GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 1 Neilston Juniors 2
Captain Willie Howie was unavailable through injury. With Gavin Friels re-called by Ayr United the Glens gave young striker Paul McBride (recently released by Cowdenbeath and younger brother of ex-Glens favourite Kevin McBride) a starting place up front.
The Glens created the first real chance of the game in the 11th minute through Nicky Weightmman, but his 25 yard shot was well saved by Brian Hewitt in the visitor’s goal. Five minutes later the goalie had no chance when Gavin Brown blasted the ball home from 25 yards to give the Glens a deserved lead.
Neilston responded well and Gary Matthews had to be alert to save a low drive from veteran striker Gordon Smith. On the stroke of half-time Neilston’s pressure was rewarded when Paul McMenamin headed home a great cross from Gavin Duncan.
Half-time Glenafton 1 Neilston 1
Honours were fairly even in the early encounters of the second half and neither team could find the opening to break the deadlock. Former Arthurlie player Stuart Allison came close in the 75th minute but his header went flying over the Glens crossbar and five minutes later Craig Malcolm’s header went wide of the post. It was third time lucky however with only 3 minutes remaining, when Dennis Connaghan headed home a McMenamin cross, the ball thundering off the underside of the bar and into the goal.
As the Glens pushed forward in vain for a late equaliser, Neilston exploited the gaps in defence and only Matthews prevented the Farmers Boys from adding to their tally. The Glens misery was completed when David Martin was sent off after receiving a second yellow card.
Full time Glenafton 1 Neilston 2
GlenaftonAthletic : Matthews, Quinn, D Martin, McCaig, Stewart, Connolly, Beattie, Agnew, Weightman (Cassidy), Brown (Johnstone), McBride