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Solid Glenvale secure narrow League Cup win

Glenvale AFC 1

Walters 24'

Airdrieonians 2002s 0

Mark Gillespie | YFS North Ayrshire Senior Reporter
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Glenvale were just about deserved League Cup winners, but by the tightest of margins in this one goal final. Captain Sam Walters’ first half goal was in the end all that separated two very evenly matched sides at Parklea.

Both these two have had a creditable league season, with Glenvale still in the chase for the title, and Airdrie lying in fourth. For a one goal game it was still pleasing on the eye. Both teams obviously expounded the merits of passing football. The ball spent a lot of time on the deck with patient play building from the back.

Perhaps the key to Glenvale’s success was in wide areas, with wing backs David McNair and Andrew McColl keeping the pressure on their opponents throughout. For all that, though, Airdrie defended well, and it was to take a set piece to undo them in the first half.

After early opportunities for Declan Curran and Kyle McLaughlin, the goal arrived from the corner kick. Curran’s corner swung in, and Walters rose above a packed defence to guide his header past the keeper on 24 minutes.

In response Airdrie were restricted to long range opportunities, getting nothing from Walters and McLaughlin at the heart of the Glenvale defence. Michael Ralston fired just over on the half hour, before Findlay Beck forced a first save from Aiden McMahon four minutes later to parry wide.

It was beginning to look as though it would take something special to open up the Glenvale defence as the half wore on in a tight midfield contest. Yet it was still up in the air as the referee blew for half time with Airdrie just a goal down.

Both sides were getting the benefit of an early kick off on what soon turned out to be a sweltering Sunday for playing football. It was a simmering second half, without anything boiling over, as too well organised outfits went head to head.

Glenvale continued to shade things in terms of opportunities, with McNair and McColl continuing to stretch Airdrie with some powerful runs down both flanks.

Airdrie rang the changes on the hour mark, hoping to get players further forward and try to exploit space in behind the advancing full backs. With Euan Lindsay showing some good passing vision they continued to try and prise an opening from the stubborn Glenvale defence.

Ralston and Ben Patterson were making good runs up front for Airdrie, but Glenvale continued to deny them space and opportunities. Instead they could have put the game well beyond reach in the closing stages, with Lee shaving the bar and Borland just off target in the final few minutes.

For all Airdrie’s best efforts Glenvale managed to see out the game thanks to some disciplined defending and midfield pressure. This was in the end a solid team performance and a reminder that winning quality football is not all about high scoring.

Lineups

Glenvale AFC
Airdrieonians 2002s
1. Aiden McMahon
2. David McNair
3. Andrew McColl
4. Sam Walters
5. Kyle McLaughlin
6. Adam Bridges
7. Aidan McLaughlin
8. Sean Borland
9. Declan Curran
11. Jamie Scott
12. Harry Pittaway
13. Fraser Lee
14. Anton Calderwood
15. Matthew McMillan
1. Jordan McClure 2. Anthony Skiffington
4. Taylor Lindsay
5. Jack Gritishan
6. Kamil Krol
7. Jack Hart
8. Reece Fardley
9. Callum Drummond
10. Taylor Crilly
11. Michael Ralston
12. Ben Patterson
15. Lewis Aytown
17. Kia Speirs
18. Findlay Beck
20. Euan Lindsay
16. Keelan McCloskey
Star Player
Glenvale AFC
Airdrieonians 2002s
Sam Walters headed what turned out the winning goal and produced a captain's performance at the back.
Euan Lindsay offered great craft in midfield for Airdrie
Magic Moment
Glenvale AFC
Airdrieonians 2002s
Walters header was all that separated the sides.
Beck had a good effort in the first half as Airdrie pushed for a leveller.

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