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Dominant Troon Thistle end KSC Town’s winning run

KSC Town 1

Thomson, 38

Troon Thistle 4

Curragh, 13, 25, 77, Russell, 55
  • Sunday, 22 March 2015
  • Venue name here
  • Under 17´s
  • Central Ayrshire Youth Football League

Mark Gillespie | YFS North Ayrshire Senior Reporter
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KSC had not lost a league match all season and their visitors had not lost since October, so this had all the makings of a true top of the table clash at Kilwinning Sports Centre. In the end it was the visitors who ran out convincing winners to boost their title challenge.
 
KSC were under no illusions that they were in for a tough match, missing 4 regular players. And so it proved. The leaders’ only blemish in the league this season was a draw at their opponents’ ground. In this return fixture and the visiting side were to produce a confident display, helped by a man of the match hat trick from striker Mark Curragh.
 
The game opened with some scrappy midfield exchanges as both sides tried to get the ball down and play. Already though Troon looked the more likely side, with searching balls through to Curragh and Daniel Storrie stretching the home defence.
 
This set the scene as Troon broke the deadlock on 13 minutes. From another long ball Curragh this time gathered and controlled the ball on the edge of the box, before chipping a well placed shot past James Sinclair.
 
KSC pushed forward in search of an instant reply, with Ben Black providing most of the early impetus down the left. His looping cross, come shot almost caught out Troon keeper Ross Abercrombie on 15 minutes. Black fired just over shortly later before Thistle went up the other end to extend their lead.
 
Curragh was first to react to another ball forward, and showing great strength and footwork left the home defence in his wake. His shot from just inside the D gave Sinclair no chance to put Thistle in dreamland after just 25 minutes.
 
On the run in to half time the hosts started to exert some pressure in the hope of getting a foothold in the match. After a good passage of play Frazer Bryden found Black on the edge of the box but he pulled his shot just wide.
 
KSC capitalised on the pressure to get a goal back on 38 minutes. A free kick was awarded on the edge of the box and Alan Murphy’s blocked shot broke to Lewis Walker down the right. Walker centred the ball and Cameron Thomson shot home from close range.
 
Shortly later Adam Ogilvie headed just over as KSC pushed for an equaliser before half time. An entertaining half came to an end as Troon almost extended their lead. Only a fine save from Sinclair thwarted the lively Storrie from restoring the visitors’ two goal lead.
  • Half Time:
  • KSC Town
  • 1-2
  • Troon Thistle
The league leaders came out determined in the second half but for all their probing were getting little change from a solid Troon back four. After 55 minutes Troon went on to extend their advantage.
 
A free kick swung into the box from the left and Fraser Russell was first to react to shoot past Sinclair from close range to restore the visitors' two goal cushion.
 
It all seemed to deflate the home side as Thistle took a grip of the game. Joseph Toner and Ross Cowan had soaked up everything KSC had to throw at them in defence and up front Curragh was leading the line and causing all sorts of problems.
 
After another gallop down the right, dragging defenders with him, Curragh centred the ball for Marcus Miller who couldn’t get his shot away. Shortly later Storrie forced another fine save from Sinclair as Troon sought a decisive goal.
 
And it arrived on 77 minutes. Down the left Greg Young found Andrew McCall and his pass found non other than Curragh in the middle to seal his hat trick from close range.
 
KSC almost grabbed some consolation with a Wilson shot and Thomson headed just over on 85 minutes, but it wasn’t to be for the league leaders. The visitors saw the rest of the game out comfortably to finish with a deserved victory.
 
Kilwinning will be hoping this is just one blip in an otherwise excellent title push. Thistle will gain great confidence as they mount their own league challenge. These two sides meet again in a keenly anticipated league cup final in April.
  • Full Time:
  • KSC Town
  • 1-4
  • Troon Thistle

Lineups

KSC Town
Troon Thistle
1. James Sinclair
2. Cameron Thomson
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
19. Lewis Walker
20. Christopher Wilson
1. Ross Abercrombie
2. Jonathon Hendry
4. Joseph Toner
5. Thomas Maule
6. Ross Cowan
7. Daniel Storrie
8. Fraser Russell
9. Ryan Taylor
11. Greg Young
12. Mark Curragh
14. Andrew McCall
16. Marcus Miller
18. Matthew Ellis
19. Jayden Harris
20. Owen Murphy
21. Jack Smith
Star Player
KSC Town
Troon Thistle
Ben Black. Several dangerous runs down the left.
Mark Curragh. Led the line with some dominant forward play and helped himself to hat trick.
Magic Moment
KSC Town
Troon Thistle
Thomson gave the hosts a glimmer of hope with goal on 38 minutes.
Curragh's goal on 77 minutes made sure of the points and sealed hat trick.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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