Larkhall Thistle 0 GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 1
The Glens secured a valuable 3 points with a hard fought victory over a Larkhall side that was much improved from the previous league encounter at Loch Park. Yet to record a league win this season, Larkhall were more than a match for the Glens in terms of endeavour in the first half. Speedy forward Alan McFadden was always a threat chasing longs balls that were routinely being launched into the heart of the Glens' defence, a defence that he found almost impossible to crack. On one occasion it was breached forcing Gary Matthews to abandon his goal-line and try to beat McFadden to the ball in the no-man's land between the penalty box and corrner flag. McFadden won that race, but Matthews had done enough to stall the cross to allow the Glens defence re-group and McFadden's cross was mopped up and the chance was gone. Earlier the Glens had chances to break the deadlock; first, through Stevie Agnew who latched on to a ball played deep to the back-post, but his volley went over the keeper and the bar; then Brian Blair slid in at the other post as the ball broke free in the Larkie box but his shot went wide. Half-Time Larkahall 0 Glenafton 0
The Glens were first to threaten in the second half. Brian Miller was released on the right wing, he then cut inside leaving the defender for dead and continued his run into the box where he unleashed a powerful shot which flew over the bar. Marc Cleeland's introduction to the midfield, strenghtened the Glens's hand and McFadden faded out of the game for a period of time. The Glens' lion share of possession finally paid off. In the 62nd minute Stevie Agnew made the most of some uncertainty in the Larkhall defence, won possession and then lobbed the ball over the outrushing Marhsall and into the back of the net. Soon after Larkahll had their golakeeper to thank for stopping the Glens from going further ahead when he brilliantly stopped a Darren Johnstone shot from short-range. He would have had no chance from a similar chance that fell to Paul Deeney, but the ball didn't fall kindly for the Glens striker and the chance came to nothing.
Larkhall had a strong penalty claim turned down. After a determined run by the No. 9 the ball fell to McFadden in the Glens penalty box, but his run came to an abrupt end with a solid tackle from Liam Paterson, as the striker vehemently claiming he was impeded, the ref waved play on. Apart from another Larkhall chance when the ball bobbled across the Glens six yard box, most of the remaining goalmouth action was at the opposite end of the park, but there was to be no further scoring.
Final Score: Larkhall Thistle 0 Glenafton Athletic 1
Glenafton : Matthews; Mitchell, Paterson, McAninch, Stewart; Murphy, Blair (Cleeland), Howie, Agnew (Murray); Miller (Deeney), Johnstone.
Larkhall : Marshall, Kavanagh, A McFarlane(Divers),Doak,Murray,Bonner(Bovill),Ferguson,Bruce,Brown(McCrae),McFadden, Watson. Not Used- Devlin, Barnes
Brian Blair challenges Larkie goalie.
Tony Murphy breaks free
Stevie Agnew lobs the ball into the net
Larkhall denies Darren Johnstone
Willie Howie pushes forward.... as BJ looks on !