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EKFC Gold beat Port Glasgow comprehensively

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Under-19 LFDA
28 April 2014
A strong first half from Kilby saw them storm into a 3-0 lead, but a lethargic second half allowed spirited Port back into the game, netting a deserved consolation in the latter stages.
Golds gaffer Stewart Anderson was dealt a pre-match blow with trio Peter Copland, Jack Henderson and Steven Oates all missing, and preparations were further hindered when skipper Craig Howie pulled up in the warm-up.
Despite these set-backs, the home side started well, and took the lead on fifteen minutes, when midfielder Ross Smith drove from midfield before firing a low left footed drive into the net.
Kilby continued to enjoy huge possession, but were thankful to stopper Jacob Kean who produced a fine diving save on 20 minutes to deny the visitors after an excellent strike from distance.
The home side doubled the lead on 25 minutes when Jordan Craig's raking 40-yard pass was expertly controlled on the run by Ryan McEwan, and the Kilby man produced a deadly low finish to make it two.  And it was playmaker Craig who made the difference again 10 minutes before the break, firing a trade-mark left footed striker into the corner from 25-yards, to claim his 21st goal of an impressive season to date, making it 3-0 at the interval.
Half Time: EKFC Gold 3-0 Port Glasgow
Kilby struggled to find the same level of consistency in the second half against an impressive Port side who refused to throw in the towel.  Ross Smith almost added his second of the game midway through the second half, but his strike hit the bar after clever play from Cameron Smith.  EK striker Smith almost added a fourth minutes later, but his fine header from a pinpoint Lee Ferguson cross struck the post.
The visitors continued to plug away and were rewarded fifteen minutes from time when a bullet header from a corner-kick reduced the deficit, no more than Port deserved for their endeavours on the day.
Kilby will now face a frantic finish to the season, their fine Scottish Cup run meaning they face EIGHT league matches in May, and Stewart Anderson's men will  feel they still  have an outside chance of title glory if they can continue the winning run.
Full Time: EKFC Gold 3-1 Port Glasgow
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