But there was life in the game yet, as Glenburn regrouped and made this a vibrant second half contest. They had the perfect start, reducing arrears on 50 minutes, as Ross Black knocked Callum Haymarch’s low delivery home from close range. Sensing light at the end of the tunnel Glenburn began to grow again in confidence, playing a lot of football in the Kilwinning half to maintain the pressure.
Sure enough they were back to 3-2 on 57 minutes, after good play from Brandon Sakotti found Barr inside the box, and from the tightest of angles he lashed his shot past George Scott. Game on again with half an hour to play.
Glenburn were pouring numbers forward at every opportunity, but it was to prove their undoing as Kilwinning restored their two goal advantage on 64 minutes. Condon was again the danger man, with a rampaging run down the right leaving the defence in his wake. He centred to give Burt the simplest of finishes from close range for 4-2.
Glenburn were not going to accept defeat just yet, with plenty of time on the referee’s watch, and the game swinging end to end. They were back to a goal down 5 minutes later, as Rory Connell pushed forward from the back to lay the ball on through the middle for Haymarch to finish.
Would there be another twist in this absorbing closing twenty minutes? It was all in the balance with Glenburn continuing to press in midfield and Kilwinning proving lethal on the break. Neither side was letting up in a fierce contest.
Glenburn passed up 2 glorious opportunities to equalise before this game took its final decisive turn. Graham Swailes’s cross on 75 minutes found Haymarch inside the box, and only a brave block by Chris Wilson maintained the Buffs’ lead. Then Swailes had a chance himself, after dispossessing Bryce Barrie outside the box, but he could only shoot wide with the goal at his mercy.
A fighting Glenburn performance in the second half had given Kilwinning a lot to think about, but the Buffs finally eased any nerves late on as they restored their two goal advantage from the penalty spot. Condon was brought down in the box, giving the referee an easy decision to make, and Daniel Ross stepped up to finally seal a cup win which looked a first half formality.
A great contest in the end. The Buffs now turn their attention to making sure of the league with a visit to Whittletts Victoria in their remaining fixture, with the promise of more silverware against Glenafton in the President’s Cup final next month.