Glenafton 3 Shotts 2

Scottish Junior Cup 5th round

Saturday 22nd February, Loch Park, New Cumnock

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 3 (3)

SHOTTS BON ACCORD 2 (2)

Aaron Connolly scores what proves to be the winner.

Aaron Connolly scores what proves to be the winner.

The Glens marched into the Scottish Junior Cup Quarter-finals after a 3-2 win over a slick Shotts side in a pulsating encounter at Loch Park. All the goals came in the opening half with the lead changing back and forth. Both sides deserve great credit for serving up an excellent cup tie.

Glenafton got off to a dream start with Michael Reilly earning two corners in quick succession. Chris Walker headed the first of Findlay Frye’s kicks clear but his second fell at the feet of Ryan McChesney , who took a touch with his left before hooking it with his right through a ruck of defenders in the six yard box and sweetly into the net.

Ryan McChesney opens the scoring

Ryan McChesney opens the scoring

A minute later Aaron Connolly evaded Bryan Wharton to engineer a lob from the left corner of the penalty box to send Gary Whyte scurrying back to his line and watch the ball skim inches wide of the post.

Shotts soon found their feet, stroking the ball about with some style and Gary McStay served noticed when his drive cracked off the base of the post. On 15 minutes the visitors were back on level terms.  Steven Canning threaded a ball into the box and as a line of Glens defenders stood motionless with arms aloft claiming offside Jack Marriot continued his run undaunted and forced a brave save from the outrushing Brian McGarrity but the keeper could do nothing to prevent the alert Sean McKenna from keeping his nerve and placing the ball into the far corner of the net – memories of his four goals for Bellshill in a Scottish Junior Cup tie three season ago now engulfing Loch Park.

Sean McKenna equalises

Sean McKenna equalises

Glens responded with a corner kick and a shot from the edge of the box both of which Whyte clutched cleanly.

Mid-way through the half McKenna released Tom Hanlon in acres of space in the right hand side of the box but the midfielder skewed his effort well wide of target. On 33 minutes McKenna menaced his way past two defenders into the right hand corner of the six yard box and with McGarrity guarding his near post tried to guide the ball in at the other, only for it to roll inches wide of the post and the sole of the boot of the incoming Andy Cross.

Four minutes later McKenna left white shirts in his wake as he weaved his way into the box but his finish failed to match the quality of the build up and his shot from a narrow angle found the side netting.  A minute later the striker was deep in the box again and with Craig Menzies blocking his way to goal he delicately chipped the ball into the six yard box for Andy Cross to glance a header beyond the reach of McGarrity.

Andy Cross puts Shotts ahead

Andy Cross puts Shotts ahead

The home side surrendered possession from the kick-off and McKenna, back in the box, forced a decent save from the Glens goalie.

Shell-shocked Glens were unfortunate not to equalise on 42 minutes when Connolly left Walker in his wake and blasted into the box to clip the ball beyond Whyte only for the back tracking Wharton to clear the ball off the line at the expense of a corner-kick. This was only partially cleared and a Connolly cross from the right saw Cameron Marlow nick between Marriot and Whyte to rise and guide his header into the net.

Cammy Marlow heads home the equaliser

Cammy Marlow heads home the equaliser

In time added on Glenafton won a free kick on outskirts of the right hand corner of the penalty box. The expected pop at goal did not materialise and Connolly squared the ball for Alain Kinney to shoot only for the referee call play back for early movement In the Shotts wall.

Aaron Connolly's free kick  finds the net

Aaron Connolly’s free kick finds the net

Once bitten, twice shy and Aaron Connolly curled a beauty which took a slight deflection before crashing into the net at Whyte’s near post.  HT Glens 3 Shotts 2

Glens replaced Michael Reilly with Alan Cairns who slotted in at left back with Jamie McGeoghan switching to the right and Craig McEwan in right midfield. The reshuffle was soon put to the test as Shotts came out with all guns firing and controlled the match for long periods with only glimpses of the Glens as an attacking force.

McGarrity was quickly in the thick of it and on 48 minutes got down well to grab the ball as Cross threatened in the six yard box.  The pressure began to mount and McChesney and Menzies marshalled the defence to repel attack after attack. Just before the hour mark a couple of corners were cleared off the line. The first saw Cairns and McGarrity double-team to prevent McStay’s effort and then McEwan blocked Cross’s near post header.

Gary McStay foiled by Brian McGarrity and Alan Cairns

Gary McStay foiled by Brian McGarrity and Alan Cairns

Some respite for the home side after Kinney picked out Frye only for his run into the box to be ended by substitute Paul Burns. Back came Shotts and a free-kick into the box was won by the head of Walker and as McGarrity dived bravely at the feet of McStay to gather the ball he took a knock on the face that required a few minutes treatment.

Brian Mcgarrity saves from Gary McStay

Brian Mcgarrity saves from Gary McStay

With 15 minutes to go the Glens twice almost caught Shotts in the break. McGeoghan released Connolly wide on the right and his run from the half way light saw him skip past Burns before Cross forced him wide in the penalty box and his low drilled angled shot was well save by Whyte. A minute later Frye sent Connolly flying down the right flank and on this occasion the Glens’ striker had a free run into the box but again Whyte came out on top as he rushed from his line to narrow the angle and block the shot with his shins.

Back came Shotts and substitute Clark Rankin’s delicate flick in the box picked out fellow sub Jordan White in space but with only the keeper to beat he miscued his effort well wide of target. Soon after it was Rankin that had the Glens’ goal in sight only for Menzies to quickly close in and deflect this effort inches wide for a corner, which too was bundled clear at the same near post.

Glenafton's defence stands firm

Glenafton’s defence stands firm

With five minutes to go Glens almost stunned Shotts with a sucker punch. Marlow outwitted two defenders at the edge of the box before lashing an angled shot that was pushed away by Whyte at full stretch, Connolly gathered the loose ball and fed it back into the danger area where Frye fired for goal but Whyte again came to the rescue and smothered the ball safely.

In the dying minutes Glens introduced midweek signing Darren McGill for Alain Kinney as they tried to see out the game. Shotts found a final wind and yet they could not break down a determined home rear guard.  A great run down the left by Cross was ended with a gritty tackle by McEwan at the expense of a corner, which uncharacteristically was fired into the side netting. On 95 minutes a Shotts throw in from the right, deep into the box, was headed clear by Cairns and mopped up by McChesney prior to the arms being raised aloft to welcome the final whistle. FT Glens 3 Shotts 2

Glenafton Athletic:  McGarrity; McEwan. McChesney, Menzies, McGeoghan; Reilly (Cairns), Frye, McKernon, Marlow; Connolly & Kinney (McGill). Subs Craig, Brown

Shotts Bon Accord: Whyte; Finnigan (Rankin); Walker, Wharton (Burns), Summers; Hanlon, J.Marriot, Canning, Cross; McKenna & McStay (White)

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Honest Man, Darren’s an Afton Lad

Photo courtesy of Cumnock Chronicle

Photo courtesy of Cumnock Chronicle

Glenafton Athletic are delighted to announce the signing of 18 year old midfielder Darren McGill from Ayr United on loan  until the end of the season. Cumnock-lad Darren joined Ayr United’s youth academy from Rangers youth set up in January 2012 and made four first team appearances for the Honest Men. He was loaned out to Cumnock Juniors at the start of this season and featured against the Glens in the goal-less Ardagh Cup section match at Townhead.

Darren has not played for Cumnock in any of their Scottish Junior Cup ties and is therefore available for selection for  this Saturday’s 5th round match at home to Shotts Bon Accord.

Welcome to Loch Park, Darren

 

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Trying time for Ryan

Ryan Dunsmuir

Ryan Dunsmuir

Glenafton’s stand-in goalkeeper Ryan Dunsmuir was badly injured during the Glens U19 match away to Bellsfield at the week-end. The game was abandoned on 55 minutes and a ambulance called to the ground.

The latest news we have is that Ryan will spend 5 days in hospital until they operate and assess the damage to his ligaments. It is expected he will be out for up to 6 months.

Everyone at Glenafton Athletic send their best wishes to the big man and hope for a speedy recovery.

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Kilbirnie 2 Glenafton 1

West Region Stagecoach Premier Division : Match 13

Saturday 1st February 2014, Valefield Park, Kilbirnie

KILBIRNIE LADESIDE 2 (1)

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC  1  (0)

JP opens his Glens account

JP Boyle

Former Glenafton forward John-Paul Boyle hit a first half double to put Kilbirnie two ahead at the break. On 13 minutes a long punt up field by keeper Daniel McLeay was headed on high into the box and Boyle nipped in between defender and keeper to steal the ball and stroke it into the empty net.

JP struck again after the Glens failed to clear their lines at a corner kick. In between times Cameron Marlow looked to have drawn the sides level only for an offside flag to keep the Blasties ahead. H/T Kilbirnie 2 Glens 0

Aaron Connolly

Aaron Connolly

The visitors halved the deficit after a good run down the left ended with Aaron Connolly being tripped on the box and the striker slamming home the resultant spot kick.

Glens hopes of salvaging a point were dented when former Kilbirnie favourite Stevie Miller received his marching orders after a tackle on Chris Malone.  F/T  Kilbirnie 2 Glens 1

Kilbirnie Ladeside: McLeay, Mullin,MacDonald, Gair, Malone; McLean, Coleman, McGuinness, Boyle; Moore & Craig. Subs Strain, Hamilton, Blair, Pierce,   McKerracher

Glenafton Athletic: McGarrity; McGeoghan, McChesney, Menzies, McEwan;    Miller, Frye, McKernon, Marlow ; Connolly & Reilly Subs. Craig, Kinney, Brown

Video Highlights courtesy of Kilbirnie Ladeside

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Scottish Junior Cup 5th Round draw

Scottish Junior CupThe Scottish Junior Cup 5th round draw was made at Cumnock Juniors Social Club today and the Glens were first out the hat .

  • Glenafton v Dunbar or Shotts
  • Dundonald or Dalry v Cumbernauld
  • Whitletts v Yoker
  • Camelon v Sauchie
  • Penicuik or Pollok v Irvine Meadow
  • Kilsyth v Cumnock
  • Tayport v Hurlford
  • Girvan or Rutherglen v Bo’ness

There will be no all-Ayrshire ties , with an Ayrshire side featuring in each but all of one of the ties.

  • Ties to be played Saturday 15th February KO 2:15pm

The Glens have faced Dunbar in the competition twice before. Famously back in 1960/61 when the sides met in the Quarter-Final with Dunbar coming out in top winning a second replay 2-1 after two 1-1 draws. The East coast side  went on to lift the trophy after beating Cambuslang Rangers in the final.  Dunbar ran out winners again in season 1988/89 when they defeated the Glens 2-1 in trhe 3rd round at Loch Park

Glenafton at Dunbar 1960/61

Glenafton at Dunbar 1960/61

Glenafton and Shotts have never faced each other in the competition. Shotts won the trophy two seasons ago, the Super League 1st Division side beating Premier side Auchinleck in the  final, and finishing runners-up to the Glens in the league.

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Musselburgh 1 Glenafton 4

Scottish Junior Cup 4th roud

Saturday 18th January, Olivebank Stadium, Musselburgh.

MUSSELBURGH ATHELTIC 1 (1)

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC   4  (1)

Burgh started the brighter, enjoying the best of the passing play, and took the lead on 10 minutes after Alan Cairns’ attempt to cut out a dangerous cross from the left ended with the defender heading the ball into his own net.  Although the visitors, in their first competitive game in four weeks, were struggling to get into their stride the home side couldn’t capitalise on their possession and clear cut chances were thin on the ground.

Musselburgh take the lead

Musselburgh take the lead

Indeed on 18 minutes it was the Glens that came close to levelling the tie after clever work by Michael Reilly and Findlay Frye on the edge of the box saw the ball take a bounce off a defender and fall well for Cameron Marlow, only for his attempt to lob the ball over advancing keeper Ally Adams sail over the bar. Despite the lost chance , the Glens took heart and the game was now more evenly balanced.

Cammy Marlow goes close

Cammy Marlow goes close

On 25 minutes, Burgh won possession in the middle of the park after a fine tackle by Steven Thomson and from there the lively Jackie Myles and Michael McKenna combined to set up striker Matti King and although his angled shot from inside the box fizzed past keeper Brian McGarrity it skimmed inches wide of the far post.  Two minutes later Reilly’s flick on was gathered by Aaron Connolly who turned one defender before losing out to a timely tackle by another at the edge of the box and as Marlow collected the loose ball he was tripped In the box by Murray Christie. Up stepped Aaron Connolly to lash the ball home from the spot to draw the sides level with 29 minutes gone.

Aaron Connolly levels from the spot

Aaron Connolly levels from the spot

In the dying minutes of the half a slick move saw King switch the ball from left to right in the box to set up Michael McKenna only for his low angled shot to be blocked by McGarrity at the near post.  The keeper punched the resultant corner-kick from the head of King and as the defenders raced out Myles met the ball first time and let fly from 18 yards out and it seemed destined to rupture the net only for the fearless Frye to stand his ground and head the thunderball high over the bar.

Findlay Frye heads clear

Findlay Frye heads clear

Myles had a second bite at the cherry from the corner that followed, but on this occasion his thunderbolt from the edge of the box was well off target, much to relief of the still stunned Frye and the imaginary bluebirds tweeting around his head!  HT Burgh 1 Glens 1

Stunning could also be used to describe the goal that put the Glens ahead in spectacular fashion five minutes after the break. A cross into the box from Cairns on the left was partially cleared and defender Craig McEwan on the opposite flank, sprang into action to meet the ball perfectly and from 20 yards out thundered a ferocious shot that arced high over the keeper in full flight and into the far corner of the net to spark of equally exhilarating celebrations.

Catch me if you can, Southy celebrares

Catch me if you can, Southy celebrares

With their tails up the visitors continued to press and on 57 minutes Connolly forced his way along the outskirts of the box before laying the ball off for Reilly, whose goal bound shot from the edge of the ’D’ was deflected over the bar for a corner kick. A minute later the striker tried his luck from 25 yards out but the alert Adams rose well to clutch the ball at the junction of post and bar.

The home side rallied and forced a corner kick only for Jamie McGeoghan’s headed clearance to be snapped up by the tireless Reilly, who quickly turned defence into attack and put Burgh back on the back foot. On 65 minutes the New Cumnock side extended their lead through another sweet Afton strike.  Telling tackles by McEwan and then Reilly prevented Burgh from clearing the ball and it fell to Jamie McKernon almost 20 yards from goal with only one thing on his mind, a Jambo special, and in in a split second he unleashed a low flying missile that exploded into the net … perhaps not the most popular Jambo east of Edinburgh!

Jambo special

Jambo special

A minute later Reilly flashed a shot from the edge of the box and to the relief of Adams it went just wide. The hosts regrouped and secured a corner kick that was punched away by McGarrity only to be re-gathered by the blue shirts but try as they might they could not shake off the attention of centre backs Craig Menzies and Ryan McChesney and engineer a clear shot at goal.

With 10 minutes to go a poorly taken free kick from within the Burgh half was chested down by Reilly and instantly dispatched to Aaron Connolly who gathered the ball at the half way line and forged his way to the edge of the box where he skipped past the defender to create space and drill a low angled shot into the far corner beyond the reach of Adams.

Aaron bags his brace

Aaron bags his brace

The Glens comfortably saw the game to its conclusion with the fresh legs of Alain Kinney, John Craig and Craig Brown all making an appearance in the closing minutes. FT Burgh 1 Glens 4

Come Awa' the Afton

Come Awa’ the Afton

Mussleburgh Athletic: Adams; Russell (McDiarmid), Christie (C.Thomson), S.Thomson, Moffat, Hamilton , McKenna, Hunter, King, Myles, Martin (Sinclair)

Glenafton Athletic: McGarrity; McEwan, McChesney, Menzies, Cairns; McGeoghan (Brown), Frye, McKernon, Marlow (Craig); Connolly (Kinney), Reilly

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Irvine Meadow 2 Glenafton 0

West Region Stagecoach Premier Division : Match 12

Saturday 21st December, Meadow Park, Irvine

IRVINE MEADOW 2 (0)

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC   0  (0)

Glenafton made two changes to the side that faced Rob Roy with Michael Reilly replacing Alain Kinney up front after the big striker failed a late fitness test and captain Craig Menzies returning to the heart of the defence in place of Craig McEwan.

Heavy dark rain clouds hovered low over Meadow Park as the home side kicked off with a strong blustery wind at their back. The Medda almost caught the visitors cold in the opening minute after winning a couple of tackles in the Glens box to set up Darren Miller only for his drive from 20 yards out sail over the bar. Five minutes later determined play down the left by Reilly and Cameron Marlow won Glenafton a corner kick from which Reilly, in a crowded six yard box, was unfortunate to see his stab at goal go agonisingly wide. Soon after Reilly’s drive from 25 yards was well held by Graeme Shepherd and then the keeper, on loan from Albion Rovers, was relieved to see a John Craig free kick whizz past the post.

Michael Reilly goes close

Michael Reilly goes close

On 15 minutes Mark Sideserf’s cross from the left was met at the back post perfectly by Paul Maxwell but his powerful header bulleted wide of target. Five minutes later Ryan Caddis muscled his way through the middle of the park and as two red shirts closed in he drilled the ball low and hard from 22 yards beyond the reach of keeper Brian McGarrity.

Glens came close to levelling within three minutes only for Shepherd to pull off a magnificent save in geting a hand to a 30 yard pile-driver of a free kick from Jamie McKernon. The keeper then punched the ball clear from the head of Aaron Connolly as the visitors tried to convert the resultant corner. His counterpart McGarrity performed similar heroics from a corner kick to flick the ball from the head of Maxwell.  On 34 minutes the home side doubled their lead when Caddis on the left picked out Maxwell who then drove to the bye-line before whipping the ball to the back post where Gary McCann timed his leap to perfection to bullet a header downward and into the net.

Aaron Connoly hunts down the ball

Aaron Connoly hunts down the ball

Five minutes from the break Connolly slipped the ball to Marlow who stole behind the Medda defence but his angled shot from the corner of the six yard box was just off target, albeit the keeper had his near post well covered. H/T Meadow 2 Glens 0

The Meadow were first to threaten as McCann bolted down the right only for his cross to be cut out at the near post by McGarrity as Caddis waited to pounce. The home side forced a couple of corners that came to nothing before the Glens began to force their way into the game. On 53 minutes McKernon made excellent progress down the right flank before clipping the ball into the box for Marlow but his volley from 10 yards was blocked by Mark Staunton.

Glens, now with the wind at their backs, continued to press with McKernon and Findlay Frye controlling the midfield as Meadow dropped deeper back into defence. However, unlocking that ‘thick blue line’ was proving beyond the guile of the visitors, particularly with Shepherd in fine form.

A McChesney cross from tight on the right was punched from under the bar by Shepherd and booted clear by Staunton as Marlow looked to halve the deficit. Soon after, on 62 minutes, the keeper conjured up another top drawer save when at full stretch he pushed a Reilly rocket from 25 yards past the post. Back to back corners were cleared in determined fashion by the home rear guard.

Graeme Shepherd pulls off another fine save

Graeme Shepherd pulls off another fine save

As the Glens toiled to make most of their possession the Meadow threatened to add to their tally through McCann’s electric pace.  On 83 minutes he disappeared in the failing light down the right before picking out Maxwell in the box only for McGarrity to get the finest of touches to concede a corner kick which the keeper then clutched safely under the bar.  Two minutes later McCann and Maxwell combined again, on this occasion the striker had time onhis side to pick his spot, but again McGarrity came out on top with a stunning save.

With three minutes left Frye lashed a left footer from 20 yards out that flashed past the post. In the last serious action of the match substitute Shaun Fraser broke upfield at haste before feeding McCann on the right and although the one-two took McGarrity out of the play, McChesney slid in to prevent Hall from facing an empty net for a tap-in. FT Meadow 2 Glens 0

 Irvine Meadow: Shepherd; Darroch, Staunton, Twadlle, Halliday; McCann, Thomson, Miller (Fraser), Sideserf; Maxwell and Caddis (Hall).

Glenafton Athletic: McGarrity; McGeoghan, McChesney, Menzies, Cairns; Craig, McKernon, Frye, Marlow (Dimilta); Connolly, Reilly (Brown). Subs Dunsmuir, McEwan, Miller

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Glenafton on the Heritage Trail

The New Cumnock Liaison Group’s “Auld Kirk and Village Heritage Trail” project is making good progress. and a heritage trail of a number of information panels has now been established along the length of the Castle. ( See more about the project here .)

Project leader Bobby Guthrie explains ‘Glenafton, for many people,  hold a special place in our community’s past, present and of course our future. It is fitting that the club feature in our heritage trail and I would like to thank the club for giving their permission to place a panel at the entrance of Loch Park.”

Loch Park Entrance

Loch Park Entrance

The panel maps gives a brief overview of the birth of football in our parish with the formation of senior side Lanemark , through Glenafton’s early years at Connel Park and from there to their home here at Loch Park.

Come Awa' the Afton

Come Awa’ the Afton

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Kirkintilloch 1 Glenafton 0

West Region Stagecoach Premier Division : Match 11

Saturday 7th December, Adamslie Park, Kirkintilloch

KIRKINTILLOCH ROB ROY 1 (1)

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC   0  (0)

Former Rabs team-mates Findlay Frye and Scott Adam made the return trip to Adamslie but only as spectators with the pair both out through injury. With Craig Menzies unavailable for selection defender Ryan McChesney wore the captain’s armband, a proud day for the New Cumnock youngster.  Wearing the Rabs’ captain’s armband was Gordon Moffat one of two former Glens players in the home side’s starting eleven; Kris Mitchell the other.

Captain Chessy

Captain Chessy

On 3 minutes Brian McGarrity made a clean clutch at the near post as the ball was fired in from the left flank. The home side continued to enjoy the bulk of the forward player in the opening 20 minutes albeit without seriously testing the Glens’ keeper again in that spell.

The visitors began to make some inroads but without any real fluency to their play and they seldom threatened keeper Gordon McPherson – a dive at the feet of Cameron Marlow on 21 minutes and gathering the ball from the head of Alain Kinney two minutes later his most challenging moments.

Aaron Connolly and Alain Kinney challenge as Gordon Moffat looks on

Aaron Connolly and Alain Kinney challenge as Gordon Moffat looks on

Rabs continued to look the more threatening and Craig McEwan made a crucial block on a Willie Sawyers drive and soon after the Glens defence stood solid as Alan Urquhart and Sawyers tried to pick their way through a packed penalty area. It proved to be a dress rehearsal for on 26 minutes a wonderful piece of passing play delivered the opening goal. Urquhart picked out Ryan Deas in the box who quickly squared for Sawyers and his subtle flicked released the incoming Urquhart in space and he duly picked his spot from a few yards out.

Alan Urquhart puts Rabs ahead

Alan Urquhart puts Rabs ahead

The Rabs turned the screw and in a three minute spell McChesney worked wonders to clear a Sawyers header off the line, the big striker then sent a free header from a corner kick wide of the post and Urquhart had the ball in the net again but from an offside position.

Glenafton rallied and ten minutes from the break they conjured up their best move of the half when Marlow and Connolly combined down the left before firing the ball into the near post where McPherson made a great block to deny Kinney a tap in.

Before the interval both sides forced a couple of corner-kicks a piece, all of which were duly mopped up by the respective defences.   The half ended in disappointment for goalscorer Alan Urquhart who appeared to twist a knee and was replaced at the break.

H/T Rob Roy 1 Glenafton 0

Michael Reilly

Michael Reilly

Glenafton introduced midweek signing Michael Reilly in place of David Dimilta and he was soon in the thick of the action with McPherson having to race from his line to clear the ball as the striker chased down a long ball into the box.

At the other end McChesney had to be on his toes to head a brace of corner kicks clear as Sawyers menaced with intent and then timed to perfection a tackle on Deas in the box. Another Rabs attack was frantically cleared and to some effect as the Glens broke up-field with a sense of purpose that had been missing in the opening half. Reilly released Connolly wide on the right who skipped past a clutch of defenders before whipping the ball across the face of the goal for the in-rushing Marlow only for McPherson to get a crucial finger-tip on the ball and then his outstretched arm cleared the resultant corner lick from the heads of Connolly and Reilly.

Play was now flowing from end-to-end and on 55 minutes a lightning quick break down the left ended with a Deas drive at goal being cleared by McGarrity and the ball rebound off a Rabs forward, deemed to be in an offside position, and into the net. Two minutes later the Glens suffered the same fate when a Marlow header crashed off the base of the post and Kinney netted the loose ball, but again the flag was raised aloft and the goal disallowed. Soon after Reilly, surrounded by three defenders, engineered a shot at goal from the six yard box only for McPherson to perform heroics again and get a foot to the ball to concede another corner, which again came to nothing – a common feature of the set-piece play of both sides on the day.

Further chances came and went at both ends.  The best of which for the respective sides saw McGarrity defy a posse of  Rabs hit men as they hunted down a telling cross from Mitchell and his counter-part McPherson get down low to push a powerful Reilly header wide of target.

In the dying moments of the game Craig McEwan earned a second yellow card to draw a disappointing day to conclusion for the visitors.

Glenafton:  McGarrity; McGeoghan, McChesney, McEwan, Cairns; Dimilta (Reilly), McKernon, Craig (Brown), Marlow;  Connolly & Kinney. Subs. Dunsmuir, Miller.

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Michael signs up at Loch Park

Glenafton Athletic are delighted to announce the signing of 22 year-old striker Michael Reilly from Auchinleck Talbot on a 2 year deal. Michael has made six appearances for Talbot this season, five of them in the Ardagh Cup, and has scored 5 goals. He made the move to Beechwood in the summer of 2012, after having finished top goal scorer with Annbank United.

Michael will have mixed memories of Loch Park while at Annbank. He earned two yellow cards in a league defeat in March 2011 and four months later he fired the visitors ahead with the goal of the game in a pre-season friendly.

Welcome to Loch Park, Michael

 

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