GIRVAN 2 GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 2
Scorers Eeles, Clapperton
This was very much a game of firsts in what was the the first game of the New Year. Girvan and Glenafton met in their first competitive match at Hamilton Park; manager Mark Shanks and his assistant Rowan Alexander took charge of their first Glens game; new signing and former Cumnock star Gareth Armstrong made his Glens’ debut and the Glens scored a goal the likes of which they haven’t before.
Girvan are to be congratulated for a splendid show of sportsmanship at Hamilton Park. A bounce-up on the half way line saw the Glens players stand back to allow the home side's Neil Gilmour to give the Glens possession back by lumping the ball up the park, only it sailed over keeper Ally Semple's head and into the net. Girvan offered to re-take the pass back but the referee had little choice but to let the goal stand. To a man the home side allowed Simon Eeles a free run in on goal from kick-off to level the scores again.
To have gone in behind at the break would have been harsh on the Glens as they had created the best of the chances. Earlier new signing Gareth Armstrong played a peach of through ball for Simon Eeles who made a strong run into the box but was denied by a fine save from Stuart Levy and Jordan Mullen's effort from the result-ant corner sneaked past the post. An excellent move down the right by Chic Con-nolly ended with a dangerous ball across the face of goal but the slightest of touches needed to tap it over the line was missing and the chance went a-begging. HT Girvan 1 Glens 1
Girvan started the second half strongly and the Glens had Semple to thank for two wonderful saves. However, the impressive Michael Moffat always looked danger-ous on the ball and from a break down the left he played it across the 18 yard box and Gilmour picked his spot and lashed the ball home. The Glens struck back when Simon Eeles jinked the ball to the bye-line and chipped it into the heart of the pen-alty box for David Clapperton to leap head and shoulders above all around to bullet home the equaliser.
Both sides had chances to nick all three points, the home side perhaps the majority of these but a draw in the end seemed a fair result in an entertaining encounter. FT Girvan 2 Glens 2
Glens: Semple; Merrilees, Ramsay (Miller), Mullen; Connolly, Moffat (Mddleton), Scoular, Shankland (Clapperton); Armstrong, Eeles