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After two unspectacular seasons, Kingswell and Irvine Thistle met in an end-of-season cup put in place by a sponsor. In a rather one-sided game, Irvine won the cup with a comfortable scoreline.
The scoring was opened as early as the ninth minute when Irvine’s Dylan Hamilton netted the game’s first opportunity. The attacker was given the ball just outside the Kingswell box on the right hand side of the pitch. He showed some nice skill to beat the defender that was challenging him and got himself into the area. He poked the ball into the net with power from twelve yards out.
A couple of minutes passed and Irvine doubled their lead with the next attack of the match. A long ball was played into the Kingswell defence and was not cleared fully. Jordan Mulgrew reacted quickly to get onto the loose ball inside the penalty box and was able to finish smartly to give his team a two-goal lead early on in the game.
Kingswell rallied, led by captain Lewis White, and were able to threaten for the first time in the match on the fifteen minute mark. Jamie Agnew got a cross away from the left wing. Paddy Duffy won the ball on the edge of the box, controlling well and setting himself for the shot. He took the shot on the half volley and his effort flew just wide of the Irvine goal.
With Kingswell getting into more attacking positions for a short spell, they were being left short of numbers at the back and had a couple of scares when Irvine could counter with pace. It was third time lucky for Irvine as they got their third goal of the game from a counter. Dylan Hamilton picked the ball up just inside the Kingswell half and drove into the box unchallenged. He took the shot with his left foot finishing well across the keeper to get his second of the match.
Irvine continued to press and were able to add another goal on the half hour mark. A long throw came in from twenty yards out on the right hand side. The ball was flicked on at the near-post. A defender tried to clear the ball but he did not connect properly with the header and the ball ended up in the back of the net.
With five minutes before half time, two more goals in the opening period would still come. Firstly, Irvine won the ball deep inside the Kingswell on the left hand side. Jordan Mulgrew got the ball on the left hand side of the penalty area. He opened his body and placed a curling right-footed effort into the top corner.
Moments later, Kingswell responded well and got a nice goal through Rory McAughtrie. He got on the ball on inside the penalty box, on the right hand side. The striker was surrounded by defenders but got a shot away from a tight angle. McAughtie’s shot ended up in the far corner, leaving the Irvine keeper with no chance.
At half time, Irvine led 5 – 1. They were the better side from the off and deserved their lead.
Half Time: Kingswell FC 1 – 5 Irvine Thistle
Kingswell came out for the second half and got on the front foot straight away. Jamie Agnew played a nice one-two with Rory McAughtrie down the right wing. Agnew was forced to the by-line where he got a cross away, his cross though nearly went in, finishing just over the bar, but Dylan Greer in the Irvine net was worried.
While under some pressure from their opponents Irvine were able to counter attack again and got their sixth of the day. Ryan Beattie played the ball square to Jordan Mulgrew on the edge of the area. Mulgrew had time and space and was able to smash the ball passed Kingswell’s keeper to seal his hat-trick.
Rory McAughtrie was causing problems again as he went close moments later. A long ball was not cleared by the Irvine defence allowing the striker to get on the loose ball. He took his shot early but his effort finished wide of the post.
Irvine stayed strong through Kingswell’s spell of pressure and began to take hold of the game again ten minutes into the second half. Dylan Hamilton was causing problems again as he showed strength inside the Kingswell box. He laid the ball back to Graham Shield who struck a powerful shot which was well saved by Kingswell’s Declan Gates who was moved into goal at half time.
Rory McAughtrie had a similar chance to the one early in the second half around an hour into the game. A long ball was not cleared by the Irvine defence and McAughtire got onto the ball. He took his shot on the half volley but his effort flew harmlessly wide.
Irvine continued to threaten at will and nearly added their sixth from a corner. Jordan Mulgrew whipped a dangerous ball into the six-yard box which was flicked towards goal by one of a clutch of players attacking the ball. The ball was cleared off the line by a defender who was standing on the near post.
Irvine did manage to notch their sixth on the day with their next attack. Jordan Mulgrew got himself his fourth goal of the day. Some persistent work on the edge of the Kingswell box saw Irvine win the ball twenty yards from goal. The ball was slid into Mulgrew who shifted the ball onto his right foot and finished easily across the keeper with power.
The final goal of the game came from the last note-worthy chance of the match, it also went the way of Irvine. Dylan Hamilton completed his hat-trick as he finished neatly at the keeper’s near-post to make the final score 8 – 1 to Irvine Thistle.
At full time, Irvine had come out 8 – 1 winners. They deserved their win as they were the better side throughout the match.
Full Time: Kingswell FC 1 – 8 Irvine Thistle