In the end there was nothing to choose between these sides in a goal packed league match which went to the dramatic final kick of the ball. The hosts must have thought Liam Larmour’s late strike was just enough to finally subdue their opponents, but up popped Adam Mitchell at the death to bundle home from a free kick and preserve Prestwick’s undefeated league record.
Yet it was a goal deluge that didn’t really begin until the second half, as these two sides fought out a relatively cagey opening 40 minutes. The ball bobbled around the pitch with both sides struggling to get the ball down, make the passes or clear their lines. The main threat at both ends was coming from the high ball.
KSC enjoyed most of the early pressure with Daniel Watson and Jared Peacock firing shots just off target in the opening 10 minutes, but Prestwick began to grow into the game and caught out their hosts with the classic sucker punch after 22 minutes.
A long clearance into the KSC half caught out the home defence, finding Josh Alexander with space and time to take the ball down on the edge of the box and curl home the opener.
Rovers’ response was immediate, as they equalised two minutes later. The hosts looked dangerous throughout the match from corner and set piece deliveries into the box, and Adam Clarke nodded his side level from Craig Archer’s corner kick.
With the wind in their sails KSC went on to take the lead soon after on 26 minutes, as a long drifting ball found Dario Quigley through on goal to beat Jack Peacock from close range.
Chances fell at both ends in the remainder of the opening half, with both goalkeepers called into action to keep the goal count down. KSC keeper Boyd showed great alertness to close down Anderson after a dangerous run and cross from Alexander, before Peacock produced a fine double stop from namesake Jared Peacock at the other end.