Glenshitfor fourbyjunior champions
Glencairn continued their pre-season schedule as they travelled deep into the heart of Ayrshire to take on the current undisputed best team in junior football.
It is less than two months since Glenafton Athletic completed an impressive treble of trophy wins which included the Super Premier League and Scottish Junior Cup.
And it didn’t take long before they took the lead in the 19th minute as they pounced ruthlessly on Glencairn conceding possession. Ryan Borris made space to angle a shot past KP McAllister from 16 yards out.
Ex-Queen’s Park man Jamie McKernon went close to doubling the lead two minutes later with a dipping angled free kick which slipped just wide of the target.
The lead was doubled in the 33rd minute and it was once again a gift. Tony Fraser’s passback to McAllister was closed down by Cameron Marlow, and the keeper’s attempted kicked clearance rebounded off Marlow and rolled straight into the empty net. The nature of the goal was suitably greeted by an embarrassed silence from the home players and support.
There was a hint of a repeat at the other end a few minutes later as Craig Menzies was slightly short with a back pass which almost allowed Jay McKay to pounce, but McGarrity was fortunate to slice his kick out of play.
There were three changes for Glencairn at the interval with Njabulo Ndlovu replacing Sean McGuire in midfield, Fraser Team replacing McKay up front and Trialist no.19 on the left instead of Ryan McArdle. In a similar fashion to the first half Glencairn were positive from the restart and Jamie Hamilton once again tried his luck with an early shot which he pulled a yard wide.
It did not take long for Glenafton to threaten again though, and McAllister did well to palm the ball off the head of substitute striker Chris Dallas after Ally Park’s cross had been deflected into the striker’s path.
Glencairn should have pulled a goal back in the 52nd minute, but were denied by some incredibly determined defending. Tony Fraser’s cross to the back post was headed back across goal by the trialist, and Smith seemed certain to score only to have his effort blocked by Menzies, and the same defender also got in the way of the rebound.
In the 81st minute, Glenafton made it 3-0 through Joe Andrew who lobbed McAllister, despite looking to be offside.
The home crowd were laughing in embarrassment four minutes later as the referee awarded them a penalty kick. A cross from the left saw Dallas and Dempsey challenge for the ball and the ball bounced away from Dallas. Nobody claimed for anything but the ref blew for a mysterious spot kick wich was despatched by Dallas.
Glenafton’s own Meldrum Cup was awarded to the home side after the match.
Effort Jamie Hamilton ran at the defence but his efforts came to no avail