RENFREW 1 GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 0
The Glens made a bright start and after 5 minutes Gareth Armstrong controlled and shielded the ball at the edge of the penalty box where, before he could turn to goal, he was bundled to the ground by goalie Dean Sexton, in what was deemed a fair challenge by the referee. Minutes later the lively and impressive Clinton Maxwell burst up the park and skipped past defenders on his way to the bye-line, but his shot from an acute was blocked well by keeper Ally Semple.
On 10 minutes a game of three man head tennis between Armstrong, David Clapperton and Jamie MacDonald in the Frew box set up Andy Ferguson but the striker shot wide from six yards out. The chance to make amends a few minutes later was denied by an offside flag, although defender Neil Shearer had clearly played the striker on; Shearer would go on to have an outstanding game. There was little more in terms of clear cut chances in the half despite the best endeavours of both sides. HT Frew 0 Glens 0.
The visitors were first to threaten some 9 minutes after the break when Simon Eeles danced into the box and hit a low drive that Sexton pushed past the post for a corner kick. Within seconds the ball was safely in Sexton's hands from which Frew launched what proved to be a decisive counter-attack. After some slick inter-passing play aided by an untimely slip in the Glens midfield, Maxwell menaced his way into the box and squared the ball to Matt McLean who picked his spot and slotted the ball home from 10 yards with some aplomb. The home side could have doubled the lead 5 minutes later if Semple hadn't denied Michael Dickie from close range.
Try as they might the Glens couldn't break down the Frew defence nor was the referee interested in half-hearted claims for a penalty when
With a man extra and the Glens pushing for the equaliser the hosts carved out a host of chances to kill off the game but Semple and his defence stood firm. The Glens almost delivered a sucker punch in the closing seconds. In a crowded box Ferguson did well to make contact with the ball and prod it goalward, however Sexton failed to clutch it cleanly and the ball ran along the length of his arm and behind for a corner. The kick was headed high into the air by Armstrong on the edge of the six yard box and Steven Reilly was first to rise but his header sailed over the bar with Sexton a spectator. FT Renfrew 1 Glenafton 0
Glenafton: Semple; Moffat, Ramsay, Reilly, Wilson; Eeles, McMahon, Clapperton (Scoular), MacDonald; Armstrong,