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Saturday, February 26th 2005

11:43 AM

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GLENAFTON ATHLETIC 0 Arthurlie 3

Memories of Glenafton's hat-trick of Scottish Junior Cup victories over Arthurlie are fading fast as the Barrhead side have now firmly gained the upper-hand in recent contests between these two teams. Indeed today they secured a hat-trick of Super League triumphs over the Glens and their second win of the season at Loch Park, following the West of Scotland Cup win back in September.

Arthurlie started the match the brighter of two teams with their  brand of fast counter-attacking football which twice saw their front-men through one-on-one with Glens goalie Gary Matthews. The giant goalie, still waiting for that long-awaited hernia operation, narrowing the angle sufficiently well to force the forward to hit the first attempt wide, and then saving at the feet of another to foil the second attempt.

Stuart '100% ' Boyd

The game then settled into a pattern of end-to-end play which occassionaly allowed the midfield players to join in, but more often involved the proverbial 'big punts' up the park fom both goalies. The Glens did have their chances with a Craig Bingham cross from the right forcing Kris Robertson to scurry to his far post to guide the ball behind; Stevie Mallan outjumped the 'Lie defence in a crowded box to head the ball into the path of Stuart Boyd who was unlucky to see his shot blocked by a posse of defenders; a Dale Beattie 20 yard screamer which soared just over the bar.

Nevertheless, Arthurlie always looked the most likely to break the deadlock but when they did it was at the expense of Glens' misfortune rather than Arthurlie guile. A harmless looking back-pass to Gary Matthews took an almighty bobble just before the boot was to be applied and rather than landing in the River Nith the ball fell kindly to the 'Lie winger,  who stroked the ball across goal beyond the stranded  Matthews and into the path of the incoming Martin McGarvey, whose shot struck off the back of Keith Hogg and into the Glens net.  Arthurlie scented the Glens fear and went for the kill. There was to be no misfortune associated with McGarvey's second goal . Trademark Arthurlie, scintillating play on the left wing and again the ball was rolled, at pace this time, into the stride of  McGarvey who smacked it beyond Matthews with accuracy and confidence in equal measure.

Stevie Mallan about to be foiled by Kris Roberston

The Glens were looking a well-beaten side but were handed a lifeline to get back into the game just before the break. Mallan never gave up the ghost in chasing after a ball that had been played aimlessly into the front corner of the 'Lie box, Robertson too chased from his goal-line but clattered Mallan across both shins and the referee had little option to award a penalty. It was to no avail and the Glens penalty curse (in regulation play) struck again as Mallan struck the penalty against the legs of Roberston. The half finished soon after with the score at  Glens 0 Arthurlie 2

The second half saw Arthurlie dominate in all areas of the pitch and the Glens were rarely seen as a cohesive attacking force. Indeed their best effort of the half came late in the game soon after Arthurlie extended their lead to 3-0 . The Glens conceded a free kick close to the shy-line deep in their  own half.  The ball was floated perfectly to the back post and Lie's Robert Downs rose head and shoulders above everyone to head the ball home. 

Soon after, Gary Robertson came on to replace Stuart Boyd who again had given his all, running the length and breadth of the heavy pitch . Robertson eluded the 'Lie defence and danced his way into the box before releasing the ball for Mallan, his effort was blocked but the ball fell kindly to Dale Beattie. His thunderbolt  looked to have beaten the impressive Kris Robertson but the 'Lie defence came to his rescue and blocked the shot and the ball rebounded to relative safety.

In the closing minutes a mix-up in the Glens defence saw Matthews brilliantly parrying a goal -bound shot and he could only watch as the rebound was blasted over the bar, and Arthurlie had to settle for a thoroughly well deserved 3-0 victory.

'When do we get a game'?  

8 Read what others say.

Posted by GLENS FAN:

A REALLY POOR AND SHOCKING DISPLAY FROM A TEAM THAT IS IN REAL DISARAY.THERE LOOKS TO BE A LOT OF TROUBLE ON AND OFF THE PARK,REMEMBER THIS IS THE SAME TEAM THAT WERE PLAYING TEAMS OFF THE PARK AT THE START OF THE SEASON.WE HAVE NO QUALITY TO COME ON AND CHANGE THINGS WHEN NEEDED,WE WERE OVERUN IN EVERY DEPARTMENT BY A VERY GOOD ARTHURLIE SIDE AND ONCE AGAIN WHERE THEIR DUGOUT WAS VERY VOCAL WE HAD OURS STANDING AGAINST THE DUGOUT JUST SHAKING THEIR HEADS.NO CHANCE NOW OF WINNING THIS LEAGUE
Monday, February 28th 2005 @ 8:15 PM

Posted by Roddy:

I was going to ask for a report on the game today, as I was working and couldnt manage, but Glens fan summed it up and it doesnt make good reading. Can someone tell me why is it that the goalkeeper we signed from Gretna isnt playing in the team or am I missing something regarding him when he signed for us.Another point I would like to make is regarding Stevie Mallan,he is the manager or a player not both.We have players at Loch Park I wouldnt like to lose but I have a feeling two or three them could move on to other clubs for next season,I know some supporters will probably say thats rubbish, but that is my opinion.
I rest my case.
Roddy.
Monday, February 28th 2005 @ 8:16 PM

Posted by Fan:

change needed quick, or we'll end up like talbot.
Monday, February 28th 2005 @ 8:17 PM

Posted by Fan:

Do we have the look of a winning team?,i dont think so.We seem to be running about like headless chickens,no one seems to know what to do,or where to go.Im sorry to say this,but its not working out with the current management team.I like many other supporters am mystified to why our other goalie is not playing,Garry is injured,everyone in the Superleague knows this.I am not blaming Garry for yesterdays game,but he shouldnt have been on the park,and our standby keeper wasnt even stripped.Where is the passing game we are famed for,ok i suppose conditions does not allow this every game,but it seems to have completely gone,we could have in most matches had at least half a dozen chances,i can see a change in the way we play,for the better i dont think so.I like other fans am worried that certain members of the team are now looking elsewhere,in my opinion there are basic mistakes being made and our management cannot see them.We need someone else in very quickly,Stevie and Davy are good guys,but i think this has come to them to quick.
Monday, February 28th 2005 @ 8:18 PM

Posted by TIM:

Thought the Glens tried hard and if Mallan had converted the penalty it might have been a more competitive second half. In the end the lie's team spirit and pace made the difference.

A note to the editor and photographer - Where's the goal action? Arthurlie scored 3 goals. Where were you? My guess is at the wrong end hoping for the Glens to net!!

Good luck for the rest of the season
Monday, February 28th 2005 @ 8:18 PM

Posted by Bobby Guthrie:

Dear TIM, thank you for the good wishes. For some reason the photos of the 'lie goals were over-exposed much like their superstar Martin 'marvellous' McGarvey. Just like him the first goal was jammy and his second absolutely brilliant - the kind of goal a young Kenny Dykes would score
Monday, February 28th 2005 @ 8:19 PM

Posted by Fan of a Fan:

FAN????? OR TALBOT SUPPORTER
you mean you can see the mistakes and the managers cant??? what a clever boy --not.
Monday, February 28th 2005 @ 8:20 PM

Posted by FAN:

Why was a centre forward taken off when we were down 3-0,even if he was playing poorly?.
Monday, February 28th 2005 @ 8:20 PM

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