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KSC Town edge out Crosshouse in extra time thriller

KSC Town 3

Ewing 15, Black 38, McCann 95

Crosshouse BC 2

McGuire 3, Gilroy 65
  • Sunday, 01 February 2015
  • Kilwinning Sports Club
  • Under 17´s
  • SYFA Cup Round 5

Mark Gillespie | YFS North Ayrshire Senior Reporter
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On a fine crisp winter’s afternoon it was the home side who emerged victorious in an incident packed 5th round tie at Kilwinning. With chances at both ends it took extra time to finally separate these old rivals. A resilient 10 man display from the home side proved the difference and booked their place in the quarter final.
 
It was Crosshouse though who began the game on top, and from their very first opening they took the early advantage after only three minutes’ play. A long ball was nodded by David McSorley onto the galloping Mark McGuire down the right hand side of box. Without hesitation, he controlled the ball and struck low past James Sinclair to silence the home fans.
 
The visitors tried to consolidate their lead and maintain possession with Kyle Watson and James Cassidy seeing a lot of the ball in midfield. A second goal almost arrived on fifteen minutes, and in the almost the same fashion as the first, as Watson’s headed flick found the run of Kyle Gilroy down the right. This time his shot was well saved by Sinclair to keep KSC’s deficit at 1-0.
 
After surviving a rocky opening spell the home side gradually started to grow into the game with the runs of Adam Ogilvie and Ben Black allowing Jack Ewing to make some good runs up front. It was Ewing who got his side back on level terms, running onto a long ball to slot past Crosshouse keeper Robbie Wilson. Game on.
 
This contest was to ebb and flow either way and Crosshouse surged forward with McSorley shooting just wide of Sinclair’s right hand post from six yards, and in true end to end fashion KSC pushed up the other end to take the lead on thirty eight minutes.
 
After some good work by Adam Ogilvie down the right the ball found its way into Ben Black who arrowed the ball into the net to the jubilation of his team mates and the home support.
 
Shortly later the tie took another turn as KSC were reduced to ten on forty mins with the dismissal of the energetic Jack Ewing after an off the ball incident. It was a case of hanging on until half time to regroup.
 
Crosshouse surged forward just before the referee blew for the interval, and after a fine through ball by McSorley Kyle Gilroy’s shot hit the post and bounced clear, with no one on hand to prod home the loose ball. An action packed first half.
 
  • Half Time:
  • KSC Town
  • 2-1
  • Crosshouse BC
Being a player down in the second half KSC sought to get behind the ball and make it difficult for their opponents. Crosshouse were seeing plenty of the ball but for twenty minutes of the second half weren’t getting through a stubborn Kilwinning defence. Good tackling and team work was keeping the home side’s noses in front.
 
But just when it seemed KSC were soaking up the pressure and frustrating the away side, Crosshouse levelled the tie. A long ball rebounded to Gilroy on the left hand corner of the box, and he deftly rounded Sinclair for the dramatic equalizer. It was all to play for with twenty five minutes left.
 
Boosted by the equaliser, Crosshouse continued to push forward, sensing a winner, with McSorley heading two golden chances wide on seventy and seventy two minutes. The ten men of KSC still looked dangerous on the counter attack, through the runs of Frazer Bryden and Lewis Walker. After a fine run down down the right Walker’s cross just missed the finishing touch of Cameron Thompson on seventy eight minutes.
 
With eight minutes left of the ninety it was ten v ten as Crosshouse’s Paul Miller saw red after an off the ball incident. KSC pushed forward and again Thompson just narrowly failed to connect with a Walker cross with just three minutes left.
 
After ninety pulsating minutes this game was taken into extra time.
 
  • Full Time:
  • KSC Town
  • 2-2
  • Crosshouse BC
With both sides down to 10 and such an evenly matched contest it was going to hard to pick a winner, but it was the home side who found what was to prove the winning goal after five minutes of extra time.
The ball found its way through to Walker on the right hand side of the box, who thundered the ball against the bar. From the rebound Darren McCann rifled the ball in to make it 3-2 and spark jubilant scenes among his team mates and the home support.
Crosshouse went for broke, pushing forward at every opportunity as time began to run out in the second period of extra time. McSorley forced a good save from Sinclair, and even the Crosshouse keeper Wilson was pushed up for two last dash corner kicks. From a corner in the dying seconds Graham Condon headed just wide with the home supporters’ hearts in mouth.
With that final chance gone the home side hung on for a memorable win. A resilient performance by KSC considering they played most of the match a player down. They travel to Leith for the next round and will be hoping for another strong and spirited display.

Lineups

KSC Town
Crosshouse BC
1. James Sinclair
3. Lloyd Dicks
4. John Monan
5. William McLean
6. Ross MacColl
7. Cameron Thomson
8. Darren McCann
9. Jack Ewing
10. Alan Murphy
11. Ben Black
14. Craig McGill
15. Adam Ogilvie
18. Samuel Taggart
19. Lewis Walker
20. Christopher Wilson
1. Robbie Wilson
2. Mark McGuire
3. Ryan Beveridge
4. Graham Condon
5. Kyle Watson
6. Danny Ross
7. Kyle Gilroy
8. James Cassidy
9. David McSorley
10. Kieran McLaughlin
11. Ethan Tashers
12. Paul Baird
14. Paul Miller
17. Duncan Knapp
Star Player
KSC Town
Crosshouse BC
Lewis Walker, he worked tirelessly throughout the match and his shot led to a goal for his side.
James Cassidy, won his side possession in the opponents half on numerous occasions and caused problems for the home side.
Magic Moment
KSC Town
Crosshouse BC
The winning goal in extra time was special, seeing the players piled up in celebration showed how much it meant.
The opening goal inside the first three minutes.
Club Views
KSC Town
Crosshouse BC
Pleased with result, especially having played a man down for so long.
Disappointed to lose. Created enough chances in the game to win.
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