RENFREW 1 GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 0
The Glens made a bright start and after 5 minutes Gareth Armstrong controlled and shielded the ball at the edge of the penalty box where, before he could turn to goal, he was bundled to the ground by goalie Dean Sexton, in what was deemed a fair challenge by the referee. Minutes later the lively and impressive Clinton Maxwell burst up the park and skipped past defenders on his way to the bye-line, but his shot from an acute was blocked well by keeper Ally Semple.
On 10 minutes a game of three man head tennis between Armstrong, David Clapperton and Jamie MacDonald in the Frew box set up Andy Ferguson but the striker shot wide from six yards out. The chance to make amends a few minutes later was denied by an offside flag, although defender Neil Shearer had clearly played the striker on; Shearer would go on to have an outstanding game. There was little more in terms of clear cut chances in the half despite the best endeavours of both sides. HT Frew 0 Glens 0.
The visitors were first to threaten some 9 minutes after the break when Simon Eeles danced into the box and hit a low drive that Sexton pushed past the post for a corner kick. Within seconds the ball was safely in Sexton's hands from which Frew launched what proved to be a decisive counter-attack. After some slick inter-passing play aided by an untimely slip in the Glens midfield, Maxwell menaced his way into the box and squared the ball to Matt McLean who picked his spot and slotted the ball home from 10 yards with some aplomb. The home side could have doubled the lead 5 minutes later if Semple hadn't denied Michael Dickie from close range.
Try as they might the Glens couldn't break down the Frew defence nor was the referee interested in half-hearted claims for a penalty when
With a man extra and the Glens pushing for the equaliser the hosts carved out a host of chances to kill off the game but Semple and his defence stood firm. The Glens almost delivered a sucker punch in the closing seconds. In a crowded box Ferguson did well to make contact with the ball and prod it goalward, however Sexton failed to clutch it cleanly and the ball ran along the length of his arm and behind for a corner. The kick was headed high into the air by Armstrong on the edge of the six yard box and Steven Reilly was first to rise but his header sailed over the bar with Sexton a spectator. FT Renfrew 1 Glenafton 0
Glenafton: Semple; Moffat, Ramsay, Reilly, Wilson; Eeles, McMahon, Clapperton (Scoular), MacDonald; Armstrong,
GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 0 CLYDEBANK 0
New signing striker Andy Ferguson made his competitive debut for the club and partnered Gareth Armstrong upfront. However, it was to be the visitors' veteran striker Stevie Dallas who carved out the first opening after 6 minutes only to find the side netting from a narrow angle. Five minutes later Jose Quitongo was picked out in the box but his well guided header was comfortably covered by keeper Stefan Gonet. The keeper had to be on his toes on 20 minutes when Gareth Armstrong flashed header goalward from 12 yards out and then at full stretch on 25 minutes to tip another Armstrong effort on to the crossbar. Within 60 seconds Bo had a third bite at the cherry but after some fine acrobatics to get his outstretched boot to make contact with the ball, it lacked the good grace to find the target.
Battling against a strong wind the Bankies had failed to exert any sustained pressure on the Glens' goal but 10 minutes before the break
The home side nearly caught the visitors napping from the re-start but Armstrong had to settle for a corner-kick and minutes later
The 10 men rallied and substitute Simon Eeles' pace was a great advert for that old adage - attack is the best form of defence as time and again he took the ball deep into the visitor's territory, providing the weakened defence with much needed respite. With 10 minutes to go Eeles came close to unpicking the deadlock as he glided past the yellow jerseys on his own ‘Tour de Parc de Lac’ and sprinted into the box, but his low shot at goal was smothered well by Gonet at the second attempt. With 10 seconds to go the tireless Jamie MacDonald rose to clear a Bankie's corner, but he let his hand rule his head - a penalty the outcome. Not to worry the next hand in the air was that of Dougie Ramsay as he punched the icy blast with delight after Ally Semple pushed Gary Lynn's spot-kick round the post. More drama to follow when deep into added on time Chris Mackie poked the ball home, but from an offside position on the goal-line . FT Glens 0 Bankies 0
Glens: Semple; Connolly, Reilly, Merrilees, Wilson; Quitongo (Murray), Ramsay, McMahon, MacDonald;
GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 1 MAYBOLE 1
New signing Darren McMahon made his debut in the middle park but after an encouraging start limped off after 33 minutes to be replaced by Jamie MacDonald who would also later succumb to injury.Maybole kicked off with a strong icy wind at their back and were first to threaten on 9 minutes when Scoular cleared a corner kick, one of many the visitors would win in the half, off the line at the back post. Just before the half hour mark Gordon Moffat and Ally Semple combined to foil a run into the box, and later Dougie Ram-say brought an excellent run to the bye-lie with a last ditch block at the near post. Maybole's pressure paid off on 41 minutes when the Glens failed with a corner kick and No. 10 scooped the ball into the net from 8 yards out. A minute later an Aaron Scoular shot from the edge of the box was brilliantly beaten over the bar by May-bole's goalkeeper. A minute after that the goalie topped it with a stunning save to force a Gareth Armstrong thunderbolt wide of the post.
HT Glens 0 Maybole 1
It was Armstrong who carved out the first chance of the second half but Bo at full stretch just failed to hit the target. With 20 minutes of the half gone a Glens free-kick was won by Steven Reilly in the box and the loose ball fell to Scoular who slammed the ball wide of target, but for some reason the assistant referee had flagged for an earlier infringement. The Glens laid siege to the Maybole goal and both teams were penned in the penalty box like sheep at the Rottenyard trials, and on more than one occasion Maybole would break up field with the speed and finesse of a collie-dug, but a combination of good defending, poor finishing and a wee dive, failed to find the net.
On 40 minutes Armstrong was denied again, after having seen off the challenge of the centre-half he looped the ball over the goalie's head but it bounced off the top of the bar. Three minutes later the home side's efforts were rewarded. A Richie McKillen corner from the right was met at the back post by Davie Clapperton who headed it back to Cameron Murray, his low shot was blocked in a sea of legs and the ball broke to the right side of the box where McKilllen had arrived and the tall defender rifled the ball into the roof of the net. In time added-on another Glens corner kick was cleared to the edge of the box and a Dougie Ramsay daisy-cutter whistled millimetres past the post. A minute later Semple came to the rescue and a share of the points secured
FT Glens 1 Maybole 1
Glenafton: Semple, Connolly, Moffat, Reilly, McKillen; Quitongo (Eeles), Clap-perton, Ramsay, McMahon (MacDonald) (Murray) ; Scoular, Armstrong
EAST KILBRIDE THISTLE 2 GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 1
The Glens welcomed Steven Reilly, loan signing from Queen's Park to partner Dougie Ramsay at the centre of defence. The early skirmishes in this the first league encounter between the two sides was of the end-to-end variety, much of it pleasing to the eye with some good passing moves. The home side passed up a great opportunity on 10 minutes but with Ally Semple beaten the ball was cooped over the bar from 6 yards outs.
For the visitors a Gareth Armstrong header bounced of the top of the crossbar but the ball fell kindly Thistle defence. Simon Eeles hared down the left leaving all in his wake before slipping the ball past keeper Johnny Murdoch who had ventured to the edge of his penalty box and could only look behind him in hope as the ball rolled agonisingly beyond his far post. Dougie Ramsay came to the Glens rescue and cleared the ball off the line after Craig Miles evaded the challenges of both Reilly and Semple. Surprisingly the half ended goal-less. HT EK Thistle 0 Glens 0
Thistle opened the scoring when a throw-in to the edge of the box was played back to the thrower who then crossed the ball to the far side of the six yard box for Steven Chaplain to coast in and bullet his free header home. The lead was soon doubled when a rebound from a corner was picked up on the right flank by Paul Woods who wriggled his way through a red sea of shirts to the bye-line and as the defence waited on the cut-back he chose instead to beat Semple from the narrowest of angles.
With two minutes remaining the Glens pulled one back with a peach of ina goal. Ramsay from the centre circle lofted the ball upfield for Steven Samson to win the header and the nearby Armstrong to kill the knock-down dead and drill a low hard shot into the corner of the goal beyond the reach of Murdoch.
FT EK Thistle 2 Glenafton 1
Glenafton: Semple, Merrilees (Mullen), Reilly, Ramsay, McKillen; Connolly, Clapperton, Moffat (Samson) , Wilson; Eeles, Armstrong
EK Thistle: Murdoch, Struthers, Kelly, McGhee, Russell; Chaplain, Carr, Williamson, Woods; Miles, Watson
GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 0 CUMNOCK JUNIORS 2
The Glens left it too late to put the visitors’ goal under any sustained pressure and try as they might they could not reduce the two goal advantage that Cumnock had built through Gareth Campbell, 13 minutes after kick-off and Gary McMenamin, 13 minutes after the break – unlucky indeed.
However, the architect-in-chief of Cumnock’s victory was James Tyler with his trademark lightning quick runs that see him effortlessly ghost past defenders. Cum-nock had already gone close with a Stevie Murray free kick when Tyler gathered the ball on the right flank and flashed past 2 or 3 defenders on his way to the bye-line where he whipped over a lethal ball for Campbell to stroke home. The Glens tried to counter through Aaron Schoular and former ‘Nock favourite Gareth Arm-strong on his Loch Park debut but both failed to test ex-Glens goalie Chris Fahey in the Cumnock goal. Midway through the first half Simon Eeles broke free and he too fired wide when one-on-one with Fahey. Cumnock soon regained the upper hand and looked the hungrier to add to their tally and would have done so if Ally Semple had not superbly saved from a Graham Wilson thunderbolt from the edge of the box, ten minutes before the break. HT Glens 0 Cumnock 1
The half-time team talked appeared to fire up the Glens who started the half brightly but the flames were soon extinguished when the ‘Nock doubled their lead on 58 minutes. A long ball from Stuart MacDonald split the Glens defence and set up McMenamim and although Semple saved his first attempt at goal he could do little to prevent the second from the rebound hitting the back of the net.
Tyler, determined to outshine the wee dug that had come to the pitch to show-off his footballing prowess, almost put the game out of sight. Another scintillating sprint down the right set up Wilson who fired a warning shot over the Glens bar and Tyler himself toasted Semple’s fingertips as the Glens goalie pushed his shot over the same bar. In the closing ten minutes the Glens emerged from the doldrums and put Cumnock’s goal under pressure. With Fahey beaten an Armstrong attempt crashed off the upright and then a Gordon Moffat header battered off the bar, be-fore Fahey had the last word with a fine save from a Steven Shankland shot.
Glenafton – Semple, Connolly, McKillen (Middleton 73), Moffat, Merrilees, Mullen (Wilson 34), Ramsay, Clapperton, Armstrong, Scoular, Eeles (Samson 6 .
Cumnock – Fahey, Galloway, Agnew (Stewart 87), Wilde, Murray, McDonald, Tyler, Farrell, Campbell (Moan 82), Wilson, McMenamin.