CUMNOCK JUNIORS 0 GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 1
Following three home defeats in a row the game at Townhead took on a new significance for the Glens, where the points at the stake were now more important in terms of avoiding the play-off position rather than in mounting a challenge on the league title. For the hosts the points were equally important as they could yet fill one of the automatic relegation berths albeit with one eye on the Scottish Junior Cup final.
The first half, with Willie Howie and Kevin Deeney dominant in the middle of the park belonged to the Glens as they utilised both flanks to great effect as they played the ball from box to box. The first chance fell to Gavin Brown, but his header flashed past Potter’s post. It would not be the last header that Brown won during the course of a game - a fact to Cumnock’s McGowan will testify - as his headed flick-ons proved to be a major thorn in the ‘Nock’s defence throughout the match .The Glens dominance paid off in the 20th minute following some magical interplay between Chic Connolly and David Gormley. In his own half Connolly picked up a poor clearance by Heffron and played it to David Gormley who then left the hapless Heffron chasing shadows before cheekily knocking the the ball to one side of McDonald whilst running past the rooted defender on the other side to gather ball at the touchline on the half-way line and with the outside of his right foot release Chic up the left wing with a glorious pass, and then head off to receive the return pass - before he could however Chic was brought down in the box and the Glens awarded a penalty kick. Not the happiest of hunting grounds for Chic, but he dusted himself down blasted the spot kick high into the roof of the net. Incredibly almost form kick-off Cumnock broke up the park and McLay appeared to have his heels clipped as he made for the bye-line and the referee was left with no option but to point to the spot. To be level at this point would have been an injustice and so too thought Gary Matthews as he brilliantly blocked the spot-kick.
Half-time Cumnock 0 Glens 1
Understandably both sides tired in the second and it proved to be a much more evenly matched contest, with the hosts perhaps creating of the chances on offer but were left frustrated when on the few occasions that Gow and McGregor were beaten, timely intervention by a Gormley header and then a Howie tackle saved would looked like certain goals. Full time Cumnock 0 Glens 1
Glenafton Atheltic: Matthews; Merrilees, Gow, McGregor, Quinn; Doyle (Grant), Deeney, Howie, Connolly (Eeles); Brown (Feroz) , Gormley
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