Category: Match Reports

Halloween Horror for Ants in Drumchapel defeat

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The Ants headed to the Donald Dewar Sports Centre in Drumchapel, on a wild wet and windy day, in their first ever West of Scotland Football League match as they faced a Drumchapel United side looking to bounce back from their opening day defeat to Kilsyth Rangers the week previous.

The game was played in swirling wind and driving rain for the most part making it hard to play any real free flowing football although in the 23rd minute the conditions almost played their part in opening the scoring when a cross into the box was attempted to be cleared by Walsh but the wind caught it and blew it back towards the Ants six yard box where Hynes tried to get on the end of the loose ball, his first touch was good but the Trialist in goal for the Ants came through a rake of bodies to punch the ball clear, it hit McIntyre on the back and the keeper pounced to smother the ball. The Ants had their first effort at goal three minutes later when Gallacher teed up Conway but he dragged his shot from distance past the post. Bembo then went on a mazy run that saw him charge down on Scott in the Drumchapel goal but he knocked the ball too far infront of him and Scott thwarted him by diving at his feet and collecting the ball. Docherty then almost opened the scoring for the home side when he rose highest in the box and flicked the ball towards goal only to see the ball rebound off the post with the follow up shot well saved by the Ants keeper from Bowers and Ndlovu hacked the ball to safety. It was a pretty even match so it was a blow when in the 32nd minute Drumchapel took the lead, a long diagonal from Craig found ALEC DOCHERTY who peeled off his marker to head past the keeper and into the back of the net to give the home side a 1-0 lead. The Ants tried to claw their way back into the game and a Bembo through ball sent Ndlovu in on goal but he was always chasing the ball with the wind giving it a little extra zip and as a result was forced wide, Scott came out and narrowed the angle and saved the shot at the expense of a corner that came to nothing

HALF TIME DRUMCHAPEL UNITED 1 (DOCHERTY 32) v 0 ANTS 

The second half will go down as one to forget for the Ants but it could have been so much different if Bembo had managed to get on the end of Carballo’s deflected shot before Scott but the Drum keeper was first to the ball to clear. Two minutes later the Ants found themselves 2-0 down when Bowers cut the ball across the goalmouth to JORDAN SCOTT who tapped the ball into the empty net after 48 minutes. Things went from bad to worse a minute later, as MacKinnon teed up WILLIAM PLOMMERS to fire a wonder strike past the Ants keeper and into the top corner from fully 30 yards out as the shellshocked Ants went 3-0 down. The Ants looked as though the heads had dropped a little and MacKinnon nearly added a fourth from distance but his shot flew just wide of the post. The Ants started to come out of their funk, a Littler throw in caused a bit of panic in the Drum defence and eventually Conway put a teasing ball across the six yard box but there were no takers and the chance was gone. In the 68th minute Drumchapel scored a fourth when a corner was headed clear to the edge of the box and substitute DONALD MCCALLUM fired home a volley with his first touch a minute after coming on to make it 4-0 to the home side. There was almost a fifth when another Craig corner found Docherty alone in the six yard box but under pressure from the Ants keeper he hit the ball over the bar.

FULL TIME – DRUMCHAPEL UNITED 4 (DOCHERTY 32, SCOTT 48, PLOMMERS 49, MCCALLUM 68) v 0 ANTS

Ants manager Danny Taylor was impressed by the home side and is looking for a reaction next week at home to East Kilbride Thistle,  “It was a hard day today for the boys against a really good side who will be there or there abouts in the Conference at the end to win it. We need to dust ourselves down and we go again to see how we react next week in our first home game of the season”

Ants Man of the Match sponsored by Rogue Monkey Digital Media – Shaun Gallacher

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Date Time League Season Match Day Full Time
October 31, 2020 3:00 pm WOSFL Conference C 2020-21 2 90'

Ground

Donald Dewar Leisure Centre
Drumchapel, Glasgow, Glasgow City, Scotland, G15 7DU, United Kingdom

Results

Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Drumchapel United134
Saint Anthony’s FC000

Saint Anthony’s FC

21Scott Perry Goalkeeper
2Graeme Crawford Defender
3Zander Tran 14 Defender
17Robert McKenzie Defender
12Kris Littler Defender
4Anton Conway Midfielder
18Declan Walsh Midfielder
8Shaun Gallacher Midfielder
9Evariste Bembo 5 Forward
10Njabulo Ndlovu Midfielder 40'
11Robbie Ewart 7 Forward
5Jay Burns 9 Forward
7Danny Smith 11 Forward
14Rui Carballo 3 Forward
20Ciaran Smith Midfielder
6James Penders Defender
19Stephen McGarrigle Defender
17Drew Boult Defender
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Officials

Referee
Andrew Bryson

Ants decade ends in disaster as Maybole maul Ants

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The Ants ended the decade in horrific fashion following a second half collapse that saw them ship five goals without reply, after ending the first half level at 1-1. It was actually the McKenna Park men who took the lead in the 19th minute when KAMIL LESZCZYNSKI netted his 9th of the season when he prodded home Stevenson’s corner kick to make it 1-0. in the 31st minute Maybole grabbed an equaliser in controversial circumstances when Mr Peacock appeared to play on as Maybole had a shot at goal which was blocked by MacKenzie and then pulled play back after he adjudged that Jordan Banks was fouled by Littler despite it looking like the striker had lost his balance and took a fresh air swipe as Littler got his foot to the ball to clear, ANDREW STEVENSON stepped up and sent Smith the wrong way to level the scoring. The second half was like two different teams had come out but it wasn’t until a mad 5 minute spell just after the hour when Maybole took the lead, Banks squaring the ball to ANDREW STEVENSON to grab his and Maybole’s second goal of the game after 61 minutes. A minute later it was 1-3 when Littler fouled a Maybole attacker whilst the ball looked to be going out of play for a goal kick with a man covering, ANDREW STEVENSON again stepped up and beat Smith from the spot to complete his hat-trick. Within two minutes it went from bad to worse for the Ants as McGrory was shown a straight red card for a late tackle. We didn’t have long to wait for goal number four when MARK DOOLAN fired home from a cross that just evaded Williams to make it 1-4 after 74 minutes and four minutes later it was 1-5 when JAI HOLLAND beat Smith from an angle. JORDAN BANKS got the goal his second half play probably deserved in the 80th minute when he latched on to a long ball, having the freedom of the Ants box as he danced across the six yard box with no Ants player putting in any kind of meaningful tackle then slotting home to put the cherry on the cake for Maybole and giving the Ants a miserable end to the decade and made it 1-6 to the visitors

 

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Date Time League Season Match Day Full Time
December 28, 2019 1:45 pm West Region League 2 2019-20 22 90'

Ground

McKenna Park
392 Shieldhall Rd, Glasgow G51 4JA, UK

Results

Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Saint Anthony’s FC101
Maybole156

Saint Anthony’s FC

1Charles Smith Goalkeeper
2Darren Taylor 16 Midfielder
3Stuart MacKenzie 15 Defender
4Stephen McGarrigle Defender
5Kris Littler Defender
6Derek McGrory Defender
7Mark McIlvaney Midfielder
8Shaun Gallacher Midfielder
9Ross Stevenson 14 Forward
10Kamil Leszczynski Forward
11Fraser Williams Midfielder
12Greg Marshall Defender
14Sean Brennan 9 Defender
15Jack Doak 3 Midfielder
16Andrew Turner 2 Midfielder
17Ronnie McDonald Defender
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Officials

Referee
Robert Peacock

Wanderers go Forth as Ants beaten at home

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It was a game of two halves at McKenna Park, both in terms of the football and the weather, the rainy and windy first half goal-less with the Ants having the best of the few chances created and in the calmer drier second half, Forth grabbing two goals to the Ants one go back east with all 3 points in the bag. The first goal coming in the 60th minute when Ferguson found JONATHAN BRANKS  with a fine pass with the outside of his boot, the striker, who was possibly offside, turned McGarrigle and then fired past Kelly to give the visitors the lead. In the 68th minute a corner was partially cleared by Littler, but only to JORDAN LYNCH who took a couple of touches to get the ball under control then fired past Kelly to double the visitors lead. The Ants pulled one back in the 85th minute when KAMIL LESZCZYNSKI grabbed his 8th of the season when he dusted himself after being fouled in the box to beat Law from the penalty spot but it was too little too late as Forth held on to all 3 points.

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Date Time League Season Full Time
December 14, 2019 1:45 pm West Region League 2 2019-20 94'

Ground

McKenna Park
392 Shieldhall Rd, Glasgow G51 4JA, UK

Results

Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Saint Anthony’s FC011
Forth Wanderers022

Saint Anthony’s FC

1Robbie Kelly Goalkeeper
2Graeme Crawford Defender 85'
3Fraser Williams Midfielder
4Stephen McGarrigle 16 Defender
5Kris Littler Defender 39'
6Sean Brennan Defender
7Shaun Gallacher 14 Midfielder 41'
8Derek McGrory Defender
9Ross Stevenson 15 Forward
10Kamil Leszczynski Forward 85'
11Mark McIlvaney Midfielder
12Jack Doak Midfielder
14Johnny McKay 7 Midfielder
15Andrew Turner 9 Midfielder
16Ross Mundy 4 Forward
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Officials

Referee
Connor Greenan

Super Sub is Andy as Turner sinks Lugar

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Ten man Ants showed a lot of character and determination to come out on top on a dreary day at Rosebank Park. The Ants took the lead in the 18th minute when a McGrory free kick found the head of SHAUN GALLACHER who gave the keeper no chance as he powered the ball into the bottom left hand corner to put the Ants 0-1 ahead, however the small bunch of travelling Ants fans and committee had their head in the hands a minute later, A mistake saw Austin have to sprint from his line to get to the ball from just outside of his box with a sliding tackle but the ball landed to the feet of LOGAN ANGUS 40 yards from goal and he fired the ball into the empty net with Austin unable to get back in his goal on time to level the score at 1-1. Worse was to come from an Ants perspective when 10 minutes later Lugar took the lead, this time LEWIS KERR smashed the ball from fully 35 yards past Austin to put Lugar 2-1 ahead. Five minutes before the break the Ants were level again when SHAUN GALLACHER got on the end of another McGrory free kick to lash the ball past Graham for his and the Ants second to level the match at 2-2.

Half Time – Lugar 2 v 2 Ants

The second half was barely a minute old when Marshall sent KAMIL LESZCZYNSKI through on goal with a defender in close proximity, the Polish hitman shrugged off the defender before rounding Graham and rolling the ball into the empty net to put the Ants back into the lead. Once again however the Ants couldn’t hold onto their lead for more than 2 minutes when a deep free kick rebounded off an Ants defender in the 6 yard box right into the path of CHRISTOPHER HUNTER who could barely believe his luck as he fired past Austin to make it 3-3. The Ants were then reduced to 10 men when McIlvaney was somehow shown a red card for a tackle that the ref had deemed to be serious foul play, much to McIlvaney and most people in the grounds surprise and those of an Ants persuasion would have been forgiven for thinking it wasn’t going to be their day however in the 77th minute super sub ANDREW TURNER twisted and turned in the box before sending the keeper the wrong way to give the Ants a 3-4 lead which this time they managed to hold onto despite being a man short

Full Time – Lugar 3 v 4 Ants

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Date Time League Season Match Day Full Time
December 7, 2019 1:45 pm West Region League 2 2019-20 19 96'

Ground

Rosebank Park
32 Muirkirk Rd, Lugar, Cumnock KA18 3LJ, UK

Results

Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Lugar Boswell Thistle213
Saint Anthony’s FC224

Saint Anthony’s FC

1Dylan Austin Goalkeeper
2Graeme Crawford Defender 59'
3Fraser Williams Midfielder 77'
93'
4Sean Brennan Defender
5Kris Littler Defender
6Greg Marshall 15 Defender
7Shaun Gallacher Midfielder 18', 40'
90'
8Derek McGrory Defender 18', 40'
70'
9Ross Stevenson 14 Forward
10Kamil Leszczynski Forward 46'
47'
11Mark McIlvaney Midfielder 51'
73'
12Paul Sweeney Defender
14Andrew Turner 9 Midfielder 77'
15Jack Doak 6 Midfielder
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Three in a row as Ants beat Ardeer

The Ants winning streak continued as they made it three wins on the bounce, although they left Ardeer having had a couple of bits of luck go their way in order to take the three points. An own goal by DAVID ANDERSON in the 61st minute put the Ants in-front although Ardeer did hit the inside of the post with a header near the end, before being reduced to 10 men when Nairn was shown a second yellow for dissent with 9 minutes on the clock. Not the greatest game either side will ever play and the Ants will need to step it up a gear if they are to take anything from their travels away to Annbank next week.

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Date Time League Season Match Day Full Time
October 12, 2019 2:00 pm West Region League 2 2019-20 12 90'

Ground

Ardeer Stadium
16 Muir Dr, Stevenston, North Ayrshire KA20 3JD, UK

Results

Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Ardeer Thistle000
Saint Anthony’s FC011

Saint Anthony’s FC

2Graeme Crawford Defender 61'
3Paul Sweeney 12 Defender
4Ronnie McDonald Defender
5Kris Littler Defender
6Shaun Gallacher Midfielder
7Darren Taylor Midfielder
8Martin Sinclair Midfielder 44'
9Stephen Gray 14 Forward 84'
10Johnny McKay Midfielder
11Mark McIlvaney 15 Midfielder
12Stephen McGarrigle 3 Defender
14Chris MacDonald 9 Midfielder
15Andrew Turner 11 Midfielder
16Greg Marshall Defender
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Officials

Referee
Regan Wallace

191012 Ardeer Thistle FC 0 St Anthony's FC 1

50 shades of Green as Mr Gray hits late winner

The Ants recorded a second win on the spin with a fine 2-1 victory over Vale of Clyde at McKenna Park on Saturday. CHRIS MCLAUGHLIN opened the scoring after 18 minutes to take the Ants into the break 1-0 to the good. With 5 minutes to go it looked like the Vale had grabbed a point when DEAN CURRIE’s deflected shot beat Patrick however straight from centre the Ants went up the park and Leszczynski found STEPHEN GRAY who fired low past Scott into the bottom corner to ensure that all three points stayed at McKenna Park.

191005 St Anthony's FC 2 Vale of Clyde 1

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Date Time League Season Match Day Full Time
October 5, 2019 2:00 pm West Region League 2 2019-20 11 95'

Ground

McKenna Park
392 Shieldhall Rd, Glasgow G51 4JA, UK

Results

Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Saint Anthony’s FC112
Vale of Clyde011

Saint Anthony’s FC

2Graeme Crawford Defender 72'
3Fraser Williams Midfielder 90'
4Ronnie McDonald Defender
5Kris Littler Defender 89'
6Shaun Gallacher 15 Midfielder
7Darren Taylor Midfielder
8Chris McLaughlin Midfielder 18'
9Kamil Leszczynski 12 Forward 18', 87'
10Johnny McKay 14 Midfielder
11Mark McIlvaney Midfielder 34'
12Stephen McGarrigle 9 Defender
14Stephen Gray 10 Forward 87'
15Paul Sweeney 6 Defender 74'
16Chris MacDonald Midfielder
17Andrew Turner Midfielder
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Officials

Referee
Steven Spence

A point apiece as Saltcoats come visiting

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With a few bodies back from injury after the free week, it was again a much changed Ants side who faced up against Saltcoats at McKenna Park, with Patrick, Sweeney, McGrory, McLaughlin, Sinclair and Gray all coming into the starting line up with Curran, McGarrigle, Crawford, McIlvaney and Edwards all dropping out, with Edwards having left the club earlier in the week after the Vale of Leven game.

It was a game that Saint’s will feel they should have taken more from on the balance of the chances, but it was two own goals that saw the match drawn, The video below shows the best bits of the match

 

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Date Time League Season Match Day Full Time
September 21, 2019 2:00 pm West Region League 2 2019-20 10 95'

Ground

McKenna Park
392 Shieldhall Rd, Glasgow G51 4JA, UK

Results

Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Saint Anthony’s FC101
Saltcoats Victoria101

Saint Anthony’s FC

3Fraser Williams Midfielder
5Shaun Gallacher Midfielder 46'
6Anton Conway Midfielder 86'
8Chris McLaughlin Midfielder
9Stephen Gray 7 Forward
10Kamil Leszczynski Forward 65'
12Paul Sweeney 11 Defender
14Derek McGrory Defender 50'
15Kris Littler Defender
17Martin Sinclair 17 Midfielder 13'
48'
7Chris MacDonald 9 Midfielder
2Ross McLean Midfielder
4Stephen McGarrigle Defender
11Darren Taylor 12 Midfielder
17Johnny McKay 17 Midfielder
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Officials

Referee
Alastair Taylor

Mooch the Man as Ants scrape past Maybole

The Ants managed to scrape past Maybole at Ladywell Stadium thanks to a stunning strike by Chris McLaughlin in a match that wasn’t the greatest to watch but came with an important three points as they looked to climb the table.

The media team missed the opening 30 or so minutes, but we were informed that the Ants hit the post, and that Maybole also had two good chances which they should have taken. When we did eventually take up our spot it was a disjointed end to the first half we saw from the visitors with Maybole having the better of the chances. The Ants only real chance of note saw Edwards find McGarroch inside the box, but the hitman couldn’t get his shot away with a mixture of last gasp tackles, and the ball getting caught under his feet, and when he did finally get the shot away it was blocked for a corner which came to nothing.  Two minutes before half time the home side took the lead, a cross into the box by Hannah found SCOTT BATES in the box, he got the break of the ball and did well to nip in ahead of Littler to prod the ball past Patrick who could only watch as the ball evaded him and trundled into the bottom corner.  Buoyed by this Maybole went close only a minute later when Bates turned provider but Holland couldn’t find the target

HALF TIME – MAYBOLE 1 (BATES 43) v 0 ANTS

The second half saw the Ants look a bit livelier and Johnson had to be alert from a McLaughlin free kick which bounced just infront of the keeper but he held on well. From his kick out Maybole almost doubled their advantage when Patterson found Holland but again the strikers effort lacked direction and went harmlessly past the post. The Ants were handed a golden opportunity to equalise in the 56th minute when Patrick’s goal kick put McGarroch through on goal but he was pulled back as he went into the box by Frame and ref Hay had no doubt as he pointed to the spot. Having dusted himself down up stepped GARY MCGARROCH to put the ball past Johnson although the keeper appeared to get a good hand on the spot kick an levelled the scores up at 1-1.  Just after the hour mark McGarroch came close to putting the Ants infront with a header from a McLaughlin free kick but the header went past Johnson’s post then McLaughlin had a speculative effort which went high and wide. Maybole for their part saw Holland have a shot well blocked by Marshall.

The match winning moment came in the 76th minute when CHRIS MCLAUGHLIN picked up a loose ball in the middle of the park and drove forward, before unleashing an unstoppable shot from the best part of 25 yards past Johnson and into the top corner of the net much to the delight of the small band of Ants fans who had made the trip down. Maybole weren’t out of this one yet though and on the 80th minute must have thought they would equalise when Bates found Stevenson all alone inside the box but the sub managed to scoop the ball over the bar when scoring seemed easier. Two minutes later Hannah put a great ball across the box but no Maybole player could get on the end of it and then in the first minute of injury time the same player had a great shot equalled by a similarly great save by Patrick and the Ants held on for their first away win of the season.

FULL TIME – MAYBOLE 1 (BATES 43) v 2 ANTS (MCGARROCH 56 PEN, MCLAUGHLIN 76)

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Date Time League Season Match Day Full Time
August 31, 2019 2:00 pm West Region League 2 2019-20 7 96'

Ground

Ladywell Stadium
47 Dailly Rd, Maybole KA19 7AU, UK

Results

Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Maybole101
Saint Anthony’s FC022

Saint Anthony’s FC

12Ross McLean 2 Midfielder
3Connor Milne Defender
15Kris Littler Defender
4Anton Conway Midfielder
6Mark McIlvaney Midfielder 55'
7Andrew Turner 17 Midfielder
8Chris McLaughlin Midfielder 76'
9David Edwards Forward 92'
10Gary McGarroch Forward 57'
14Shaun Gallacher 11 Midfielder
2Greg Marshall 12 Defender
5Stephen McGarrigle Defender
11Darren Taylor 14 Midfielder 82'
16Stephen Gray Forward
17Kamil Leszczynski 7 Forward 90'
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Officials

Referee
Josh Hay

Ants all at sea as they sink at Vale of Clyde

Fresh from their first win of the season, the Ants travelled to Fullerton Park for this midweek match however come full time they would have wished the traffic chaos that held most of the squad up had went on long into the night as a clinical Vale of Clyde won their first game of the season convincingly.

The opening exchanges saw both teams trying to get a feel for the game as the rain lashed down and the opening 10 minutes saw a couple of half chances with Fraser for the Vale hitting over the bar from distance then McLaughlin for the Ants having a shot blocked, however in the 13th minute of the game we got the opening goal and what a strike it was, McCue’s throw in found DEAN CURRIE a good 30 yards out from goal and he unleashed a low powerful drive that although Patrick got a hand to, hit the inside of the post and into the net to make it 1-0 to the home side.  The Ants started to find their feet a little more after the goal and a cross from Milne was inches away from reaching Edwards at the back post but the Ants hitman was always stretching and the chance was gone, then Leszczynski was sent through on goal, but good goalkeeping saw Scott off his line quickly enough to narrow the angle and get the block in. A clever flick from the impressive Hogan put the Vale goalscorer Currie in on goal again but this time his half volley went over the bar and it remained 1-0 to the Tin Pail. Right on the stroke of half time came the Ants best chance of the half when Gallacher hit a shot from the edge of the box but Vale keeper Scott made a fine diving save.

HALF TIME VALE OF CLYDE 1 (CURRIE 13) v 0 ANTS

The second half was barely a minute old when the Ants almost grabbed an equaliser when McLaughlin had a shot from distance but Scott was on hand again to push the ball over the bar for a corner that came to nothing. Hogan was becoming more of a danger and a jinking run saw him beat 2 or 3 Ants defenders before his low cross was blocked by McGarrigle then Turner almost got lucky when he closed down a pass back to Patrick and the ball hit the Vale striker but luckily for Ants the ball went over the bar. In the 64th minute the Vale went two goals up, A long ball from the back was misjudged by Marshall, McGarrigle and NICKY FRASER raced to get onto the ball but it was the Vale number 9 who flicked a boot at the ball over the head of Patrick who had decided to come for the ball and into the empty net.  The Vale were turning the screw and it was only a great save by Patrick that kept it at 2-0 as he parried away a shot from the edge of the box but in the 70th minute the Vale got their 3rd, this time Patrick made another good save from Hogan but the ball broke to SEAN MCGILLIVARY and he slotted into the net despite the efforts of the Ants defence to all but tie up the match. The Ants did pull a goal back through MARK MCILVANEY in the 80th minute when his shot from 30 yards was deflected past Scott to make it 3-1 but the joy was short lived as KEVIN TURNER restored the Vale’s 3 goal cushion in the 84th minute with a shot that crept past Patrick into the far bottom corner.

A fully deserved first win of the season for Vale of Clyde and much to think about for Ants manager John Kelly

FULL TIME – VALE OF CLYDE 4 (CURRIE 13, FRASER 64, MCGILLIVARY 70, TURNER 84) V 1 ANTS (M.MCILVANEY 80)

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Date Time League Season Match Day Full Time
August 21, 2019 6:45 pm West Region League 2 2019-20 5 90'

Ground

Fullerton Park
9 Easterhill St, Glasgow G32 8LN, UK

Results

Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Vale of Clyde134
Saint Anthony’s FC011

Saint Anthony’s FC

2Graeme Crawford Defender
3Connor Milne Defender
4Stephen McGarrigle Defender
5Greg Marshall Defender
6Shaun Gallacher Midfielder 18'
7Chris MacDonald 16 Midfielder
8Chris McLaughlin Midfielder 14'
9David Edwards 17 Forward
10Kamil Leszczynski Forward
11Fraser Williams 15 Midfielder 25'
12Kris Littler Defender
14Anton Conway Midfielder
15Mark McIlvaney 11 Midfielder 80'
16Gary McGarroch 7 Forward
17Stephen Gray 9 Forward
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Officials

Referee
Kieran O’Reilly