These two shared eight goals between them in an entertaining cup final at Kilwinning Sports Club. In the end it was a convincing score line for Prestwick over Cumnock Juniors, a young side still gelling. Prestwick were to give them a real lesson in finishing with two late goals putting some polish on the silverware. Nevertheless, it was a cup which still hung in the balance until the latter stages when Prestwick closed the game out with a dominant second half display.
It was an even contest for the opening half, as both sides traded blows to go in level at the break. Prestwick’s movement up front was eventually to outdo Cumnock, along with some explosive long range finishing from Reece McLean.
Their tactic from the outset was to get quickly in behind the Cumnock back line, using their pace up front to stretch them. Jack Anderson hung on the shoulders of every ast defender and was a dangerous presence throughout. His deft take down and shot on 12 minutes was the first clear chance, but he could only find the side netting.
The game began to open up and at the other end Cumnock were just off target a minute later, with Ben Menzies just firing wide from long range. He was to force a save from Jack Peacock 3 minutes later, with the Prestwick keeper parrying his shot to safety.
The early to and fro continued, with neither side establishing a clear momentum. Peacock was caught off his line on 20 minutes, but Ben Medhurst and Robbie Welsh were unable to capitalise for Juniors as alert defending came to Prestwick’s rescue.
Cumnock were beginning to have a better spell, winning the 50 50s in midfield with Welsh providing an aerial threat up front. From the set piece Medhurst forced another good save from Peacock as they continued to threaten.
And they were to go one better just two minutes later, as they took the lead. A fine leap and knock down from Welsh was laid perfectly into the path of Justin Barr to drive low past Peacock. On the run of play thus far Juniors had just about deserved their lead.
It was to last just 5 minutes though, with Prestwick jolted into action. Anderson continued to make a nuisance of himself up front, and this time he caught out Cumnock keeper Callum Thom as he came for a ball on the edge of the D. The forward beat him to it as he took the ball around him to equalise into the empty net.
Prestwick were then almost in front in the run up to half time, with Josh Alexander through on goal. This time good strength from Nathan Girvan prevented the forward from testing Thom.