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Bonnyton ease to cup glory over West Kilbride

Bonnyton Thistle 4

McGhee 22, 35, Perry 23, 54

West Kilbride 99s 0

  • Saturday, 25 April 2015
  • Kilwinning Sports Club
  • Under 16´s
  • Central Ayrshire Supplementary Cup

Simon Ritchie | YFS West Region Reporter
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Bonnyton Thistle have won the Central Ayrshire Supplementary Cup after a 4-0 victory over West Kilbride 99s.

Thistle took the game by the scruff of the neck in the early stages, with Ciaran Perry capitalising on a loose header to run through on Ross Jack in the West Kilbride goal. The keeper made a good save and forced Perry out to the byline where he managed to get in a cross to the back post for Callum Ramsey who almost opened the scoring but for a good defensive block.

Ramsey was involved again shortly after, playing through Owen McGhee who took the ball round Jack, but finding himself too wide to shoot, he retained his composure and passed back across goal to Perry who scuffed his shot just wide.

Involved in everything good that Bonnyton were doing, Ramsey had to watch as his shot from just inside the box was deflected narrowly over the bar by the covering Liam Cunningham.

It was Bonnyton with the pressure and chances but they were just missing that killer touch. It arrived halfway through the first period when a tough Callum Boyle tackle turned into a great through ball for Perry. He cut inside, beat two men into the box and unselfishly laid it off for McGhee who stroked it into the bottom corner to open the scoring.

West Kilbride cannot have many complaints as they were struggling to deal with Bonnyton’s pace up front and it was that pace that led to the second goal of the game moments later. Jamie Knight released Perry and this time he took it on his own and, bearing down on Jack, stayed calm to finish past the goalkeeper’s left.

With Bonnyton pushing for the third, West Kilbride had Christopher Stillie to thank for clearing Knight’s header off the line from a corner. But it was only a brief respite as Bonnyton scored an excellent goal to make it 3-0.It was all about McGhee who first produced a silky turn to create the space then put Perry through on the goalkeeper with a no-look reverse pass that took the defence out of the game. Perry took the chance with aplomb, burying it in the top corner.

That was the end of the scoring in the first half, much to the relief of West Kilbride who were desperate to regroup and try again. The Bonnyton attack were causing a lot of problems and it was almost one-way traffic, particularly down the wings where their pace was devastating West Kilbride.

  • Half Time:
  • Bonnyton Thistle
  • 3-0
  • West Kilbride 99s

West Kilbride started the second half with more purpose and good play by Stillie allowed captain Craig McDonald some space on the wing but the Bonnyton defence were performing as well as their offence and made the block.

McGhee then set up Perry, who turned his marker inside-out but could not beat the keeper, as Bonnyton put the pressure back on for the fourth.

It came when a ball over the top from Ramsey released McGhee who had timed his run well to beat the offside trap and dinked the ball over the well-beaten goalkeeper who could only watch on as it trickled over the line while West Kilbride defenders desperately tried to get back.

There was still over half an hour to play but you sensed it was the killer blow for Bonnyton who had controlled the game from the start and were good value for the lead.

Their midfield tried to add to the tally with a couple of long range efforts from Knight and Ramsey but they were both too high.

A Stillie shot-cum-cross into Bonnyton keeper Taylor Davidson’s arms was as close as West Kilbride came in the first half of the second period as Scott Duddy in particular was excelling in the Bonnyton defence and preventing any good build-up play from turning into an attack.

A good tackle by Daniel Eltringham stopped Perry adding a solo wondergoal to the Bonnyton scoreline after he had already beaten three men.

Jack prevented McGhee from scoring twice in succession, first from a tame effort then with a much better save one-on-one to stop the striker from claiming his hat trick.

West Kilbride’s best opportunity came late on. With the game stretched and Bonnyton seemly comfortable to sit back and protect what they had, Stillie took a quick free kick to McDonald on the wing. McDonald beat his man and played it back to Stillie who had carried on running but his shot was blocked by a combination of defender and goalkeeper. It was credit to West Kilbride that they had not given up on the game and were still hungry for a goal.

When the full-time whistle came, it was Bonnington celebrating a fantastic victory to claim the cup. They built on a great start to score two goals in quick succession and didn’t look back, dictating the tempo and never looking troubled.

West Kilbride will be disappointed they never really got going and were outplayed by the better side on the day.

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  • Full Time:
  • Bonnyton Thistle
  • 4-0
  • West Kilbride 99s


Bonnyton Thistle
West Kilbride 99s
13. Taylor Davidson
2. Adam McKinnon
3. David Wallace
4. Scott Duddy
5. Callum Ramsey
6. Sam Steele
7. Jonathan Townend
8. Kieran McDonald
9. Callum Eskdale
10. Matthew McCutcheon
14. Jamie Knight
15. Callum Boyle
17. Ciaran Perry
20. Campbell Brown
21. Connor Hepburn
26. Owen McGhee
1. Ross Jack
2. Andrew Paul
3. Jamie Wyllie
4. Kieran Tulloch
5. Josiah Canter
6. Greg Gibson
7. Andrew Simpson
8. Craig McDonald
9. Sean Clifford
11. Liam Cunningham
12. Ruairidh Lennie
15. Christopher Stillie
17. Samuel Edwards
18. Finlay Lothian
19. Gary Craig
20. Daniel Eltringham
21. Kieran Hughes
Star Player
Bonnyton Thistle
West Kilbride 99s
A difficult choice with so many great performances but for his two goals and his unselfish build-up to assist another it has to be Ciaran Perry.
Captain Craig McDonald gave his all for 90 minutes despite West Kilbride not getting the rub of the green. He was always pushing his team mates on and anything they did create he was a part of.
Magic Moment
Bonnyton Thistle
West Kilbride 99s
McGhee's silky skills to set up Perry for the third just moments before half time probably settled the game in Bonnyton's favour and the whole move was a delight to watch.
McDonald and Stillie showed their heart and determination to keep fighting even when the game looked over and it almost paid off for them with a late consolation, but it just was not to be.
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