Glenafton 0 Troon 2

Joe Meldrum Trophy

Sat 27 July,  Greenwood Academy, Dreghorn

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC  0 (0)

TROON 2 (0)

Tommy Bryce, started his second spell as Glenafton manager facing another of his former clubs Troon in the annual pre-season Joe Meldrum Trophy. With the Loch Park pitch undergoing renovation the match was switched to Greenwood Academy, Dreghorn.

All three of the Glens summer signings – keeper Brian McGarrity and midfielders Findlay Frye and John Craig were in the starting eleven and so too former Kilbirnie and Pollok player Stevie Miller, who played as a trialist and was signed up after the match. The Troon squad included Cameron McKinnell, Dougie Ramsay , Tony Murphy and Dale Moore, all with Afton connections.

In an extremely competitive match both sides gave their all in the sweltering July heat which at times it seemed was in danger of melting the plastic pitch!

Gareth Armstrong  on the ball

Gareth Armstrong on the ball

Chances however were thin on ground with the Glens having the best of these early on. First through a Glen Mitchell header from a corner kick and then a drive from the edge of the box by brother Danny; both of which were saved well by keeper Marty Fraser. On 25 minutes Gareth Armstrong picked out Stevie Miller deep in the box, who did well to see off the close attention of McKinnell before trying to guide the ball home only for the keeper to come out on top again. It was to be the last real action for Miller who soon after picked up a bad knock and was replaced by another trialist.

Stevie Miller goes close

Stevie Miller goes close

Troon finished the half strongly and Brian McGarrity had to be alert to get down low to save a near post header and then dive at full stretch to push a drive round the post for a corner. The Portland Parkers piled on the pressure from a number of set pieces without however seriously testing the keeper again. H/T Glens 0 Troon 0

Both sides made changes and for the Glens,  Ryan Dunsmuir replaced Brian McGarrity in goals, Ross Robertson came on for Gareth Armstrong and trialists replaced Craig McEwan and John Craig.

With the half-time oranges consumed the Troon Tangerines began brightly and within three minutes took the lead after winning possession through Calum Hardie deep in the right wing the ball was played across the face of the goal where former Glenafton youth player Dale Moore took an excellent touch before drilling the ball in at the far post from six yards out.

Dale 'Gunner' Moore fires homes the opener

Dale ‘Gunner’ Moore fires homes the opener

Glenafton carved out a couple of half chances to no avail as soon after Tony Murphy, another former Afton lad, and Moore combined well down the left before cutting the ball back for trialist Jordan Muir,on the edge of the six yard box to slot the ball beyond the reach of Dunsmuir and double Troon’s lead.

Jordan Muir doubles Troon's lead

Jordan Muir doubles Troon’s lead

Troon continued to push for a third while the Glens best efforts in the closing minutes came from Paul McKenzie with a couple of shots from outside the box but just off target.

congratulations Troon

congratulations Troon

Glenafton: Brian McGarrity (Dunsmuir); Craig Potter, Craig Menzies, Glen Mitchell, Craig McEwan (Trialist); Findlay Frye, Paul McKenzie, Danny Mitchell, John Craig (Trialist- Andy Bell); Stevie Miller, Gareth Armstrong (Ross Robertson).

Troon:  1 – Marty Fraser, 2 – trialist, 3 – trialist, 4 – Neil McGowan, 5 – Cammy Mckinnell, 6 – Dougie Ramsay, 7- Neil Sanderson, 8- Tony Murphy, 9- Stevie Wilson, 10- Darren Baird, 11- Dale Moore.  Subs Darren Johnson (gk) Dean Keenan,  Neil Slooves (trialist)  Jordan Muir (trialist),  Calum Hardie , Roddy Paterson.

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New faces at Loch Park

Glenafton are delighted to announce the signings of midfielders John Craig and Findlay Frye.

John Craig

John Craig

John joined Beith Juniors from amateur football in the summer of 2000 and established himself as club stalwart. He was rewarded with a 10 year testimonial at the start of the 2009/10 season and fittingly the Mighty went on to win the Premier Division title.  John moved to Hurlford during last season and played his part in the Blair Park club winning the  the Super 1st Division title under manager Derek McCulloch.

Findlay Frye

Findlay Frye

Finlay was one of a quartet of players that moved from Ardrossan Winton Rovers to Kirkintilloch Rob Roy at the start of last season. He joined Meadow in November and scored  a crucial league goal in the victory over Pollok at Newlandsfield.

Welcome to Loch Park, John and Findlay.

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Bryce to see you !

Glenafton Athletic are delighted to announce that Tommy Bryce has been appointed as manager. Joining Tommy at Loch Park is goal-keeping coach Mark ‘Cherk’ Howie.

Welcome to Loch Park, Tommy and Mark.

Tommy Bryce

Tommy Bryce

Johnstone born Tommy stepped up from Irvine Meadow to the seniors with Kilmarnock. He made his Killie debut on St. Valentine’s Day 1981 in a Scottish Cup game against Clydebank and the following week made his Premier Division debut in a draw at Partick Thistle. In season 1982/83 he moved onto Stranraer and then joined  Queen of the South (three spells), Clydebank (two spells), Ayr United, Partick Thistle (as player /manager) and Arbroath before returning to the Stair Park side some 18 years later.

It was from Stranraer that Tommy was signed by Glenafton manager John McStay and in June 2001 he moved to Loch Park as player/ coach. He made his debut in a 3-2 win over Cumnock Juniors at Townhead in the Kerr & Smith Sectional Cup season opener and played in the last league game of the season when the Glens defeated Auchinleck at Loch Park to be crowned the ‘Last Champions of Ayrshire’, as the newly formed West Region beckoned.

Last Champions of Ayrshire

‘The Last Champions of Ayrshire’ with Tommy leading the singing

Tommy took over the reins at Loch Park the following season and the Glens finished 3rd in the Premier Division, three points behind champions Pollok and second placed Neilston. Despite the disappointment of ‘so near but yet so far’, Tommy made club history in that season of 2002/03 , leading Glenafton to their first ever success in the West of Scotland Cup, after defeating Bellshill Athletic 4-2 in the final at Meadow Park. The East Ayrshire Cup was also claimed after a penalty shoot-out win over Hurlford United at Townhead Park.

West of Scotland Cup Winners 2002/03

West of Scotland Cup Winners 2002/03

In season 2003/04 the Glens finished in fifth place in the league and at the start of the following season Tommy and Glenafton parted company and Gordon Dalziel appointed as manager.

Kilbirnie_tommybryceTommy moved to Troon as player /manager before taking over the hot-seat at Kilbirnie Ladeside, the Valefield side having dropped into the Ayrshire District League at the end of season 2006/07. The club made a speedy return to the Super League 1st Division as unbeaten champions of the Ayrshire District League and the season after that he repeated his feat at Glenafton, by leading Kilbirnie to their first ever West of Scotland Cup success with a stunning 5-1 victory over Premier Division champions elect Pollok, and on their own turf to boot! Further success followed with Ladeside’s return to the Premier Division as runners-up to champions Largs Thistle, while ironically Glenafton lost their ever-present Premier status, under Gordon Dalziel in his second spell with the club, after losing out in the play-off.  Kilbirnie enjoyed 6th and 8th place finishes in their first two seasons back in the  Premier Division but found themselves stranded in bottom place the following season and Tommy ended his successful stewardship of the club in March 2012, with Ladeside relegated two months later.

We would like to wish Tommy all the best in his return to Loch Park.

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JD heads for Hurlford

Celebrating Gus's winner

JD’s last game for the Glens at Loch Park

John Dempster has signed for newly promoted Hurlford United.  The experienced striker joined Glenafton in December 2011 and made 50 appearances and scored 12 goals on way to winning Super 1st Division Champion and West of Scotland Cup winners medals.

The club would like to thank John for his contribution to the club’s success over the last two seasons.

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Fun and Fundraisers

Glenafton Athletic is pleased to announce the following fundraisers in aid of ground developments  –

DUCK RACE

duckraceWhy not come along on Sunday 21st July at 10am and have some fun raising funds for the club. Forms can be obtained at Loch Park, or from any member of the committee or downloaded here.  Download form here GLENAFTON ATHLETIC DUCK RACE

  • Please note this event has been postponed and a new date will be announced.

WEST OF SCOTLAND CUP 2012/13 Souvenir Programme

WestofScotland201213The club has produced a Souvenir Programme to mark the West of Scotland Cup triumph of last season.

Reports on every game and plenty of photos.

The programme will go on sale during the pre-season.

Great value at £2 and a marvellous memento.

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Loch Park Ground Improvements

strathclydesportsturfmanagementGlenafton Athletic is delighted to announce plans to improve the quality of the playing surface at Loch Park. The work will be carried out by Strathclyde Sportsturf Management and we will begin in the next week or so.

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Glenafton Athletic seeking applications for manager

glenafton_badge1.jpgGlenafton Athletic is seeking applications for manager. Interested parties should please contact-

  • John Campbell at 07882136734
  • or in writing to
  • Eric Wilson, 9 Blarene Drive, New Cumnock, KA18 4HP

Thank you.

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Darren Henderson leaves Loch Park

Darren Henderson

Darren Henderson

Despite Glenafton Athletic’s committee best efforts manager Darren Henderson has left the club to take up the vacant managerial job at newly promoted Hurlford United.

Darren joined Glenafton at the start of season 2011/12, after the club had narrowly missed out on promotion to the Premier Division following a play-off defeat to Petershill.

He led the Glens to the Super League 1st Division Championship and a return to the top flight where they finished in 4th place.  To top of a great season the Glens won the West of Scotland Cup.

Assistant manager John Garroch will also move to the Blair Park club.

Glenafton would like to thank Darren and John for two successful seasons at Loch Park.

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New Cumnock Community Charity Fun Day

Funday

Funday

Come along and have a great time and help raise money for a great cause

New Cumnock Ladies

New Cumnock Ladies

New Cumnock Ladies

Taking part in the charity football match will be the New Cumnock Ladies football side formed specifically for the day and comprising six of the finest players to grace the hallowed Loch Park pitch.

  • Please support their fantastic effort by visiting their fantastic Facebook Page here and making a donation.

 

  • All donations go to The Beatson Institute for Cancer Research.

 

 

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Pre-Season Friendlies

Saturday 20th July

Joe Meldrum Trophy , Loch Park , New Cumnock

  • Glenafton Athletic v Troon , 12 noon
  • Troon v Whitletts Victoria 2pm
  • Glenafton Athletic v Whitletts Victoria 4pm

Wednesday 24th July, 7:30pm

  • Beith Juniors v Glenafton Athletic  MATCH CANCELLED

Saturday 27th July, 3pm

  • Glenafton Athletic v Wishaw Juniors

Monday 29th July, 7:30pm

  • Annbank United v Glenafton Athletic

Wednesday 31st July, 7:30pm

  • Ardeer Thistle v Glenafton Athletic

Saturday 3rd August, 3pm

  • Dalbeattie Star v Glenafton Athletic , 3pm (to be confirmed)
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