Beith Juniors FC: Match Reports: Glenafton Athletic 1 Beith Juniors 3: Match Report by Robbie Sanderson

Tuesday, September 4
Glenafton Athletic 1 Beith Juniors 3: Match Report by Robbie Sanderson

Glenafton Athletic 1 Beith Juniors 3

Glenafton: Semple, Menzies, G Mitchell, Henderson, McKillen, McKenzie, Potter, D Mitchell, Campbell, McManus, Dempster. Subs: Armstrong, Murphy, McEwan, McChesney, Dunsmuir


Beith: Strain, Irvine, Wilson, McShane, Docherty, Wild, Callaghan, Reid,
D McGowan, McLean. Subs: Howarth, Crozier, Bristow, J McGowan, Greenwood

Beith built on last weeks creditable draw at Auchinleck with a fine victory at another tough South Ayrshire venue at New Cumnock's Loch Park.


The home side had more early possession but did create little to trouble the Beith defence with only a McManus shot missing the target and hitting the side net. Beith were trying to get forward quickly whenever they could and after Strain had taken a Potter effort comfortably they moved the ball smartly to the other end where Calum Hardie swung in across towards David McGowan in the box only for Glens defender Mitchell to head into his own net in attempting to intercept.


The game was very end to end now and a well timed Henderson tackle stopped Andy Reid getting a shot on goal after a good run. Beith continued to defend well with a tight back four affording Glens few real chances but found themselves undone a few minutes before the break when Gareth Campbell levelled from the penalty spot after Marc McShane brought down McManus in the box.


There were few goalmouth opportunities in the opening spell following the restart but Beith looked to have more goal threat when they got the ball to their forwards. Glens keeper Semple made a good save to deny Nicky Docherty before the goalie had to retrieve the ball from the back of the net on the hour mark after Andy Reid applied the finish at the back post to steer home a McLean cross following a fine move.


Beith now had the upper hand and all but wrapped up the points in the 72nd minute when Reid finished off a similar move to his first when he got in at the back post again to turn home a McGowan cross. Beith saw out the remainder without mishap and will be able to take some further confidence from this solid performance.


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