Glens 2 Girvan 3

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

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

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

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

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Michael Reilly opens the scoring

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

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

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Scott Johnstone save from Dale Moor

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

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

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

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Reid celebrates as Girvan go 3-0 up

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

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

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

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Ryan Borris holds off Scott Dinwoodie

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

H/T Glens 0 Girvan 3

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

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Joe Andrew and Darren Mitchell

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

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Ryan Borris heads home to make it 1-3

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

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

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Dale Moore rounds the keeper

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

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

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

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Joe Andrew fires for goal

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

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

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

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

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Scott Johnstone pulls of another great save

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

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

F/T Glens 2 Girvan 3

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Dalry 1 Glenafton 5

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

MICK’S THE MAN AS HOLDERS ADVANCE IN THE SCOTTISH 

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

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

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

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

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

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Mick floored as his shot finds the net

 

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

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Dale Moore shoots, he scores !

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

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Dylan Stevenson and Craig Menzies

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

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Ryan McChesney makes it 3-0

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

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

H/T Dalry 0 Glens 3

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

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Dylan Stevenson fires home

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

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Brian McGarrity foils Dylan Stevenson

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

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Mick McCann heads home for 4-1

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

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Craig & Cashy keep their distance 🙂

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

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Conor and Chris with Mick completing his hat-trick

F/T Dalry 1 Glens 5

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

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

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Deveronvale 0 Glenafton 2

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Joe Andrew

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

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

Video: The William Hill Scottish Cup Facebook Page

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

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William Hill Scottish Cup 3rd Round Draw

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

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

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Glenafton 0 Auchinleck 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Squad News: John Carter

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

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

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

 

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

 

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Glenafton 1 Pollok 1

  • McBookie West Region Super League Premier Division
  • Match 05
  • Loch Park, New Cumnock
  • Saturday 30th September 2017
  • GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 1 (1)
    • Ryan McChesney
  • POLLOK 1 (1)
    • Adam Forde

Glenafton’s hopes of repeating last season’s league double over a Pollok side which introduced a host of new faces during the close season suffered a blow on 28 minutes when midfielder David Gray was shown a red card for a late challenge of Ross Brash on the outskirts of the box. The home side had enjoyed much of the play and the better of the chances created up until that time.

Nevertheless the 10 men were coping admirably when the visitors took the lead on 40 minutes through former Kilbirnie striker Adam Forde. A cross deep into the box from Mark Siderserf saw keeper Brian McGarrity and two players from each side attempt to win the aerial battle for the ball only for it to break free and spark a goal-line scramble of bodies at the near post that ended with Ryan McGregor releasing it to Forde for a tap in at the far post.

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The tenacious ten squared matters a minute late. Jamie McKernon floated a corner kick to the outskirts of the penalty box for Kyle McAusland to send a header deep into the box where keeper Jordan Muir could only punch a few yards clear into the path of Ryan McChesney who killed the ball on his right knee before lasering a left footer home from 10 yards.

H/T Glens 1 Pollok 1

Longmuir’s punching was more effective after the break when he got both fists to McKernon’s vicious corner kick to clear it from under the bar.  The keeper then pulled off another fine save after some excellent build up play by McAusland and a dummy by Dale Moore ended with a curling shot from Joe Andrew being pushed away by Longmuir who stayed alert to force Mick McCann to fire the rebound wide of target.

At the other end McGarrity pulled off the save of the match. Forde with his back to goal killed Evan’s knock-on dead on his chest before hooking a flashing shot over his shoulder which forced the keeper at full stretch to push the ball onto the post which was them cleared for a corner.

The ten men continued to look comfortable in possession and create chance with Andrew’s angled shot from the left-hand corner of the box whizzed wide of the post.

At the other end the ball fell for substitute Del Hepburn on the outskirts of the Glens’ box and although he curled his shot between two defenders the ball crashed off the base of the post.

Back came Glens and McAusland’s howitzer of a free-kick from 30 yards out thundered past Longmuir’s post. Lok responded through Evans with another dangerous cross deep into the box and although Stuart McCann’s header ended in the net the goal was disallowed for impeding keeper McGarrity as he jumped to gather the ball.

In the closing minute the ten men were still pushing for a winner only to lose possession allowing the visitors to break upfield release Hepburn for a free run before the back-tracking McChesney tripped him before he breached the Glens’ box. A straight red card reduced the Glens to nine men. Wharton’s attempt to curl home the free kick for a certain winner was headed clear by McAusland who then cleared the resulting corner-kick in the last action in an eventful match.

Full time Glens 1 Pollok 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. Ryan Borris), 8. David Gray 9. Mick McCann (12. Chris Dallas), 10. Joe Andrew 11. Dale Moore. Subs Unused: 15. Iain McKnight 16. Craig Potter, 17. Scott Watson (gk).

Pollok: 1. Jordan Longmuir 2.  Grant Evans 3. Mark Sideserf 4. Bryan Wharton 5 Paul Gallacher 6. Paul Brash (15. Derek Hepburn) 7.  Gary McCann 8. Ryan McGregor 9. Adam Forde 10. Niky Little (16. Stuart McCann) 11. Bryan Young. Subs Unused: 12. Ross McCabe 14. Paul Byrne, 17. Nicky Prentice.

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Glenafton 4 Threave 0

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  • William Hill Scottish Cup
  • Round 1
  • Loch Park, New Cumnock
  • Saturday 23rd September 2017
  • GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 4 (2)
    • Mick McCann (2), Joe Andrew, Dale Moore
  • THREAVE ROVERS 0 (0)

IT’S JOY OVER ROVERS AS AFTON ADVANCE IN THE “BIG SCOTTISH”

Having accounted for Newton Stewart and then Golspie Sutherland in the preliminary rounds of the William Hill Scottish Cup Glenafton welcomed Threave Rovers to Loch Park in the so-called 1st round ‘proper’ of the competition. There was an extra special welcome for Rovers’ centre back Liam Patterson who had played with the Glens team in 2005/06 that won the Ayrshire League Cup and West of Scotland Cup and was recently rewarded with a testimonial match after 10 seasons with the Castle Douglas side.

Unavailable for Glenafton were top goalscorer Chris Dallas (with six goals in the preliminary rounds) and midfielders David Gray and Cameron Marlow.

The hosts were first to show when Jamie McKernon’s free-kick into the box was partially cleared and the ball fell for Dale Moore on the edge of the box to fire a shot that slipped wide of the post.  Soon after Kyle McAusland, wide on the right, played a slick one-two with Joe Andrew before driving for the bye-line and clipping the ball across the face of goal only for keeper Jake Gemmell to get the slightest of touches to prevent the ball reaching target Dale Moore waiting to head home at the back post.  McAusland and Andrew combined again to set up a Conor Lynass shot that was well held by the keeper.

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Mick McCann celebrates the opener (photo courtesy of Frank Cassidy)

Glens made the breakthrough on 9 minutes ironically after Threave had settled into the match and had begun to stroke the ball about the park.  Six or seven passes were strung together by the visitors before an under-hit pass was intercepted by Mick McCann who slipped the ball to Joe Andrew in the right-hand corner of the penalty box. The striker quickly cut the ball back to Ally Park who skipped past two defenders before picking out McCann’s run finished off the move with a low drilled shot that found the net beyond the reach of the outstretched arms of Gemmell.

Rovers tried to respond through top goalscorer Roman Soltys. Running on to a through ball he held off centre back Ryan McChesney to forge his way to the edge of the box only for his shot at goal to be comfortably held by keeper Brian McGarrity.

Back came Glenafton with a fine move involving both full-backs and both strikers. It began wide on the left with Alan Cairns crossing the ball to the back post where Andrew gathered and fed McAusland on the right to chip the ball into the goal mouth where McCann’s header from 8 yards appeared net-bound only for the gallant Gemmell to pull off a stunning save. The keeper foiled another McCann header with a strong one-handed save after the striker’s late run to the edge of the six-yard box to connect with McKernon’s corner-kick. A hat-trick of saves soon followed with Gemmell cleanly clutching McCann’s looping header.

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Liam Patterson closes in on Joe Andrew (photo courtesy of Frank Cassidy)

Undeterred McCann’s efforts were finally rewarded and on 36 minutes he doubled his and the Glens tally.  McKernon snapped up a clearance on the half way line and drove forward before picking out McCann on the edge of the ‘d’ who squared to Lynass at the far corner of the box who took a touch before whipping a low ball into the heart of the goalmouth for McCann to slide in and guide the ball past the helpless keeper.

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Jamie McKernon in control (photo courtesy Frank Cassidy)

McCann and Moore then combined to take the ball deep into the penalty box and with the hat-trick on the cards the striker miscued his shot from the edge of the six-yard box. Moore then picked up a pass from Andrew before advancing to the left-hand corner of the six yard box and although his shot beat the keeper the ball dipped over the bar.

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The visitors enjoyed an encouraging start to the second half. A corner kicked was cleared and the ball gathered up by player-manager Scott Wilby just inside the Glen half. After pushing forward, he did well to get his shot on target from all of 35 yards which took a bounce in the box off the wet surface before McGarrity got down to hold it cleanly. Struan Parker floated a free kick from the middle of the park into a busy box where Soltys was first to react and with a fantastic touch guided the ball goalward only for it to bounce off the chest of McGarrity and the loose ball instantly cleared behind by captain Craig Menzies; the resulting corner coming to nothing. A long kick upfield by keeper Gemmell was killed on the chest by Soltys at the edge of the box and the played back to Parker who launched a daisy-cutter from 30 yards that whizzed inches wide of the post.

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Captain Craig Menzies holds off Rovers (photo courtesy Frank Cassidy)

On the hour mark however Threave fell further behind after some customary play from Joe Andrew. McGarrity’s goal kick was headed on my McCann and gathered by Andrew with his back to goal and with Bryce Wilson for company. He deftly turned the big defender before driving for the box with Wilson giving chase and 20 yards out unleashed a left footed-shot that bounced on the six yard line and over the diving keeper.

Glens continued to press and Moore set up Lynass with a close-range header that was well held by the keeper. Lynass returned the favour and after a mazy run from the right flank to the far side of the penalty box he took out four defenders with a killer pass that was cutely controlled by Moore before he thumped a low angled shot from 10 yards that was brilliantly blocked by the feet of Gemmell.

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Dale Moore on the ball (photo courtesy Frank Cassidy)

Rovers responded through Dan Thom who picked out substitute Ben Irving wide on the left and although his cross into the box was met by a powerful downward header from Soltys the ball cannoned off the feet of Ryan McChesney deep in the six yard box and was mopped up by McGarrity.

Another upfield clearance by McGarrity was headed on by McCann, gathered by Andrew who quickly dispatched the ball to Lynass whose quick feet left the Rovers defence mesmerised before digging out a shot from the 18 yard line that was plucked out the air by Gemmell.

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Joe Andrew on the ball (photo courtesy of Frank Cassidy)

Ten minutes from time Glenafton completed the scoring. McAusland stormed down the right-wing and whipped the ball into the box for incoming substitute Ryan Borris only for Wilson to get a clearing header. The ball fell for Dale Moore struck the ball sweetly on the drop with his left foot from the edge of the box and although Gemmell blocked it he could do nothing to stop the Glens midfielder stroke the loose ball home with his right foot.

Further half chances fell for both sides through shots from Lynass and Soltys before the final whistle and Glenafton’s progress to the William Hill Scottish Cup 3rd Round where later in the afternoon they were drawn away from home to face Highland League side Deveronvale.

Full Time Glenafton 4 Threave 0

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

Threave Rovers: 1. Jake Gemmell 2. Scott Wilby 3. Andy Forsyth 4. Bryce Wilson 5. Liam Patterson 6. Struan Parker 7. Steven Couper 8. Jack McMurdo 9. Roman Soltys 10. Dan Thom 11. Connor Jamieson.  Subs 12. Ben Irving 13. Kenny Shanks 14. Connor Liddell 15.  Craig McKeand 16. Ross Gray 17. Ryan Nish 18. Craig Wilson

A big thank you to Frank Cassidy Senior Reporter with Ayrshire Weekly Press for use of the photographs

BBC Sport Scotland at Loch Park, New Cumnock

A big thank you to Kenny Crawford and the BBC Sport Scotland team for a collection of memorable videos of Glenafton’s first appearance in the 1st Round of the Scottish Cup.

Kenny on tour with Southy

Kenny Meets Glens

Kenny meets Threave

Kenny meets Nodder Kirkpatrick

Kenny after-match interview with Southy

Kenny meets Glenafton Goalscorers

Kenny and Iain McKnight

Alan Cairns – “Talbot Slayer”

Compilation

 

BBC Scotland highlights of William Hill Scottish Cup 1st Round

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  • Glenafton v Threave at 10mins 25 secs.

 

 

 

 

 

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Glenafton 3 Kilbirnie 1

  • McBookie West Region Super League Premier Division
  • Match 04
  • Loch Park, New Cumnock
  • Saturday 16th September 2017
  • GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 3 (2)
    • Joe Andrew, Dale Moore, Chris Dallas
  • KILBIRNIE LADESIDE 1 (0)
    • Mick O’Byrne

Glenafton took the lead on 21 minutes after Joe Andrew (bottom right) gathered the ball in the box took a touch before drilling the ball home. Keeper Wilton pulled off a great save from David Gray before Glens doubled their lead after Gray’s corner kick was played back across goal by  Kyle McAusland for Dale Moore (left) to guide the ball home . The hosts dominated the remainder of the half with Chris Dallas, Jamie McKernon and Gray all creating decent chances. Within a minute of the restart Chris Dallas (top right) in space in the box turned and fired to make it 3-0. Glens continued to press but couldn’t add to their tally while the visitors earned a late consolation when Mick O’Byrne headed home a corner kick with 5 minutes to go.

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Glenafton Athletic: 1. Brian McGarrity 2.Kyle McAusland 3. Alan Cairns 4, Craig Menzies, 5. Ryan McChesney 6. Jamie McKernon 7. Dale Moore (15. Iain McKnight) 8. David Gray 9. Chris Dallas 10. Joe Andrew (12. Mick McCann) 11. Darren McGill (14. Conor Lynass) Subs : 16. Craig Potter, gk Scott Watson

 

 

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Arthurlie 1 Glenafton 1

  • McBookie West Region Super League Premier Division
  • Match 03
  • Dunterlie Park, Barrhead
  • Saturday 9th September 2017
  • ARTHURLIE 1 (1)
    • Chris Lennon
  • GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 1(0)
    • David Gray
Glenafton Athletic squad (4)

David Gray

There was no quarter given in this high temp match. Glens came within a whisker of taking an early lead after Darren McGill leapt between to defenders to loop a powerful header that beat the keeper before crashing over the bar. Chris Lennon put the hosts ahead on 9 minutes after cleverly killing a ball from the right into box before turning hooking his shot low into the corner of the net. Glens drew level on 56 minutes with a goal made and finished by David Gray. The midfielder quickly retrieved the ball after his free-kick from 25 yards crashed of the wall and chipped it into corner of the six yard box for Joe Andrew to trap and hold expertly before rolling it back to Gray who then threaded the ball between two defenders and into the corner of the net beyond the reach of the keeper.

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

 

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Ardagh Glass Sectional Cup Final

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

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Glenafton Athletic Ardagh Cup Winner 2014/15

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