McBookie Super League Premier Division



By Frank Cassidy

Pictures: Ross Mackenzie

THIS match had it all - four red cards, a penalty, an own goal and more, with some superb football thrown in.

Both sides had early chances with a Carlo Monti free-kick sailing over the bar after he had been brought down by Alan Cairns.

Connor Lynass then took off on a run and, with the home defence claiming for offside, sent a low ball into the box, but there were no takers.

Glens took the lead in 13 minutes when James Latta and goalkeeper Adam Strain got into a tangle with Latta bringing down Mick McCann as he took possession. He was given a red card, much to his anger, before Chris Dallas made no mistake from the resultant penalty.

Buffs' fury was simmering but it boiled over when referee Stephen Brown told Tommy Maitland to go off and get a cut cleaned up.

Possibly in an attempt to stall the match, Strain went down with an injury but the ref was having none of it and told Glens to start play.

Then, with Maitland patched up and the home bench shouting to attract his attention, he denied the big defender permission to come back on.

Buffs manager Chris Strain and a member of his backroom staff were sent off for their protests.

Back to the football and Strain fumbled the ball with Dallas rushing in but the keeper recovered in time.

Kyle McAusland then sliced open the defence with a pass for Dallas whose shot was cleared at the expense of a corner.

McCann and McKernon both had decent opportunities to extend the lead as Glens tried to make their numerical advantage count but it remained 1-0 at the break.

As the second half got underway, it looked as if Buffs had the extra man as they set about getting back into the match.

Carlo Monti's shot was on target but clattered off McAusland before McChesney's well-timed tackle stopped Michael Wardrope in his tracks.

Their pressure paid off on the hour, when Alan Cairns got in the way of a low cross and deflected it past a helpless Brian McGarrity.

Maitland came close with a header and Brian Boylan sent a pass across the face of goal but just out of reach of several team-mates.

But Glenafton were anything but bystanders, looked dangerous when they attacked and substitute Darren McGill came close after a trademark passing move.

Dallas had supplied McCann with Strain coming out to block his attempt - McGill latched on to the loose ball but shot wide.

Monti claimed a penalty, but the ref wasn't interested, before two minutes later the same player was hauled down by McChesney who was red-carded.

A few inches further and it would also have been a penalty while Monti's free-kick was well over, both to the visitors' relief.

With the clock ticking down, Richard Hanvey fouled Cairns who found Ally Park with a short free-kick, but his low shot went past the post.

At the other end, Maitland came agonisingly close when his header, from a Ben Lewis corner, rebounded off the upright.

Last chance of an incident-packed match fell to McGill whose free-kick was fired straight at a grateful keeper.

KILWINNING RANGERS: Strain; Coleman, McCloskey, Latta, Maitland, Hanvey (Whyte 85), Monti (Winters 78), McGuinness, Boylan, Lewis, M Wardrope (Frye 71)

Subs - Nisbet, MD Wardrope (gk).

GLENAFTON ATHLETIC: McGarrity; McAusland, Cairns, Menzies, McChesney, McKernon, Lynass (McGill 63), Park, Dallas, McCann (Borris 78) , Moore (Andrew). Subs not used :Watson (gk), Gray.