Leon Murphy Subs used:  12.Mick McCann and  14. Cameron Marlow Subs not used: 15 Kit Cummins 17. Craig Burns (gk)

CLYDEBANK:  Marc Waters, Lee Duncanson, Andy Paterson, Alan Vezza, Jamie Darroch, Liam Rowan, Cammy McClair, Ross Alexander, Jordan Shelvey(Jack McClair)  Sean Higgins,(Steve Higgins) Del Hepburn (Chris Black) Subs used

 

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Glenafton 1 Kilwinning 0

Sat 9th FEB  2019 KO 2:00 pm  

McBookie.com West Region Premiership| Match 19

Loch Park, New Cumnock

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 1 (0) KILWINNING RANGERS 0 (0)

A minute’s silence was observed prior to kick-off in memory of Maggie Buchan of the Glenafton Athletic Ladies Committee, who sadly passed away recently.

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Glens kicked off facing the club-house with a strong wind at their back. Although the home side were on the front foot for most of the half, clear-cut chances were very much at a premium. Their best chance came on 17 minutes through a determined run deep into the box by Dale Moore only for keeper Adam Strain to clean;y hold the cut back across the face of goal. Kilwinning enjoyed a good spell of pressure in the closing ten minutes of the half keeping the Glens defence on their toes. It was during another spell of some stout defending that Glens lost central defender Ryan McChesney to a hamstring injury. He was replaced by midfielder Dan Orsi and the defence reshuffled.

HT Glens 0 Buffs 0

The visitors, now with wind at their backs, began the second half brightly and forced a series of corners during which passage of play Alan Cairns made a great block on a close range shot from Ryan Nisbet and Kyle McAusland outleaped Bryan Boylan to prevent the Buffs striker heading home t the back post. Glens responded through a couple of attacks down the right by Orsi , with the first cross dipping over the bar and the second headed clear. Back came Buffs and a free-kick floated into the box .

On 67 minutes the Glens made the breakthrough with a well worked goal.  Leon Murphy played a ball down the left for Chris Dallas to chase down in the box and with his route to goal blocked by Craig Pettigrew he rolled the ball back to Murphy to whip a wonderful ball to the unmarked Dan Orsi on the far side off the box to kill the ball before drilling it home from 9 yards out.

 

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The home side continued to press and the visitors did themselves no favour on 82 minutes after defender Joe Coleman pulled backed substitute Mick McMcCann and lost the place at the award of the free-kick, earning a straight red card.  in the last-minute of the regulation 90 minutes Carlo Monti came close to carving out an equaliser through a well executed overhead kick from deep in the box.

FT Glens 1 Buffs 0

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC: 1.Brian McGarrity 2. Kyle McAusland 3. Alan Cairns 4. Craig Menzies 5. Ryan McChesney (15. Dan Orsi) 6. Findlay Frye 7. Dale Moore 8. Ally Park 9. Chris Dallas 10. Joe Andrew (12. Mick McCann) 11. Leon Murphy SUBS not used: 14. Conor Lynass 16. Kit Cummins 17. Craig Burns (gk)

KILWINNING RANGERS: 1. Adam Strain 2. Joe Coleman 3. Sam McLoskey (14. Jamie Whyte) 4. Craig Pettigrew 15. Tommy Miatland (16. Mark Curragh) 6. Garry Fleming 7. Carlo Monti 8. Ben Lewis 9. Brian Boylan 10. Michael Wardrope 11. Ryan Nisbet Subs not used 12. Taylor 17. Smith

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Young Trey receives a signed match ball from club captain Craig Menzies. The club would like to thank his grandmother Mairi Walker for sponsoring the match ball.

 

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Renfrew 1 Glenafton 1

Sat 26th JAN  2019 KO 1:30 pm  

McBookie.com West Region Premiership| Match 18

New Western Park, Renfrew

RENFREW 1 (0) GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 1 (0)

Glenafton took the lead on the hour mark after Leon Murphy played a corner kick short to Alan Cairns who returned the ball to Murphy to whip a ball to the back post for Dan Orsi to head home. The points appeared to be heading for New Cumnock before ‘Frew substitute Craig Dallas hit a late equaliser for the home side.

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC: 1. Brian McGarrity 2. Ally Park 3. Alan Cairns 4. Craig Menzies 5. Ryan McChesney 6. Cameron Marlow 7. Dan Orsi 8. Dale Moore 9. Mick McCann 10. Joe Andrew  11. Leon Murphy Subs used:  12.Chris Dallas 14. Kyle McAusland 15. Conor Lynass 16. Findlay Frye 19. Craig Burns (gk)

RENFREW: 1. McLeay 2. Wylie 3. MacLennan (15. Trialist) 4. Healy 5. Campbell 6. Benton 7. Maxwell 8. Ryan Borris (16. Craig Dallas) 9. McKenna 10. Hardie 11. McIntosh  subs 12. Allan 14. McGillion 15. Trialist 19. Burgess

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Dan Orsi

 

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