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This'tle do for Bonnyton against Gleniffer

Bonnyton Thistle 2

Hill 51, Golightly 73

Gleniffer Thistle 0

  • Saturday, 08 February 2014
  • Grange Academy
  • Under 19´s
  • Paisley, Johnstone and District YFL

Ryan Rowe | YFS South West Region Journalist & Bonnyton Thistle Reporter
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Gleniffer Thistle made the trip south to Kilmarnock to take on league-leaders Bonnyton Thistle in this 'Thistle derby' and Paisley & Johnstone District League clash. The mid-tablers were looking to recover form a heavy defeat to Glenvale while the hosts were keen to keep their title bid on track and scoop a double over their opponents after winning the first game 4-2. This game would again be decided by two goals but this time by the score of 2-0, with blustery and cold conditions playing their part in disrupting the flow of a game played between two hard-working sides.
Gleniffer came closest to opening the scoring in the first 15 minutes when Jack Murphy of Gleniffer’s right-footed free kick on the edge of the box smacked the bar, much to the agony of the men in orange and black.
The teams were fairly evenly matched early on and were perhaps levelled by the troublesome conditions as the wind swirled around the Grange Academy pitch. Both sides struggled to find that crucial pass in the final third or a clinical finish to a cross and therefore there was little goalmouth action of note. Gleniffer looked dangerous through the middle while Bonnyton’s left side of Andy Hunter and Sam McCloskey were linking up particularly well.
And it was one half of that duo that almost opened the scoring for the home side when McCloskey saw his shot from just inside the box saved on 36 minutes. The Bonnyton winger received the ball wide on the left from the middle of the park and took a touch past his man and into the box. From the corner of the box he angled his shot low and drove the ball across goal but the effort was well stopped by the Gleniffer keeper.
Bonnyton were beginning to enjoy a little bit more possession as the half went on but weren't causing the visitors an abundance of trouble in the final third despite efforts from Steven Hill, Kris Chisholm and Ian Paterson. Gleniffer were defending well and attempting to move the ball from the back and start counter attacks when they could but Kieran McCrum and co. stood firm at the back for the most part and avoided any major scares; ultimately doing just enough to keep the score at 0-0.
  • Half Time:
  • Bonnyton Thistle
  • 0-0
  • Gleniffer Thistle
The second half started with a bang in an almost complete turnaround from the first period. After a fair and even 0-0 in the first 45 minutes, Bonnyton went ahead with the first chance of the half from either side and it came through perennial penalty-box finisher Steven Hill. The striker made a great run to the front post to get onto the end of a cross from the right after Kris Chisholm had moved the ball out wide form the centre of the park. A perfect cross five yards from the by-line by Chris Kelly was met by Hill on the volley inside the six yard box and he duly dispatched, leaving the keeper no chance. 1-0 and advantage Bonnyton with 40 minutes to play.
Gleniffer almost broke back immediately when Gleniffer’s Jamie Lynch found himself in front of goal 14 yards out but his fearsome shot fired inches wide.
Gleniffer continued to press on the hosts and Scott Purdie made a fine save from a powerful shot to keep his team 1-0 up on the hour mark.
After the hour mark passed the wind picked up again and somewhat halted the brief Gleniffer charged. Bonnyton began to move the ball on the ground more, trying to minimize disruption by the weather. As the second half continued to wear on, the home side became more dominant in play.
Bonnyton’s growing dominance was rewarded with another goal and it was a terrific one at that – albeit from a somewhat unlikely source. Full back Ryan Golightly leaped highest to meet a free kick that was floated in from the left and looped his header back across goal and over the keeper from the back post to all but seal the win for the men in red and black with fewer than 20 minutes to go.
Bonnyton didn't let up with that second goal and continued to press for a third, sensing that Gleniffer were demoralised. The home side were getting into their rhythm and Declan Adam almost set up Steven McCarrison with a delicate through ball in between two defenders but the two substitutes just couldn't link up.
Things dwindled to a close in the final 15 minutes as Bonnyton began to patrol and control the game despite the hard work of the away side. The full time whistled blew an signalled the end to a close game but a fair result, with Bonnyton taking two of their best chances when they came their way.
The result leaves Bonnyton top of the league and with a 100 per cent winning record while Gleniffer slip to tenth.
  • Full Time:
  • Bonnyton Thistle
  • 2-0
  • Gleniffer Thistle


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Star Player
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Ewan Barrie was Bonnyton's star man - unspectacular but very efficient in the middle of the park.
Gleniffer's goalkeeper was in good form, making a handful of smart saves.
Magic Moment
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Ryan Golightly's giant leap and header settled the match and was worthy of doing so.
Jack Murphy's free kick had excellent technique and very nearly changed the course of the game.
Club Views
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"We didn't play particularly well. We had to change our shape three times. Although we will take the three points."
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