Arthurlie 1 Glenafton Athletic 3
Scorers: Quinn, Miller, Brown
The Glens got off to a dream start taking the lead in 27 seconds. A long ball through the middle bounced awkwardly over the heads of the 'Lie central defenders allowing Gavin Brown and Nicky Weightman to chase the ball into the box with only keeper Evans to beat. The last man did well to block the shot only to see the ball break to Willie Howie as the Glens midfield flooded into the box but again the shot was blocked. Again the Glens were first to react and Mark Quinn collected the ball on the edge of the box and struck his shot sweetly through the crowded area and into the back of the net - before the camera was out of its case!
The Glens continued to press and Willie Howie and Stevie Agnew were giving the 'Lie midfield all sorts of problems, finding Quinn and Connolly on the flanks or Brown and Wieghtman through the middle ; young Nicky playing an excellent supporting role to the ever industrious Brown.
The home-side began to edge their way back into the game and some fine passing football saw them break with some style from defence to attack only to find a resolute Glenafton back four and big Gary in great form. On occasion the cross balls did find an Arthurlie forward but the resultant headers flashed high or wide.
A forced change saw the Glens introduce Brian Miller for Weightman who had been unwell before kick-off and had to leave the pitch in some distress. Miller himself is recovering from injury but the adrenalin rush from a defence splitting ball by Stevie Agnew saw him outstrip the ' Lie defence and poke the the ball home beyond the outcoming goalie - and the Glens were 2-0 up some five minutes before the break.
Half-time Arthurlie 0 Glenafton Athletic 2
Gary Faulds half-time talk had the desired effect and the 'Lie came out in the second half with a new found sense of urgency and had the Glens on the back foot for the early exchanges. The referee waved away a half-hearted appeal for a penalty-kick as the 'Lie player went to the ground in the box too easily for his liking and that of big Davie Stewart. Minutes later he waved away a stronger appeal from the Glens when Miller was brought down at the edge of the 'Lie box, but the referee rightly adjudged Miller to be outside box and played a magnificent advantage, allowing Connolly to continue on his run and take the ball to the bye-line before cutting it back for Gavin Browm, arriving at the back-post to slot it home for 3-0 to the Glens.
Credit to the 'Lie the bounced back from this set-back and laid siege to the Glens goal and were rewarded for their perserevance after having pinned the Glens into their own right hand corner, they won the ball back and it was duly whipped across the goal mouth and dispatched into the net by McFadden with some finesse. With 25 minutes or so to go the 'Lie 's tails were now up and the possibiltity of a come-back was heightened when they were awarded a penalty kick , 10 minutes later after a tumble in a busy penalty box. However, Matthews West of Scotland penalty-kick heroics of last year's final were not put to the test and the spot-kick was 'Joey Barton-ed' high and wide bu Johnston. The big keeper would later make two stunning saves, which along with some uncharacteristic poor finishing by the 'Lie attack ensured that the home side never added to their tally.
Indeed the Glens always looked dangerous on the break, even when their attacking options were reduced when Brian Miller, having given all he could was replaced with David Martin. The 'Lie goalkeeper foiled Chic Connolly as he made another telling run into the box and then again in the dying minutes after an audacious piece of skill which saw him leave the defender for dead and then thunder a shot low and hard into the near post, which the keeper did well not to spill.
Full time Arthurlie 1 Glenafton Athletic 3
The Holders will now meet Petershill in the Sem-Final at Loch Park.
Glenafton Athletic : Matthews; Kane, McCaig, Johnstone, Stewart; Connolly (Kennedy), Howie, Quinn, Agnew; Brown, Weightman (Miller, (Martin)).
Mark Quinn - dreaming of scoring in 27 seconds!
Gavin Brown and Nicky Weightman - "The Dynamic Duo"
Stevie Agnew - in the shade? - Never!
Brian Wardle shows Gavin Brown his shadow impression of Basil Brush
Chic and Aggie celebrate
Well done Brian
What's the time - 'Miller time'!
Gavin Brown - 'Head & Shoulders' abune them aw'
Gavin makes it 3-0
Glenafton Homes and dry!