Glens Secure Double After Lifting Scottish Cup

Auchinleck Talbot 1 Glenafton Athletic 2

 

Photos Courtesy of Rae Irvine

Glenafton secured themselves a worthy double, adding the Scottish Junior Cup to their season’s haul of silverware, to now stand proudly alongside the McBookie Super Premier Division title in the Loch Park trophy cabinet. But Glens didn’t have it all their own way, and came from behind to get their hands on the trophy for the second time in their 87-year history.

Talbot took the lead after seventeen minutes when Milliken struck after being played on by Wilson. It wasn’t too long before Glenafton equalised, when ten minutes later, Marlow struck home from an Orsi cross. The winner came in the second half, after Park teed up Glens defender Alan Cairns to strike the back of the net from 25 yards out.

With about a quarter of an hour of the final under gone, both keepers dealt comfortably with crosses sent into their goal mouths. Glen’s were then awarded a free kick almost out on the touchline, after Lyle handled the ball before clearing. Hyslop rolled the ball inside for McCracken, who took a touch to send the ball a foot high of the Talbot goal.

A couple of minutes later, Talbot put themselves a goal to the good, when a poor cross into the Auchinleck penalty area was moved quickly through the centre.  Stephen Wilson took up the challenge and reached the edge of the 18-yard line, before touching through for Keir Milliken to slide beneath the keepers grasp and into the net with his first touch.

It wasn’t long before Auchinleck had another great chance to extend their lead, when Bryan Young played the ball in towards the edge of the Glen’s six-yard box. Dwayne Hyslop evaded the defence, to position himself in front of Brian McGarrity, but his header went a mile wide and out for a throw in.

Just as Talbot began to look comfortable, Glenafton struck back when Daniel Orsi picked up a loose ball wide out on the right. He managed to skip past White and Young to send a cross into space at the back post, Cameron Marlow made the late run and volleyed between the diving Andrew Leishman and Ross Harvey to put the New Cumnock men back on level terms.

The game opened right up, as both sides went in search of another to take a lead into the second half. Despite this, neither side had many chances as the respective back lines dealt with almost everything thrown at them. The exceptions being a Wilson shot that flew wide from 30 yards, and a 20 yard Marlow strike that ended up going straight into Leishman’s arms.

The second forty-five lacked the intensity of first half, final balls were poor and the defences managed to clear everything asked of them, but that was understandable, considering earlier efforts. Wilson headed off the post from a Milliken cross before being flagged for offside, and Wilson scooped over the cross bar after a mix up in the Glens defence.

Glens had a chance when three players lined up to get on the end of a Marlow corner kick, but Michael McCann sent his headed effort well wide of Leishman’s goal. Not to worry, Glens grabbed the winner with just under fifteen minutes left. A poor clearance found Alastair Park 25 yards from goal, he rolled wide to Alan Cairns who took a touch, sending a left footed strike beyond the keeper’s reach and in at the back post.

The goal well and truly rattled Auchinleck, and with the wind taken from their sails, had nothing further to offer. With the game edging closer to the full-time whistle, Glens showed some nice close control before a low ball was sent into the edge of the Talbot six-yard box, where substitute Conor Lynass snuck in to send wide of goal.

Talbot: Leishman, Lyle, Harvey, McGoldrick, White, Wilson, Young, McCracken (Shankland 77), Milliken, Wilson, Hyslop. Subs Unused: Pooler, Thomson, McPherson, Stevenson.

Goals: Milliken 17.

Cautions: Lyle, Wilson.

Glens: McGarrity, McAusland, Cairns, Menzies, McChesney, Park, Orsi, Marlow, McCann (Andrew 68), Dallas (Carter 81), McGill (Lynass 73). Subs Unused: Lochhead, Gray.

Goals: Marlow 28, Cairns 76.

Cautions: McChesney.

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