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Saturday, April 28th 2007

4:00 PM

Shotts Bon Accord vs. GLENAFTON ATHLETIC Super League Premier Division

Shotts Bon Accord 3 GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 0

The Glens lined up without the services of the injured Stevie Agnew, Frankie Haggarty, John McMillan and Peter Jordan in this first of four match run in an eight day spell. Our hosts were looking to consolidate their position in the top half of the league after losing out to Maryhill in mid-week. The sun shone brightly on the bowling-green like surface and the match conditions were only spoiled by a strong wind that howled across Hannah Park throughout the match.

With the wind at their back the Glens got off to a promising start and although they created few goal scoring chances of great note they were by far the dominant force in the opening half-hour. Gavin Brown and Darren Johnstone were linking up well and the Glens pressure saw the home side concede a number of corner-kicks as well as a number of  free-kicks, particularly down the Glens left flank. Having said that McCondichie in the Shotts goal was at his most active when running to retrieve the ball as it was blown to the far flung reaches of the Hannah Park oval as the Glens efforts on time and again went wide. Granted the goalie had to be more alert to palm a Gavin Brown shot round the post, but again the resultant corner kick came to nothing for the visitors. 

With less than 15 minutes of the half remaining thoughts on the terracing were turning to how the Glens would be able to carve out a break through against the wind in the second period. Such thoughts were blown away in a cruel eight minute spell. The home side broke down their left flank and the ball played into the six yard where Gary Matthews failed to hold on to the first shot but palmed away the loose ball from the feet of the Shotts forward who looked certain to score. The ball broke free and was prodded goalwards again only to be blocked on the line by Jamie McCaig  but his timely clearance rebounded off the home-side's Brown and into the net, with 32 minutes on the clock. Eight minutes later another break down the left by Shotts and on this occassion a long diagonal ball played to the far right found Brown in acres of space completely ummarked. Time was on his side to pick out of his team-mates as they flooded into the Glens box, and he played a delightful ball that looked certain to find the head of McCheyne, but he was pushed in the back by Davie Stewart and the referee had little option but to award the spot-kick. Allison stepped up and stroked the ball beyond Matthews to make it 2-0.

Half-Time : Shotts Bon Accord 2 Glenafton Athletic 0

Ryan Scobie came on to replace young Jamie McCaig and the Glens had set out their stall to try and recover a point at least from a game that they never looked like losing (or winning I guess). However, any thoughts of a glorious come-back were dispelled witihn ten minutes of the re-start and in some controversy. The far side linesman had flagged offside against the Shotts forward before the ball was  played off John McCaig and went out for a throw-in in the near-side. As McCaig tried to draw the referee's attention to the offside, Shotts duly accepted the throw-in and broke forward and Boyack finished the move with a fine shot which left Matthews with little chance.

Further controversy raged mid-way through the half when both sides were reduced to 10-men. McLintock reacted to a challenge by Willie Howie, grabbed him  and appeared to feign to head-butt the Glens' man. Both men then tugged at each other shirts in a tussle that went on for an age, with players from both sides in close attendance. The incident had fizzled out without any blows being struck and although McLintock's red seemed inevitable, Howie's seemed harsh in comparison .

The Glens passed up a good chance to grab a consolation goal when young Nicky Weightman broke free and burst into the box but his shot lacked the necessary power and direction. The home side too had chances to add their tally, with a long range effort that screamed over the bar and another which saw Matthews foil and dispossess the Shotts front-man at the edge of the box.

Full Time: Shotts Bon Accord 3 Glenafton Athletic 

Glenafton Athletic: Matthews, Kane, Jamie McCaig (Scobie), Stewart, John McCaig, Howie, Connolly, Cassidy ( Miller), Johnston ( Weightman), Brown, Quinn



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