Glenafton made three changes to the eleven that started against Cumnock on Wednesday evening with Scott Johnson, Ollie Rowe and Darren Curtis coming in for Brian McGarrity, Ross Fisher and Mark Gilmour.
Glens and Kello had faced each other at Loch Park in a pre-season friendly which the home side eventually edged 3-1 after the first half ended all square at a goal the piece. The first half of today’s cup-tie also ended all square albeit goal-less mainly through three great saves by former Glenafton goalkeeper Ryan Dunsmuir in the Kello goal.
HT Glens 0 Kello 0
Glens broke the deadlock on the hour mark after Craig Pettigrew cut out a Kello cross into the box and the ball fell for Aaron Miller to drive to the half-way line before releasing Scott McKee down the left who left two Rovers in his wake before whipping the ball into the box which evaded four other Rovers before bouncing up for Leon Murphy to clip it past Dunsmuir at his near post from 10 yards out.
Just as he done in the aforementioned friendly, Mark Armour drew the sides level after gathering a loose ball on the right wing and breaking forward before playing a neat-one-two to pick up there return ball on the right-hand side of the box before lashing a vicious shot past Johnson at full stretch into the far corner of the net.
On 75 minutes the home side edged ahead again after Alan Cairns slipped a ball to McKee wide on the left to float a cross into the box which clipped off the head of a defender only for the ball to cannon off the shin of another and Leon Murphy slam it home from 12 yards for his 10th goal of the season.
Just as he done in the aforementioned friendly, Mark Armour drew the sides level again; on 85 minutes from a well worked corner kick which saw the striker rush from the ‘D’ to the nearside of the six-yard box and hook the ball into the net with his back to goal.
FT Glens 2 Kello 2
Glens took the lead for a third time in the first period of extra-time after substitute Calum Thomson won the ball in the centre circle sending the ball upfield where fellow sub Mick McCann laid it off with his chest to fellow sub Scott Sherrie on the right to break up the wing before cutting inside and lashing a low shot home from 20 yards out. Just as he done in the aforementioned friendly, Mark Armour drew the sides level again; in the last minute of extra-time.
AET Glens 3 Kello 3
The penalty shoot-out followed the same pattern of the game albeit briefly with Kello pegging back Glens to make it 1-1. However, although the home side continued to find the visitors were stalled after Scott Johnson pulled off back-back saves before the Glens made it 4-1 to progress to the 3rd round of the South Challenge Cup.
1. Scott Johnston 18. Sean Bennie 6. Craig Pettigrew 4. Ollie Rowe 3. Alan Cairns 5. Darren Curtis (12. Calum Thomson) 10. Gregor Fotheringham (17. Mick McCann) 11. David Blyth (16. Scott Sherrie) 8. Aaron Miller 7. Scott McKee 9. Leon Murphy
1. Ryan Dunsmuir 2. Chris Martin 3. Thomas Shirkie 4. Dylan Clark 5. Declan Hill 6. Aiden Lang 7. Lori Johnson 8. Paul Weir 9. Mark Armour 10. Ally Smith 11. Kieran Pagan Subs: 12. Robert Hampson 14. Ross Costello 15. Marcus Robertson 16. Josh Blackwood 17. Ewan Lawrie 18. Taylor Stewart
With centre-back Ollie Rowe and striker Jordan Ryan unavailable for selection the Glens mad a couple of changes to the side that faced Cumbernauld at the week-end. Ross Fisher dropped back from the midfield to partner captain Craig Pettigrew at the heart of the defence while David Blyth took Fisher’s place. As cover for Ryan manager Mick McCann was on the bench.
Under the Townhead floodlights it was Glenafton that were first to shine. Gregor Fotheringham gathered the ball in the centre circle and clipped the perfect pass down the right wing for Leon Murphy to chase down and cut inside the full back at the corner of the penalty box to curl a glorious shot beyond keeper Adam Strain at full stretch and into the far corner of the net.
Aaron Miller, Sam McKee and Murphy then combined with some nifty footwork to set up the latter for a close range shot that was blocked by Strain. Down the left David Blyth drove to the bye-line before whipping the ball across the face of the goal for the incoming Murphy only for Alan Murdoch to clear.At the other end although Smart Osadolor won the ball in air he was penalised for fouling keeper Brian McGarrity before Adam Martin slammed the loose ball into the net.
Back came Glens as McKee weaved into the box to pick out Fotheringham only for the ball cleared before he could tee up a shot. Cumnock countered with a lightning quick break through the middle and into the box by Callan Veitch only for shot to be blocked by an outstretched leg of the outrushing McGarrity. Miller nicked the ball from Findlay Frye deep in the Glens half and slipped it to Blyth to release McKee down the right and force his way into the box to fire a shot that was blocked and although his appeal that it struck a Cumnock hand was ignored, he recovered the ball only fir his second shot to go wide of target.
HT Cumnock 0 Glens 1
It was Cumnock that started the second half brightly and drew level on 48 minutes after Osadolor slipped a superb ball to twice former Glens player Findlay Frye and in flash lashed a low angled shot past McGarrity and into the net.
A minute later matters went from bad to worse for the New Cumnock side after Gregor Fotheringham earned a second yellow card for a pull a Jamie Wilson’s shirt. Soon after Glens brought on Ryan McChesney for Ross Fisher who had to leave the field through injury (broken nose!).
The home side continued to press and on 63 minutes after Sam McKee was adjudged to have brought Osadolor down in the box. Up stepped Frye but McGarrity was his match diving at full stretch to his left to hold the ball. Glens broke down another attack in the box and Craig Pettigrew launched a long ball upfield where Murphy gathered and cut between two defenders in the box only for Strain to pull of a great point blank save. At the other end McGarrity denied Martin with a super save at the near post. Ten men Glens mopped up the Cumnock pressure to take the tie to penalty kicks.
FT Cumnock 1 Glens 1
The home side were 4 out 4 when Strain saved from McChesney and Osadolor made it 5-3 with the last kick.
Brian McGarrity, Sean Bennie, Alan Cairns, Ross Fisher (Ryan McChesney), Craig Pettigrew David Blyth, Aaron Miller, Gregor Fotheringham, Mark Gilmour; Leon Murphy, Sam McKee. Subs: Darren Curtis, Scott Sherrie, Mick McCann, Scott Johnson (gk).
Adam Strain, Ruaridh McIntyre, Darren McGill, Greg Ferry, Alan Murdoch, Jamie Wilson, Owen Bell, Findlay Frye, Smart Osadolor, Callan Veitch, Adam Martin. Subs: Jamie Conn, Paul Smith, Liam Douglas, Ryan MacLean, Aidan Berry
Glenafton made one change to the side that started against Rossvale last Saturday with David Blyth making way for Ross Fisher.
Early action saw the visitors try a couple of shots from distance that had run out of steam before reaching keeper Brian McGarrity. At the other end a corner kick fell for Leon Murphy at the back post to cut back for Craig Pettigrew to fire a shot over the bar from 18 yards out.
On 8 minutes the Glens opened the scoring with a move beginning and ending with Mark Gilmour. The midfielder intercepted a header on the half-way line to the nod the ball forward for Murphy who quickly flicked it on for Sam McKee to gather and break down the left before whipping a low ball to the near post where the incoming Aaron Miller met it first time on the six-yard line only for keeper Michael McGee to pull off a point blank save. The loose ball drifted to the far side of the six-yard box where in a flash the incoming Gilmour got the jump on Stephen McDevitt to slam it into the net before McGee could reach it.
United fashioned another couple of chances. Top scorer Kieran Bouberki collected a long pass in the centre circle and body-swerved one Glens defender before progressing to the edge of the penalty box where he body-swerved another before curling a fierce shot that McGarrity clutched to his chest. Full back Lee Davidson, who would impress throughout, made a determined run down the left before weaving into the box only for the equally impressive Ollie Rowe to block his low shot.
Back came Glens through Gregor Fotheringham on the left to float a threatening ball high and deep into the box where as a pair each of defenders and attackers jockeyed for position McGee rushed from his line to rise above them all and push the ball to safety.
Play got scrappy for a time and was littered with free-kicks leading to a few yellow cards being brandished and disputed.
On 25 minutes a United corner-kick was safely plucked out the air by an unchallenged McGarrity and soon after another was cleared at the near post.
At the other end Pettigrew gathered a short throw from Alan Cairns and rather than clip the ball into the box as expected the Glens captain skipped past two blue shirts before rifling a low shot from 18 yards that seemed net bound only to be deflected wide by Jordan Kennedy. Ross Fisher’s downward header from the corner kick was blocked in a packed six yad box.
Another Cumbernauld corner was swallowed up by McGarrity and his throw out set Gilmour off on a long run upfield before drilling a low shot from 30 yards that drifted wide of the target.
Three minutes from the break Aaron O’Hare burst down the left wing to clip a great ball into the box for David Cameron to leap and power a goal-bound header only for McGarrity to clutch under the bar. The quick-thinking keeper then lobbed the ball to McKee on the outskirts of the box to sprint down the left, leaving his marker in his wake, before cutting inside at the half way-line and wrong-footing McDevitt to drive through the middle before picking out Fotheringham at the edge of the box with a pin-point diagonal pass, only for the flag to go up as the midfielder clipped the ball over the keeper and into the net. A let off for ‘Nauld!
A dour half that had started so well drew to a close.
HT Glens 1 Cumbernauld 0
In stark contrast to the first half there was a glut of chances in the second half created from open play and the vast majority by the home side.
The first came just two minutes after the break when Fotheringham nicked the ball from the feet of McDevitt and slipped it to Murphy who run into the box to clip it past the outrushing keeper only for ball to hit the inside of post before being cleared by Davidson.
On 49 minutes the Glens doubled their lead with a deadly passage of flowing football. On the right wing and deep in his own half, Sean Bennie stripped Bouberki of the ball and picked out Gilmour who then played a slick one-two with Murphy to push forward over the half way-line. From there he drifted infield and laid the ball into the path of Sam McKee who switched on the after-burners to bomb past McCabe into the box and from a tight angle slotted the ball past the advancing McGee into the net.
Glens continued to press with shots from distance, first from Fotheringham and then Murphy after some great build up play. Bennie’s long throw into the busy box bounced high in the air and Rowe was first to react to beat the outrushing keeper to the ball only for his header to drop over the bar.
On 58 minutes Murphy cut inside from the right wing and clipped the ball into the box where in a flash Fisher bulleted a header from 6 yards out that the keeper pushed over the bar with both hands. It was the head of Fisher that met the resulting corner, powering the ball inches wide from close range.
Some respite from the visitors with a decent spell of pressure. Davidson advanced down the left to the touchline before whipping a cross into the heart of the box for Bouberki only for Pettigrew to intercept and head clear. Bouberki and McCabe then combined well down the right before the latter fired a dangerous low ball into the goalmouth which was smothered by McGarrity at his near post.
Back came Glens with Miller playing a one-two with Fotheringham before feeding Murphy on the outskirts of the box only for his curled shot to sail over the bar.
On 70 minutes Ross Fisher made way for Jordan Ryan.
Soon after Murphy intercepted a cross field pass from McDevitt and skipped past a couple of defenders on the way to the edge of the box before picking out Ryan, only for the striker to lose his footing and sky his shot over the bar.
The Glens made another change with David Blyth replacing Aaron Miller who had earlier picked up a rather harsh yellow card.
The menacing Murphy effortlessly strolled down the right before cutting inside to pick out Ryan in the box who rolled the ball back to Gilmour to drill a low shot from 22 yards that whizzed wide of the post. Glens broke down another fruitless United attack and Ryan from wide on the left found Murphy in the box who squared it to Blyth to blast a shot from 16 yards over the bar. Rowe won the ball in the centre circle and clipped the ball up-field for Blyth to pick out Murphy but his shot too, finished over the bar.
On 85 minutes the visitors enjoyed a good spell of pressure. Davidson and substitute Jay Blair combined down the left to win a corner which skimmed off the head of McDevitt and the ball recovered on the right by Cameron to win another corner. This was headed clear only to be recovered again by Davidson to loft a ball deep into the box that was punched out by McGarrity and hooked up-field by McKee for Blyth to chase down with McCabe on his heels throughout his run into the box where his heels were clipped for a stonewall penalty. The unfortunate McCabe was shown a second yellow card and made the short walk to the dressing room. However, a glimmer of hope for the 10 men was restored when McGee saved Murphy’s spot kick and then blocked his attempt to bury the rebound.
At the end of the regulation 90 minutes Glens made their final substitution as Mark Gilmour with a goal and an assist made way for Darren Curtis.
Glens continued to press and McKee set up Blyth in the box only for his shot to drift wide of the far post. On 94 minutes Curtis gathered the all in the centre circle and laid the ball off to Blyth who slipped it to Murphy to cut inside an whip a wicked shot from 24 yards that McGee managed to push up into the air with both hands and as the ball seemed certain to drop into the net the keeper somehow managed to claw it away with one hand as Jordan Ryan closed in. However, the danger was not over as the Glens striker turned quickly and beat Blair to the ball, now at the corner of the six-yard box, another nifty turn gave Blair the slip and the room to lash a low angled shot beyond the hapless McGee and into the net.
The final whistle blew soon after.
Glens extended their unbeaten run to 7 games and have accrued 13 from a possible 15 points in their last 5 league games to climb to 11th place in Premier Division.
FT Glens 3 Cumbernauld 0
1. Brian McGarrity 2. Sean Bennie 4. Ollie Rowe 6. Craig Pettigrew 3. Alan Cairns 7. Aaron Miller (11. David Blyth) 5. Ross Fisher (16. Jordan Ryan) 8. Gregor Fotheringham 13. Mark Gilmour (15 Darren Curtis) 9. Leon Murphy 10. Scott McKee. Subs: 12. Calum Thomson 14. Ryan McChesney 17. Scott Sherrie 18. Scott Johnson (gk)
1. Michael McGee 2. Jack McMahon 3. Lee Davidson 4. Jack Harrison 5. Jordan Kennedy 6. Stephen. McDevitt 7. Paddy McCabe 8. Dale Fulton 9. Aaron O’Hare 10. Kieran Bouberki 11. David Cameron Subs: 12. Jay Blair 14. Danny Boyle 15. Craig Sideserf 16. Klark Thomson 17. Tom Neill 18. Chris Zok 21. L. Forbes
Glenafton made one change from the starting eleven at Rutherglen last Saturday with Ross Fisher making way for Sam McKee, who had come on as a sub last Saturday and scored late on.
It was Sam McKee that scored early on, 3 minutes, to give Glens the lead on a rain-soaked Petershill Park. Glens continued to press and won three corner-kicks in quick succession without testing the keeper.
Rossvale soon found their feet and earned a corner that concluded with a shot drifting wide of the post soon after shot from outside the box sailed over the bar.
The game fell into a pattern of play flowing back at forth with the visitors edging it in terms of possession albeit with a few chances of note.
On 30 minutes Glens came close after a long throw into the box from Sean Bennie found the ball finding its way back to the full-back wide on the right to float it to the far post where Ollie Rowe’s header dipped over the bar.
A fast-flowing Rossvale move that was foiled by Brian McGarrity’s dive at the feet of the forward. He quickly released the ball to Craig Pettigrew to initiate a counter-attack and three passes later McKee blasted a shot from 30 yards to sting the hands of keeper Craig Gordon.
Just before the break Leon Murphy broke down the right and wrong-footed a defender before whipping a great ball to the far post where the inrushing McKee met it head-on; only for his header to crash off the outside of the post.
HT Rossvale 0 Glens 1
McKee was first to threaten with a shot over the bar after good build up play.
It was from good build up play down the left that Rossvale fashioned an equaliser on 48 minutes with Jamie Dolan putting the finishing touches with a low drilled shot from 10 yards out.
The home side enjoyed a good spell with a shot from distance held by McGarrity and then a close- range header flashing over the bar. Glens had a good spell of pressure before Rossvale came close to taking the lead. After some keepy-up on the left wing the ball was played into the box where it was gathered and lashed just wide of the post.
Glens began to force their way back into the game and Murphy corner-kick was played short to Gregor Fotheringham at the edge of the box to curl a shot that was pushed away by keeper Craig Gordon. Soon after a long throw into the box from Bennie fell for McKee to lay off for Murphy and his snap shot drifted just wide of the post.
Midway through the half Glens brought on Jordan Ryan for David Blyth.
Play was again, despite the conditions, flowing from end to end as both sides when in search of a winner, by way of example Glens won a corner—kick from which Rossvale countered to pull off a good save from McGarrity.
From wide on the right Leon Murphy whipped a free-kick deep into the packed goal-mouth which was headed clear to the outskirts of the box where Fotheringham returned it with a high-looping header which was met by Ryan and his header seemed net-bound only for Gordon at full stretch to finger-tip the ball over the bar.
While Murphy was preparing to take the corner-kick Jordan Ryan weaved about the packed box in an attempt to lose his marker and as the ball emerged through a pack of players in the six-yard box he was free at the far end of that box to drive a low shot into the net. Glens 2-1 on 82 minutes.
Soon after Glens brought on Ross Fisher for Aaron Miller.
Both sides had decent chances before the end. An angled shot from the left-hand corner of the box flashed wide side of the far post. Glens countered with McGarrity launching a long ball upfield which Ryan headed on for McKee to pick-up and roll the ball into box for the incoming Murphy to hit it first time only for Gordon to pull off another fine save and push the ball wide for a corner.
In the last action of the game a Rossvale shot from outside the box whizzed high over the bar.
FT Rossvale 1 Glens 2
Brian McGarrity, Sean Bennie, Alan Cairns, Craig Pettigrew ( c), Ollie Rowe, Aaron Miller (Ross Fisher), David Blyth (Jordan Ryan), Gregor Fotheringham, Mark Gilmour, Sam McKee, Leon Murphy Subs: Ryan McChesney, Darren Curtis, Calum Thomson, Scott Sherrie, Scott Johnstone (gk)
Craig Gordon, Jonathan Hogg, Robbie Torrance, Dillon Young, Conor Morgan, Mikey McWilliams, Ross Urquhart (c), Jonathon Kavanagh, Conor Macdonald, Hugh Kerr, Jamie Dolan Subs: Josh Doherty (Gk), Ross McKenzie, Aboubacar Karamoko, Jamie Young, Rico Diack, Mallon, Danny Mefford
Glenafton made a number of changes to the side that kicked off against Craigmark last week. With Calum Thomson, Sam McKee and Ryan Jordan making way for captain Craig Pettigrew, Alan Cairns and Aaron Miller. On the bench for Rutherglen was former Glenafton striker Kit Cummins.
The visitors got off to a great start with a wonderfully worked goal on 4 minutes that involved no fewer than nine of the team and it all began with Ollie Rowe breaking down a Glencairn attack on the edge of the Afton box. Ross Fisher then retrieved the loose ball and played it forward to Aaron Miller who side stepped a tackle before slipping a diagonal pass for Mark Gilmour to progress to the centre circle and switch the ball wide for Alan Cairns to break forward down left. He then picked out David Blyth but with his way blocked he was forced to give a couple of defenders the slip before returning the ball to Cairns, wide on the left, who quickly sent the ball back down the touch line to Craig Pettigrew on the half-way line who switched play to the right with a fine ball well trapped by Sean Bennie. The young full back squared the ball inside to Fisher who promptly zipped a 20 yard pass upfield for Gregor Fotheringham to hold off a defender and pick out Miller to roll a sublime ball forward into the box for the incoming Ross Fisher to chase down and lash it past the keeper at his near post from a tight angle.
The home side responded well to the early set-back and were very much on the front foot for long spells creating a number of chances including a header that dropped over the bar. The best chance however fell to Sean McGuire who gathered a great ball in the box from Harry Mitchell before drawing keeper Brian McGarrity from his line only for Alan Cairns to block his close range shot on the line. Mitchell also set up Jack McIlveen but he curled his shot from 16 yards wide of the post.
Glens created a couple of chances too. Murphy won a free kick near the left hand corner flag and Fotheringham whipped a wicked ball deep into the goalmouth that was pushed away by keeper McGinley for a corner-kick which eventually fell for Blyth only for his shot from 25 yards to be blocked.
Rutherglen countered through Michael Lone weaving past defenders in breaking into the right-hand side of the box only for his low angled shot to drift wide of the far post. Further pressure forced McGarrity to concede a corner which was won in the air by the visitors but the attempt to volley home the dropping ball never came off.
On 33 minutes the Afton doubled their lead. Blyth from the centre circle squared the ball to Miller who then clipped it up the wing to Murphy. With his route blocked he reversed and attempted to pick out Gilmour in the centre circle only for it to rebound off Fisher and fall kindly for Bennie on the right who the burst forward before slipping the ball to Miller. The midfielder wrong footed a defender then drifted inside along the outskirts of the box to play a neat one-two with Fotheringham before hitting a low angle shot that deflected off defender Mick O’Byrne and beyond the reach of McGinley at full stretch.
Again, Rutherglen’s heads didn’t go down as they continued to push forward in search of a goal only to go further behind ten minutes later.
Bennie on the right squared inside to Fisher to ping a ball up the right wing to Murphy tight on the right touch line where he was quickly boxed in and returned the ball to Fisher who chipped a ball high and deep into the box where Gregor Fotheringham leapt between defender and keeper to glance a header into the net.
HT Rutherglen 0 Glenafton 3
The home side came close to pulling one-back soon after the restart. A quick break down the left ended with the ball being squared along the 18 yard line where Mitchell met it sweetly to crack a low shot that McGarrity did will to get down low and push the ball against the base of the post and the alert Cairns was in hand to clear the danger as McIlveen threatened.
Rutherglen continued to press with Rowe, Bennie and Pettigrew all mopping up decent balls into the box before Gilmour blocked a shot with McGarrity at his back.
59’ | Rutherglen 0 Glenafton 4 ( Leon Murphy)
Glens extended their lead when Cairns, on the left and inside his own half, launched a long throw up the wing for Fotheringham to control on his chest before squaring the ball inside for Blyth to play a cute forward diagonal pass to Leon Murphy who took a touch or two before chipping a glorious ball from the 18 yard line over the keeper on 6 yard line and into the net.
The same pattern prevailed with the home side determined to salvage something from the game without testing the keeper other than a powerfully struck low shot that McGarrity blocked with both feet at the corner of the six yard box.
Glens brought on Darren Curtis and Sam McKee for Ross Fisher and David Blyth and soon after replaced Craig Pettigrew.
78’| Rutherglen 1 (Reece Pearson) 1 Glenafton 4
Scott Schoneville made a powerful run down the left flank and from the bye-line whipped a high ball to the back post which was headed home by Reece Pearson while McGarrity protested that Schoneville’s cross had drifted out of play; the goal stood.
The Glens forced a few more corner kicks before completing the scoring in time added on.
91’| Rutherglen 1 Glenafton 5 (Sam McKee)
Gilmour, deep in his own half broke down a Rutherglen attack with a strong tackle that sent the ball flying up the left wing where Sam McKee from the centre circle easily won the race for the ball. He continued his run down the left wing before cutting inside the box and sending the defender one way and then the other before firing a shot through the space between a defender and Fotheringham and beyond the reach of the unsighted keeper.
FT Rutherglen 1 Glenafton 5
Brian McGarrity, Sean Bennie, Alan Cairns, Ollie Rowe, Ross Fisher (Sam McKee), Craig Pettigrew (Ryan McChesney), Aaron Miller, Mark Gilmour, Leon Murphy, Gregor Fotheringham, David Blyth (Darren Curtis). Subs: Calum Thomson, Mick McCann, Scott Johnson (gk).
Marc McGinley, Stewart Hall, Scott Schoneville, Kyle Chrystal, Mick O’Byrne, Craig Leitch (Drew Wingate), Tommy Lone, Sean McGuire, Jack McIlveen (Reece Pearson), Michael Lone ( Kit Cummins), Harry Mitchell
Glenafton hosted neighbours Craigmark Burntonians in the 1st round of the South Challenge Cup, a new competition.The home team made a number of changes to the side that defeated Bonnyton last Saturday. Assistant manager Brian McGarrity returned to goal keeping duties for the first time since a serious knee-injury side-lined him two years ago. Ross Fisher returned from injury; Jordan Ryan started up front while young Calum Thomson made his first start for the club in his full debut. Captain Craig Pettigrew picked up an injury, Alan Cairns was unavailable for selection, while keeper Daniel Sloan and Darren Curtis were on the bench.
Craigmark were first to threaten after a slick passing from Grant Kirkwood before Ali Boyle released Darren Smith down the right flank to whip a great ball across the face of goal only for Ollie Rowe to clear for a corner-kick that came to nothing.
Although Glens then enjoyed a good spell of possession, with Calum Thomson making good use of the ball, there were few chances on offer, other than a David Blyth a shot from distance that sailed well over the bar.
On 15 minutes Leon Murphy slipped a well-weighted forward pass for Sam McKee to chase down and break into the box, forcing keeper Darren Johnson to rush 10 yards from his line and get his finger tips to McKee’s shot to push the ball wide of the post. Blyth’s corner kick was won in the air by Fisher; his header from 12 yards zipped wide of the post.
A minute later Jordan Ryan played a neat one-two with Blyth running into the box to collect the return pass before hitting a low angled shot that the advancing keeper stopped on the six-yard line with his foot and the danger was cleared. Glens continued to press without testing the keeper again.
On 20 minutes Craigmark came close to breaking the deadlock. Ali Boyle played a short one-two from a corner-kick with Jordan Cherrie before picking out Ross McIvor on the six-yard line to back-heel a low ball to the far post and before his team-mate Kevin Adam or keeper McGarrity won the race for the ball it drifted inches wide of the post.
Five minutes later the injured Mitchell Ewing was replaced by Darren Boyd who came within a whisker of getting on the end of another dangerous ball into the box, this time from Kevin Adam after being picked out by Boyle.
Although the visitors continued to look lively through Fraser Smith earning a corner kick it was won in the box by Jordan Ryan who pushed forward and curled a pass down the left for Murphy to gather and drive to the edge of the six-yard box before cutting the ball back to Mark Gilmour only for the ball to get stuck under his feet and James Lamont clearing the danger.
Thomson, hemmed in on the right wing played a one-two with Bennie before clipping the ball into the box where Ryan’s header was deflected wide for a corner. Blyth rolled the corner back to Gregor Fotheringham who fired the ball to the far post where Ryan’s header looped over the bar.
Back came Craigmark and fancy footwork from Darren Smith took three Glens players out before he picked out Kyle McCrum and his pass cannoned off the shins of a defender into the path of Adam who drilled his low shot from 18 yards wide of the post.
On 36 minutes Fisher pushed forward and squared to Fotheringham on the half way line to thread a long diagonal ball upfield for Ryan who held of the challenge of Lamont and forced his way into the box where his low angled shot was well held by the keeper. As play raged back and forth Murphy was brought down on the outskirts of the box after weaving past a handful of players, however Blyth’s free-kick flew over the bar.
On 41 minutes Craigmark broke the deadlock with a wonderfully worked goal beginning in the visitors’ box. Cherrie pushed forward and picked out McCrum in the centre circle who slipped it wide to Fraser Smith on the left touchline. He played it back to Cherrie who immediately played it forward to Sloan on the overlap and in a flash the ball was back with Smith on the wing and after a touch he whipped a vicious ball in the box which although was beyond the reach of Boyd and his marker Fisher, it bounced up for the incoming Kevin Adam to slide in and guide the ball into the far corner of the net.
Glens fought back through Murphy winning a corner kick which was cleared and initiated another ‘Mark lightning quick counter attack down the right that ended with an offside flag. In the last action of the half Bennie’s free-kick floated into the box was punched cleared by keeper Johnson,
Half-time: Glens 0 Craigmark 1
The home side forced an early corner which Blyth rolled back to Fotheringham who curled the ball to back post where it was met by the incoming Bennie only for his effort to end wide of target. Glens continued to press without success as a couple of free-kicks into the box came and went. At the other end Adam’s header from a long throw looped over the junction of post and crossbar.
On 57 minutes Glens fashioned an equaliser, worthy of similar praise to that of their opponents’ opening goal. McGarrity rolled the ball out to Rowe on the right-hand side of his box who then squared it to Fisher to push forward before pinging a great forward ball to Ryan who laid it off to Thomson to roll a perfectly weighted ball forward into the box for Jordan Ryan to chase down, with a couple of defenders on his heels, and keep his cool to clip it over the outrushing keeper, who although got a hand to the ball couldn’t stop it nestling in the back of the empty net.
Glens quickly won the ball back from the kick-off and Thomson released McKee down the left with another fine pass only for the striker to be stopped in his tracks with a clumsy tackle. Fotheringham fizzed the ball into a crowded box and Johnson did well to push it over the bar with both hands. From the corner-kick, Blyth played a short one-two with Fotheringham before breaking into the box where he was barged to the ground by Cherrie but claims for a penalty were waved away.
The Glens however continued to push for a second and it arrived on 60 minutes. Darren Smith under pressure from McKee was forced to play the ball back to Johnson, well of his line but Ryan had read the pass and was quick off the mark to just beat the keeper to the ball and knock it forward beyond his reach, free for the incoming Sam McKee to slam it into the empty net. The celebration somersault that followed was nearly as good!
With their tails up the home side were in the mood for third chasing down every ball and pushing forward in packs while ‘Mark were clearly rattled. Blyth and Murphy worked their way to the edge of the box to set Blyth up for a shot that was comfortably held by the keeper.
On 64 minutes Craigmark replaced goalscorer Kevin Adam with Ryan Connelly and he was quick to make his mark but not before Thomson curled another perfectly weighted ball upfield for Ryan to get the jump on Lamont and drive into the box before lashing a shot that whizzed past the post.
Connelly then began to show for the visitors and bring them back into the game beginning with a great run down the left before cutting into the box and firing an angled shot that was blocked by Rowe. He then combined with substitute Steven Tan, on for McCrum, to win a free kick on the left that was whipped into the box and clawed away at the back post by McGarrity.
With Craigmark pushing for the equaliser the Glens made a double substitution with Jordan Ryan, and David Blyth departing to well-earned applause to be replaced with Scott Sherrie and Aaron Miller, returning from injury.
McKee broke down the left and clipped the ball into the box and although Murphy’s attempt to volley home never came off, the ball fell for Sherrie to lay it back to Fotheringham only for his shot to be blocked and the ball booted out for a corner. Sherrie’s kick was cleared and the ball later recovered by Bennie to float it back into the back box where Fisher’s header drifted just wide of the post. Soon after, Glens brought on Ryan McChesney for Ross Fisher, who left to well-earned applause as well, with a solid 75 minutes under his belt after recovering from a lengthy injury.
The visitors mounted another attack as Boyle picked up a header from Tan to drive forward before feeding Connelly on the left to whip another cross into the box where Tan mis-timed his volley. Soon after Tan picked up a square ball from Connelly and curled a shot from the edge of the box wide of the post. At the other end McChesney’s header from a Bennie long-throw dropped over the bar.
On 79 minutes another marvellous box-to-box move from Craigmark ended with Tan holding off two defenders to roll the ball into the path of Connelly breaking into the left hand side of the box to power a seemingly net-bound shot that evaded Bennie’s attempted block only for Brian McGarrity, who would see it late, to pull off a magnificent save at full stretch to push it wide of the back post. Connelly’s corner found an unmarked Tan at the edge of the box but his lot shot was blocked by McChesney.
At the other end Murphy won a corner kick with a cute deflection off Lamont but the visitors cleared and set up a counter-attack which concluded with Boyle releasing Darren Smith wide on the right to cut inside and drill a low shot that McGarrity got down low to hold as Boyd threatened.
Back came Glens and McKee skipped past two defenders into the box to blast a low shot that Johnson stopped on the six yard line with an outstretched foot. Play continued to rage back and forth as Glens looked for a killer third and Craigmark searched for an equaliser to take the cup-tie into extra time.
On 93 minutes in the last action of the match Sherrie broke forward and slipped the ball forward to Murphy for a free run into the box only for Kirkwood to make a last ditch tackle.
Full Time Glens 2 Craigmark 1
19. Brian McGarrity 2. Sean Bennie 4. Ollie Rowe 5. Ross Fisher (14. Ryan McChesney) 3. Mark Gilmour 11. David Blyth (12. Aaron Miller) 6. Calum Thomson 8. Gregor Fotheringham 13. Leon Murphy 7. Sam McKee 9. Jordan Ryan (16. Scott Sherrie) Subs Not Used: 1. Scott Johnson (gk), 21. Daniel Sloan (gk), 1. Darren Curtis 20. Mick McCann
1. Darren Johnson 2. Darren Smith 3. Fraser Smith 4. Grant Kirkwood 5. James Lamont 6. Jordan Cherrie 7. Alistair Boyle 8. Kyle McCrum (14. Steven Tan) 9. Kevin Adam (12. Ryan Connelly) 10. Ross McIvor 11. Mitchell Ewing (15. Darren Boyd). Subs. 16. Jamie Newton 17. Steven Hill 18. Ross McKay 19. Lee Binnie
Glenafton hosted Bonnyton Thistle from Kilmarnock, in the first competitive game between the two clubs. The club is managed by Kilmarnock legends, Alan Robertson and his assistant Paul Wright.
Glens made a couple of changes to the side that drew at Blantyre Victoria. Sam McKee returned to the front line with Sean McIlroy dropping to the bench while Darren Curtis and Gregor Fotheringham filled the central midfield slots vacated by the injured Cammy Marlow and Aaron Miller.
Filling the right back position for Bonnyton Thistle was Rhys Wallace who had a brief spell with Glenafton before the club closed down for Season 2020/21.
Indeed, it was Wallace, along with Dylan Stevenson, that was heavily involved in the first attack of the game down the right flank that won the visitors a corner-kick in the opening 30 seconds! Taken short, the ball was then played into the box where it eventually fell for No. 10 who blasted his shot high and wide of target from the edge of the box .
Glens responded immediately through Pettigrew’s long pin-point pass picking out Sean Bennie tight on the right wing who cushioned the ball brilliantly, before breaking forward to square it for Leon Murphy deep in the box and although his cute touch evaded a defender the ball rolled across the face of goal to be mopped up by Wallace.
On 2 minutes Ollie Rowe gathered a pass from keeper Daniel Sloan at the edge of his own box and slipped past the incoming forward before launching a long ball up the middle for Gregor Fotheringham who burst between two defenders before killing the ball with one deft touch and then with another curling it past the keeper Stephen Barr and into the net. But no, the far side linesman flagged for offside!
Matters settled down after the frantic start and play got bogged down with keepers occasionally called upon to make only simple catches.
Sam McKee won Glens first corner kick which was played to the far side of the box where Pettigrew gathered and made space for a low drive that was booted clear by Wallace. McKee then picked up a pass from Fotheringham and skipped past a clutch of blue shirts before shooting from 22 yards which Barr got down low to push away. Wallace was on hand again to clear up and set up a counter-attack which ended with the striker being robbed of the ball by Pettigrew before he could set up a shot from the edge of the box.
Murphy made a great run into the box only for his shot from 12 yards to be blocked by the advancing keeper and the ball quickly recovered by Fotheringham only for his cross to be cleared for a corner-kick which was taken by David Blyth and cleanly clutched in the air by Barr.
On 20 minutes Pettigrew, from the left, clipped a ball into the box where Murphy got the jump on the defender to bullet a header downward only for Barr to get a late hand to the ball and push it round the post for a corner; which the keeper again claimed securely.
Alan Cairns and Bennie then combined to clear a free-kick floated into the box as Thistle too struggled to make the most of their set pieces; while many of their high balls from open play were headed clear by Rowe and by some distance.
Another Glens corner was headed to the edge of the box where Pettigrew trapped the ball and lashed a shot through a busy box that whizzed wide of the post. Murphy won another corner-kick which came to nothing.
Fotheringham released Murphy down the right and with his way into the box blocked he wrong-footed the defender before curling a dipping shot that Barr pushed over the bar with one hand. Rowe’s looping header from the resulting corner was comfortably gathered by the goalie.
Thistle enjoyed a good spell of pressure after Kris Kerr worked his way deep into Glens’ box but was robbed of the ball by Darren Curtis only for Wallace to recover it and whip it back to the near post where Kerr was beaten to the ball by Rowe at the expense of a corner. This eventually fell for Kerr at the far side of the box only for his cross back into the box to be cleared by the Glens defence.
At the other end Barr comfortably gathered crosses from Fotheringham and then from McKee as Mark Gilmour threatened. Murphy won a couple of corner kicks, one of which was comfortably cleared and the other ended with Rowe’s powerful header blocked on the line, catching the defender sore in the bread basket.
In the last action of the half Cairns floated a high free kick into the six-yard box where Barr, under pressure from both Rowe and Bennie, leapt to push the ball over the bar with his finger-tips. The corner-kick was headed away by Wallace as the whistle blew.
Ht Glens 0 Bonnyton 0
In the early action of the second half Thistle’s keeper continued to deal comfortably with high balls into the box clutching a couple of free-kicks while a third was headed wide by Pettigrew.
Attempts at goal from open play were thin on the ground not for the want of trying particularly from the home side when some decent attacks often broke down in or around the box. Their corner-kick count continued to mount but again the keeper wasn’t seriously tested.
At the other end Sloan was only called upon occasionally and when needed he handled and distributed the ball well.
On 63 minutes McKee’s deflected shot earned the hosts another corner kick which ended with Pettigrew’s downward heading bouncing wide. Kerr made a good run through middle slipping the ball to the left but the incoming cross was cleared and then recovered allowing Kerr to turn and shoot but rather tamely into the hands of Sloan.
The home side continued to enjoy the lion’s share of possession but couldn’t conjure up an opening and Pettigrew’s shot from 25 yards roared over the bar. Corner-kicks came and went, including one which saw Rowe’s downward header bounce up and sneak wide of the post. Soon after, Murphy’s run into the box concluded with his attempt to lob the outrushing keeper drop over the bar.
Thistle responded with Kerr’s angled shot from inside the box being blocked by Curtis and the ball retrieved by Wallace to drive to the bye-line and whip a ball across the face of goal which Sloan held firmly with both hands.
On 76 minutes Glens made a double substitution with Jordan Ryan replacing Sam McKee and Scott Sherrie coming on for David Blyth and both were soon in the thick of the action.
Sherrie’s corner from the right was partially cleared and recovered wide on the left to be played back into the heart of the box where the incoming Rowe’s header flew over the bar.
Murphy picked up the ball in the middle of park and squared to Gilmour to release the ball forward for Ryan to chase down in the box only for his attempted cross to be deflected wide for a corner. Sherrie’s corner, deep in the six yard was won in the air by Ryan only for the ball to bounce back out to Sherrie who clipped it back to from where it came, and in a flash Craig Pettigrew bulleted a header home from 8 yards out. The captain’s celebrations were of a similar quality as the Glens broke the deadlock on 80 minutes.
Two minutes later Thistle won a free-kick on the left-hand corner of the penalty box only for the Glens’ wall to do its job as Curtis blocked the ball.
There was a new found sense of urgency as Thistle fought to find an equaliser while the Glens didn’t sit back but instead went in search of a second. The final action fell to Bonnyton with a corner-kick which was headed over the bar.
FT Glens 1 Bonnyton 0
1. David Sloan 2. Sean Bennie 4. Ollie Rowe 6. Craig Pettigrew 3. Alan Cairns 7.. 18. David Blyth (17. Scott Sherrie) 8. Gregor Fotheringham 5. Darren Curtis 13. Mark Gilmour 7. Leon Murphy 11. Sam McKee (10. Jordan Ryan). Subs Not Used : Ryan McChesney, Calum Thomson, Brian McGarrity (gk)
Glens made a number of changes to last week’s starting eleven against Lochee Harp. Scott Johnson, Sam McKee and Gregor Fotheringham were unavailable while Darren Curtis was on the bench. In came Daniel Sloan, Mark Gilmour, Sean McIlroy and new signing central defender Ollie Rowe.
In the starting line-up for the Vics was former Glenafton player Simon Eeles.
A minute’s silence was observed before the match in memory of Jim Wyllie, a member of Blantyre Victora’s committee, who passed away recently.
The Glens were immediately on the front foot on the sun-drenched KG Stadium after Leon Murphy nicked the ball within seconds of Vics kicking-off. He released Sean McIlroy down the right to cut the ball across the face of goal just beyond the reach of Mark Gilmour who nevertheless recovered the ball on the left to fire a low shot that keeper David Cherrie saved at the near post.
On 6 minutes Jordan Marshall barged Murphy off the ball on the outskirts of the box and David Blyth curled the free-kick over the wall leaving the keeper rooted to his line only for the ball to crash off the outside of the post.
Blyth and Sean Bennie combined down the right to win a corner which Murphy floated into the box where Craig Pettigrew, at the far corner of the six-yard box, met the ball sweetly on the drop only for his volley to sneak inches wide of the post.
Soon after Gilmour tried his luck from 22 yards but his shot drifted wide of the target.
The tide however began to turn in the hosts’ favour as they began to build attack after attack from the back. Simon Eeles made a great run down the left touch line to the corner flag where he whipped a dangerous ball into the box that keeper Daniel Sloan did well to clutch cleanly under the bar.
On 14 minutes another ball in from the left was headed cleared to the outskirts of the box where P.J. O’Donnel took a touch to create space and crack a low shot that pulled off a great save from Sloan, pushing the ball away with both hands.
The Vics quickly recovered the ball and Eeles tight on the left flank rolled it back to Martin Smith to curl a ball deep into the box where Sloan tipped Craig Kerr’s header over the bar.The corner was cleared only for the hosts to retrieve the ball through Grant Brennan on the left hand-side of the box who then weaved past three of four Glens player before drawing Sloan from his line and although his shot beat the keeper it rolled wide of the back post.
Not unsurprisingly the tempo of the game began to wane in the afternoon heat and although both sides were seeing plenty of the ball, play was often scrappy and chances were thin on the sun-bathed pitch. It also had taken its toll and Glens’ midfielder Aaron Miller failed to recover from a knock and both sides enjoyed a welcome water-break as he was replaced with Darren Curtis.
Play resumed and 10 minutes from the break Sam McKenzie’s shot was deflected wide for a corner that was pushed up and high into the air by Sloan and as it descended Rowe was in the right spot to clear from the feet of Ronan Kearny in the six-yard zone!
On 39 minutes Blantyre took the lead through a super solo effort from Brennan, a famous surname from the great Glens’ side of the late 50s and early 60s. It began on the half-way line with Marshall’s crunching tackle on Cameron Marlow after which O’Donnell recovered the ball and returned it to Marshall who quickly slipped it to Brennan to drive forward to the edge of the box by which time he was surrounded by four Glens players and again he managed to weave his way through the pack, retaining the ball before slotting the ball into the net between keeper and post.
Soon after Glens replaced the injured Cameron Marlow with Jordan Ryan.
The visitors responded well to the set back and Blyth brought out a decent save from Cherrie. Murphy then went on mazey run to break into the right of the six-yard box and from within a pocket of four defenders fashioned a shot from a tight angle that was turned round the post with a great one-handed save from Cherrie.
Murphy curled the corner into the six-yard box where Sean McIlroy leapt to bullet a downward header that was blocked on the goal-line by Sam McKenzie at the back post and the loose ball fell kindly into the grateful hands of the keeper.
Soon after McIlroy breaking down the right released Bennie who advanced to the corner flag before whipping the ball into the goal-mouth where Cherrie clutched cleanly as Blyth and Ryan threatened. In the closing action of the half the Vics won a corner-kick which Marshall headed over the bar.
HT Vics 1 Glens 0
Glens were first to threaten after the break when Murphy’s run through the middle was ended abruptly and the midfielder took the free kick which was well saved by Cherrie.
On 56 minutes Vics flashed a free-kick into the box that was pushed away by Sloan at full stretch and the loose ball cleared at the expense of a corner. The kick was cutely cut back to McKenzie lurking unmarked on the outskirts of the box who curled the ball through a busy six-yard box and into the far corner of the goal.
Celebrations quickly deflated after the assistant referee made the referee aware of an infringement, possibly due to Scott Gibson remaining on the goal-line in an offside position after the corner kick had been taken and considered to have prevented the keeper or defender clearing the ball. It certainly seemed a harsh decision but whatever the case the aggrieved “goal-scorer” was then shown a red card for dissent.
The visitors made the “extra man” count in terms of possession with Curtis seeing a lot of the ball in the middle of the park, Pettigrew pushing forward to initiate attacks and Murphy’s meandering runs keeping the Vics defence on their toes.
Midway through the half another Murphy drive through the middle ended with a powerful shot from 22 yards that whizzed wide of the post with Cherrie beaten.
Ryan then made a great bounding down the left only for Gibson to make a well-timed tackle in the box at the expense of a corner which Blyth dropped onto the head of Pettigrew on the six yard line only for the ball to slip wide of the post.
Glens continued to press and Gilmour’s long ball into the ball for Ryan was intercepted by a good leap from Cherrie. Pettigrew then picked up the ball in the centre circle and instead of pinging another attack building pass he pushed forward before unleashing a daisy cutter from 22 yards that beat Cherrie at full stretch and flew just wide of target.
Some respite for the Vics after good work by substitute Lewis McDonald who had come on for Simon Eeles. He nicked the ball from the feet of Pettigrew close on the bye-line and then slip past Sloan at his near post only for Rowe to mop up the danger.
Ten minutes from time Glens brought on Scott Sherrie for the David Blyth, who had put in a good shift while Vics brought on fresh legs for Smith.
On 83 minutes Glens drew level after Leon Murphy picked up a pass from Ryan before driving through the middle and shimmying past O’Donnell to set up a shot he blasted from 25 yards into the corner of the net beyond the outstretched arm of Cherrie.
The visitors went on the hunt for a late winner as they pegged Vics back on their own half without however creating any chances to test the keeper.
Indeed, it was Blantyre on a rare break upfield that came close to securing all three points after Dale Jones low shot from the right-hand corner of the penalty box beat the diving Sloan but the ball slipped wide of the far post.
Still, Glens finished on the front foot. A Murphy corner was headed out for a throw-in, which Bennie launched back into the box where Pettigrew’s looping header dropped into the six yard box but inches from the toes of Ryan.
FT Vics 1 Glens 1
1. David Sloan 2. Sean Bennie 4. Ollie Rowe 6. Craig Pettigrew 3. Alan Cairns 7. 11. David Blyth (17. Scott Sherrie) 10. Cameron Marlow (15. Jordan Ryan) 8. Aaron Miller ( 16. Darren Curtis) 13. Mark Gilmour 7. Leon Murphy 9. Sean McIlroy Subs: Ryan McChesney , Brian McGarrity (gk)
1. David Cherrie 2. Dale Jones 4. Scott Gibson 5. Craig Kerr 3. Martin Smith 7. Sam McKenzie 8. P.J. O’Donnell 6. Jordan Marshall 9. Simon Eeles 10. Grant Brennan 11. Ronan Kearney Subs: Con Boyle, Lewis McDonald Fraser Allan, Eoghan McKeown, Jake Hughes
Glenafton travelled to face Lochee Harp in the Scottish Junior Cup 1st round and due to work being carried out on Harp’s ground the match was played at Whitton Park, home of Broughty Athletic.
The Glens got off to a great start with a well worked opening goal on 10 minutes. Leon Murphy recovered the ball in the centre circle and played it back to Cameron Marlow to play a short forward to Sam McKee who then rolled it back to Alan Cairns on the left-hand side of the half-way line. The wing back took a touch before threading a long ball through a host of players to find Gregor Fotheringham who quickly turned and after a couple of strides drilled a low hard shot from 22 yards that squeezed in at the post beyond the reach of the diving keeper for his first Glens goal.
On 17 minutes the visitors doubled their lead with another flowing move. Marlow from half-way tight on the left touch-line clipped a high ball up the wing which was trapped by Murphy who gave a defender the slip before rolling it into the path of Fotheringham to match his run deep into the box. The midfielder then cut the ball back to David Blyth and after stepping aside of a defender lashed a low angled shot which although the keeper got both hands to it, could not prevent the ball bouncing over the line.
Harp hit back immediately and after stringing some slick passes down the right to take the ball into the box it was squared for the incoming Scobie to stroke the ball beyond keeper into Scott Johnston into the far corner. 18 mins| Harp 1 Glens 2.
Midway through the half Blyth’s shot was deflected over the bar and although the resulting corner was cleared Glens won a free-kick immediately afterwards which Marlow took quickly to Cairns who floated a high ball to the edge of the box where Craig Pettigrew got the jump on a defender to send high looping header into the six-yard box. As the keeper crouched down to gather the ball the incoming Sean Bennie slid in to force the ball over the line for his first Glens goal.
The Glens continued to press Murphy’s corner kick to the back post eventually fell for Blyth to blast a shot that was deflected over the bar. This time Murphy played a short one-two with Fotheringham before clipping the ball into the six-yard box where in a flash Bennie arrived to prod the ball into the net before the keeper got a sniff of the ball. 25 mins |Harp 1 Glens 4.
The hosts passed up a good chance to pull one back after a shot from close range was deflected wide of the post which resulted in back-to-back corner kicks that were cleared by the Glens defence.
At the other end Harp’s keeper did well to get down low and push away a well struck free-kick from Blyth.
HT Harp 1 Glens 4
The half-time oranges had tuned up the Harp who scored within a minute of the restart. A quick-thinking ball down the left wing was then rolled into the path of Dom Blair, breaking deep into box, to guide it home past the advancing Johnston.
On 53 minutes Glens restored their three-goal cushion with another classy goal. Cairns on the half-way line headed a Harp clearance down to McKee who squared it to Fotheringham with a cute back heel before breaking into the left-hand side of the box to gather the perfectly weighted return pass from Fotheringham and square that across the face of goal for Leon Murphy to take a touch before picking his spot from 10 yards out.
Soon after the keeper got down low at the near post to push away McKee’s shot from a tight angle.
Credit to Lochee they enjoyed a good spell of possession tinged with a degree of misfortune. A shot from the edge of the box was deflected and crashed off and over the bar with the header from the corner-kick that following dropping over the bar. A slick move into the box saw Johnston make a great block with his legs and the attempt to fire home the rebound blocked by Pettigrew on the line. A fizzing shot from distance then warmed the hands of Johnston. Harp continued to press and a header from a corner slipped wide of the far post while Johnston was called into action to pull off another save from a thunderous shot.
With the rain now lashing down the Glens got back on the front foot in devastating fashion with four more goals in the closing 20 minutes.
Pettigrew from the centre-circle slipped the ball forward to McKee who turned and broke forward before sending a glorious slide rule pass into the box between two defenders for the inrushing Leon Murphy to bag his brace. 70 mins| Harp 2 Glens 6
Murphy then turned provider albeit at the second attempt after his back heel to substitute Jordan Ryan was blocked by a defender only for Murphy to block his clearance and Ryan snap up the loose ball before rounding the keeper to slot the ball home from close range. 81 mins| Harp 2 Glens 7
It was now Ryan’s turn to turn provider. After picking up a great ball through the middle from Pettigrew the big striker broke forward to the edge of the box before slipping a diagonal pass into the right-hand side of the box for Sam McKee to slam low and hard into the far corner. 82 mins| Harp 2 Glens 8
Johnston launched the ball up the right wing where it was headed on by substitute Sean McIlroy and snapped up by Murphy to twist and turn his way inside before threading the ball into the box for Sam McKee to slam it past the outrushing keeper. 88 mins| Harp 2 Glens 8
In the closing minutes of added time Harp’s appeal for a hand-ball in the box was waved and soon after a second yellow card reduced them to 10 men; joining a substitute that previously been ordered off from the dug-out.
FT Harp 2 Glens 9
Glenafton Athletic: 1. Scott Johnson 2. Darren Curtis (20. Calum Thomson) 4. Sean Bennie 6. Craig Pettigrew 3. Alan Cairns 8. Aaron Miller 5. Cameron Marlow (16. Jordan Ryan) 11. David Blyth (17. Sean McIlroy) 10. Gregor Fotheringham 7. Sam McKee 9. Leon Murphy. Subs Not Used: 14. Ryan McChesney, 15. Scott Sherrie
Tomorrow the Glens travel the roads and the miles to bonnie Dundee (or Brought Ferry to be precise) to face Lochee Harp in the Scottish Junior Cup 1st Round.
The two sides have only met once before, way back in Season 1935/36 in the 4th Round of the competition.
So how did the teams get there?
In the early round the ties were drawn at regional levels.
Scottish Junior Cup 1stRound.
GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 4 IRVINE VICTORIA 2
McGill scored the opener at Connel Park for the Vics. A few minutes later John Irvine set up a Tommy Langan to draw sides the level. Outside left John Reid then found John Campbell to put the Glens ahead before he added a third putting the finishing touch to a cross from Bill Gray. Vics halved the deficit with a goal from Donnelly before Irvine completed the scoring with a “rocket shot”.
LOCHEE HARP 3 DUNDEE ST. JOSEPH’S 1
The game boiled down to a struggle between the respective half-back lines, and Harp’s trio emerged with honours in the second half. Beattie opened the scoring for St. Joseph’s with a brilliant shot and a clever lob by Forbes saw Adamson equalise. In the second half the Harp forwards saw more of the ball, and good goals by McEwan and Adamson sealed the Joey’s fate.
Scottish Junior Cup 2nd Round.
DALRY THISTLE 1 GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 4
A large crowd, augmented by 600 excursionists from New Cumnock, were somewhat disappointed by this display. although McLuckie put the home side ahead, goals from Bobby Hawthorn, John Campbell and a brace from John Reid saw the visitors run out comfortable winners.
LOCHEE HARP 2 DUNDEE STOBSWELL 1
The Harp were still smarting from a severe 8-3 defeat in the Courier Cup at the hands of Stobswell when the two sides faced each other in front of a crowd of 9,000 at Lochee Park. In a dour game Harp were consider the better spoilers. Each side scored from the penalty spot due to impetuous handling by the defenders. Harp’s winner was a fine effort after Adamson and Forbes combined before Reynold banged the ball into the net.
The star of the day was Tom Doyle, the Celtic keeper. This Blantyre lad was a marvel of alertness and courage and well deserved the warm applause given him at the close from friend and opponent. Willie Ferguson broke the deadlock to put the Glens ahead with the last kick of the first half – from the penalty spot. John Reid doubled the home side’s advantage but Rowse pulled one back to ensure a rousing finish
LOCHEE HARP 5 DUNDEE NORTH END 2
Harp went into the 3rd round draw with other clubs from Forfarshire and Perthshire and were drawn at home to Dundee North End.
The Lochee lads had to fight a lot harder than the score suggests in front of a crowd of 5,000 at Lochee Park. Even late in the second half when Harp had a clear two goal margin, it was still anybody’s game. The pick of the goals a Richie rocket for North End and a brace from Harp’s Adamson.
Scottish Junior Cup 4th Round.
Glenesk Park, Dundee | 2nd January 1936
The Glens had finished the year in good shape sitting top of the Western Junior League, still in all the domestic cup competitions and were the only Western Junior League side to progress to the 4th round of the Scottish Junior Cup.
A newspaper report suggested that a local minister, the Reverend William Bodin may have a keen interest in the outcome of the game “hissympathies my lie with the Ayrshire side. In his early days he was a playing member of New Cumnock United, and Glenafton are an off-shoot club”. Indeed the Rev. Bodin was the minister of the parish of New Cumnock from 1920—1926 during which time he had a short spell as New Cumnock United’s goalkeeper including in the 1920/21 Scottish Junior Cup 2nd round 1-0 victory over Dalry Thistle – the same round the Glens had defeated Dalry this season. The Reverend Bodin and his family later moved to Ardrossan and the in 1929, he filled the vacancy at at St. Luke’s Parish Church, Lochee.
Dundee Courier – Friday 03 January 1936
LOCHEE HARP 2 GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 1
10,000 SEE HARP WIN A THRILLER
Harp a diminutive combination in comparison with their Ayrshire opponents deservedly passed into the fifth round of the Scottish Junior Cup at Glenesk Park.
The Dundonians showed their giant opponents crisp and clever football, and delighted a crowd of 10,335, who paid gate money to the extent of £208. It was a sixpenny gate. The exchanges all through were exceptionally keen, and there were frequent displays of temper. It was unfortunate that such a rousing game should be marred by the ordering off of two players. Foster, Harp’s right-back, and Langan, Glenafton’s centre- forward fell foul of each other, and without more ado the referee ordered both to the pavilion. Many were inclined to think the official’s action was harsh, but Mr. C. Kernohan, Glasgow had warned players before the ordering off incident about the 15th minute.
SECRET OF SUCCESS
Harp owed their success to their ability to carry the ball and make contacts by perfect low passes. The hefty Ayrshire boys were too fond of first-time tactics.
Yet Harp have to thank goalkeeper Mauchland for defying the last-minute efforts of the southerners. A flying leap when Hawthorn connected with the head following a corner was really brilliant. The keeper turned the ball aside when a replay seemed a certainty.
Mauchland did many classic things, and one of the most brilliant was the saving of a penalty in the first-half. Left-back Ferguson took the spot kick, but Mauchland palmed the terrific drive against the crossbar and ultimately cleared.
TWO FOR FORBES
Both Harp goals were scored by Forbes the first in 10 minutes and the second within 60 seconds of the resumption. Reid was the Glenafton marksman. The way in which Forbes notched the goals classed him as a real opportunist. He was well supported with two grand inside men and wingers who know how to cross a ball.
Chaplain played a heroic after he lost his partner, and it was fitting that he and Mauchland should be carried shoulder- high off the field at the end. The Harp trio were also O.K. They seldom made the mistake of lifting the ball when they assayed a forward pass, and altogether showed real craft:
HARP: Mauchland; Foster and Chaplain; Scott, Farquharson and Duffy; Fleming, Duncan, Forbes, Renolds and Adamsom
GLENAFTON: McEwan; Brown and Ferguson; Craig, Gray and Ballantyne; Irvine, Hawthorn, Langan, Campbell and Reid.
ECHO OF GLENAFTON
An echo of Glenafton’s visit to Glenesk has reached me in a statement by a Harp official that the Ayrshire club has notified Lochee club they are absolutely satisfied with the procedure adopted regarding the admission of Dundee Violet’s ticket holders to their game. They also express appreciation the arrangements made for their comfort when in the city and extend best wishes for future success in the “Scottish”. Nice to hear of theses spontaneous compliments from defeated opponents
Footnote: In the Scottish Junior Cup 5th round Lochee Harp drew 3-3 at home to Royal Albert before losing 2-0 in the replay at Larkhall.
Of course we have more recent, happier memories in the Scottish Junior Cup at Glenesk Park, home of Dundee Violet.