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Saturday, November 28th 2009

5:00 PM

Glenafton Athletic vs. Rutherglen Glencairn: Stagecoach Super League 1st Division


New signing Richard McKillen made his Glens debut at left-back and both Chic Connolly and Joe Savage returned to the starting eleven. It was end-to-end fayre in the clash of the Glens at Loch Park with both sides creating a feastful of chances albeit many of them of the half-chance variety. Keeper Ally Semple came out on top on a "one-on-one" with Paul McLaughlin and then Richie Burke headed wide. Steven Shankland and Joe Savage countered for the home side but both their efforts went over the bar. As the game see-sawed Semple foiled Stephen McKeane with another excellent save while his counter-part Steven McNeil tipped a goal bound Jordan Mullen effort over the bar and then denied the incoming Shankland with a fine block. HT Glens 0 'Cairn 0

Two minutes into the second half and the visitors took the lead with a freak goal. Richie Burke's cross from the left came off the bar, struck a defender and landed in the net. The Glens almost equalised but Chris Merrilees’ header came off the post. In the 60th min Mullen was shown a red card, apparently for obstruction on the half way line (- the referee failed to record the offence and Mullen was free to play the following week). The home side continued to take the game to the visitors and McNeil again pulled off a brilliant save from a goal bound effort from man of the match Savage. However, try as they might Glens could not find an equaliser FT. Glens 0 'Cairn 1

Gleaafton Athletic: Semple; Moffat Merrilees, Mullen, McKillen; Miller (Quitongo), Connolly, Ramsay (Clapperton), Eeles; Shankland (Scoular), Savage

Rutherglen Glencairn: McNeil, Hadden, Fraser, Prunty, Barr (McShane), Gentile, McArdle (McGladrigan), Dickson, McLaughlin (McDougall), O'Keane, Burke.

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