BEITH JUNIORS 3 GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 1
Wild, wet and windy conditions greeted the Glenafton first footers at blustery Bellsdale and it was the visitors with the wind at their backs that were on the front foot for the bulk of the first half. In the opening minute Craig Feroz was brought down at the edge of the box but Jamie Doyle’s free kick rebounded off the wall and the ball was finally and frantically cleared by the Beith rearguard. Soon after Chris Zok left three defenders in his wake as he broke into the box but the alert Keith Ross raced from his line his challenge was enough to for Zok’s effort just wide of the post. The young striker then turned provider and played the ball across the face of the goal from wide on the left flank leaving Ross rooted but it had too much pace to allow the in rushing Doyle to guide the ball home at the far post. Ross then got his finger tips to a ferocious free kick from Feroz to push the ball over the ball. He too then turned provider for Doyle but his header at the back post was bundled clear by Ross. Further pressure on the Beith goal saw new signing Craig Brittain pass the ball back to Ross from 12 yards out which Ross smothered to safety and awaited the due punishment for the pass back but although the linesman flagged the offence the referee declined his assistant’s input. With 15 minutes of the half remaining Martin McGarvey and Brian McKeown were beginning to push Beith forward, but a John Spence shot from 20 yards that sailed over the bar was the only real threat on the Glens goal. With 5 minutes of the half remaining the visitors gave away possession on the half way-line and the ball played through the middle for Kenny McLean to who was impeded as he cut across Andy Gow , and the big Glens defender was rather harshly considered to have denied a goal scoring opportunity and was show a straight red card. Half-time Beith 0 Glens 0
The home took advantage of the extra man and the wind at their back within 2 minutes of the re-start, when McKeown down whipped a wicked ball across the face of the goal and Andy Reid nodded home from a few yards out. Fahey then made a telling save to prevent Beith doubling their lead from which the 10 men took heart and with Willie Howie conducting the proceedings pushed for the equaliser. Ross did well to tip a Dougie Ramsay over the bar, while a Paul McMullan run down the left wing left a trail of Beith players in his wake but no takers at the back post for the resultant cross. With 20 minutes to go Beith brought on fresh legs and substitute John Craig made an immediate impact when he picked up a McLean pass and run on to stroke the ball beyond the advancing Fahey. On 77 minutes another break down the left saw the ball fired across the goalmouth and with conditions underfoot deteriorating badly Steven McGregor could do little prevent his attempted clearance bullet into the back of the net. With minutes remaining sub Daniel O’Donnell lofted the ball to the near post where fellow sub John McMillan won the header and Feroz bravely poked the loose ball home.
Glens: Fahey; Moffat, Gow, McGregor, Merrilees; Doyle (Cameron), Howie, Ramsay (O’Donnell); McMullan; Zok (McMillan), Feroz.