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.