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Saturday, December 10th 2005

7:07 PM

Stagecoach Super League Premier Division

Bellshill Athletic 0 GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 0

A rather uneventful first half in which both teams failed to make the most of the excellent playing surface in condtions that were sedate in comparison to the monsoon of last week. The Glens fielded the same starting 11, but they never really got into their stride in the opening 45. Half chances came and went for the Glens but  if truth be told it was the home side, with ex-Glens Scott Millar leading their front-line, that came closest to breaking the deadlock on the half-hour mark. A speedy break down the left-wing saw the Bellshill player reach the bye-line and whip in a great cross, Millar beat the Peter McAninch to the ball, but his flashing header went wide of the post.

The Glens best chance of the half came after good work from Stevie Agnew, who collected the ball on the half-way line and he set off on a tradmark mazey-run towards goal, only to be crudely bundled to the ground, as the ball broke to Darren Johnstone, the referee played advantage, but  his effort went wide. The half finished with neither goalkeeper Matthews or Rowan having been seriously tested.

Half-time Bellshill 0 Glenafton 0

The game improved dramatically in the second half particularly in terms of tempo and the chances created. Bellshill who have yet to record a league win this season were full of running and their pace on both flanks was giving the Glens flat back four a torrid time, However, a combination of failing to beat the off-side trap, poor finishing and some excellent saves by Garry Matthews - the pick of which was point blank save from Callaghan from 10 yards - ensured that their win-less run would continue for at least another week.  The Glens too had their chances to win the game the best of which was a Darren Johnstone header which came off the bar - but this wasn't to be Darren's day as a number of other chances went begging.  Credit to both sides as they fought for the breakthrough right to the final whistle the goal that never looked like coming never came .

Full time : Bellshill 0 Glenafton 0

Glenafton: Matthews; Paterson, McAninch, Joyce, Stewart; Mitchell, Howie, Murphy (Blair), Agnew; Miller (Bingham), Johnstone 

Bellshill: Rowan; Ronicks, Smith, Coulter, O'Neill;McDonald, Callaghan, Marshall, Scott; Miller, Grant

Gerry Joyce and Davie Stewart up for the corner !

Brian Miller

Tony Murphy

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