GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 5 THORNIEWOOD UNITED 2
Scorers: Feroz (3), Doyle, Own Goal
With Chris Fahey a late call-off, assistant coach Chris Kelly made a surprise return to the Glenafton goals. Also missing from the Glens line up was Dougie Ramsay and Joe Savage, the striker undergoing an operation during midweek, while into the starting eleven came Simon Eeles and Craig Feroz. The visitors too were missing their influentail skipper Johnny Fallon who picked up a serious knock earlier in the season.
The Glens were first to threaten in 3 minutes when a solo run by Craig Feroz saw the 'Wood goalie deal comfortably with the striker's shot from 10 yards out. Paul McMullan then danced into the box but his solo run fizzled out on the six yard line. With 14 minutes gone the Glens opened the scoring when another powerful run into the box by Craig Feroz ended with a delicate chip ,from 10 yards out, over the advancing goalie. Ten minutes later the visitors won another corner kick and veteran Kelly was in top form to tip the ball from the heads of both the Glens and Thorniewood centre-halves at the back post. The Glens extended their lead two minutes later when Jamie Doyle whipped in a wicked ball from the right-flank for Feroz, but the ball never reached him and was diverted into the back of his own net by the 'Wood defender.
Feroz came close two minutes later when his lob from 15 yards out beat the keeper but went over the bar. No mistake on 33 minutes when Zok beat the 'Wood's offiside trap tight on the right touchline and and squared the ball with pace into the danger area and Feroz tucked it away on his stride from 6 yards out. The Thorniewood goalie then tipped a long range effort from Zok over the bar but on 40 minutes he could do nothing to prevent Jamie Doyle from making it 4-0, when the Glens midfileder shrugged off a challenge at the edge of the box and then unleashed a perfectly placed shot to leave the goalie rooted to the spot.
A glimmer of hope in the dying embers of the first half for the visitors when they forced another corner-kick and another fine save from Chris Kelly who leaped to take the ball from the head of the big centre-half. Half time Glens 4 Thorniewood 0
Before the home support realised Chris Cameron had replaced Willie Howie at the break the visitors almost scored within 20 seconds of the re-start only to be denied by a last ditch tackle by Andy Gow. The Glens shrugged off the early scare and over the next 10 minutes threatened to add to their own account with Feroz, McMullan, Eeles and Zok all making head-roads into the 'Wood box, but the goalie and his defence stood firm and their team-mates took hearts. On the hour mark it was panic time in the home penalty box and although Kelly & Co. scrambled the ball to safety the visitor's pressure paid off six minutes later after a corner-kick was headed home at the back post. Andy Ward came on for Simon Eeles in an attempt to bolster up the middle of the park, but the visitors' tails were up and the only respite the home defence had was an excellent run to the goal-line by McMullan, but the final killer touch eluded him.
With 10 minutes to go the Glens surrendered the ball cheaply and 'Wood took full advantage and burst into the Glens box, with only Kelly to beat the No. 7 was tripped by Gordon Moffat, and after the Glens defender was red-carded, he dusted himself down and tucked away the spot kick with some style. Two minutes later the Glens were down to 9 men, after Stuart Tullis , who had replaced Chris Zok 20 minutes earlier, was shown a straight red for a two-footed challenge. Any new found hope the visitors had of completing a dramatic come-back were deflated a minute later when Feroz won the ball 20 yards from goal and saw off the challenge of the defender and proceeded goalward to strike the ball home from 10 yards to complete his impressive hat-trick, much to relief of his team-mates and the home support.
To their credit Thorniewood spent most of what time was left camped in the Glens half but could not find what would have been a consolation third goal.
GLENAFTON ATHLETIC : Kelly; Quinn, Merrilees, Gow, Quinn; Eeles (Ward), Doyle, Howie (Cameron), McMullan; Feroz, Zok (Tullis)