The home side eventually ground down Largs Spartans in conditions which tested both sides in the Central Ayrshire league match at Saltcoats St Matthew’s Academy. This was a contest which ebbed and flowed both ways until the last 15 minutes when Tass Colts were able to put some gloss on their victory.
The game began in glorious sunshine, and the visitors took advantage with an early lead after two minutes. A long ball through the middle somehow evaded the Tass defenders and found David Griffins free in the box. Controlling the ball, he dispatched low into the net to give his side the early breakthrough.
Shaken into life Tass pushed forward, with Patrick Woods dashing down the right and flashing a shot just wide. Soon after, another deflected shot by Woods broke to Jamie Mills who was only thwarted by the alertness of Andrew Kane in the visitor's goal.
Suddenly the elements to look a turn for the worse and maintaining the ball under control became an added problem. Set pieces provided an ideal opportunity to test the keeper, and it was Tass who took first advantage to draw level on 10 minutes.
Brought down on the edge of the Largs box, Woods got up to take the free kick himself. His flighted shot into the swirling wind was finger tipped by Kane who was unable to keep the ball out of the net for 1-1.
Soon afterwards, the home side went in front. Bradley Morrison's run and cross down the left laid the ball on perfectly for Woods to do the rest from close range on 15 minutes.
Tass literally had the wind in their sails almost pushed further ahead through shots by Calumm Devine and Morrison, but the visitors were still looking dangerous, particularly through the strong runs of David Griffins into the box.
And just after Liam Stewart had headed narrowly over for the visitors they were back level. Winning a free kick just on halfway, the low set piece by Callum Bone went straight into the path of Griffins who finished low past Cameron McDermid.
Boosted by the leveller the Largs almost went on to take the lead, as good interplay between Griffins and Ben Docherty found Reece Allan free in the box, but his shot was blocked by McDermid.
And on 30 minutes Tass took the lead. From the left Kai Duncan swung a high ball into Devine in the penalty area. His shot looked straight at the keeper who just couldn't gather and the ball was over the line for 3-2 to the hosts.
Not allowing their heads to go down Largs burst upfield, and but for two fine stops by McDermid could have gone into the break on level terms. Firstly Griffins was put clean through and the keeper rushed out to stop, before another fine save from the rebound preserved his side's lead at the break.