Kilsyth Rangers 1 GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 2
Scorer: Gormley 2
Another brace from David Gormley, one in each half, gave the Glens a two goal lead, and although Kilsyth pulled one back, it proved only to be a consolation goal and the three points headed south to Loch Park.
The home side almost took the lead from a corner kick on the left, but Mark Quinn was on hand at the back post to head the goal-bound header off the line. It was from set pieces that Kilsyth were creating most of their chances, typically from free-kicks won just inside the Glens half and all on the left flank; one was punched clear by Gary Matthews, another missed defenders and attackers alike and third was headed wide by the home forward.
The Glens tested the home goalkeeper through a shot from Stevie Agnew from the edge of the box and a JP Grant from deep inside the box, but both efforts were comfortably saved. The keeper was beaten by a longe range effort from Simon Eeles, but the ball whizzed past the post. In 24 minutes the visitors took the lead when Grant on the left edge of the box attempted to lob the ball over the keeper's head into the net at the back post and although the goalie got his fingertips to the ball he could do nothing to stop Gormley from prodding the ball home from a yard out.
Half-time: Kilsyth 0 Glens 1
An excellent run down the left wing by Aggie saw him hurdle past defenders and play the ball at pace into the box but JP’s first time volley sailed over the bar. Steven McGregor got his head to a Jamie Doyle free-kick and the loose ball gathered but the thunderbolt from 20 yards hit the base of the post. Andy Gow then got on the end of a corner kick, chested the ball down and hit it on the volley but the goalie denied him palming the ball away from the postage stamp. Chic Connolly played a sensational ball with the outside of his foot to release Aggie down the left who crossed for Gormley and Grant in acres of space on the right, but on this occasion they failed to capitalise on a great chance. Connolly and Gormley then played a fantastic one-two on the fringes of the box but the resultant shot was deflected wide. The pending goal did come when Gormley broke into the box and slotted it home form 12 yards beyond the advancing goalie.Kilsyth had created a number of chances, a close range volley sailed over the bar, and Matthews saved well after some excellent build up play. Later howevr, the goalie got in a fankle with Steven McGregor and Kilsyth grabbed a consolation. Full time Kilsyth 1 Glens 2
Glenafton Athletic: Matthews; Merrilees, Gow, McGregor, Quinn; Eeles (Deeney), Connolly, Doyle, Agew; Grant (McMillan), Gormley