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Saturday, September 6th 2008

5:00 PM

Vale of Clyde vs. Glenafton Athletic: Stagecoach Super League Premier Division


Scorer: Zok (3)

The Glens clean-sheet record in the league was blown away by Vale of Clyde as the home side ran them ragged in the first half at Fullarton Park, with wide player Tommy Sinclair and from man Paul McLaughlin catching the eye. The opening goal came after only 10 minutes when a corner-kick from Sinclair was headed into the net at the near post by former Glens’ striker Brian Johnstone.  Chris Fahey in the Glens then had his hands warmed from distance blocking a long range effort and then made a point-blank save from Vale’s centre-half, up field for another free-kick – another goal didn’t seem far off. Surprisingly, it came at the other end, when on 17 minutes Paul McMullan tore down the left wing to the touchline and crossed the ball over for Chris Zok, who leaped to head-flick the ball from the corner of the six yard box and leave Steve Johnson rooted on his goal line. 

On 20 minutes Fahey prevented the home-side taking the lead when he finger-tipped a McLaughlin shot from an acute angle to safety and looked to have the striker a minute later with a brave point-blank from a few yards, but the Vale live-wire was first to react and gathered the loose ball which had spun up in the air and hammered it past Fahey, who almost got his hands to it.   The home side seemed determined not to let their lead slip again and every ball into the Glens box was creating uncharacteristic panic at the heart of the defence but Fahey kept them at bay, punching clear from the head of McLaughlin; then palming a close-range effort from Sinclair on to the post and turning a shot from Vale’s substitute round the post. 

There was some respite from the visitors, an excellent passage of passing play finished with Johnson saving from Joe Savage and just before the break it was the home defence that were at 6’s and 7’s as McMullan wriggled past them but struggled to tee-up the ball properly and his shot went over the bar. 

Half-time Vale of Clyde 2 Glenafton 1  

New signing Gordon Moffat replaced Andy Ward at right-back and the early encounters were evenly matched with both sides creating a few chances, however as the half progressed the visitors began to dominate. McMullan was seeing much more of the ball down the left flank, and one run was only halted at the bye-line while another ended with a cross which fell midway between the heads of Zok and Savage.  On the hour mark Chris Zok was released down the left and with his back to goal he shielded the ball well from the close attention of Jamie Wilson as he progressed into the box and getting ever nearer to the bye-line, before turning an unleashing an unstoppable shot from an acute angle which Johnson could only palm into the roof of the net. With 10 minutes remaining the young striker completed an outstanding hat-trick. Substitute Craig Feroz was fouled a few yards out from the right corner-flag and McMullan floated the free-kick to the near post where Zok beat Wilson to the ball and headed home. 

The home side rallied and with two minutes to go deja-vu in the Glens defence as they failed to deal with the loose ball from a session of head-tennis and Ryan McGregor had time to pick his spot and lash the equaliser home and save a point from a match, which in the first half they looked certain to take all three. Indeed this point too was almost snuffed out in time added-on when Craig Feroz was blatantly bundled down in the box by a tiring George McNamee, who had run himself into the ground, but the referee waved away the Glens appeal, in the same way he had done at Thornton, last season after awarding the home side a soft penalty.  

 Full-time Vale of Clyde 3 Glenafton 3  

Glenafton Athletic: Fahey; Ward (Moffat), Gow, Merrilees, Quinn; Cameron (Tullis), Howie, Ramsay, McMullan; Zok, Savage (Feroz)

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