Squad News, moving on!

JamieMcKernon_RyanBorris_ScottWatsonMidfielders Jamie McKernon and Ryan Borris along with young keeper Scott Watson have left the club. All at Glenafton Athletic woud like to thank them and wish them all the best for the future.

Jamie McKernon

Jamie previously played with St. Mirren, Ayr United and East Stirlingshire before joining the Glens at the start of the 2013/14 season when the club reached the Scottish Junior Cup final. The following season he earned the man-of-the-match award in the Ayrshire Ardagh Cup Final win over Auchinleck Talbot. Jamie returned to the senior ranks with Queen’s Park before returning to Loch Park for second spell season. His 35 appearances took his Glens total to 102 and his over the three seasons he bagged 19 goals.

Ryan Borris

Ryan counts Dumbarton, Raith Rovers, Ayr United, Stirling Albion and Stranraer in his list of senior clubs. He joined the Junior ranks at Kilbirnie Ladeside before moving to Hurlford United and then making the move from Blair Park to Loch Park at the start of Glenafton’s treble winning season in 2016/17 – Scottish Junior Cup Winners, West Region Premier Division Champions and Evening Times Champions Cup.  In his two seasons at the club Ryan has made over 60 appearances and scored 4 goals.

Scott Watson

Young keeper Scott had Junior experience with Beith Juniors and Dalry Thistle and during his two season has proved a committed stand-in to No.1 goalkeeper Brian McGarrity.

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Kirkintilloch 2 Glenafton 0

  • McBookie West Region Super League Premier Division
  • Match 22
  • Guy’s Meadow, Cumbernauld
  • Saturday 2nd June 2018
  • KIRKINTILLOCH ROB ROY 2 (0)
    • Gallagher, Hughes
  • GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 0 (0)

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Glenafton ended this season’s league campaign away to Kirkintilloch Rob Roy in a repeat of the fixture that saw them clinch the title ahead of their nearest rivals. Neither side were in the running to be crowned champions and both were forced to make a number of changes to the starting personnel for various reasons. The Glens without any of their recognised strikers available gave Jake Griffen, stepping up from the U19s, his first start; keeper Scott Watson earned his first league start as cover for Brian McGarrity and assistant manager Craig Potter partnered Jamie McKernon in the middle of the park.  The visitors could only name two substitutes with Ryan Berry, another promising player from the U19s’ and coach Craig Clark.

The game was only two minutes old when Glens were forced to make a change after Ryan McChesney’s superb tackle to dispossess Connor Hughes in the box saw the big defender fall awkwardly and in some pain. Berry came on in his place to slot into the midfield with Craig Menzies returning to his familiar role in the centre of defence.

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Ryan Berry in control with Jamie McKernon in support

The Rabs earned their first corner kick on 5 minutes and it was Kyle McAusland that won the aerial battle against the home side’s trialist centre half to clear the ball. The game was being played at a fair tempo in very close (as in humid!) conditions with possession rapidly changing from one team to the other.

On 14 minutes fine work by the Glens down the right flank set up a header for Griffen at the near post only for the ball to drift inches wide.

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Jake Griffen goes close

Three minutes later Willie Sawyers held off two Glens defenders to engineer a shot from outside the box which swerved well wide of target.

Glens countered through Menzies with his trademark run from the heart of the defence to the opponent’s half before picking out Moore on the right and his cross to the back post was just beyond connecting with Berry’s good run into the box. This was a good spell for the visitors and Potter broke down another Rabs attack in the middle of park before releasing Moore down the right, to skin the full back. Twice the midfielder’s attempt to cross the ball were blocked before the third attempt found Lynass at the back post to play a one-two with McKernon before blasting the ball over the bar from 18 yards out. At the other end Lee Gallagher’s shot from inside the box suffered the same fate.

Back came Glens and neither Berry’s or McKernon’s speculative efforts from distance tested keeper Martin Fusari.

On 28 minutes the Rabs came within a whisker of taking the lead from a corner kick after their trialist centre half’s glancing header at the near post sneaked inches wide of the back post. Two minutes later and the centre half looked favourite to get his head to another corner only for keeper Watson to leap and grab the ball cleanly.

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Keeper Scott Watson’s clean catch

From just inside the Rabs’ half McKernon floated a free kick to the back post for McAusland to head back into the danger area where Griffen lost his marker to fire a snap shot wide of target.

McKnight broke down a Rabs attack on the edge of the box and the ball fell to Moore to clear upfield for Lynass to chase only for keeper Fusari to rush out of his box and time his tackle perfectly to clear the danger.

The midfield tussles continued with no quarter given and a competitive first 45 minutes ended all square and goal-less.

H/T Rob Roy 0 Glens 0

The home side were first to show after the break with a decent spell of possession and pressure.  On 49 minutes a corner from the right saw no fewer than three Rabs rise as the back post to challenge for the header with Mark McCulloch winning that battle only for Watson to come off his line to leap and catch the ball cleanly as Andrew Johnstone waited in vain for a spill.  A cute pass from Chris Hopkins released Hughes to progress to the box and lash a powerful shot that Watson pushed up into the air with both hands and stayed alert to grasp the loose ball as Sawyers challenged.  Rabs continued to press and Sawyers’ squeal help earn a free kick on the edge of the box and although Gallagher curled the ball past the wall it dipped over the bar.

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Lee Gallagher’s free kick

On 55 minutes some respite for the visitors after Potter broke down another attack and played the ball upfield for Lynass to show McCulloch a clean pair of heels before drilling a low angled shot from the corner of the box which Fusari did well to get down low and push the ball away across the face of goal to be mopped up. Lynass and Moore then combined down the right to win the Glens a corner-kick which was played short back to Moore to drill the ball into the box only to be cleared eventually by the home rearguard.

At one end Watson saved a snapshot from Gallagher low at his post and at the other end Fusari was quick off his to line to gather the ball as Griffen closed in.  A fine passing move from the Glens began with left back Alan Cairns deep in his own half picked out Griffen who played the ball packed to McKernon to then feed the overlapping Cairns to skip back the Rabs full back and drive deep into the box only for his cut-back for the incoming McKernon to be blocked by a brace of defenders.

The visitors were enjoying a good spell and on 65 minutes Moore skinned Mark Gourlay at the corner flag to drive along the bye-line before his cross was deflected out for a corner which was headed clear by McCulloch. Two minutes later Glens won another corner and again this was headed clear. The visitors continued to press and McAusland cut infield to play a one-two for Lynass and although his shot from the outskirts of the box was blocked Potter snapped on the loose ball at the edge of the “D” only to be tripped by Hopkins. McAusland drilled a low free-kick past the wall but again Fusari got down low at his post to stop the ball and then smother it safely.

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Craig Potter drives for the box

Possession changed hands a number of times during a midfield skirmish before the ball fell for Hopkins to push forward and drill a low hard shot that Watson held well.

On 69 minutes Glens lost possession upfield before the ball was picked up by Lee Gallagher on the half-way line to push forward to the box where he played a one-two with Sawyers and then showed quick feet to turn a clutch of defenders as he advanced deep into the box to fire home from 12 yards.

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Lee Gallagher (out of shot) makes it 1-0

 

Three minutes later Glens brought on Craig Clark for Ryan Berry and play continued to flow from end with both keeper showing a safe pair of hands to end a couple of half-chances.

On 81 minutes the Rabs doubled their lead in controversial fashion after the full back trialist lofted a great ball deep into the six-yard box where Sawyers and Watson challenged for the ball with the young keeper getting a face-full of the striker’s forearm sending him crashing to the ground leaving Connor Hughes free to slam home the loose ball. Glenafton’s pleas went unheeded by a disinterested official.

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Connor Hughes makes it 2-0

 

With 5 minutes to go Rabs’ manager Stuart Maxwell came on to replace Sawyers. The home side won another couple of corner kicks both of which were cleared before the referee blew for time. The result has the Rabs leapfrog Glens into sixth place in the Premier Division.

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Handshakes

F/T Rob Roy 2 Glens 0

Glenafton Athletic: 1. Scott Watson 2. Kyle McAusland 3. Alan Cairns 4. Iain McKnight 5. Ryan McChesney (12. Ryan Berry (14. Craig Clark) )6. Craig Menzies 7. Craig Potter 8. Jamie McKernon 9. Dale Moore 10. Connor Lynass 11. Jake Griffen

Kirkintilloch Rob Roy: 13. Martin Fusari 2. Trialist 3. Mark Gourlay 4. Gary McCulloch 5. Trialist 6. Shaun Fraser 7. Andrew Johnstone 8. Chris Hopkins 9. W. Sawyers (12. Stewat Maxwell) 10. Connor Hughes 11. Lee Gallagher Subs. 14. Trialist 15. Joe Slattery

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Young team Scott Watson, Jake Griffen and Ryan Berry

 

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Glenafton 0 Hurlford 3

  • McBookie West Region Super League Premier Division
  • Match 21
  • Loch Park, New Cumnock
  • Wenesday 30th May 2018
  • GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 0 (0)
  • HURLFORD UNITED 3 (2)
    • Robertson (2), Watt

Hurlford United recovered from their injury time collapse in Sunday’s Scottish Junior Cup final against Auchinleck Talbot to put in a fine performance at Loch Park. Former Glenafton striker Ross Roberston scored a double in the first half, in between which Chris Dallas had a goal disallowed for offiside for the home team. Calum Watt completed the scoring after the break for a comfortable 3-0 win.

Glenafton Athletic: 1. Brian McGarrity 2. Craig Menzies 3. Alan Cairns 4. Iain McKnight 5. Ryan McChesney 6. Ally Park 7. Dale Moore 8. Kyle McAusland 9. Chris Dallas 10. Mick McCann 11. Connor Lynass Subs. 12. Craig Potter 14. Jake Griffen 15. Ryan Berry 16. Scott Watson (gk)

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Clydebank 2 Glenafton 1

  • McBookie West Region Super League Premier Division
  • Match20
  • Holm Park, Clydebank
  • Saturday 19th May 2018
  • CLYDEBANK 2 (1)
    • Deas, Cunningham
  • GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 1(0)
    • Andrew

Glens enjoyed the early pressure albeit without fashioning a serious attempt at goal. On 8 minutes Bankies came close only for Ryan Deas’s header to drift wide of the post. Two minutes later good attacking play down the left by Darren McGill saw him advance in the box and his attempt to pick out Joe Andrew in the box cut out by Jamie Darroch at the expense of a corner kick which was duly cleared. Glens surrendered possession in the centre circle allowing Josh Watt to break upfield and picked out Deas on the left who lost out to the back-tracking Ryan Borris to earn a corner-kick.  Watt floated the kick to edge of the six yard box where the unchallenged Deas glanced his header into far corner of the net to put the home side ahead on 13 minutes.

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Ryan Borris failed to recover from an injury he picked up and on 18 minutes was replaced by Conor Lynass.

Play was frantic at times with the ball being battered about as possession changed from team without either keeper being tested. On 27 minutes defender Iain McKnight was shown a yellow card for tripping John Cunningham a few a yard from the bye-line and a yard more from the left hand side of the penalty box. On a move from the training ground Watt slipped a low free-kick to the near side of the six yard box for Cammy McClair but his first attempt was a fresh-air shot while his second was blocked by defender Alan Cairns to set up a counter attack by Glens that was broken down by Andy Paterson on the half-way line.  Back came Glens through Kyle McAusland’s clearance upfield that was headed on by McGill and then in turn by Chris Dallas to be picked up by Lynass only for his volley from the 18 yard line to fall comfortably into the hands of keeper Marc Waters.

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Play continued at a place with no quarter given in the sunshine at Holm Park.  On 36 minutes the Glens won a free-kick on the right hand side of the outskirts of the box after Paterson kicked Moore on the back of the heel. Although McGill’s kick bounced off the defensive wall the ball fell for Cameron Marlow to blast a shot from 25 yards that flew inches wide of the post with the airborne keeper beaten. A minute later a mix up in the Glens defence left McGarrity stranded outside the corner of his six yard box leaving Cunningham and McKnight to battle for the ball in front of an empty net and it was the young defender that came out on top with a last-ditch tackle to hook the ball away.  Back upfield and Marlow tried his luck from 30 yards but this time the keeper could look on as the ball sailed wide of the target.

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Tempers flared on 40 minutes as Moore and Ross Forsyth tussled on the ground after a robust tackle by the latter.  In terms of chances the Bankies had the last word in the first half with the Glens eventually clearing Watt’s corner-kick.

H/T Bankies 1 Glens 0

Within a minute of the restart the home side created the first chance of the new half with McClair’s close range glancing header from a Paterson cross easily held by McGarrity. Glens responded almost immediately through Dallas with a snapshot from outside the right-hand corner of the box which dropped safely into the arms of Waters. A minute later Marlow floated a ball deep into the box and Andrew’s bullet header screamed past the post.  The same pair combined soon after with Marlow releasing Andrew down the left to drive to the bye-line but there were no takers for his cut-back across the face of goal.

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Back came Bankies and Paterson’s perseverance down the left saw him progress into the box only for his shot to be deflected wide by Marlow. Although the resulting corner-kick was headed clear by McKnight the Bankies quickly recovered the ball to set up Deas in the box for a low angled shot that was also deflected wide and the corner that followed mopped up by the Glens defence.

In the centre circle Ryan McChesney beat Deas in the air and the ball fell for Moore on the left to drive forward and cut the ball into the box where former Bankies striker Joe Andrew got between Darroch and Matt McLean to lash the ball home from 8 yards out, to level the match on 57 minutes.

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Glens freshened things up as they pressed for a second with goalscorer Andrew making way for Mick McCann. On 63 minutes Lynass beat Chris Dooley in the air and Dallas snapped up the ball to break forward and fashion a shot from 24 yards out which Waters did well to get down low and hold on tight to the ball.

Midway through the half Bankies brought on Ross Alexander for Josh Watt. Still the Glens pressed and Dallas nicked the ball from Darroch before then turning the defender outside in before slipping a superb ball into the box for the incoming Lynass to gather to crack a shot from the corner of the six yard box that was brilliantly blocked by the feet of Waters.

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On 71 minutes some respite for the home side through Paterson’s break down the left before cutting into the box and shooting for goal only for McGarrity to pull off a great block with his legs as McClair waited on the cut-back. Bankies made another change with Darroch making way for Reece Pearson.

The referee took Moore and Forsyth aside for a word after the latter squared up to the former another clash. Deas got on with the game with a powerful drive through the middle and evaded a tackle from Moore at the edge of the box but his shot lacked the power to test McGarrity.

Forsyth was living dangerously as he refused to surrender the ball when the Glens had won the throw in and squared up to McAusland.

Play was now more evenly matched and flowed from end to end without any clear cut chances.  On 83 minutes McGarrity launched the ball upfield and Dallas snapped up Dooley’s attempt to head it clear before breaking into the box only for the defender to recover and rob the striker off the ball and give away a corner.

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Lynass’s kick was cleared at the near post and John Cunningham got a touch on the centre circle to release McClair upfield. Cunningham matched his teammate’s run to pick up his pass to advance into the box where he turned Moore and McKnight and although he fell to the ground he kept his wits to poke the ball between the keeper’s legs and into the net. Bankies 2-1 up on 84 minutes.

Two minutes later Forsyth couldn’t resist the temptation to have another kick at Moore and a second yellow card saw the Bankies face the closing minutes with 10 men. However, there were to be no further chances of notes and Keiran McAnespie’s Bankies took the points.

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FT Bankies 2 Glens 1

Glenafton Athletic: 1. Brian McGarrity 2. Kyle McAusland 3. Alan Cairns 4. Iain McKnight 5. Ryan McChesney 6. Cameron Marlow 7. Dale Moore 8. Ryan Borris (14. Conor Lynass). 9. Chris Dallas 10. Joe Andrew (12. Mick McCann) 11. Darren McGill  Subs not used. 15. Jake Griffin 16. Craig Potter 17. Scott Watson (gk)

Clydebank: 1.Scott Waters 14. Chris Dooley 3. Andy Paterson 4. Alan Vezza 5. Jamie Darroch (12. Reeced Pearson) 21. Matt McLean 7. Cammy McClair 8. Ryan Deas 15. Ross Forsyth 19. John Cunningham 11. Josh Watt (17. Ross Alexander) Subs Not used: 18. Ross Harvie 6. Jack McInnes 16. Chris Black 20. Scott Morrison

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Auchinleck 2 Glenafton 1

  • McBookie West Region Super League Premier Division
  • Match19
  • Beechood Park, Auchinleck
  • Monday 14th May 2018
  • AUCHINLECK TALBOT 2 (1)
    • McIlroy, Shankland
  • GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 1(1)
    • Moore

Auchlinleck Talbot maintained their push for the title with a narrow win over current champions Glenafton Athletic in a hard-fought encounter at Beechwood Park.

aa_a_dalemoore05Sean McIlroy gave the home side an early lead with a clincal finish from inside the box. The visitors equalised before the break with Dale Moore finishing off a fine passage of passing. Jamie McKernon switched play from deep in the left to upfield wide on the right with Kyle McAusland. The defender’s header into the box was gathered by Mick McCann who hooked to it Ally Park on the overlap to square the ball into box for a one-two with Joe Andrew before drilling it low to the back post where the incoming Dale Moore (left) slotted it home beyond the touch of defenders on the line.

There was little between the two sides in the second half and it took a late strike by substitute Mark Shankland to score what proved to be the winner for Auchinleck despite Glenafton’s claims of keeper Brian McIlroy view being blocked by two players on offside positions.

Glenafton Athletic: 1. Brian McGarrity 2. Kyle McAusland 3. Alan Cairns 4. Craig Menzies 5. Ryan McChesney 6. Jamie McKernon 7. Conor Lynass 8. Ally Park 9. Mick McCann 10. Joe Andrew 11. Dale Moore Subs.  12. Ryan Borris 14. Chris Dallas 16. Iain McKnight 17. Scott Watson (gk)

Auchinleck Talbot: 1. Andy Leishman 2. Willie Lyle 3. Gordon Pope 4.  Neil McPherson 5. Ross Harvey 6. Dwayne Hyslop 7. Steven White 8. Stephen Wilson 9. Jamie Glasgow 10. Sean McIlroy 11. Graham Wilson subs. 12. Mark Shankland 14. Gareth Armstrong 15. Craig McCracken 16. Faulds 17. Klark Thomson

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Glenafton 0 Cumnock 1

  • Ayrshire Weekly Press Cup
  • 2nd Round
  • Loch Park, New Cumnock
  • Saturday 5th May 2018
  • GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 0 (0)
  • CUMNOCK JUNIORS 1 (0)

    • Burns

BURNS SWEET FINISH SINKS AFTON

Glenafton came within a whisker of taking an early lead after Mick McCann kicked off and 15 seconds later he was picking up a pass from Conor Lynass in the box before drilling a low angled shot wide of the post.

On 6 minutes Keiren Wood zipped down the right flank before cutting the ball into the box where although Mark McKenzie completely mis-timed his shot the ball rolled onto Andy Muir to have a pop at goal that was blocked by the stooped head of Ryan McChesney and cleared by Craig Menzies.

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Ryan McChesney blocks Andy Muir’s shot

Glens made progress down the right and although Joe Andrew and McCann couldn’t unlock the ‘Nock defence they brought Kyle McAusland into play who the picked out Ryan Borris on the right hand corner of the penalty box. The midfielder did well to engineer a shot only for it deflect of the leg of Paul Burns and the ball, having lost its sting, fall safely into the hands of keeper Darren Johnson.

On 14 minutes the visitors won the first corner-kick of the game after McAusland ended Muir’s attack down the left. Although Muir’s corner never got beyond first man Andrew his header was knocked on by Richard Murray before Jamie McKernon did enough to take the ball from the toes of Scott Anson and send the ball wide for another corner-kick. In stark contrast to the first this corner, from the right, was overstruck and the danger was over for the home side.

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Mick McCann wins the header

Play got bogged down in the middle park for a spell before Glens enjoyed a decent spell.  On 19 minutes Dale Moore dispossessed Muir on the half-way line and threaded a fine ball through the middle for McCann to get the jump on the centre backs but was adjudged to have done so from a offside position. A minute later the Glens striker hunted down Johnson as he tried to recover a poor pass back, but the keeper kept his cool to side step McCann and launch the ball upfield.  McKernon’s free-kick from wide on the left was headed clear to the outskirts of the box by Anson where Borris took a touch to set up Dale Moore for a shot from 25 yards that swerved high and wide of target.

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Dale Moore shoots for goal

On 23 minutes Anson’s shoulder charge into the ribs of McChesney went unnoticed by the match official and to add insult to injury the Glens centre back was penalised as the striker crumbled to the ground. Job done, and a quick wink to the irate home support, Anson recovered to sprint(!) into the box for Del Esplin’s incoming free kick which popped out of a pack of players into the path of James Lundie and although time and space was in his favour the centre-back skewed his shot from 8 yards to earn Glens a throw-in.

A Cumnock throw-in on the right was headed on by Anson at the half-way line for Esplin to chase and switch play to Muir on the left. In a flash he picked out Mark McKenzie’s run into the box which tempted Brian McGarrity to advance from his line, and although the keeper tried to draw back from the tackle at the last-minute he caught the midfielder and a penalty kick awarded.  On 27 minutes Paul Burns, who had missed a spot-kick in the midweek game at Girvan, stepped up to drill a low shot to McGarrity’s right only for the keeper to push it round the post.  The resulting corner was whipped into the near post where Woods headed it down for Burns but his shot from inside the six yard box failed to find the target.

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Brian McGarrity saves Paul Burns spot kick

Cumnock continued to press and on 31 minutes they won a free-kick on the fringes of the penalty box but Burns must have felt it wasn’t going to be his day as his effort was well off target.

The closing third of the half (!) belonged to the home side in terms of half-chances.  McCann and Borris combined to set up Moore’s effort from 25 yards which dipped over the bar. Borris, again the architect, slipped the ball to Lynass on the right, who gave Murray the slip as he drove for the bye-line only for cut-back to be cut-out by the outstretched leg of the keeper. On 39 minutes, in what was the best move of the half, McAusland’s clearing header was gathered by Borris wide on the right before clipping the ball upfield for Lynass at the corner of the penalty box where he held off both centre backs to slip the ball to McCann who in turn picked out the incoming Moore only for th midfielder’s shot from seven yards to drift inches wide of the post.

Lynass then earned the Glens their first corner kick but, of all people, it was Burns that won the aerial header to clear McKernon’s kick. The home side quickly retrieved the ball and Borris burst into the left-hand-side of the penalty box, driving through the space between Burns and Lundie to reach edge of the six-yard box from where his shot at goal was blocked by the feet of the keeper and deflected to safety.

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Ryan Borris’s shot blocked by keeper Darren Johsnon

H/T Glens 0 Cumnock 0

Cumnock were first to show after the break winning back-to-back corner kicks without threatening the Glens goal. Woods had taken a knock in the process and after failing to recover was replaced by Jamie Ballantyne on 50 minutes.

Andrew chased a ball down in the Cumnock box forcing Lundie to clear at the expense of a corner. McKernon’s delivery from the left never got beyond front man Burns but Cairns quickly recovered the ball and floated it to the far side of the box where McAusland’s header was headed clear by Anson only to be snapped up by Moore who whipped a wicked ball to the back post where although McCann got a head to it, he couldn’t guide the ball on target.

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Joe Andrew on the move

On 57 minutes Glens brought on Cameron Marlow for Conor Lynass, with Marlow taking up a place in the middle of the park with Moore filling the placed vacated by Lynass.

McChesney, wide on the left from the half way line, launched a free-kick high into the box which was gathered by keeper Johnson to launch a counter-attack upfield.

Anson beat Menzies to the ball to progress down the left and cut the ball across the face of goal for the incoming Paul Burns to fire home at the back post. Cumnock 1-0 up with 61 minutes gone.

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Paul Burns fires home

Glens brought on Chris Dallas for Mick McCann as the home side went in search of an equaliser. McKernon’s free kick from the half way line initiated a scramble in the box that saw both sides surrender possession before the ball fell for Andrew to turn Lundie in the box but his low shot lacked the power to test the keeper who got down low to hold the ball.

Around 70 minutes both sides made substitutions with Cumnock bringing on Jamie Martin for Mark McKenzie and Glenafton replacing Ryan Borris with Darren McGill.

Burns through ball set up Anson to beat the offside trap but he fluffed his shot which only just reached the hands of McGarrity.

On 74 minutes Cameron Marlow was shown a red card for words said after another decision by the match official had left the home side and their support bewildered.  Two minutes later Moore was cynically hacked down from behind by Stephen McKenna in front of the referee and after the advantage came to nothing,  the referee chose to show the offender a yellow card.

McAusland outjumped Crawford to head the ball on for Dallas and although the stiker got between the two centre halves to get his shot away it lacked the power to test Johnson, who mopped up the loose ball.

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Chris Dallas shoots for goal

Martin had brought some fresh energy to Cumnock’s attack since his introduction and he weaved about the park with determination and style in equal measure. A mazy run was brought to an end with a robust tackle from McGill that earned the midfielder a yellow card.  The resulting free-kick was headed over the bar by Murray. Another run by the youngster was ended by McKernon and the flash of a yellow card with the free kick being cleared.

With 5 minutes to go Martin was on the move again and although he showed a clean pair of heels his shot at goal lacked their shine and the ball whizzed well wide of the post. Back came Martin wide on the right skipping past defenders like training cones and switched play to Anson on the left hand side of the box but his attempt to bring the overlapping Ballantyne into play ended with a woefully short pass that McAusland  cleared before being clattered by the Cumnock defender.

 

The 10 men got a second wind and pushed for an unlikely equaliser in added time. Moore looked to have won a header cleanly to send the ball into the box but with a squeal Esplin fell to the ground covering his eye which earned the visitors a free-kick and a breather – thankfully he never required any treatment and made a full recovery! On 92 minutes Anson was booked for kicking the ball away after the Glens had won a free-kick and once again Johnson, who had a flawless game, clutched the ball cleanly.

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Handshakes

F/T Glens 0 Cumnock 1

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

Cumnock Juniors: 1. Darren Johnson 2. Keiren Wood (12. Jamie Ballantyne) 3. Stevie Crawford 4. James Lundie 5. Richard Murray 6. Del Esplin 7.Mark McKenzie (14. Jamie Martin) 8. Paul Burns 9. Scott Anson 10. Stephen McKenna 11. Andrew Muir

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Hurlford 0 Glenafton 0

  • McBookie West Region Super League Premier Division
  • Match18
  • Blair Park, Hurlford
  • Wednesday 2nd May 2018
  • HURLFORD UNITED 0 (0)
  • GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 0 (0)

Despite dominating  the first half with some fine flowing football the Glens could not make the breakthrough. Although the second half was more even the best chance of the half fell to substitute Darren McGill with a one-on-one with Ally Brown only for the keeper coming out on top,

Glenafton Athletic: 1. Brian McGarrity 2. Ally Park 3. Alan Cairns 4. Craig Menzies 5.Kyle McAusland    6. Jamie McKernon 7. Ryan Borris (12. Cameron Marlow) 8. Dale Moore 9. Mick McCann 10. Joe Andrew 11. Conor Lynass (14. Darren McGill) Subs: 15. Iain McKnight 16. Ryan McChesney     17. Scott Watson (gk)

Hurlford United : 1.A. Brown 2. R. Fisher 3. S. Lidington 4. G. Mitchell 5. C. Robertson 6. A. Jenkins 7. P. McKenzie 8. C. Watt 9. M. Roberts 10. R. Robertson 11. S. Ferguson. Subs 12. S. Kean 14. R. Caddis 15. J. Whittaker 16. D. Agnew.

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Glenafton 1 Beith 0

  • McBookie West Region Super League Premier Division
  • Match 17
  • Loch Park, New Cumnock
  • Saturday 28th April 2018
  • GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 1 (1)
    • McAusland
  • BEITH JUNIORS 0 (0)

A hard working Glens side gained revenge for their defeat over Beith at Bellsdale in the first league match of the season.

Glenafton Athletic squad (16)Beith started reasonably well against a strong wind but fell behind on 12 minutes conceding a goal from corner kick.  Jamie McKernon’s delivery into the box fell perfectly for Kyle McAusland  (left) to fire home from eight yards. Both keepers had little to do as the game became scrappy and further goal scoring chances proved scarce.  Half-hearted penalty appeals from both sides were waved away and Glens were strong enough to prevent Beith converting a couple of late half chances

Glenafton Athletic: 1. Brian McGarrity 2. Ally Park (12. Ryan McChesney) 3. Alan Cairns 4. Craig Menzies 5.Kyle McAusland 6. Jamie McKernon 7. Ryan Borris (15. Darren McGill) 8. Dale Moore 9. Mick McCann 10. Joe Andrew 11. Conor Lynass (14. Cameron Marlow) Subs: 16. Iain McKnight 17. Scott Watson (gk)

Beith Juniors: Grindlay, McGlinchey, N Docherty, MacDonald, McLaughlin, Wilson, Christie, Frize, Collins, Reid, Burke. Subs: McLean, McPherson, Bradley, Milliken, R Docherty

 

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Glenafton 0 Cumnock 2

  • McBookie West Region
  • Super League Premier Division
  • Match 16
  • Loch Park, New Cumnock
  • Saturday 21st April 2018
  • GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 0 (0)
  • CUMNOCK JUNIORS 2 (1)
    • Anson (2)

Free flowing football was seldom on show on a difficult pitch and in a game peppered with free kicks which players and supporters alike had often to wait to see which team the referee was penalising.

Glens forced the first corner kick of the game on 8 minutes after Ally Park’s attempted cross from tight on the right was deflected wide. Kyle McAusland’s header from Jamie McKernon’s header looped safely into the hands of former Glens goalie Ally Semple.

Cumnock were having little joy with high balls as Ryan McChesney dominated the aerial battles against striker Scott Anson. On 14 minutes Raymond Montgomerie tried a different approach as he picked up a cute pass from Mark McKenzie at the edge of the box but his shot sailed high and wide of the target.

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At the other end Ryan Borris pounced on a Cumnock clearance but Semple was alert to his speculative shot from 25 yards and got down low to push the ball wide for a corner-kick. Anson won this aerial battle to head the ball clear only for it to fall for Dale Moore wand although the Glens midfield did well to strike the ball cleanly from distance through a ruck of players the shot lacked power to test Semple.

The game then entered into a prolonged period of scrappy play where despite the endeavours from both sides there was no end product, as they say.

On 27 minutes fine play by the lively McKenzie at the edge of the box had him evade a trio of defenders before slipping the ball for the incoming Anson to drill a low angled shot that was deflected wide for the visitors first corner-kick. The delivery was headed on at the near post by Richard Murray but Anson miscued his attempt to bury the loose ball and Park cleared the danger.

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Dallas and Borris then combined well on the right to allow the latter to give two defenders the slip and drive to the bye line before whipping the ball into the six-yard box for the incoming Mick McCann but instead Murray’s intervening header fell for Cammy Marlow only for his shot to be blocked.

Glens continued to press and Moore tried to his luck from distance and although Semple spilled the shot he quickly fell on the ball to deny the inrushing Dallas the chance of putting away the rebound.

Ten minutes from the break James Hilton’s pass into the box looked to have set McKenzie up but defender Alan Cairns’ presence prevented the striker from fashioning a clean shot at goal and keeper Brian McGarrity rushed to snap up the loose ball as Anson advanced.

Back came Glens and a long throw into a packed box was scrambled clear enabling Hilton to push forward to the centre circle and although his pass went astray he was caught late by McKernon, earning the midfielder a yellow card and the visitors a free-kick. Del Elspin floated the ball into the heart of the box and Scott Anson, having come out second best in aerial battles with McChesney throughout the game, opted to keep his feet on the ground and stooped to glance a perfectly guided header beyond the reach of McGarrity. The visitors 1-0 up on 40 minutes.

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H/T Glens 0 Cumnock 1

McChesney emerged from the club house with an ice pack on the back of his neck and three minutes later after his first header of the half his game was over and on came Iain McKnight in his place. The young centre-back was soon in the thick of it heading clear a free kick floated into the back post.

At the other end Dallas won a header deep in the Cumnock box but Murray was on hand to clear the lines.

On 53 minutes Cumnock’s first corner of the half was punched clear by McGarrity and two minutes later Park did enough to put Anson off a short- range shot, after picking up another fine pass from McKenzie. The visitors continued to press. Another corner-kick came and went before McKenzie floated the ball into the six-yard box where McKnight bet Anson to the jump at the expense of a further corner. Anson won a free header at the near post but the ball flew straight into the welcoming hands of McGarrity.

Some respite for the Glens on the hour mark with a long ball upfield for Dallas to chase only for the offside flag to be quickly followed by a yellow card for kicking the ball away!

Glens brought on Darren McGill for Ryan Borris as they went in search of an equaliser. Dallas tried his luck from just outside the ‘D’ but the ball sailed over the bar. A minute later the striker burst through the space between James Lundie and Murray to progress to the right-hand corner of the penalty box before lashing the ball that again flew high and wide of target.

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Back came Cumnock with a free-kick taken inches from the right-hand corner flag. It was floated to the back post for Anson to head it back across the face of goal for Lundie, who was being marked by Park, but it was McGarrity who came out on top as he leapt to clutch the ball.

Midway through the half Cumnock doubled their lead. Semple launched the ball upfield and McKnight, at the edge of the box, beat Anson to the jump sending the ball high into the air which was then headed clear by McAusland only to be snapped up Jamie Bannantyne who whipped a great ball into the middle where Scott Anson in space sent a powerful downward header that despite McGarrity’s effort ended up in the net.

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The home side brought on striker Joe Andrew for midfielder Cameron Marlow.

However, it was Cumnock that continued to look the livelier and on 77 minutes Anson passed up the chance of a hat-trick after his low-angled shot from close range lacked the power to test McGarrity. A minute later the visitors were reduced to 10 men when Stevie Crawford earned a second yellow card for time-wasting; bizarrely twice refusing to catch a ball that was thrown to him to take a throw in!

Andrew played a neat pass for Dallas to chase down in the box and although he held off defender Kieran Wood his shot was blocked by the knees of Semple rushing from his line. Back came Andrew to drive into the right hand side of the box and whip the ball across the face of goal but there were no takers other than the thankful Semple with a simple save.

In the closing minute Glens won three successive corner-kicks before the handshakes.

F/T Glens 0 Cumnock 2

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

Cumnock Juniors: 1. Ally Semple 2. Keiran Wood 3. Jamie Bannatyne 4. James Lundie 5. Richard Murray 6. Stevie Crawford 7. Ray Montgomerie 8. Del Esplin 9. Scott Anson 10. Mark McKenzie 11. James Hilton Subs. Barr, Medhurst, Hunter, Martin, Johnson

 

 

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Kilbirnie 1 Glenafton 1

  • McBookie West Region Super League Premier Division
  • Match15
  • Valefield Park, Kilbirnie
  • Wednesday 18th April 2018
  • KILBIRNIE LADESIDE 1 (1)
    • Roberts
  • GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 1 (0)
    • Dallas

aa_chris_dallasKilbirnie enjoyed the best of the first half and Kurtis Roberts put the home side ahead on 30 minutes . In a game of two halves the Glens had the better of the second half and equalised through Chris Dallas firing in his 25th goal of the season from the penalty spot. The visitors were reduced to 10 men after Jamie McKernon saw red for disputing a yellow card for diving. Despite the set back the New Cumnock side continued to threaten but there was to be no further scoring.

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

 

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