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Saturday, September 17th 2005

7:06 PM

WHYTE & McKAY West of Scotland Cup 1st Round


Scorers: Blair, Houston (2), Millar

Wishaw Juniors were 1st round visitors back in 2002-03 and lost out 4-1 to the Glens who then on went on to lift the trophy for the first time in the club's history. A lightning start by the Glens with a goal inside 7 minutes suggested that lightning would strike twice - and so it proved to be.

Willie Howie, Craig Callachan and Brian Blair were dominant in the middle of the Glens midfield which at times was five in number, with Craig Bingham on the left and Brian Miller on the right. The opening goal came from this engine room with a ball played up to Darren Johnstone, who rose above the Wishaw defence and headed it perfectly in to the path of Brian Blair, who then with his customary helping of flair lashed the ball home from 20 yards out, via the underside of the crossbar.

Despite their  midfield superiority, 30 minutes would pass before the Glens doubled their lead, when Scott Houston picked up the ball in the packed penalty box, and found the time and space to slam it home.  Although half-time was still 10 minutes away, the tie appeared to be over. But Wishaw had other ideas and an ambitious looping shot from 25 yards out by No. 8, their most creative player, had Glens keeper Gary Matthews back-peddling to force the ball over the bar. Half-time Glens 2 Wishaw 0

The second half was a story of another two goals for the home side; goals which took their time in coming after long periods of play where the Glens final ball into the box was either too late or too long. Nevertheless there was a touch of class about the third goal, when with 15 minutes to go Brian Miller outsmarted his marker and broke into the box, and lobbed the advancing the goalie. Five minutes later the fourth and final goal of the game came through shear endeavour as Scott Houston was first to get his head to a Miller corner and nod the ball beyond the outstretched Wishie goalie. The North Lanarkshire side had a chance to repeat the score-line of the previous encounter when Howie nearly put into his own net, but Matthews saved his  blushes and the goal with a reflex save of the highest quality.  Final Score Glenafton 4 Wishaw 0

Glenafton: Matthews; Paterson, McAninch, Stewart; Miller, Callachan, Howie, Blair, Bingham (Murray); Houston (Gemmell) , Johnstone (Deeney)



The Goalscorers: Scott Houston, Brian Miller and Brian Blair

Carig Callachan comes close

Glens Ba' ; Glens goal 2-0


Brian Miller ready to release Darren Johnstone, with up and coming assistant referee Jamie Paterson keeping an eye on proceedings.

Scott Houston heads home the fourth, as 'John Hartson' looks on



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