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Kilwinning hold off late Glenafton comeback to lift Cup

Kilwinning Rangers 5

Wilson 8', 21', Hamill 14', 72' (pen), Beveridge 26'

Glenafton Athletic 4

Mowat 58', Roberts 78', 82', 89'
  • Saturday, 07 May 2016
  • Dam Park, Ayr
  • Under 19´s
  • West of Scotland YFL President's Cup

Mark Gillespie | YFS North Ayrshire Senior Reporter
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We almost had the comeback to end them all in this President’s Cup Final at Dam Park. Eventually Kilwinning Rangers had just enough to hold off a resurgent second half Glenafton display. Having looked dead and buried at half time, they will be wondering what might have been had this game been 10 minutes longer.

The end would have been impossible to predict after a first half where Kilwinning all but etched their name on the trophy. Cruising and with a four goal lead at the break, the width of a post was all that separated these sides at the end, as Glenafton fired wide with the very last kick of the ball.

It’s the third leg of a potential clean sweep of the honours for the Young Buffs and Rangers began with the look of champions, knocking the ball around confidently and pinning their opponents back. They could have been ahead as early as the fifth minute, with a free kick from the six-yard box after a Glenafton passback.

The opener had a sense of inevitability about it, and it came after a period of sustained Kilwinning pressure. Christopher Wilson found himself some space on the edge of the box and fired a low shot past Matthew McClung for a deserved lead on eight minutes.

Rangers were first to every ball, closing down in midfield as Glenafton struggled for answers. Goal number two arrived on 14 minutes, and in bizarre circumstances. Patrick Hamill’ s low corner kick delivery was mishit into the area, and with the defence slow to react, trundled past McClung and into the net. Not what the midfielder had intended, but they all count.

Glenafton were struggling to clear their lines, as the Buffs continued to surge forward. Kristopher Mason set up goal number 3 for Wilson on 21 minutes, as he got down the right hand side of the box to lay on a perfect ball for the midfielder to extend the Rangers lead.

And the pick of the goals arrived five minutes later from the set piece as the lead was extended to four goals within the half hour. Ryan Beveridge’s postage stamp shot raced high past a helpless McClung for number four.

Punch drunk from four goals it looked all about damage limitation from now on for Glenafton, with pride still at stake. Equally Rangers may have taken their foot off the gas with the trophy seemingly in the bag, and the arrears at half time remained a mere four goals.

  • Half Time:
  • Kilwinning Rangers
  • 4-0
  • Glenafton Athletic

The second half began at a pedestrian pace, with this very much in mind, but Glenafton were to wake up and give the Buffs a real fright towards the end. They got themselves on the scoresheet just on the hour mark, as David Mowat flicked home Liam Roberts' free kick delivery.

But Rangers then restored their four goal lead at the other end on 72 minutes. Hamill floated a high ball into the box which looked to be beyond Stephen Campbell, but then somewhat McClung brought him down in the area. A stone waller, but an unnecessary spot kick to give away. Hamill duly stepped up to fire home the spot kick.

The champagne well and truly on ice then with just under 20 minutes to go, or saw we thought. Glenafton had other ideas as they sent men forward to their credit, rather than avoid a more embarrassing defeat. Defence was very much the best form of attack, they realised. But too late?

A late hat trick was to sow some doubts in the Kilwinning camp. The arrears were reduced again on 78 minutes, as Roberts rose unmarked to head home from Aaron Waters’s corner kick. Four minutes later the striker fired home a second, after Dylan Brown’s great work down the right and pull back from the bye line. With one minute to Roberts then completed an 11-minute hat trick to head home at the far post. A stunning contribution.

Glenafton were finishing the stronger against opponents, who perhaps had the game mentally won at half time. Instead it went to the final kick of the ball, as Scott Davidson' s long range effort, drifted agonizingly past george Scott's far post right on full time.

A remarkable effort by Glenafton in the end. They will be wondering where this performance was in the first half. The Buffs take the honours though, after a first half knock out performance. Along with the cup they took a bow were for the league championship wrapped up last week. They now look to finishing the season with a clean sweep of honours in the League Cup.

  • Full Time:
  • Kilwinning Rangers
  • 5-4
  • Glenafton Athletic

Lineups

Kilwinning Rangers
Glenafton Athletic
1. George Scott
2. Josh Williamson
3. Ryan Beveridge
4. Lee Williamson
6. Paul Millar
7. Stephen Campbell
8. Christopher Wilson
9. Kristopher Mason
10. Patrick Hamill
11. Shaun Murtagh
15. Graeme Condon
16. Jordan Burt
17. Danny Ross
1. Matthew McClung
2. Matthew Morton
3. David Mowat
4. Reagan Hutchison
5. Kurtis Dhinsa
6. Aqib Ali
7. Brendan Smith
8. David Kerr
9. Aaron Waters
10. Ryan Brown
11. Liam Roberts
12. Jake Baird
14. Jack Hannah
15. Scott Davidson
16. Dean Spittal
17. Dylan Brown
Star Player
Kilwinning Rangers
Glenafton Athletic
Patrick Hamill - Contributed two goals and was a strong influence for Kilwinning in midfield.
Liam Robert - nearly stole the show with a second half hat-trick.
Magic Moment
Kilwinning Rangers
Glenafton Athletic
Ryan Beveridge's free kick was the pick of the Buffs' goals.
Roberts' goal, for number three, was a well worked move and gave Glenafton a glimmer of hope.
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