KSC Town’s flying start to life in the Paisley and Johnstone District League 2 continued with this convincing victory against Parkmoor at Kilwinning Sports Club. It was a match all but sewn up in the opening 15 minutes, with KSC keen to get out of the blocks in their opening home fixture of the season.
The home side’s high tempo passing was in the end just too much for Parkmoor, who nonetheless doggedly kept the scoreline respectable, in no small thanks to a string of excellent saves from keeper Scott Watson.
Ben Black and Jack Ewing have continued their formidable strike partnership from where last season left off, and were soon down to business as the game kicked off. Ewing was a handful for the Parkmoor defence all afternoon with his runs and lay offs, and after a fine exchange with Black forced a fine save from Watson with seven minutes on the clock.
It was a prelude of things to come, as Ewing returned the favour, setting up Black to open the scoring a minute later. Ewing’s lay off allowed the KSC forward to buy himself time and angle a low shot into the corner from just inside the box.
The home side were off on the front foot, and extended their lead a minute later, as Ryan Corkin rampaged through the centre of the Parkmoor rear guard to finish past Watson with just nine minutes played.
With visitors reeling from this double blow, KSC pressed them back, building from the back with Alan Murphy and Darren McCann seeing a lot of the ball in midfield. Goal number three duly arrived from a free kick on 13 minutes, as the home side threatened to run amok with the goal of the game.
From the set piece on the right corner of the box, Murphy’s powered drive had Watson grasping fresh air as it flashed into the net. It was a case of damage limitation for Parkmoor now, and to their credit they dug in and quickly got a goal back courtesy of another set piece.
From just outside the box Daniel MacPhee had his side’s first clear sight of goal, and the midfielder showed great dead ball skills to power his drive past James Sinclair. The home keeper’s first touch of the ball was from the back of his own net.
It was only to prove only an early consolation though, as Parkmoor were forced back to defend KSC’s pressing and high tempo passing. Corkin should have extended the home advantage on the half hour when his header crashed off the bar and was then was denied by Watson’s fine stop on 35 minutes.
The pressure continued to build and Ewing had this game all but sewn up just before half time. A quick break and exchange with Black had him through on goal to finish from close range to put real daylight between the sides going into the break.