DALRY THISTLE 1 GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 2(@ Loch Park)
Scorer: Trialist (Samson 2)
With Merksworth Park unplayable this league match was switched to Loch Park at Dalry's request. Like the 'corresponding' fixture at the end of September it was the Glens that claimed all three points thanks to a late late strike and an excellent display of goalkeeping from Ally Semple. However, Ally would be first to acknowledge the match winning performance of super sub striker Steven Samson who came off the bench with 30 minutes to go and bagged a brace to overhaul Dalry's lead.
The Glens had started brightly and within 5 minutes a Chic Connolly free kick brought out an excellent save from Thistle's goalie. On 13 minutes Joe Savage carved his way to the six yard box and squared for Jamie MacDonald but some excellent defending prevented him from pulling the trigger. Savage created a few more half chances and on 37 minutes Connolly came close with a free-kick which was tipped over the bar. Dalry then survived a barrage of balls in a 30 second spell as the Glens shots rebounded off defender after defender. With a minute of the half remaining Dalry delivered the sucker-punch when a corner kick from the left was won at the near post and the loose ball prodded home. HT Dalry 1 Glens 0
Thistle came close to doubling their lead within a few minutes of the re-start but a free header from six yards out sailed over the bar. On the hour mark Steven Samson replaced Danny Kerr and five minutes later the tall striker showed great composure to pick up a peach of a through ball from Simon Eeles, shrug off the attention of the centre half and slot the ball home beyond the advancing keeper. The Glens went all out for the winner but had Semple to thank on 75 minutes for a fine save from a shot from six yards out. With 3 minutes to go a Glens free-kick on the right wing of the half-way line was lofted high into the box and found Samson on the penalty spot who swivelled and slammed the ball into the corner of the net. In the dying seconds Semple at full stretch denied Dalry a share of the points with a stunning save, as good as the penalty save that dashed Dalry's hopes on their last visit to Loch Park. FT Dalry 1 Glens 2
GLENAFTON: Semple; Connolly, Moffat, Mullen, McKillen (Merrilees); Miller, MacDonald, Ramsay (Clapperton), Eeles; Trialist (Trialist), Savage