Potts a Red and now a Blue

Potts celebrates a goal against the Medda

Potts celebrates a goal against the Medda

Craig Potter has signed for Kilwinning Rangers after two great seasons with the Glens.

He joined the club from Dalry Thistle at the start of season  2011/12 and quickly established himself as a firm favourite with the Glenafton support through his 100% effort and endeavour as an attacking full-back or sleeves rolled up in the midfield.

Craig made 77 starts with the Glens and scored 4 goals. There were few finer sites than when he was in his ‘man and a mission’ mode where his gritty determination would see him win those un-winnable balls and set up another Glens attack.

Craig takes with him a Super League 1st Division Championship winners medal and a West of Scotland Cup winners medal and the best wishes of all at Glenafton Athletic.

Thanks Craig

Craig Potter

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Auchinleck 3 Glenafton 2

Ardagh Glass Ayrshire Sectional League Cup

Section 4: Match 2

Wednesday 7th August, Beechwood  Park, Auchinleck

AUCHINLECK TALBOT 3 (1)

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC  2 (0)

Glenafton bounced back from the lashing at Lugar on Monday night with a gutsy performance away at Auchinleck that saw them fight back from two down to level the match, only to be denied a share of the spoils by a later winner from the hosts.

Keeper Brian McGarrity made his competitive debut for the Glens, back at his old stomping ground, while John Craig was suspended and Gareth Armstrong side-lined along with Stevie Miller.  The Glens once again fielded three trialists with another two on the bench.

In the opening minutes both sides earned free-kicks on the outskirts of their opponent’s 18 yard box with neither keeper tested or goal breached. On 11 minutes McGarrity dropped low to stop an angled drive from Steven White and then bravely clutched the loose ball from the studs of the incoming Kenny Connelly. David Gormley, with Ryan McChesney glued to him, weaved into the box only to meet a wall of red shirts marshalled by the Craigs, Menzies and McEwan, and repelled once again.

Ryan McChesney and David Gormley

Ryan McChesney and David Gormley

With 17 minutes gone the Glens carved their way through the heart of the home defence as one trialist played through the other who in turn played a cute one-two with Aaron Connolly before firing from 12 yards out only for the advancing Andy Leishman to get a foot to the ball and Ally Park mop up the pieces with Connolly threatening to pounce.

On 33 minutes the home side took the lead with a slice of good fortune after Bryan Young pounced on a headed clearance and although his shot at goal appeared to be well covered by McGarrity the ball deflected off the outstretched leg of McChesney and into the corner of the net.

Talbot take the lead

Talbot take the lead

Talbot turned up the heat in search of a second with a wave of attacks the best of which arrived five minutes before the break. Young released Gormley wide on the left and the former Glens man made good haste down the flank before cutting into the box and setting up Young with a golden chance only for the striker to blast the ball over the bar.  H/T Auchinleck 1 Glens 0

The visitors were first to show after the interval with Craig Potter and Findlay Frye meshing well with both trialists in midfield and dictating play with Connolly and Scott Adam lively up front.  Yet, on 55 minutes the Talbot doubled their lead after Trialist1 and Kier Milleken challenged for the ball wide in the box and as the latter tumbled onto the lush Beechwood grass, the referee pointed to the spot. Kenny Connelly, stepped up and slotted the ball home with some style.

Glenafton’s heads stayed aloft and within a minute they halved the deficit when Trialist1 headed the ball over the top of the Talbot defence and Trialist 3 (Marlow) ran on to gather the ball at the edge of the box and finish exquisitely with a cracking volley over the head of the advancing Leishman to send the ball soaring into the roof of the net.

Glens pull one back

Glens pull one back

Heads up and now tails up too, the visitors continued to press with  five minutes later a Leishman leg stretched out to block Adam’s crack at goal.

On 63 minutes the visitors’ pressure paid off as Connolly hounded Martin McGoldrick forcing the centre-back into a pass back to the safe-keeping of Leishman or so it seemed until the big keeper took a touch allowing Connolly to close in, steal the ball, round the goalie all ends up and stroke the ball into the back of the eeka peeka pucka pokey!

Glens draw level

Glens draw level

Squeaky ‘bot  time as the Glens pushed on but the home side soon regained their composure and six minutes later came within a whisker of regaining the lead as McGoldrick , diving at full stretch just failed to get his head to the ball at the back post. Soon after it was McGarrity at full stretch across.   the goal-line to take the pace of an angled drive and gather up before Colin Spence could feed on any scraps.

With 15 minutes to go the Glens were dealt a blow when the outstanding McChesney, who had failed to recover from an earlier knock, had to leave the field and was replaced by a Trialist.

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As the sun sank quickly and shadows strived to stretch the length of the pitch both sides went in search of the winner. With six minutes to go a short corner to Frye caught Auchinleck napping and the lively midfielder’s curled strike whizzed over the bar. Two minutes from time the hosts had the last say as a ball in from the left struck a red shirt and left McGarrity with no chance and Auchinleck with the points. F/T Auchinleck 3 Glenafton 2

Glenafton: McGarrity; McEwan, Menzies, McChesney (Trialist4), Trialist1; Frye, Trialist2, Trialist3, Potter; Connolly and Adam . Subs Trialist(gk)

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Other Scores: Cumnock 1 Kello 1, Lugar 5 Muirkirk 0

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Lugar 7 Glenafton 1

Ardagh Glass Ayrshire Sectional League Cup

Section 4: Match 1

Monday 5th August , Rosebank Park, Lugar

LUGAR BOSWELL THISTLE 7 (3)

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC  1 (1)

Prior to kick-off Glenafton announced the transfer to Hurlford United  of Paul McKenzie, Ross Robertson and brothers Glen and Danny Mitchell, all of whom had made clear their desire to leave the club. Making the switch from Blair Park to Loch Park Aaron Connolly were and Scott Adam and both strikers made the starting eleven for the opening Ardagh Cup match of the season, which had been switched to Rosebank Park.

Keeper Brian McGarrity and midfielder Stevie Miller, two other of manager’s Tommy Bryce’s summer signings, were side-lined through injury and in came Glenafton U19 goalkeeper Ryan Dunsmuir along with two trialists.

It proved to be memorable night for the hosts. After Dunsmuir saved a spot kick they later opened up a three goal lead in the first half with a brace from Andy Stevenson and one from Martin Reilly. Gareth Armstrong headed home to herald some hope for the visitors just before the break.

Thoughts of a second half come-back from the Glens evaporated in double time after the young keeper could only direct a Chris Todd corner-kick into his own goal and Martin Reynolds fired in a fifth soon after. Stevenson completed his hat-trick and added another for good measure to crown off a stunning victory for the Jaggy Bunnets

Glenafton: Dunsmuir; McEwan, McChesney, Trialist, Trialist; Frye, Craig, Menzies;  Connolly, Armstrong, Adam Subs.  Potter, trialist, trialist

Other Scores: Auchinleck 10 Kello 1, Muirkirk 1 Cumnock 9

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Blair Switch Project

Glenafton are delighted to announce the signing of strikers  Aaron Connolly and Scott Adam from Hurlford United.

Aaron has senior experience with Ayr United and Annan Athletic and played junior with Girvan, Cumnock and East Kilbride before joining Hurlford last season where he won Super League 1st Division Championship medal. Scott joined Hurlford in the close season from Ardrossan Winton Rovers, in his second spell at the north Ayrshire side after a spell with Kirkintilloch Rob Roy. Both players will be in the squad for the game at Lugar this season.

Welcome to Loch Park , Aaron and Scott.

Leaving Loch Park and making the switch to Balr Loch Park are Paul McKenzie, Ross Robertson and brothers Glen and Danny Mitchell. Glenafton would like to thank for their service.

 

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Dalbeattie Star 3 Glenafton 1

Friendly

Saturday 3rd  August,  Islecroft Stadium, Dalbeattie

DALBEATTIE STAR 3 (1)

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 1 (1)

With Craig McEwan, Craig Potter, Richie McKillen, Danny Mitchell and Paul McKenzie all unavailable for selection and new signing Stevie Miller injured Glenafton travelled to Dalbeattie with a threadbare squad which included Ryan McChesney , returning from holiday, and three trialists that had featured in pre-season matches.

There were two familiar faces in Dalbeattie Star’s starting eleven with former Glens players Jack Steele, who joined in the close-season, and Lewis Sloan.

john Craig and Lewis Sloan with Jack Steel covered by Glen Mitchell

john Craig and Lewis Sloan with Jack Steel covered by Glen Mitchell

On a glorious day it was the silky Sloan that carved out the first chance in 5 minutes but his angled drive from the edge of the box just failed to hit the target. The game quickly settled into a period of keenly contested end-to-end play albeit short in real chances. Midway through the half the visitors took the upper hand and on 25 minutes keeper Euan Drysdale managed to take the heat of a Gareth Armstrong’s header and a defender was on hand to clear the ball of the line.

Bo's header stopped by keeper Euan Drysdale

Bo’s header stopped by keeper Euan Drysdale

Glens continued to press and Armstrong’s attempt to knock in the resultant corner kick at the near post was blocked at the expense of another corner.  This too caused havoc in the Star box and ended with Trialist 1’s shot being blocked by two raised hands of a defender and a penalty awarded to the visitors.  However Drysdale stood his ground and did well to stop Armstrong’s spot kick and keep the match all square.

Drysdale saves the spot-kick

Drysdale saves the spot-kick

Undaunted, the Glens made the breakthrough on 32 minutes when Findlay Frye flying down the right flank skinned  two defenders before picking out Ross Robertson in the box, who expertly turned another defender in the box before drilling the ball with pin-point precision beyond Drysdale and into the corner of the net.

Ross Robertson picks his spot for the opening goal

Ross Robertson picks his spot for the opening goal

Four minutes later and the Star drew level when Lewis Sloan capitalised on some slack defending in the box and slotted the ball past the advancing Brian McGarrity.

Lewis Sloan (11) slots home the equaliser

Lewis Sloan (11) slots home the equaliser

With their tails the hosts pushed forward and a last ditch tackle deep in the box by Craig Menzies brought a mazy run by Sloan to an end.Back came Glenafton and all but the last kick of the half Drysdale pulled off a fine save from a close range Robertson effort.  H/T Dalbeattie 1 Glenafton 1

Glenafton U19 keeper Ryan Dunsmuir replaced Brian McGarrity, who had limped off a the break,  and on 52 minutes he rose above attack and defence to clutch the ball cleanly as the hosts looked to gain the initiative. At the other end his counterpart responded by firmly holding a Robertson’s free-kick and then warding off an aerial attack from Armstrong.

Just after the hour mark Dunsmuir pulled off the save of the match with an outstretched preventing a certain goal but on 70 minutes there was little he could do when Danny Dunglison drove through the middle of the park before unleashing a thunderbolt that started off as straight as a die before swerving viciously into the corner of the net.

Gareth Armstrong made way for Glenafton U19 striker Ryan Campbell but it was the fresh legs of the hosts that were taking their toll on the visitors as they stretched the game from flank to flank.

Lewis Sloan bags his brace

Lewis Sloan bags his brace

However Star’s third and final goal came with a ball through the middle that was gathered by Lewis Sloan and his pace saw him shake of the Glens defence and calmly slot the ball home to finish off a fine performance. F/T Dalbeattie 3 Glenafton 1

Glenafton: McGarrity (Dunsmuir); Menzies, McChesney, G.Mitchell, Trialist; Trialist, Craig, Frye, Trialist; Armstrong (Campbell), Robertson.

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Dalry Thistle 0 Glenafton 4

Friendly

Wednesday 31st July,  Ardeer Stadium, Stevenston

ARDEER THISTLE  0 (0)

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 4 (4)

Gareth 'Bo' Armstrong

Gareth ‘Bo’ Armstrong

Gareth Armstrong put the Glens ahead on 18 minutes and double their lead ten minutes before the break.

The Glens longest serving player in the current squad and the top goalscorer in each the last four seasons completed his hat-trick within two minutes of the re-start.

Five minutes from time midfielder Danny Mitchell completed the scoring.

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Loch Park looking the part.

strathclydesportsturfmanagementStrathclyde Sportsturf Management have transformed the Loch Park playing surface with superb renovation work over the close season. Here are some photos courtesy of SSM

  • Verti-drained
Photo courtesy of SSM

Photo courtesy of SSM

Sanding

  • 60 tonnes of washed dune sand applied by SSM and supplied by Hugh King & Co. from their Hullerhill sand quarry at Kilwinning. The company supplies all of Scottish Open venues with sand and made the news this summer when Muirfield switched from their own local supply to Hugh King & Co for their bunker sand.
Photo Courtesy of SSM

Photo Courtesy of SSM

Seeding

  • Seeded using the disc seeder in three directions
Photo courtesy of SSM

Photo courtesy of SSM

Loch Park looking good – thank you SSM.

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Auf Wiedersehen Gus !

Gus Cochrane is heading for Germany to further his studies at University. The classy midfielder with the heart of a lion first joined the Glens on a loan deal from Stranraer in February 2012 and won a Super League First Division Championship winners medal.  He returned to the Glens in October last year and scored crucial goals in victories over Largs Thistle and Arthurlie in the West of Scotland Cup on way to picking up another winners medal. Gus made 40 appearances for Glenafton and scored six goals. All at Glenafton Athletic would like to thank Gus and wish him every success in his studies.

Take a bow , Gus.

Take a bow , Gus.

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Jack’s a star!

Due to work commitments midfielder Jack Steele has left the club and joined Dalbeattie Star, one of his fomer clubs. Jack joined the Glens in March and made 10 appearances and scored one goal, the memorable winning goal in the league victory over Cumnock at Loch Park.  He leaves Loch Park with a West of Scotland Cup winners medal and the good wishes of all at Glenafton Athletic.

Jack pots the winner

Jack pots the winner against Cumnock

Thank you, Jack.

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Stevie Miller joins the Loch Park band

Glenafton_player_StevieMillerGlenafton are delighted to announce the signing of midfielder/forward Stevie Miller.

He joined the youth set up at Raith Rovers in 2001/02 from Barrhead B.C. and was then on the books of Livingston United before moving to Ayr United.   Stevie returned to Barrhead in 2004/05 to play for local side Arthurlie and then had spells at Johnstone Burgh and Saltcoats Victoria.

In 2006/2007 he joined Kilbirnie Ladeside and played under Tommy Bryce during which time the club progressed from the Ayrshire District League to the Premier Division. Last season he moved to Pollok.

Welcome to Loch Park, Stevie.

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