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Wednesday, April 30th 2008

10:00 PM

Glenafton Athletic vs. Irvine Meadow Stagecoach Super League Premier Division


The visitors dominated the first half in terms of possession, chances created and more importantly in goals scored, a brace from Gavin Friels. The first came in 10 minutes after Andy Essler was released down the left and after some excellent control delivered a delightful ball into the near post for Friels to thrash home beyond Gary Matthews. A less elegant build up to the second goals aw the Glens surrender the ball too easily mid-way inside their own half only for Friels to pounce and run in on goal unchallenged and pick his spot to beat Matthews again.

The league leaders could have added to their tally but for some fine saves from Matthews on one hand (or two hands) and misfortune in front of goal on the other

The Glens created little in way of chances and best fell to Craig Feroz but as he teed up his shot from 10 yards out he appeared to have his collar felt and pulled back before he got his strike. Angry words from the former Meadow man was met with a wry smile from his former team-mate, happy that his misdemeanour had gone unnoticed by the match officials. Half time Glens 0 Meadow 2

The Glens looked much livelier in the second half and twice in quick succession David Gormley picking up great passes from Chic Connolly got the bye-line and fired in balls into the boc that had the Meadow defence flapping, but unfortunately the Glens couldn’t capitalise and Michael Wardrope in the Meadow goal was not tested. He was too be later on from a Frankie Haggarty free-kick and he was fortunate to see his nervy fumble bounce to safety.

Although on the back foot for much of the half the Meadow looked dangerous in the break with Friels continuing to cause most of the problems. Matthews pulled off a brilliant double save and the third attempt to finally kill off the Glens smashed off the post. Full time : Glens 0 Meadow 2

Glenafton: Matthews; Connolly, Merrilees, McGregor, Agnew; Gormley, Haggarty, Howie, Quinn (Doyle); Anderson (Grant) , Feroz (Eeles)


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