Largs Thistle 2 Glenafton 2


Thistle had to settle for a share of the spoils in a dramatic encounter against ten men Glenafton who popped up with a late equaliser to snatch a surprise point at Barrfields.

Largs were expected to back up their solid win against Hurlford as they faced East Ayrshire opponents for the second week in succession.

Cumnock Chronicle: Stuart Faulds in action for Largs verus GlenaftonStuart Faulds in action for Largs verus Glenafton (Image: Newsquest)

Glens were languishing in 15th spot in the 16 team West of Scotland Premier League, and Largs were looking good in the second half after fighting back from an early goal, and Glens having had a man sent off near the hour mark.

But the competitive nature of the league means teams can't afford to rest on their laurels.

Cumnock Chronicle: Will Sewell floored after challenge versus GlenaftonWill Sewell floored after challenge versus Glenafton (Image: Newsquest)

Glens were dictating the early pace in this game, with some headed tennis resulting in a clearance in the first minute, and then they took the lead on the fourth.

Ex Ayr United striker Michael Moffat was in the right place at the right time to glide home a header from a corner kick out on the left to give Largs an early fright.

Cory Hughes let rip with a long range drive from the edge of the area which was well saved by Glens stopper David Markey.

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Glens also had a hopeful penalty claim as they looked dangerous on the counter while Largs were putting pressure on Glens with Will Sewell going close with a curler which flew over the bar.

Hughes went close again with a volley from a corner which was palmed over the bar by Markey.

Hughes then was injured after a robust challenge to deny Glens a breakaway, but in doing so, came off injured on 32 minutes, with midfielder Craig Forbes also having to leave the field due to injur, resulting in two early substitutions, with Ryan McCreath and Lewis Davidson entering the fray.

Thistle had the ball in the back of the net early in the second half after Davidson swept home Sewell's cross from the right but the offside flag was raised.

Largs were beginning to come to the boil, with some nice passing moves and outstretching Glenafton but the visitors were still dangerous on the break and had to be well watched with McMaster doing well to get back and deny a near one on one opportunity.

On 59 minutes, Dylan Kerr was given a straight red card for Glenafton due to an off-the-ball challenge.


Thistle were working hard and won a free kick as David Ramsay was bundled over on the wing on 71 minutes. Faulds slotted the ball across for Darryl Duffy who launched a rising drive which was brilliantly flipped over the bar by Markey in the blink of an eye.


And on 73 minutes, the equaliser arrived after another free kick was awarded, this time on left wing. A quick one two between Faulds and Davidson saw the former float a curling ball to the back post for Ramsay to guide a header home.

Liam Devine then blazed a 20 yard drive over the bar as the Thistle pressure continued but Glens were still managing to carve out their own chances with Charlie Maxwell's stinging shot requiring a good diving save from Matt Johnston in the Largs goal.

Markey was right on the spot to deny Duffy next who attempted a spectacular overhead kick but it was too close to the big keeper who smothered it.


Sean McLeod was able to just put enough pressure on Maxwell as he volleyed a good opening over the bar for Glens as the game was very much in the balance.

Largs were awarded a penalty kick after the referee spotted a handball infringement in the Glens box and Sewell swept home the penalty kick to put Largs 2-1 up on 85 minutes.


Thistle were seemingly home and dry but Glens nicked a last minute equaliser as ex-Thistle winger Alex McWatters converted with a late diagonal strike to earn a point for the Glens.


LARGS: Johnston, McLeod, Devine, Tennent, Hughes, Faulds, Ramsay, McBryde, Sewell, Duffy, Forbes. Subs: Adam, Davidson, McLean, McMaster, Martin, McCreath, McGrath.
Glenafton: Markey, McLean, McMullin, McBeth, Pettigrew, Paton, Moffat, McWaters, Sinnamon, Frizzell, Maxwell, Subs: Fraser, Holding, Ross, O'Kane, Rowe.