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Clinical Kilwinning Rangers Celebrate Cup Victory

Kilwinning Rangers 5

Condon 26', 42', Campbell 30', Burt 64', Ross, 81' (pen)

Glenburn MW FC 3

Black 50', Barr 57', Haymarch 69'
  • Saturday, 16 April 2016
  • Dam Park, Ayr
  • Under 19´s
  • William Taylor Cup Final

Mark Gillespie | YFS North Ayrshire Senior Reporter
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With a gluttony of goals in the first of the day’s finals at Dam Park, these two league rivals went head-to-head for the William Taylor Cup, and more scoring was on the menu. Kilwinning and Glenburn fixtures have not lacked for goals and entertainment this season, with the young Buffs edging the last league encounter 4-3. This winner takes all tie delivered up more of the same, with the league leaders eventually coming away with the silverware.
 
For a while it looked like being a more convincing win as Kilwinning looked to have built an unassailable lead in the first half, but a spirited Glenburn fightback made this a contest into the closing stages. Daniel Ross's late penalty eventually settled any jitters as the Buffs closed out the first leg of a potential treble.
 
Clinical finishing was to prove the difference in such an even contest. Glenburn were to see a lot of the ball, particularly in the first half, without making the most of opportunities that fell their way.
 
Either side of Kilwinning’s opener Glenburn should indeed have been on the scoresheet, with ian Rankin shooting over on 14 minutes, and Jordan Barr firing straight at George Scott on 19 minutes. In between Rangers gave them a lesson in finishing as they took the lead on 26 minutes.
 
Graeme Condon was to be a powerful threat all day up front for Kilwinning, and Patrick Hamill found the free kick delivery for the striker into the box, to rise unmarked at the back post to nod the ball in off the woodwork. It all seemed to knock the wind out of Glenburn as the Buffs went on to double their advantage four minutes later.  And it was a fine individual effort as Steven Campbell dashed into space down the right side of the box, and his angled shot flashed across goal into Lewis McMurdo’s opposite corner for number 2.
 
Kilwinning were now happy to settle on their lead, inviting Glenburn to break them down and use Condon’s presence up front on the counter. Glenburn continued to see a lot of the ball in midfield, but Fraser Smith and Alexander Bell could not craft anything to hurt the Buffs back line. Instead it was the league leaders who looked to have put the tin lid on it before half time with goal number 3.
 
Again the danger game down the Glenburn left as Jordan Burt stole a yard on his marker to drill a low cross across the box for Condon to tap home his second of the game. 42 minutes gone and Kilwinning seemed in complete control of this tie. It was a half time scoreline which didn't reflect the run of play, but was instead a lesson in how to take your chances.
 
  • Half Time:
  • Kilwinning Rangers
  • 3-0
  • Glenburn MW FC
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.
  • Full Time:
  • Kilwinning Rangers
  • 5-3
  • Glenburn MW FC

Lineups

Kilwinning Rangers
Glenburn MW FC
1. George Scott
2. Bryce Barrie
3. Ryan Beveridge
4. Lee Williamson
5. Aidan Julyan
6. Paul Millar
7. Steven Campbell
9. Graeme Condon
10. Patrick Hamill
14. Josh Williamson
15. Daniel Ross
16. Shaun Murtagh
19. Jordan Burt
20. Chris Wilson
1. Lewis McMurdo
2. Zak Ross
3. Fraser Smith
4. Jake Sillars
5. Rory Connell
6. Alexander Bell
7. Ross Black
9. Callum Haymarch
11. Graeme Swailes
12. Jordan Barr
14. Brandon Sakotti
15. Ian Rankin

Subs
10. Josh Rodgers
16. Blaine Swift
17. Jack Anderson
18. Samuel Gray
Star Player
Kilwinning Rangers
Glenburn MW FC
Graeme Condon led the line for the Buffs, and was a powerful presence throughout, with two goals and an assist to his name.
Rory Connell characterised Glenburn's 'never say die attitude, getting forward from the back and laying on a goal.
Magic Moment
Kilwinning Rangers
Glenburn MW FC
Ross's penalty on 81 minutes, finally put Kilwinning's hands on the cup.
Ross Black's early second half opener gave Glenburn some renewed hope.
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