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.