Fixture: Largs Colts v Crosshouse BC
Competition: CAYFA Under 13's League
Unsurprisingly Colts kept the same line up as the team that defeated Bonnyton last week. With Irwin in goal and a back three of Barbour, Weir and Loudon. In central mid was R.Coupar with MacNeil and Wilson supporting and J.Coupar and McTaggart on the right and left wings. Up top for Largs were Dalglish and Brown, with Smith, Kavak and Florence on the bench.
Colts were under pressure early on with keeper Irwin called into action within a minute saving from a Crosshouse corner. Largs then broke away with Dalglish laying the ball off for J.Coupar to strike it only for the ball to hit Colts striker Brown before being cleared.
Both teams were playing some excellent passing football despite the terrible conditions. Crosshouse then had a period of pressure with corners which were scrambled clear by Colts.
On 11 minutes Irwin made an excellent save as Crosshouse tried to get the opener. Dalglish had to leave the field early with an injury being replaced by Smith in a straight swap.
On 18 minutes Brown played an excellent ball for Smith, the ball was laid back to McTaggart to strike, though the keeper saved well.
Colts were starting to see more of the ball and when a thrown in found its way to McTaggart he struck it with power into the right corner of the goal for Largs to lead.
A few minutes later McTaggart shifted the ball to his right foot and tried again from distance though it was taken well by the keeper. As half time approached Colts lost a soft goal. The chance was there to lay the ball back to the keeper though the striker was able to get in and finished well for Crosshouse to get a deserved equaliser.
Half Time : Largs Colts 1-1 Crosshouse
At half time Florence replaced J.Coupar who had done well. Largs had an early corner which found the head of MacNeil though he was not able to get the direction on it and it was cleared. Crosshouse were again well in the game and Colts had to dig in to keep the scores level.
On 45 minutes MacNeil again got to a corner with the ball falling to Brown to head it goalwards though again the keeper gathered.
On 51 minutes Smith took the ball well as the keeper rushed out. The big striker then looked to find his strike partner when a direct shot may have paid dividends and the chance was gone.
Colts then gambled to look to win the game with Weir moved up front with his pace and Smith moved back into defence.
In 60 minutes some good football by Colts setup a chance for Kavak, who had replaced Brown, but his shot went wide of the right post.
Just two minutes later Largs were caught out through the middle when a through ball, which looked offside, was finished well to give the visitors the lead. Colts kept going and MacNeil had a chance from a free kick well within his range though the keeper saved at the second attempt.
MacNeil then setup R.Coupar for a shot which was saved. Smith also had a shot on target as Largs piled on the pressure in search of the equaliser.
A last minute corner saw keeper Irwin go up though with no joy. Irwin made it back safely to his goal before another breakway in the dying seconds resulted in a fine finish from Crosshouse and a 3-1 scoreline.
Full Time : Largs Colts 1-3 Crosshouse
This game could have gone either way and in chasing a victory Colts lost two well taken goals through the middle. Credit to the visitors who have a good blend of height, strength, pace & skill and played some good football throughout.
Colts had previously defeated Crosshouse twice in the league and Cup and can have no complaints on the day. A number of the Colts players had an off day though that could not be said for keeper Irwin who was not at fault for any of the goals and once again was excellent in distribution. On that basis Irwin was a well-deserved Colts Man of the Match.
A worth mention for the opposition players and coaches were excellent throughout in terms of football and sportsmanship.
A special thanks to our Match Sponsors for this game, McTaggart Construction.