Ally heads for Townhead

AllySemple01Having recently announced his departure from the club after four seasons at Loch Park, keeper Ally Semple has today signed for local rivals Cumnock Juniors.

Ally made 155 appearances for the Glens after having signed for the club in July 2009 under then manager Gordon Dalziel.

During his time at Loch Park , Ally has won a super League 1st Division Championship medal (2011/12) and a West of Scotland Cup winners medal (2012/13).

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Glasgow Perthshire 2 Glenafton 2

New Coin Automatics West of Scotland Cup Final

Sat 1st June, Newlandsfield Park, Glasgow

GLASGOW PERTHSHIRE  2 (0)

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 2 (2)

  • Glenafton win 4-3 penalties

Glenafton topped off a fantastic finish to their season with a dramatic penalty shoot-out triumph against a gallant Glasgow Perthshire side that came within a whisker of winning the West of Scotland Cup for the first time.

In the New Coin Automatics West of Scotland final at Newlandsfield it was the New Cumnock side that made the early running and from a first minute corner kick ‘Shire keeper Chris Calder did well to hold a header from Richie McKillen.  Despite their early pressure the Glens struggled to seriously test the keeper in the half again.  In 15 minutes a Ross Robertson header from a corner kick sailed over the bar and two minutes later a 30 yard thunder-bolt from Craig McEwan screamed past the post.

Ross Robertson heads for goal

Ross Robertson heads for goal

The Keppoch park side gradually worked their way into the game and indeed finished the half on top in terms of both possession and chances created.  On 37 minutes a viciously struck free from Andy Gibson was pushed over the bar by keeper Ally Semple and a minute later the midfielder was denied again as Semple at full stretch pushed his angled close range shot to safety.

Ally Semple saves from Andy Gibson

Ally Semple saves from Andy Gibson

H/T Glens 0 ‘Shire 0

John Dempster earned the Glens an early corner kick from which an air-borne Calder pushed a Ryan McChesney header, bound for the top-corner, past the post.  At the other end Semple cut out a Gibson cross comfortably clutching the ball under the bar.

As play swung from end to end it was Glenafton that made the breakthrough on the hour mark. McEwan picked out Gus Cochrane wide on the left flank who fended off defender Stewart Brodie before feeding Dempster in the box. The determined striker held the ball brilliantly before finding an angle for his shot which crashed off the base of the post and caught the ‘Shire defence flat-footed allowing the alert Ryan Millar to gather the ball and drill it home from 6 yards out.

It's Millar time as Ryan puts Glens ahead

It’s Millar time as Ryan puts Glens ahead

Three minutes later Millar turned provider when after good work down the right he squared the ball for Jack Steele in the box who rolled it on for Dempster to drill it low and hard only for Calder to get down low and clear the danger. Soon after the keeper denied the Glens’ striker again blocking his right footed drive on this occasion.

With their tails up Glenafton introduced Gareth Campbell for Craig Menzies but within ten minutes the Glasgow side had turned the tables.  On 68 minutes live wire Gibson twisted and turned at the right corner flag before whipping the ball to the near post for striker David Kirkwood, only for Richie McKillen’s intercepting header to end in the unfortunate centre-half’s own net.

Shire draw level

Shire draw level

Seven minutes later Gibson was the architect again his cross from the right partially cleared to the edge of the box where substitute Chris Flannery nodded the ball down for right back Stewart Brodie who swivelled and with his left foot hooked an unstoppable shot into the top corner – stunning goal!

Stewart Brodie leads the celebrations

Stewart Brodie leads the celebrations

Glenafton responded by replacing defender Craig McEwan with striker Gareth Armstrong and play three up front.  The impact was immediate and the ‘Shire were soon on the back foot. On 78 minutes a Cochrane volley from inside the box whizzed past Calder’s far post. Two minutes later Millar gathered Armstrong’s knock down and skipped past Calder only for his angled shot to be cleared off the line by a composed Brodie.  Armstrong then came close to getting a toe to the ball in the six yard box after good play by Dempster.

Chris Calder and Ryan Millar

Chris Calder and Ryan Millar

With three minutes of regulation time remaining Glenafton were awarded a free kick at the right hand corner of the penalty box. Campbell’s chip to the back post was headed clear by Shaun Stirling to the edge of the penalty area where Robertson quickly played the ball back into a packed six yard box and as it broke loose Gareth Armstrong lashed it into the roof of the net.

Bo bags the equaliser

Bo bags the equaliser

A minute later a beautifully controlled header by Armstrong picked out Dempster on the six yard line only for Calder to pull off a brilliant brave block and then Robert McPhee make an equally brave goal-line clearance to prevent Campbell poking the loose ball home.

Gareth Campbell goes close

Gareth Campbell goes close

Both sides had half-chances from set-pieces in added time before the whistle blew to herald a dramatic penalty shoot-out. F/T Glasgow Perthshire 2 Glenafton Athletic 2

Glenafton Athletic: Semple; McChesney, G.Mitchell, McKillen, McEwan (Armstrong); Robertson, Steele, Cochrane, Menzies (Campbell); Dempster & Millar subs: McMillan, Eaglesham, Dunsmuir (gk)

Glasgow Perthshire: Calder; Brodie, Gambae, McPhee, Stirling, Begg, Gibson, Frize, Kirkwood, Cahoon, McGeough. Subs O’Donnell, Flannery, Malcolm, Brown

Penalty shoot-out

The sides were all square after two rounds with a 100% success rate, Paul Frize and David Kirkwood finding the target for ‘Shire and John Dempster and Gareth Campbell for the Glens.

Glasgow Perthshire  gained the advantage when Stewart Brodie scored before Calder saved from Gus Cochrane.

Semple then saved from Frazer Malcolm before Ross Robertson tied the score at 3-3 going into the fifth round.

Penalty shoot-out - Semples !

Penalty shoot-out – Semples !

Andy Gibson’s spot kick crashed off the cross bar and Gareth Armstrong stroked his effort home to seal victory for the Glenafton and take the West of Scotland Cup back to New Cumnock for the third time.

Gareth Armstrong settles it

Gareth Armstrong settles it

The celebrations begin …

The celebrations begin

The celebrations begin

The presentation to the West of Scotland Cup Winners 2012-13

Championeees

Championeees

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Glenafton 3 Arthurlie 2

New Coin Automatics West of Scotland Cup Semi-final

Sat 25th May, Loch Park, New Cumnock

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 3 (2)

ARTHURLIE 2 (1)

Glenafton were forced to make four changes to the starting eleven that had overcome Largs Thistle in the quarter final a fortnight ago with Paul McKenzie, Craig Potter, Danny Mitchell and Craig McEwan all unavailable.  Visitors Arthurlie, who were victorious in the league match at Loch Park earlier in the season, were looking to take a fourth Premier side scalp in their excellent run in the West of Scotland cup.

The home side started brightly in the glorious May sunshine forcing an early corner which although won by the head of Richie McKillen was eventually cleared by the boot of former Glens’ defender Chris Merrilees. On five minutes Jack Steele pinged the ball from the half way line over the top of the ‘Lie defence for John Dempster to head down into the path of the incoming Ryan Millar but his shot from 10 yards out saw keeper Kevin Macklin pull off a super save and turn the ball round the post. However, the young Glens’ striker was not to be denied. From Gus Cochrane’s corner-kick Ross Robertson, engulfed in a cluster of players, headed the ball forward deep into the six yard box where Ryan Millar was first to react and deftly guide the ball home between the keeper and Craig Holmes defending the near post.

Ryan rocks 'Lie

Ryan rocks ‘Lie

Six minutes later Glenafton doubled their advantage when another Cochrane corner was powerfully headed up-field by Iain Chisholm and the ball instantly returned to the danger area by Steele’s looping header. Here it was headed on by Ryan McChesney and as the ball broke Ross Robertson nicked between Holmes and Steven Crawford to calmly stroke it into the corner of the net from 15 yards out.

Celebrations after Ross double Glens' lead

Celebrations after Ross double Glens’ lead

Shell-shocked ‘Lie who had yet to threaten carved out their first chance on 19 minutes after Ryan McGregor’s header was gathered by James Marks who having spotted keeper Ally Semple off his line executed a delicate lob only for the keeper to back track and get an outstretched arm to push the ball wide of the post.  Although nothing came of the resultant corner kick it signaled a period where play became significantly more evenly distributed in terms of possession.

On 27 minutes the home side were forced to make a change with Gareth Armstrong replacing the injured Graeme Eaglesham who had to leave the field after stretching awkwardly for the ball.

Arthurlie began to exert pressure and Marks’ aerial prowess was keeping central defenders Glen Mitchell and McKillen on their toes …and in the air.  Three minutes from the break  the striker halved the deficit. A corner from the right found the ball partially cleared to the left flank where Paul Stewart rolled it into the path of Holmes who clipped the ball back across the face of goal for James Marks to rise and powerfully head beyond Semple.

Arthurlie get off their Marks

Arthurlie get off their Marks

Two minutes later Glenafton looked to recover their two goal cushion when Steele collected a header from Dempster and knocked the ball on through the heart of the visitors back-line and gave chase leaving defenders in his wake in his 50-50 race for the ball with Macklin now rushing from his line. The keeper bravely won that race as Steele slid to try and prod the ball home but instead caught Macklin, an effort deemed worthy of a straight red card by the match official.

In the closing action of the half Armstrong sandwiched between Merrilees and Blakey on the outskirts of the box did well to engineer a lob at goal only for it to finish just wide of target. H/T Glens 2 Lie 1

Ten minutes after the break the visitors drew level with a well worked goal. Stewart at the corner of the box fed Marks to his left who quickly drilled the ball across the face of the goal where it was redirected back to the near post by Stephen Bonar for Stephen McKeown to tap home.

Stephen McKeown levels the tie

Stephen McKeown levels the tie

The visitors’ tails were up and with a man advantage began to enjoy long spells of possession as they spread the ball the length and breadth of the park albeit without severely testing Semple as the red line of McChesney, Mitchell, McKillen and Craig Menzies put in a shift and half.

In stark contrast it was the 10 men that were creating the best of the chances. Just after the hour mark Millar’s pace again caused panic as he got behind the ‘Lie defence and forced Macklin to rush from his line to confront him at the edge of the box where the Glens’ striker skipped past him and tried to slot the ball home from an acute angle only for Blakey to get back in time and guide it behind for a corner.  The keeper then pulled off a fine save from Robertson’s looping header.

Ryan goes close

Ryan goes close

Millar left the field soon after to thunderous applause from the home support in an appreciation of another exhilarating performance to be replaced by Gareth Campbell who a minute late powered into the box and hit a low drive which Macklin was relieved to see go just wide of the far post.  Soon after it was Armstrong’s turn to get behind the defence and brilliantly turn Crawford in the box before opting to cut the ball back for Dempster on the penalty spot, the pass however falling just behind his strike partner.

With 10 minutes to go the roles were reversed with Dempster cutting back for Armstrong only for the ball to be cleared and recaptured by Robertson tight on the right flank. As Bonar and Holmes tried to paint the Glens man into the corner, he twisted one way and the other before whipping the ball into the box where it was met first time by Gus Cochrane and from 16 yards he lashed it into the top corner with Macklin a spectator – a stunning strike worthy of any cup-tie winning cliché.

Gus ......goooooaaaaallllllll !

Gus ……goooooaaaaallllllll !

Try as they might Arthurlie couldn’t conjure up fresh ideas to try and get the better of the 10 men and any saves Semple had to make were of the comfortable and sound variety. Meanwhile, at the other end Dempster continued to harass the ‘Lie defence as time ran out for the Barrhead side.

F/T Glens 3 Arthurlie 2

Glenafton: Semple; McChesney, G.Mitchell, McKillen, Menzies;  Robertson, Steele, Eaglesham (Armstrong), Cochrane; Millar (Campbell) and Dempster. Subs. McMillan, Dunsmuir (gk)

Arthurlie: Macklin; Chisholm, Blakey, Merrilees, Crawford; McGregor, Bonar, McKeown, Holmes; Marks & Stewart. Subs Duncan, Blakes, Muir, Dymock, Merriman

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Other scores: West of Scotland Cup semi-final Kirkintilloch Rob Roy 1 Glasgow Perthshire 4

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Largs 1 Glenafton 1

New Coin Automatics West of Scotland Cup Quarter-final

Sat 11th May, Barrfields Park, Largs

LARGS THISTLE 1 (1)

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 1 (1)

  • Glenafton win 7-6 penalties

Glenafton travelled to face a Largs Thistle side that still foster hopes of a securing a play-off place in their bid for promotion from the Super League 1st Division. The trip also provided the first opportunity to witness the quality of the fantastic new playing surface installed at Barrfields.  It was soon matched by the quality of the play as both sides served up an entertaining first half. The home side took the early initiative when on 7 minutes a free kick from the half way line was clipped over the top of the Glens defence and gathered by Sean Laurence with some composure before taking a touch and slipping the ball beyond the reach of keeper Ally Semple.

Sean Lawrence slots home the openr

Sean Lawrence slots home the openr

Back came the visitors through Paul McKenzie who made his way into the box and unleashed a scorching shot that had the ice-cream at Nardini’s melting only for the ball to whiz past the junction of post and bar.

Taz goes close

Taz goes close

The end-to-end theme continued with Willie McClure cutting into the box from the left and skipping past a host of red shirts before drilling a low angle shot that was pushed round the post by Semple. Glenafton’s goal lived a charmed life as Euan Lindsay’s header from the resultant corner was headed off the line by Craig McEwan. At the other end a Craig Potter cross into the box was met by Jack Steele by keeper Stevie Connick was well positioned to clutch the header.  Still only 11 minutes gone!

Thistle began to enjoy more possession and their passing at times was a treat to watch with wide men Laurence and McClure catching the eye while keeping the visitors on their toes but although they forced a few corners they couldn’t add to their tally.  Glens gradually got a foothold and Ryan Millar’s run to the bye-line concluded with a cut back for Gus Cochrane only for his shot to go wide of target. Another Largs corner came close but Nikky Little’s header scraped past the post.

Gus grabs the equaliser

Gus grabs the equaliser

On 21 minutes the visitors drew level with a well worked goal. Ross Robertson fended off two Thistle defenders before releasing Craig Potter down the right flank to cut the ball back into the box where it was intercepted by Ian Fisher only for Gus Cochrane to pounce on the loose ball and drill it low and hard into the corner of the net.

Seven minutes later Potter was in the right place at the right time at the other end to hook the ball off the line as Largs looked to get their noses in front again. Millar’s perseverance saw him breach the Thistle box and then roll the back to Cochrane who forced his way past a number of defenders before firing for goal, but on this occasion Connick came out on top. Two minutes from the interval after a lightning break down the right Laurence picked out Eaun Lindsay in the six yard box but his touch took the ball across the face of goal and the danger eventually cleared. H/T Largs 1 Glens 1

Glenafton made two changes at the break with John Dempster on for Robertson and Graeme Eaglesham for Gus Cochrane. The visitors were soon on the front foot with the runs of McKenzie and Steele giving the hosts food for thought after their half-time oranges. On 53 minutes the visitors won a corner kick and Connick pulled off a stunning save from Richie McKillen’s header. Millar and McKenzie had each probing runs into the Largs box but the home defence stood firm as the Glens continued to press.

Ryan Millar on the nove with John Dempster in support

Ryan Millar on the nove with John Dempster in support

Some respite for Largs on the hour mark when pressure earned a corner kick and although the ball fell to Eddie Walton and then Kevin Struthers neither could conjure up a shot on target.  Five minutes later McEwan got behind the home defence down the left to send a cross-field ball to the back post where his met by a vicious volley by Millar which crashed off the top of the bar. Fine play by Eaglesham ended with his cross being headed just wide by Glen Mitchell.

Graeme Eaglesham flies down the flank

Graeme Eaglesham flies down the flank

On 78 minutes Eaglesham came within a whisker of putting the Glens ahead, after controlling a rebound from a Dempster drive, but his cleverly executed volley went inches wide with Connick on his knees. In a rare break for Theesel substitute Graham Muir sent Nikky Little through on goal but his attempt was comfortably held by Semple. At the other end Connick blocked a Millar shot at the near post and then pulled off another top drawer save from a Steele drive after good build up play by Eaglesham and Dempster.

In the closing minutes Ryan Millar went off to a rousing reception from the travelling support with Gareth Armstrong on his place.  In time added on the hosts almost sneaked but Semple saw off the danger and then in the last action of the match Gault was on hand to stop an Armstrong header falling at the feet of Dempster deep in the box. FT Largs 1 Glenafton 1

Waiting spot for spot kicks

Waiting spot for spot kicks

The penalty shoot was tied at 5-5 after 10 unstoppable kicks of the highest quality, John Dempster, Craig McEwan, Glen Mitchell, Jack Steele and Gareth Armstrong finding the net for the Glens. In sudden death Graeme Eaglesham slammed home another stunner while Ally Semple got a hand to Creag Little’s effort but no avail as the sides remained tied.

Richie rifles home No. 7

Richie rifles home No. 7

Richie McKillen then curled one in to maintain the visitors 100% record before Ally Semple got down low to hold the unfortunate Sean Lawrence’s spot kick.

Ally saves as Ross checks out from the terracing

Ally saves as Ross checks out from the terracing

Largs Thistle: Connick; Fisher, McLaughlin, Walton C.Little; Lawrence, Gault, Struthers (Lappin), McClure (Muir); Lindsay (Monaghan), N.Little Sub McWilliams

Glenafton Athletic: Semple; Potter, McKillen, G.Mitchell, McEwan; McKenzie, D.Mitchell, Steele, Cochrane (Eaglesham); Robertson (Dempster), Millar (Armstrong). Subs Menzies, McChesney

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Other scores: League Auchinleck 2 Shotts 1 ; West of Scotland Cup QF Arthurlie v Petershill match postponed

Video highlights here

  • Courtesy of Largs Thistle

 

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Glenafton 0 Auchinleck 5

Ayrshire Weekly Press Cup Quarter-final

Wednesday 8th May, Loch Park,  New Cumnock

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 0 (0)

AUCHINLECK TALBOT 5 (3)

The two teams last met in early March at Beechwood when the home side gathered another three points in their relentless march towards the league title with an impressive 4-0 win. Since then the Glens have won 9 games in a row but hopes of making it 10 were quickly dispelled by another formidable display from Auchinleck. First half goals from James Latta, Ray Montgomery and former Afton lad David Gormley before the home side were reduced to 10 men, following the dismissal of Craig Potter, put the visitors firmly in control.  Bryan Young and Gordon Pope, with a late penalty, completed the scoring to set up a semi-final away to Cumnock.

Glenafton: Semple; Potter, G Mitchell, McKillen, McEwan; McKenzie, D.Mitchell, Steele, Cochrane; Robertson & Millar: Subs – Menzies, McChesney, Eaglesham, Dempster & Armstrong

League scores: Kirkintilloch 0 Arthurlie 4; Petershill 2 Shotts 2

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Rob Roy’s defeat to Arthurlie ensures Glenafton will finish fourth in the league – a fantastic achievement in their return to the Premier Division. Congratulations and well done to Darren, John and the players. Come Awa’ the Afton.

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Beith 1 Glenafton 2

Stagecoach West Region Premier Division

Monday 6th May, Bellsdale Park,  Beith

BEITH JUNIORS 1 (1)

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC  2 (0)

Glenafton completed their league campaign with a Monday night visit to face a rejuvenated Beith . The Bellsdale side had won their last three league games in a row (all at home) following the return of manager Johnny Millar who had led them to the Premier title three seasons ago and of course scored the winning goal for Glenafton in the Scottish Junior Cup final twenty years ago.

John Dempster

John Dempster

The home side took the lead through Kenny McLean, a lead they held to half-time. Seven minutes into the new half the visitors drew level when a Ryan McChesney cross was controlled by Paul McKenzie and though surrounded by a giant defence crashed a great shot into the roof of the net for his 12th goal of the season. ‘The Mighty’ stormed back and applied loads of pressure on a Glens defence that stood firm. Nevertheless the New Cumnock side always looked dangerous on the break and a minute beyond the regulation 90 minutes, John Dempster bustled his way into the box and as keeper Adam Strain left his line the striker exquisitely chipped the ball over his head for a dramatic winner. The drama was not over and Beith were reduced to 9 men as McLean and Marc McShane were each shown a red card.
Glenafton: Semple; McChesney,  G. Mitchell.  McKillen,  Menzies; McKenzie,  Eaglesham,  D.Mitchell,  Dempster; Robertson & Armstrong  Subs  Cochrane,  McEwan,  Potter,  Donnelly,  Dunsmuir

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Glenafton U19 0 Bonnyton U19 4

Glenafton Athletic U19

Glenafton Athletic U19

Scottish Youth Challenge Cup U19’s Final

Sunday 5th May , Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie

Glenafton Athletic 0 Bonnyton Thistle 4

Stephen Hill kept his cool to slot home the opener for Bonnyton after 3 minutes. The Kilmarnock side doubled their lead on the quarter hour mark through a glancing header from Sam McCloskey.  Glenafton fought hard to get back in the game but Bonnyton continued to dominate and on 37 minutes Hill bagged his brace after some great skill took him into the box before stroking the ball beyond the reach of keeper Ryan Dunsmuir.

H/T Glenafton 0 Bonnyton 3.

Great credit to the New Cumnock side who battled bravely to salvage something from the game. Midway through the half the impressive McCloskey powered into the box and drilled home his second from an acute angle. On 90 minutes , never-say-die Danny Naismith almost conjured up a consolation for Glenafton only for keeper Dylan Caddis to tip his 25 yard free-kick over the bar.

F/T Glenafton 0 Bonnyton 4

Glenafton: 1. Dunsmuir 3. Jordan Kerr 6. Naismith 7. Campbell 8. Quinn 9. Campbell 10 Josh Kerr 11 Graham 14 McPartland 16 Gall 17 Mcknight  Subs : 2 Stobbs, 4 Blackwood, 5 Allan, 12 Muncie, 20 Farren

Bonnyton: 1. Caddis 17 Strachan 8. Larmour 2. Abercrombie 5. Gregory 15. Muir 10. McCrum 3. Barrie 9. McCloskey 6. Hill 4. Golightly Subs: 7 Hunter, 11 Patterson, 12 McLaren, 14 Mears, 16 Sheddan

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Congratulations to Bonnyton and commiserations to Glenafton. Well done to both sides.

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Glenafton 1 Cumnock 0

Stagecoach West Region Premier Division

Saturday 4th May, Loch Park,  New Cumnock

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 1 (1)

CUMNOCK JUNIORS 0 (0)

Glenafton completed the league derby double over Cumnock in a tense affair at Loch Park to extend their winning streak in the league to five games in a row. While victory secures the New Cumnock side’s place in the Premier Division the fate of their neighbours from Old Cumnock is now in the hands of others.

Cumnock kicked off with a strong wind at their back and were quickly on the front foot without however posing any serious threat to keeper Ally Semple in the home goal. After a slow start Glenafton began to make some headway and on 16 minutes came close to opening their account. Ryan Millar and Paul McKenzie played a neat one-two in the middle of the park which released the former down the right flank who then left Stuart McDonald for dead before cutting the ball back across the face of the goal for strike partner Ross Robertson only for central defender Stuart O’Donnell to intervene and sclaff the ball inches wide of the far post with keeper Chris Fahey rooted at the near one.

Close call on Cumnock goal

Close call on Cumnock goal

At the other end a John Johnston glancing header had Semple scurrying across his goal-line to usher the ball wide of target. On 26 minutes Millar muscled Chris Robertson off the ball and then skipped past James Lundie before threading the ball between two defenders and into the penalty box for Jack Steele to gather and fire for goal only for the outrushing Fahey to block well on the six yard line.

Chris Fahey denies Jack Steele

Chris Fahey denies Jack Steele

Five minutes later the midfielder was not be denied. Gus Cochrane stripped the ball from Richard Hanvey and rolled the ball down the left wing for the overlapping Richie McKillen who whipped the ball into the heart of the box where it was partially cleared by Donnelly and then met it on the 18 yard line by Jack Steele who drilled the ball into the corner of the net beyond the reach of the outstretched Fahey.  The ensuing celebrations were well worthy of both taking a derby lead and opening his account for the club.

Jack pots the winner

Jack pots the winner

The home continued to create the best of the chances that were on offer and five minutes from the break McKenzie’s cut back from the bye-line was met by Millar at the corner of a crowded six yard box but his first-time shot went high and wide of target. H/T Glens 1 Cumnock 0

The visitors were first to show and five minutes into the new half Semple rose well at his near post to safely clutch a free kick as with former Glens’ captain Willie Howie waiting to pounce. A lung-bursting run by James Lundie was ended on the edge of the box by McKillen and although Chris McKnight could only drill the resultant free-kick into the wall the corner kick that followed created panic in the Glens box. Hanvey’s claim that his header hit Glen Mitchell’s hand were waved away and the big defender combined with Robertson to clear the danger. At the other end Steele powered past McKnight to drive into the box but Fahey cut out the ball intended for Robertson at the back post.

Glenafton clear the danger

Glenafton clear the danger

On 56 minutes McMenamim and McKenzie tussled for the ball on the touchline and the home dug-left infuriated when the Cumnock man went down and the Glens’ captain booked. Five minutes later McKenzie turned McMenamin inside out as he made his way to the bye line, the referee playing advantage after a tug from the ‘Nock midfielder,  but as he continued his run towards the box McKenzie went down with McMenamin at his heels – the official deciding there was no contact and a second yellow card administered, to reduce the home side to ten men.

Paul McKenzie powers past Gary McMenamin

Paul McKenzie powers past Gary McMenamin

Glenafton reshuffled the pack with John Dempster coming on for Robertson and later Graeme Eaglesham for Millar; the front pair having put in another great shift for the team.  In between times Semple showed superb athleticism to stop McKnight’s looping header.

Ally Semple saves from Chris McKnight

Ally Semple saves from Chris McKnight

With ten minutes to go McMenamin stayed on his feet to dance past three Glens’ players as he forged his way deep into the box only for Glen Mitchell’s superbly timed tackle to deny him a shot at goal. The visitors continued to push for the equaliser but were running short on ideas to penetrate the home defence; long balls lofted into the box were readily clutched by Semple.

John Dempster rattles the bar

John Dempster rattles the bar

Five minutes from time goalscorer Jack Steele, with blood still flowing from a burst lip, left the field to a roar of appreciative applause to be replaced by Ryan McChesney with the home side intent on shutting up shop. However, it was the 10 men that came closest to finding the net. First, having broken down a Cumnock attack , Dempster sent the ball upfield for Danny Mitchell to give chase only for the alert Fahey to rush 30 yards from the his goal line to kick clear. Soon after the keeper could only watch as a Dempster rocket from 15 yards out thundered off the cross-bar seconds before handshakes witnessed the end of the match. FT Glens 1 Cumnock 0

Glenafton: Semple; Potter, McKillen, G.Mitchell, McEwan; McKenzie, Steele (McChesney), D.Mitchell, Cochrane; Robertson (Dempster), Millar (Eaglesham) Subs not used : Menzies, Armstrong

Cumnock: Fahey; Lundie, Robertston, O’Donnell, McDonald (Bradford); Johnston, Howie, McKnight, McMenamin; Hanvey, Pierce (Anson). Subs not used Cairns, McInnes

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Other Scores: Beith 2 Shotts 1, Irvine Meadow 2 Pollok 1, Kirkintilloch 0 Auchinleck 3

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Ayrshire and West Cup draws

Ayrshire Weekly Press Cup

Quarter Finals

  • Glenafton v Auchinleck
  • Kello v Largs
  • Cumnock 2 Maybole 1
  • Irvine Meadow 4 Kilbirnie 3

Semi Finals

  • Cumnock v Glenafton or  Auchinleck
  • Irvine Meadow v Kello or Largs

 New Coin Automatics West of Scotland Cup

Quarter Finals

  • Largs v Glenafton
  • Arthurlie v Petershill
  • Hurlford 0 Glasgow Perthshire 3
  • Blantyre Vics or Rob Roy v Renfrew or Maryhill  (update 29th April)
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All the President’s Glen

President Cup Final

Saturday 27th April, DamPark, Ayr

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 2 (1)

CROSSHOUSE 1 (1)

Jordan Graham opened the scoring on 27 minutes only for Crosshouse to draw level four minutes before the break. Ryan Campbell restored the Glens lead on 68 minutes. Both keepers ensured there was to be no more scoring with Ryan Dunsmuir’s performance earning him the Man-of-the-match award.

Youth Football Scotland Report …. here

  • Photos courtesy of Peter Allan
Glenafton U19 President Cup Winners

Glenafton U19 President Cup Winners

Glenafton with Rosebank U9s

Glenafton with Rosebank U9s

Ryan Dunsmuir Man-of-the-match

Ryan Dunsmuir Man-of-the-match

Rosebank U9s with Glenafton's Robbie Allan

Rosebank U9s with Glenafton’s Robbie Allan

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