Dalry Thistle 2 Glenafton Athletic 1
New signing Craig Feroz made his debut and partnered JP Grant up front, while Davie Stewart made his first start of the season for the injured Steven McGregor. It was the home side however that took the initiative in the early encounters forcing a series of corner-kicks the last of which saw a goal-bound header hit the hand of Stevie Agnew on the goal-line. Stevie was sent-off and Stevie McMeeking scored from the spot and the ten men were down 1-0 after 3 minutes.
The Glens recovered from the early set-back and it was keeper Rankine in the home goal that saw most of the remaining action in the first half. He couuld only parry Chic Connolly shot from the edge of the box but quickly got to his feet to block Jamie Doyle’s attempt to bury the rebound. Rankine then denied Feroz a debut goal saving a close range header. A mis-hit corner kick then caused havoc in the Thistle box as it trundled towards the near post and JP Grant pounced but his effort rolled along the face of the goalmouth.
Half-time : Dalry 1 Glens 0
Being a man down and chasing an equaliser began to take its toll and the home side were now seeing much of the more ball and Matthews had to be alert on more than one occasion. The Glens too were still creating chances and Frankie Haggarty almost brought the sides level when he powered his way into the box but his equally powerful shot crashed off the upright with Rankine rooted. Haggary then got on the end of a Feroz knock-down but this time Rankine did well to block the shot but the ball broke to Mark Quinn with his back to goal on the the edge of the box, and so only one thing for it - an overhead kick over the head of Rankine. All square with 15 minutes to go but with 13 to go Dalry edged in front again. A long diagonal ball released McNally on the right wing and his telling cross was palmed away by Gary Matthews only for Hutson to blast home an unstoppable shot.
Full time : Dalry 2 Glenafton 1
Glenafton: Matthews; Connolly, Gow, Stewart, Quinn; Haggarty, Howie, Doyle, Agnew; Feroz, Grant Subs. Eeles, Deeney, McMillan, Anderson