Glenafton 1 Auchinleck 5

Fri 27th JUN 2019 KO 7:30 pm  

McBookie.com West Region Premiership| Match 30

Loch Park, New Cumnock

Glenafton Athletic 1 (1) Auchinleck Talbot 5 (2)

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Guard of Honour

Glenafton formed a guard of honour to applaud Auchinleck Talbot, Scottish Junior Cup winners and West Region Premier champions, on to Loch Park on this the last league game of the season. In what was there first game in almost three weeks the Glens were without Brian McGarrity, Ryan McChesney, Findlay Frye, Dale Moore, Leon Murphy and top goalscorer Chris Dallas while on the bench were Glenafton U19s players Sean McVey and Nick Terry.

The home side were first to threaten on 3 minutes with a low long range effort from ‘slayer’ Alan Cairns which drifted wide of the post and in any case on this occasion keeper Andy Leishman appeared to have it well covered.

The visitors quickly broke upfield switching play from left to right for Keir Samson to chase down the ball before whipping a cross into the box for the incoming Mark Shankland to crash a header off the bar and following an almighty scramble the loose ball was safely gathered by keeper Craig Burns.

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Mark Shankland header off the bar

This triggered a sustained period of Talbot pressure with front man Sean McIlroy leading the line and proving nippier than the mass of midgies that had descended on Loch Park to chomp indiscriminately on those gathered. The visitors notched up a series of corner kicks a few of which came close to providing the opening goal including on 12 minutes when Gordon Pope’s back-post header dipped inches over the bar while a minute later McIlroy’s low crouching header at the near post whizzed wide of the other.

Some respite for the home side after Dan Orsi’s determination won a corner kick which was powerfully punched clear by Leishman.

Back came Auchinleck with another flurry of corners in quick succession. At the conclusion of the third on 22 minutes the ball fell for Mark Shankland on the outskirts of the box to crack an unstoppable dipping shot into net.

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Shankland makes it 1-0

Although the Glens began to see more of the ball, they were unable to fashion any meaningful attempts to test Leishman.

Talbot came close to doubling their lead on the half hour mark after another clever run by McIlroy took him to the edge of the “D” before lashing an angled shot which although it beat Burns at full stretch the ball bounced of the post and was eventually snapped up by Shankland to drive deep into the box only for the keeper to pull off a stunning block.

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Burns v Shankland

 

On 34 minutes Glens surrendered possession cheaply on the half way line initiating another untouchable run from McIlroy that saw him cut in from the right and progress to the left hand side of the “D” before slipping the ball into the box for Calvin Kemp to take a touch before slamming the ball home from the corner of the six yard box.

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Kemp makes it 2-0

Two minutes later the Glens countered with David Winters driving through the middle before picking out Orsi tight on the right touchline to float a ball into the box only for Leishman to beat Kit Cummins to the jump and punch the ball to safety.

Talbot responded with another lightning break in which McIlroy on the right switched play to Pope powering down the left and although his cross into the box was headed clear by Kyle McAusland the ball was gathered by Shankland to thump it from the 18 yard line which Burns did well to get down low and push it wide of the post. The corner-kick and the one that followed came to nothing.

 

 

Three minutes before the break the Glens halved the deficit following some intricate passing in the sequence of Winters to McCann to Cairns to Winters to Marlow and back to Cairns on the left. The  attacking full back then curled a ball into the box where the incoming Ally Park got in front of the tracking Pope, but the ball seemed to go through the legs of the former and clip off the latter before it fell for Kit Cummins on the penalty spot to take a touch before drilling the ball low into the corner of the net beyond the advancing keeper.

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Cummins halves the deficit

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Kit cheered by young fan

In the last action of the half Burns cleared the ball from the head of McIlroy.

HT Glens 1 Auchinleck 2

The visitors stormed out the blocks as Kemp smacked a shot from just outside the left-hand side of box that cracked off the far post. The ball was rapidly recovered by Shankland and drilled low along the face of the goal evading attackers and defenders on its way to the back post where Kemp contrived to miss the empty net and fire the ball over the bar from 2 yards.

Pope then burst down the left before picking out the inrushing McIlroy at the back post only for Burns to dive bravely at his feet and get a strong hand to push the ball wide. Talbot’s corner count was now reaching dodecahedron proportions and this one ended with Kemp’s looping volley being cleanly clutched by the young keeper.

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On 50 minutes Shankland pushed forward again only to be robbed by Marlow who then broke through the middle before slipping a superb defence splitting ball for Andrew to gather and cut into the box to fire a low angled shot that was comfortably held by Leishman.

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Joe on the move

Another Talbot corner kick produced a fantastic point blank save by Burns from a Pope header and the ball scrambled to safety.

 

Back at the other end and Orsi lasered a shot from 30 yards out that Leishman stopped with both hands before clutching.

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Shankland makes it 3-1

Talbot doubled their lead on 58 minutes after a ball played in from the right found Shankland in the box with time and space to pick his spot and blast the ball home from 10 yards out.

Six minutes later and Burns pulled off another point blank save by sticking out a foot to stop Steven White’s close-range shot.

Midway through the half Glens brought on young Sean McVey for Davie Winters while Auchinleck replaced Sean McIlroy.

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Sean McVey and Craig McCracken

Talbot continued to press and Burns was forced into another good save blocking Neil McPherson’s effort and soon after he stopped a low shot from White. On 72 minutes however the visitors extended their lead as Glens were made to pay after giving away possession to allow Shankland to push down the left unimpeded before whipping the ball to the back post where the incoming Kemp guided the ball into the net from close range.

Glens brought on young Nick Terry for Joe Andrew and soon after Talbot made a double substitution.

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Craig McCracken makes it 5-1

With the last kick of the game Craig McCracken through on goal slotted the ball beyond advancing Burns to make it 5-1 for Talbot and complete the scoring .

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Handshakes

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Nick Terry

Glenafton Athletic: 1. Craig Burns 2. Ally Park 3. Alan Cairns 4. Craig Menzies 5. Kyle McAusland 6. David Winters (12. Sean McVey) 7. Dan Orsi 8. Cameron Marlow 9.Mick McCann 10. Kit Cummins 11. Joe Andrew (14. Nick Terry)

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Maggie’s Memorials

aa_maggie_buchan_00The management, players and committee have  been considering ways to honour the memory of Maggie Buchan who sadly passed away this year.

Maggie Buchan Memorial Bench

The club have costed the  design (see below) , manufacture and installation of a memorial bench at Loch Park.

Maggie Buchan Memorial Shield

Glenafton’s pre-season fixtures will now include a challenge match for the Maggie Buchan Memorial Shield. The inaugural match will be played on Saturday 13th July 2019 at Loch Park. Details of the opposition and kick-off time will follow.  Prior to kick-off Maggie’s  family and club captain Craig Menzies will unveil the memorial bench.

What can you do?

We are looking for donations from committee , players/staff and supporters towards the cost of the bench . We would appreciate all your support for this well deserved memento. There will be a collection at this evening’s game against Auchinleck Talbot.

If you wish to make a donation via Paypal please send it to glenaftonathletic@gmail.com

Thank you in advance.

John Stewart (Glenafton Athletic Secretary)

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Largs 2 Glenafton 1

Sat 18th MAY 2019 KO 2:00 pm  

McBookie.com West Region Premiership| Match 29

Barrfields Park, Largs

Largs Thistle 2 (0) Glenafton Athletic 1 (0)

Largs enjoyed the lion’s share of the early possession without threatening the Glens’ goal. The first decent chance fell to Graham Muir on 19 minutes but keeper Craig Burns stood firm to block his attempt from close range.  A minute later former Glens striker John Carter fired a cross in from the right and although Ally Park headed it clear the ball fell kindly for Gary Fleming to take a touch before blasting the ball over the bar; the referee judging Burns had tipped it over for a corner which was safely cleared.

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Glens grew into the game and were seeing a lot more of the ball. Long range efforts firstly from Cameron Marlow and then Leon Murphy were handled well by keeper Danny Farrell.

On 27 minutes Largs won back-to-back corners the second of which saw Kyle McAusland beat Nicky Jamieson in aerial battle only for the ball to fall for Carter at the back post but the big striker failed to get a good touch and the ball drifted wide of target.  Cammy Marlow’s great block on a cross from Ryan McKie earned the home side another corner which was played short before being whipped into the box where a magnificent challenge from Ryan McChesney denied Creag Little a tap in.

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The visitors responded with a fine break down the right where Mick McCann played a neat one-two with Dan Orsi before picking out McAusland tight on the right touchline to whip a great ball deep into the box for the incoming Park only for his powerful downward header to flash inches wide.

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Ten minutes from the break Burns did well to get down low and cleanly clutch a low free-kick as Muir closed in looking for any scraps. A minute later Glens claim for a spot kick after Murphy and Jamieson tangled in the box was waved away. The big centre half had less luck in the Glens box when a corner-kick fell kindly for him but he blasted his shot high and wide of target.  The final chance of the half fell to the Glens after Alan Cairns floated a free-kick into the box but McChesney’s high looping header to dipped inches over the bar.

HT Largs 0 Glens 0

The Glens made a change at the break with David Winters replacing Leon Murphy. Just as the hosts had the best of the early encounters in the first half so the Glens had in the second; while again clear-cut chances were thin on the ground. On 50 minutes, after a free-kick for the visitors had been repelled, the ball fell for McAusland some thirty yards or so from goal to thunder a shot for goal that Farrell leapt to push over the bar with an outstretched arm. The Glens continued to press without seriously testing Farrell while Largs had a couple of counter attacks that petered out in front of goal.

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On the hour mark Largs replaced one former Glens striker with another as John Carter made way for Scott Adam; a change that would later pay dividends but not before the visitors broke the deadlock two minutes later with a well-worked goal. Orsi on the right cut in field to feed Winters who quickly slotted a perfectly weighted ball back out to wide on the right for McAusland to clip the ball to the back post for the inrushing McCann only for the diving Farrell to push it out the six yard box before it was met first time by David Winters to lash home an unstoppable shot from 10 yards for his first goal for the club.

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Largs responded well through Ben Black cutting in from the left and finding Adam in the box with a forward pass, the striker taking a touch before drilling a low shot that Burns smothered comfortably. Back came Glens and Park’s effort from inside the box was deflected for a corner which although it was won in the air by McChesney the loose ball was mopped up by the home defence.

On 78 minutes the home side drew level after George Sewell’s pass for Muir at the edge of the box was intercepted by McChesney only for the ball to be snapped up by Adam but his progress into the box was blocked by Craig Menzies at the expense of a free kick. Full back Martin Orr stepped up to drill a low shot through a three-man wall covering the near post leaving keeper Burns a spectator in the middle of the goal as the ball found its way undeterred into the corner of the net.

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Prior to the free kick being taken Largs had brought on Ross George for Ryan McKie and he was instrumental in Thistle taking the lead two minutes later. Black burst down the left before whipping the ball across the face of goal which George met first time only for Burns to stop on the line with a strong foot. The loose ball was gathered by Black who turned full circle to evade a number of Glens defenders before setting up his shot and as Menzies stretched a leg to block it, the midfielder lost his footing and the referee pointed to the spot.  Scott Adam sent the keeper the wrong way slamming the ball low into the left-hand corner of the net.

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Glens brought on Kit Cummins for Cameron Marlow as the visitors tried to salvage a point in the closing minutes while Largs replaced Graham Muir with Kevin Struthers.

Two minutes from time Black broke down the left before cutting inside and as Findlay Frye came across to cover, he caught the midfielder from behind sending him tumbling into the box earning an instant red card from the referee. After some handbags, earning Struthers a yellow for his over-reaction, Black was back on his feet and Struthers struck the free-kick which curled round the wall before Burns pulled off an excellent save to push the ball wide. The corner-kick that followed was headed clear by Cummins and the final whistle blew with the Scottish Junior Cup finalists taking the points.

FT Largs 2 Glens 1

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GLENAFTON ATHLETIC: 1. Craig Burns 2. Kyle McAusland 3. Alan Cairns 4. Craig Menzies 5. Ryan McChesney 6. Findlay Frye 7. Dan Orsi 8. Cameron Marlow (14. Kit Cummins) 9. Mick McCann 10. Ally Park 11. Leon Murphy (12. David Winters) Sub Not Used : 16. Craig Potter

LARGS THISTLE: 1. Danny Farrell, 2. Martin Orr 3. George Sewell 4. Creag Little 5. Nicky Jamison 6. Stuart Faulds 7. Ryan McKie (15. Ross George) 8. Gary Fleming 9. John Carter (16. Scott Adam) 10. Graham Muir (12. Kevin Struthers) 11. Ben Black.  Subs Not Used: 14. Ryan Begley 21. Ross Lundy

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Troon 1 Glenafton 0

Fri 10th MAY 2019 KO 7:00 pm

McBookie.com West Region Premiership| Match 29

Portland Park, Troon

Troon 1 (1) Glenafton Athletic 0 (0)

A Ryan Stevenson rocket from 30 yards a minute before the break was enough to separate the two sides. The goal secured Troon’s status in the Premiership next season whilst also ended the Glens 10 game unbeaten run in the league.

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC: 1. Craig Burns 2. Dan Orsi 3. Alan Cairns 4. Craig Menzies 5. Kyle McAusland 6. Finlay Frye 7. Ally Park 8. Dale Moore 9. Mick McCann 10. Joe Andrew 11. David Winters Sub Used: 14. Cameron Marlow Subs Not Used: 12. Leon Murphy 15. Kit Cummins 16. Ryan McChesney 17. Craig Potter

TROON: 1. Scott Johnstone 2. Mark Morrison 3. Steven McCreadie 4. Dean Keenan 5. John Gemmell 6. Tony Murphy 7. David Green 8. Ross McCrea (16. Dean Fulton) 9. Ryan Stevenson 10. Scott Chatham 11.  Dylan Pooler (12. Evan Maley) Subs Not Used: 14. Lewis Clark 15. Alex McWaters 17. Jamie Martin

 

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Beith 0 Glenafton 0

Sat 4th MAY 2019 KO 2:00 pm  

Ardagh Group West of Scotland Cup | Semi-final

Bellsdale Park, Beith

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

Beith win penalty shoot-out 4-2

Glenafton and Beith met for the third time this season and for the third time the game ended all square after 90 minutes. Unlike the previous two league games this match ended goal-less and went to a penalty shoot-out to determine which side would progress to the funal of the West of Scotland Cup. It was the home side that triumphed through scoring 4 out of 4 while Stephen Grindlay saved two of Glens spot kicks. On the bright side was the performance of Glenafton’s young stand-in goalkeeper Craig Burns who was outstanding throughout the 90 minutes.

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Craig Burns

The Glens began with same defensive line-up that drew with Largs last week while the middle three were Findlay Frye, Dale Moore and Ally Park with a front three of the Joe Andrew, Dan Orsi and Leon Murphy.

Beith kicked off down the Bellsdale bank and were immediately on the front foot. Darren Christie cut into the right-hand side of the box before drilling a low angle shot that keeper Craig Burns did well to get down low and push the ball wide for what would be the home side’s first of corner-kicks in the opening quarter of an hour. The kick was headed clear by Ryan McChesney and the ball recovered by Beith to set up Christie with a shot from 18 yards that deflected off a defender and gathered by Burns.

Joe Bradley broke down the left before cutting inside to play a one-two with Keir Milliken in the box and curling a shot for the top corner that was deflected wide by McChesney. The corner kick that followed eventually fell for Peter Haggarty in the six-yard box but his header was blocked by Alan Cairns at the expense of another corner which was headed clear as was the third that followed in quick succession. Milliken tried a shot from distance but again Burns came out on top with another fine save.

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Dan Orsi and Steven Noble

The Glens had created a couple breaks through Dan Orsi and Leon Murphy during the hectic opening spell but were now growing into the game and enjoying much more possession. On 19 minutes the Glens made good progress up the right before Kyle McAusland’s ball into the box was met by the head of Ryan Docherty sending the ball high into the air forcing keeper Stephen Grindlay to push it away on its descent before gathering the loose ball on the ground.  A minute later Findlay Frye slipped the ball through the middle to Orsi who then wrong-footed Conner McGlinchey before setting up a shot from 22 yards out that sailed wide of target.

Glens continued to press and Murphy earned a free kick wide on the left 16 yards from the goal-line.  Alan Cairns clipped the ball short into the box where if fell for Dale Moore to try and lob the keeper only for the ball to bounce off the top of the cross before dropping wide.

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Leon Murphy and Conner McGlinchey

Midway through the half good work by Bradley down the left won another corner kicked that was headed clear at the back post by Ally Park. Soon after Christie whipped a wicked ball from wide on the right into the six-yard box but the incoming Haggarty came within a hair’s breadth of getting his head on the end of it.

On 27 minutes the visitors won their first corner-kick of the match after McAusland’s attempted cut-back from the bye-line was deflected wide however it came to nothing. Back came Beith and Bradley’s dangerous ball into the goalmouth was cleanly clutched by Burns. Christie and Paul Frize then combined to set up Milliken from 18 yards but the striker scooped the ball over the bar.

Glens had the better of the chances in the closing ten minutes of the half. From deep on the left Cairns floated a free kick to the right-hand corner flag for McAusland to whip the ball into the box and although McChesney couldn’t get his header on target Murphy cut in from the left to fire a shot from a tight angle that Grindlay held firmly at his near post.

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Joe Andrew goes close

Joe Andrew came within a whisker of getting on the end of another great ball into the danger area by McAusland only for John Sheridan to clear the danger at the expense of a corner. This was played short to Craig Menzies to clip the ball into the six-yard box which following a scramble Grindlay managed to push it away from the head of McAusland and then quickly recover it. Moore then burst up the right to break into the box and his glorious ball into the six-yard box was missed by two defenders and Andrew sandwiched in between them. The visitors won back-to-back corners; the first cleared and the second headed wide by Orsi.

HT Beith 0 Glens 0

The Glens came close to breaking the stalemate in the opening minute of the new half.  The ball was played back to Cairns from the kick-off to clip the ball to the edge of the box where Andrew killed it with his left foot before looping the ball high into the box with his right, only for Jamie Wilson to intercept but his touch was poor and Frye stole the ball to break into the six yard box, skip past the keeper but Sheridan saved the day after he nicked the ball and booted it clear of the goal.

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Findlay Frye denied by John Sheridan

Cairns floated a free-kick into the box and after some head tennis the ball dropped for Moore to manufacture a fine volley that flew wide of the target. It was Moore that won Glens a corner which Grindlay saved cleanly under the bar as Andrew challenged.

On 53 minutes Beith brought on John Middleton for Jamie Wilson.

Bradley burst up the left flank before cutting into the box and drilling a low shot that lacked the power to test Burns. Christie picked up the ball in the middle of the park and surged forward before being brought down by McChesney on the outskirts of the box, earning the big defender a yellow card and a sore one in the process. Although Milliken’s free kick beat the wall the ball sailed well over the bar; meanwhile McChesney limped off the park.  Burns then did well to grab a ball fired in from wide on the left by Christie as Haggarty threatened at the near post.

McChesney hadn’t recovered and on 62 minutes he was replaced by forward Mick McCann forcing a reshuffle with McAusland moving into the centre of defence and Orsi taking up the right back position.

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Craig Burns saves

The Glens had faded as an attacking force while the home side continued to press.  McGlinchey fired a cracking free kick from just outside the left-hand corner of the penalty box that pulled off a great save from Burns, pushing the ball away at full stretch. The corner that followed was headed clear by McAusland as too was the one that followed soon after.

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Leon Murphy goes close

On 71 minutes the Glens won a corner and although it was headed clear by Sheridan it marked the return of the visitors as an attacking force.  Andrew switched play from the right by hooking the ball infield over the head of two defenders and into space for Murphy to give chase before hitting a diagonal shot on the run that drifted wide of the far post with the keeper beaten.

With 10 minutes to go Glens brought on Davie Winters for Dale Moore.

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Fin’s header dips over the bar

Andrew trapped a throw in from the left on his chest before hooking the ball over to the back post where the incoming Frye leapt high in the air to send a looping header that dipped inches over the bar.

On 82 minutes the home side replaced Peter Haggarty with Nicky Docherty, his first action to win a disputed free-kick some 30 yards or so from goal. McGlinchey’s effort was effortlessly held by Burns in a flawless performance by the young keeper. At the other end Nicky Docherty brought down Murphy and McAusland’s free-kick from 25 yards was blasted into the wall.

In the closing minute Christie “won” a free kick close to the bye line having already lost his balance before trying to evade a tackle from Cairns that didn’t materialise. Bradley whipped the ball into the goalmouth where Menzies got the jump on Nicky Docherty to clear the danger. Soon after the same scenario played out as Menzies cleared another Bradley free-kick in the last action prior to the penalty shoot-out.

FT Beith 0 Glens 0

Penalty shoot out

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Findlay Frye

  • Frye scored for the Glens and McGlinchey equalised for Beith
  • Grindlay save Murphy’s kick and Frize put Beith 2-1 ahead
  • Andrews scored for the Glens and Bradley put Beith 3-2 ahead
  • Grindlay saved McAusland’s kick and Christie scored for Beith to win the shoot-out 4-2
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Joe Andrew

Glenafton Athletic: 1. Craig Burns 2. Kyle McAusland 3. Alan Cairns 4. Craig Menzies 5. Ryan McChesney (12. Mick McCann) 6. Ally Park 7. Findlay Frye 8. Dale Moore (14. Davie Winters) 9. Joe Andrew 10. Dan Orsi 11. Leon Murphy. Subs:   15. Cameron Marlow 16. Craig Potter 17. Kit Cummins

Beith Juniors: 1. Stephen Grindlay 2. Conner McGlinchey 3. Steven Noble 4. Ryan Docherty 5. John Sheridan 6.  Jamie Wilson (12. John Middleton) 7. Darren Christie 8. Paul Frize 9. Keir Milliken 10. Peter Haggarty (15. Nicky Docherty) 11. Joe Bradley Subs: 14. Kevin Green 20. David Miller (gk)

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Glenafton 1 Largs 1

Sat 27th APR 2019 KO 2:00 pm  

McBookie.com West Region Premiership| Match 27

Loch Park, New Cumnock

Glenafton Athletic 1 (1) Largs Thistle 1 (0)

With Brian McGarrity out throughout the remainder of the season with a knee injury  young keeper Craig Burns covers again. He is joined on the injury list with Leon Murphy which for some time now has also included top goal scorer Chris Dallas. Ally Park and Mick McCann were unavailable for selection and Glens could only name a bench of three with manager Craig McEwan, assistant manager Craig Potter joining striker Kit Cummins.

The Largs side included former Glenafton striker Scott Adam while fellow striker John Carter part of the Glens treble side of 2016/17 was not available for selection. Meanwhile in the dug-out was former Glens defender Liam McVey, now player-coach at the North Ayrshire side.

The home side were first to threaten in the opening minute when Davie Winters glancing header from a Kyle McCausland cross beat the keeper but slipped wide of the back post. Largs responded with a break down the left which ended with Ben Black’s low angled shot be held by Craig Burns as Ryan McKie closed in.

Back up the park and a Glens short corner kick was partially cleared and the recovered ball headed on toward the goal by Joe Andrew only for keeper Daniel Farrell to clutch it cleanly from Winters’ head in the six-yard box.

Another Glens corner quickly followed which was won in the air by Ryan McChesney and headed back across the face of the goal but was cut out by Scott Adam, the striker then blocked McAusland’s attempt to drill home the loose ball. The visitors broke upfield on the right through Black who picked out Paul Harkins to drive to the bye-line before gathering the return ball but his shot from 10 yards missed the target.

The game continued at a frantic pace as play flowed from end to end.

On 11 minutes Glens came within a whisker of opening the scoring after McAusland whipped a great ball in from the right which eluded the keeper but despite a lung bursting run by Dale Moore into the six-yard box the midfielder could only get an outstretched boot to the ball to send it over the bar. At the other end Adam and Black combined well to set Harkins up with a shot from 18 yards only for McChesney to time his challenge to perfection and the loose ball cleared by Cammy Marlow.

Back and forth remained the pattern of an entertaining match with both sides playing nice passing football but lacking the guile to unlock their opponents defence.

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On 20 minutes Dan Orsi created panic in the Largs box. He burst between two defenders to drive into the box and although the pair back-tracked to block his way to goal he played a marvellous one-two with Winters to progress to the bye-line before cutting the ball across the face of goal but Mark Millar was in hand to clear as Andrew threatened.

Back came Glens through Marlow clipping a great ball through the middle for Orsi to chase and holding off Laurie McMaster he tried to lob the keeper from 18 yards only for Farrell, having advanced 8 yards off his line, to get his fingers to the goal bound ball. Findlay Frye hunted down the loose ball on the bye-line before turning and whipping it back into the heart of the box where it eventually fell for Andrew to hook a low shot from 15 yards that beat the keeper at full stretch but whizzed inches wide of the post.

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Largs countered with a powerful break through the middle by Millar who then played the ball forward to Adam to crack a first time shot from inside the ‘D’ forcing Burns to get down low and pull off an excellent save and the big striker’s attempt to head home the rebound drifted wide of target.  At the other end Winters set up Marlow for a 20 yard strike but again the keeper came out on top.

Glens won another corner-kick and although McChesney again won the aerial battle the ball was cleared initiating a break upfield by Harkins only for the back-tracking Marlow to steal the ball at the edge of the box with a well-timed sliding tackle.

On 34 minutes Moore clipped a ball up the left wing for Orsi to head on and just as it seemed Ryan Begley would clear the danger the centre half missed his kick completely allowing the ball run free. Off went Orsi to chase down the ball and drive into the box, wary of McMaster now closing in, he curled a cracking shot into the top corner beyond the reach of the advancing keeper.

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As the half drew to a close a Glens free-kick floated into the box came to nothing as did the visitors’ first corner kick of the game when Harkin’s glancing header at one post flew wide of the other.

The last goal action of the half when the ball was switched from Alan Cairns on the left to Orsi on the right, via Andrew and Winters, and the midfielder letting the ball take a bounce before rifling an angled shot that whizzed wide of the post.

HT Glens 1 Largs 0

The visitors began the new half in determined fashion and loud claim for a penalty were waved away after Adam’s near post header struck the unraised arm of McChesney. Largs continued to press with Black seeing a lot of the ball on the left flank.

Some respite for Glens as Cairns fired in a cross from the left only for Moore looping header to dip over the bar.

Back came Largs and Craig Menzies and Burns combined to snuff out Black’s half chance. Soon after McKie’s effort from distance zoomed over the bar. On 56 minutes the visitors’ pressure paid off when the ball was switched from right to left by Adam and Harkins to the feet of Ben Black who took a touch before curling an exquisite shot from the edge of the box into the top corner.

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The home side responded well and Orsi’s cross into the box was fired over the bar by Moore.  Orsi then gathered a pass from Moore, before the midfielder was hacked down by Millar, and with played waved on Orsi picked out Winters in the box only for his shot to whiz inches wide. Millar could count himself fortunate only to receive a yellow card for his late tackle.

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Play fell into the pattern of the first half with the pace not relenting as both sides pushed for a winner. On 62 minutes Begley headed clear a Glens corner kick and a minute later Burns pushed away a Largs corner kick from under the bar.

Begley picked up a knock and was replaced by Ross George.

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Although endeavour remained high clear-cut chances were low in number. With five minutes to go the home side almost snatched all three points with a wonderful move.  Moore fed Orsi on the right to play a one with Andrew in the box before making for the bye-line to whip a ball to the back post for the incoming Frye and his flying header was stopped on the line by Stuart Faulds and then cleared off the line by Martin Orr.  Glens finished on the front foot and in the closing minute Farrell pushed away Orsi’s shot from 20 yards to ensure the match ended all square.

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FT Glens 1 Largs  1

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC: 1 Craig Burns 2. Kyle McAusland 3. Alan Cairns 4. Craig Menzies 5. Ryan McChesney 6. Findlay Frye 7. Dan Orsi 8. Cameron Marlow 9. Davie Winters 10. Joe Andrew 11. Dale Moore Subs. 12. Kit Cummins 14. Craig Potter 15. Craig McEwan

LARGS THISTLE: 1. Daniel Farrell  2. Stuart Faulds 3. Laurie McMaster 4. Martin Orr 5. Ryan Begley 6. Gary Fleming 7. Ryan McKie 8. Mark Millar 9. Scott Adam 10. Paul Harkins 11. Ben Black.  Subs 12. Graham Muir 14. Ross George 15. Kevin Struthers 16. Jamie McGowan (gk)

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Glenafton 2 Cambuslang 1

Sat 20th APR 2019 KO 2:00 pm  

Ardagh Group West of Scotland Cup | Quarter-final

Loch Park, New Cumnock

Glenafton Athletic 2 (2) Cambuslang Rangers 1 (1)

Glens were forced to make a couple of changes from the eleven that started in last Saturday’s victory over Kirkintilloch Rob Roy. Young keeper Craig Burns came in for Brian McGarrity who sustained a knee injury against the Rabs and Kyle McAusland replaced Craig Menzies who was unavailable for selection.  In other changes Ally Park and Mick McCann made way for Dale Moore and Mick McCann.

Although the sun was beating down on Loch Park the game took time to warm up in terms of goal mouth action.  On 10 minutes the Glens won the first of two back to back corners neither of which threatened the goal. In the same vein a few minutes later Cambuslang were awarded the first of two free kicks on the outskirts of the box both of which suffered from the same fate of their hosts corners.

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The home side made the breakthrough on 17 minutes after Joe Andrew played a slick one-two with Kit Cummins down the right flank before breaking into the box and squaring the ball for the incoming Findlay Frye to take a touch before picking spot from seven yards out, giving keeper Chris Treacy no chance.

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Findlay Frye opens the scoring

The keeper, once on Killie’s books, kept his cool to clear a ball being chased down by Andrew and then rushed to the edge of the box to gather a long ball played into a busy box by Kyle McAusland.

The visitors looked lively down both flanks the endeavour of attacking full back Zaki Djoudi down the right catching the eye and the combination of Connor Cowan and Craig McLeish causing problems down the left. Indeed, it was McLeish that drew the sides level on 28 minutes with a sweetly struck shot from the left-hand corner of the box that although Burns got both hands to the ball, it slipped through them and into the net.

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Zaki Djoudi congratulates Craig McLeish on his equaliser

The Glens restored their lead three minutes later after Cummins was adjudged to have been brought down in the box by Zak Moynes and despite the Camby’s protest the referee pointed to the spot after which Findlay Frye converted from 12 yards with some aplomb.

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Findlay restores Glens lead from the spot

As the heat intensified the chances dried and those of the half variety were dealt with comfortably by both goalies.

HT Glens 2 Cambuslang 1

The visitors were first to threaten after the break through Greg McEwan’s free kick from the left was floated to the back post where Simon Marriot headed it back across the face of goal for McLeish only for Leon Murphy to intercept and the danger was cleared.

At the other end Frye fired a low shot from 25 yards out through a ruck of players that Treacey did well to get down low and keep a hold of the ball.

On 55 minutes while preparing for a free-kick from the outskirts of the box Cambuslang replaced the industrious Djoudi with Ryan Mackey before Ryan Barrett drilled the kick into the Glens wall.

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Kit Cummins on the ball

The home side began to take control with Frye and Dale Moore winning the majority of the midfield battles while Murphy’s mazy runs were now more a feature of the game. The visitors made a second change with Chris McNeil coming on for Greg McEwan.

Midway through the half Murphy curled a free kick from the corner of the box which was well held by Treacey. Glens continued to press and Andrew’s great touch in the box took two defenders out of play while picking out Davie Winters to run on and attempt to chip the keeper from 10 yards only for the ball to sail over the bar. Dan Orsi then clipped a great ball into the box for the unmarked Cummins but he mistimed his effort and the chance was gone.

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Joe Andrews holds off Simon Marriot

With 15 minutes to go there was some respite for Rangers with a break that ended with a good ball into the box that Burns did well to punch from the head of Cowan and then recovered the loose ball. Back came Glens and after Murphy was floored the free kick into the box was killed brilliantly by Winters to set up a shot from 7 yards out but Treacy improvised to get a leg to the ball and clear the danger.

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Davie Winters denied by Chris Treacy

On 78 minutes the Glens brought on Mick McCann for Andrew and two minutes later were forced into another substitution after a bad tackle on Murphy that saw the midfielder carried from the field to be replaced by assistant manager Craig Potter.

Glens continued to turn the screw ever mindful that only a goal separated the two sides. Frye slipped an inch perfect ball into the box for Moore to chase down and drill a low angled shot which the keeper held well at full stretch.

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Dale Moore breaks forward

A series of glorious chances then passed the Glens bye in the closing three minutes and the time added on. Moore powered his way into the box and picked out the free Winters with a peach of a pass but the outrushing keeper forced him to fire over the bar from six yards out. Moore then wrong footed centre back Andy McQuade to skip into the box and drive for the bye-line before squaring the ball across the face of goal which went through the keepers legs and fell for Cummins at the back post only for the big striker to meet the bouncing ball with a poor touch to send it over the bar from to yards. On 93 minutes McCann was presented with a free run into the box but Treacy kept his cool to snatch the ball from his feet.

The Glens put safety first and brought added time to conclusion with back to back short corners.

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Handshakes

FT Glens 2 Cambuslang 1

Glenafton Athletic: 1.Craig Burns 2. Dan Orsi 3. Alan Cairns 4. Kyle McAusland 5. Ryan McChesney 6. Findlay Frye 7. Kit Cummins 8. Dale Moore 9.  Davie Winters 10. Joe Andrew (12. Mick McCann) 11. Leon Murphy (16. Craig Potter)

Cambuslang Rangers: Chris Treacy 2. Zaki Djoudi (12. Ryan Mackey) 3. Zak Moynes 4. Andy McQuade 5. Simon Marriot 6. Jordan McIntosh 7. Daniel Drummond 8. Greg McEwan (15. Chris McNeil) 9. Ryan Barrett (14.Alan Christie) 10. Craig McLeish 11. Connor Cowan  Subs: 16. William McElholm 18. Scott Faulds

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Glenafton 1 Kirkintilloch 0

Sat 13th APR 2019 KO 2:00 pm  

McBookie.com West Region Premiership| Match 26

Loch Park, New Cumnock

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

GLENS ROB ROY

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

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

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awaiting a corner-kick

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

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

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

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Keeper Craig Gordon denies Davie Winters

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

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Free-kick hits the woodwork

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

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Alex Cassells tries to head home

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

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Alan Cairns on the ball

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

HT Glens 0 Rabs 0

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

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Determined Dan Orsi

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

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

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

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Brian McGarrity comes out on top

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ally Park looks on as ball heads for goal

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

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Ally Parker celebrates

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

FT Glens 1 Rabs 0

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goal huddle

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

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

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Beith 1 Glenafton 1

Sat 5th APR 2019 KO 2:00 pm  

McBookie.com West Region Premiership| Match 25

Bellsdale Park, Beith

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Glenafton 2 Pollok 1

Sat 30th MAR 2019 KO 2:00 pm  

McBookie.com West Region Premiership| Match 24

Loch Park, New Cumnock

Glenafton Athletic 2 (0) Pollok 1 (1)

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

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

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

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Leon Murphy breaks forward as Bryan Young closes in

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

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Adam Forde’s overhead kick with Cameron Marlow in attendane

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Goal celebrations Pollok 1-0 up

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

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

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

HT Glens 0 Pollok 1

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

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

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Danny Boyle  on the ground finds out his goal is disallowed

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

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

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Dan breaks down the right

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

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

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

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Findlay finds the net from the spot

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

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Fin hits the winner

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

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FT Glens 2 Pollok 1 

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

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

 

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