Dale Beats the Goalie Again to make it 3-0
GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 4 Renfrew 0
Posts on the Renfrew Website Forum had expressed concerns about lack of cover at Loch Park and anyone planning to make the journey south were advised to bring their brollies. The rain stayed away but there was a strong wind throughout the game. However, the elements played a minor role in today's proceedings and it was the Glens that finally blew Renfrew away with an excellent display of passing football coupled with fine finishing.
The visitors did start off brightly, high in confidence following their 100% start to their first season in the Super League. Well organised at the back, Renfrew moved the ball forward at pace, searching our their goal-a-game target man Gordon Smith, but with little success. Frew's tactics were soon sussed and Dale Beattie, starting his first league game of the season, was inspirational in midfield and after 15 minutes the Glens began to dominate and one-way traffic ensued for the remainder of the game. A great knock down in the box from Joe Carruth saw Stuart Boyd's shot easily saved by Scrimgour in the Renfrew goal. The big goalie foiled Boyd again and then saved a Steve Mallan trade-mark strike,following silky build up play by Boyd. A goal was in the air. Beattie found Agnew, who then brilliantly rolled it into the path of Boyd, the striker was felled in the box and a penalty awarded. With a 0 from 2 from the last 2 penalty awards, the Glens fans watched with a forboding sense of deja vu as Beattie stepped up to the spot. No danger (!) 1-0 and still half of the first 45 minutes to go. Two minutes later the Glens went further ahead. The ball was played up to Mallan poised on the half-way line and although the Renfrew defender nearly halved him, he managed to flick the ball on to Boyd. The alert Scrymegour advanced to narrow the angle and made an excellent one-handed save, but Boyd was not be denied and cooly slotted the rebound home. Whilst the referee booked the Renfrew hatchet man the Glens celebrated a 2-0 lead. Regrettably Renfrew then in local parlance 'lost the place' ('lost the plot' in Renfrew!) and were soon down to 10 men after a two-footed tackle by Ex-Glens man Mark Andrews.
Stuart Boyd makes it 2-0 as the Glens subs bond in the background
Renfrew appeared to have regained their composure at the break and early encounters suggested that the 10 men could frustrate the Glens with a damaged limitations plan. But with the man advantage and their passing game, the Glens turned in a faultess forty-five minutes of football. Again to their great credit the Glens maintained their discipline as the Frew resorted to rough-house tactics. Joe Carruth was lucky not to be stretchered off after the 'Frew No. 6 blatantly booted both his shins and 'goal-a-game Gordon' with no ball to kick, cowardly lashed out at the nearest Glens player, whilst the referee's back was turned.
The Lineswoman gets a great view of Boyd's second goal
More Glens goals were inevitable as chances galore were created. Twice, great play by Boyd set up Mallan, but the striker was not to add to his impressive season's tally and then Agnew came close. Richie Newall preferred the more direct route and he waltzed into the Frew box, only to be floored by the luckless Scrimgour, who was promptly booked and beaten by Beattie from the spot. 3-0 to the Glens and the 'game- over' sign was flashing. Stuart Boyd then capped off an excellent performance, equalling Beattie's brace after some Agnew magic.
After two indifferent performances yet good results against Johnstone and Troon the Glens showed today that great performances give great results.
As for Renfrew and their outrageous indiscipline, it is perhaps fair to give them the benefit of the doubt in their first season in the Super League. There were certainly signs early on that they will be a force to be reckoned with and let's hope it's not for the wrong reasons.
Other Scores : Arthurlie 1 Bellshill 0, Auchinleck 3 Troon 3, Kilwinning 1 Pollok 3, Larkhall 6 Cumnock 0, Maryhill 1 Johnstone 0