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Saturday, January 31st 2009

5:00 PM

Cumnock Juniors vs. Glenafton Athletic: Stagecoach Super League Premier Division


Scorer: McMullan

Cumnock started brightly and within a minute of kick-off fired their first attempt at goal over Chris Fahey’s bar. The pace and intelligent play of Richie Barr was giving the Glens defence some anxious moments. However the home side couldn't capitalise on their early pressure and on 17 minutes they nearly paid the price. Chic Connolly pounced on a poor pass back from Anton Hefron and laid the ball on a plate for Chriz Zok but with keeper Graeme Potter stranded the young striker blasted the ball over the bar from 4 yards out. A minute later Ian Cashmore raced in on the Glens goal but his shot too whizzed over the top but less than a minute later Stevie Farrell gathered a poor clearance and drilled the loose ball home from 15 yards out through a crowded penalty area to give Cumnock a deserved lead. Soon after the game was delayed for 5 minutes to allow Chris Merrilees to be stretchered off after a sustaining a bad knee injury in 50-50 tackle.

On 26 minutes the home side nearly doubled their lead from a corner-kick but Chris Cameron was well placed at the back post to head off the line. Soon after Cumnock were fortunate not too be reduced to 10 men when after having being booked for preventing the Glens taking a quick free-kick Stuart McDonald launched the ball at the referee in a show of dissent but only got a telling off for the match official followed by a lambasting from Farrell. The Glens continued to push for the equaliser and Paul McMullan’s pace down the left flank was creating a number of chances the best of which, two minutes from the break, fell to Zok who rose brilliantly to beat Potter to the ball but his glancing header flashed across the goal-mouth and Potter turned Craig Feroz’s rebound round the post for a corner kick; which the keeper then palmed over the bar.  Half-time Cumnock 1 Glens 0     

The Glens were quickly in command after the break and on 48 minutes Potter recovered a spilled free-kick from McMullan and then raced from his line to grab the ball from an incoming Zok, and applied the brakes in time to prevent handling outside his box. On 58 minutes Fahey launched a free-kick from deep in the Glens half which Feroz chased and trapped the ball with great finesse at the edge of the Cumnock box and then hook it across the goal mouth only to see Paul McMullan’s effort at the back post blocked by Potter, but a second bite at the cherry saw McMullan squeeze the ball beyond keeper and McDonald into the net.

Two minutes later Heffron did enough to force a Zok header wide and on 65 minutes Feroz was first to the ball in the Cumnock box again but his first time shot went wide with Potter a spectator. Three minutes later in a rare break Cumnock went ahead again when Cashmore punished hesitancy in the Glens defence and was free to charge in on Fahey’s goal and slot the ball home from close range.The fresh legs of Simon Eeles, on for the hard-working Paul McMullan, soon revitalized the Glens and with 15 minutes of the game remaining he weaved his way into the box and unleashed a ferocious shot which zoomed over Potter’s bar. Five minutes later the Glens had a strong appeal for penalty turned down when Cumnock’s sub was all over Feroz and bundled the striker to the ground.

Another Eeles run in the closing minutes left Cumnock defenders in his wake and although his cross beat Potter, Heffron hooked the ball of the goal line to safety. A minute late Feroz had his effort rightly ruled off for offside and then to complete the misery Steven McGregor received his second yellow card in time added on. The 10 men still had time to force another couple of corners but to no avail and the league strugglers held on to a valuable three points. Full-time Cumnock 2 Glens1


Glenafton Athletic: Fahey; Moffat, Gow (Doyle), McGregor, Merrilees (Quinn); Connolly, Cameron , Howie, McMullan (Eeles); Feroz, Zok

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