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Largs Colts FC 5

Brown 5' 33', Cormack 52', McTaggart 56', Florence, 60

Cumnock Juniors FC 0

  • Saturday, 05 March 2016
  • Barrfields Park, Largs
  • Under 14´s
  • CAYFA Under 14 LEague

Mark Gillespie | YFS North Ayrshire Senior Reporter
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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.

  • Half Time:
  • Largs Colts FC
  • 2-0
  • Cumnock Juniors FC

Goal number three duly arrived on 42 minutes, as Lewis Cormack fired home after Dylan Smith’s shot was saved. Shortly later Bainbridge was almost in on the action after a surging run, but shot just wide.

The one-way traffic continued, with Wilson coming to Cumnock’s rescue to keep the goal count respectable. Declan Barbour slipped the ball through to Fraser Blair on 46 minutes, with the keeper showing good alertness to block the shot. Two minutes later he denied Brown his hat trick with another close range stop.

The pressure continued to build, as Largs buzzed around around the Cumnock box. Eventually Wilson could not keep Glen McTaggart’s rasping shot out of the net on 56 minutes, as the hosts added goal number four.

It was both morale and energy sapping for the Cumnock side, as space opened up and Largs began to exploit the gaps. McTaggart was almost in again, firing just wide on 58 minutes after a quick burst into past the defence. It was damage limitation for the visitors.

The league leaders capped a resounding victory with a fine flowing move down the left. Bainbridge slipped the ball wide for McTaggart to get to the by line, and the midfielder’s cross was inch perfect for substitute Lewis Florence to head home number five.

  • Full Time:
  • Largs Colts FC
  • 5-0
  • Cumnock Juniors FC


Largs Colts FC
Cumnock Juniors FC
1. Jonathan Irwin
2. Callum Wilson
4. Dylan Weir
6. Robbie Coupar
8. Glen McTaggart
9. Dylan Smith
10. Adam Brown
11. Jamie Coupar
12. Declan Barbour
14. Lewis Florence
15. Fraser Blair
16. Louis Bainbridge
17. Ben Robson
18. Lewis Cormack
20. Luc Leishman
1. Andrew Wilson
2. Stuart McCracken
3. Reece Morrison
4. Farren Thornley-Cook
5. Scott Anderson
6. Robbie Templeton
7. Luke Cooper
8. Ben Wheeler
9. Arun Cooper
10. Jack Lind
11. Connor Rouse
12. Keiran Hunter
14. Darren Fulton
Star Player
Largs Colts FC
Cumnock Juniors FC
Glen McTaggart - He was a driving force in midfield, scoring one goal and setting up another. He was looking to create chances for himself and his team mates all game. Superb performance.
Andrew Wilson - The goalkeeper pulled off some fine stops to keep Cumnock within reach until late on, keeping the score down and giving his defenders great confidence.
Magic Moment
Largs Colts FC
Cumnock Juniors FC
Florence's goal for number 4 capped a fine flowing Largs move.
Cooper almost had Cumnock level with a surging run and shot on 7 minutes.
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