GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 2 Neilston Junuiors 2
Neilston win 3-2 penalties
The first half saw both teams create a host of chances and fail to take any of them. Even at this stage the game seemed destined for penalty kicks. However, the thoughts of another shoot-out were soon dispelled when Stevie Agnew struck twice early in the second-half. The first followed a corner-kick from the right which was only partially cleared to the edge of the box, where Zander Allan drilled the ball back in and Aggie was on hand to tap it in from a yard of so, with a number of Neilston defenders still on the goal-line from the corner kick. The second came after a Darren Johnstone header from a Graham Mathie cross from the left was once again only partially cleared by the Neilston defence, the ball fell to Aggie, who slammed it home.
The Glens appeared to be cruising at this stage and Neilston seemed out of it. However, Lamb got one back with 15 minutes to go to ensure a grandstand finish. A Scott Houston header came close but not close enough to restore the Glens' two goal advanatage, and then the Neilston striker passed up the chance of an equaliser when he was through one-on-one with Gary Matthews, but his tame shot was easily stopped. Both sides also survived goal-line clearances. In the dying minutes, Neilston drew level when a corner-kick from the left was headed home from a a few yards out by Cochrane.
The penalty shoot-out was back on the cards and Neilston were first to get there nose in front and won 3-2. Both goalies saved two spot-kicks, and one of the Glens kicks flew over the bar; Agnew an Houston scoring for the Glens.
An anti-climax to the season perhaps but it is worth remmebering that entry to this end of season tournament was gained through being the West of Scotland Cup Winners - tio add the Ayrhsire League Cup won earlier in the season.
75 years and still going strong
Glenafton Athletic: Matthews; McGregor,McCaig,Mathie; Bingham, Beattie, Howie, Agnew; Houston, Allan (Murphy), Johnstone
Graham Mathie looks on as Stevie Agnew heads for goal
Goal celebrations after Aggie makes it 2-0
Graham Mathie gives chase with Willie Howie in attendance