Kilsyth Rangers 0 GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 5
Scorers: Howie, Johnstone 3, Allan
After securing the first win league of the season last week the Glens' good news continued mid week with the club securing Stevie Agnew on a new contract. The Glens made one change to the starting line up that came back from behind to beat Arthurlie 2-1 at Loch Park last week with Peter Jordan coming in at right back in place of David Martin.
Glorious sunshine bathed the immaculate playing surface and it was the home-side that made the best of these conditions in the early encounters with some crisp controlled passing from defence through the midfield. However, in the final third they came against a Glens back four that was more difficult to pass than the nearby Anotnine's Wall. Graham Mathie time after time blocked any Kilsyth forays down the right flank, forcing the blues to halt in their tracks and then spread the ball across the park to the other flank. Here too there was no way through with Peter Jordan equally dogged and determined to stop the home-side advances, forcing the attack to end with speculative, yet well hit long range shots at goal from defender Kelly on the overlap. On the occasions that Kilsyth played high balls into the box John McCaig and Davie Stewart were unshakeable and indeed they never put a foot or head wrong all game. To add to this, the cry of 'keeper' boomed out across Duncsanfield every now and then as big Gary Matthews made it quite clear on who was in charge at the back.
The Kilsyth defence too was well marhsalled and the Glens were struggling to beat the offside trap when long balls were played for the front two to chase. More effective were the moves initated by some moments of magic from Aggie, his twisting and turning leaving Kilsyth defenders dead in their tracks with 'where did he go expressions' written across their faces. It was young Paul Cassidy, who was having has finest game in a Glens shirt that came closet to open the scoring but his effort when just wide. Darren Johnstone, was unlucky not be rewarded when he beat the keeper at the edge of the box , but his lob was up in the air too long and the Rangers' defenders got back in time to clear the ball to safety. However, he would be rewarded soon enough!
In the last minute of the half home-side nearly took the lead when a corner from the right was played into the near post and from there across a crowded six yard box, with Matthews beaten Stewart put in a goal-stopping tackle to ensure the half finished goal-less. Half-time Kilsyth Rangers 0 Glenafton Athletic 0
The Glens got off to a great start with a goal in the 48th minute when the inspirational Willie Howie was on hand to put the finishing touch to a corner played in from the right and force the ball over the line. Five minutes later the Glens were 2-0 up as Darren Johnstone was released down the left and from the narrowest of angles he lobbed the ball beyond the stranded keeper into the net.
Kilsyth hit back almost immediately and won a corner kick on the left, but McCaig headed clear. Forward again came Kilsyth and again down the left through Goodwin, but as Howie gave chase, he lashed out with his arm catching the Glens's captain full on the face, resuting in a straight red card. In a 7 minute spell the home-side had lost 2 goals and one player.
The Glens revelled in the extra space and it came as no surpise when they extended thier lead in the 66th minute. Johnstone not for the first time refused to give up the chase, when keeper Rowan seemed favourite to gather ball on the corner of his penalty box. Big DJ now sandwiched between keeper and defender managed to flick the ball over both their heads, to take the ball outside the box, and then again from a remarkabe angle lobbed the ball over the mesmerised pair into the net. A wonderful individual goal from Darren Johnstone. Three minutes later he completed a fantastic hat-trick. Having scored one from the left and then one from the right it was fitting that the third came from a ball played through the middle. DJ left the defender for dead and then hammered his shot beyond Rowan from 12 yards out.
The Glens then made a number of changes, Scott McQuade came on as fresh-legs in place of Mark Quinn who had put in a great shift; Liam Paterson came on for the injured Jordan and Zander Allan for the injured Howie - with Allan joining Johnstone up front and Beattie moving back to midfield.
With 5 minutes remaining the Glens made it 5-0. Good work down the left by McQuade saw him play the ball perfectly into the path of Zander Allan and the young striker picked his spot and blasted the ball home.
Final score Kilsyth Rangers 0 Glenafton Athletic 5
Great team performance but special mention for big DJ. He's bagged 5 braces for the Glens and now he's grabbed his first hat-trick. Well done big man.
Kilsyth Rangers: Rowan; Shearer, McGuiness, McLaughlin, Kelly; Goodwin, Welsh, Dunbar, Kirkwood; Stewart, Sloan. subs: Scott, Thomson, Galloway, Feenie, Hunter
GLENAFTON ATHLETIC: Matthews; Jordan (Paterson), McCaig, Stewart, Mathie; Cassidy, Howie (Allan), Quinn (McQuade), Agnew; Johnstone, Beattie Subs: Darren, Martin, Kennedy
Congratulations as Willie Howie opens the scoring
and celebrations as DJ makes it 2-0
No way through as the Glens keep the clean sheet
DJ beats keeper and defender to the ball, but what happens next ?
DJ lobs the ball into the empty net from a narow angle to make it 3-0
DJ slams home hsi hat-trick to make it 4-0 for the Glens
DJ looks on as Zander Allan completes the scoring to make it 5-0
Top Left: Peter Jordan nutmegs Top Right: Mark Quinn close-up
Bottom Left: Aggie in charge: Bottom Right: Zander Allan
Top Left: Dale Beattie: Top Right: Darren Johnstone
Bottom Left: Davie Stewart and Graham Mathie: bottom Right: John McCaig