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Saturday, August 11th 2007

11:11 PM

Glenafton Athletic vs. Kello Rovers Ardagh Ayrshire League Cup

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 3  KELLO ROVERS 1

Scorers : Brown, Grant (2)

Three changes were made to the Glens team that had started against Lugar Boswell - in midfield John Paul Grant for Willie Howie, Brian Miller for Frankie Haggarty and up front Gavin Brown for David Gormley. 

The torrential rain of the late morning had all but abated by kick off and although with the new houses rising from the Loch Park grounds it's no longer possible to see if "Corsencon has on its hat" and thereby determine "if it's' going to be wat", the heavy skies suggested that further downpours were likely.

Indeed the deluge came sooner than expected as Kello Rovers flash flooded into the Glens penalty box time and time again creating four excellent chances in as many minutes. The speed of their counter-attacks and the quality of the crosses into the box were giving the Glens defence a torrid time but somehow the visitors failed to breach the home goal.

The Glens spurned a great chance to turn the tide when John Paul Grant had the goal at his mercy but JP's header careered over the bar with Jim Grozier in the Kello goal beaten. However, in the 9th minute the home side made the breakthrough with Stevie Agnew the architect in chief. Picking up the ball in his own half he burst forward and played a faultless one-two at pace with Stephen Whalen and as Grozier came of his line Aggie cut the ball across goal which was deflected by a Rovers defender taking the ball away from the Grozier's path and into that off Gavin Brown, who calmly stroked the ball home.

Under the circumstances and on the back of a heavy home defeat through the week it would be have been understandable if the Kello heads had gone down but within four minutes they were back on level terms. Andy Gow, minutes earlier had aready scrambled another Kello effort clear from the six yard box, but in their next foray inot the box visitors finally got the break that their play merited, when in attempting to clear John McCaig hammered the ball into his own net.

The Glens then knuckled down and were creating most of the chances the best of which fell to Gavin Brown but the ball was always rising as it left his boot from 12 yards out and it sailed over the bar. Flowing football from the home-side was often ended abruptly with the Glens failure to beat the offside trap, more often through their own short-comings but on two occasions when the linesman failed to spot Simon Eeles running past a squad of Rovers defenders from an onside position. This prompted Aggie to take matters into his own hands and a wonderful solo run from deep in his own half saw beat defender after defender and then fire a shot across Grozier's goal but just off target. Indeed, local lad Jim was having a fine first half dealing well with shots from distance from both Kevin Deeney and Brian Miller and dealing conofrtably with the array of high balls floated into the box.

Half-time Glenafton Athletic 1 Kello Rovers 1

Brian Miller made way for Frankie Haggarty and goal scorer Gavin Brown for John McMillan at the start of the second half.

No changes in the Kello goals as Grozier continued his first half heroics. First of all by forcing Eeles wide after an excellent run into the box from the left flank followed by an excellent one-handed save from Haggarty after he battled into the box from the opposite flank and then clutching a Whalen shot from 15 yards out.  With 57 minutes on the clock Eeles was denied again when he ran into the box on to a through ball and appeared to have clipped the ball beyond the outcoming Grozier but the keeper's knee stopped its flight and the ball rebounded out to the edge of the box, where John Paul Grant took no time in returning the ball witth interest lobbing it over the head of the luckless keeper.

Although the Rovers were by no means a spent force in terms of attack the Glens dominated mucih of the remaining half hour. John McMillan was busy in and around the box and came close with a header; Whalen forced Grozier into another fine save and when the keeper was beaten Gardiner was on hand to clear the ball off the line.  A third goal seemed inevitable and when it came in 71 minutes it was steeped in controversy. The Rovers had ventured forth again and the ball seemed to strike the hand of a Glens' defender but the referee waved away the Kello appeals that probably have been heard in Kirkconnel and the Glens broke upfield with pace. Eeles played a perfect ball into the feet of Whalen bursting into the six yard box but Grozier dived at his feet to save the day, but for the Kello goalie it proved to be groundhog day and the ball once again cannonned out to the edge of the penalty box where John Paul Grant met it first time and thumped a glorious volley beyond the bewildered Grozier. 

The Glens freshened the attack up with David Gormley replacing Stephen Whalen who had worked tirelessly throughout and although there was no way back from Kello Rovers in the closing 15 minutes, there was no further scoring, albeit the Glens had the ball in the net again only for the Simon Eeles, for once, to be correctly ruled as offside.

Glenafton Athletic : Matthews; McCaig, McGregor, Gow, Agnew; Miller (Haggarty), Deeney, Grant, Eeles; Whalen (Gormley), Brown (McMillan)

 

Gavin Brown on the ball

 

Simon Eeles turns away as John Paul Grant's shot hits the back of the net

 

Stephen Whalen in control

 

Frankie Haggarty on the ball

 

Stephen Whalen celebrates as John Paul Grant hits home his second to make it 3-1

 

John Paul Grant

More match photos at

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