GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 1 Lugar Boswell Thistle 1
Scorer : Bingham
A last minute goal by 10-man Lugar at Loch Park would perhaps suggest that the Glens had been hit by a sucker punch. However, there were no suckers in the team from Rosebank and on reflection over the 90 minutes it was just reward for their evening's contribution. Full of running throughout the game, their front-men, with Patrick Walker the pick of the bunch, always seemed to be off their blocks before the starter's gun had fired, in hot pursuit of a well-placed pass or indeed a less well-placed one. The goal at the death came after one such pursuit, when Chris Lacey hared up the park and beat John McCaig, the last defender, to the ball. His chance seemed to have disappeared in the gloaming when Michael Monaghan in the Glens goal, came out to the narrow the angle, and force the striker wide, but rather than attempt to sneak the ball in at the near post, he cut it superbly across the goal mouth and the ball hit the inside of the far post, an trundled over the line.
As well as having to contend with the pace of the Lugar forwards the Glens also seem determined to make life difficult for themselves at the back in the opening period of the game, with a number of dodgy pass backs to the debutant Monaghan. This ploy seemed to unnerve him at times, resulting in some equally dodgy throw-outs. As the game progressed he made himself heard and the pass backs became less frequent. Michael then brought to an end a promising move by Lugar but was adjuged to have handled the ball outside the box and was yellow-carded accordingly. He also did well to parry a vicious shot from the edge of the box over the bar, which some debutant goalies may have easily fumbled into their own net.
The Lugar keeper too pulled off some fine saves including an excellent double save after having taken heat off a raging shot from Scott Houston, too hot to hold, he then cooly saved the rebound. However, on the 25th minute he was picking the ball out of the back of the net. Aggie broke free from the half-line and run in on goal and thumped his shot beyond the keeper only to see it strike the post and Craig Bingham react quickly to net the rebound. Half-Time 1-0
The second-half saw the Glens put more thought into the passing game and Craig Callachan, Willie Howie and Agnew were beginning to carve out a number of openings; the best of which saw Aggie roll the ball into the path of Houston, but before Bella could strike the ball was neatly nudged away forem the point of ensuing contact by the LBT defender. A Willie Howie run was brought to an abrupt end on the edge of the Lugar penalty box, but the wall ultimately performed its job with distinction. Ross Murray then weaved his way through a number of Lugar defenders and unlike Howie, he managed to breach the penalty area, where he floored before getting his shot away, the referee alas turned a deaf ear to loud penalty appeals that boomed across the park.
Lugar breakaways were still causing the Glens some anxiety but with time running out and Lugar reduced to 10 men following a second yellow card9 (the umpteenth card of the night) and with 5 minutes to go the Glens seemed destined to maintain their 100% record in the Section games, until that is that the punch with sucker written all over it was delivered in style. Full Time 1-1
Glenafton : Monaghan, Gemmell (Murray), Robb, McCaig, Callachan; Bingham, Howie,Cleeland, Blair (Deeney); Houston, Agnew
Stevie Agnew watches on as Craig Bingham nets the rebound
Jimsie in his not-so Jaggy Bunnet watches on as the Glens celebrate
Spot the Ball !
Left:John McCaig looks on as Brian Blair heads clear Right: goalscorer Craig Bingham