GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 4 Renfrew 1
Scorers : Howie, Agnew, Houston, Allan
The Glens bounced back brilliantly after losing out out to bottom side Bellshill last week by thrashing league leaders Renfrew by four goals to one. Leading scorer Scott Houston made a welcome return to the side after a prolonged absence and his presence alone seemed to lift the team and the fans. This emphatic win was the culmination of a great all round team performance with every man playing their part but special mention must go to Brian Chiesa who had an outstanding game.
Last week's after match 'lock-in' certainly seemed to have had the desired effect as the Glens more than held their own in the opening encounters. Stewart and Bingham were successfully snuffing out any threats down the flanks, whilst Chiesa and Howie nullified any attempt at creativity from 'Frew's midfield. Consequently, the away side were forced to launch long high balls into the Glens box, but here too McCaig, McGregor and Paterson were coping with these with ease. However, it was from a long diagonal ball played to super striker Gordon Smith that 'Frew nearly took the lead, but his shot flashed across the Glens goalmouth and beyond the far post.
With Stewart and Agnew combining well on the left the Glens were finding a more attractive way of playing balls into their opponents box for the livewire Allan and the bustling Houston to chase. On the half hour mark a great ball by Stewart into the box was won by Allan but this shot at goal rebounded of the 'Frew defender high into the air and the incoming Willie Howie leapt to bullet the ball over the advancing 'Frew goalie and into the top corner. The Glens then enjoyed much of the possession as 'Frew appeared devoid of ideas. However, as the half drew to a close the visitors began to threaten and a long high ball into the box saw Matthews lose the path of its flight in the glaring sun, yet still manage to punch to temporary safety. 'Frew forced a couple of corners in what must have been time added on. From tFrew's final corner of the half the Glens cleared well and found Stevie Agnew inside his own half, from where he set off with only one thing his mind. The 'Frew defenders had other things on their mind as Allan offered Aggie an option on the left, but he bided his time, goaded his defender into the tackle , beat him with ease, teased the 'Frew keeper of his line and slotted the ball home with great aplomb. Half-time Glenafton 2 Renfrew 0
Frew started the second half fairly lively and indeed one of their midfield players tried to lob Matthews from an outrageous distance, but the ball went over the bar as well. Nevertheless, the vocal band of away fans had not long to wait to see their team pull one back. In the 53rd minute a ball was played to Gordon Smith but the alert McCaig was to first to reach it, but it bobbled wildly and he mis-timed his kick and in this version of 'Smith must score' the hot-shot did score, knocking the ball beyond Matthews with deadly accuracy. The away fans cheers soon turned to jeers as they screamed for a penalty kick, but no award and the referee perhaps had been influenced by some of the play-acting that had gone before.
The Glens rallied well and regained their two goal lead in the 61st minute. Panic in a crowded penalty box saw the 'Frew defence fail to clear their lines and the ball was almost a prisoner in the box, before it broke free to Allan and his shot at goal was stopped by Hillard's hand . The referee pointed to the spot and then showed Hillard a red card for stopping a clear goal-scoring opportunity. Up stepped Scott Houston to coolly stick the ball into the keeper's left-hand side, as he headed to his right.
Two minutes later the Glens went further ahead went Stephen McGregor who had stayed up from a set-piece headed the ball into the box for Zander Allan who lost his marker and slammed the ball home for his first goal at Loch Park.
With a man advantage and a 3 goal lead the home fans were then treated to some vintage Aggie ably assisted by Davie Stewart who was conducting all the play down the left hand side and Renfrew were now completely demoralised. There were no further goals, although Brian Miller came close with an audacious lob from 25 yards but thankfully for the away support, it frew over the cuclkoo's nest.
Final Score: Glenafton Athletic 4 Renfrew 1
Glenafton: Matthews; Paterson, McGregor, McCaig, Stewart; Bingham (Blair), Howie, Chiesa (Murphy), Agnew; Houston (Miller), Allen
Bella's Back - head and shoulder aboon them a'
Hands-up for Howie as Glens go up 1-0
Aggie Dazzles the 'Frew Fans
Nice and Chiesa !
Bella bags another one - Glens 3-1
Zander's a diamond !
Zander makes it 4-1 !
'Do you think there'll be a lock-in the night Dave?'