The hosts were utterly dominant in this first round encounter in this David McNaughton Cup 1st round group match. In their last home outing KSC suffered league disappointment, partially due to missing several players. This time perhaps the visitors can point to a lack in numbers, with 3 players not making the trip to Kilwinning Sports Centre.
KSC began the match at a high tempo, determined to press home their numerical advantage from the outset. On a good surface they were at their best when they got the ball down and played, creating a stream of goal scoring opportunities. Only the heroics of Connor McKechnie in goal kept the goal tally at 5 and saved the visitors some face on a tough day at the office.
It took five minutes for KSC to get in front. The ball was played into the box down the left, and Ben Black was on hand to finish low from close range.
The hosts continued to press, and Cameron Thomson’s shot was saved by McKechnie after a fine through ball from Darren McCann. Chances then fell to Christopher Wilson and Thomson inside the first 15 minutes as the hosts threatened to run riot.
McCann headed just over after fine work by Black down the left on 24 minutes. Finally, on the half hour, KSC pushed two goals in front. Adam Ogilvie’s long looping cross picked out the head of Ross MacColl who rose above the defence to head home from close range.
The third goal arrived four minutes later, as McCann put Black through on goal down the left to finish low past McKechnie.
Black could have had a first half hat trick, being denied firstly by McKechnie and then by the post, as KSC rounded off a very one sided opening half.