Glenafton 3 Pollok 2

West Region Premier Division : Match 18

Monday 28th April, Loch Park, New Cumnock

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 3 (2)

POLLOK  2 (1)

With captain Craig Menzies still out through injury Glenafton drafted in a trialist to partner Ryan McChesney in the centre of defence.

The visitors got off to a flying start and took the lead on 8 minutes after some quick thinking and slick passing. Mark McLennan deep in the Glens half took a short throw to Adam Strachan who instantly returned the ball to the thrower by now had made good headway down the right flank before cutting the ball into the box where David Winters, on the corner of the six yard box, toed the ball home via the inside of the near post. It was a lead Pollok held until the break. H/T Glens 0 Pollok 1

Cameron Marlow

Cameron Marlow

Within 3 minutes of the restart Glenafton were back on level. Substitute Craig McEwan broke down a Pollok attack deep in the Glens half and launched the ball up the right flank for Michael Reilly to give chase only and although Gary Wild gathered it he was forced toward his own corner flag as Reilly closed him down. The Pollok defender played the ball to Josh Horne who now surrounded by three red shirts attempted to complete the one-two only for Reilly to nick the ball which was gathered by Aaron Connolly who turned quickly in the box and whipped a cross to the back post for Cameron Marlow arriving at pace to lash the ball into the roof of the net.
Play flowed from end to end and on 55 minutes the visitors restored their lead with after Strachan collected the ball on the half way line and rolled it back to a team-mate who launched the ball upfield where Winters got the jump on the home defence and following some excellent controlled twisted and turned to shake off the attention of the trialist to roll the ball to the back post for Adam Strachan to put the finishing touches to a move he started.

Jamie McKernon

Jamie McKernon

On 69 minutes the sides were all square again. McEwan’s free kick from inside in his own half was headed on into the Pollok box by substitute Alain Kinney and although a defender got an outstretched leg to the ball, it popped up in the air to a perfect height for the in-rushing Jamie McKernon to head home beyond the reach of keeper Willie Duncan.

Alain Kinney

Alain Kinney

A minute later the Glens took the lead for the first time and again McEwan had a part to play in the goal against his former club. McKernon from the centre circle picked out Darren McGill wide on the right and he in turn found the overlapping McEwan who took a touch before lofting the ball into the six yard box where Duncan could only partially clear and Alain Kinney, another former ‘Lok player, was on hand to lash the ball between the grounded keeper and defender Chris McGowan.
In the first minute of additional time Kinney sent Connolly careering down the right and his attempt to pick his fellow striker in the box was cut out by the arm of McLennan. Connolly stepped up to take the spot kick but Duncan at full stretch managed to push the ball and then deny Kinney from netting the rebound with an excellent block. FT Glens 3 Pollok 2

With Arthurlie defeating Cumnock 2-0 at Barrhead, the defeat at Loch Park means that Pollok will be relegated along with Largs Thistle. Rob Roy went down 4-1 at Hurlford and now occupy the play-off spot on 23 points, having completed their league games. The Glens too have 23 points with a superior goal difference (by 12 goals) and have four more games to play – Hurlford, Cumnock, Arthurlie and Clydebank.
Glenafton Athletic: McGarrity; McGeoghegan, McChesney, Trialist, Cairns (McEwan); McGill, McKernon, Frye, Marlow; Connolly & Reilly (Kinney) Subs. Miller

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Glenafton 0 Petershill 0

West Region Premier Division : Match 17

Saturday 26th April, Loch Park, New Cumnock

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 0 (0)

PETERSHILL 0 (0)

With captain Craig Menzies out injured and Craig McEwan unavailable for selection Glenafton made a number of changes to the starting eleven that defeated Camelon in the Scottish Junior Cup last week-end. In came Stevie Miller and Darren McGill, while Alain Kinney joined Aaron Connolly up front with Michael Reilly on the bench. In goal for Petershill was Glens’ former stand-in keeper Bruno Maltoni while top goal scorer Chris Mackie started on the bench.

On 5 minutes Kinney did well to force his way past Jordan Murch and into the box before turning Ross McCabe and curling a shot for goal which was held well by Maltoni. Three minutes later Paul Woods capitalised on a defensive slip and drove deep into the Glens box, twisted past Ryan McChesney before keeper Brian McGarrity made a brave save at his feet on the six yard line. David Morrison gathered the loose ball and his attempt to slot home was blocked by Miller at the expense of a corner-kick which was cleared by the home defence.

Packed box at corner-kick

Packed box at corner-kick

Although Liam Finnigan looked lively down the right flank for the visitors more often than not there was little end product from some fine build up play. For the home side Findlay Frye caught the eye in the middle of the park with some determined runs as well as winning more than his share of aerial battles.

Findlay Frye gets airborne

Findlay Frye gets airborne

Nevertheless there were few clear cut chances on show in the first half and the majority of these came from set pieces which were defended well and both keepers dealing comfortably with high balls. Chances from open play were even scarcer the best of which saw Aaron Connolly and Cameron Marlow combine to set up Kinney and his low drive from 15 yards was well covered by Maltoni. H/T Glens 0 Petershill 0

The sides exchanged corner-kicks in the opening minutes of the new half. The visitors’ attempt was headed clear by McGill while Jamie McKernon’s kick flashed across the face of the Peasy goal with no takers at the back post.

Darren McGill beats Liam Finnigan to the header

Darren McGill beats Liam Finnigan to the header

Petershill brought on marksman Chris Mackie for Morrison and on 54 minutes he won a free-kick at the edge of the box. Graham Girvan curved his shot round the wall only for McGarrity to catch comfortably.Glens responded immediately through Marlow who picked out Connolly in the box and he in turn rolled the ball back to Kinney on the 18 yard line to strike it first time but Maltoni again came out on top with a fine save. On 56 minutes the keeper could only look on as Kinney’s powerful header from 6 yards flashed past the post.

Alain Kinney goes close

Alain Kinney goes close

The home side were now very much on the front foot and on the hour mark McKernon whipped in a cross from the right and as Kinney leapt to head home, Maltoni got a hand to the ball to force it wide for a corner, which too was cleared.

A few minutes later Kinney came off to a great reception from the home support to be replaced by Michael Reilly. The home side continued to press but could not unlock the Peasy defence. Indeed on 72 minutes it was the visitors that came close to breaking the deadlock when Mackie was presented with a free header in front of goal but it lacked power and direction and McGarrity gathered cleanly.

Chris Mackie goes close

Chris Mackie goes close

Back came the home side and several set pieces came and went with the visitors’ goal still intact. With 5 minutes to go another corner-kick for the Glens saw McGill and Marlow rise at the back post, with the latter winning the header which just popped over the bar.

Cammy Marlow and Darren McGill head for goal

Cammy Marlow and Darren McGill head for goal

Petershill had the chance to snatch all three points in injury time only for Mackie to direct another free header wide of target. FT Glens 0 Petershill 0

Glenafton Athletic: McGarrity; Miller, McChesney, McGeoghegan, Cairns; McGill, Frye, McKernon, Marlow; Connolly, Kinney (Reilly). Subs. Brown, Menzies
Petershill: Maltoni, Girvan, Palmer, Chisholm, McCabe, McMenamin, Finnigan, Murch, O’Keane, Woods (Dickson) & Morrison (Mackie). Subs McQuilken & White (GK)

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Glenafton 2 Camelon 0

Scottish Junior Cup Semi-final 2nd leg

Sunday 20th April 2014, Loch Park, New Cumnock

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC  2 (1)

CAMELON JUNIORS 0 (0)

Glenafton win 3-2 on aggregate

Glenafton Athletic, Tommy Bryce and his troops cheered on by the red #Afton Army defeated Camelon Juniors2-0 at Loch Park to secure a 3-2 aggregate win and march on to the Scottish Junior Cup final for the fifth time in the club’s history. This one, arguably the most remarkable achievement following the close-season turmoil that befell the New Cumnock club.

Camelon , a goal to the good from the 1st leg at Carmuirs Park last week, were first to show and top goal scorer Kevin Kelbie was denied a close range header by Brian McGarrity as he rose to cleanly clutch and gather the ball to safety – a sight that would become a feature of the game. A Camelon corner-kick was repelled on 10 minutes as they continued to apply the early pressure.

Glens responded through a determined run into the box by Michael Reilly which earned the home side their first corner-kick and two more would follow in quick succession. Jamie McKernon’s kick arrived in the heart of the six yard box where Aaron Connolly may have got a touch before the ball fell for Cameron Marlow who kept his cool to fire the ball home from a few yards out and level the tie in aggregate with 14 minutes gone.

By George - Cammy, Cammy, Cammy , Camelon

By George – Cammy, Cammy, Cammy , Camelon

Camelon’s defence dealt better with another Glens’ corner a few minutes later and then keeper Ritchie Barnard rushed from his line to beat Marlow to the chase for a through ball deep into the box.

The Mariners soon regained their sea-legs and with the wind at their back set sail down both flanks with good effect but finishing touches were proving more elusive that buried treasure. Nevertheless they enjoyed a good fifteen minute spell of pressure beginning with an unchallenged McGarrity plucking a corner kick from the left out the air.

In safe hands with Brian McGarrity

In safe hands with Brian McGarrity

Another corner was only partially cleared by the home defence and the ball eventually fell to Jamie Donaldson wide left in the box but his cross for Colin Allison at the near post crashed off the self-same post. Kelbie found some space at the right hand corner of the six yard box and although he did well to engineer a powerful shot the ball ended well wide of target . Donaldson’s low angled shot was on target but was comfortably collected by McGarrity and the keeper then bravely leapt to grasp the ball to fend off the challenge from Marty Wright. A timely tackle by Jamie McGeoghegan then prevented Allison a sniff at goal.

Michael Reilly and Aaron Connolly with Colin Leiper

Michael Reilly and Aaron Connolly with Colin Leiper

The home side did break forward on occasion chiefly through Reilly and Connolly however they too were finding clear cut chances to be thin on the ground. Ten minutes from the break a clever through ball by Findlay Frye cut open Camelon’s defence only for Barnard to get the jump on Connolly, run to the edge of the box and launch the ball to safety. Frye then whipped a cross in from the left only for Barnard to grab the ball from under his bar as Reilly challenged. In the last action of the half Blair Batchelor set up Alison in the box but his shot lacked the conviction and power to beat McGarrity H/T Glens 1 Camelon 0

Glenafton U17s parade the League Cup

Glenafton U17s parade the League Cup

The visitors were quickly on the front foot and Donaldson’s acrobatic volley was deflected wide to earn their first corner of the new half, which McGarrity mopped up with another outstanding piece of handling. Within five minutes of the restart the Glens suffered a serious setback when captain Craig Menzies hobbled off the park.

The reshuffle saw Jamie McGeoghegan drop back and partner Ryan McChesney at the centre of defence and the oncoming Darren McGill fill the vacancy in midfield. The home side quickly regrouped and won a couple of free kicks on the outskirts of the box but these came to nothing while. A powerful run down the right wing by Frye ended with his cross into the box being cut out by the outstretched leg of Alan Benton , as Connolly waited to pounce.  At the other end McChesney’s presence was enough to force Colin Leiper’s to volley wide of target. Back upfield and on 67 minutes Glenafton appeared to have doubled their lead after Darren McGill bulleted a header into the net from four yards out, only for it to be disallowed for some infringement.

Darren McGill's head homes - but it's disallowed

Darren McGill’s head homes – but it’s disallowed

Two minutes later a Batchelor free kick caused panic in the Glens box as McGarrity got down low to hold the ball only for Allison to attempt to force it over the line beyond the keeper and Craig McEwan. Camelon arms raised to celebrate the equaliser before noticing the raised flag of the assistant referee for an infringement.

Camelon's celebration short-lived

Camelon’s celebration short-lived

On 73 minutes Alain Kinney replaced Michael Reilly the striker exiting to a well-deserved ovation from the home support. With time running out neither side could get the upper hand and the dreaded penalty shoot-out was the talk of the terracing. However, with four minutes to go Scottish Junior cup-tie drama descended on Loch Park. A slick passing moving down the right flank concluded with Batchelor having the keeper to beat only for McGarrity to dive bravely at the feet of the Junior Scotland midfielder and smother the ball, which was then promptly launched upfield.

Brian McGarrity keeps Glens in front

Brian McGarrity keeps Glens in front

With their backs to goal Connolly and Eamon Fullerton challenged for the ball on the 18 yard line, the Glens striker chesting the ball back for Alain Kinney to gather who then held off a defender before executing a cute reverse pass to deliver the ball into the path of Findlay Frye who promptly leathered it from 25 yards out and with the aid of a deflection dispatch it into the gaping net with the wrong-footed Barnard rooted to the spot.

Frye screamer

Frye screamer

The celebrations by players and supporters that followed underlined that the Glens had taken an aggregate lead with only minutes of regulation time remaining.

Frye's Loch Park Delight

Frye’s Loch Park Delight

The home side lifted by their lead and the tireless Connolly was proving a handful, Leiper making a last ditch tackle to prevent Glens’ top goal-scorer a clear run on goal. Cammy Marlow hobbled off to a fantastic reception to be replaced by Stevie Miller shortly before the sweet sound of the final whistle confirmed that sweet Afton were in the final of the Scottish Junior Cup.

#AftonArmy

#AftonArmy

The after-match celebrations continued for some time as the sun continued to bathe Loch Park. It would be some time after the sun had sunk before the enormity of this victory had sunk in with all those associated with Glenafton Athletic and been part of this extraordinary season. FT Glens 2 Camelon 0 (3-2 aggregate)

Glenafton Athletic: McGarrity; McEwan, McChesney, Menzies (McGill), Cairns; McGeoghan, Frye, McKernon, Marlow (Miller); Connolly & Reilly (Kinney) Subs. Brown
Camelon Juniors: Barnard; Kelly, Benton, Leiper, Fullerton; Donaldson, Ure, Batchelor, Wright; Allison & Kelbie Subs: Bell, Young , Cringean

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Camelon 2 Glenafton 1

Scottish Junior Cup Semi-final 1st leg

Sunday 13th April 2014, Carmuirs Park,  Camelon

CAMELON JUNIORS 2 (1)

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 1 (1)

Teeming rain welcomed the teams as they gingerly descended the steps from the dressing rooms onto the Carmuirs Park pitch, led out by two young proud-as-punch Mariners’ mascots oblivious to the conditions overhead or underfoot. Pennants exchanged the youngsters departed the scene while the rain decided to hang around to the final whistle and witness the opening leg of the Scottish Junior Cup semi-final between Camelon Juniors and Glenafton Athletic.

Pennants exchanged

Pennants exchanged

The New Cumnock side were quick off the blocks with Michael Reilly and Aaron Connolly combining well as the white shirts pushed forward. From tight on the right wing Connolly picked out Cameron Marlow in the six yard box only for the midfielder to scoop his shot over the bar.

Arms aloft to celebrate Cameron Marlow's opener

Arms aloft to celebrate Cameron Marlow’s opener

Seconds later Connolly clipped a through ball that caught the Camelon defence flat footed and gave Cameron Marlow a one-on-one with Ritchie Barnard with the keeper forcing the Glens man much wider than he had hoped to travel and the chance appeared to have gone – not in the slightest! From wide on the left and from an outrageous angle he fired the ball back across the goal mouth beyond a flotilla of floundering Mariners gallantly trying to divert its course but to no avail, instead it struck the back post before nestling in the rigging. Glenafton a goal to the good and with less than 3 minutes gone.

Cameron scores at Camelon

Cameron scores at Camelon

Five minutes later Barnard tipped a Ryan McChesney header over the bar and from the resultant corner-kicker the Scotland international keeper made a stunning point blank save from a close range Marlow header and from that corner kick clutched Marlow’s header from under the bar.

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At the other end Brian McGarrity matched that save by getting down low to push away a Blair Batchelor drive after the midfielder had pounced on a headed clearance from Alan Cairns. The chance kick-started Camelon into action and the game was now end-to-end. On the slippery surface tackles won didn’t always result in the ball being retained and possession change hands readily.

On 26 minutes the home side drew level after a ball into the six yard box saw McChesney win the aerial battle only for the ball to break free and the two Colins, Alison and Leiper, react quickest with the latter Colin Leiper prodding the ball home from a yard out.

Colin Leiper forces home the equlalser

Colin Leiper forces home the equlalser

Four minutes later Craig McEwan stood firm in another goal mouth scramble forcing Alison to set up Gary Kelly but McGarrity’s pressure forced the defender to skew his effort wide.

On 35 minutes Connolly on the left made excellent progress into the Camelon box and although his square ball eluded the out-rushing Barnard defender Alan Benton got a timely touch to deny the incoming Findlay Frye a tap in. Five minutes later a Jamie McKernon corner kick almost sneaked in at the back post but for a headed clearance by Andy McGown, the ball then hooked back into the mix by McChesney only for Kelly to partially clear and then no fewer than three red shirts close down Reilly before he could shoot for goal.

H/T Camelon 1 Glens 1

Camelon came out firing and Alison’s pace and movement on a surface that was becoming greasier by the minute caught the eye. Headers from Craig Menzies and then Jamie McGeoghan cleared the Afton line as crosses from both flanks were fired into the box.

Back came the Glens to earn a corner kick which was ably cleared by the Mariners defence. On the hour mark Marlow’s cross from wide on the left found Connolly in space on the box but the Glens’ striker touch eluded him and the chance lost. Four minutes later the electric Alison burst through the middle only for the tracking Menzies to nick the ball in the danger zone and McKernon to pick up the pieces and clear the ball.

Michael Reilly holds off the Mariners

Michael Reilly holds off the Mariners

The home side continued to press and muddy white shirts were strewn across the ground as they manfully continued to repel balls whipped into the box. On 67 minutes it was the red shirt of Kevin Kelbie that lay prostrate in the penalty box after a coming together with Frye, the referee waving away claims for a spot kick. Soon after Allison’s athletic leap and header in the box was bravely headed clear by McGeoghan as Marty Wright looked certain to nod home from close range and then Cairns’ pressure was enough to ensure Batchelor’s header loop over the bar.

Some respite for the visitors when Frye forced his way up-field and little wonder after an energy sapping run Barnard comfortably held his shot from distance. Glens won a couple of corners in quick succession, the second of which saw Barnard punch the ball from the head of McGeoghan.

Back came Camelon and again balls were being whipped in from both wings before the pressure paid off on 77 minutes when Craig Menzies’ attempt to prevent a cross from the left reaching Kelbie ended with his clearing header unfortunately flying into his own net. In the aftermath Camelon’s Andy McGown was shown a straight red card for his misguided celebratory gesture.

No luck for Craig Menzies

No luck for Craig Menzies

Glenafton brought on the fresh legs of Alain Kinney for Michael Reilly and soon after Darren McGill for Cameron Marlow while the hosts sacrificed Colin Alison for defender Eamon Fullerton. Only a few chances were created in the closing minutes the best of which ended with Barnard saving well from a Connolly header.

F/T Camelon 2 Glenafton 1

Great credit goes to both sides for serving up an entertaining cup-tie in tricky conditions.

Camelon Juniors: 1. Ritchie Barnard 2. Gary Kelly 3. Andy McGown 4. Alan Benton 5. Colin Leiper 6. James Donaldson 7. Blair Batchelor 8. Derek Ure 9. Colin Alison (15. Eamon Fullerton).10. Kevin Kelbie 11. Marty Wright
Glenafton Athletic: 1. Brian McGarrity 2. Craig McEwan 3. Alan Cairns. 4. Ryan McChesney 5. Craig Menzies. 6.Findlay Frye 7. Jamie McGeoghan 8. Jamie McKernon 9. Aaron Connolly. 10. Michael Reilly (12. Alain Kinney) 11. Cameron Marlow (15. Darren McGill) Subs. Stevie Miller, Craig Brown.

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Glenafton 2 Rob Roy 1

West Region Premier Division : Match 16

Saturday 5th April, Loch Park, New Cumnock

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 2 (1)

KIRKINTILLOCH ROB ROY 1 (1)

Rob Roy made the early running and only Craig McEwan’s superb tackle on Ryan Deas deep in the box prevented the visitors taking an early lead. On 8 minutes it McEwan again that was in the right and the right time to bring a well worked free kick to an end , after Deas had neatly flicked the ball over the Glens defence to pick out Willie Sawyers on the bye-line for the striker to cut the ball back into the danger area.

Glens began to edge their way into the game and excellent run by Aaron Connolly saw him power past defender Martin Brogan and drive deep into the box only for the covering Willie Wilson to steal the ball at the expense of a corner-kick. Jamie McKernon perfectly picked out Cameron Marlow at the far corner of the six yard box and the Glens’ midfielder rose unchallenged to send a looping header into the net at the junction of post and bar and his side ahead after 14 minutes.

Cameron Marlow heads the Glen in front

Cameron Marlow heads the Glen in front

With their tails up the Glenafton began to enjoy greater possession with McKernon and Findlay Frye winning the majority of the midfield battles as the hosts pushed for a second. Marlow fired an angled shot from 15 yards out which was held well by keeper Stuart Wilson. Frye then forced his way down the right flank beyond Paul McGeough before whipping the ball across goal from the touchline where Marlow with his back to goal made a valiant effort to hook the ball home, only for it to drift wide of the post. On 25 minutes the visitors came close to drawing level when from six yards out Brogan bulleted a header inches over the bar from a free-kick taken by Deas close to the right hand corner flag.

Martin Brogan goes close

Martin Brogan goes close

Ten minutes later Glens won back-to-back corners after Marlow’s shot from 12 yards was deflected wide. Although Jamie McGeoghan won aerial battle from the resultant kicks the Rabs momentarily cleared the danger at the expense of a throw-in. McEwan launched the ball to the outskirts of the six yard box where Darren McGill bravely barged his way between two Rabs’ defenders to power a header for goal only for the ball to whizz wide of the post.

Darren McGill's heads for goal

Darren McGill heads for goal

Just before the break a free kick launched deep into the box was headed on by Sawyers but before Ally Martin could add the finishing touch an airborne Brian McGarrity punched the ball clear. At the other end his counterpart Wilson brought the half to a close with a brave dive at the feet of Connolly. HT Glens 1 Rob Roy 0

As in the first half the Rabs were quick out the blocks and earned a corner in 30 seconds which ended with Sawyers’ header sailing over the bar. Glens countered through a long range shot from Michael Reilly, it too finishing over the bar. Thoughts of end-to-end play were quickly extinguished as the visitors took control of the game, with the introduction of Chris Duff having an immediate impact.

On 51 minutes a goalmouth scramble ended with a number of red shirts sprawled across the six yard box and McGarrity saving Scott Morton’s attempt to guide the ball home from close range. Three minutes later Glens surrendered possession cheaply inside the Rabs half and the ball was quickly dispatched up-field to be gathered by Sawyers and although he could not shake off the attention of the back-tracking Menzies and McGeoghan, he won a free kick after a trip by the latter on the edge of the box. Deas’ free-kick failed to test McGarrity but did generate another series of goalmouth scrambles and the Glens’ goal intact. Just after the hour mark the visitors’ efforts were rewarded when from a corner kick Willie Sawyers directed a near post header into the opposite post beyond the reach of McGarrity.

Willie Sawyers heads home equalier

Willie Sawyers heads home equalier

Five minutes later the woodwork came to Glens rescue twice in quick succession. Morton’s close range attempt crashed off the post and although McGeoghan managed to clear the loose ball from Sawyers it fell for Ronald who engineered a fantastic shot from the tightest of angles which thundered of the cross bar. As the ball descended McEwan’s presence was enough to force Morton’s header to go wide of target.

Glens made a tactical change with striker Alain Kinney replacing full back Alan Cairns. Still the Rabs continued to press and on 71 minutes Ronald tried his luck with a drive from the corner of the 18 yard box but McGarrity pulled off a fine save and his defence cleared the resultant corner. Five minutes later McGarrity leapt to claw the ball from the head of the incoming Morton.

Alain Kinney and Martin Brogan

Alain Kinney and Martin Brogan

Some respite for the Glens when Kinney shook off a couple of defenders in the box and eked out a shot at goal which Wilson held comfortably.The Rabs brought on Alan Urquhart’s, whose goal separated the two sides in the corresponding fixture at Adamslie Park, while Glens replaced Darren McGill with Stevie Miller.

On 86 minutes Reilly picked out Kinney on the left hand corner of the penalty box who then skipped past McGeough before sliding the ball across the face of the goal beyond the reach of the outrushing keeper for Aaron Connolly to gather and squeeze the ball between the post and Martin, which rolled along, and perhaps over, the goal-line for Findlay Frye to get the jump on Kris Mitchell and batter into the gaping net.

Aaron Connolly sets up Findlay Frye for the winner

Aaron Connolly sets up Findlay Frye for the winner

Two minutes later Kinney was the architect again and after fending off two defenders on the left touchline he whipped the ball into the six yard box for the incoming Miller but Wilson denied him his header after rising to clutch the ball safely. The Rabs pushed for a late equaliser only for the Glens defence to hold firm and secure the points. FT Glens 2 Rob Roy 1

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

Kirkintilloch Rob Roy: 1.Stuart Wilson 2. Jonathan Carter 3. Willie Wilson 4. Martin Brogan 5. Paul McGeough 6. Kris Mitchell. 8. Owen Ronald 9.Scott Morton 12. Willie Sawyers 10. Ryan Deas 11 Ally Martin Subs used. Chris Duff, Alan Urquhart.

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Maybole 3 Glens 2

Ayrshire Weekly Press Cup 2nd round

Saturday 29th March  2014, Ladywell Stadium, Maybole

MAYBOLE JUNIORS 3 (1)

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 2 (0)

Robert Paterson put the home side ahead on 30 minutes and Jo Maxwell doubled Maybole’s lead on the hour mark. Three minutes later Darren McGill slotted home his first goal for Glenafton to halve the deficit.

Darren McGill scores his first goal for the club

Darren McGill scores his first goal for the club (Photo courtesy of J.B.Vass)

With 15 minutes to go substitute Aaron Connolly squared the tie with a powerful finish only for Paterson to restore Maybole’s lead a minute later with the pick of the goals.

Aaron Connolly levels the tie

Aaron Connolly levels the tie (Photo courtesy of J.B.Vass)

Maybole: Scott Johnstone,Craig Reid, Steven McKissock, Stephen Cargill , Stuart Peacock,Jo Maxwell, Alan Love, Scott Dinwoodie, Chris Allan, (Marc Dyer 67) Stuart McGrady,Robert Patterson. Unused substitutes: Andy Bargh, Dillon Dunn, Graeme Whittaker, Robert Forde.

Glenafton Athletic: Brian McGarrity, Craig McEwan, (Aaron Connolly 67) Alan Cairns, Ryan McChesney, Craig Menzies, Findlay Frye, Stevie Miller, (Alain Kinney 74] Jamie McKernon, Michael Reilly, Craig Brown, (Cameron Marlow 54) Darren McGill. Unused substitutes: Jamie McGeoghan, Robert McLatchie. G/k.

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Scottish Junior Cup Semi-Final draw

Loch Park

Loch Park

Scottish Junior Cup Semi-final draw

  • Camelon Juniors or Whitletts Victoria v Glenafton Athletic
  • Irvine Meadow or Bo’ness United v Hurlford United

Games played over two legs in the weekend of 12th / 13 th April and 19th / 20th April

  • Glenafton will be away from home in the 1st leg.
  • Teams will agree to play on the Saturday or Sunday

Saturday 29th March – Revised Draw

  • Camelon Juniors v Glenafton Athletic
  • Irvine Meadow v Hurlford United

 

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Who’s still in the hat?

aa_dressingroomThe draw for the Scottish Junior Cup semi-final will take place tomorrow, Thursday 27th March, at 6:30pm on th ‘Peter Martin and Alan Rough’ show on Central FM.

Glenafton Athletic and Hurlford United have already booked their place in the semi-final while at the week-end Irvine Meadow will face Bo’ness United and Camelon will host Whitletts Victoria in the two remaining quarter final ties.

  • The semi-final will be played over home/away legs in the week-ends of 12/13th April and 19/20th April

So how have Glens fared against these sides in Scottish Junior Football’s ‘Holy Grail ?

Bo’ness United

  • The two sides first met in 1977/78 and after a goal-less draw at Loch Park in 1st Round, the Glens triumphed 1-0 in the replay. It took a replay to decide the last meeting in 2003/04  when after a 1-1 at Newton Park, the Glens were victorious again following a 3-1 home win.

Camelon

  • Glens and Camelon have met once before in the competition with the New Cumnock side winning 1-0 in the 3rd round at Loch Park in 1992/93 on their way to lifting the trophy at Firhill on that glorious day in May.

Hurlford United

  • The only meeting between the two sides was back in 1978/79 with Glens running out comfortable 4-0 winners at Loch Park.

Irvine Meadow

  • The first meeting between the two sides was in that fateful all Ayrshire final at Hampden in 1962/63 with the Glens going down 2-1 to the Meadow. The only other meeting took place in 2001/02 with Glens winning 2-0 in a 4th round tie at Loch Park.

Whitletts Victoria

  • The two sides have never met in the competition
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Glenafton 2 Cumnock 1

Scottish Junior Cup Quarter-final replay

Saturday 22nd March  2014, Loch Park, New Cumnock

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 2 (1)

CUMNOCK JUNIORS 1 (1)

GLENAFTON WIN BY A ‘NOCK-OUT AT LOCH PARK

Many that had made their way to Loch Park for the Scottish Junior Cup Quarter-final replay between local rivals Glenafton and Cumnock were still queuing to get into the ground when Cumnock took the lead with less than 5 minutes on the clock. As in the dying minutes of the game at Townhead last Saturday local hero Ryan McChesney’s luck deserted him. The young defender was badly winded prior to the visitors winning a corner-kick and had to leave the field of play and could only look on as Chris Robertson leaped head, shoulders and bit more of his anatomy above the Glens’ defence to head home at the back post.

Chris Robertson heads home

Chris Robertson heads home

Five minutes later Glenafton’s first chance came from a corner too, Cameron Marlow out-jumping three Cumnock defenders on the six yard line but his powerful header to flew over the bar.

The visitors looked livelier on the ball and on 15 minutes came close to doubling their lead after a free kick picked out Robert Love deep in the box, where he clipped the ball  beyond keeper Brian McGarrity only for Craig McEwan to clear off the line and then McChesney prevent Love having a second bite at the cherry. The big defender headed clear the resultant corner as well as Paul McInnes’s cut back from the bye-line moments later as ‘Nock continued to press.

Loch Park

Loch Park

Glens gradually came more into the game and midway through the half Alain Kinney broke into the left hand side of the box, however as he cut towards the corner of the six yard box to tee up his shot, the back tracking Robertson made a timely tackle and nothing came of the resultant corner-kick.

A determined run by Jamie McKernon saw him pick up the ball just inside the Glens’ half and drive down the right flank before giving Ray Montgomerie the slip and then attempt to whip the ball across the face of the goal only for the recovering Montgomerie to block it in the box with a raised hand. Former Cumnock striker Aaron Connolly stepped up to lash home the spot-kick, which may have ended back in Old Cumnock if not for the Loch Park net, to level the cup-tie on 32 minutes.

Aaron's spot on

Aaron’s spot on

Four minutes later Cumnock came close to regaining their lead with Love in the thick of it again. He turned well in a crowded box to engineer a snap shot a goal only for McGarrity at full stretch to pull off a great save and push the ball wide with both hands. From the corner-kick the keeper then blocked Love’s attempt to force the ball home from close range – a spell of play that left the travelling support with their hands on their hands and the home faithful with hearts in their mouths.

Brian pulls off a great save

Brian pulls off a great save

With 10 minutes of the half remaining McChesney transformed from Chessy to Messi as he picked up the ball deep in his own half and strolled up the right wing , effortlessly gliding past Cumnock players one after another as if there was a ruling which ‘did not allow them within a 30 metre radius of the player’. The run did come to an end at the edge of the box, fittingly by Robertson, only for the loose ball to fall to McKernon and his blast at goal well held by Muir.

On 40 minutes McChesney reverted to his defending role and tracked Love’s run into the Glens’ box before timing his tackle to perfection and allowing McGarrity to pick up the pieces and initiate another Afton attack which concluded with Muir pulling off another save from a McKernon shot. HT Glens 1 Cumnock 1

Glenafton brought on Michael Reilly for Jamie McGeoghan and soon after Cumnock’s John Johnson, who clearly hadn’t recovered from a first half injury, was replaced by Kieran Wood.

The visitors earned an early corner-kick but found McGarrity in a mean mood as he comfortably rose to clutch the ball cleanly at the near post.  Straight up the park and the ‘Nock defence stood firm to prevent Connolly weaving into a position to shoot for goal. On 48 minutes Findlay Frye chased down a Reilly header and punished Wood’s indecision in the box to steal the ball and from six yards out clipped it over the head of the diving Muir only for the ball to end a whisker past the post.

Findlay goes close

Findlay goes close

Cumnock countered with a free-kick from the edge of the box but Chris McKnight’s effort curled over the wall and bar and then later forced another corner-kick which Craig Menzies and McChesney combined to repel with ease.

On the hour mark an eventful Scottish Junior Cup Quarter-final (over both games) came to an untimely end for Ryan McChesney after his tackle on Montgomerie earned him a second yellow card. However, the home side rallied and Menzies, McEwan & Alan Cairns teamed up manfully to negate the loss of their fellow defender while McKernon and Frye began to completely boss the middle of the park.

Jamie McKernon brushes aside 'Nock

Jamie McKernon brushes aside ‘Nock

Up front Reilly was making his presence known and forced Cumnock to concede a corner-kick which Robertson cleared. On 68 minutes Marlow caught the Cumnock defence cold with a cute ball into the box for Kinney who drove to the corner six yard box but his cut-back for the incoming Marlow was cut out by Montgomerie and eventually cleared to safety.  A minute later a McKernon thunderbolt from 20 yards out whizzed past the airborne Muir at full stretch and inches wide of the post.

Stevie Miller came on for Alain Kinney to freshen up the 10 men as they continued to take the game to Cumnock. On 72 minutes Reilly touched the ball to Aaron Connolly who worked his way into the box with Wood tracking his diagonal run while Muir advanced from his goal line, a final touch created the angle and space for the Glens striker to slot home his 18th goal of the season ……

Aaron slots home the winner

Aaron slots home the winner

….. and spark off a glorious touchline celebration.

It's a Nock Out

It’s a Nock Out

Five minutes later Reilly and Marlow combined well down the right only for Robertson to come to the rescue with a well timed tackle and some excellent clearing up to rid the ball from the Cumnock box. At the other end McInnes tried to cut in from the left but Menzies never gave him an inch and the Glens skipper marshalled the ball out for a corner which sailed over Robertson’s head and safely into the grasp of McGarrity.

Derby Day with Ray and Findlay

Derby Day with Ray and Findlay

With seven minutes to go Glens introduced Darren McGill for Cameron Marlow as the Glens tried to close the game out, with Cumnock lacking in ideas. Two minutes later McInnes went down in the box following a challenge by McEwan, the referee unimpressed with the former Glens midfielder’s theatrics flashed a second yellow card and the visitors were reduced to 10 men.

Glenafton refused to sit back and Connolly muscled Wood off the ball to set up McGill and although his shot from 15 yards beat Muir the ball rolled wide of the post. In the last minute of regulation time Reilly jigged his way into the box before whipping the ball across the face of the goal only for James Lundie to head over his own bar. The home side in no hurry to take the corner but another four minutes would pass before the followers of Sweet Afton heard the sweet sound of the final whistle. FT Glens 2 Cumnock 1

One step at a time Tommy

One step at a time Tommy

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

Cumnock Juniors: Muir, Lundie, Mcknight, Robertson, Brown (Hanvey), Montgomerie,Johnston (Wood) , Williamson (Bradford), Maguire,  Love,  McInnes.

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Junior Cup Replay arrangements

Cumnock v Glenafton

Cumnock v Glenafton

Scottish Junior Cup Quarter-final replay

Loch Park, New Cumnock

Saturday 22nd March , KO 2:30pm

Glenafton Athletic committee has decided that the following arrangements will be put in place for Saturday’s replay

  • A random body search will be carried out by official stewards on persons entering the ground. Any person bringing/attempting to bring smoke bombs, flares or similar object or alcohol into the ground will be refused entry or ejected from the ground.
  • Away supporters will occupy the north side of the ground, access to toilet and refreshment facilities by way of path behind clubhouse end goals will be permitted until ten minutes before the end of match. Away supporters will leave the ground by the north-east corner.
  • The raised area in front of the Hunter Pavilion will be out of bounds to all but club/sjfa officials, match sponsors and disabled supporters/carers.
  • At the end of the match and if penalty kicks are required no person will be allowed inside the boundary of the wall
  • Any person not complying with these arrangements will be liable to any punishment deemed appropriate by club committee.

Congratulations to both sides on making the Quarter-Final of Scottish Junior Football. It’s only the third time that the old rivals hav faced each other in the competition.

So please come along to cheer your team on and ENJOY the MATCH.

 

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