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KSC Rovers and Prestwick Community serve up 10 goal blockbuster

KSC Rovers 5

Clarke 23' 62' Quigley 26' Rae 43' Larmour 76'

Prestwick Community FC 5

Alexander 22' 49' 50' Anderson 42' Mitchell 80'
  • Sunday, 23 February 2014
  • Kilwinning Sports Club
  • Under 15´s
  • CAYFA Under 15 Division 1

Mark Gillespie | YFS North Ayrshire Senior Reporter
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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.

  • Half Time:
  • KSC Rovers
  • 2-1
  • Prestwick Community FC
KSC went into the break having enjoyed the better of the opening spell. Prestwick meanwhile had a chance to regroup at half time and emerged in the second half a much livelier outfit, as they kicked off a seven goal second half.
 
Just two minutes in and the visitors were back on level terms, as Aaron Lindsay’s ball found its way through to Jack Anderson to place a low finish past Boyd. Prestwick seemed to be at a higher tempo but, just as when they opened the scoring, were vulnerable straight after scoring the goal.
 
KSC duly went straight back in front, on 43 minutes. This time Aidan Rae took down a long ball on the edge of the box to loop  a powerful shot high past Peacock to restore the home advantage.
 
It was a bitter interlude as the visitors continued to try and up the tempo and push their opponents back. With more possession Prestwick were able to capitalise after 48 minutes, as Reece McLean put Alexander through to find the corner of the net from close range.
 
The match swung to the other end, as the cat and mouse continued. Archer threaded the ball through for Peacock, and another fine save from Jack Peacock in the visitors’ goal kept the sides level.
 
The match then seemed to swing to Prestwick’s advantage a minute later, as Alexander completed his hat trick, running onto a long ball which evaded the home defence to smash his side ahead.
 
KSC rang the changes to go with three up front, bringing on Larmour in a bid to make an impact on the Prestwick lead. He was almost through straight away but shot straight at Peacock on 52 minutes. The visitors’ keeper again denied the hosts with another strong save at the feet of Jared Peacock, as KSC threw players forward.
 
Prestwick kept their shape, holding onto their lead and almost extending it when McLean played in Jack Dick but Boyd was equal to his shot with another good stop.
 
KSC kept pushing forward and were soon level again after 62 minutes. This time Thomas Johnstone’s long throw into the box caught out the Prestwick defence and Clarke was first on hand to nod past Peacock.
 
Four each and with all to play for in the closing stages, chances kept coming at both ends. Prestwick had opportunities to retake the lead, particularly when Aaron Lindsay flashed a great chance over the baron 65 minutes.
 
Meanwhile Archer and Cameron Lee had shots saved at the other end, as the match swung end to end. It was difficult to pick a winner from here on.
 
Prestwick caught Boyd off his line on 74 minutes, and Paul O’Neill unleashed a speculative shot which Lee headed off the line. The match seemed destined to play out as a draw, but only after both sides had cancelled each other out yet again in the closing five minutes.
 
Firstly Larmour ran onto a through ball to beat the onrushing Peacock on 76 minutes, and with seconds on the clock Prestwick won a free kick down the left flank. McLean’s delivery evaded the entire home defence, giving Mitchell the easiest of tap ins to complete the scoring in a breathless second half.
 
Both sides remain undefeated in the league, with KSC now turning their attention to Scottish Cup business, as they host Gala Fairydean next weekend.
  • Full Time:
  • KSC Rovers
  • 5-5
  • Prestwick Community FC

Lineups

KSC Rovers
Prestwick Community FC
1. Adam Boyd
2. Connor Montgomerie
4. Adam Clarke
5. Daniel Watson
7. Cameron Paton
8. Cameron Lee
12. Graeme Malcolm
14. Jared Peacock
15. Craig Archer
19. Thomas Johnstone
20. Dario Quigley
3. Luke Moore
6. Aidan Rae
10. Ryan Devlin
11. Liam Larmour
1. Jack Peacock
2. Adam Mitchell
3. Sam Brotherson
4. Josh Alexander
5. Connor Mulgrew
8. Reece McLean
9. Lewis Hughes
10. Ryan Connor
11. Matthew Merry
14. Shaun Herron
15. Jack Anderson
16. Aaron Lindsay
17. Jack Dick
18. Paul O'Neill
Star Player
KSC Rovers
Prestwick Community FC
Jared Peacock - Laid on a few chances and looked lively throughout.
Josh Alexander - Won the match ball with his hat trick. Peacock's heroics in goal also merit a mention.
Magic Moment
KSC Rovers
Prestwick Community FC
Larmour thought he had sealed a memorable win for the home side late on.
Mitchell's last kick of the ball salvaged a point for Prestwick.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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