Fixture: Cumnock Juniors v Valspar FC
Competition: Central Ayshire YFA U14s
Venue: Broomfield Park
So much for the predicted heatwave it certainly missed Cumnock this morning. As a cold, biting wind blew across the slopping Broomfield pitch, the match kicked off with shivering parents on the touch line.
The Valspar boys did not let the inclement weather bother them though. The visitors tore into Cumnock from the first whistle, almost scoring straight away. The ball was passed to Murray Thomson who ran the ball forward winning a second strong challenge he played in Craig Findlay, whose shot won a corner.
Nothing came from that corner, but as Valspar piled on the early pressure another corner was won and Chrissy Callander cleverly picked out Lewis Glass whose fierce first time shot rebounded out off the keeper. It was Harry Evans who reacted quickest to fire the ball home and open the scoring for Valspar with just three minutes on clock.
Valspar had the bit between their teeth and from the kick off pushed forward again. Cumnock simply could not cope and it was not long before the hosts were two goals behind. Connor Purvis played a lovely through-ball, splitting the defence. Craig touched it onto Lewis Glass, who ran into the box, kept his nerve and beat the keeper to find the left bottom corner after five minutes.
Valspar where totally dominating play and deservedly found the net again after seven minutes, when Chrissy Callander calmly found the bottom corner to make it 3-0.
Perhaps Valspar slightly took their foot off the gas, or were just finding it too easy at this stage, but the game got a bit sloppy with a few too many high or misplaced balls. Cumnock to their credit were still battling and won two corners back-to-back. Both were well defended by Stuart Findlay who headed an attempt from the first off the line and by Layton Weaver who cleared well from the second to preserve Valspar's clean sheet.
Valspar soon got back into their stride playing some good football again, creating chance after chance and winning a numerous corners, but the ball just would not go into the Cumnock net. The home side's goalkeeper made a few good saves and numerous efforts went just high or wide.
Half Time: Cumnock Juniors 0 Valspar 3
The Valspar coach's half time talk did the trick as his side piled on the pressure on once again from the first whistle of the second half. The visitors were now playing some lovely passing football. Craig Findlay was replaced by Ron Mooney who made an instant impact, playing a lovely ball to Lewis Glass who smashed the ball into the net for 4-0.
Kier O'Neil, who had very nearly scored in the first half and had a really good game, was replaced by Tyler Robertson.
Valspar continued to create great some chances, including one from Murray Thomson whose great shot seemed destined for the top corner until the Cumnock goalie produced a great save, somehow getting a hand to it to push Thomson's superb effort wide.
Ron Mooney had made a great impact as a second half sub and deservedly got on the score sheet. Running into the box, his shot hit the keeper but was too powerful and ended up in the bottom corner for 5-0. He very nearly scored again moments later with another good run into the box, but this time the keeper saved.
Stuart Findlay replaced Liam Storie and Harry Evans was replaced by substitute Tony Nelson.
It was very comfortable for Valspar at this stage as they knocked the ball about well. The reshuffled defence continued to do well, determined to keep a clean sheet.
After winning yet another corner, Valspar's coach had a quiet word with Tyler, who played a clever short corner with Chrissy. Tyler crossed a lovely ball that Layton almost got his head to before the ball fell to Connor Purvis who made no mistake, burying the ball in the back of the net for Valspar's sixth goal of the afternoon.
Layton Weaver, now playing at left back, brought the ball out of defence showing great confidence and ability to take the ball past two Cumnock players. He continued his run down the left wing, finding Murray Thomson with a good cross, whose header went narrowly wide into the side netting.
This was a very good Valspar team performance on a bumpy slopping pitch in strong winds. McKenzie Hill and his solid defence will be very happy to keep another clean sheet, as Cumnock is never an easy place to get a result. Valspar's commanding victory here keeps the pressure on the teams above them in the league title race.
Full Time: Cumnock Juniors 0 Valspar 6