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Classy Largs Colts shine to stay in league contention

Largs Colts 7

Brown 9', 24', McTaggart 20' 47', Bainbridge 29', Florence 58', Cormack 70'

Glenburn MW 1

L. McCallum 8'
  • Saturday, 05 December 2015
  • Barrfield Park
  • Under 14´s
  • CAYFA Under 14s League

Mark Gillespie | YFS North Ayrshire Senior Reporter
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The home side ran out comfortable winners to stay in touch at the top of the league, as they turned on the style at Barrfields. It was a confident display throughout from the promising young Largs team, despite going behind to a spectacular Glenburn strike. Equalising straight away, Colts were good value for their win, with their passing and movement up front in the end simply too much for Glenburn to handle.

The visiting team are still a work in progress, a young squad still getting to know one another, having just started this season. Yet it is clear that this is a side capable of the sensational, as Largs discovered on just 8 minutes.

The home side had seemed to be building momentum, with early possession and goalmouth opportunities almost providing the early breakthrough. Dylan Smith and Louis Bainbridge were linking well as Largs looked to be finding their rhythm, and each were denied by fine point blank saves from Findlay Morrison in Glenburn’s goal.

Ando so it was to be Glenburn who struck first, as Lewis McCallum gathered the ball in midfield, and from 25 yards out unleashed a powerful effort which curled high into Jonathan Irwin’s left postage stamp.

Many sides would have been shell shocked, but Largs kept up the passing and moving to reply instantly. A quick exchange in midfield put Smith through on goal and his effort was blocked by Morrison. The ball was cleared only as far as Robbie Coupar in midfield, and he found Adam Brown in the box to make no mistake to level the match.

The game had an entertaining tempo about it, with both sides competing well in the midfield. The visitors were trying to hold a high defensive line as Glen McTaggart and Bainbridge orchestrated Largs from midfield. Bainbridge had a goal chopped off for offside on 14 minutes, and at the other end Blair McCallum fired over from a Glenburn free kick.

Yet Colts were beginning to assert themselves, as they continued to build the play and show a greater cutting edge up front. Brown was brought down on the edge of the Glenburn box, and they finally got their noses in front in style from McTaggart’s resulting howitzer free kick, his powerful shot finding Morrison's right hand corner on the 20 minute mark.

Largs had a taste for goals now. Four minutes later and they had extended their lead, as Smith sprang the Glenburn offside trap, playing in Brown for his second goal. From here the visitors perhaps began to think about damage limitation, at least until the interval.

But with wind in their sails Largs continued to look a danger in and around the Glenburn box. McTaggart had a long range effort well watched and palmed over by Morrison, before they scored again on 29 minutes to go into the break in full control.

It was a quick passing move on the edge of the Glenburn box, as Brown linked up with Lewis Cormack, and the latter found Bainbridge on the edge of the box. The midfielder ran on to finish confidently past Morrison to give the hosts a well-earned 3 goal lead at the break.

  • Half Time:
  • Largs Colts
  • 4-1
  • Glenburn MW

With the game’s outcome all but decided at half time, the second half began scrappily. Largs perhaps took their foot off the gas, as Glenburn doggedly scrapped for every ball, with Connor Thomson a competitive influence in the midfield.

As the half wore on though, Bainbridge’s running and link up play at the other end began to tell and prise open the Glenburn defence. Most of the Largs danger came from down this left channel, with Brown on a hat trick, firing just over on 45 minutes, after good work from McTaggart.

Bainbridge’s shot was saved after another rampage down the left, but he was then to lay on Largs’ fifth goal after 12 minutes of the half. Going on another menacing run, he squared the ball for McTaggart whose powerful shot from inside the box was just too much for Morrison to keep out of the net.

The outcome was beyond doubt, with Glenburn hoping to play this one out without further concessions. But with McTaggart and Bainbridge in the mood in midfield and Smith and Brown up front, the visitors were to get no rest.

After 50 minutes Largs had the luxury of withdrawing Smith from the action, as they freshened things up from the touchline to give substitutes some game time. And another good passing exchange had the hosts in for number six. This time Coupar threaded a ball through for substitute Lewis Florence to finish from close range on 58 minutes.

Glenburn almost had late consolation as Thomson’s long range free kick was well saved by Irwin on 65 minutes. But the hosts were enjoying their football and had one more ace to play with the clock ticking down, as Lewis Cormack’s glanced header from a fine Jamie Coupar delivery went in off the bar to put his side in seventh heaven.

It was a tough outing for a young Glenburn side still trying to gel together. They will be learning a lot together this season, and most sides in the league will struggle against Largs on this form. Largs meanwhile continue to challenge AC Irvine at the top, and it will be a team brimming with confidence who travel to Galston for next weekend’s league fixture.

  • Full Time:
  • Largs Colts
  • 7-1
  • Glenburn MW

Lineups

Largs Colts
Glenburn MW
1. Jonathan Irwin
3. Craig Loudon
4. Dylan Weir
5. Kieran MacNeil
6. Robbie Coupar
7. Lewis Dalglish
8. Glen McTaggart
9. Dylan Smith
10. Adam Brown
11. Jamie Coupar
12. Declan Barbour
14. Lewis Florence
16. Louis Bainbridge
17. Ben Robson
18. Lewis Cormack
20. Luc Leishman
1.Findlay Morrison
2.Taylor Blestoe
3. Euan Scott
4. Aidan Bowskill
5. Lochlan Connell
6. Lewis McCallum
7. Connor Thomson
8. Blair McCallum
9. Ryan King
10. Jordan Murrell
11. Conner Holland
12. Bradley McDowall
14. Curtis Glover
15. Liam Thornhill
21. Colin Wilson
Star Player
Largs Colts
Glenburn MW
Glen McTaggart - It was a game with several stand out performers for the home side, with Adam Brown and Louis Bainbridge worth a mention. But Glen McTaggart stood out though in midfield, scoring twice, including a free kick rocket.
Connor Thomson - Kept working hard in midfield, even when the game was beyond his side.
Magic Moment
Largs Colts
Glenburn MW
McTaggart's superb free kick strike put Largs in the lead.
Lewis McCallum stunned the hosts with a sensational long range shot to take the early lead.
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