Glen­shit­for four­byju­nior cham­pi­ons

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sport - Peter Fer­gu­son

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

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