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KSC Town overcome resilient ten man Ayr

KSC Town 3

Murphy, 60, McLean, 73, 78

Ayr Juniors 0

  • Sunday, 08 March 2015
  • Kilwinning Sports Club
  • Under 17´s
  • Central Ayrshire Youth Football League

Mark Gillespie | YFS North Ayrshire Senior Reporter
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On a bright day at Kilwinning Sports Club it was the home side who finally came away with the points, but they were made to work hard for it. Two late goals put the gloss on a 3 goal victory and 10 man Ayr can also take huge credit from a fine backs to the wall performance.
The visitors dug in from the start as KSC sought to spread the game and exploit their man advantage down the flanks. Samuel Taggart's runs down the left provided the early danger and his shot after 5 minutes gave visiting keeper Steven McMillan a confidence building early save. It was to be a busy afternoon for the Ayr no 1.
KSC continued to enjoy the bulk of the early possession as the visitors got behind the ball. Some good build up play between Ben Black and Scott Jennings almost unlocked the Ayr defence on 11 minutes. Soon after it was Adam Oglilvie's turn to burst through but his shot went straight at McMillan.
KSC continued to press Ayr back with the visitors struggling to clear their lines at times, but the home side weren't turning possession into goals and Ayr were content to park the bus and frustrate their opponents.
After 25 minutes Ayr had weathered the early storm, gaining some possession through composed play by Jordan and Gregor Malone in midfield and allowing their defence to push out. From a long ball forward David Barrett almost caught the Kilwinning defence napping down the right edge of the box with keeper James Sinclair rushing out to clear.
KSC meanwhile continued to foray forward with most of their success coming down the left through Taggart, Black and Ogilvie. The breakthrough almost came on 35 minutes with the awarded of a free kick just outside the box, from which Darren McCann's shot rattled the bar.
The woodwork again came to Ayr's rescue 5 minutes from the break. After a good passage of play Alan Murphy fed the ball onto Christopher Wilson on the left edge of the box, his shot striking the post and going clear. The rebound found its way back into Cameron Thompson who was denied by a heroic fingertip save from McKenzie, before Wilson flashed over the bar.
Despite KSC dominating possession and chances the visitors had made it to the break on even terms.
  • Half Time:
  • KSC Town
  • 0-0
  • Ayr Juniors
The second half began with less of a flow to the game as Ayr continued to frustrate and deny space to their opponents. After the initially scrappy midfield battle KSC began to find their rhythm again and pass the ball about. After good work by McCann and Murphy McKenzie again denied Thompson from close range on 60 minutes.
And just when Kilwinning were perhaps beginning to wonder if they'd ever find a way through they went on to take the lead on 65 minutes. Sinclair's long goal kick was helped on by Taggart into the path of Murphy who made no mistake from close range to finally get KSC's noses in front.
Only a goal down the Ayr kept their heads up and were almost rewarded when Barrett ran into the ball in the box only to be blocked by the Sinclair's rush out. It was a tiring shift for the 10 men and perhaps this finally helped bring about KSC's decisive second goal on 73 minutes.
From the left edge of the box good footwork by Murphy fed the ball into the path of defender Willliam McLean's run forward. He finished low under McKenzie and the hosts could finally heave a sigh of relief. 
5 minutes later McLean doubled his tally with KSC's third. Finally subdued and perhaps understandably tiring the visitors conceded possession down the right edge of the box, MCLean taking advantage of the space to rattle home from close range.
With the points finally in the bag and the pressure now off KSC saw this game out with some good possession football and passing, finally having overcome stubborn opponents. The league leaders travel to Girvan next week with the title very much in their sights.
  • Full Time:
  • KSC Town
  • 3-0
  • Ayr Juniors


KSC Town
Ayr Juniors
1. James Sinclair
3. Lloyd Dicks
4. John Monan
5. William McLean
6. Ross MacColl
7. Cameron Thomson
8. Darren McCann
10. Alan Murphy
11. Ben Black
12. Mark Gibb
14. Craig McGill
15. Adam Ogilvie
16. Frazer Bryden
17. Scott Jennings
18. Samuel Taggart
1. Steven McMillan
2. Kris Henderson
3. David Barrett
5. Jordan Philbin
7. Aiden Lynch
8. Euan McCornican
11. Ross Duncan
12. Jacob McKenzie
15. Jordan Malone
16. Gregor Malone
Star Player
KSC Town
Ayr Juniors
Samuel Taggart. Always a danger with runs down left flank.
Steven McKenzie. Succession of fine saves and marshalled his defence well.
Magic Moment
KSC Town
Ayr Juniors
Murphy's opener which finally gave his side the breakthrough.
McKenzie's point blank finger tip save from Thomson just before half time kept his side in the match.
Club Views
KSC Town
Ayr Juniors
John Murphy, Coach: "All credit must go to Ayr having played so well with just 10 men. We must continue to work on our possession play. "
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