The home side kept up with the chasing pack as they in their first fixture of 2016 with this emphatic win at Kilwinning Sports Club. After a last 32 cup run KSC were back to winning ways in the league, as they look to catch up on games in hand and kick on.
Conditions were set fair for this contest, played in fine winter sun, but the high ball was always a risk to both defences in the swirling wind. It was a one goal game at half time, a match that only turned decisively as it stretched in the second half. Cumnock had doggedly fought their way back to level the scores only to lose the initiative instantly as their resurgent opponents closed out the game.
In a first half which the hosts dominated only Kyle Rennie’s opener just before half time separated the sides at the break. KSC had Cumnock pressed back for long spells but were always vulnerable to that high ball in behind, as Reece Morrison demonstrated to stunning effect in the second half.
Barca’s first sight of goal game on 8 minutes, after good link up play as Fraser McQueen linked up well with Glen Hyslop to shoot just over Andrew Wilson’s bar. McQueen was showing some good early touches, running at defenders to create space for his team mates.
The KSC forward produced a good save from Wilson in the visiting goal on 22 minutes with another shot from Kyle Rennie’s delivery into the box, as KSC stepped up the pressure. They remained on the front foot for much of the half with the high Cumnock ball still capable of causing chaos at the back. With the KSC defence not dealing with another ball through, KSC keeper Dylan Jackson was caught out of his box on 25 minutes, almost allowing Morrison to score a shock opener for the visitors.
The game needed a goal as the half progressed beyond the half hour. Barca continued to apply the pressure and eventually they broke through on 37 minutes. Joe Harrison found a killer ball to unlock the defence, and Rennie did the rest with a cool finish low to 1’s right.