It was a busy day for goalkeepers in this 10-goal affair at Kilwinning Sports Club, as KSC Phoenix progressed to the next round of the SYFA Cup. Extra firepower up front made all the difference, with Jordan Nohar helping himself to a hat trick against against a Whitletts Victoria side who still put up a stern fight into the game’s latter stages.
On balance this was an even contest, despite KSC having taken a seemingly convincing early advantage. Three goals to the good on the half hour, they seemed in full control, but Victoria fought back and for long spells looked the likelier side, only to be undone at the back by quick fire KSC attacks and deadly finishing.
From the game’s opening exchanges there was no seeing the goal avalanche which was to follow. It was a bogged down game which needed a goal, and some quick thinking got KSC up and running after 16 minutes.
Winning a free kick down the right, Ruari Dalrymple wasted no time in channelling the ball through into the path of Nohar in space inside the box. His shot rebounded and led to a goalmouth scramble, only for the forward to tap home an easy finish for the home side’s opener.
In reply Whitletts were seeing plenty of the ball in midfield, with Cameron Ross and Alistair Boyle instrumental. Boyle fired just wide on 15 minutes and forward Lee McLymont always looked lively in and around the KSC box, testing keeper Louis McIntosh on 20 minutes. It was not enough though, as the visitors’ back line was soon breached again after 20 minutes
As a corner floated in from the left Fraser Dempster leapt unmarked to head past Fraser Lamont from inside the six-yard box. And six minutes later KSC looked to have all but settled this encounter.
The danger again came down the right, and Nohar dashed on to a long ball to advance on goal and finish low past Lamont for number three.
With that, it looked like being a long afternoon for the visitors, but they soon clawed a goal back from a set piece awarded just outside the box on 31 minutes. Boyle’s resulting free kick skidded low past the keeper as Victoria kept a foothold in the game.
They maintained a goal threat as the half came to a close, particularly through McLymont’s pace up front and Boyle’s link up play. KSC were holding a good line though, with Harry Mitchell marshalling his defence well to keep chances to minimum.