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Prestwick victorious in Ayrshire Schools Final

Prestwick Academy 2

McColm, 51, Barr, 73

Garnock Academy 0

  • Friday, 27 March 2015
  • Dam Park, Ayr
  • Under 16´s
  • Ayrshire Schools Under 16s Final

Mark Gillespie | YFS North Ayrshire Senior Reporter
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Ayr’s Dam Park provided the stage for a hotly contested Ayrshire Schools under 16s final. Both schools had brought a boisterous following, competing all night to provide a great atmosphere.
 
On the field of play it was the side from Prestwick who went on to take the honours. It was anyone’s game after the opening 45 minutes, but Prestwick took control with an excellent second half display.
 
Prestwick enjoyed the early pressure, gaining good possession in the Garnock half. The game began at a hectic pace as both sides tried to get control in midfield. After 5 minutes Steven Clark had a good run down the Garnock left and shot just wide of Scott Watson’s right hand post. Shortly after Alex Bell released Rian McColm down the left, who shot straight at Watson.
 
Garnock started to come into the game after the first 15 minutes, with Fraser Burns testing James Sinclair in the Prestwick goal with a shot from just outside the box. Aidan Carruth provided some tricky runs and footwork around the box and Greg Morrison was getting into some good positions down the right flank.
 
On 20 minutes Carruth exchanged passes with Scott Gray just outside the Prestwick box, but he 10 shot straight at Sinclair. Garnock were getting into a lot of good positions in the Prestwick half, winning free kicks and corners around the box, without making it count for goals.
 
After another good run Morrison shot just over the bar, before almost linking up with Gray on the edge of the Prestwick box. The half ended with the Garnock side very much on top, probably wishing the referee hadn’t blown for the interval.
  • Half Time:
  • Prestwick Academy
  • 0-0
  • Garnock Academy
It was all to play for in the second half, with the possibility of going to penalties if we couldn’t find a winner in normal time. Eventually Prestwick provided the crucial breakthrough on 51 minutes. The ball found its way through to Rian McColm down the right edge of the box, and he had a clear run through to beat Watson from close range.
 
Prestwick tried to settle on their lead and keep the ball, pressing Garnock back. After 25 minutes though Garnock came agonisingly close to an equaliser.
 
Down the left Morrison beat a few Prestwick defenders, laying the ball on for Carruth in the box. He flicked through for Gray who missed with the goal at his mercy. It was to prove a decisive 5 minute passage of play as Prestwick went up the pitch to extend their lead.
 
As Garnock tried to push high they played a risky offside trap, and this was exposed after 73 minutes, as Jordan Barr was put clean through on goal. He finished in a carbon copy of the opener to spark celebrations in the Prestwick ranks.
 
Time was running out for Garnock as they continued to push up for a goal. Another golden chance was passed up on 79 minutes. After another good run and cross by Alex Henry down the right, Gray’s shot was well parried by Sinclair, and with the goal gaping Ewan Milan shot the rebound over. And with that, Garnock sensed their chances had gone.
 
Prestwick almost put some gloss on a well earned victory when Lee Holland put Aidan Potter through on goal, but his shot was straight at Watson. The referee blew for full time after an action packed match played in a competitive but fair spirit. Prestwick went on to celebrate with their fans and party on on a night they will always remember.
 
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  • Full Time:
  • Prestwick Academy
  • 2-0
  • Garnock Academy

Lineups

Prestwick Academy
Garnock Academy
1. James Sinclair
2. Steven Clark
3. Harry Mitchell
4. Grant Cairnie
5. Calum Hamilton
6. Lee Holland
7. Cameron McKenzie
8. Alex Bell
9. Jordan Barr
10. Rian McColm
11. Niall Weir
12. Fraser Patterson
14. Aidan Potter
15. Jordan Philbin
1. Scott Watson
2. Alex Henry
3. David Gray
4. Callum Caig
5. Ewan Milan
6. Steven Pisani
7. Greg Morrison
8. Cameron Elliott
9. Aidan Carruth
10. Scott Gray
11. Fraser Burns
12. Ross McLeod
14. Simon Webster
15. Stephen Boyle
Star Player
Prestwick Academy
Garnock Academy
Rian McColm. Always a danger around the box.
Greg Morrison caused problems all night with his running.
Magic Moment
Prestwick Academy
Garnock Academy
McColm's opener broke the deadlock.
A difficult one to take for the Garnock side.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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