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Saturday, April 26th 2008

5:00 PM

Glenafton Athletic vs. Neilston Juniors Stagecoach Super League Premier Division


When the meanest defence in the league came up against the highest scoring team in the league something had to give, and so it proved as defences came out on top in this highly entertaining goal-less draw.

Over the piece the visitors created the majority of decent chances but found Gary Matthews in great form, the big keeper pulling out a range of shot-stopping saves. He was well supported in the centre of defence with Andy Gow a pillar throughout ably supported by Chris Merrilees. However, deep into the second half keeper and defenders alike were left stranded in no man’s land after good work down the right by Sean McIlroy and could only look on as he rolled the ball into the path of Paul McDougall at the far post, but an unkind bounce saw the forward fail to connect properly and he missed the sitter from a few yards out.

The Glens too had their own misfortune in front of goal with their best chance also being carved out in the second half. David Gormley and Craig Feroz had combined well to penetrate deep into the Neilston box, but got into a fankle at the critical moment and the chance evaporated. Like his counterpart, Brian Hewitt in the visitors goal put on a splendid display and but for a superb double save from a Gormley close range rocket and an equally fierce struck rebound, the Glens could have taken all three points, which on balance would have been harsh on the Farmers Boys.

So for the first time this season the Glens failed to find the net but stretched their unbeaten league run to 6 games, since they lost to Neilston back in November of last year.

Glenafton : Matthews; Connolly, Merrilees, Gow, Quinn; Doyle (Anderson), Howie (Deeney) , Haggarty, Agnew (Eeles); Feroz, Gormley. Subs not used - Brown, Grant.

Neilston: Hewitt, Bryers, Whiteford, Farquharson, Sheridan, Harkins, McGowan, Cameron, McDougall, McIlroy, McMenamin. Subs; Feeney, McMenemy, Johnston, Peebles, Philips

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