GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 1 Renfrew 0
Since thrashing the then league-leaders Renfrew 4-1 in the league at Loch Park four weeks ago the Glens have failed to find the net in their last three games. The visitors on the other hand returned to winning ways and put five past luckless Larkhall last week. The Glens kicked off with new signing Graham Mathie, son of former Killie legend Ross Mathie, at left back; and with the bitterly cold sweeping wind at their backs.
Both sides found it hard going to create any clear cut chances from open play. Scott Houston going near with a flashing header for the Glens, whilst 'Frew's Gordon Smith was unlucky to see his turn and shot nearly burst the net - the side net. The Glens certainly dominated the half in terms of territorial advantage, hardly surprising considering that many of Thomson's goal kicks were being blown back into the Renfrew half. If corners won games then the Glens would have won this one in a canter but Thomson was having a fine game and his goal remained in tact. Renfrew were fortunate not to be reduced to 10 men when Farquharson saw Brian Miller give chase for a long ball that was heading harmlessly for the corner. Realising that he may not be able to marshall the ball to safety the 'Frew defender left the ball unattended and took two strides into Miller's path before applying the forearm smash to Miller's face. The ref decided a yellow card was sufficient for this assualt. The same colour of card was later shown to Glens Craig Bingham when after riding a number of tackles he uncharacterstically kicked out at his assailant. Half Time Glenafton 0 Renfrew 0
Thoughts that the Glens best chances may have gone as they now faced the stiff wind were soon diminished as they began to take control of the game with some fine passing play; Peter McCaninch and Robbie Mitchell were combining well in the right flank, whilst Willie Howie winning tackles often released Stevie Agnew on the left. When 'Frew did mount attacks they found the defensive central pairing of Liam Paterson and Steven McGregor in a determined mood in front of an alert Gary Matthews. Despite their territorial advantage the Glens were struggling to make the breakthrough and too often the delays in shooting for goal, saw the ball snapped up by the 'Frew defence.
A double substitution saw Dareren Johnstone and Zander Allan replace Miller and Houston and with 15 minutes to go the pair combined to break the deadlock. Picking up the ball on the left flank, Johnstone meandered in field passed one defender and then another and shot on sight as a third came toward him; Thomson did well to parry the shot out but could do nothing to prevent Zander Allan latching onto the rebound and stroke the ball home. Thomson then made a number of fine saves to prevent the Glens going further ahead and in any case the Frew attack were now devoid of any ideas and seemed unlikely to force an equaliser to take the cup-tie to a penalty shoot-out. Final Score : Glenafton 1 Renfrew 0
Glenafton: Matthews; McAninch (Blair), Paterson, McGregor, Mathie; Mitchell, Bingham, Howie, Agnew; Millar (Johnstone), Houston (Allan).
Scott Houston gets the 'Renfrew cuddle'
Liam Paterson and Steven McGregor
Thomson dives to save Darren Johnstone strike and........
.... Zander Allan celebrates knocking home the rebound
Darren Johnstone and Zander Allan