Saturday 22 April 2017, 14.30, New Dundas Park

The Scottish Junior Cup semi-final second leg between Bonnyrigg Rose and Glenafton Athletic.

The first leg the previous Saturday in Ayrshire finished 1-0 to Glenafton, with Orsi scoring the solitary goal.  Rose also had Moyes sent off and McGill missed the resultant penalty.

It’s our seventh sighting of Bonnyrigg Rose this season, with runs in the Junior Cup and the Scottish Cup the main reasons behind so many visits.

Rose are still very much in the running to retain the East Superleague title this season, with the battle between them and Kelty Hearts.  With the aforementioned cup runs for the Midlothian side this season, they have a number of games in hand on their Fife rivals, but need to keep winning.  They had won their last eight games in a row until the first leg of the semi-final the previous weekend.

It’s a first look at Glenafton Athletic this season.

Glenafton Athletic were founded in the Ayrshire village of New Cumnock in 1930.  They initially played at Connel Park which had previously been the home of senior side Lanemark and Junior side New Cumnock United, both of whom had folded.

‘Glens’ or ‘The Afton’ began their existence in sparkling form and won the South Ayrshire Junior League in both of their first two seasons.  League reconstruction saw them move to the Western League in 1933, where they won the league and cup double in 1934-35.

After ceasing operations during the First World War, they took a while to find their feet again before another league triumph in 1959.  The start of the 1960-61 saw a move to a new ground, Loch Park in the centre of New Cumnock, where they still are to this day.

Three Western League championships in a row at the beginning of the ‘60s were overshadowed by a first Junior Cup Final appearance in 1963, where they lost 2-1.  These kind of heights would not be repeated again for a while until an Ayrshire League win came in 1982-83.

Former Scotland goalie Alan Rough became manager of the club in 1990 and managed to attract some good pros to the club and they reached five Junior Cup semi-finals in a row. Three times they reached the final and won the Cup in 1993.

They won the last ever Ayrshire League in 2002 before league reconstruction.  Relegation came in 2009 after a play-off defeat but they regained top division status in 2012-13.  They got to the Junior Cup Final for the fifth time in 2014, but could not add to their solitary win.

Glens are very much in the title race for the West Super League Premier Division, along with Kirkintilloch Rob Roy, Beith Juniors and Auchinleck Talbot.

There were 1,244 at the game.

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Rose won a free kick in the opening minute after McGachie had been fouled.  All the big men went up for the kick and Nelson’s ball into the box fell to Hoskins, but he volleyed wide.

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Glens won the first corner of the match in the second minute, but it was cleared.

Donaldson shot for the Glenafton goal in 3 minutes, but his shot was wide of the post.

The home side claimed a foul in 6 minutes when McGachie looked to be barged into from behind on the edge of the Glens box, but nothing was given.

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A cross by Orsi into the Rose box in 7 minutes found the head of McGill, but he miscued it and directed it well away from goal.

A game of head tennis in the Glens box in 9 minutes saw Rose win their first corner, but McGarrity held Nelson’s kick confidently.

With 10 minutes gone, a Glenafton fan shouted “Come on ref, that’s full time!”

Glenafton’s McGill latched onto a backheel in the Rose box in 12 minutes and the ball came to Orsi, but he sclaffed his effort wide.

Brown played a diagonal ball into the Glens box in 13 minutes which was powerfully met by the head of Young, but it was off target.

A minute later, McGill brought the ball forward for Glens, but dragged his shot wide.

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The home fans seemed to be having some difficulty with geography when singing songs about “weegies” (the colloquial name for people from Glasgow) to the fans of Glenafton.

Some good play by Glens’ McGill in 18 minutes saw him pass right to McAusland.  His cross came to the head of Carter 7 yards from goal, but he put it wide.

A Rose free kick in 19 minutes saw Nelson play it into the left side of the box.  The ball was headed across goal by Hoskins to McIntosh.  From inside the 6 yard box, the striker somehow didn’t connect well and saw the ball trickle wide of the post.

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Another cross into the box by the hosts in 23 minutes by Donaldson saw McIntosh’s header tipped over by McGarrity.

Andrew had the ball on the edge of the Bonnyrigg box in 35 minutes and passed to McGill on the left.  Brown managed to get a foot in to send the ball behind.  Gray took the corner which was punched clear by Andrews.

Just before half time, Brown curled a Rose free kick just wide after McGachie had been fouled on the corner of the box.

A tight first half with little in the way of chances and it was still delicately poised with Glens still holding their narrow one goal lead from the first leg.

Six minutes into the second half Rose’s Brown crossed from the right which and it was backheaded towards goal by Nelson, but McGarrity just managed to tip the ball away.

Glens’ McAusland got a sore one in 56 minutes and went off the pitch with blood pouring from his nose, but soon returned to the fray.

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Brown crossed into the box in 57 minutes but a Glens defender headed the ball to the edge of the box, where Stewart shot for goal, but it was over the bar.

A very well struck free kick by Gray in 62 minutes saw Rose keeper Andrews make a diving save to push the ball wide.

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Turner put a dangerous looking cross into the Glens box in 65 minutes which was punched clear by McGarrity.

Glenafton had Orsi and Marlow limp off within a minute of each other and both had to be replaced.

In 72 minutes, Andrew found Gray as Glens came forward and he got to the by-line but saw his attempted ball across goal blocked at the front post.

Some nice set up play by Rose in 75 minutes saw Gray lay the ball back to McIntosh on the edge of the box, but he shot over.

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Rose were looking to put the pressure on, but the Glens defence was standing firm.

Carter slid the ball to McGill in 81 minutes who shot from distance at the Rose goal.  Andrews managed to smother the shot at the second attempt.

A minute later Donaldson found Stewart about 20 yards from the Glens goal, but he curled his shot wide.

Try as they might, Rose couldn’t fashion out a clear cut chance.

In the last minute, Glens’ Park was shown a yellow card for dissent.

The Glenafton players, fans, and coaches celebrated with gusto at the final whistle, as they went through on aggregate to the Junior Cup Final.  They will face Ayrshire rivals Auchinleck Tabot there, who beat Linlithgow Rose, also 1-0 over the two legs.

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Bonnyrigg relied a bit too much on high balls and McGachie, who had looked unstoppable earlier in the season got no joy against the giant McChesney who won everything in the air and on the ground all afternoon.

Rose’s defence looked solid against bright Glens’ attacking players Andrew, Carter and McGill and Horne showed some great skill in flashes.  For Glens, those attacking players impressed, but  McChesney was head and shoulders (not just literally) above everyone else.

Full Time: Bonnyrigg Rose 0 v Glenafton Athletic 0 (Glenafton win 1-0 on aggregate)

Admission: £8

Bonnyrigg Rose: 1 Michael Andrews, 2 Jonathan Brown (Jamieson 73) 3 Ruaridh Donaldson, 4 Kerr Young, 5 Dean Hoskins, 6 Jonathan Stewart, 7 Lewis Turner, 8 Alan Horne (Gray 73) 9 Kieran McGachie, 10 Adam Nelson (Kidd 63) 11. Wayne McIntosh. Subs:  14 Andrew Kidd, 15 Scott Gray, 16 Sean Jamieson, 17 Jordan Orru, Paterek.

Glenafton Athletic: 1 Brian McGarrity, 2 Kyle McAusland, 3 Cameron Marlow (Cairns 68), 4 Craig Menzies, 5 Ryan McChesney, 6 Ally Park, 7 Dan Orsi (Lyness 67), 8 David Gray, 9 Joe Andrew, 10 John Carter (McCann 92), 11 Darren McGill. Subs: 12 Conor Lyness, 14 Alan Cairns, 15 Ryan Borris, 16 Mick McMann, Gk Blair Lochhead.

Referee: Chris Graham

Programme: £2

 

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