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Saturday, February 5th 2005

7:09 PM

Stagecoach Super Premier League

  • Glens Goals
  • League Position

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 3 Larkhall Thistle 3

Scorers:  Boyd, Beattie, Newall

Craig Flannigan looks on as Stuart boyd (out of picture) slams the ball beyond the Larkie back four

The Glens squandered a 2 goal lead to a Larkhall side that would not accept defeat, although the the 3-3 final score-line means more perhaps to league leaders Pollok, than to either of these sides at Loch Park today.

Henry Smith made a surprise return to the Glens goal today as stand-in for the injured Gary Matthews. His first touch of the ball was in picking it out of the net a few minutes after kick-off, following some neat passing play by Larkhall. The game then quickly settled in to a pattern of end to end play with both teams creating chances. Larkhall were unlucky not to go further ahead after their diminutive forward rounded Smith, but then contrived to put the ball beyond the far post. The Glens then upped a gear and Kevin McBride, Stevie Agnew and Richie Newall enjoyed great success on the left side, moving the ball forward with neat triangular passing. From one of the several corners they were now winning the Glens conjured up the equaliser. Agnew darted to the corner of the penalty box to receive Craig Bingham's corner and quickly found Stuart Boyd who in turn struck a sweet shot through a busy box and into the net. 

Dale Beattie stars again  to make it 2-1 to the Glens!

Larkhall survived a strong penalty claim when their central defender clearly controlled the ball with his hand, deep in his own penalty box. They were also fortunate not to be reduced to 10 men, when one of their midfielders got off with a stern lecture from the referee following a two-footed lunge at Dale Beattie, despite having already been booked. These injustices were quickly forgotten when just before half-time, Beattie drove an unstoppable shot from 25 yards past the Larkie goalkeeper Craig Marshall, who was having an excellent game. Half-time Glenafton 2 Larkhall 1.

Richie Newall picks his spot and it's 3-1

Ten minutes into the second half and the Glens appeared to be on their way to victory. Joe Carruth and Craig Bingham were now dominating the right side of the park and it was from one such passage of play that the Glens won a free-kick on the edge of the penalty box. Up stepped Newall to strike the ball brilliantly beyond Marshall. 3-1 to the Glens.  The Glens were now pushing forward at will but ultimately would pay the price for failing to add to their tally.


Larkhall peg it back to 3-2 from the spot.

Larkhall served noticed that they had not yet surrendered when on a rare breakaway  the aforementioned wee forward found himself through on a one-on-one with veteran Smith, on this occasion Smith guessed right and saved well. A few minutes later he was less fortunate.  The Glens defence struggled to clear the ball and with Larkhall forward in numbers, Rikki Robb held back the Larkie striker in the box, giving the referee little option other than to award a penalty. Henry guessed right again but the pace of the ball beat him easily and Larkhall were back in the game at 3-2 down. Within 2 minutes it was 3-3. Again the Glens failed to clear their lines and the ball fell to a Larkhall player lurking close to the touchline, who hit a speculative shot through the crowded box. Larkhall's joy was equalled only by the Glens disbelief, as the ball deceived Smith, and ended up in the back of the net. 

With 15 minutes or so still remaining the Glens did regain their composure but this time upping a gear was beyond them. Stuart Boyd did come agonisingly close to clinching a winner but in the end a share of the spoils was all that was left.


Other Scores

Auchinleck 1 Arthurlie 0, Johnstone 0 Maryhill 2, Kilwinning 2 Cumnock 6, Pollok 2 Renfrew 1, Troon 0 Bellshill 0

9 Read what others say.

Posted by glens fan:

not a good result today we gifted larkhall 3 goals and missed too many chances to kill them off again.i'm afraid henry smith is not the answer to the goalkeeping problem,now there seems to be trouble in the camp with players walking out before the game.2 points from 4 home games is just not good enough.it doesn't look good for next week.
Saturday, February 5th 2005 @ 7:33 PM

Posted by another glens fan:

Players who walked were left out and altho maybe not the right thing to do they were pissed off at being left out "for Mallans pals". Why when Gordon Dalziel said that things didnt need changed and this squad could win trophies this year. Why does SM feel the need to deplete resources by bringing in players who are at best no better than what we had/have. He appears to have lost the dressing room if players just walk and its high time the whole situation was addressed before all the prizes are out of reach again this year. The current crew seem to have no idea how to change things when its needed. I really fear the worst for the rest of the season.
Saturday, February 5th 2005 @ 8:55 PM

Posted by highflier:

If you're looking for a new manager, there might be one available shortly from Kilwinning (kiddin)
Sunday, February 6th 2005 @ 6:14 PM

Posted by yet anither Glens fan:

Got to agree on the goalie situation, Henry didn't look clever at all, I don't think anyone can forget Hill O'Beath and so there's zero confidence in him. I'd say we'll need to score at least two to get a draw if he's in next week, especially with the defence playing the way it is in front of him. It's a bit early to judge him but Rikki Robb didn't cover himself in glory yesterday either, certainly not half the player Mccaig is.
Sunday, February 6th 2005 @ 9:43 PM

Posted by another Glens Fan:

bear in mind tho that Rikki was playing out of position.
Monday, February 7th 2005 @ 11:01 AM

Posted by yet anither Glens fan:

What position does he play then, I thought he'd come as a centre half, at his size surely he doesn't play anywhere else?
Monday, February 7th 2005 @ 9:28 PM

Posted by another Glens fan:

I believe he was signed as a holding midfielder which is where he played at Rangers and St Mirren. The guy who came on on sat is I believe the same (altho he hasnt kicked a ball for 5 months allegedly).

Quite why we need another two when Dale Beattie occupies that role and is a good candidate for player of the year I personally cant quite understand. Maybe its the old Q of S network again.
Tuesday, February 8th 2005 @ 8:26 AM

Posted by yet anither Glens fan:

I don't think Rikki looks anything like the player Dale is either then. He looks like he'd be lucky if he could tackle a fish supper. We've brought in four players who in my opinion add nothing to the squad from what we've seen, and we still can't get a stand in keeper, somethings not quite right at the moment. To me we're sliiping back to the Tommy Bryce days of last season.
Tuesday, February 8th 2005 @ 9:36 PM

Posted by dom booth:

On the subject of a centre midfielder we don't need one. Dale Beattie has been the most consistent player this season and must be favourite for P.of the Y. There are alot of clubs who would be delighted to have a player of his overall ability. As for Saturday's performance it was set for a quality game of football but turned into a physical battle which we were up for. Should take them next week 2-1
Tuesday, February 15th 2005 @ 1:41 PM

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