GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 1 Rutherglen Glencairn 0
The Glens first game since the 4th December 2004 and the 3rd round Junior Cup victory over Kello Rovers, ended in a hard-fought victory over Rutherglen Glencairn.
Having missed the first 10 minutes of the game, by all accounts I had missed the best chances of the first-half, and so too had the Glens! The remainder of the half served up few memorable moments with respect to clear cut chances for either team. The Glens welcomed back striker Stuart Boyd after a lengthy absence, and it was his over-head kick late in the half that came closest to breaking the deadlock. Rutherglen competed well and fought their way back into the game, capitalising on the Glens inability to get their passing game going, hampered to some degree by the strong cross-wind. Ru'glen forced a series of corners most of which ultimately failed to threaten the Glens goal, or goalie Gary Matthews, who manfully soldiered-on despite the obvious impairment to his mobility. The half finished with honours even, a fair reflection on the fayre on offer.
Eightsome reel !
Shortly into the second-half and Stevie Agnew came on to replace Brian Miller, who was feeling the effects of being clattered on a couple of occasions. Minutes later the Glens won a free-kick on the left touch-line about 25 yards from the goal-line. Aggie stepped up and struck the perfect cross into the packed penalty box, where Craig Flannigan broke from the pack, like a middle-distance runner going before the gun, and sweetly guided the ball beyond the reach of the static Ru'glen goalie. 1-0 Glenafton. However, celebrations were immediately put on hold as straight from the kick-off Ru'glen broke forward to secure a quick corner, but like their first-half predecessors, this too fizzled out to nothing. Indeed apart from another attack later in the game, during which the stand-side linesman had failed to spot a Ru'glen striker about five yards off-side, the former Central giants failed to pose any further serious threat on the Glens goal.
The biggest cheer of the day welcomed the return of the Glens inspirational captain Joe Carruth. His presence gave the team and the fans a great lift, and the Glens went on to dominate this cup-tie. The Glens' passing game returned in spells, particularly down the left flank with Kevin McBride and Aggie giving Ru'glen a torrid time.
A golden opportunity to kill the game off passed the Glens bye when Dale Beattie blasted a late spot-kick, high wide and not very handsome. Minutes later Dale was sent off for a second bookable offence, after a late tackle, borne out of frustration rather than malice! He would still be in his early bath when the refreee blew for full time.
Final Score : Glenafton 1-0 Rutherglen .
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