It is with deep sadness and regret that Glenafton Athletic have learned of the passing of life long Glens Supporter Jackie Harris from Drongan .
Jack had been battling a illness which finally got the better of him. He was a much loved supporter of the Glens and was always seen with “Kitch” at his side at the games. We have some great memories of him and stories too long to tell. Now that Jack has passed away the committee will be discussing a memorial tribute to be laid at Loch Park.
The family would like to thank everyone for their cards and support at this most difficult time. They have informed me that a church service will take place on Friday 1st August, 11:15 and Drongan Church and then at the cemetery at 12 noon.
Our deepest thoughts and sympathies are with the family at this time.
Finally from everyone at Glenafton Athletic “Auld Jackie” may be gone but will never be forgotten at Loch Park.
John Stewart (Club Secretary)
Saturday 26th July, Moor Park, Chester-le-Street
CHESTER-LE-STREET TOWN 2
GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 7
Captain Craig Menzies put the visitors ahead before the County Durham side turned the tables with two goals in quick succession.Glens got back on level terms through Cammy Marlow (left) before taking control of the game. Daniel Orsi made it 3-2 for the Afton and Aaron Connolly doubled their lead before Cammy and Dan bagged their respective braces and to make it 6-2 . Number 7 came courtesy of a Cammy hat-trick.
Glenafton hosted St. Cuthbert Wanderers and Ayr United U19s in the annual pre-season Joe Meldrum Trophy at Loch Park. Having lost out to Troon in the final last season the New Cumnock sides were eager to get their hands back on the cup.
St. Cuthbert Wanderers 4 Ayr United U19s 6
The two guest sides served up a ten goal thriller in the opening game. The Honest Men fired into a five goal lead only for the Kirkcudbright side to respond with two goals of their own. A sixth goal from Ayr appeared to have settled the tie but back came the Wanderers with another brace to ensure a tense finish; however, the goal feast was over.
Glenafton Athletic 3 St Cuthbert Wanderers 2
Although the Wanderer’s keeper got down well to take the sting out of a 30 yard drive from Alain Kinney there was little he could do to prevent the alert Aaron Connolly from catching the Cuthbert’ defence cold and rushing into the box to chip the loose ball into the net. The Wanderers were awarded a spot kick after an attack had ended with a sandwich in the Glens box; the penalty slammed home to draw the sides level.
Adam Strachan skipped past a number of players before his run was halted by a trip on the left hand side of the box. The summer-signing curled the resultant free-kick to the back post for the unfortunate keeper flapped the ball into the net.
A neat move saw the visitors breach the Glens box but the final ball across the face of the goal was touched home from an offside position. The Glens responded and created a number of chances before extending their lead with a well-worked goal. Cammy Marlow played a slick one two with Connolly deep on the right hand side before picking out Strachan wide on the left with a peach of a pass, who then cut inside before slipping the ball into Connolly’s path to angle a shot past the keeper from 8 yards out.
The Saints’ fighting spirit shone through again when a long ball up the park cannoned off Ryan McChesney leaving the chasing forward and free run in on goal and to finish in some style. The Glens had a chance to restore a two goal cushion when the keeper brought down Connolly in the box. The Glens’ striker hopes of hat-trick evaporated when his spot-kick sailed well over the bar.
Video highlights courtesy of Glenafton TV
Ayr United U19s 1 Glenafton 2
The deciding game proved to be a cup cracker with United taking the lead in the first half.
Adam Strachan converted a penalty after the break and former Ayr player Cammy Marlow (left) crowned off a great day’s football with a stunning header to clinch the cup.
Video highlights courtesy of Glenafton TV
Glenafton Athletic will host St. Cuthbert Wanderer’s and Ayr United in this season’s Joe Meldrum Trophy on Saturday 19th July.
Game 1: KO 1:00pm
St. Cuthbert’s Wanderers v Ayr United
Game 2: KO 2:30pm
Glenafton Athletic v St. Cuthbert’s Wanderers
Game 3: KO 4:00 pm
Ayr United v Glenafton Athletic
Glenafton Athletic have signed midfielder Adam Strachan. The 27 year old has played at senior level with Partick Thistle, Ross County, Dumbarton, Albion Rovers, Clyde, Stenhousemuir and Arbroath.
In season 2011/12 he joined the Junior ranks with Clydebank and the following season moved to Irvine Meadow before returning to the Bankies.
Welcome to Loch Park, Adam.