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Ants march into third round of Scottish as Leszczynski takes the limelight

Ants striker Kamil Leszczynski was the toast of McKenna Park as his double saw the Ants go into the hat for the third round draw on the 8th of October as John Kelly’s injury ravaged side left it late to put New Elgin to the sword.

The Ants were missing NINE players as they made the 4+ hour journey north to face North Region side New Elgin in the second round of the Macron Scottish Junior cup leaving them down to the bare bones but they dug out a fine 2-1 victory against a stuffy New Elgin side.

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Date Time League Season Full Time
September 28, 2019 2:30 pm Scottish Junior Cup 2019-20 90'

Ground

Nicol-Togneri Park
Perimeter Rd, Elgin IV30 , UK

Results

Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals
New Elgin FC101
Saint Anthony’s FC112

Saint Anthony’s FC

1Sean Patrick Goalkeeper
2Graeme Crawford Defender
3Frazer Williams Midfielder 31'
4Ronnie McDonald Defender 82'
42'
5Kris Littler Defender
6Shaun Gallacher Midfielder 43'
7Darren Taylor Midfielder
8Chris McLaughlin 14 Midfielder
9Kamil Leszczynski Forward 32', 82'
10Johnny McKay 12 Midfielder
11Martin Sinclair Midfielder
12Ross Mundy 10 Forward 86'
14Anton Conway 8 Midfielder
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190928 New Elgin JFC 1 St Anthony's FC 2

Ants hit for five as Arthur haunts McKenna Park

Ants top goalscorer last season Scott Arthur came back to haunt the Ants with new club Vale of Leven, scoring two goals in a 5-0 defeat of John Kelly’s men at McKenna Park, in a match where nothing went right for the injury hit home side.

The Ants made a number of changes to the starting XI from the win at Maybole, with Patrick, McLean, Milne, Turner, McLaughlin and McGarroch all not making the 11 for various reasons including injury to at least 4 of them, Goalkeeping coach Tony Curran taking his place between the sticks, with Crawford, Williams, Leszczynski, McGarrigle and Taylor coming into the side.

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Date Time League Season Match Day Full Time
September 7, 2019 2:00 pm West Region League 2 2019-20 8 90'

Ground

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

Results

Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Saint Anthony’s FC000
Vale of Leven325

Saint Anthony’s FC

1Tony Curran Goalkeeper 74'
2Kris Littler Defender
3Graeme Crawford Defender 76'
4Stephen McGarrigle Defender
5Shaun Gallacher Midfielder 61'
6Mark McIlvaney Midfielder
9David Edwards Forward
11Darren Taylor 12 Midfielder
16Frazer Williams 7 Midfielder
14Anton Conway Midfielder
16Kamil Leszczynski Forward
7Andrew Turner 16 Midfielder
8Chris MacDonald Midfielder
10Steven Fitzpatrick Midfielder
12Ross McLean 11 Midfielder 87'
15Greg Marshall Defender
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Officials

Referee
Robert Peacock

 

 

 

It’s a magnificent seven for Ants as they get back to winning ways

After the disappointment of the midweek defeat to Vale of Clyde, Ants manager John Kelly rung the changes with four changes to his starting line up. Littler, Conway, Mark McIlvaney and Sinclair coming in place of McGarrigle, Marshall, MacDonald and Williams. The changes though did not immediately appear to have made a difference as it was the visitors who took the lead when a long diagonal ball found Howson at the back post, he squared the ball to MARTIN JANIK and the big striker knocked past Patrick to give Newmains the lead with only three minutes on the clock much to the despair of the Ants crowd who were looking for the team to bounce back.

Having said that, it was somewhat of a false dawn for the visitors as from then on in it was pretty much a game of attack v defense as the Ants piled on the pressure looking for the equaliser, with the visitors having to try and play on the counter. There were a couple of half chances for the Ants as Gallacher, Edwards and McLaughlin all had efforts that were either easily dealt with by Meek or went high or wide of the target. Sinclair, making his first start since joining in the summer, was impressive on the right hand side and his crosses were causing problems at the back for the visitors and in the 15th minute he almost got lucky as one of his crosses ended with Meek adjusting his feet well to save as it threatened to go in. Leszczynski will probably feel he could have done better in the 22nd minute when McLaughlin clipped a ball to the back post, Gallacher couldn’t get his head to it but it found the Polish striker who caught the ball maybe a little too well and from a tightish angle his shot went over the bar. Milne then whipped in a great cross a minute later onto the head of the aforementioned Leszczynski but he couldn’t direct his header on target and Meek watched on gratefully as the ball went just past his near post. In the 26th minute the Ants got the goal their play deserved and a fine team goal it was too. Gallacher picked up the ball in the middle of the park, he ran with it then passed it to McIlvaney, who played it to McLaughlin, he switched the play to the Ants left back Milne who in turn found Gallacher, His short pass found DAVID EDWARDS 25 yards out and the Ants striker let fly with a shot on the turn past he despairing Meek and into the bottom corner to level things up with his 4th goal in 6 games for the club.

Having drawn level, the Ants were now in the hunt for a second to take the lead and the McKenna Park crowd were almost celebrating again on the half hour mark when good play between McIlvaney and Leszczynski saw the latter find Milne but the left back’s shot flew inches wide of Meek’s far post. There wasnt long to wait though when in the 35th minute the Ants did take the lead, Sinclair’s cross finding the head of KAMIL LESZCZYNSKI at the back post and he powered a header across the keeper and into the net to make it 2-1 to the Govan side. Sinclair then had a shot of his own well held by Meek but the Newmains keeper was powerless to stop the Ants extending their lead in the 42nd minute when Edwards laid the ball back to MARK MCILVANEY at the edge of the box and the midfielder smashed the ball home for his second in two games to give the Ants a two goal cushion. Newmains almost grabbed a second in first half injury time but Banks was denied by a great tackle from Crawford, which led to the Ants defender picking up a sore one for his troubles as the ball went behind for a goal kick.

HALF TIME – ANTS 3 (EDWARDS 26, LESZCZYNSKI 36, M.MCILVANEY 42) v 1 NEWMAINS (JANIK 3)

The second half was more of the same with the Ants camped in the Newmains half for the vast majority, and within minutes of the restart the home side almost added a fourth when Leszczynski played a neat 1-2 with Edwards but Meek did well to save from the former’s drive at goal. With 58 minutes on the clock the Ants got the 4th when Leszczynski found CHRIS MCLAUGHLIN who danced and twisted away from a couple of Newmains players before pirouetting from a third then steadied himself to fire past Meek into the far corner. The Ants then introduced Andy Turner and Gary McGarroch with Sinclair and Edwards making way and if Newmains thought this would mean a bit of respite they would have been wrong with both players looking to add to the Ants goal tally.

Leszczynski once again was denied by Meek in the Newmains goal when he was put through on goal, the keeper this time thwarting him with his feet. The Ants were pushing hard for goal number five and in the 68th minute they got the goal their efforts deserved with another great team goal. Patrick took a short goal-kick to Conway, who rolled the ball to Milne, The Ants full back spotted the run into the channel by Leszczynski and found him with a great long pass, he beat a Newmains defender before cutting the ball back into the path of sub ANDY TURNER who didn’t even have to break his stride to dispatch the ball past Meek for his first goal for the club and the Ants fifth of the afternoon. Credit to Newmains who could have easily thrown in the towel but they kept trying to play football, and a nice move saw Janik sent down the edge of the penalty box but his cross was a little too close to Patrick who gathered well.

This spurred the Ants back into action and two goals in three minutes put the gloss on the scoreline, the first coming from the penalty spot when Leszczynski was fouled in the box and GARY MCGARROCH stepped up to calmly put the ball past Meek for his first goal for the club to put the Ants 6-1 ahead and then a goal of the season contender from ANDY TURNER in the 78th minute when he volleyed home from the join between the touchline and the halfway line after Meek had miskicked an attempted clearance, the Newmains keeper tried to chase back in vain but he was helpless to stop it as the ball went in at his far post to put the Ants fans into seventh heaven.

Newmains did manage to pull a consolation goal back a minute later when a mix-up in the Ants defence saw Patrick come to collect a through ball, whilst an Ants defender or two tried to shepherd the ball back to him, only to see the ball fall to ALLAN HALLIDAY who couldn’t believe his luck and he gladly rolled the ball into the empty net to make it 7-2. There were a couple of further chances for the Ants to add to their tally but a mixture of good goalkeeping, last gasp defending and poor finishing saw them unable to notch any more goals.

FULL TIME – ANTS 3 (EDWARDS 26, LESZCZYNSKI 36, M.MCILVANEY 42, MCLAUGHLIN 58, TURNER 68,78 MCGARROCH 75 (PEN) ) v 2 NEWMAINS (JANIK 3, HALLIDAY 79)

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Date Time League Season Match Day Full Time
August 24, 2019 2:00 pm West Region League 2 2019-20 6 90'

Ground

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

Results

Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Saint Anthony’s FC347
Newmains United112

Saint Anthony’s FC

1Sean Patrick Goalkeeper
2Graeme Crawford 4 Defender
3Connor Milne Defender
5Shaun Gallacher Midfielder 26'
6Mark McIlvaney Midfielder 42'
8Chris McLaughlin Midfielder 58'
10David Edwards 9 Forward 26'
42'
11Martin Sinclair 7 Midfielder 35'
12Kris Littler Defender
14Anton Conway Midfielder
16Kamil Leszczynski Forward 35'
75', 68', 58'
4Greg Marshall 2 Defender
7Andrew Turner 11 Midfielder 68', 78'
9Gary McGarroch 10 Forward 75'
15Stephen McGarrigle Defender
17Stephen Gray Forward
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Officials

Referee
Michael Bonner

190824 St Anthony's FC 7 Newmains Utd FC 2

 

Three is the magic number as Ants get first win

Three points, in the third game with three goals scored showed that three really is the magic number as the Ants put Lugar to the sword at McKenna Park. It could, and probably should have been a wider margin as the Ants missed a few gilt-edged chances but the main thing is they recorded the win, with a clean sheet to boot.

The Ants were fresh from a week off after the match v Thorniewood was postponed the week before and right from the first whistle looked right up for the fight. Within the opening five minutes they almost took the lead when Edwards cross met Williams at the front post but he was stretching to reach the ball and didn’t connect properly with the ball going over the bar. That set the tone for the majority of the half as the Ants piled the pressure on, although Lugar did threaten now and then from the counter attack and Patrick did well to narrow the angle on Dunn. Leszczynski and Edwards were causing the Lugar backline no end of problems and with 12 minutes on the clock Milne found the former, who turned his marker but could only shoot into the side netting.  Chris McLaughlin, making his first start since re-joining from Neilston, was pulling the strings in the middle of the park and a diagonal pass from him found the head of Leszczynski at the back post but his header went just wide.

Lugar were more or less camped in their own half and the Ants had a penalty claim turned down as Edwards appeared to be pulled back by Cornell. Despite the Ants dominance, it was almost the visitors that took the lead when Buchanan flicked a corner into the path of his defensive partner Cornell who stuck a leg to divert it goalwards, only for Patrick to save and the ball was cleared off the line. McLaughlin then had an effort at goal which didn’t really trouble Graham in the Lugar goal as the Ants continued their onslaught of the visitors goal.

The Ants thought they had broken the deadlock in the 32nd minute when a fine move involving Gallagher and McLaughlin saw the latter play a neat ball through to Edwards who raced in on goal and slotted the ball past Graham only for the ball to hit the inside of the far post then bounce along the goal line to hit the inside of the near post, just when it looked like the ball was going to finally cross the line Graham got back and collected it with only 3/4 of the ball in the goal, much to the frustration of the McKenna Park faithful. Edwards was getting close to the opener and he was a fraction too late to get on the edge of a Williams cross in the 35th minute and the ball went out for a goal kick. A minute later the Ants hit the woodwork for a third time, this time from Gallacher after clever play by Leszczynski. A goal had to be coming and in the 42nd minute the Ants were given a golden chance to do so from the penalty spot after MacDonald was judged to have been fouled by Cornell as he tried to cross into the box and DAVID EDWARDS gave Graham no chance, sending him the wrong way from the spot to deservedly put the Ants 1-0 up.

HALF TIME – ANTS 1 (EDWARDS 42 PEN) v 0 LUGAR

The second half was more of the same with the Ants pushing forward and Lugar restricted to a rare counter attack. The Ants thought they had doubled the scoreline in the 48th minute when MacDonald crossed for Edwards to tap the ball into the net but the Ref had already blown with the Ants winger judged to have been offside followed by half chances for McLaughlin and Gallacher. The Ants did eventually get the second goal in the 57th minute with a well worked goal. Patrick played a short goal kick to Marshall, He passed it to McGarrigle who played the ball to full back Crawford, his sweeping ball forward saw Leszczynski get on the end of it before the Polish striker squared the ball for DAVID EDWARDS to slam the ball past Graham to double the home side’s lead. Two minutes later it really should have been 3-0 when the impressive McLaughlin sent Williams through on goal with a well weighted pass but the Ants wing man saw his shot well saved by Graham.

The chances kept coming for the Ants as MacDonald had a great chance after some neat play down the wing saw Edwards beat three men, his cross found MacDonald at the back post but once again Graham did well to narrow the angle and put the ball over the bar for a corner kick that came to nothing. Edwards almost netted his hat-trick in the 73rd minute, Crawford again found Leszczynski with a long ball which caught out the Lugar defence, but this time Edwards couldn’t get on the end of the cross, then Milne really should have done better when he headed over from a pinpoint cross from McLaughlin. Lugar’s only chance of note in the second half was when Buchanan headed wide from a free kick with 77 minutes on the clock.

Six minutes from time the Ants finally killed the game off when CHRIS MCLAUGHLIN beat Graham with a fine free kick that was whipped in with pace and found the far corner to the delight of the McKenna Park faithful who must have been wondering if the missed chances would come back to haunt them. Lugar were reduced to ten men in the final minute when Cornell, who had already been booked for complaining after the penalty, brought McLaughlin down on the edge of the box and was shown a second yellow card. Salt was almost rubbed into the wound from the resultant free kick but McLaughlin’s effort went just over the crossbar.

FULL TIME ANTS 3 (EDWARDS 42 PEN, 57, MCLAUGHLIN 84) v 0 LUGAR

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Date Time League Season Match Day Full Time
August 17, 2019 2:00 pm West Region League 2 2019-20 4 90'

Ground

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

Results

Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Saint Anthony’s FC123
Lugar Boswell Thistle000

Saint Anthony’s FC

1Sean Patrick Goalkeeper
2Graeme Crawford Defender
3Connor Milne Defender
4Stephen McGarrigle Defender
5Greg Marshall Defender
6Shaun Gallacher 14 Midfielder 79'
7Chris MacDonald Midfielder
8Chris McLaughlin Midfielder 84'
9David Edwards 15 Forward 42', 57'
10Kamil Leszczynski 17 Forward 57'
11Frazer Williams Midfielder
12Kris Littler Defender
14Anton Conway 6 Midfielder
15Mark McIlvaney 9 Midfielder
16Jack McIlvaney Defender
17Stephen Gray 10 Forward
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Officials

Referee
Steven Spence


190817 St Anthony's FC 3 Lugar Boswell Thistle FC 0

Back to the drawing board as Burgh beat Ants

The Ants home league campaign got off to a poor start as they were roundly beaten by Johnstone Burgh 1-3 at McKenna Park on Wednesday night.

It all started so brightly for the Ants when after only two minutes on the clock they took the lead. Milne found Edwards from a free kick and his cross found FRASER WILLIAMS only 2 yards out to bundle the ball home to the delight of the McKenna Park faithful. Five minutes later though Burgh were level when JASON HARDIE sent a free kick through the Ants defensive wall and past the diving Patrick to level it up at 1-1. Both sides had a couple of half chances for the remainder of the half, but there was nothing of real note until the 43rd minute when The Ants had a great shout for a penalty knocked back by Ref Murdoch when Edwards was pulled back by Orr as he looked to bring down a ball over the top but much to the annoyance of those of an Ants persuasion no whistle blew and play continued

HALF TIME ANTS 1 (WILLIAMS 2) v 1 JOHNSTONE BURGH (HARDIE 7)

It was the visitors who came out in the second half looking more likely to take the lead as they started to take control of the game, with the Ants lacklustre both in and out of possession. A quick throw in on the 58 minute mark saw Marriott pass the ball back to ROBBIE MCCUTCHEON who’s cross was left by the Ants defence and keeper, who looked on in horror as the ball went in at the back post to make it 2-1 to the visitors. Leszczynski had an effort on the turn saved well by Collins but there looked only to be one winner, and when JASON HARDIE tapped home at the back post, strong suspicion of offside after Fyfe had flicked a long throw into his path, it was no less than the visitors deserved and put the game to bed as a contest

FULL TIME ANTS 1 (WILLIAMS 2) v 3 JOHNSTONE BURGH (HARDIE 7, 79 MCCUTCHEON 58)

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Date Time League Season Match Day Full Time
August 7, 2019 7:00 pm West Region League 2 2019-20 2 94'

Ground

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

Results

Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Saint Anthony’s FC101
Johnstone Burgh123

Saint Anthony’s FC

1Sean Patrick Goalkeeper
2Graeme Crawford Defender 50'
3Connor Milne Defender
4Stephen McGarrigle Defender
5Kris Littler Defender
6Anton Conway 17 Midfielder
7Andrew Turner 14 Midfielder
8Shaun Gallacher Midfielder 64'
9David Edwards Forward 2'
79'
10Stephen Gray Forward 93'
11Frazer Williams 15 Midfielder 2'
12Greg Marshall Defender
14Chris McLaughlin 7 Midfielder
15Johnny McStay 11 Midfielder
16Martin Sinclair Midfielder
17Kamil Leszczynski 6 Forward
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Officials

Referee
Sean Murdoch

Muirkirk misery as Ants lose league opener

The Ants slipped to an opening day defeat away to Muirkirk in a match that on another day could have finished 7-4 with both teams missing some great chances but it was Muirkirk who made two of their chances count and took home all three points.

The game was barely a minute old when Williams sent Leszczynski through on goal and he slipped the ball past Muirkirk’s goalkeeper Bogle but frustratingly for the Ants also past the post. Hesitation in the Ants defence then almost let Aitchison in for the home side but he tried to be clever and chip the ball over Patrick only to fluff his lines and chip tamely into the Ants keepers grateful hands.

Chances flowed as both times tried to break the deadlock and in the 44th minute the home side did just that when Gordon beat a couple of Ants players and his cutback from the by-line found NICK AITCHISON to slam the ball past Patrick to give the home side a 1-0 lead

HALF TIME – MUIRKIRK 1 (AITCHISON 44) v 0 ANTS

The second half was more of the same with both sides creating chances without taking them before a penalty was awarded to Muirkirk in the 61st minute when Crawford was judged to have pulled back Aitchison in the box, maybe a little harshly, and it was NICK AITCHISON who dusted himself down to beat Patrick from 12 yards and give the home side a 2-0 lead. The Ants had 3 great chances to get back into the match but Edwards and Leszczynski couldn’t convert the chances and it was Muirkirk who took all three points

FULL TIME – MUIRKIRK 2 (AITCHISON 44, 61 PEN) v 0 ANTS

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Date Time League Season Match Day Full Time
August 3, 2019 2:00 pm West Region League 2 2019-20 1 90'

Ground

Burnside Park
3 Furnace Rd, Muirkirk, Cumnock KA18 3RE, UK

Results

Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Muirkirk112
Saint Anthony’s FC000

Saint Anthony’s FC

1Sean Patrick Goalkeeper
2Graeme Crawford Defender
3Kris Littler 12 Defender 47'
4Stephen McGarrigle Defender
5Greg Marshall Defender
6Anton Conway Midfielder
7Chris MacDonald 14 Midfielder
8Johnny McStay Midfielder
9David Edwards Forward
10Kamil Leszczynski Forward
11Frazer Williams 16 Midfielder 39'
12Connor Milne 3 Defender
14Stephen Gray 7 Forward
15Mark McIlvaney Midfielder
16Andrew Turner 11 Midfielder
17Martin Sinclair Midfielder
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Referee
Josh Hay

 

Ants spot on in penalty victory over Greenock

The Ants sectional league cup campaign came to an end with a spot-kick victory over Greenock at McKenna Park to take the bonus point on offer following a 2-2 draw after 90 minutes.

It was the visitors who opened the scoring in the 8th minute of the match when ALAN FRIZZELL shot through a ruck of players past Patrick after a ball into the box was only partially cleared to the end of the box, Both teams had chances with Edwards and McGarroch going close for the Ants and Miller and Brown doing likewise for the visitors before the Ants were quite literally handed a penalty when ref Christie pointed to the spot following a handball in the box. Fresh from his debut double v Annfield Plain DAVID EDWARDS stepped up to give former Ants keeper Graham Black no chance from 12 yards to level it at 1-1 with 21 minutes on the clock. Greenock almost took the lead just after the half hour but Ants keeper Sean Patrick pulled off a great double save, injuring his eye in the process although continuing on despite his eye looking like it was closing over. It seemed it would be all square at the break but right on the stroke of half time the visitors once again went in front when Cameron found SCOTT MILLER with a cut back and he slammed the ball past Ants keeper Patrick to regain the one goal advantage.

HALF TIME – ANTS 1 (EDWARDS 21) v 2 GREENOCK (FRIZZELL 8, MILLER 45)

The second half was more of the same with both sides creating half chances and the game flowing from end to end, the next goal didn’t come until the 70th minute when Edwards turned provider as his corner saw GRAEME CRAWFORD leap highest in the box to head past Black to level the match at 2-2. Neither side could find a winner, Greenock coming closest with an effort that came back off the bar, whilst the Ants had some half chances of their own and the match would be decided from the spot.

FULL TIME – ANTS 2 (EDWARDS 21, CRAWFORD 70) v 2 GREENOCK (FRIZZELL 8, MILLER 45)

Greenock were first up for the spot kicks and made it 1-0, then Edwards levelled at 1-1, Houlihan restored Greenock’s lead to make it 2-1 before Leszczynski made it 2-2, Next up Patrick guessed right to deny Guthrie then Sinclair made it 3-2 Ants, Paterson levelled at 3-3 before Crawford made it 4-3 Ants, Greenock captain Doherty was next up but Patrick once again guessed correctly to deny Greenock and the Ants had picked up the bonus point

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Ants win 4-3 on Pens

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Date Time League Season Full Time
July 31, 2019 7:00 pm West Region Sectional League Cup 2019-20 90'

Ground

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

Results

Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Saint Anthony’s FC112
Greenock Juniors202

Saint Anthony’s FC

1Sean Patrick Goalkeeper
2Graeme Crawford Defender 70'
3Kris Littler Defender
4Stephen McGarrigle Defender
5Greg Marshall Defender
6Anton Conway Midfielder
7Chris MacDonald 15 Midfielder
8Shaun Gallacher Midfielder 88'
9David Edwards Forward 22'
70'
10Gary McGarroch 17 Forward
11Andrew Turner 16 Midfielder
12Jack McIlvaney Defender
14Mark McIlvaney Midfielder
15Martin Sinclair 7 Midfielder
16Steven Fitzpatrick 11 Midfielder
17Kamil Leszczynski 10 Forward
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Officials

Referee
Brian Christie

New stand to be named after Mark Ritchie

It was announced at the recent Mark Ritchie Memorial match that after speaking to Mark’s family, the new stand the club are currently fundraising for will be named after former Ants captain Mark Ritchie who passed away tragically at the age of only 34 three years ago. Mark was with the club for 3 seasons in two separate spells and we feel it is fitting to have a permanent memorial in place at the ground in his honour.

If you want to donate to the crowdfunding for the stand please visit Our Just Giving Crowdfunding Page

Morton on a roll as Ants hit for six

The Ants 2019/20 season got off to a nightmare start as they were hit for six away to Renfrew in the Sectional League Cup group 7.

Renfrew opened the scoring in the 15th minute when slack play at the back allowed McKenna to find Jordan Davidson unmarked in the middle and he slammed the ball past Wright. The Ants almost hit back but Leszczynski’s effort cannoned back off the bar and was cleared to safety. With 31 minutes on the clock the home side doubled their lead when a ball over the top saw a shot blocked by the Ants defence but landed to Craig Dallas who’s deflected shot made it 2-0 to the home side after 27 minutes. It was 3-0 after 35 minutes hitting the Ants on the counter attack after Taylor’s shot was saved and a cross found the head of Scott Morton who headed home only four minutes after replacing McKenna through injury.

HALF TIME RENFREW 3 v 0 ANTS

The Ants had barely got started in the second half when they found themselves 4 goals down when Sean McCall sent a looping cross-come-shot over the head of Wright and into the top corner. With 65 minutes on the clock it was 5-0 when the ball hit of Scott Morton in the box after a shot by McIntosh and went into the net despite Jack McIlvaney’s efforts to stop it on the line.  Williams forced McLeay into a good save from a free kick as the Ants tried to give their small band of supporters something at least to cheer but it was to no avail as Scott Morton grabbed his third and Renfrew’s sixth as he got on the end of a cross in injury time.

FULL TIME RENFREW 6 v 0 ANTS

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Date Time League Season Full Time
July 26, 2019 7:30 pm West Region Sectional League Cup 2019-20 90'

Ground

New Western Park
W Lodge Rd, Renfrew PA4 9EN, UK

Results

Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Renfrew336
Saint Anthony’s FC000

Saint Anthony’s FC

1Chris Wright Goalkeeper
2Darren Taylor Midfielder
3Frazer Williams Midfielder
4Stephen McGarrigle Defender
5Kris Littler Defender
14Jack McIlvaney Defender
7Shaun Gallacher Midfielder
8Johnny McStay 12 Midfielder
9Gary McGarroch 15 Forward
10Kamil Leszczynski 17 Forward
11Mark McIlvaney Midfielder
12Chris MacDonald 8 Midfielder
6Connor Milne Defender
15Stephen Gray 9 Forward
16Johnny McKay Midfielder
17Steven Fitzpatrick 10 Midfielder
 

Ants finish 3rd in the Oban Saints tournament

The Ants were 90 seconds away from winning the D&K Lafferty Contractors Oban Saints tournament in what was a great day at Mossfield Stadium and Glencruitten.

The Ants started off the day with a 2-0 victory over Alloa Athletic 19s in a 15 minute a half format, KAMIL LESZCZYNSKI opening the scoring in the first half before his brother PAWEL LESZCZYNSKI scored a goal of the season contender with his first touch, coming off the bench to rifle a 25 yarder right into the top corner giving the Alloa keeper no chance.

Our second match of the tournament saw us face off against Hamilton Academical 19s who had us under pressure for pretty much the full half hour, but FRASER WILLIAMS bundled home a Kris Littler throw in as the game approached injury time to give the Ants a 1-0 win and six points from six.

Our third match of the tournament had us face Dundee United 19s and a poor first half saw United take a two goal lead into the break but the Ants rallied in the second half, reducing the deficit almost immediately after the break after great play between Connor Milne and Johnny McKay saw the latter jink through 3 or 4 players and cut the ball back to FRASER WILLIAMS to lash into the net from a yard out. Despite creating a good number of chances after this, the Govan men couldn’t find an equaliser and United held on to hand the Ants their first defeat in the tournament.

The fourth match was vs South Lochaber Thistle and the Ants got back on the winning track with a 2-0 win, KAMIL LESZCZYNSKI scoring a goal at the end of the first half, and the start of the second to give us a chance of winning the tournament going into our last game which would be against tournament hosts Oban Saints.

The Ants final match took place at Mossfield Stadium and it was Oban Saints who took the lead when Donald Campbell smashed home from the edge of the box. The Ants levelled 5 minutes later when GARY MCGARROCH netted from the spot after being brought down, then the Ants took the lead when FRASER WILLIAMS gave the Saints keeper no chance with a rasping shot from inside the box to put the Ants 2-1 ahead. It remained 2-1 until the final 90 seconds when a crazy spell saw Oban score twice to run out 3-2 winners, leaving the Ants hopes of winning the tournament in tatters.

It was to be Hamilton Academical who would win the tournament after a 1-0 win v Dundee United in the last game of the day saw them beat the Tannadice youngsters on goal difference by 2 goals. The Ants finishing 3rd a point behind both sides

Speaking to the Ants website after the game Ants gaffer John Kelly said “Firstly I would like to thank Oban saints for the invitation to play in this tremendous tournament. I would also like to say a huge thank you to the Royal Hotel for putting the squad and committee up and looking after us again and also to marbill coaches for there first class transport.

The tournament its self was yet again fantastic. The teams were much more competitive than last year which made for a even better tournament.

We took up a depleted side but I cant be any more prouder of my boys for the effort they put in and to come within 90secs of winning the tournament shows you the mentality our squad has.

I think we were just physically drained at the very last minute but for me the trip was yet again another success for us and I hope the people who came to Oban with us enjoyed it.”

Heres hoping we can, if invited, hold on a bit longer next year and bring the trophy back to McKenna Park