Rothie 1 Glenafton 5

Saturday 24 Sep 2022 KO 2:30pm Forgue Road, Rothienorman
Clydebuilt Home Improvements
Scottish Junior Cup
2nd Round
Rothie Rovers 1 (0)O.G.
Glenafton Athletic 5 (2)O’Kane, McKenzie 2, Paton, McKernon

Glenafton Athletic travelled to Rothienorman in the heart of Aberdeenshire to face Rothie Rovers based at the village’s public park off Forgue Road. Rovers were formed in 1983 and played in the Aberdeenshire Amateur Football Association. In Season 2020/21 they joined the Scottish Junior Football Association and the following season they were crowned North Region Junior Football Association 2nd Division Champions to gain promotion to the NRJFA Championship. They have had a great start to the season winning 4 of their 5 league games and sit 5th in the 16 team league which includes Glen’s former Junior cup opponents – Banks O’Dee, Cruden Bay, Islavale, Newmachar United and Sunnybank. In their Scottish Junior Cup 1st round tie Rothie beat Armadale Thistle 4-2 here at Forgue Road– something the Glens couldn’t do, having lost 2-1 at Armadale in the only meeting between the two sides in the Scottish back in Season 1965-66!

Both sides ran out onto to the immaculately kept pitch, which very much resembled the luscious neighbouring bowling green, in the bright sunshine accompanied with a nippy breeze.

Prior to kick-off Rothie Rovers kindly agreed to Glenafton’s request to hold a minute’s silence in memory of life-long Glenafton supporters Andrew Wylie & Willie Kelly and former Glenafton Boys club player Jack Grozier.

Although Rovers kicked off, it was visitors Glenafton that were first to threaten with Sean McKenzie winning a corner-kick in the opening minute that Jamie McKernon floated into the six-yard box where captain Craig Pettigrew won the ball in the air only for his claims of a push in the back to be waved away by the referee. Glens continued to press and Dylan O’Kane had a close range shot blocked by a line of defenders before McKenzie won another corner and Michael McMullin headed Leon Murphy’s kick wide of the post.

On 10 minutes McKernon, from the outskirts of the box, curled a high ball into the goalmouth where keeper Lewis Milne leapt high to clutch the ball cleanly under pressure from McKenzie. After mopping up a Rovers attack the visitors countered with a quick break which concluded with Murphy switching play from wide on the left to Paul Paton on the right who hooked the ball high into the goalmouth for the incoming McKenzie only for Milne to intervene and punch it clear at the near post.

Rovers responded through Lewis Hendry’s free kick from wide on the left, launched to the back post where keeper David Markey leapt to pluck the ball out of the air as Murray Cormack closed in.

A huge dark cloud began to drift over Forgue Park as Calvin Kemp whipped a dangerous ball from the right flank to the far post where Murphy sneaked in behind Scott Chalmers to try and guide the ball home from the corner of the six-yard box only for the keeper to fall to his knees and stop the ball with both hands at the base of the post while Chalmers was content to boot the loose ball behind as O’Kane threatened. McKernon’s kick was met at the far side of the box by Ollie Rowe who powered a header goalward that keeper Milne stopped with a strong hand and Ryan Walker hoofed it clear to set up a counter attack that fizzled out.

However, on 16 minutes back came the Rovers and enjoyed their best spell of possession in the contest thus far. Chalmers nicked the ball from Murphy on the right, just inside the Rovers half and then took McKernon out of play as he clipped the ball inside to Cormack who drove forward through the middle and giving Pettigrew the slip before drilling a low angled shot from 22 yards that drifted just wide of the post as Markey was scurrying across his line. Another Rovers break was foiled by Rowe as he stripped Stewart of the ball as he tried to control it in the “D”.  

The inevitable rain duly arrived as the home side continued to press. Hendry whipped another free kick from wide on the left into a packed box that was deflected wide for a corner which was hooked out the box by McKernon at the near post and Keith Walker’s attempt to gather the ball was impeded by O’Kane’s challenge.  The Glens’ wall lined up on the 18-yard line ready to block Stewart’s free kick but instead he played a low diagonal ball to the unmarked Hendry on the right-hand edge of the box where he zipped a low ball into the crowded box and fortunately for the visitors Rowe was in the right place to launch it clear for a throw just inside the Glens’ half. From here Rovers won another corner that was eventually cleared by a determined defence and won back by Rovers only for Markey to snatch the ball as Hendry challenged.

After surviving some seven minutes of intense pressure Glenafton broke the deadlock on 23 minutes against the run of play, it’s fair to say.  Down the left McKernon returned a short throw to Murphy who whipped a glorious ball to pick out Adam Caldwell’s run into the far side of the box who then took a touch before slipping a short pass to Paton who in turn back-heeled the ball with his right foot before Kyle Walker’s slide tackle whipped the left leg from him. However, as Caldwell claimed for a penalty Dylan O’Kane pounced on the loose ball and kept his cool to fire a low shot, as both Wood and Chalmers tried to block the ball with outstretched legs, which whizzed past the keeper on the line for the young striker’s first goal for Glenafton. Glens 1-0 up.

The rain abated and Glens with a new found spring in their step continued to push forward and the young Rothie keeper did well to race from his line to intercept a great ball into the box for McKenzie. Soon after the big striker chased down another ball into the box only for the impressive full back Craig Smith to time his tackle to perfection and clear the ball upfield. The one-way traffic continued as McKernon broke forward before cutting inside to hammer a shot from 22 yards that was deflected wide for a corner which was headed clear to the edge of the box where Murphy nipped in front of Stewart and to cleverly control the ball before cracking a shot that rattled of the cross bar. Rowe gathered the loose ball and rolled it back out to the inrushing Kemp who then clipped a high ball over the keeper’s head for McMullin at the back post only for the ball to crash off the post and rebound off the keeper’s chest and fortunately bounce along the bye-line rather than into the net.

Rovers weathered the storm and got themselves back into the game as an attacking force as play began to fall into a pattern of back and forth. Markey got down to save Stewart’s low shot from 22 yards and soon after leapt high at his post to hold the ball tight as Ethan Grant hoped topounce on any spillage.

At the other end McKernon’s corner kick to the back post was won in the air by a great leap from McMullin where claims that he was impeded by Stuart Gray were waved away. Soon after, another McKernon corner was clawed away from under the bar by keeper Milne.

Two minutes before the break the Glens doubled their lead. Rowe on the right, just inside the Glens half, launched a high ball into the box which took a bounce before Sean McKenzie killed it on his chest and then twisted and turned to shake off Wood before flicking the ball up and then as Ryan Walker closed in, lashed a shot from 7 yards out that the keeper could only deflect into the roof of the net.

HT Rothie 0 Glens 2

Glenafton made a change at the break with Leon Murphy making way for David Blyth.

A lively start from both teams began with a Rothie free-kick whipped into the box and Grant flashing a header over the bar. At the other end Milne clutched a McKenzie header from a Paton free-kick and soon after clawed McKernon’s corner away from under the bar.  

The visitors countered with Chalmers and Stewart combining down the right before the latter fired a low ball to the back post for the incoming Keith Walker only for McMullin to slide in and send the ball high over the bar. The corner was played short to Chalmers only for his shot to hit a defender and Keith Walker blasted the rebound wide of target.

Back came Glens through Caldwell laying the ball off to Blyth to burst to the right-hand side of the box before whipping a vicious ball across the face of the goal and hair’s breadth from the head of the inrushing McKenzie.

Play continued at a relentless pace and on 55 minutes the home side had a strong claim for a penalty kick. A high cross was played into the box and although McMullin and Hendry leapt together both missed the ball and as they chased to retrieve it, the former grabbed a handful of the latter’s shirt, but despite a host of Rovers arms raised in appeal, play continued and Chalmers chip to the back post for Keith Stewart was cleanly gathered by Markey.

Five minutes later Hendry and McMullin tussled for the ball again on the touchline directly in front of the dug-outs. The Rothie man slid in to rob the Glens man of the ball with both players ending up on lying on the ground and the referee clearly spotted something as they tried to separate, resulting in McMullin being shown a red card.

60 minutes played, Glens 2-0 up and a man down. brought a new complexion to the game.

Another incident near the dug-out saw Kemp take a sore one on the back of his heels and despite treatment had to come off, with James Martin taking his place.

The home side’s tails were up as they pegged the visitors back deep in their own half and also introduced fresh legs with Chris Wood making way for Bryce Dawson. Glens broke down another attack and countered with Blyth’s run through the middle only for Chalmers to win the ball back which was eventually played to Cormack wide on the left. From here he squared the ball into the box for Stewart only for Pettigrew to get the slightest of touches to divert the ball into the path of Smith who scoop it over the bar from close range.  70 minutes gone and a golden chance spurned to halve the deficit against 10 men.

To rub salt in the wound, two minutes later the Glens extended their lead.

Markey launched a back pass upfield that bounced on the outskirts of the Rothie box where McKenzie chased it down and held off a couple of defenders before rolling it back to O’Kane who quickly picked out Martin on the right hand side box from where he curled a high ball to the far side of the six yard box for McKenzie and Paul Paton, but the latter quickly sussed that Keith Walker was going to win the header and took a few steps back anticipating where the ball would drop before lashing an unstoppable shot into the net for his first goal for Glenafton. The visitors 3-0 up on 72 minutes as patches of blue sky reappeared.

Two minutes later and the Glens added a fourth. Rowe cut out a cross into the box and the ball was gathered by Blyth one the edge of the centre circle in the Glens half from where he clipped a perfectly weighted ball down the left wing for Sean McKenzie to beat the offside trap and show Dawson a clean pair of heels as he burst into the box. From here he turned the stubborn defender before the sharp-eyed sharp-shooter drilled a low shot past the back-tracking Gray on the six-yard line and keeper Milne.

Glens continued to press and Blyth switched play to O’Kane wide on the left who then cut inside before curling a shot from 25 yards that Milne cleanly clutched. Rovers responded with a quick break down the right that ended with Cormack lashing a shot from a tight angle that bulged the side-netting.

On 79 minutes Rothie made a double substitution with Keith Walker and Ethan Grant making way for Sam McAlley and Shaun Faskin.

Smith picked up the ball inside the Glens half and although his attempt to pick out Stewart’s run into the box deflected off Paton the ball still bounced into the box forcing Markey to rush from his line to punch it clear from the head of Stewart only for Cormack to collect the ball and with a peach of a pass found Hendry in the box who cracked a low shot that Markey did well to block with an outstretched leg.

With five minutes to go Rovers made another double substitution with Matthew Tewnion and Andi Bremner coming on for Lewis Hendry and Ryan Walker while Glenafton brought on Ryan Nisbet for Dylan O’Kane.

On 88 minutes Rovers openeded their account. Stewart gathered the ball in the centre circle and curled a ball down the right wing for Cormack to chase and cut into the box before progressing to the edge of the six-yard box from where he lashed the ball beyond Markey at his near post and across the face of goal where it deflected off the unfortunate Rowe and into the net.

Credit to the home side they refused to settle for a consolation goal and pushed for another. Bremner clipped a forward pass into the box for Stewart to chase down only for Caldwell to make a timely tackle with the outside of his boot that sent the ball into the hands of Markey and Stewart tumbling to the ground while the referee rightly waved away claims for a penalty.

To rub the salt into the wound (again) Markey launched the ball upfield where McKenzie held up the ball before being tripped by Dawson. A number of  Rothie  players lined up on the 18 yard line without forming a wall and up stepped Jamie McKernon to laser the free-kick into the top corner of the net with literally the last kick of the game. Glens 5-1 on 91 minutes and full-time.

FT Rothie 1 Glenafton 5

The hospitality shown before, during and after the match by Rothie Rovers was warmly received by Glenafton and their supporters. Rothie also produced what was their first programme for a competitive match and makes a precious addition to the collection.

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC
1. David Markey 22. Ollie Rowe 4. Craig Pettigrew (capt.) 3. Michael McMullin 2. Adam Caldwell 8. Paul Paton 6. Jamie McKernon 10. Calvin Kemp (17. James Martin) 11. Leon Murphy (14. David Blyth); 16. Sean McKenzie 18. Dylan O’Kane (15. Ryan Nisbet). Subs Not Used: 7. Sam McKee 9. Hugh Kerr 12. Jordan Ross.
ROTHIE ROVERS
1. Lewis Milne 2. Scott Chalmers 3. Craig Smith 4. Keith Walker (capt.) (14. Sam McAlley) 5. Chris Wood (16. Bryce Dawson) 6. Stuart Gray 7. Murray Cormack 8. Lewis Hendry (12. Andi Bremner) 9. Jake Stewart 10. Ethan Grant (15. Shaun Faskin) 21. Ryan Walker (18. Matthew Tewnion): Subs Not Used: 17. Shaun Reid, 22. Fraser Reid
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Glenafton 0 Troon 1

Saturday 17 Sep 2022 KO 2:00pm Loch Park, New Cumnock
PDM Buildbase WOSFL Premier LeagueMatch 05
Glenafton Athletic 0 (0)
Troon 1 (1)Wilson

Manager Ryan Stevenson posed with match ball sponsor Lynne Gemmell and her son Glenafton striker Dylan O’Kane – many thanks to Lynne for her support.

Ryan Stevenson, Dylan O’Kane and match-ball sponsor Lynne Gemmell

Prior to kick-off a minute’s silence was observed in respect for the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.

Troon kicked off and passed up a great chance to take the lead in the opening minute after Ben Black curled a low shot from 18 yards and keeper David Markey got down low to push the ball to the side and although it fell kindly for the incoming Josh Black he fired his shot from inside the six yard straight into the arms of the grounded goalie.

David Markey save fom Ben Black

The visitors continued to press and earned the first of a host of free-kicks that would pepper the first half. J Black floated the ball into a crowded box which was headed back out by Craig Pettigrew and clipped back in by Sam McCloskey only for Ewan McLevy to head wide under pressure from Michael McMullin. Soon after J. Black from the edge of the box curled another free-kick over the wall only for Markey to block with both hands and then gather the loose ball.

Some respite from Troon pressure on 10 minutes after Jordan Ross cut out Mark Morrison’s cross from deep on the right and played the ball upfield where it was headed on by Leon Murphy and gathered by Dylan O’Kane to skip past Jack Sherrie and drive forward before drilling a low shot from 28 yards out that drifted wide of the post.

Jamie McKernon, Jordan Ross and David Markey & Troon’s Josh Black

Troon then defended a Glens free kick and quickly countered with a lightning break down the right by B. Black only for Ross to block his cross at the expense of a corner kick that was met at the back post by J. Black sending a free header well wide of the post.

As the Glens pressed the move broke down after Dale Moore, just inside the Troon half, robbed Ross of the ball which fell for Kyle Gilroy who burst through the middle with only Craig Pettigrew in his path and as he reached the ‘D’. From here he slipped the ball wide to Moore on the right to crack a shot that Markey stopped with strong hands and Pettigrew mopped up the loose ball.

Having survived 15 minutes of intense Troon pressure the Glens then enjoyed a brief spell of possession in the opposition half, however without fashioning a shot at goal. Ryan Nisbet then broke down the right only for his cross from the corner to be clasped cleanly by keeper Dale Burgess at the near post. Murphy’s run down the same wing ended with a trip from Sherrie and Paul Paton curled a cute free kick to the far side of the six-yard box where Ollie Rowe stooped to sending a powerful header flying just over the bar.

Ollie Rowe goes close

The visitors then won a free kick just inside the Glens half and McCloskey looked set to launch a high ball into the box but instead played a long pass to Moore on the edge of the right-hand side of the box. From here he cut inside to pick out B Black on the edge of the ‘D’ who quickly threaded a pass to Stephen Wilson on the left-hand side of the box to clip a high cross to the near post where Gilroy, Ross and Markey all challenged for the ball, with the keeper punching it higher still into the air and as it dropped B Black headed it over the bar before he tumbled to the ground under pressure from Paton and Ross. Deemed dangerous play by the referee who quickly pointed to the spot and Stephen Wilson duly dispatched the ball past Markey into the top right corner of the goal to put Troon in the lead on 20 minutes.

Glens made a change with Adam Caldwell coming on for Jordan Ross.

The visitors were soon back on the front foot and both McMullin and Rowe had to clear with defensive headers before matters settled down with play going back and forth at a pace without keepers being tested.

On the half hour mark Moore tried to pick out B Black at the near post only for Pettigrew to intercept the pass and McMullin pick up the loose ball before launching it upfield for O’Kane to give chase with Sherrie at his side. As he reached the ‘D’, Burgess had already raced from his line to the edge of the box and as the young striker lobbed the ball over the keeper’s head, they both collided falling to the ground as the ball bounced onward inches wide of the empty gaping net. Not deemed dangerous play!

Play continued to rage back and forth with chances at either end thin on the ground. Five minutes from the break Caldwell and O’Kane combined well down the right before playing it inside to Kemp who switched it wide to McMullin on the left who then played a slick one-two with Murphy before driving to the edge of the box to fire a blistering shot that curled wide of the junction of post and bar.

Dylan O’Kane

At the other end Troon switched play from right to left for J. Black to float the ball into the box where Gilroy did well to gather and shake off defenders to drill a low shot that Markey stopped with an outstretched leg before Pettigrew cleared the loose ball.

HT Glens 0 Troon 1

Troon made a change at half-time with Sam Jamieson coming on

The hosts made a lively start to the new half. Markey launched a long ball downfield for O’Kane to chase down forcing McCloskey to try and head the ball back to his keeper but Sherrie had to intervene to save the corner kick and square to the keeper, who just managed to kick it clear from his post as the Glens striker closed in.

Soon after, the home side won a free kick on the outskirts of the box but the Troon wall did its job. Back came Glens through Caldwell breaking wide on the right to pick out O’Kane in the box only for Sherrie to cut out the pass before O’Kane nicked the ball back to run along the bye-line before his cut-back for Caldwell was blocked by Wilson at expense of a corner. Murphy floated the kick to the far corner of the six-yard box where Rowe’s downward header bounced inches wide of the post.

Ollie Rowe, Jamie McKernon, Adam Caldwell and Dale Moore

The visitors began to find their way again and played raged from end to end at quite a pace. Moore’s free kick into the box was headed clear by Kemp and quickly returned to the back-post by Jamieson only for Sherrie to head wide from close range.

Back came Glens and Caldwell picked out Kemp in the centre-circle who clipped a great ball down the right for Murphy to chase only for the back-tracking Sherrie to win the ball with a well-timed tackle to set up a counter-attack with a fine ball upfield for Moore who held off three defenders before slipping the ball to Gilroy who in turn squared to Jamieson to crack a low shot only for Markey to pull off a great block.

Owen Murphy and Calvin Kemp

On the hour mark Troon replace Josh Black with Dean Fulton.

Pettigrew gathered the ball on the left-hand side of the Glens box and rolled it to Paton who switched played to Caldwell on the right who then cut inside to break forward leaving McCloskey in his wake before pinging the ball forward to Murphy and as Sherrie closed in, he cutely back-heeled the ball to Paton overlapping down the wing who then squared it to Kemp to crack a shot from 22 yards that was blocked.

On 62 minutes Michael McMullin pulled up with an injury and was replaced with James Martin.

Soon after, Jamie McKernon snapped up the ball on the centre and threaded a perfectly weighted forward diagonal pass for Kemp to collect who held off the challenge from Moore before blasting another shot from 22 yards that dipped over the bar.  

Calvin Kemp

Troon responded with a free kick whipped into the heart of the six yard box which saw McLeavy rise high only for his header to flash well over the bar.

Back came Glens through McKernon robbing Moore of the ball with a crunching tackle and Kemp snapped up the loose ball before returning it to Jambo who drilled a low angled shot from 20 yards only for Burgess at full stretch to stop the ball with one hand before grabbing it with both.

At the other end Moore’s corner was met by Sherrie deep in the six-yard box but his glancing header was blocked by Pettigrew only for Troon to recover the ball and win a free kick within the ‘D’ but McCloskey’s effort was blasted into the wall and the chance was gone.

 With 10 minutes remaining Troon brought on Raymond Montgomerie for Jamie Gallacher.

A quick Troon break down the right ended with Fulton blasting his shot high over the bar.

Glens responded through Rowe launching a long high ball from wide on the right of the half way line to Nisbet wide on the left on the outskirts of the box, where he trapped the ball brilliantly before breaking into box with Morrison clearly grabbing the front of his top and then lifting his arms as if to show there was no contact, after which Nisbet rolled the ball back to O’Kane to send a shot from 16 yards out screaming over the bar. Nisbet’s appeal for a penalty to the referee was summarily dismissed .

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McKernon and Murphy combined on the outskirts of the box to set up O’Kane only for McLeavy to clip his heels. Although McKernon’s free-kick from 25 yards beat the wall the ball fell firmly into the hands of Burgess.

Glens continued to press while Troon were content with the cautious approach.

On 88 minutes Paton played a ball down the right wing where Murphy headed it high towards the “D” and as two defenders under pressure from O’Kane got into a fankle the ball fell for Kemp to lash a shot from 22 yards that whizzed past Burgess and inches over the bar.

The home side continued to press and O’Kane had a couple of shots blocked in a busy Troon box. In added time, Paton clipped a great ball to Murphy in the ‘D’ who took a touch before lashing a low shot that Burgess finger-tipped inches wide of the post. The corner-kick was cleared and the final whistle blew soon after.

Leon Murphy far left goes close

FT Glenafton 0 Troon 1

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC
1 David Markey 22. Ollie Rowe 4. Craig Pettigrew (capt.) 12. Jordan Ross (2. Adam Caldwell) 15. Ryan Nisbet 8. Paul Paton 6. Jamie McKernon 10. Calvin Kemp 35. Michael McMullin (15. James Martin) 11. Leon Murphy 18. Dylan O’Kane. Subs Not Used: 7. Sam McKee 9. Hugh Kerr 14. David Blyth 21. Connor Cullen
TROON
1. Dale Burgess (capt.) 2. Ewan McLevy 3. Sam McCloskey 6. Jack Sherrie 7. Ben Black 9. Kyle Gilroy 10. Stephen Wilson 11. Dale Moore 16. Mark Morrison 17. Josh Black 19. Jamie Gallagher Subs. 5. Tommy Maitland 8. Raymond Montgomerie 12. Logan Smith 14. Dean Fulton 18. Sam Jamieson 20. Jack Marks 21. Marc Fisher (GK)
 
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Rob Roy 1 Glenafton 2

Saturday 03 Sep 2022 KO 2:00pm Guys Meadow, Cumbernauld
PDM Buildbase WOSFL Premier LeagueMatch 04
Kirkintilloch Rob Roy 1 (0)McCormick
Glenafton Atheltic 2 (0)McMullin, Murphy

Glenafton made 3 changes to the 11 that started against East Kilbride Thistle last Saturday with Sean McKenzie (suspended), Hugh Kerr (injured) and Leon Murphy making way for Cameron McKenzie, David Blyth and Ryan Nisbet.  The visitors donned their new blue away top for the first time and like the home red top it is sponsored by the local business Iain Watt Haulage.  Today’s hosts Rob Roy are unbeaten in the league with 2 wins and a draw in their opening 3 games.

Glens enjoyed some early pressure and Sam McKee’s perseverance down the left earned a corner that was cleared. The Rabs soon found their feet and Connor Hughes’ snapshot from inside the box was held cleanly by keeper David Markey. Back came Glens and Michael McMullin and McKee combined down the left before the latter whipped the ball into the box where although David Blyth got a raised foot to it, the connection wasn’t clean and the chance was gone. The lively McKee chased down another ball into box only for the outrushing keeper Owen Stott to win the race.

The hosts then began to dominate the game in terms of possession and the chances on show.  On 13 minutes Jamie Barclay cracked a shot from inside the box which flew wide of the post and thundered off the advertising boards behind the goals. Soon after, Hughes burst down the right to the bye-line and fired a low ball across the face of the goal just beyond the incoming Cammy McNair while Ryan Nisbet was on hand to turn the ball behind for a corner kick which was headed high and wide of target by Dean Cairns. MacNair then forged his way through the middle before drilling a shot from 22 yards that drifted wide.

A brief respite for the visitors as Cameron McKenzie tried a speculative shot from distance that Stott collected comfortably.

Back came the Rabs and although Kerr McCormick’s corner was headed clear by Jamie McKernon the ball was won at the edge of the box by MacNair but his shot bounced off the ground before being grabbed by Markey. Minutes later, a high ball into the box was headed on by Jamie Barclay towards the corner of the six-yard box where Hughes met it sweetly on the drop only for Markey to rush from his line and bravely block the shot at the expense of a corner. McCormick curled the ball into the six-yard where Daniel O’Halloran tried to prod home at the near post only for it to deflect off Blyth’s back and over the bar. McMullin won the aerial battle for the corner that followed and Paul Paton mopped up the loose ball.

The Glens began to get back into the game as play raged back and forth albeit with defences on top. Paton released Nisbet down to the right to whip a wicked ball into the goalmouth where Scott Walker took no chances and headed clear as keeper Stott attempted to come off his line to gather.

The game entered a spell of play raging back and forth and with defences well on top clear cut chances were thin on the rain-soaked ground.

As the half drew to a close a handful of half chances came and went.  The first from open play when Calvin Kemp intercepted a pass in the centre circle and spotting Stott off his line launched the ball upfield only for the keeper to rush back and have time to steady himself on the line and keep his nerve to push the ball away and gather. The remaining chances were from set plays – McKernon’s free kick beat the wall but sailed wide of target while at the other end McCormick’s attempt to curl a free-kick into a packed box was overhit and in the last action of the half Paton headed clear another McCormick free kick.

HT Rob Roy 0 Glens 0

Although Glens kicked off it was the Rabs that were quick off the blocks through Michael Baber’s great run down the right holding of a couple of blue shirts before his cross was deflected out for a corner kick. Craig Pettigrew won the aerial battle with Cameron Henry at the back post before the ref awarded the Glens a free kick for an infringement.

On 48 minutes the Rabs broke the deadlock with Baber the architect. After trapping the ball wide on the right, he lobbed it high into the air for Derek McNab to rise and head the ball over Pettigrew’s head and into the path of Baber to complete an exquisite one-two before driving to the bye-line and drilling a low ball that evaded both defenders and attackers at the near post leaving the task of the tap-in to Kerr McCormick.

Glens made a change with David Blyth making way for Leon Murphy.

Two minutes later the visitors came within a whisker of drawing level. A long high ball into the Glens box was headed clear by Pettigrew and the ball gathered by McKenzie who rolled it back to Paton wide on the right from where he launched a long diagonal ball for McKee to gather on the left hand side of the box where he turned Baber one way and then the other before clipping a ball from 16 yards that beat the outstretched hand of Stott only to dip over the crossbar.

Soon after Paton switched play from right to left again to set up McKee’s run to the bye-line where he skipped past Baber then Barclay and as Henry closed-in he picked out Paton on the outskirts of the ‘D’ who tried to find McKenzie in the box only for Barclay to intercept and clear the danger.

Both sides mounted some slick fast flowing attacks without finding the desired end product.

McNab picked up the ball in the centre circle and weaved his way down left before picking out Baber in the middle only for the alert McKee to back track and block his shot from 25 yards. Kemp countered only for his run through the middle to end with a trip and McKernon’s free-kick was headed clear. Kemp and Nisbet then combined down the right to feed Murphy tight on the touch-line and whipped a glorious ball to the back post but just beyond the incoming McKee. Rabs responded through Cairns breaking from the half-way line and slipping the ball forward to McNab who took a touch before lashing a shot from the left-hand corner of the box forcing Markey to leap and push the ball over the bar; the corner kick came to nothing.

The momentum swung the Glens way with Nisbet and Murphy on the right and McMullin pushing forward to support McKee on the left.

Midway through the half Rob Roy brought on Colin Granger for Jamie Barclay

Glens continued to press with patient build up play switching the ball from wing to wing if required. Nisbet’s cross, intended for McKenzie and Murphy in the box, was headed out by Henry and McKee pounced to lash a shot that deflected off Henry for a corner. McKernon floated the kick from the left to the back post for the incoming Rowe only for O’Halloran to intercept and head wide for another corner. Murphy from the right then curled the ball into the goalmouth and although it dipped before Pettigrew could get fashion a header it bounced in front of Michael McMullin and with Henry at his back he showed great presence of mind to flick the ball with the outside of his foot and into the far corner of the net for his 3rd goal of the season; 1-1 on 74 minutes.

Rabs made a double substitution with Robbie Young and Ben Daily replacing Derek McNab and Connor Hughes. They responded well to the set back. Cairns broke down a Glens attack and Baber gathered the loose ball before breaking up the right and then slipping it to Young on the overlap to drive a low ball into the goalmouth which was cut out by Paton at the expense of a corner kick.  McCormick played it to the near post for Colin Granger where Rowe forced him to play it back to McCormick to float the ball to the back post where McMullin beat Henry in the air and Kemp pounced on the loose ball and laid it off to Murphy.  Every Glens player, apart from McKernon & McKenzie, at that moment was in their penalty box at the start of one of the finest counter-attacks witnessed in Glens colours – a thing of beauty!

Murphy rolled the ball out to McKernon triggering an exodus of blue shirts breaking in unison upfield. As Jambo reached the half way line, on the edge of the centre circle, he hit a diagonal forward pass for Kemp to chase while Murphy continued his run through the middle. Kemp then picked out McKenzie on the outskirts of the left-hand side of the box and as Baber caught up he threaded a perfectly weighted ball between him and the static Walker for the incoming Leon Murphy to slide in and guide the ball home with the sole of his boot between keeper and post from 8 yards out. Cue ecstatic celebrations. Glens 2-1 up on 76 minutes.

The visitors stayed focused and chased down every ball. McKernon’s determination saw him rob Cairns of the ball and knock it forward into the centre circle where both Henry and Barber looked joint favourites to win it, and although Henry did, McKee quickly stripped him of the ball to break through the middle holding off Barber all the while as he charged to the edge of the box and drilled a low shot that Stott saved on the six yard line.

The Glens had the Rabs chasing shadows for a period with Paton, McKernon and Kemp at the heart of some fine possession play as they patiently looked for another opening.

On 86 minutes the Rabs replaced Cammy MacNair with Ciaran McPherson) and found a second wind for a final push. Henry released Baber down the right who was quickly closed down by McMullin and the ball deflected off him for a corner kick. It was McMullin that won the header at the near post initiating a stramash for the loose ball in a packed box with the Glens defence standing firm. Rabs won their 10th corner kick of the match soon after which was cleared at the near post by the tireless McKernon.

Two minutes into added time and Glens brought on James Martin for Cameron McKenzie and two minutes later the referee blew for full time. A fantastic fight-back to earn a great three points.

FT Rob Roy 1 Glens 2

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC
1. David Markey 5. Ollie Rowe 4. Craig Pettigrew (captain) 3. Michael McMullin 7. Sam McKee 6. Jamie McKernon 8. Paul Paton 10. Calvin Kemp 15. Ryan Nisbet 14. David Blyth 19. (Leon Murphy) Cameron McKenzie (James Martin). Subs Not Used: 2. Adam Caldwell 21. Jordan Ross.  Conor Cullen (gk).
KIRKINTILLOCH ROB ROY
1. Owen Stott 2. Scott Walker (captain) 3. Cameron Henry 4. Dean Cairns 5. Daniel O’Halloran 6. Jamie Barclay 7. Michael Baber 8. Cammy MacNair 9. Derek McNab 10. Connor Hughes 11. Kerr McCormick. Subs: 12. Robbie Young, 14. Ben Daily, 15. Colin Granger, 16. Alan Woodhouse 17. Jack Gordon, 18. Ciaran McPherson, 19. Jordan Duncan
 
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Glenafton 8 East Kilbride Thistle 1

Saturday 27 Aug 2022 KO 2:30pm Loch Park, New Cumnock
Clydebuilt Home Improvements
Scottish Junior Cup
1st Round
Glenafton Athletic 8 (3)S. McKenzie 4, Kerr 3, McMullin
East Kilbride Thistle 1 (1)Longworth

Prior to kick-off, Glenafton manager Ryan Stevenson and Club Secretary John Stewart posed with Marie Walker, today’s match ball sponsor.  Marie sponsors a match ball every season and her support is greatly appreciated.

The Glens also donned the new home strip for the first time this season and the club is extremely grateful that local business Iain Watt Haulage Ltd. has sponsored both the home and away kits.

Back: Leon Murphy, Ollie Rowe, Sean McKenzie, David Markey, Craig Pettigrew, Hugh Kerr & Michael McMullin Front: Jamie McKernon, Calvin Kemp, Sam McKee & Paul Paton

Glenafton Athletic welcomed East Kilbride Thistle to Loch Park for the 1st round tie in the Clydebuilt Home Improvements Scottish Junior. The two sides last met in the competition in the 4th round of Season 2016/17 at The Showpark with the visitors running out 4-0 winners and indeed they would go on to beat Auchinleck Talbot in the final.

Glenafton made three changes to the 11 that started against Bonnyton last week David Blyth, Dylan O’Kane and Cameron McKenzie making way for Leon Murphy, Calvin Kemp and Hugh Kerr.

Starting for East Kilbride was captain David Gray, a member of the Glens treble-winning (Scottish Junior Cup, Super League Premier Division Champions Evening Times League Champions Cup) side of 2016/17. On the bench was player / assistant manager Aaron Connolly leading goal-scorer in the Scottish Junior Cup finalist side of 2013/14 and Ayrshire League Cup winner the following season.

The visitors kicked-off on another gloriously sunny day in New Cumnock but things didn’t look too bright for them in the opening encounters.

Leon Murphy’s attempt to lob the keeper from wide on the left dipped over the bar. He then played a long one-two with Hugh Kerr before curling a cross into the six-yard box that was headed clear. Calvin Kemp won the ball on the outskirts of the centre-circle in the Thistle half and then fed Murphy down the left who promptly rolled the ball back to Kemp to clip a high ball into the box for the incoming Hugh Kerr and Sean McKenzie surrounded by three Thistle players. Kerr and Barry Russell challenged for the ball in the air but instead it fell to the feet of Sean McKenzie who managed to hold off Jordan Hutchinson before lashing the ball home from 6 yards out. Gens 1-0 up on 4 minutes.

Two minutes later Russell floated a free kirk from the centre circle to right hand side box where Sean Winter got the jump on Michael McMullin with a tremendous leap to send a looping header toward Jamie Longworth at the back post only for Ollie Rowe to intervene and head the ball clear.

At the other end McMullin won the aerial battle to get on the end of Jamie McKernon’s ball deep into the box and although his bullet header went through keeper Tam Kane’s legs Russell was on hand to hook the ball clear.

On 11 minutes the visitors equalised in spectacular fashion. It began with Hutchinson’s long pass up the left wing for Craig Hastings to gather but with his way into the box blocked he doubled back and picked out David Sinclair in acres of space in the middle of the park who took a touch before unleashing a shot from 35 yards that whizzed past players from both sides before bulging the net a foot inside the post.

Glens were soon back on the front foot after another good ball into the box by Kemp which eventually fell for McKenzie only for Hutchinson to get in the way of his shot from 12 yards. A corner followed soon after which created panic in the box and Kane forced McKenzie to play the ball back to McKernon who chipped the ball to back post for Kerr but his close-range header sneaked inches wide.

Thistle countered with Kane launching a goal kick long and high up the right for Winter to flick on with his head, taking two defenders out of play, allowing Longthorne to gather the ball and break into the box unimpeded and as Ollie Rowe closed in, he squared ball to Ally McDonald but from 6 yards out he clipped the ball past the advancing keeper David Markey and well wide of the back post.

Calvin Kemp and David Gray

Paul Paton from deep on the right fired a long diagonal ball for Murphy to collect wide on the left who then skipped past Winter before clipping the ball to the back post for Kerr to climb above Hutchinson only for his header to loop high over the bar. At the other end McDonald chased down a ball into the box but his low shot was comfortably held by Markey.

On 20 minutes the Glens regained the lead after Kemp intercepted Hastings infield pass to David Gray before breaking forward at speed, slipping past one defender then another before laying it off to Sean McKenzie who continued the run into the box before drilling a low diagonal shot that beat Kane to fly into the far corner of the net.

Glens continued to press and almost doubled their lead 7 minutes later after Sam McKee curled a vicious shot from the right corner of the box that dipped over the outstretched hand of the keeper only to crash off the base of the post and Murphy’s attempt to slot home the rebound slipped wide of the post.

Played then flowed back and forth with both sides searching for an opening with the better of the chances falling to the home side. A shot from Kemp inside the box flew inches wide and soon after McKee‘s shot was deflected wide of the post for the first of three corner kicks in quick succession the last of which saw McKernon  float the ball into the heart of the six yard box where Sean McKenzie rose head and shoulders above all comers to head the ball into the net to complete his hat-trick.

HT Glens 3 EK Thistle 1

Glens made one change at the break with Leon Murphy making way for Ryan Nisbet who switched wings with Sam McKee and it was McKee’s cross from the left into the box that Hugh Kerr rose to head home beyond the reach of the diving keeper from 10 yards out to put the Glens 4-1 up

Soon after McKenzie robbed Russell of the ball on the right-hand side of the box and squared it to Nisbet on the right touchline to whip a vicious cross into the six-yard box where the incoming Kerr beat the keeper to the ball only for the header the crash off the bar and McKenzie’s effort to bury the rebound deflected wide for a corner that was cleared. Kerr then met another Nisbet cross and his downward header bounced high into the air only for Kane to push the ball away with both hands.

Hugh Kerr and keeper Tam Kane

On 55 minutes the Glens extended their lead after keeper Kane ran from his line to gather a long harmless ball into his box. He then threw the ball out the box in preparation to launch it back upfield only for the alert Hugh Kerr to rush forward and leap high in the air to block the ball sending it deep back into the box and then win the race to chase down the ball and stroke it into the empty net from a few yards out for 5-1.

Credit to Thistle they continued to plug away and forced a corner-kick that was cleared by Rowe’s powerful header.

A sixth goal and hat-trick for Hugh Kerr followed soon after. Kemp won the ball in the centre circle and picked out Nisbet wide on the right who clipped another dangerous ball into the box and although Russell prevented it reaching McKenzie the loose ball was about to be pounced on by Kerr only for Hutchinson to bring down. Kerr sent keeper Kane the wrong way from the spot to make it 6-1 with an hour gone. The smiling striker was then replaced with Dylan O’Kane leaving the pitch to loud applause. 

 

Longworth and Hastings combined well in the box but could find no way through to test Marky.

Markey rolled out the ball to Craig Pettigrew who squared it to Rowe who then launched a long high ball over the Thistle back-line into the right-hand side of the box where O’Kane, having beat the offside trap, was free to chase the ball down and gather it short of the goal line. From here he threaded the ball back between two back-tracking defenders to Sean McKenzie who instantly lashed it home from 7 yards out for his fourth goal of the game, despite Thistle concerns that there was no offside flag. 7-1 with 63 minutes gone.

 

Glens replaced Sean McKenzie with his brother Cameron and Sam McKee with James Martin, both players leaving to loud applause.  Martin took up his place on the right wing while Nisbet switched to the left.

C. McKenzie came close, after chasing down McMullin’s long ball into the box and lobbing the ball over the advancing keeper only for the ball to dip over the baR.

McKernon then pinged a ball from the middle of the park to Nisbet on the left-hand corner of the box from where he rolled it back to Michael McMullin who continued his run to the corner of the six-yard box before lashing a low shot into the net to make it 8-1 on 75 minutes.

Martin broke down the right before whipping a ball into the goal where O’Kane came within a whisker of getting his head to it, soon after Martin turned provider again as O’Kane burst into the box only for substitute Matt Gray to block his shot.

At the other end after some patient build up play from Thistle ended with David Gray cracking a low shot from outside the box that Markey did well to get down low and smother. Back came Glens and O’Kane skipped past a couple of defenders to drive to the far side of the six-yard box only for Kane to smother his attempt.

FT Glens 8 East Kilbride 1

Glenafton will travel to Rothienorman, Aberdeenshire to face Rothie Rovers, in the 2nd round if the Scottish Junior Cup on Saturday 24th September 2022, KO 2:30 pm. Rovers defeated Armadale Thistle 4-2 in their 1st round tie.

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC
1. David Markey 22. Ollie Rowe 4. Craig Pettigrew (capt.) 3. Michael McMullin 7. Sam McKee (17. James Martin) 6. Jamie McKernon 8. Paul Paton 10. Calvin Kemp 11. Leon Murphy (15. Ryan Nisbet) 9. Hugh Kerr (18. Dylan O’Kane) 16. Sean McKenzie (19. Cameron McKenzie) Subs Not Used: 2. Adam Caldwell 14. David Blyth 21. Conor Cullen
EAST KILBRIDE THISTLE
1. Tam Kane 2. Jethro Goldsmith 3. Jordan Hutchinson 4. Paul Tierney 5. Barry Russell 6. David Gray (capt.) 7. Sean Winter 8. David Sinclair 9. Jamie Longworth 10. Ally MacDonald 11. Craig Hastings. Subs used: 12. Matt Gray 16. David McKean  17. Adam Edgar 20. Zak Moynes Subs not used: 14. Stu Gordon 15. Andrew Skinner 19. Aaron Connolly
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Bonnyton 0 Glenafton 1

Saturday 20 Aug 2022 KO 2:00pm The Synergy Arena, Kilmarnock
Trade Radiators South Challenge Cup1st Round
Bonnyton Thistle 0 (0)
Glenafton Atheltic 1 (1)Blyth

Glenafton made three changes to the 11 that started against Pollok last Saturday for this South Challenge Cup 1st round tie. In came David Markey, David Blyth and Sean McKenzie for Connor Cullen, Adam Caldwell and Leon Murphy.  The visitors set up with three at the back Ollie Rowe, captain Craig Pettigrew and Michael McMullin. Meanwhile, up front Sean and Cameron McKenzie lined up together for the first time since they joined in the summer, the first brothers to turn out for the club since the Mitchell brothers, Danny & Glen, ten seasons ago.

Cameron & Sean McKenzie

The two league games between the sides last season ended with each recording a narrow home win, with only a goal separating them; Glens 1-0 and Bonnyton 4-3.  Today was to be no different, other than the away side edging the match on this occasion.

Bonnyton started brightly and forced a couple of corner kicks in the opening 5 minutes. The first came after Stewart Davidson’s shot from the edge of the box was deflected wide and although the kick was met at the back post by Kyle McAvoy the loose ball was cleared by Pettigrew. Back came Bonnyton with Craig Patterson bursting through the middle before playing a one-two with Taylor Allan to set up a shot that was deflected wide too. After some head tennis in the box, keeper David Markey clutched the ball safely from under the bar.

David Markey

The visitors then took a grip of the game with patient build up play from the back three and the occasional signature long ball from Pettigrew while Jamie McKernon and Paul Paton controlled the midfield picking their passes to set up attacks. Glens won a spate of corner kicks the first of which by Sean McKenzie was headed clear by Davidson. Sam McKee jinked down the right to earn another that was cleared but the ball recovered by Glens wide on the left. S. McKenzie and whipped to the back post where Rowe headed it back across the face of goal just beyond C. McKenzie and wide of the other post. McKee and David Blyth then combined down the right to win another corner that keeper Evan Currie plucked out the air in a packed six-yard box.

On 14 minutes McKee lined up to float another corner kick, from the left this time into a busy box but instead rolled it back up the touchline some 25 yards to Dylan O’Kane who quickly fired a vicious dipping shot that beat the outstretched hand of the keeper and rebounded off the bar but fortunately it then bounced off Callum McDonald and was hooked clear for a corner by Chris Love. 

Dylan O’kane’s shot crashes off the bar.

McKee’s kick was headed out of the box by Paul O’Donnell and the ball pounced on by O’Kane to lash another shot that took a deflection to send the ball over the bar.  McKee floated the corner to the back post beyond the reach of Currie’s leap and although the incoming McMullin won the header in a packed box the ball drifted wide of the post.

On 17 minutes the hosts broke down another Glens attack deep in their own half and countered with some fine passing play before Rory Campbell picked up the ball in the centre circle and released the lively McAvoy down the left who then cut inside and squared to Campbell on the outskirts of the ‘D’  who in turn slipped the ball to McDonald to clip the ball to the back post for the unmarked McAvoy to power a header beyond the reach of Markey for Allan to slam the ball home from a few yards out but from an offside position.

Bonnyton offside

Unperturbed another fine move began with Jordan Duffy and McAvoy combining down the left before picking out Patterson in the box who held the ball brilliantly before laying it off to Allan who then ran along the 18-yard line before curling a shot that Markey did well to get down low and push past the post at full stretch. The corner skimmed off the head of Love and McMullin was first to react and chase down the ball before setting off on a lung-bursting run into the into Bonnyton half and then slot an inch perfect pass to C. McKenzie on the outskirts of left-hand side of the box who took O’Donnell out of play with a delightful pass into the path of the incoming Blyth to progress to the corner of the six yard box before clipping the ball past the advancing Currie only for the ball to slip inches wide of the far post.

Paul Paton

The deadlock was broken on 21 minutes. Paton intercepted Duffy’s forward pass in the Glens’ half of the centre circle and quickly dispatched the ball down the right wing for McKee, with Duffy back-tracking in hot pursuit, while the McKenzie brothers were breaking into the box.  McKee, now about 12 yards from the goal-line and a couple yards from the edge of penalty box, however his cross was cut-out by Duffy’s raised arm a foot outside the box earning the defender a yellow card and the Glens a free kick. The visitors packed the box with their back three and front two seemingly, to challenge for Paul Paton’s free kick, only for the midfielder to roll a perfectly weighted ball into the ‘D’ for the incoming David Blyth to drill a low shot from 18 yards that took a deflection before bulging the net.

Bonnyton were immediately on the front foot with a lightning break that ended with Patterson, under pressure from Rowe, hooking a dipping shot over the bar. Unfortunately, Taylor Allan took a bad knock in the build-up play and was replaced Chris Kelly? (No.17).

Played got bogged down for a period with few chances on offer from either side albeit Glens enjoyed the bulk of possession.

The tempo picked up in the closing ten minutes of the half.  The Glens played the ball out of defence from Rowe on the right infield to Pettigrew and then onto McMullin wide on the left. From here he drilled a low ball upfield to C. McKenzie on the outskirts of the box and with Rhys Miller tight on his back he side-footed the ball high into the air to McKernon, on the overlap, who met it on the drop sending it to the corner of the six-yard box where S.McKenzie, under pressure from Love, hooked his shot just wide of target.

Another good run from McAvoy saw him win a free-kick on the outskirts of the ‘D’ only for Davidson to beat the wall but sending the ball flying over the bar.

At the other end McKee’s run down the right to the bye-line saw Currie cleanly clutch his cross under the bar. Glens continued to press and earned their 7th corner of the half which was rolled back to O’Kane to float the ball into the box which was headed clear.

HT Bonnyton 0 Glenafton 1

Glens controlled much of the play in the opening period of the second half and made an early change with Dylan O’Kane making way for Ryan Nisbet who was quickly into action clipping the ball from tight on the right wing to the near corner of the six-yard box for S. McKenzie to stoop and set a glancing header just wide of the post. Another cross, this time to the back post for McKee was intercepted by O’Donnell and headed out for a corner. McKee played it short to McKernon and with no way through the stubborn Thistle defence he switched played to the far right for Nisbet to ping another cross into the box only for McMullin’s looping header drift wide of target.

Some brief respite for Bonnyton with a long throw into the Glens’ box only for Paton to win the ball and set McKee on a lightning counter-attack down the left before picking out S. McKenzie in the box where a neat one-two with Blyth was intercepted and cleared.

Sam Mckee on the move

Glens continued to patiently press but without unlocking a well drilled hard working defence. Indeed, midway through the half the home side began to get back into the game as an attacking force, albeit without testing Markey in the Glens goal.   Pettigrew headed clear a Thistle corner while at the other end Nisbet fired a shot over the bar.

On 71 minutes the Glens brought on Hugh Kerr for Cameron McKenzie.

Bonnyton broke up the left through Kelly?(No. 17) and his shot from inside the box was deflected wide for a corner that came to nothing. Soon after Duffy clipped a great ball into the left hand side of the box for Campbell to gather and flick the ball to Patterson who chested it down only to scoop his shot over the bar.

Glens countered through McKernon picking out McKee wide on the left who cut inside before firing a shot from 22 yards that Currie finger-tipped over the bar. Nisbet’s corner from the right was slightly overhit but the ball was recycled, as they say, and made its way back to Nisbet on the right who then whipped a dangerous ball into the six yard box but just beyond the outstretched leg of S.McKenzie and straight into the keeper’s hands.

Jamie McKernon with Craig Pettigrew looking on

With 10 minutes to go Michael McMullin, who had suffered a bad knock earlier was forced to come off with a ‘dead-leg’ and was replaced by Adam Caldwell, while the home side also made a substitution.

The Paton – McKee partnership combined well up the left before feeding the ball inside to McKernon to fire a low shot from 22 yards that flew inches wide of the post.  Kelly’s (No. 17) shot from inside the box at the other end suffered the same fate.

Glenafton enjoyed the bulk of the possession as the game drew a close without any further chances of note.

FT Bonnyton 0 Glenafton 1

Glenafton will host Lugar Boswell Thistle in the 2nd round.

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC
1. David Markey 5. Ollie Rowe 4. Craig Pettigrew (capt.) 3. Michael McMullin (18. Adam Caldwell);  6. Jamie McKernon 7. Sam McKee 8. Paul Paton 14. David Blyth 6. Jamie McKernon 11. Dylan O’Kane (17. Ryan Nisbet) ; 9. Sean McKenzie 10. Cameron McKenzie (15. Hugh Kerr)
BONNYTON THISTLE
1. Evan Currie 2. Paul O’Donnell 3. Jordan Duffy 4. Rhys Miller 5. Chris Love 6. Stewart Davidson 7. Taylor Allan 8. Rory Campbell 9. Craig Patterson 10. Callum McDonald 11. Kyle McAvoy. Subs Chris Kelly  Ben Wilson  Thomas Dempsie  Chris Gardiner Michael Brown.
 
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Pollok 3 Glenafton 2

Saturday 13 Aug 2022 KO 2:00pm Newlandsfield Park, Glasgow
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Pollok 3 (3)S. McCann, Christie (2)
Glenafton Atheltic 2 (2)Pettigrew, C. McKenzie

Glenafton made one change to the 11 that started against Arthurlie with the unavailable Hugh Kerr being replaced with Dylan O’Kane making his full debut for the club. At the heart of the Pollok defence was former Glenafton captain Craig Menzies.

In the blazing heat the home side found themselves two goals to the good after only 8 minutes. The first came in 5 minutes after Glens’ goalie Conor Cullen’s attempt to play a short-goal kick to Michael McMullin was misjudged and the ball readily snapped up by Stuart McCann on the 18 yard line from where he drove to corner of the six yard box before drilling a low shot through the keeper’s legs at the near post. Three minutes later Dylan Dykes gathered a throw-in from deep on the left wing and twisted and turned past defenders to get to the bye-line before clipping the ball into the heart of the box where Darren Christie killed it on his chest and volleyed a shot into the roof of the net.

The visitors came close to halving the deficit when Paul Paton floated a free-kick into the box where Glens’ captain Craig Pettigrew gave his markers the slip only for his header from 6 yards out to be foiled by a great point-blank save from keeper Josh Lumsden who pushed the ball over the bar. From the corner-kick that followed McMullin’s header flashed across the face of goal and the ball recovered by Ollie Rowe at the other corner flag from where he rolled the ball back to Pettigrew who eventually shook off full back Mullen before curling a cross into the box only for O’Kane’s diving glancing header to drift wide of the far post. After some good build up play Leon Murphy and Cameron McKenzie both had shots from distance which finished high and wide of target respectively.

Midway through the half both sides welcomed a much-needed water-break as the sun continued to beat down on Newlandsfield. The home side were certainly refreshed as Lumsden launched a long goal-kick upfield and after one-bounce McCann won the header to flick the ball into the path of the incoming Darren Christie to smack the ball first time into the net from 15 yards out. Pollok 3-0 up on 22 minutes.


The visitors pulled one back three minutes later. Jamie McKernon fired a corner-kick from the left to the far-side of the box where Rowe rose to head it high into the goalmouth and here Menzies beat McKenzie to head the ball back out only for Craig Pettigrew to trap it on the 18-yard line and drill a low shot that took a nick off Sean Burns’ heel before finding the net.

Craig Pettigrew

On 36 minutes the visitors pressure paid off after Paton picked out Sam McKee with a peach of the pass who then lashed a low shot from 22 yards that Lumsden did well to get down low to stop with both hands only for the alert Cameron McKenzie to beat Scott Rumsby to the loose ball and clip a close range shot that although the grounded keeper blocked with a foot the ball spun over his head and into the net.

Cameron McKenzie

HT Pollok 3 Glens 2

Despite the first half goal-fest turning into a second half goal drought under the baking sun both sides conjured up a number of chances the bulk of which fell to the home side the best of which fell to substitute Chris Duff only for Cullen to pull off a magnificent save to deny him from 10 yards out.  

FT Pollok 3 Glens 2

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC
1. Conor Cullen 2. Adam Caldwell 3. Michael McMullin 4. Craig Pettigrew 5. Ollie Rowe 6. Jamie McKernon 7. Sam McKee 8. Paul Paton 9. Cameron McKenzie 10. Dylan O’Kane 11. Leon Murphy Subs used: 16. James Martin 17. David Blyth
POLLOK
1. Josh Lumsden 2. Fraser Mullen 3. Sean Burns 4. Craig Menzies 5. Scott Rumsby 6. Derek Esplin 7. Darren Christie 8. Dylan Dykes 9. Stuart McCann 10. Stephen Docherty 11. Jonanthan Lynch Subs: 12. Chris Duff 14. Robbie Buchanan 15. Ryan Sinnamon 16. Gary McCann 17. Adam Forde 18. Kamil Krol
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Glenafton 1 Arthurlie 0

Saturday 06 Aug 2022 KO 2:00pm Loch Park, New Cumnock
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Glenafton Athletic 1 (1)Kerr
Arthurlie 0 (0)

Glenafton manager Ryan Stevenson and club secretary John Stewart were delighted to present Davy Barr with a gift to acknowledge his 43 years of service on the Glenafton Committee, as well as many years at the gate – missing all those early goals! Although Davy has now retired from the committee he remains a loyal Glens supporters.

Ryan and John also thanked Joan Hodge of local bar Munros for their continued support through pitchside advertising, sponsoring a player in our successful “Paying For The Jersey” scheme and sponsoring today’s match ball.

Remembering Adam Strachan

Prior to kick-off a minute’s silence was held in memory of former Glenafton player Adam Strachan who recently sadly passed away. The club’s tribute to Adam can be found here.

Glens made one change from the 11 that started the game at Largs with Cameron McKenzie replacing the unavailable James Martin to make his first start for the club, having come on as substitute at Barrfields.  On the bench was young local lad Dylan O’Kane signed from Ayr United.

Arthurlie returned to the Premier Division, having being relegated in 2017/18, as unbeaten Conference A Champions.  It was the visitors that enjoyed some early pressure, Tam McGaughey in particular looking lively, albeit without testing the Glens keeper Conor Cullen.

However, on 5 minutes it was the home side that took the lead after Jamie McKernon nicked the ball from the feet of Dale Simeon as he was about to square the ball to Andrew McLaughlin just inside the ‘Lie half. Jambo then broke upfield and shimmied past Lewis Magee before stroking a diagonal ball into the box for Hugh Kerr to gather and as Lance Pearce closed in, he drilled a low shot past the advancing keeper and into the corner of the net.

The Glens continued to press with McKernon and Paul Paton controlling the middle of the park. On 10 minutes Adam Caldwell and McKenzie combined on the right and an attempted cross into the box was deflected high into the air and Kerr was first to react to get between two defenders to trap the ball on the six-yard line only for keeper Garry Black to dive at his feet and eventually gain control of the ball with help from his defenders.

Jamie McKernon and Paul Paton

Arthurlie came back into the game as play began to flow back and forth. Cullen made light work of high balls played deep into the box plucking them cleanly out of the air while his counterpart Black elected to punch clear Kerr’s cross for the incoming McKenzie. Kerr then tried his luck from 25 yards out only for the ball to sail over the keeper and the bar.

The best of the rest of the chances came in the closing 10 minutes of the half. McGaughey from the middle of the park picked out Gary Carroll wide on the right of the box to clip a high ball to the far end of the box for the inrushing Aaron Healy only for Caldwell to intervene and head clear for a corner. Healy’s kick was headed high into the air by McKernon only for Jordan Leyden to meet it on the way back down and hook the ball goalward forcing  Cullen to scurry across his line to grab the ball at the back post.

At the other end McKenzie put Magee under pressure to concede a corner. Leon Murphy curled the kick into the six-yard box where Kerr got the jump on Magee to head the ball on a few yards where McKenzie and Pearce both fell to the ground as they challenged for the ball before Alan Dunsmore managed to kick it clear as far as Craig Pettigrew but his shot from 10 yards out was blocked by the timely outstretched leg of Conor Bradley sending the ball looping high over the bar. This corner was eventually cleared and the ball recovered by Glens who continued to press before the half-time whistle blew.

Craig Pettigrew’s shot deflected over the bar.

HT Glens 1 Arthurlie 0

Glenafton brought on David Blyth for Adam Caldwell at the break.

The hosts started the half strongly. Murphy released McKenzie down the left to break into the box and despite nutmegging the keeper he managed to get a hold on the loose ball. Soon after, Sam McKee broke into the right-hand side of the box and clipped the ball to the far side of the box for the incoming Blyth his attempt to stab the ball home was deflected wide by McLaughlin and had to settle for a corner. Blyth floated the kick towards the penalty spot where Michael McLaughlin leapt to bullet a powerful header that was headed clear by Dunsmore covering the near post. Glens quickly recovered the ball and McKernon and Paton combined to set up another attack which ended with Murphy laying the ball off to McMullin to lash a shot from the 18 yards line that flew over the fingertips of the leaping goalie and then the bar.

Michael McMullin heads for goal

Some respite for ‘Lie after some build up play finished with Leyden cracking a shot from 20 yards that beat Cullen at full stretch only to crash off the post an although the loose ball fell kindly for Simeon, he mishit his shot sending the ball out for a throw in. Minutes later Simeon got on the end of a free kick to the back post only for his downward header to bounce up and safely into the hands of Cullen.

Back came Glens and Paton’s long pass down the left for Kerr to chase and forced the keeper to charge out his box but his attempted clearance ended with a ‘fresh-air’ shot allowing Kerr to recover the ball and pick out McKenzie on the six-yard line, with Black still back-tracking to his goal, only for Leyden to intercept and head the ball over the keeper and the bar. Blyth floated in another fine corner for Craig Pettigrew to rise above everyone and send his header looping over the bar.

On 64 minutes Arthurlie made a double substitution with Dunsmore and McGaughy making way for Lee Roulston and Miller

Midway through the half McKernon from the half-way line pinged a great ball down the left for Kerr to break deep into the box before he rolled the ball back to Blyth who curled a cracker from 10 yards round a defender only for Black pull off a magnificent save and push the ball wide of the post.

Lie keeper Gary Black saves from David Blyth

McMullin outjumped Leyden at the back-post to send Blyth’s corner dipping over the bar. McKee then broke down the right and his cut-back from the bye-line for Murphy was cut-out by Simeon sending the ball towards his goal but Leyden was well placed to launch it clear. Another McKee cross from the right ended with Kerr’s header sailing high over the bar.

Arthurlie responded with a fine move down the left that saw McLaughlin thread a ball upfield to Roulston who then played a one-two with Healy before skipping past a defender in the box to drill a low shot from a tight angle that found the gap between Cullen on his near post and McMullin only for the ball to drift inches wide of the back post.  The visitors continued to press but the Glens defence of Ollie Rowe, Pettigrew and McMullin stood firm preventing any further shots at goal.

Cameron McKenzie & Lance Pearce

Glens always looked dangerous on the break and another burst from box to box by McKee down the left won a corner that was eventually cleared.

Back came ‘Lie through Healy down the left to whip a ball to the back post where Murphy’s attempted clearance fell was gathered on the line by Cullen and the referee waving away loud calls of ‘pass-back’. Less than a minute later the visitors earned a free kick on the outskirts of the box after Rowe was adjudged to have fouled Carroll. Up stepped Leyden to curl a cute ball from 22 yards over the wall and beyond the outstretched hand of Cullen only for the ball to bounce on the top of the cross bar and out for a goal-kick.

Jordan Leyden goes close

On 77 minutes Cameron McKenzie left to well-earned applause after a great shift and was replaced with Dylan O’Kane. Arthurlie also made a change with Conor Bradley making way for Kyle Elrick.

Roulston cut into the box from left before laying the ball off to Healy to shoot from close range but Cullen made a point blank save and McMullin quickly launched the loose ball out for a throw. Cullen then cleanly clutched a high ball to back post out the air with McMullin in an attendance as back up. The visitors continued to push for an equaliser and won a free-kick on the goal-line 5 yards from the corner flag but again the home guard were not to be bettered. 

Conor Cullen clutches another ball out the air

On 84 minutes the Glens broke down another Lie attack allowing McKee to pick up the ball on the outskirts and set off on his trade-mark lightning run down the right only for the chasing Leyden to grab a handful of his shirt to halt his free run into the Lie half. The two confronted each other and Leyden was shown yellow, presumably for the original foul but not a second yellow for kicking out; while McKee was also shown yellow. ‘Lie lucky not to be down to 10.

Murphy broke down the left before chipping the ball upfield for Kerr but with two defenders on his back he did well to win a corner which was floated into a busy six-yard box only for the ball to pop out from the pack and safely into the keeper’s hands.  O’Kane then chased down Paton’s header deep into the ‘Lie half but with Magee on his back the keeper was able rush from his line to collect the ball as it entered the box.

Dylan O’Kane & Lewis Magee

At the other end Cullen was able to clutch an overhit high ball unchallenged. A few minutes later he performed the same feat albeit on this occasion there were 5 ‘Lie players in the six-yard box.

Murphy then fed Kerr down the left again and the tireless striker held the ball at the corner flag as the referee blew for time.

FT Glens 1 Arthurlie 0

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC
1. Conor Cullen 2. Adam Caldwell (16. David Blyth) 3. Michael McMullin 4. Craig Pettigrew 5. Ollie Rowe 6. Jamie McKernon 7. Sam McKee 8. Paul Paton 9. Hugh Kerr 10. Cameron McKenzie (14. Dylan O’Kane) 11. Leon Murphy Subs: 15. Ryan Nisbet 17. Jordan Ross
ARTHURLIE
1. Garry Black 2. Alan Dunsmore (14. Lee Roulston) 3. Conor Bradley (Kyle Elrick) 4. Lance Pearce 5. Lewis Magee 6. Andrew McLaughlin 7. Tam McGaughey (15. Miller) 8. Jordan Leyden 9. Gary Carroll 10. Dale Simeon 11. Aaron Healy Subs: Scott (gk), McLachlan, Ross
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Largs 1 Glenafton 1

Saturday 30 Jul 2022 KO 2:00pm Barrfields Stadium, Largs
PDM Buildbase WOSFL Premier LeagueMatch 01
Largs Thistle 1 (0)Forbes
Glenafton Athletic 1 (1)McMullin

Glenafton kicked of their 2022/23 Premier League campaign with a trip to to face Largs Thistle. The hosts came out on top, home and away, in last season fixtures and finished two places and two points above the Glens in 10th place in the 20 team league. Reconstruction at the start of this season saw the top flight to 16 teams.

Prior to kick-off a minute’s silence was held in memory of Ossie Findlay who passed away recently. Ossie was assistant manager of the successful Largs Thistle side that won the Scottish Junior Cup in Season 1993/94, defeating holders Glenafton in the final.

Captain Craig Pettigrew won the toss and the Glens kicked off with four of the summer signings in the starting line-up; keeper Conor Cullen, defenders Adam Caldwell and Michael McMullin along with midfielder Paul Paton while a fifth, striker Cameron McKenzie was on the bench.

Both sides were well matched and created a number of decent chances. Glenafton took the lead on 34 minutes after Paul Paton curled a glorious free kick from the right to the far edge of the six yard box for the incoming Ollie Rowe, who had given his marker the slip, to rise and power a downward header that beat the keeper at the nearpost and bounced onward to arrive perfectly on time to match Michael McMullin’s run to the back post, where he kept his cool to nod the ball home from a few yards out between two defenders.

Michael McMullin

HT Largs 0 Glens 1

The second half followed a similar pattern with chances coming and going at each end. McMullin came close to doubing the Glens lead after lasering a shot from 25 yards, only for the alert Jamie McGowan to push it over the bar. Although Largs were reduced to 10 men after Cory Hughes received a second yellow card they conjured up an equaliser on 78 minutes. Stuart Faulds on the right, 10 yards or so from the goal-line, clipped a well weighted free kick into the heart of the box where Craig Forbes got between two defenders to rise and angle a flashing header high into the net beyond keeper Conor Cullen at full stretch.

Glens came close to regaining the lead in the closing minutes after Leon Murphy’s looping header beat McGowan, only for the ball to bounce off the top of the crossbar and the keeper then pull off a point-blank save as Sam McKee tried to bury the loose ball. At the other end Forbes too, came close to claiming the points for Largs before both sides had to settle for a share.

FT Largs 1 Glens 1

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC
1. Conor Cullen 2. Adam Caldwell 3.Michael McMullin 4. Craig Pettigrew 5. Ollie Rowe 6. Jamie McKernon 7. Sam McKee 8. Paul Paton 9. Hugh Kerr 10. James Martin 11. Leon Murphy Subs Used: 14. Cameron McKenzie Subs: 12. Trialist 15. David Blyth 16. Ryan Nibset 21. David Markey (gk)
LARGS THISTLE
1. Jamie McGowan 2. Sean McLeod 3. Laurie McMaster 4.George Sewell 5. Cory Hughes 6. Stuart Faulds 7. David McGrath 8.Simon McBryde 9. Alan Frizzell 10. Scott Lewis 11. Craig Forbes | Subs Used: 14.Liam Coogan 15. Lewis Davidson Subs: 12. Jack Haggerty 16. Blair Devine (T) 17. Louis Thompson (T) 21. Jamie Walker
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Ryan McChesney Testimonial

Ryan McChesney Testimonial 24/07/2022
KO 2pm
Loch Park,
New Cumncok
Glenafton Treble Team 2016/17
[REDS]
5 (1)McCann, Gray, Andrew 2, McChesney
Ryan McChesney Select
[BLUES]
2 (1)O’Kane, Murdie

Glenafton Athletic were proud to host a testimonal match for local lad Ryan McChesney. He signed for the club in Season 2010/11 as a central defender having previously played with the successful Glens 1992 youth side as free scoring striker. Ryan played for 10 seasons up until 2019/20 and plans were in progress to mark his testimonial only for the season to close early due to COVID. The Glens closed down for the season during which time Ryan turned out for Dalbeattie Star before returning to the Glens at the start of season 2021/22 and has since moved onto Maybole. He made 300 appearance for the club scored 27 goals and his honours include those won in the Treble Season of 2016/17 – WOSFL Premier Champions, Scottish Junior Cup Winners and Evening Times Cup Winners . Add to these winners medals for West of Scotland Cup , Ayrshire Sectional Cup and Super League 1st Division Championship.

Glenafton Athletic Treble Team 2016/17

Players and coaches from the Glenafton side of Season 2016/17

Back Row: Joe Andrew, Chris Meikle, Ryan McChesney, Brian McGarrity, Craig Menzies, David Gray Front Row: Craig Potter, Conor Lynass, Ally Park, cameron Marlow, Kieran McAnespie (27 mins), Mick McCann.

Ryan McChesney Select

A selection of Ryan’s friends and from Glens players of Season 2021/22

Back Row: Russel Ferguson, Paddy McDonald, Jamie Kerr, Steven ‘Shaka’ Hyslop, Stuart Bell Front Row: Kris McChesney, Dylan O’Kane, Sam McKee, Alan Murdie,Sean Bennie, David Blyth (inset)

Both sides lined up for team photos before kick-off on a sun-bathed Loch Park with a good turn-out to see the local hero in his Testimonial Match. Alan Mason kindly volunteered, (after some cajoling) to be referee for the day.  It proved to be a highly entertaining game that was played in a very competitive and equally good-natured manner with plenty of chances, great saves and goals galore over two halves of 40 minutes. For the purpose of the report the teams will be referred to the Reds and the Blues.

The Reds started off strongly with a succession of corner-kicks in the opening 10 minutes, the best of which saw a Mick McCann close range header scrambled off the line by keeper Jamie Kerr and defenders Russell Ferguson & Stuart Bell.

The Blues began to grow into the game. David Blyth clipped a ball down the right wing for Sean Bennie who quickly cut it back for Dylan O’Kane to gather at the edge of the box and skip past one defender, holding off another before squaring for Shaka Hyslop to fire a low shot that was held on the line by keeper Brian McGarrity.  Soon after Alan Murdie intercepted a clearance and stroked the ball forward to McKee to break into the box and from a tight angle fire a low shot that beat McGarrity at the near post only to slip wide of the back post.

At the other end David Gray cracked what seemed to be a goal bound shot from 22 yards only for Kerr to pull off a super save and tip the ball over the bar. The Treble Side continued to press and the keeper got down low to hold a shot from Gray from 10 yards out.  Chessy then switched play from deep on the left with a great cross field pass to Chris Meikle who quickly slotted the ball into the box for Joe Andrew and loud appeals for penalty followed the tackle from Bell. Referee Mason was unimpressed and stood his ground; no pen! 

Midway through the half the Reds made a change with Cammy Marlow made for Kieran McAnespie.

Back came the Blues after Kris McChesney won the ball and laid it off to Blyth who broke through the middle releasing McKee down the right who then cut inside to run along the outskirts of the penalty box and then after playing a one-two with Blyth blasted a shot from the edge of the ‘D’ which McGarrity did well to clutch cleanly.

Kieran McAnespie picked up the ball deep in his own half to casually stroll up the left wing before, from 10 yards inside in his own half, launching a superb ball upfield high over the defenders’ heads to drop it into the heart of the ‘D’ and match Conor Lynass’s run into the box who let the ball take another bounce before cracking a shot only for Kerr to block it, sending the ball high into the air. Lynass beat the keeper to the loose ball and tried to guide it into the net only for the backtracking Bell to clear it off the line as McCann closed in.

Gray clipped the corner-kick to the corner of the six-yard box where Craig Potter powered a header that was blocked on the line by the keeper and the loose ball quickly cleared upfield.  McAnespie killed the ball on his chest before feeding Lynass with another inch perfect pass where from inside the ‘D’ he took a touch, as Bennie and Paddy MacDonald closed in, and cracked a shot that Kerr pushed round the post.

The Blues cleared the corner kick and McKee picked up the loose ball to burst upfield through the middle with Blyth breaking to his left and O’Kane to his right; with the latter taking the pass and progressing into the box only for the advancing McGarrity to block the point-blank shot.

The Reds countered with a wonderful passage of flowing football. Meikle won the loose ball and slipped it to McAnespie who clipped the ball up the left wing where Gray gathered before feeding Ally Park still deep in the Reds half, who squared it to Potter, who picked out Joe Andrew in the centre circle who then squared to Park, who in turn clipped it forward to Gray wide on the left who stroked it infield for Andrew to push forward and try chip the keeper from 20 yards only for the ball to dip over the bar.

The deadlock was finally broken on 33 minutes with a move that began as a thing of beauty and ended with a stroke of good-luck or bad-luck depending on the colour of your shirt. O’Kane intercepted McAnespie’s pass sending the ball up the right-hand touchline where McKee beat Chessy to the ball and burst into the box only for his attempt to pick out the incoming Blyth at the back post to be intercepted by Craig Menzies – cue vintage Zee!

He strolled out the box with ball at his feet before a burst of speed took him past O’Kane and threading a forward pass at pace between two blues shirts to McCann in the centre circle while continuing his run to complete the one-two and gathered the ball on the half-way line. From here as Bennie & Bell closed-in he took them both out of play with the cutest of reverse passes upfield for McCann to hunt down and break into the box where he gave Hyslop the slip (literally) and then drew the keeper from his line which by this time Bennie, Bell and Zee had all arrived in the box. Now for the good or bad luck! Mick’s attempt to curl the ball round Kerr deflected off the keeper and then Bennie’s attempt to clear the loose ball cannoned over Bell’s chest and into the empty net.   Reds 1 Blues 0.

A minute later the Reds came close to doubling their lead after a Davie Gray special from 25 yards out crashed beat the airborne keeper only to crash off the inside of post, inches under the bar, and the ball bounce across the face of goal and out for a goal kick.

Another minute later and the Blues were level. Blyth recovered the ball in the centre circle and released McKee down the left and then cut inside to the ‘D’ where he back-heeled the ball into the box and although Chessy & Zee had blocked his way to goal O’Kane pounced on the loose ball and rifled it past McGarrity and into the roof of the net. Reds 1 Blues 1.

In the last action of the half Kerr pulled off another fine save from Gray’s powerful shot, from 16 yards.

HT Red 1 Blues 1

Blues made a change at the break with Shaka Hyslop making way for Cammy Marlow (Blue top / Red Shorts!) and he was soon in the thick of it, robbing Lynass of the ball in the box after a great pass from McCann.

The game flowed back and forth before the Blues took the lead on 50 minutes. Sam McKee broke down the right and cut into the box before laying the ball back to Alan Murdie to sweep a low shot that beat McGarrity at his near post and into the net. Pleas from the Reds for an early infringement fell on the deaf ears of Referee Mason.  Reds 1 Blues 2.

On 54 minutes the Reds won a free kick on the outskirts of the left hand side of the box. Despite the Blues setting up a three-man wall about six yards from the ball David Gray stepped up and delivered a Gray special, curling the ball over the wall and the head of a defender on the six yard line and into the top left postage stamp with the keeper rooted to the spot. Reds 2 Blues 2.

Five minutes later the Reds got their noses in front after McCann from deep in the box laid the ball off to the incoming Joe Andrew to lash home an unstoppable short from the corner of the six-yard box. Reds 3 Blue 2.

At the other end McGarrity blocked a low angled shot from McKee and Menzies mopped up the loose ball on the goal line.

On the hour mark Lynass got the better of Marlow this time as he broke into the right hand side of the box and flashed the ball across the face of the goal beyond the back post where McCann tried to set up McChesney with a shot from 6 yards but the ball rolled on bye and Joe Andrew smashed the ball through a ruck of players and into the net. Reds 4 Blues 2.

Another attempt to set up Chessy for a goal saw the former Glens youth striker fire wide of target. On 65 minutes another opportunity fell his way after Marlow was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box and the Reds were awarded a penalty. The tension mounted as the Ginger Chessy gingerly stepped up to the spot, laughing and joking but no doubt the nerves were tingling – no danger, as he slammed the ball from 12 yards. Reds 5 Blues 2.

By pure chance the Blues won a penalty kick, but on this occasion, McChesney – Kris that is, clipped the ball over the bar.

At the other end Chessy had a great opportunity to find the net from open play only to send the ball six-feet wide of target much to the amusement of Reds and Blue. Soon after Chessy skipped past Bell in the box but the defender recovered to block his shot from 6 yards.

Further half chances came and went at either end including McGarrity blocked a low shot from O’Kane; Bennie stopped a Gray shot on the line and then blocked Lynass’s attempt to bury the rebound.

FT Reds 5 Blues 2

GLENS TREBLE TEAM 2016/17: 1 Brian McGarrity 12. Chris Meikle 4.Craig Menzies 5. Ryan McChesney 2. Cammy Marlow (6. Kieran McAnespie) 11. Conor Lynass 7.Ally Park Craig Potter 3. David Gray 9. Mick McCann 10. Joe Andrew.
RYAN McCHESNEY SELECT:  1. Jamie Kerr 2. Sean Bennie 18. Russel Ferguson 5. Steven ‘Shaka’ Hyslop ( 5. Cameron Marlow) 4. Stuart Bell 19. David Blyth 7. Paddy McDonald 9. Kris McChesney 3. Alan Murdie 10. Sam McKee 11. Dylan O’Kane.

After the final whistle both side formed a guard of honour and while each player should his hand in turn they burst into song “We don’t need no Messi, we’ve got ginger Chessy’!

Thanks for the memories Chessy!

Ryan McChesney’s Testimonial
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Adam Strachan (R.I.P.)

Everyone at Glenafton Athletic was saddened to learn about the tragic passing of former Glens player Adam Strachan. Our thoughts are with Adam’s family and friends at this difficult time.

Adam Strachan

Adam was signed for Glenafton Athletic at the beginning of Season 2014/15 by manager Tommy Bryce. He quickly settled in and enjoyed a good pre-season scoring in 3 of the 6 friendlies. Adam scored his first competitive goal in the 2-1 home loss to Auchinleck Talbot in the sectional games of the Ardagh Ayrshire Sectional Cup. In the Quarter-Fiinal the Glens defeated Whitletss Victoria in a penalty shoot-out after a 2-2 draw and then travelled to Kilbirnie where they beat Ladeside 3-1, with Adam scoring the crucial third goal.

In the final at Troon the Glens faced favourites Auchinleck Talbot and put on a brilliant display with Adam almost unplayable as they went on to win 2-0 with goals from Cameron Marlow and Alain Kinney.

Adam went on to make 22 appearances for Glenafton and scored 6 goals before leaving the club in the New Year following the departure of manager Tommy Bryce and his assisstant Mark Howie. Still it felt he packed a season’s worth of play into such a short time and it was a privilege to watch him play a game he quite clearly, dearly loved. R.I.P. Adam.

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