GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 3 KIRKINTILLOCH ROB ROY 2
Scorers: Zok, Own Goal, Doyle
Glens new signing Gordon Moffat made his full debut, having come on as a substitute against Vale of Clyde at Fullarton Park last week. Chris Zok, would face his former team for the first time since his move to the Glens. Having lost their leading goalscorer, (Zok scored 31 goals for the Rabs last season) the visitors would be eager to demonstrate that they still had goals in their team while also try to snuff out the young striker’s goal threat.
Kirkintilloch achieved their first objective within seven minutes of the kick-off, racing to a two goal lead. The first from a corner-kick from their left that was headed in at the near post by centre-half Karl McCrone Two minutes later Paul McQuilken got on the end of a Billy Jones cross and fired in the second. The Glens were rattled and the slick passing of Rob Roy combined with some sloppy defending was causing panic in the home half. However, the Rabs’ second objective of keeping Chris Zok quiet went by the way-side on 12 minutes when he rose unchallenged to head home an inch perfect cross from Joe Savage. Just as the home nerves settled they jangled again, when Jones’ close range effort was blocked by Mark Quinn, and with Chris Fahey committed to the dive to his right, Jamie Docherty tried to guide the loose ball into the gap on the left, but Andy Gow’s presence forced the striker to loft the ball over the bar.
With 20 minutes gone the Glens began to take control of the game, Zok tested the goalkeeper from distance and then zipped one past the post from 20 yards out. Shouts for a penalty kick were turned down when Dougie Ramsay was shoved in the back going for a near post header from a corner-kick, another corner the only consolation, which Ramsay headed into the side netting. The home side pressure paid off in 29 minutes after Paul McMullan weaved his way down the left and into the Kirkie box to lay the ball at Zok’s feet only for his shot to be sclaffed into the back of his own net by the unfortunate Kenny Haswell
Rob Roy did respond with a couple of corner-kicks but found a much more resolute home defence. The midfield too was now more geared to pushing forward than tracking back and Willie Howie with a shot from distance and excellent run from Dougie Ramsay saw Rabs’ goalie Anton Nugent do well to prevent the Glens taking the lead. Howie, had another bite, as he all but went full circle in the box leaving the Rabs defenders chasing their own tails, his shot cannoned off a defender and was headed back across the Rob Roy goal mouth, where McCrone blocked Gordon Moffat’s attempt to lash the ball home. The half ended with a Zok zipping another shot past the Rabs goal with Nugent stranded.
Half-time Glens 2 Rob Roy 2
Jamie Doyle replaced Mark Quinn at half time and he made his mark within 3 minutes of the re-start perfectly placing a quickly taken free-kick beyond the reach of Nugent. Rabs went up the park but Jones’ header was saved by Fahey. The Glens keeper then did well to rush from his line to punch the ball from the head of McQuilken but it was immediately played back into the danger area and with Fahey stranded, Gow was on hand to head clear. Rabs players and supporters thought that Gow was at hand later on, when the ball struck his hand in the Glens box, but the referee waved play on. A minute into time added on saw Rabs Jonathon Carter, shown a red card, to add to his yellow, when be brought down Chris Zok at the edge of the penalty box. To his and Nugent’s relief Jamie Doyle’s cracking free kick crashed off the post. Full time Glens 3 Rob Roy 2
GLENAFTON ATHLETIC : Fahey; Moffat, Gow, Merrilees, Quinn (Doyle); Cameron, Ramsay, Howie, McMullan(Eeles); Zok, Savage(Feroz). Subs Ward, McMillan
KIRKINTILLOCH ROB ROY : Nugent; Carter, McDonald, McCrone, Haswell; Jones, Vaugh, Carberry, Anderson; Docherty, McQuilken Subs. Gentille, Lennox, Morrison, Chang, Broadfoot