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Wednesday, August 20th 2008

8:00 PM

Lugar Boswell Thistle vs. Glenafton Athletic: Ardagh Ayrshire Sectional League Cup


Close season signing Paul McMullan made his competitive debut for the Glens, returning from injury, on the wide-left of midfield while new signing Chris Zok partnered Craig Feroz up front. The young striker came close to opening the scoring in 13 minutes after good work by Simon Eeles down the right wing, but his hook shot from 8 yards out was parried to safety by Leishman in the Lugar goals. Eeles was causing the home-side all sorts of problems down the right wing and it was another cross from him that Zok got his head to, but not enough to test the goalie on this occasion.

Lugar too were getting upfield albeit on a less regular basis than the visitors but having got into good positions to threaten Gary Matthews in the Glens goal they had a tendency to dwell on the ball too long and let their chances evaporate.

Just before the half hour mark the pattern of the game changed dramatically when Jamie Doyle, who had been on the receiving end of a number of tasty tackles with the assailants going unpunished , was shown a straight red card for a high challenge. Consequently Eeles dropped more into the centre of midfield and the Glens potency as an attacking force was severely diminished and the half ended goal-less. Half time Lugar 1 Glens 0

The home side broke the deadlock 14 minutes into the second half when they broke down a Glens attack at the edge of their own box and charged upfield with a last- ditch tackle by Chris Merrilees in the Glens box preventing a certain goal. The resultant corner kick from the right appeared to have been wasted when the ball found its way to the far side of the pitch, only for it to be lofted high back across the goal-mouth and to come back to earth at the Glens far post where Gary Grosart beat Matthews to the ball and nodded it home.

The 10 men of the Glens pushed for an equaliser but rarely looked like scoring . The visitors were always susceptible to Lugar break-aways and indeed the Jaggy Bunnets looked to have grabbed a second with a low powerful shot from 20 yards out which appeared to be swerving beyond Matthews' reach but the big keeper got a late hand to the ball and pushed it to safety. There were no further chances worthy of note and the parish of Auchinleck have two quarter-finalists.

Glenafton Athletic: Matthews; Ramsay, Merrilees, Gow, Quinn; Eeles, Doyle, Howie, McMullan (Ward); Feroz (Grant), Zok

Match photos at http://picasaweb.google.com/GLENAFTON/LugarVsGlenafton

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