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Six of the best Largs Colts through to cup semis

Largs Colts 6

Brown, 5, 12, 48, Bainbridge, 18, Smith, 20, Florence, 74

KSC Kilwinning Thistle 1

Coupar, 60
  • Saturday, 18 February 2017
  • Inverclyde Sports Centre, Largs
  • Under 15´s
  • CAYFA League Cup Quarter Final

Mark Gillespie | YFS North Ayrshire Senior Reporter
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Colts are through to face league rivals AC Irvine in what is sure to be a CAYFA League Cup cracker in a few weeks, after making short work of KSC Thistle at Inverclyde Sports Centre. On paper this looked to be a close contest, with KSC enjoying a decent league campaign of their own and a close match between the two sides earlier in the season. But this proved to be a very different affair. Four goals in the opening 20 minutes all but settled the contest, but KSC dug in and where many other sides might have collapsed they clawed a late consolation goal back.

Largs began the more switched on side, playing their familiar high tempo passing game and pressing up the pitch. They were looking quicker to every ball with KSC struggling to clear their lines, and it paid off just 5 minutes in. Adam Brown latched onto a ball into the box, with his left foot shot too powerful for Scott Struthers to keep out of the net.

KSC tried to push out in response but were caught out by the classic sucker punch 7 minutes later as a quick ball over the top found Brown clean through only to be brought down in the box by Brandon Leckie. The Colts forward duly stepped up to fire home his and his side’s second.

There was to be no let up as Largs continued to boss proceedings, closing down in midfield and pegging their opponents back. Number three arrived on 18 minutes as Dylan Smith and Louis Bainbridge combined well on the edge of the box for the latter to place a low finish into Struthers’ right hand corner.

Two minutes later and Largs had scored from their fourth goal attempt, as Glenn McTaggart got onto the ball on the edge of the box. He nodded perfectly through for Smith to finish powerfully from a tight angle.

KSC had a shell shocked look about them but to their credit they regrouped and limited further damage. Largs had punished every opening created with a goal and they would have to make the most of every chance. The visitors carved out their first opportunity on 24 minutes, after good work down the left flank by Thomas Miller. His cross fell to Travis Blakely but he could only blaze over from point blank range.

It really was about damage limitation for the visitors now and they restricted Largs for the remainder of the half, with Colts content to play within themselves without carving out further opportunities.

  • Half Time:
  • Largs Colts
  • 4-0
  • KSC Kilwinning Thistle

The hosts had perhaps dropped a gear in the second half with the tie all but over, whilst KSC started trying to salvage some pride from the tie. 2 minutes and Campbell Reid tested Jonathan Irwin for the first time, who reacted to turn his powerful effort around the post.

Colts weathered this short spell and soon extended their lead 6 minutes later, as Bainbridge's free kick from the right dipped under the bar catching out Struthers. The keeper's parry out was gift wrapped to give Brown the easiest of tap ins for his hat trick.

Both sides gave their bench players some game time in the closing stages, and the match had more of a disjointed look about it. But KSC grabbed some late consolation on 60 minutes, after good work from Blakely down the right, who squared for Jamie Coupar to shoot low past Irwin.

But it seemed only fair that Colts were to have the final word and with the pick of the day's goals, as Kieran MacNeil threaded a perfect ball through to his fellow substitute Lewis Florence in the box, and he placed a composed finish past Struthers. A perfect finish to a good day's work for Largs, illustrating real strength in depth in their squad.



  • Full Time:
  • Largs Colts
  • 6-1
  • KSC Kilwinning Thistle


Largs Colts
KSC Kilwinning Thistle
1 Jonathan Irwin
2 Callum Wilson
3 Craig Loudon
4 Dylan Weir
5 Kieran MacNeil
8 Glen McTaggart
9 Dylan Smith
10 Adam Brown
12 Declan Barbour
14 Lewis Florence
15 Fraser Blair
16 Louis Bainbridge
17 Ben Robson
18 Lewis Cormack
19 Kian Murdoch
20 Declan Meechan
1 Scott Struthers
2 Brandon Leckie
3 Sean Spiers
4 David Quinn
5 Kyle Horn
6 Sam Hackney
7 Jordan Horn
8 Kieran Champion
9 Campbell Reid
10 Thomas Miller
11 Ryan Norwood
14 Travis Blakely
15 Jamie Coupar
18 Liam Millar
23 Kieran Kelly
27 Robbie Coupar
33 Robbie Kirk
44 Luc Leishman
Star Player
Largs Colts
KSC Kilwinning Thistle
Kian Murdoch was a key player for Colts in the midfield battle but Adam Brown stole the show with his hat trick.
Travis Blakely kept running the channels for his team and set up his side's only goal.
Magic Moment
Largs Colts
KSC Kilwinning Thistle
Substitute Lewis Florence's goal capped a fine move and overall performance by his side.
Robbie Coupar gave KSC some small consolation with a goal against his former side.
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