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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


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





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


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


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'
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
  1 1 4


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


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





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


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


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals
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


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.


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.


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


Ants win 4-3 on Pens



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


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


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'
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
  2 1 1


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.


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.




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


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


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals
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

The Ants Need you!

Ants fans, Followers, Junior fitba people local businesses and everyone else THE ANTS NEED YOU!

Today we are launching our Crowdfunding campaign to raise £3000 towards a Spectator covered enclosure at McKenna Park. As a lot of you will know the club does not have the funds required on its own to build a stand, but with a little help from our friends, and their friends, and their friends as well as club funds we can get in a position where we can apply for a grant, which will give us the funds required for a covered spectator area at McKenna Park

Please see our Ants Stand Fundraiser page or visit Just Giving Crowdfunding page for more information and for the different rewards available for your donation.

Thanks in advance

#itsacrowdfundingantsthing #gimmeshelter

We’re lovin it as Jonny decides on McKenna Park McStay

The new arrivals keep coming at McKenna Park, with midfielder Jonny McStay the latest addition to the squad as the new season closes in. Having previously played junior with Neilston, Jonny was part of the Alba Thistle side that made the semi finals of last year’s amateur Scottish Cup semi-final and is no stranger to Ants assistant manager Colin Smith, who was Jonny’s manager at Johnstone Burgh a while back. Ants manager John Kelly was quick off the mark to beat potential suitors to Jonny’s signature

This deal was done quite quickly to be honest but having watched jonny a few times last season for alba and previously with neilston I know he has the quality to play in any position in midfield. He is very good and clever on the ball which will suit us he also comes with good references from a few guys in the squad and Colin who had him at the Burgh. We are Delighted he has chosen to apply his trade at the ants next season as he also had an offer to go and play elsewhere.

Welcome on board Jonny

Ants Weekly with Stephen Russell – Grassroots football

Hi Ants, I hope you’ve all been well. A lot has happened since we last spoke culminating in a 6-0 routing of Newmains United to end the season, and what a season it has been. Congratulations to Lanark United for their league win – hopefully it can be us up there challenging next year! This campaign has brought a lot of positive growth for the club and it’s great to see the club already making moves towards improvement. However, none of it could be possible without the support of the fans; the people who turn up week in and week out regardless of weather. As a celebration of yourselves, this week I’d like to talk about just how important grassroots football is.

As most of you know, I live near Manchester. The likes of Manchester United and Manchester City compete on the grandest stage and draw in some of the biggest names in football but they are by no means the only teams around here. Salford City are a famous example having been taken over by several players from Man United’s famous Class of ’92 who, from the start of the 2019/20 season will become the 8th club within the boundaries of Greater Manchester playing within the EFL. FC United of Manchester, a club formed in protest to the Glazer’s takeover of Man United, play out of Broadhurst Park on the outskirts of the city and are an example of a semi professional side available to visit, which I recently did for a coaching course, for a refreshing change of pace from the seemingly too distant Premier League sides.

Often in Manchester I’ve been surrounded by people who call themselves devoted fans of football because they tune into the occasional game on Sky Sports. You really start to see how ridiculous this is when you spend some time around these lower league clubs. It’s easy to pigeonhole football as a sport into just elite level football. In fact, for many of us the extent to which we enjoy football is just that, and that’s okay, but when you take out the multi-million pound deals and fancy frills, you see a real appreciation for plain, unadulterated football. That isn’t to say the top clubs don’t have fans of this ilk but stripping away the commercial, tourist side of football and getting stuck into the raw, pure game is never a bad thing.

Firstly, we got talking on the course about the responsibilities that come with coaching football at this level, and at younger ages. A debate came up about the differences in culture between more professional, academy football and grassroots football in the sense that a unique part of grassroots coaching is keeping players engaged. This is because academy football is more akin to a job where players will happily do what they’re told while grassroots has more emphasis on enjoyment. While this is in fact understandable given the competitive nature of a footballing academy, I personally believe it shows how critical grassroots football is to the game as a whole – why do we enjoy football?

Having a discussion like this brought me back to my school years when I’d think I was Henrik Larsson just because I lifted the ball over somebody’s head in the park. It’s safe to say that I did not grow up to be Henrik Larsson but it’s that same enjoyment of the game, that same enthusiasm, that really makes the sport what it is. For every player that grows up to turn professional, there are countless others that just enjoy the game for what it is – countless others that pull on a muddy bib on a Sunday morning and hope they have enough players to kick a ball around in the rain. In a similar way that music couldn’t exist if only top selling artists could create, football wouldn’t exist if it was only the Premier League that could play. Million pound contracts at top clubs make for a lot of motivation; take to somewhere like McKenna Park and you’ll see a real passion for football.

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and as always, have a great week! If you have any thoughts on this and would like to discuss it with me, or any ideas for topics you’d like written about on here in the future then feel free to contact me at

Ants season tickets now on sale!

Season tickets for the Ants league campaign for season 2019-20 are now available to buy online for the first time ever. An adult season ticket costs just £35 and is amazing value, gaining you entry to 14 league matches at McKenna Park, which works out at just £2.50 per game. Our OAP/Concession Season ticket is priced at just £25 for the season, which  is under £1.80 per game. To get your hands on one visit our online season ticket portal and we will get your season ticket sent out before the first league game of the season

Thanks for your interest