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Saturday, December 6th 2008

5:00 PM

Petershill vs. Glenafton Athletic : Stagecoach Super League Premier Division

Petershill 2 Glenafton Athletic 2

Scorers: Feroz, Doyle

Petershill dominated the first half in terms of chances created and but for a great stop by Chris Fahey could have gone one up through Stevie Dallas in the opening minutes. Soon after Kevin Murray was through on Fahey but failed to test the keeper. However, in 17 minutes the Peasy's pressure paid off with a slick passing move so dazzling that it threatened to melt the plastic underfoot. An exquisite long diagonal ball from deep in his own half by Ardalany to McCaroll on the left flank was nodded infield to McPhee for a quick one two and then laid off to Dallas who rolled the ball along the edge of the box to Murray who finished off the move in glorious fashion by passing the ball into the net beyond Fahey.

The Glens had yet to test Neil Parrry in the home goals not helped by Craig Feroz not getting a fair crack of the whip of decisions given in 50-50 challenges with former Glens' centre-half Gerry Joyce. Little surprise then when on 20 minutes Jamie Doyle was challenged in the box that the visitors' appeals for a penalty were both half-hearted and forlorn.

With 10 minutes of the half remaining McPhee looked certain to double the home side's advantage but a combination of a last ditch tackle in the six yard box by Gordon Moffat and point blank save by Fahey kept it at 1-0 until the interval.

Half-time Petershill 1 Glenafton 0

The Glens had much more of the ball in the second half with Willie Howie controlling the middle of the park and occassionally testing Parry from distance, the home keeper's goalmouth now the busier of the two.

On the hour mark Chris Zok was too quick for the centre-backs as he broke into the penalty area but Parry raced from his line to save with his feet.  Minutes later the young striker was pushed wide on the left flank with Joe Savage, replacing midfielder Dougie Ramsay, joining Feroz up front as the Glens strived to fashion out an equaliser. The Peasy were now on the back-foot but their defence stood firm and only a Steven McGregor header on 66 minutes from a Doyle corner created any sense of panic in the home box.

On 73 minutes a Glens' free-kick floated in the penalty area was mopped up and the ball taken by Petershill from box to box, via both flanks with some crisp passing, in another lightning quick raid and Murray timed his run into the six yard box with perfection to guide the ball beyond Fahey.

Credit to Glenafton the heads didn't go down and Zok's presence wide on the left continued to pay dividends and with two minutes of regulation time remaining one of his crosses from that flank was handled in the box and Feroz fired home the spot-kick low and hard into the corner of the net. With 30 seconds remaining Doyle and Moffat were two-on-two with keeper and defender to get on the end of another Zok cross that tantalisingly arrived on the edge of the six yard box, and it was Jamie that nicked in quickest to nod the ball into the net to ensure that the points at Petershill were shared.

Glenafton Athletic: Fahey; Moffat, Gow, McGregor, Merrilees; Doyle, Ramsay (Savage), Howie, Quinn (Carrio); Feroz, Zok

Match photos http://picasaweb.google.com/GLENAFTON/PetershillVsGlenaftonAthletic03



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