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Troon FC 1

Spence 31'

KSC Town FC 2

Murphy (pen) 9' Wilson 17'
  • Sunday, 31 May 2015
  • Hoisery Park, Troon
  • Under 17´s
  • Central Ayrshire Youth Football League

Mark Gillespie | YFS North Ayrshire Senior Reporter
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The league leaders dug deep away to their nearest rivals to get over the finishing line and pop the bubbly at Troon's Hoisery Park. Town have been used to winning in a more swashbuckling manner this season, but against tough opposition and adverse weather conditions were made to grind out this victory.
As the rain and wind beat down this did not have the feel of an end of season match in late May. Both sides battled to produce any kind of patterned football in an often scrappy match and with much at stake tempers flaring. KSC began with the wind at their backs and sought the early advantage.
Forward Ben Black was getting into some dangerous areas out wide, and fired a first effort at goal just wide on seven minutes. Two minutes later Black was put through on goal again by Jack Ewing's pass and this time was felled in the box. The referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Alan Murphy duly stepped up to fire the spot kick low to keeper Jordan McNaught's right corner to give KSC the early breakthrough.
The visitors continued to press home the early advantage and were to add to their lead eight minutes later. A corner from the left swung in which the Troon defence managed only to half clear, and Christopher Wilson was on the edge of the box to shoot low past McNaught for number two.
After this rocky opening Troon started to win more possession and get up the pitch to test their opponents, winning a few corners and free kicks in dangerous areas, yet were unable to really threaten James Sinclair's goal for the opening half hour.
But the home side did finally pull a goal back thanks to another dangerous delivery from Andrew Lewis, and Darren Spence was on hand in the box to shoot high into the net on 31 minutes.
Troon continued to press forward, with Reece Cunningham looking lively down the left, and were starting to win the territorial battle in the run up to half time. KSC broke up the pitch and could have extended their lead, firstly from Taggart's run and shot, and then a Murphy free kick which whistled just past the post.
  • Half Time:
  • Troon FC
  • 1-2
  • KSC Town FC
In torrential conditions both sides were grateful just to get into the dressing room at half time, and gain some respite for what was to be a very competitive second half.
This time Troon had the wind advantage and carried an aerial threat in the shape of Spence. His header a minute into the half flashed just wide of Sinclair's post as the home side tried to build momentum.
KSC seemed content to soak it up and protect their lead in very challenging conditions. The best move of the half came on 63 minutes from an audacious overhead effort from Ewing which rattled the post. A goal of the season contender had it gone in.
The game became a real physical contest, and tempers flared. Troon were giving it their all, trying to keep dimming league hopes alive, passing up glorious headed chances from Spence and Joseph Gallagher on 68 and 69 minutes.
Spence was a real handful for the KSC defence with his physical presence in the box, and headed another chance wide on 74 minutes, to the frustration of the home side on the touchline. One final chance fell to Connor Cunningham on 88 minutes, but again Troon couldn't capitalise.
The home side had certainly won the corner kick count, but there was only one statistic that mattered as the referee blew for full time. Pretty football was impossible in these conditions but KSC celebrated a season of good football as the sun finally shone through at full time. They had done enough on the day to get the job done.
These two sides meet again in a cup semi at KSC in midweek, with more silverware possibly in sight for the Kilwinning side.
  • Full Time:
  • Troon FC
  • 1-2
  • KSC Town FC


Troon FC
1. Jordan McNaught
2. Dylan Keogh
3. Andrew Lewis
4. Nick Nelson
5. Paul Mcluskie
6. Christopher Kay
7. Barron Mitchell
9. Dennon Fisher
10. Reece Cunningham
11. Joseph Gallagher
14. Connor Cunningham
15. Ian Rankin
16. Darren Spence
17. Brodie O'Neil
1. James Sinclair 3. Lloyd Dicks
4. John Monan
5. William McLean
6. Ross MacColl
7. Cameron Thomson
8. Darren McCann
9. Jack Ewing
10. Alan Murphy
11. Ben Black
12. Jamie Dunlop
14. Craig McGill
17. Scott Jennings
18. Samuel Taggart
19. Lewis Walker
20. Christopher Wilson
Star Player
Troon FC
Darren Spence - scored Troon's goal and was a threat through-out the match for the home side.
Ben Black - a difficult choice, especially on a day when the whole side was rewarded for their effort this season, but Black just edges it.
Magic Moment
Troon FC
Troon's opening goal was a bright moment in the game and gave them hope of a fightback.
Another difficult choice, but the final whistle on the day. It was a tough match in even tougher conditions, so to wrap up the title was hugely important.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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