Maybole Juniors 0 Glenafton Athletic 2
Scorers: Bingham, Callachan
With Cumnock (Section 4 winners) having been taken to a penalty shoot-out by Annbank United (Section 3 Runner-up)last night the Glens were under no illusion of how difficult this quarter-final tie against Maybole was going to be.
Stevie Agnew and Marc Cleeland were unavailable for selection and the Glens welcomed back Willie Howie and Craig Callachan, both of whom were influential throughout the 90 minutes. Howie in particular with his timely tackling and excellent distribution ran the show in the middle of the park; whilst Callachan's goal early in the second-half gave the Glens a 2-0 lead, a comfortable cushion from which they could saw the game to a safe conclusion.
Callie in a more familiar midfield role broke from the middle of park and advanced without any challenge as the defenders waited on him playing in wide to either Brian Miller on the left or Scott Houston. Instead he opted to have a crack at goal from 25 yards and although the goalkeeper parried it, he lost his footing in the uneven goalmouth and he and the ball tumbled into the net. A few minutes later the keeper pulled off an excellent save to stop what seem ed like a certain third.
It was an early goal in the first half that got the Glens off to the best possible start. A direct free-kick was won inside the box and the Maybole wall was easily deceived as the ball was played carefully and casually to Craig Bingham who stroked the ball home with ease. Futher chances in the first half were few and far between with defences on both sides on top. Five minutes from the interval, the Ladyweel side had their best effort, when Gary Matthews had to be alert and tip an angled shot from the edge of the box over the bar; a feat he had to repeat in the second half.
The game finished with a rather surreal susbstitution when the Glens brought on former Maybole centre-half Rikki Robb to replace Scott Houston as the Glens front man, to dwarf the current Maybole centre-half, who had an excellent game. Final Score: Maybole 0 Glenafton 2
Chris Kellly's side got off to a good start in the Super League First Division with a victory at Dunipace on Saturday and here's hoping they are one of a number of Ayrshire sides that will mount a serious challenge for promotion to Premier Division.
The Glens will now face Beith Juniors in the semei-final, after they defeated Hurlford United in a penalty shoot-out.
Glens push forward again as the Maybole goaile watches his footing in the ueven 6 yard box
Maybole push forward as the Glens defend in numbers.
Glenafton: Matthews, McAninch, Joyce, McCaig, Stewart; Bingham, Callachan, Howie, Tuchweicz (Murray); Houston (Robb), Millar (Gemmell)