GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 0 vs. Shotts Bon Accord 1
The outcome of this match was ultimately defined by two key moments at either end of the first half. Within two minutes of the kick-off the visitors won a corner-kick on the left. The ball was placed inch perfect into the centre of the six-yard boxand Gary Matthews looked favourite to punch the ball to safety but failed to connect with any conviction and the ball was headed home. At the close of the half the Glens were reduced to 10 men when Liam Paterson was adjudged to be the last man when he curtailed the Shotts' forward's progress into the penalty box.
In between times Shotts had had the ball in the net for a second time soon after they had opened the scoring, but an alert linesman had spotted an offside infringement. The game then became rather disjointed with both sides finding it difficult to string the requisite number of passes together to turn defence into attack. Eventually the Glens began to press the game but their final touch and lady luck in equal measure deserted them in front of goal. Paterson's red card effectively resulted in not only a loss of a man but also of the momentum that the home side had built in the closing 15 minutes of the half. Half-time Glenafton 0 Shotts 1
To their credit 10 man Glens upped their work-rate in the second half but Shotts were content to soak up pressure and look for the opportunity to score a second and probably decisive goal on the break but Matthews came to rescue on a few occasions to keep the Glens in the game. However, for all their effort sthe Glens struggled to get any fluency into their game and their only rewards were a number of half-chances and preventing Shotts from adding to their tally. Full-time Glenafton 0 Shotts 1
Glenafton Athletic : Matthews; Martin (Allan) , Paterson, McCaig, Mathie (Trialist);Cassidy (Stewart), Howie, Quinn, Agnew; Johnstone, Connolly
No takers !
Midfield battle !
Chic in the thick of it
John McCaig wins out
DJ wins the header