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Saturday, February 28th 2009

5:00 PM

Glenafton Athletic vs. Ashfield: West of Scotland Cup 3rd Round


(Glens win 3-1 on penalties)

Chances were few and far between in a dull opening 40 minutes. Ashfield's best chance fell on 8 minutes when a headed knock-down from a corner-kick was blasted over the bar whilst 12 minutes later Jamie Doyle got on the end of a Craig Feroz pass but his effort whizzed wide of the post. The visitors impressive central defensive pair were winning the majority of the aerial battles with the Glens strike force of  Feroz and Joe Savage but in the closing five mintues the Glens got their passing game together a carved out a number of excellent opening. Paul McMullan was released by a great ball from Chris Cameron but he pulled his shot wide with the keeper to beat. Doyle was then foiled by a great save by keeper Prior. Savage then turned well in the box but his shot too just went wide of the mark and then Gordon Moffat did well to control the ball and test the keeper with a ferocious shot from the edge of the box. Half-time Glens 0 Ashfield 0

The visitors passed up a great chance to take the lead two minutes after the re-start. There were no takers as a ball was played across the goal mouth from the right flank and it was the same story as it played back again from the left.  A minute later a Doyle shot from went narrowly wide with Prior rooted on the six-yard line. The Glens were again enjoying the bulk of possession but the Ashfield defence was well drilled and their fleet-footed front men always looked dangerous on the break. However, on 54 minutes a rare slip by keeper Prior almost gave the Glens the lead when he fumbled a Savage strike from 18 yards out, but he scrambled the ball back in time to save his blushes. McMullan's  runs down the left were opening up the visitors' defence but the Glens were lacking the killer touch in front of goal.

With 13 minutes to go Ashfield were reduced to 10 men when substitute O'Donnell reactly badly to being penalised for a foul on Doyle, pushing his head into the Glens man's face in full view of the referee. As is often the case the 10 men began to play like 12 and Chris Fahey's goalmouth was now the busier of the two and the keeper did well to clear his line with a strong two handed punch. Andy Gow then came to the rescue as he did enough to prevent Craig Smith from bearing in on Fahey to put the finishing touches to a lung bursting run from the half-way line. With five minutes remaining Fahey was beaten by a great cross from Ali Martin but Mark Quinn rose to head the ball from the head of the Ashfield striker and then threw his body to block the resulting shot from Paul Maxwell. Three minutes later Gow appeared to have the ball cleanly at the dead-ball line but the referee considered otherwise and the visitors were awarded a penalty kick. The pressure of Field's recent heroics in the Scottish Junior Cup appeared to have caught up on goal machine Martin and he pushed his spot kick wide of Fahey's post. Incredibly the Glens were denied a stone-wall penalty some twenty seconds later when Feroz was tripped in the box but the referee adjudged the foul to have taken place a foot the wrong side of the 18 yard line. His decision ensuring that further penalty kicks would ensue. Full time Glens 0 Ashfield 0

Penalty shoot-out

1.Ashfield: Fahey pulls off a great save from Mark Thomson (0-0)

1. Glenafton: Substitute Chris Zok blasts home (1-0)

2. Ashfield: Paul Maxwell's effort down the middle is saved by Fahey (1-0)

2. Glenafton:  Chris Merrilees' effort down the middle is saved by Prior (1-0)

3. Ashfield: Jim Smith sends Fahey the wrong way (1-1)

3. Glenafton: Jamie Doyles sends Prior the wrong way (2-1)

4. Ashfield : Sean Carberry's effort is blocked by Fahey (2-1)

4. Glenafton : Prior goes the right way but captain Willie Howie's spot-kick beats him for speed (3-1)

Glenafton Athletic: Fahey; Moffat, Gow, Merrilees, Quinn; Doyle, Cameron (Ward) , Howie, McMullan; Feroz, Savage (Zok)


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