Kilwinning 4 Glenafton 3

Sat 20th Oct 2018 KO 2:00pm 

McBookie.com West Region Premiership | Match 11

Abbey Park, Kilwinning

KILWINNING RANGERS 4 (0) GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 3 (2)

The Glens made two changes to the starting eleven that defeated Auchinleck Talbot at Beechwood with Cameron Marlow and Dale Moore coming in for Ryan McChesney (injury) and Alan Cairns (holiday).

The visitors were first to show on 4 minutes with Leon Murphy breaking into the box before his run was blocked by keeper Chris Strain on the six-yard line sending the ball spinning into the air which was met by the head of David Syme and the ball falling kindly into the welcoming arms of the grounded goalie.  At the other end it was Glens keeper Brian McGarrity that had to block a shot on his line before Kyle McAusland followed up by blocking Michael Wardrope’s attempt to bury the loose ball.

On 10 minutes Syme lost his footing as the persistent, if not heavy, rain-soaked the Abbey Park surface allowing Dale Moore to steal the ball before feeding Chris Dallas to drive into the box and although his low drilled shot ended in the back of the net it did so via a gap in the side netting – which was promptly pegged down before play resumed.

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Dale Moore and Sam McCloskey

Syme was soon in action at the other end only for his looping header from a free-kick floated into the box to drop safely into the hands of McGarrity. Back came the visitors through Dallas with a run deep into the box but his cut-back into the goal mouth to be cleared.

A good spell of pressure from the visitors ultimately produced the opening goal on 21 minutes. It began with a McAusland free-kick into the box which saw the ball eventually fall for Findlay Frye with his back to goal and in a flash the midfielder turned to lash a shot from 16 yards that was deflected wide of the post. The resulting corner-kick was headed clear of the box and the ball snapped up by Leon Murphy to whip a wicked ball from the left into the goalmouth where Chris Dallas got the jump on Syme to bullet a header home from 8 yards out.

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Chris Dallas heads home the opener

Glens were now well on top and continued to threaten but McGarrity had to be alert on the half-hour mark after a quick break down the right ended with the ball being played to the near post for the incoming Ben Lewis only for the keeper to dive bravely at his feet and gather the ball.

On 34 minutes Moore nicked the ball from Wardrope in the centre circle and as both sides strived to recover the loose ball McAusland was adjudged to have impeded Lewis before Wardrope appeared to lash out with a boot; outcome free-kick to Buffs and Wardrope fortunate so see the official flash a yellow card instead of red.

It was Wardrope that carved out the next chance with a cute curling shot from outside the box which was well held on the line by McGarrity. Glens responded through Dallas with a determined run down the middle and into the box forcing the keeper to rush from his line and perfectly judge the striker’s attempted chip to pluck the ball out of the air. At the other end Carlo Monti fashioned a shot from outside the box that lacked power to test the keeper.

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Mick McCann celebrates at 2-0

On 44 minutes as Glens pressed a ball from the left to the near post was miscued by Craig Pettigrew and the alert Mick McCann kept his cool to guide a looping header over keeper Chris Strain rooted to the spot and into the net.

H/T Buffs 0 Glens 2

The Buffs brought on Bryan Boylan and Ryan Nesbit and started the second half brightly in the descending gloom and looked much livelier up front. On 57 minutes the home side halved the deficit after a break down the left saw former Glens midfielder Wardrope advance to the corner of the six yard box where his cut back across the face of the goal was diverted into his own goal by former Buffs player Frye.

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An O.G. halves the deficit for Buffs

Five minutes later following a break through the middle McCann squared the ball to Dallas to take a touch before rifling an unstoppable shot from 25 yards to restore the Glens two goal cushion.

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Chris Dallas bags his brace to make it 3-1

The celebrations had all but subdued before the Buffs pulled one back from the restart with another break down the left that ended with substitute Ryan Nisbet scoring from an acute angle.

Glens brought on Conor Lynass for Leon Murphy as the Buffs pressed for the equaliser. Although Monti had another shot at goal that failed to test the keeper his distribution of the ball was causing the visitors all sorts of bother

On 72 minutes Kilwinning squared the match after full back Sam McCloskey broke down the left before drilling a low cross to the near post which seemed to be covered by Brian McGarrity only for the ball to squirm out the keeper’s hands and into the net.

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Sam McCloskey makes oit 3-3

With their tails up Buffs continued to press and another penetrating run by Wardrope ended with his shot hitting the side netting. Glens rallied and after a powerful run through the middle by Moore he slipped the ball to Lynass who in turn picked out Dallas to roll the ball back into the path of Moore to break into the box only for Pettigrew to time his slide tackle to perfection. He along with fellow centre-back were now looking more assured and the pair combined to clear a corner kick after Dallas’s header had been pushed wide of target by Strain.

On 80 minutes Glens brought on Joe Andrew for Mick McCann and soon after replaced Dale Moore with Dan Orsi as they tried to find a foothold in the game. However with five minutes to go the Buffs completed their unlikely come-back after Ryan Nisbet broke into the left-hand side of the box to lash a shot from the corner of the six-yard box past the advancing keeper.

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Ryan Nisbet bags the winner

The Buffs far from content to defend their lead continued to threaten a rattled Glens and Kyle McAusland was in the right place to clear an effort to find an empty goal after McGarrity had been forced to leave the box to sweep up another attack. With a minute to go Dallas was denied his hat-trick after Strain showed a safe pair of hands to clutch the striker’s close-range header from a corner-kick.  At the other end McGarrity pulled off a stunning save from Carlo Monti as the Buffs looked to extend their lead.

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Brian McGarrity saves from Carlo Monti

F/T Buffs 4 Glens 3

Glenafton Athletic: 1.Brian McGarrity 2. Ally Park 3. Cameron Marlow 4. Craig Menzies 5. Kyle McAusland 6. Findlay Frye 7. Dale Moore (15. Dan Orsi) 8. Dean Hawkshaw 9. Chris Dallas 10. Mick McCann (14. Joe Andrew) 11. Leon Murphy (12. Conor Lynass)

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Auchinleck 0 Glenafton 1

Sat 6th Oct 2018 KO 2:00pm 

McBookie West Region Premiership | Match 10

Beechwood Park, Auchinleck

AUCHINLECK TALBOT 0 (0) GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 1 (1)

Glenafton extended their unbeaten run to 4 games by ending Auchinleck’s unbeaten run of 11 games with a 1-0 victory at Beechwood Park. Mick McCann came close to opening the scoring on 7 minutes only for his shot to slip inches wide of target.  On 12 minutes the visitors took  the lead with what proved to be the decisive goal. Chris Dallas dispossessed Craig McCracken before heading for goal only for he defender to bring him down at the edge of the box. Up stepped Kyle McAusland to repeat the feat at Cumbernauld and superbly curl a free-kick home, this time via the underside of the crossbar. Glens then lost Ryan McChesney through injury with Findlay Frye taking his place and the defence reshuffled and soon after Alan Cairns received two yellow cards in quick succession. Down to 10 men for an hour the visitors put in a great shift to secure a well deserved three points.

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Kyle McAusland

Glenafton Athletic:  1. Brian McGarrity 2. Kyle McAusland, 3. Alan Cairns 4. Craig Menzies, 5. Ryan McChesney (14. Findlay Frye) 6. Ally Park, 7. Dale Moore, 8. Dean Hawkshaw,9. Chris Dallas (12. Dan Orsi) 10. Mick  McCann 11. Leon Murphy (15. Cameron Marlow). Subs not used Conor, Joe  Andrew, Craig Burns

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Cumbernauld 1 Glenafton 2

Sat 29th Sep 2018 KO 2:00pm 

Macron Scottish Junior Cup | 2nd Round

Guy’s Meadow Park, Cumbernauld

Ally and Kyle finish with style as Glens go through.

Glenafton Athletic squad (11)In a keenly fought contest it the Premiership side that just edged out high flying championship side Cumbernauld United to progress to the 3rd round of the Macron Scottish Junior Cup. The visitors made a lively start and already threatened before taking the lead on 4 minutes.  Chris Dallas and Leon Murphy played a near one-two in the right hand side of the penalty box before Dallas rolled the ball to other side of the box for the incoming Ally Park (left) to leather an unstoppable low shot.  The midfelder came close to doubling the Glens advantage when his header from a Murphy cross hit of the top of the bar and fell into the hands of the keeper. H/T Cumbernauld 0 Glens 1

Glenafton Athletic squad (16).JPGThe home side were very much on the front foot after the break with former Glens players, captain Paul Murphy and striker Scott McManus in the thick of things. United’s pressure paid off on the hour through a marvellous strike from Jamie Kennedy wide on the right. Both sides went in search of a winner with some decent chances being created. Deep into injury time and Murphy played a one-two with Dale Moore before running through the middle only to be barged off the ball some 25 yards from goal. Up stepped Kyle McAusland (left) curl the ball beyond the wall and the reach of the forlorn keeper. F/T Cumbernauld 1 Glens 2

Glenafton Athletic: 1.Brian McGarrity 2.Kyle McAusland 3. Alan Cairns 4. Craig Menzies 5. Ryan McChesney 6. Ally Park 7. Dale Moore 8. Dean Hawkshaw 9. Chris Dallas (14. Kit Cummins) 10. Mick McCann 11. Leon Murphy
 
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Kilbirnie 0 Glenafton 3

Sat 22nd Sep 2018 KO 2:00pm 

McBookie West Region Premiership | Match 9

Valefield Park,  Kilbirnie

KILBIRNIE LADESIDE 0 (0) GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 3 (1)

Glenafton made three changes to the side that started against Kirkintilloch Rob Roy last Saturday. In came new signing and former Kilmarnock midfielder Dean Hawkshaw, Dan Orsi and Leon Murphy for Cameron Marlow, Dale Moore and Conor Lynass. Meanwhile top goalscorer Chris Dallas was still missing through injury and Findlay Frye serving the second of his two-game suspension.

The Valefield playing surface was looking lush in the autumn sunshine and both sides were quick into their stride with Hawkshaw and his counterpart No. 8 David Anderson in the thick of the action.

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Dean Hawkshaw and David Anderson

Good work down the left by Murphy and Alan Cairns won the Glens a corner kick on 3 minutes which was taken short by Hawkshaw to Cairns who floated a ball into the box where it was headed wide by Mick McCann. The home side countered through full back Grant Mitchell who switched play from wide on the right to deep into the left hand side of the box where Ryan Hynes chased down the ball before fashioning a low angled shot that lacked the power to test keeper Brian McGarrity.

Back came the visitors with Orsi playing a neat one-two with McCann before his cross was deflected for a corner kick which was then headed on at the near post by Ally Park and Orsi’s attempt to guide the ball home was well held by keeper Grant Hay. In the action Kilbirnie’s Anderson and Michael O’Byrne collided and required treatment kindly administered by Glens physio Michelle McInnes.

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Alan Cairns gets another cross in

On 10 minutes Ladeside’s tenacious Jon Scullion’s free-kick from 30 yards out saw McGarrity deal well with an awkward bounce to push the ball away before gathering it safely.

Play continued to flow from end to end albeit in a hectic fashion without any clear-cut chances being created until Hynes elegant back heel tight on the left touchline took two Glens defenders out play and released David Gray for a free run into the box before drilling a low ball to the near post for the incoming Scullion but the striker failed to connect and the chance was gone.

On 19 minutes a Glens attack down the right initiated by former Blastie Darren McLean was repelled and play was switched to the left where Cairns picked out Joe Andrew in the box who laid the ball off to Park and his net-bound shot brilliantly blocked by centre back Reon Juskowiak.

Soon after Ladeside were forced to make a change with Scullion having to come off and replaced by Joel Kasubandi.

Glens were now on the front foot and broke the deadlock on 23 minutes. Kyle McAusland broke from deep to play the ball forward to Orsi and although his first attempt to feed McCann was thwarted he recovered the ball to play a one-two with McCann before whipping the ball into the box which was stopped by the outstretched hand of Juskowiak after which Joe Andrew netted the loose ball. The whistle for the hand ball had been blown however and Mick McCann sent the keeper the wrong way from the spot kick as he buried the ball in the right-hand corner of the goal.

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Gordon McQueen looks on as Mick McCann celebrates scoring the opener

Glens continued to press and Andrew set up the marauding Park in the box only for O’Byrne to clear before he could get his shot away. The keeper flapped at Hawksworth’s corner-kick as Andrew challenged and the loose ball cleared at the expense of another corner which Anderson cleared from the boot of McLean.

On 36 minutes the Glens mopped up a Blastie’s attack to break forward and the lively Orsi whipped another wicked ball across the face of goal but there were no takers. Soon after Murphy, McCann and Park combined to set up Orsi at the edge of the box to power a low drive that Hay did well to get down low and push the ball wide of the post for a corner-kick that was well defended.

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Dan Orsi on the move

Five minutes before the break Kasubandi turned McAusland in the box but the big defender found his bearings to block his shot and then clear the ball to the outskirts of the box where Davie Anderson (No. 4) leathered the ball first time and took a slight deflection to send the ball inches wide. The corner kick that followed was headed clear by Park at the back post and set up a lightning counter-attack through Murphy that ended with Craig Menzies being dispossessed at the edge of the Blasties’ box.

Both sides breached the other’s penalty boxes without testing the keepers as an entertaining half  drew to a close.

H/T Kilbirnie 0 Glens 1

Early pressure after the break from the Glens earned them a corner-kick that was cleared and the ball quickly recovered by the visitors to string some good passes together before McLean on the right switched the ball to the back post for Murphy from a tight angle beat the keeper only for the ball hit the base of the opposite post. McCann then caught the Ladeside defence on the hop to burst into box and drill a low angled show beyond the reach of the keeper only for the ball to sneak wide of the back post.

On 50 minutes the home side responded with a fantastic run through the middle by David Anderson before squeezing through the gap between two red shirts and deep into the box only for McAusland to make a perfectly timed and executed tackle 12 yards from goal. McGarrity punched the corner-kick clear and Hawkshaw initiated the counter-attack that earned the Glens a corner that was cleared to the outskirts of the box where McAusland curled a shot that drifted just wide of target.

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Kyle McAusland robs David Anderson as the young team look on

The chances continued to come thick and fast. An exquisite touch by Andrew released Murphy wide on the left hand side of the box to square the ball for the incoming Orsi to shoot inches wide. At the other end Scullion cleverly set up a shot from distance but it lacked the power to fully test the keeper. Back came Glens and Murphy’s shot from a tight angle was well held by the keeper at the near post as McCann threatened.

On 62 minutes Davie Anderson tried to release full back Mitchell down the right only for Cairns to intercept, however the Glens defender got a flying elbow in the face unseen by the officials leaving Mitchell free to float ball to the back post where Kasubandi headed over. Cairns did not recover treatment and was replaced by Cammy Marlow soon after.

Midway through the half Scullion’s free-kick from 23 yards out curled well wide of target. Undeterred, Scullion came back again cutting in from the left to drill a low shot that squeezed between McGarrity and the incoming Connor McVey at the near post and seemed net-bound before Marlow blocked the ball on the line and Murphy hoofed it clear.

With 15 minutes to go Glens lost another full-back to injury with Darren McLean having to make way for Ryan McChesney who slotted into the centre of defence while Craig Menzies moved to the right back spot. The big centre was soon called into action and cut out Kasabundi’s cross to the near post for Mcvey with a powerful header. He then stretched out a leg to block Kasabundi’s shot from 22 yards.

Glens then showed their teeth with a Hawkshaw shot from distance drifting wide followed quickly by Murphy’s mazy run into the box packed with four defenders and it was Juskowiak that managed to clear, at the expense of a corner, before the midfielder could fashion a shot at goal.

On 81 minutes with the game still very much in the balance the home side won a free kick 22 yards out for Scullion to clip over the wall only for the ball to dip over the bar.

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Jon Scullion free kick dips over the bar

Glens brought on fresh legs of Dale Moore for Leon Murphy who had covered every blade of the manicured Ladeside pitch.  Both sides continued to press and with the time running out the Glens all but secured the points with a minute to go. Andrew’s header released Moore down the right and finding himself boxed in at the corner flag he rolled the ball back to Marlow who whipped a marvellous ball to the far corner of the six yard box where Orsi leapt above Ryan McCreath to crash a header off the bar and Mick McCann pounced on the rebound to guide the ball home from six yards.

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Mick McCann makes it 2-0

Kilbirnie came close to carving out a consolation deep into added time but McAusland again denied Anderson with a timely tackle in the box. Park picked up the loose ball and broke to the half-way line before picking out Moore who drifted past a couple of defenders then rolled the ball to McCann in the box to curl the ball beyond the reach of the keeper into the net for his hat-trick.

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Mick’s hat-trick

F/T Kilbirnie 0 Glens 3

Glenafton Athletic: 1. Brian McGarrity 2. Darren McLean (16. Ryan McChesney 74) 3. Alan Cairns (17. Cameron Marlow 65) 4. Craig Menzies 5. Kyle McAusland 6. Ally Park 7. Dan Orsi 8. Dean Hawkshaw 9. Mick McCann 10. Joe Andrew 11. Leon Murphy (12. Dale Moore 81). Subs not used: 14. Conor Lynass 15. Kit Cummins 17. Craig Burns (gk)

Kilbirnie Ladeside: 1. Grant Hay 2. Grant Mitchell 3. Ryan McCreath 4.Davie Anderson 5. Reon Juskowiak 6. Michael O’Byrne 7. Connor McVey 8. David Anderson 9. Ryan Hynes 10. Jon Scullion 11. David Gray  12. James Finlay 14, Joel Kasubandi 15. Cory Hughes 16. Reece Williamson 17. Joe Wilson

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Kirkintilloch 1 Glenafton 1

Sat 15th Sep 2018 KO 2:00pm 

McBookie West Region Premiership | Match 8

Guy’s Meadow, Cumbernauld

KIRKINTILLOCH ROB ROY 1 (0) GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 1 (1)

In a highly entertaining match it was hosts Rob Roy that were first to threaten through Albert Vezza’s well struck low shot from the edge of the box that flew inches wide in the opening minute.  Half chances followed at either end before Mick McCann picked up a headed clearance deep in his own half leaving the chasing Michael Daly in his wake as he progressed deep into the box where keeper John Hutchison got down low to push the ball out for a corner-kick which came to nothing.

Play continued to ebb and flow from end to end. On 12 minutes Vezza slipped the ball to Willie Sawyers to fashion a shot from the edge of the box and although the ball slipped through the hands of Brian McGarrity the keeper kept his composure to gather the ball before it bounced over the line.

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Conor Lynass on the move

Back came Glens with McLean releasing Conor Lynass down the right, his pace leaving the defender standing, to whip a super ball to the back post where the incoming McCann met it first time only for the keeper to get a foot to the ball and Daly to boot it clear.

Another Lynass break down the right set up Andrew to curl a shot from the corner of the box that was held well by Hutchison. At the other end his counterpart McGarrity did well to hold Vezza’s shot from a tight angle.

On 31 minutes the Glens broke the stalemate after a fine run down the left by Dale Moore was ended by a barge from defender Cameron Clark at the corner of the penalty box. Conor Lynass floated the free kick into the box where Darren McLean got the jump on Daly to glance a header that wrong footed the keeper at the near post as the ball flew across the face of goal and in off the back post.

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Darren McLean (far left) heads home the opener

Moore enjoyed another couple of menacing runs down the left. The first was ended by a well-timed sliding tackle by Scott Walker while the second saw the midfielder cut inside to give the defender the slip before firing a low shot wide of target.

At the other end McGarrity had to be alert to punch the ball from the head of Sawyers and soon after was in the right place to comfortably another header from the hard-working striker.  Lee Gallacher’s shot from 15 yards was deflected wide by McAusaland and Sawyers header from the corner that followed drifted wide of the back post.

HT Rob Roy 0 Glens 1

The visitors enjoyed the better of the early exchanges after the restart.  Cameron Marlow’s corner kick was scrambled clear from the goal mouth and the ball fell for Lynass to crack an angled shot from 15 yards that was blocked by Hutchinson before the ball fell for Marlow to fire inches wide of the post.

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Cameron Marlow wins the ball

On 55 minutes McCann’s header into the box was chased down by Andrew and finding himself sandwiched between two defenders he curled the ball to the back post for the incoming Lynass to shoot for goal only for the outrushing Hutchinson to make a fine save.  A minute later the Glens had the Rabs chasing shadows with a fine move. It began with McCann holding off one defender before laying the ball off to Andrew and in flash, with the deftest of touches the ball was played into the box to match Ally Park’s brilliant run through the middle only for his attempt to pick out Lynass at the far side of the box to be intercepted and the chance was gone. Glens continued to press as Lynass threaded a ball through the middle for Moore to drive forward before slipping the ball to McCann to hit a first-time shot that the keeper held cleanly at the base of the post.

Just before the hour mark Gallacher broke through the middle before picking out Sawyers who with his back to goal rolled the ball back for John Sweeney at the edge of the ‘D’ but under pressure from McAusland his shot sailed high and wide of target. A high ball into the was headed clear by Menzies who was then floored by Sawyers unsuccessful attempt at an acrobatic volley.

Rabs brought on Gavin Mackie for Jordan Currie-McLean and soon after Glens replaced Darren McLean, who had just earned a yellow card, was replaced by Ryan McChesney.

The home began to enjoy some decent possession and Sawyers won a free-kick on the outskirts on the box after a challenge from McChesney. Before the kick was taken Sweeney was replaced Graeme Ramage. It was fellow substitute Mackie that struck the kick that had McGarrity rushing along his goal line to push the ball away from junction of post and bar.

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Graeme Ramage rockets home the equaliser

The corner was played long from the right and cleared for a thrown-in on the left. This was smartly gathered by Sawyers and the ball played across the face of goal to the back post where Gallacher set up Daly only for McGarrity and McChesney to combine in order to block his shot from a few yards with such a force that the ball rebounded to edge of the box for Graeme Ramage to rocket an unstoppable shot into the net.  The game all square on 71 minutes.

Glens brought on Leon Murphy for Dale Moore and later Dan Orsi for Conor Lynass. In between times Murphy gathered a Park pass to break into the box and fire an angled shot that flashed just wide of the far post. At the other end Marlow prevented the Rabs from going ahead after heading Vezza’s close range shot over the bar.

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Leon Murphy on the move

Neither side had thoughts of settling for a point as both pushed for the winner. Orsi and Menzies combined wide on the right before the latter floated the ball to the near post where the keeper pushed it away from Murphy only for the ball to fall for Park who had his shot blocked by Gallacher and his attempt to bury the rebound held by Hutchison. At the other end McGarrity rushed from his line to gather the ball before Gallacher before Vezza could gather Sawyers knock on. Back came Glens through Orsi’s determination down the right to pick out Marlow in the box but his shot sailed over the bar. The Rabs countered down the left and balled whipped into the near for Sawyers only for McChesney to come out on top and head the danger clear.

On 89 minutes Gallacher was shown a red card for an off-the-ball incident with Murphy.

Still things didn’t let up. Andrew’s shot from the corner box was well held by Hutchison. At the other end McChesney saw off Sawyers again with another winning header. In added time Orsi from wide on the right picked out Murphy on the far side of the ‘D’ to skip past a number of defenders before cutting the ball across the face of goal for Andrew only for Clark to deflect his shot over the bar. Daly headed the corner-kick clear. In the final action Vezza’s perseverance saw him win a free kick on the right a few yards out from the corner-flag. Mackie floated the ball to the back post where Orsi stood his ground to head the ball clear as Daly challenged.

FT Rob Roy 1 Glens 1

KIRKINTILLOCH ROB ROY: 1.John Hutchison 2. Scott Walker 3. Cameron Clark                 4. Michael Morris 5. Michael Daly 6. John Sweeney (12. Graeme Ramage) 7. Jordan Currie-McLean (14. Gavin Mackie)8. Martin McBride 9. William Sawyers 10. Lee Gallacher 11. Alberto Vezza. Subs not used: 12.Kevin Finlayson 13. Andy Finnigan 15.Connor McArdle

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

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Glenafton 0 Clydebank 2

Sat 8th Sep 2018 KO 2:00pm 

McBookie West Region Premiership | Match 7

Loch Park, New Cumnock

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 0 (0) CLYDEBANK 2 (1)

Glenafton were delighted to announce the return of Dan Orsi to Loch Park after completing his signing from Kilsyth Rangers yesterday and the midfielder finds a place on the bench for today’s match against Clydebank.

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Dan’s back

The home side were first to threaten as Joe Andrew’s low drive was pushed round the post by Marc Waters and the resulting corner-kick headed clear. Bankies responded through Cammy McClair who cut in from the left to crack a shot from the edge of the ‘D’ that cannoned of Glens captain Craig Menzies and the ball then glance of the bottom of the post before going out for a corner-kick which was headed well wide of target.

Another corner kick came and went for the Glens before on six minutes Chris Dallas took a sore one in the ribs during an aerial battle with centre back Jamie Darroch and had to the leave the field for treatment.

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Dale Moore

The bounce of Waters’ long punt up the park deceived the Glens defence allowing Jordan Shelvey to lob the ball over the head of the outrushing McGarrity only for Menzies to keep his cool and head the ball wide of the gaping net. In keeping with the previous corner-kicks the keeper wasn’t tested.

Meanwhile top goalscorer Dallas failed to recover from his knock and on 12 minute he was replaced by Mick McCann.

Restored to 11 men the Glens began to get the better of the match in terms of pressing with their only reward another corner-kick which inevitably was cleared and although the ball was soon returned to the box it was cleanly picked out the air by the keeper.

Midway through the half the home side were reduced to 10 men on a permanent basis after Findlay Frye was shown a straight red card. The Glens midfielder, wide on the left near the half-way line, was fouled by Chris Dooley and before the whistle blew Frye had shrugged off the challenge determined to win the loose ball before Ross Alexander and in doing so caught the Bankies player high in the leg with his studs.

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Joe Andrew and Jamie Darroch

The 10 men settled and were more than holding their own when they won another corner kick on 29 minutes. Although the Glens won the ball in the air it was Alexander that snapped up the loose ball and played a quick one-two before releasing Cammy McClair down the left with a perfectly weighted pass. In a mirror image of his first attack of the game he cut inside and curled a shot for the far post only for Menzies to block again but this time the ball rebounded to fall kindly for McClair. There was nothing lucky about his second bite at the cherry as the midfielder curled another shot as sweet as a nut that beat the airborne McGarrity at full stretch before bulging the net.  Clydebank 1-0 up with 30 minutes gone.

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Cammy McClair’s shot finds the net

The tails of the Bankies were up as they pressed for a second and they came close on 40 minutes from the break through a long-range effort from full back Andy Paterson only for McGarrity to get down low and turn the ball round the post. As for the corner kick … needless to say!

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Darren McLean’s free kick goes inches wide

Glens were still very much in the game without however creating any serious chances open play. A minute before break Andrew won a free-kick on the outskirts and although Darren McLean’s effort beat the wall and the keeper the ball whizzed inches wide of the post.

H/T Glens 0 Bankies 1

The visitors got off to the perfect start and doubled their lead within two minutes of the restart. Darroch from deep picked out Dooley on the right who curled a ball into the middle for the unmarked Nicky Little with space to kill the ball before turning drilling a low angle shot beyond the advancing McGarrity.

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Nicky Little makes it 2-0

A Glens free-kick from close to the corner flag was headed out for a corner-kick by Little which in turn was headed clear by Michael McIndoe to set up a counter attack which ended with Little trying his luck from the edge of the box which MGarrity blocked before catching the loose ball.

Another Glens corner kick was cleared with the same outcome as the 11 man Bankies, enjoying a two goal lead, quickly broke upfield with some slick passing on an another counter attack.

Both teams made double substitutions with Bankies bringing on Sean Higgans and Del Hepburn for Jordan Shelvey and Chris Black. Five minutes later Conor Lynass and Dale Moore made way for Dan Orsi and Leon Murphy.

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Leon Murphy on the ball

Midway through the half Bankies, building from the back, set up another attack that ended with Liam Rowan weaving past defenders before firing a shot that was well blocked by the keeper.

Murphy responded with a similar run that saw him edge his way into the Bankies’ box where a nudge in the back from Rowan literally put him off his stride.

With 15 minutes to go the visitors completed their substitutions with Jack McClair coming on for Little.

Murphy made another good run and his low angled shot had Waters diving low to his left to tip the ball past the post. The keeper then punched clear that corner that followed.

The last decent chance of the game fell to the visitors only for Menzies to mop up the danger with the keeper beaten.

FT Glens 0 Bankies 2

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

Clydebank: 1. Marc Waters 14. Chris Dooley 3. Andy Paterson 5. Jamie Darroch 18. Michael McIndoe 7. Cameron McClair 17. Ross Alexander 15. Liam Rowan 16. Chris Black (11. Del Hepburn) 6. Nicky Little (7. Jack McLair) 19. Jordan Shelvey (8. Sean Higgans) Subs  20. Scott Morrison (gk) 21. Matthew McLean

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Cambuslang 3 Glenafton 2

Sat 1st Sep 2018 KO 2:00pm 

McBookie West Region Premiership | Match 6 

Somvervell Park, Cambuslang

CAMBUSLANG RANGERS 3 (2) GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 2 (1)

Glenafton Athletic squad (10)

10 man Glens suffered a second successive defeat after losing out by the odd goal in 5, in a game full of chances at Cambuslang. The visitors opened the scoring in 2 minutes with a beautifully crafted goal. Captain Craig Menzies intercepted a pass on the half way line to drive forward before slipping the ball to Conor Lynass on the right who quickly delivered a diagonal pass to Joe Andrew on the outskirts of the box who rolled the ball back to Cameron Marlow who in turn released Dale Moore down the left to fire a cross into the six yard for the incoming Chris Dallas (right)to guide the ball into the net.

The home side were all square two minutes later after a free kick floated into the box  was headed on by former Hurlford striker John Gemmell for Scott Faulds to poke home from close range. Cambuslang took the lead after good work down the right by former Cumnock player Callum McRobbie before his cross to the back post eventually fell for  Gemmell to net easily. A deflected shot crashed off the post as Glens went in search of an equaliser before being dealt blow after Alan Cairns earned a straight card for denying Rangers a goal scoring opportunity just before the break.

Glenafton Athletic squad (14)Chances came and went for both sides in the second half before a cross from the left found Gemmell in the far side of the six yard box and his powerful header exploded off the ground and over keeper Brian McGarrity. Glens pulled one back after Conor Lynass (left) gathered a through ball from Findlay Frye at the edge off the box before playing a one-two Joe Andrew and drilling a low angled shot in at the back post. Try as they might in the closing minutes an equaliser eluded the Glens.

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC: 1. Brain McGarrity 2 Darren McLean 3. Alan Cairns 4. Craig Menzies   5. Kyle McAusland 6. Findlay Frye 7. Conor Lynass (14.Ally Park) 8. Cameron Marlow 9. Chris Dallas  (12. Mick McCann) 10. Joe Andrew 11. Dale Moore (16. Kit Cummins) Subs Not used 15. Ryan McChesney 17. Craig Burns (gk)

 

 

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Glenafton 1 Troon 2

Sat 25th Aug 2018 KO 2:00pm 

McBookie West Region Premiership | Match 5 

Loch Park, New Cumnock

Glenafton Athletic 1 (0) Troon 2 (2) 

Glenafton’s three game winning run in the league came to an end with a home defeat to Troon. Indeed the Seasiders could have been out of sight if their second spot kick of the half hadn’t thundered off the post to take a 3-0 lead into the break.

The visitors looked lively from the kick off. A sliced clearance by the Glens defence saw Darren McLean challenge Dan McKay for the loose ball just inside the box and referee instantly pointed the spot. McKay dusted himself down and slam home penalty kick to put Troon ahead on 5 minutes.

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Troon celebrate at 1-0

Glenafton struggled to make any headway into the Troon box against a well marshalled defence and attempts at goal were restricted to shots from distance while the visitors looked less laboured in their attacks with target man Christian Nade, former Hearts striker, always available for a long ball to initiate another break upfield.

On 18 minutes former Glens player Tony Murphy played a low corner kick into the box where Dean Keenan’s dummy set up a shot for Scott Chatham that as blocked and the ball ended back with Murphy tight on the right to send a Hail Mary ball skyward to the back post where it dropped almost be design for Robert Love to side foot the ball home from a tight angle.

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Robert Love makes it 2-0

Ten minutes later the Glens came within a whisker of halving the deficit. Syme fouled Dallas on the outskirts of the box and McLean curled a wonderful free-kick over the wall only for the ball to crash off the post with the keeper rooted to the spot.

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Darren McLean’s free-kick crashes off the post

On 38 minutes Dallas gathered a throw-in from McLean on the right flank and picked out Andrew at the corner of the box who took a touch before engineering a superb shot from 20 yards forcing Johnstone into an equally superb save with a strong hand pushing the ball high over the bar.

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Darren Johnstone pulls off a super save

A minute later a Troon break down the left ended with the ball being played deep into the box where Love’s cut back saw McCrea end up on the deck after Park’s challenge and the referee point to the spot again. Although McKay’s spot kick beat McGarrity’s finger tips by the width of a finger-nail the ball thundered off the inside of the post with such force that the rebound went out for a throw-in.

H/T Glens 0 Troon 2

The Glens were on the front foot for most of the second half with the visitors less of an attacking force. Breaking down a well-marshalled defence however proved a challenge.

Joe Andrew’s  shot from just inside the box was save comfortably by Johnstone and soon after the keeper plucked Moore’s cross destined for Dallas at the back post cleanly out the air. Scott Chatham countered for the visitor with a  mazy run but had ran out of steam by the time he musterd a shot at goal and McGarrity collected easily.

Glens continued to struggle to penetrate the Troon box with any potency and were restricted to shots from distance, On 58 minutes Ally Park sent one wide of the left post with Johnstone scurrying across the face of goal. Five minutes later Dallas lashed a shot from 22 yards that whizzed inches wide of the right post with the keeper beaten.

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Chris Dallas and David Syme

With 15 minutes to go McCann broke into the box and claims for a spot-kick after a challenge from the impressive David Syme were waved away. Two minutes later the Glens halved the deficit through fine combination play between Alan Cairns and Findlay Frye. The former’s corner kick was well cleared and the latter gathered the ball 30 yards from goal before giving a defender the slip to return the ball to Cairns still on the right flank. The defender then squared the ball to meet Frye’s run into the box who killed the ball with his left foot before drilling a low shot through a busy box and beyond the reach of the keeper.

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Findlay Frye halves the deficit

Glens pressed for the equaliser but the centre back pairing of Syme and Dean Keenan stood firm while Johnstone continued to show a safe pair of hands and punched the ball from the head of substitute Kit Cummins, Glens now playing with four strikers. Half-hearted claims for a penalty following Syme’s challeng on Park cut no mustard with the referee and to rub salt in the wound Johnstone them cleanly held Park’s looping header from the edge of the box. FT Glens 1 Troon 2

Glenafton Athletic: 1. Brian McGarrity 2. Darren McLean (12. Mick MCann) 3. Alan Cairns 4. Craig Menzies 5. Kyle McAusland 6. Findlay Frye 7. Dale Moore 8. Ally Park 9. Chris Dallas 10. Joe Andrew 11. Cameron Marlow (14. Kit Cummins). Subs 15. Ryan McChesney 16. Robert Neil 17. Craig Burns (gk)

Troon: 1. Darren Johnstone 19.  Andy Strachan 3. Jack Sherrie 4. Dean Keenan 5.David Syme 6. Tony Murphy 7. Ross McRea 8. Scott Chatham 9. Christian Nade (15. Jamie Martin) 10. Dan McKay (12. Dean Fulton

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Glenafton 6 Renfrew 2

  • West Region Premiership
  • Match 4
  • Loch Park, New Cumnock
  • Saurday 18th August 2018, KO 2pm
  • GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 6  (3)
    • Andrew 2, Dallas 2, Frye, McCann
  • RENFREW 2 (1)

    • McKenna, McIntosh

Glens proved too strong for Renfrew with their slick passing game and some clinical finishing. Joe Andrew started the ball rolling, from where he left off last week at Petershill, with a goal on 6 minutes. It began with Kyle McAusland in the centre of defence heading an upfield ball from Frew to the half way line where Andrew quickly knocked it sideways to Leon Murphy to drive forward to the outskirts of the box before slipping a pass to the overlapping Cameron Marlow on the left. In flash the midfielder picked out Chris Dallas’s run and his cutely guided the ball past two defenders and wrong-footed keeper Dale Burgess only for the ball to bounce off the base of the post and roll into the path of the inrushing Joe Andrew to drill a low-angled shot home at the opposite post.

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Joe Andrew

On 20 minutes Alan Cairns from deep in his own half played a ball through the middle for Andrew who clipped to Murphy wide on the left and in an instant he killed the ball on his chest and skipped effortlessly past a defender to burst down the left and then cut the ball for Andrew to scoop the ball first time beyond the reach of a stunned keeper and into the net.

Five minutes before the break Glens added a third with another well-worked goal. Marlow stole the ball in the centre circle and played a one-two with Andrew before releasing Murphy to drive down the left again before cutting the ball back for Marlow to hook it into a busy box where it evaded two defenders before falling for Chris Dallas to take a touch before picking his spot from close range.

The visitors struck back just before the break after a ball was played into the box and although Cairns looked to have nicked the ball from its target the match official deemed he used an arm to do and awarded a spot-kick much to the disbelief of the defender. David McKenna kept his cool to slot penalty beyond the reach of Glens goalie Brian MGarrity.

H/T Glens 3 Renfrew 1

Glenafton Athletic squad (10)

Chris Dallas

Ten minutes after the re-start a slick one-two between Marlow and Murphy ended with the former picking out Dallas in the box with his back to goal only to be hauled down by the arms of Kieran Healy.  Dallas slammed home the spot-kick to make it 4-1 for the home side.

Four minutes later the fifth goal was a thing of beauty beginning and ending with Findlay Frye. Collecting the ball just inside his own half he played a one-two with Darren McLean and then another with Conor Lynass before playing the ball forward to Andrew who rolled it back to the half-way line for Marlow to loft a long ball up the left for Murphy to chase down at the corner flag. He plays a long ball back to the advancing Marlow who picks out Lynass to play a cute back-heel for Marlow to continue his run into the left hand side of the box before feeding the unmarked Frye bursting into the far side of the box to smash the ball home from

Renfrew pulled one back on 73 minutes after a long ball from the right flank was launched into the box and a collision between keeper and defender resulted in presenting Rikki McIntosh with a tap-in.

Glens had the final say three minutes later through the combined efforts of three second-half substitutes. Ally Park played a one-two with Mick McCann at the half-way line before threading a perfectly paced ball up the left wing for Kit Cummins to collect and charge into the box only for the feet to be taken for him. Up stepped Mick McCann to send the keeper the wrong way from 12 yards.

FT Glens 6 Renfrew 2

Glenafton Athletic: 1. Brian McGarrity 2. Darren McLean 3. Alan Cairns 4. Craig Menzies 5. Kyle McAusland 6. Findlay Frye 7. Conor Lynass 8. Cameron Marlow 9. Chris Dallas (12. Mick McCann) 10 . Joe Andrew (14. Kit Cummins) 11. Leon Murphy (16. Ally Park). Subs not used : 15. Dale Moore 17. Craig Burns (gk).

Renfrew 1. Dale Burgess 2. Fraser Barbour 3.Bob Campbell 4. Kieran Healy 5. Andrew MacLennan 6. Rikki McIntosh 7.Gregor Wylie 8. Fraser Chisholm 9. Scott Morton 10. David McKenna 11. Patrick O’Keefe. Subs  12. Thomas Miller 14. Jamie Benton 15. Kieron Maxwell 16. Dominic Innes 17. Aiden McNeill

 

 

 

 

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Petershill 0 Glenafton 4

  • West Region Premiership
  • Match 3
  • Petershil Park, Glasgow
  • Saturday 11th August 2018, KO 2pm
  • PETERSHILL 0 (0)
  • GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 4 (2)
    • Andrew 2, Lynass, Moore

LYNASS THE CONQUEROR

Conor Lynass returned to his former club Petershill and tormented them all game with his blistering pace, setting up two goals as well as scoring one of his own.

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Conor celebrates his goal on the stroke of half time

Ally Park was ruled out through injury before kick-off while Dale Moore and Ryan McChesney on the bench were both still nursing injuries.

Glens got to a flying start with Alan Cairns and Leon Murphy combining down the left to win the first corner of the game within a minute. The kick was partially cleared before Conor Lynass and Joe Andrew played a neat 1-2 deep in a packed penalty box but the Glens midfielder was forced to shoot wide through the close attention of centre back Craig Connelly.

On 4 minutes after a Petershill free-kick was floated into the box and headed clear by Kyle McAusland with the ball falling for Chris Hall at the edge of the ‘D’ to thump a cracking volley that cannoned off the head of Craig Menzies on the six-yard line with some force to sail wide for a corner kick. The Glens captain was then floored after a clash of heads with Jamie MacLennan as he defended the corner.

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The home side won another corner-kick on 10 minutes. The decision to play it short back fired as the Glens stole the ball and released it down the left where Murphy and Darren McClean combined before picking out Joe Andrew some 10 yards inside his own half. The striker threaded a perfectly paced pass upfield for Lynass to beat the offside trap for a free run on goal, with Findlay Frye for company and defender Connelly giving chase, only for the outrushing keeper to make a convincing save as Lynass’s shot from the edge of the box. A minute later the midfielder’s header at the back post, from Alan Cairn’s cross, drifted wide of target – perhaps it wasn’t going to be his day!

Play became more evenly balanced for a spell without either side seriously testing the keepers from open play or set pieces.

The breakthrough came it 18 minutes and it was former Petershill player Lynass that was the architect with a blistering run down the right wing taking him deep into the box before cutting the ball across goal for Joe Andrew to stroke home from 3 yards out.

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Joe Andrew 1-0

Glens enjoyed a good period of possession as they pressed for a second albeit without success. The Peasy struggled to build any meaningful attacks but created couple of half chance either side of the half-hour mark with Chris Hall firing over the bar from 22 yards and keeper Brian McGarrity comfortably saving Chris Wilson’s free-kick from 25 yards.

The visitors lost the menacing Murphy to injury five minutes from the break and brought on Dale Moore, still recovering from injury.

The home side’s corner kick was headed clear by McLean and the ball quickly recovered on the left to be played to the back post where Ian Gold was unlucky to see his header bounce agonisingly inches wide of the post. On 42 minutes Jamie Hamilton threaded a great ball through the middle for Jamie MacLennan to gather at the edge of the box only for the Cairns and McGarrity to combine and block his effort at goal.

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Alan Cairns on the move

Back came the Glens through Moore who won a corner on the left and soon after another on the right after a fine save by the keeper. In the last action of the half the midfielder tried the left flank again before cutting inside to fire what seemed like a net-bound shot before Gibson got both hands to push it away only for Conor Lynass to pounce and drill the ball into the net from a tight angle.

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Conor Lynass 2-0

H/T Petershill 0 Glens 2

A Glens corner in the opening minute of the new half was played to the back post where McLean and Gold both got their heads to the ball which bobbled dangerously about the box before the keeper won the scramble to get it under control.

On 50 minutes Lynass burst up the right and slipped the ball past Chris Wilson before continuing on his overlap only to be chopped down by the beleaguered defender infuriating Lynass’s team mates and the flash of only a yellow card doing little to subdue their wrath.

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Findlay Frye wins the ball

Five minutes later the Peasy put together a fine passage of play that concluded with Gold threading a fine ball for Dylan Kennedy to gather in his run deep into the box but his shot from the corner of six- yard box flashed well wide of the back post. Soon after, the home side threatened again but MacLennan’s shot from the right-hand side of the box ruffled the side netting.

On 59 minutes the Glens responded in devastating fashion after Lynass wide on the right picked up a pass from Andrew before whipping the ball into the box where it bounced off Connelly’s knee and fell for Dale Moore to lash home an unstoppable shot from 15 yards.

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Dale Moore 3-0

Glens immediately replaced Cameron Marlow, who had taken a knock, with Ryan McChesney who took up his familiar role at the centre of defence while Kyle McAusland moved into midfield.

Gold made a powerful run through the middle before firing an equally powerful shot from the edge of the box that whizzed inches wide of the post with McGarrity at full stretch.

On 68 minutes Mick McCann came on for Chris Dallas and was soon in the thick of the action when he scooped a Lynass cut-back over the bar from six yards out.

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Mick McCann goes close

Wilson made excellent progress down the left and deep into the box before cutting back for Hall with space and time in his favour only for the striker to drag his shot wide of the post with the goal at his mercy.

Again, the Glens punished Peasy’s missed chance with a fourth goal on 74 minutes. With Connelly in close attention Joe Andrew judged the bounce of an upfield ball perfectly to twist away from the defender and drive to edge of the box where he wrong-footed Wilson before continuing his run and drilling a low shot through the keeper’s legs from 12 yards out.

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Joe Andrew 4-0

Petershill plugged away in search of a consolation and although they managed to breach the Glens box on occasion it had not been a day for their shooting boots as McGarrity was seldom tested.

Lynass continued to torment down the right and another pin-point cross ended with McCann lashing a header over the bar.

FT Petershill 0 Glens 4

Glenafton Athletic: 1. Brian McGarrity 2. Darren McLean 3. Alan Cairns 4. Craig Menzies 5. Kyle McAusland 6. Findlay Frye 7. Conor Lynass 8. Cameron Marlow (17. Ryan McChesney) 9. Chris Dallas (12. Mick McCann) 10. Joe Andrew 11. Leon Murphy (16. Dale Moore) Subs. 14. Kit Cummins 17. Craig Burns (gk)

Petershill: 1. John Gibson 2. Ryan Haxton 3. Chris Wilson 4. Jordan Kennedy 5. Craig Connelly 6. Dylan Kennedy 7. Daniel Fiado 8. Jamie MacLennan 9. Chris Hall (14. Scott Cameron) 10. Jamie Hamilton 11. Ian Gold Subs used 12. Ross Barclay Subs not used: 15. Chris Ketterer 16.  Steffan Graham 17. Ryan Deas

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