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Kilwinning and Glenburn trade blows in six goal thriller

Kilwinning Rangers 3

Murtagh 1' Mason, 5' Millar 40'

Glenburn Miners' Welfare 3

Pieroni, 3' 20' Black 7'
  • Sunday, 27 September 2015
  • Kilwinning Sports Club
  • Under 19´s
  • West of Scotland YFL

Mark Gillespie | YFS North Ayrshire Senior Reporter
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The home side were looking to continue their perfect league start but came up against stubborn opponents to deny them all three points this torrid clash at Kilwinning Sports Club. Both sides exchanged four goals in a frantic opening 10 minutes, before the game settled down to relative normality.
Rangers will still wonder what might have been had the woodwork not come to Glenburn’s rescue late on the second half. For the visitors it was a valuable hard fought away point against hosts who stretched them to the very limit.
Kilwinning began confidently, and had soon made the perfect start through Shaun Murtagh’s early opener. Glenburn though set the pattern for the game with Marco Pieroni’s instant equaliser the first of a goal brace for the wing back.
It was a breathless opening, and in such a tightly congested midfield set pieces would prove vital in creating breakthroughs and opportunities. And so it proved as Rangers went back in front with just five minutes on the clock. A free kick was played into the box and Murtagh’s volley rebounded off the far post of Glenburn keeper Craig Speirs, but Kris Mason was first on hand to jab home the opener from close range.
Kilwinning hoped this would re-establish their grip on this game but the visitors were having none of it, going straight up field to grab the goal of the game. Ross Black went on a run down the left channel of midfield, and from nigh on halfway, fired off a speculative long range shot which flew past George Scott in the home goal.
Rangers were building a lot of moves down the left side, with Ryan Beveridge getting into good areas providing the ammo for Murtagh and Mason. The home side should have been back in front after 15 minutes, as Christopher Wilson had space and time down the left side of the Glenburn box, but could only shoot straight at the legs of Speirs.
And they were made to pay as Glenburn took the lead on 20 minutes. A hotly debated free kick was awarded for a foul just outside the Kilwinning box, and the referee waved away the protests. Pieroni stepped duly stepped up to curl a shot past Scott to give the visitors the lead. Click here to watch Pieroni's goal (via Facebook).
Kilwinning were spurred on with a sense of grievance as they sought to level the game before half time, pushing up and pegging their opponents back in their own half. Wilson snatched another chance straight at Speirs on 36 minutes, but it would take another set piece to undo a well organised Glenburn back line.
This time the delivery came from the right, as a Rangers corner was swung into the box, and with the visitors struggling to clear their lines, Paul Millar leapt highest to nod Kilwinning level after 40 minutes.
The league leaders went into the break on top, hoping to build their momentum into the second period. Glenburn meanwhile had hung on, marking up well and soaking up the Kilwinning pressure. It was a compelling game and in the balance.
  • Half Time:
  • Kilwinning Rangers
  • 3-3
  • Glenburn Miners' Welfare
The pattern continued into the second half, as the midfield play became scrappier, but with Rangers creating the bulk of the chances. Somehow, though the scores remained level at the end of 90 minutes.
The hosts looked to drop the ball in behind the Glenburn back line, making the most of Kris Mason’s presence up front. Murtagh and Patrick Hamill meanwhile looked lively as the half progressed, as Rangers tried to unlock the Glenburn defence.
Both Murtagh and Mason tested Speirs with shots and rebounds on the hour mark, with Hamill flashing a shot just over on 70 minutes. But for all that, it was a dogged display from a Glenburn back line well led by centre back Aidan Julyan.
It seemed to frustrate the hosts as play became scrappier, but the the woodwork still came to Glenburn’s rescue to deny Rangers all three points in the closing stages.
Firstly Hamill’s shot rebounded off the bar on 87 minutes, with Mason’s rebound well saved by Speirs, and then with the final touch of the ball Wilson found himself in the box only to see his header rebound off the post.
Rangers had struck a lot of woodwork and it was just one of those days. They stay top of the division, as both sides turn their thoughts to President’s Cup action next weekend.
  • Full Time:
  • Kilwinning Rangers
  • 3-3
  • Glenburn Miners' Welfare


Kilwinning Rangers
Glenburn Miners' Welfare
1. George Scott
3. Ryan Beveridge
4. Aidan Julyan
5. Graeme Condon
6. Paul Millar
7. Stephen Campbell
8. Christopher Wilson
9. Kristopher Mason
10. Patrick Hamill
11. Shaun Murtagh
15. Lee Williamson
14. Lee Williamson
16. Steven McKinnon
17. Christopher Hamilton
18. William McLean
1. Craig Speirs
2. Marco Pieroni
3. Aaron Caswell
4. Jake Sillars
5. Josh Rodgers
6. Alex Bell
7. Ross Black
8. Jordan Bark
9. David McSorley
10. Craig Forbes
11. Blaine Swift
12. Ian Rankin
14. Ross Rankin
15. Ben West
16. Sam Grey
17. Jack Anderson
Star Player
Kilwinning Rangers
Glenburn Miners' Welfare
Kris Mason - Got on the scoresheet and linked the Rangers play up front.
Marco Pieroni - Kept Glenburn battling with two fine strikes.
Magic Moment
Kilwinning Rangers
Glenburn Miners' Welfare
Millar's late first half equaliser gave his side 2nd half momentum.
Ross Black's screamer brought the sides level again early on.
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