NEILSTON JUNIORS 0 GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 1
With Andy Gow and Steven McGregor both injured Chris Merrilees and Andy Ward filled the central defensive positions, whilst in goals for the Glens was Chris Fahey, returning from injury. The faced a familiar face in Neilston’s attack, that of Craig Seenan who had performed well for the Glens as a trialist in the pre-season friendlies; whilst on the bench was former Glens player Brian Miller in his current leg of his travels.
It was former Neilston player Chris Cameron that almost opened the scoring when with 3 minutes on the clock his shot from distance just flashed over the bar. Fahey was soon in the thick of it as play shifted form end to end and parried a shot from an acute angle by Paul McDougall to safety; also blocked a point blank strike as Neilston pushed for the breakthrough.
Paul McMullan was causing the Farmers’ Boys problems down the left and a great run saw him breach the Neilston box and lay the ball back across the 6 yard box, outwith the reach of goalie Brian Hewitt, but the ball was cleared for a corner before incoming Chris Zok could get a toe to it. Hewitt, as he often does, controlled the airways and soared to grab the resultant high flighted corner-kick with ease.
With 27 minutes gone McMullan gathered a great through ball from Willie Howie and crashed a great shot off the post, with Hewitt stranded. Half-time Neilston 0 Glenafton 0
With 8 minutes of the second-half gone the home side was awarded a penalty and Fahey red-carder when he was adjudged to have brought down Michael Fulton in the box. However a vigilant linesman had spotted an earlier infringement, Fulton’s attempt to kick the ball out of Fahey’s hands, and the official was courageous enough to reverse his decision.
The breakthrogh came for the visitors in 61 minutes when a Paul McMullan daisy cutter gave Hewitt no chance. The Glens went on to create a number of chances the most impressive of which was a lung-bursting run from box to box by new signing Stuart Tullis which ended with ferocious shot, that Hewitt brilliantly tipped over his bar. Full time Neilston 0 Glenafton 1
Glenafton Athletic: Fahey; Ramsay, Ward, Merrilees, Quinn; Doyle, Howie, Cameron (Grant), McMullan; Savage (Feroz), (Tullis), Zok