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



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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Rosco and Brian sign on

Ross Robersto

Ross Robertson

Glenafton are delighted to announce the signing striker Ross Robertson from Ayr United.

Rossco originally joined the Glens from the Honest Men in January on loan deal until the end of the season.

He scored 6 goals in 16 appearances and  played a key role in the Loch Park side finishing fourth in the league and clinching the West of Scotland Cup.

Welcome back to Loch Park, Ross.

Squad: Brian McGarrity

Brian McGarrity

The club have  secured the signature of Brian McGarrity from Auchinleck Talbot. Glens supporters will recall Brian coming out on top in the penalty shoot-out in the Evening Times Cup Winners Cup at Beechwood last season.

Prior to joining Talbot in 2011, Brian played for Annbank United and saved and saved a penalty against in the Glens in their trip to New Pebble Park.

Welcome to Loch Park, Brian

Players signed up for the new season

Goalkeeper: Ryan Dunsmuir, Brian McGarritty Craig Potter, Craig McEwan, Craig Menzies, Jamie Donnelly, Ryan McChesney, Glen Mitchell, Richie McKillen, Jack Steele, Paul McKenzie, Danny Mitchell, Graeme Eaglesham, Gareth Armstrong and Ross Robertson.

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Season’s Greetings

Irvine Meadow’s 4-1 defeat of Shotts Bon Accord at Hannah Park, formally brought the West Region Premier Division campaign to a close.

Glenafton’s season concluded last Saturday with the winning of the West of Scotland Cup to top of a fantastic return to the top flight.

The celebrations begin

The celebrations begin

Competition Placing
West Region Premier Division: 4th position
Scottish Junior Cup: 2nd round
West of Scotland Cup: Winners
Ayrshire Weekly Press Cup: Quarter-final
Ardagh Ayrshire Sectional Cup: Semi-final
Player of the Year  
Supporters’ Player of the Year: Paul McKenzie
Players’ Player of the Year: Ally Semple
Defender of the Year: Glen Mitchell
Young Player of the Year: Ryan McChesney
Top Goalscorer: Gareth Armstrong
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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



  • 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



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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 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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