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Bellfield Royals Lift President’s Cup

Bellfield Royals 9

Taylor 5', Osborne 14' 28', McIntyre 22' 53', Fowler 36' 60', Baird 11', Bott, 64' 67'

Ayr Boswell 3

Howard 5', Knox 17' 31'
  • Saturday, 16 April 2016
  • Dam Park, Ayr
  • Under 13´s
  • Age 13 President's Cup

Mark Gillespie | YFS North Ayrshire Senior Reporter
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With Ayr abuzz for Scottish Grand National Day, the entertainment next door still gave the horses a run for their money, as two cup finals served up a 21 goal bonanza between them. Dam Park was the venue for the runners and riders fighting it out for the President’s and William Tracey Cup, with Bellfield and Kilwinning Rangers going on to lift their first silverware of the season.

Football is a crazy game at times, as we soon discovered. The opening fixture saw Bellfield Royals overcome Ayr Boswell in an unexpected second half rout, but after a very cat and mouse opening half. Both these sides traded seven goals in the opening period, before Bellfield found another gear to simply blow their opponents away. It was a busy day for a match reporter trying to keep a note of the thirteen scorers and times. It was also a match to test even to test the local bard's the superlatives, peppered as it was with long range spectacular finishes. 

The floodgates were well and truly open and we were off to a flier after 5 minutes. Rowan Taylor had just nodded home Royals’ opener on 5 minutes from Rhys Osborne's corner when lo and behold Boswell were straight up the other end to level matters. Kori Howard was quickest to run onto Finlay Milne's through ball to place a composed finish past Nathan Joyce .

Chances were to continue to fall at both ends, with Taylor McIntyre almost restoring Bellfield’s advantage 3 minutes later. But they were soon back in front as Osborne teed up the first of the day’s long range howitzers, curling a free kick past Scott Reid on 14 minutes.

Royals had a good grip of the midfield by now with Ayr looking to hit on the counter and use Howard’s pace in behind the defence. Sure enough Boswell were back on terms as Evan Knox took down a loose ball outside the box to scoop a spectacular shot past Joyce on 19 minutes.

The breathless goal frenzy continued 3 minutes later as Bellfield restored their lead from the penalty spot, after Jamie Fowler was brought down by Milne in the box. McIntyre duly stepped up to fire past Reid.

The lead lasted a full 3 minutes, as Boswell again levelled with another by now routine long range curler. With space outside the box, Knox repeated his heroics 5 minutes previously to chip sublimely past Joyce. Six goals in the opening 25 minutes, and plenty more to come.

It took Bellfield all of another three minutes to get their noses back in front. This time quick thinking from Fowler down the right found Osborne in the box to shoot low past Reid for his second of the game.

Ayr could easily half squared things up before half time, but Bellfield were to hold onto their lead before they grabbed the match by the horns in the second half.

  • Half Time:
  • Bellfield Royals
  • 4-3
  • Ayr Boswell

They established a two goal cushion a minute after the break, in already familiar fashion. Fowler gathered the ball outside the box, and with nothing else seemingly on, he launched an inch perfect lob beyond Reid.

Boswell continued to push up in midfield in response, with McKenzie Ewing trying to make things happen, but they weren’t to get a sniff in the second half as Bellfield put the game to bed on 53 minutes. From another loose ball outside the box, McIntyre was on hand to launch yet another spectacular past Reid for the ninth of the game.

It had been a spirited display from Boswell until this point. Frazer Campbell had a good effort blocked as they tried to reduce arrears on 55 minutes. Their morale and energy began to wilt in the closing fifteen minutes as Bellfield ran in the goals to put the gloss on their victory.

Firstly Lewis Baird scrambled home Osborne’s delivery from the corner on 60 minutes for goal number 7, and with the Ayr heads dropping number 8 followed a minute later, as Fowler took advantage of loose play to run on and score from close range.

Royals were basking in their victory now, with standout performances from Osborne and Fowler too much for their opponents to handle. The final say came from substitute Cameron Bott, firstly as he tapped home from Fowler's rampaging run and pass on 64 minutes. He added the final goal with a low close range shot 2 minutes later to give the scoresheet a resounding look.

A tired cliché of course, but here was very much the archetypal game of two halves. After a vibrant and competitive first half it was hard to predict there would be seven goals between these sides at the end. Perhaps confidence and Boswell legs tiring played a part in Bellfield’s triumph in the second half.

Royals now hope it provides the impetus in the six horse race for the West of Scotland league crown as the contenders enter the final strait.

  • Full Time:
  • Bellfield Royals
  • 9-3
  • Ayr Boswell

Lineups

Bellfield Royals
Ayr Boswell
1 Nathan Joyce
2 Adam Borthwick
3 Reece Mirfin
4 Rory Gray
5 Rowan Taylor
6 David Sawyers
8 Rhys Osborne
9 Finlay Parker
10 Talyor McIntyre
11 Lewis Baird
12 Jamie Fowler
12 Ben Login
15 Cameron Bott
16 Darren Brown
1 Scott Reid
2 Joshua Darr
3 Lewis Hendren
4 Brandon Sloan
5 Craig Devlin
8 Declan Scobie
9 Frazer Campbell
10 Evan Knox
11 Dylan Blakely
12 Kori Howard
14 Mackenzie Ewing
15 Finlay Milne
16 Connor Corrigan
17 Niven Milligan
18 Scott Milby
19 Marc Dobbie
Star Player
Bellfield Royals
Ayr Boswell
Rhys Osborne - He laid on 3 goals, scoring two himself to cap a fantastic captain's performance
Evan Knox - He kept Ayr in the hunt in the first half with two spectacular goals.
Magic Moment
Bellfield Royals
Ayr Boswell
McIntyre's long range chip on 53 minutes put some daylight between the sides, and there was no looking back for Royals.
Kori Howard's fine run and equaliser on 5 minutes kept Boswell in the hunt for the opening half at least.
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