Oct 17 2012 By Andrew Weston
Shotts Bon Accord
Shotts failed to take advantage of their numerical superiority on Saturday as they had to settle for a point at home to Glenafton in a Super Premier League clash.
In tough underfoot conditions Glenafton took the lead through Paul McKenzie after 13 minutes before they were reduced to 10 men when Danny Mitchell was sent packing for a two footed lunge on Andy Scott.
Allan Mackenzie restored parity three minutes from the interval but Shotts were left rueing Adam Coakley’s penalty miss on the stroke of half time.
And despite enjoying long periods of possession in the second half the hosts couldn’t break down a well organised Glens outfit.
Shotts continue to look for the spark which will kickstart their season and miss the goalscoring exploits of Stefan McCluskey who is now banging in the goals at Clyde.
BA also miss the experience of last year’s skipper John Boyack both off and on the park.
But having played just four league games to date they have plenty of time to put things right and achieve their main objective this season, namely staying in this division.
Glens began this game on the front foot and Danny Mitchell saw an effort blocked inside the area by Paul Finnigan in the second minute.
Soon after Adam Coakley forced a fine save out of Ally Semple following his brilliant turn then angled drive from seven yards.
However it was the New Cumnock outfit who claimed the lead 13 minutes in.
After Shotts failed to deal with a corner from the right McKenzie fired the ball past goalkeeper Johnny Murdoch.
Four minutes later they very nearly doubled their advantage.
Richie McKillen’s cross found Bobby Colligan at the far post but his header was cleared.
The Hannah Park lads began to settle into the game and after Finnigan had done well to get a cross in from the right Glen Mitchell nearly headed into his own net.
The turning point in this contest came just after the half-hour mark when Mitchell was sent off for sliding in on Andy Scott. It was the correct decision by ref David Munro although the conditions probably did not help the midfielder’s cause.
Despite this the league’s bottom side nearly claimed a second when Colligan’s brilliant run from his own half ended with a shot landing just wide after 38 minutes.
Shotts’ equaliser came four minutes later. Coakley’s neat through ball for Mackenzie was inch-perfect and the striker cooly fired home from eight yards for 1-1.
Tam Hanlon failed to latch on to another Finnigan cross and right on half time Coakley was presented with the opportunity to give his side the lead from 12 yards out.
He picked himself off the floor after being fouled but missed the resulting penalty, the keeper making a save low to his right.
For most of the second half it was a case of Shotts trying to break down the stubborn resistance of the visitors, although at times Glens did look threatening on the break.
Colin Williamson and Bryan Wharton both passed up the best chances of the second half from close range with Mark Sideserf and Chris Walker also seeing headers going close.
Right on full-time Hanlon nearly won it for Shotts but Craig McEwan got the block in as the spoils were shared.