GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 5 MUIRKIRK JUNIORS 0
Scorers: Feroz (4), Grant
Craig Feroz grabbed the headlines with a four goal haul before setting up JP grant for a fifth as the Glens finally put a plucky Muirkirk side to the sword at Loch Park.
Muirkirk goalkeeper Cammie Menzies kept the Glens at bay , aided by a strong wind at their back in the opening half, until the the 27th minute having by that time scrambled a long range effort from Mark Quinn round the post; punched the ball clear from the head of Simon Eeles and blocked a JP Grant close range effort with his feet. However, when the Glens broke free from one of the few forays the visitors made, the ball was played to Joe Savage, on the right who then caught the Muirkirk defence napping with a wonderful cross-field pass to Craig Feroz . The hit-man burst into the visitors' box and again Menzies looked favourite to come out on top as he advanced to narrow the angle, but the Wizard Fer-Oz magically found the gap between the outstretched arm of the goalie and his far post with the coolest of strikes.
Feroz tested the keeper on more than one occasion and so too Eeles but the closest the Glens came to dounbling their lead was after Chris Merrilees won a near post header from a corner kick and as Savage looked certain to prod the loose ball into the net it bounced unkindly and hit the big striker's hand.
Half time Glens 1 Muirkirk 0
Willie Howie was first to seriously test Menzies in the second-half but the young keeper beat the Glens captain to a great through-ball into the box and was strong enough to smother the ball and prevent Howie getting a second bite. Fortune came and went in a flash for Menzies when a Jamie Doyle corner from the left was gathered by Eeles at the far post and played into the path of Grant in a crowded whose stab at goal beat Menzies but hit his post, only for Feroz to tap in the rebound from a two yards out on 57 minutes. Three minutes later Savage was well on his way to testing the goalie when he was pole-axed in the box by a late arriving Cartwell but Referee Dobney for once waved play-on.
On 68 minutes Simon Eeles collected the ball in the middle of the park and as John McMillan peeled off and scurried down the right flank waiting to receive the ball, Eeles made great use of the decoy and played a perfect ball through the middle for Feroz to give chase and to glide past the advancing Menzies and tuck the ball home. There was a degree less subtley about Feroz's fourth when he left his markers for dead and bulleted home a header from a Doyle corner on the right .
With 3 minutes remaining, Feroz was still full of running and with the Muirkirk defence in his wake he homed in on Menzie's goal and rather than round the goalie again he unselfishly laid the ball on a plate for JP Grant to lash it into the empty net.
Full time Glens 5 Muirkirk 0
Glenafton Athletic: Matthews; Merrilees, Gow (Ward), McGregor, Quinn; Doyle, Howie (Ramsay), Grant, Eeles; Feroz, Savage (McMillan)