Glens in all white
GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 2 Johnstone Burgh 0
Scorers : Newall, Mallan
A glancing header from Richie Newall gave the Glens and new manager Gordon Dalziel the ideal start to the new league campaign. Fluent football failed to follow however, and the Glens toiled for much of the half. Nevertheless, the Burgh failed to take their chances, a number of which were created by lapses in concentration in the Glens defence, gifting the Burgh forwards the ball whilst trying to play out from the back. The Glens did threaten on occasion, almost snatching a second when the Burgh goalie sclaffed a shot on to the crossbar.
The second half started with the Glens being awarded a hotly disputed penalty when Craig Callachan was scythed down in the box, after the midfielder had clearly controlled the ball with the skill of an Italian basketball player. Justice was done when Joe Carruth's poor effort was easily smothered by the big Burgh keeper. The half was almost a mirror image of the first, with both teams struggling to turn possession into clear goal scoring chances. The Glens didn't look like surrendering the lead with goalie Gary Matthews safely clutching every high ball that came his way. Likewise the Glens didn't look like adding to their tally, until out of the gloom, Steve Mallan smashed an unstoppable clincher with 5 minutes remaining.
A lacklustre performance perhaps, but a first ever opening day victory in the Super Leagues gives cause for celebration. Come Awa' the Afton
Stuart Boyd on the overhead !
Stevie Mallan goes close
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