GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 0 CUMNOCK JUNIORS 2
The Glens left it too late to put the visitors’ goal under any sustained pressure and try as they might they could not reduce the two goal advantage that Cumnock had built through Gareth Campbell, 13 minutes after kick-off and Gary McMenamin, 13 minutes after the break – unlucky indeed.
However, the architect-in-chief of Cumnock’s victory was James Tyler with his trademark lightning quick runs that see him effortlessly ghost past defenders. Cum-nock had already gone close with a Stevie Murray free kick when Tyler gathered the ball on the right flank and flashed past 2 or 3 defenders on his way to the bye-line where he whipped over a lethal ball for Campbell to stroke home. The Glens tried to counter through Aaron Schoular and former ‘Nock favourite Gareth Arm-strong on his Loch Park debut but both failed to test ex-Glens goalie Chris Fahey in the Cumnock goal. Midway through the first half Simon Eeles broke free and he too fired wide when one-on-one with Fahey. Cumnock soon regained the upper hand and looked the hungrier to add to their tally and would have done so if Ally Semple had not superbly saved from a Graham Wilson thunderbolt from the edge of the box, ten minutes before the break. HT Glens 0 Cumnock 1
The half-time team talked appeared to fire up the Glens who started the half brightly but the flames were soon extinguished when the ‘Nock doubled their lead on 58 minutes. A long ball from Stuart MacDonald split the Glens defence and set up McMenamim and although Semple saved his first attempt at goal he could do little to prevent the second from the rebound hitting the back of the net.
Tyler, determined to outshine the wee dug that had come to the pitch to show-off his footballing prowess, almost put the game out of sight. Another scintillating sprint down the right set up Wilson who fired a warning shot over the Glens bar and Tyler himself toasted Semple’s fingertips as the Glens goalie pushed his shot over the same bar. In the closing ten minutes the Glens emerged from the doldrums and put Cumnock’s goal under pressure. With Fahey beaten an Armstrong attempt crashed off the upright and then a Gordon Moffat header battered off the bar, be-fore Fahey had the last word with a fine save from a Steven Shankland shot.
Glenafton – Semple, Connolly, McKillen (Middleton 73), Moffat, Merrilees, Mullen (Wilson 34), Ramsay, Clapperton, Armstrong, Scoular, Eeles (Samson 6 .
Cumnock – Fahey, Galloway, Agnew (Stewart 87), Wilde, Murray, McDonald, Tyler, Farrell, Campbell (Moan 82), Wilson, McMenamin.