Largs Colts never really found their A game, but still had enough to overrun Cumnock and move four points clear at the top of the league. Perfect playing conditions along with Adam Brown’s early opener seemed to have given the leaders all the impetus required, but they didn’t have it all their own way until the second half. Cumnock dug in well to make a contest of the opening period, only succumbing late on as the hosts’ pressure finally told.
Largs had got their noses in front after just 5 minutes, with the strike pairing of Adam Brown and Dylan Smith combining to provide the early threat. Brown had an effort held after 4 minutes, but went one better to open the scoring one minute later, as he was put through to coolly slot past Andrew Wilson.
Cumnock looked a danger if they could get the ammo up to Arun Cooper and Reece Morrison up front, and the visitors could have had an instant equaliser on 7 minutes. Cooper went on a rampaging run through the middle, only to have his shot tipped aside by Jonathan Irwin. They knew they would have to make the most of any sight of the Largs goal.
A midfield battle ensued, with neither side asserting full control. Smith provided most of the danger to Cumnock, running with the ball and prepared to commit defenders. He could have had the hosts back in front on 23 minutes as his shot was blocked by Wilson after a good flowing move involving Robbie and Jamie Coupar and Louis Bainbridge.
Cumnock were refusing to be pegged back in their own half as they tried to push up and squeeze the game. Ben Wheeler had a snap shot for the visitors, firing just over from just outside the box on 28 minutes, but it was Largs who managed to extend their lead 5 minutes later as Brown grabbed his second of the game. It was a carbon copy of the first, as he was put clean through down the left channel to beat Wilson from close range.
Space was beginning to open up around the Cumnock box, but the visitors managed to hold on to half time to try and regroup. Similarly, Largs saw room for improvement as they sought to up the tempo and turn the crew in the second half. And it was to be a very one sided 35 minutes as they pressed Cumnock back and built the play around the visitors’ box.