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Delight for Duff as hat-trick wins cup for Kilwinning against Auchinleck

Auchinleck Academy 1

Ferguson 9

Kilwinning Academy 4

Duff 15, 47, 52, Peacock 71
  • Thursday, 08 June 2017
  • Townhead Park, Cumnock
  • Under 16´s
  • Ayrshire Schools FA Cup

Ryan Rowe | YFS South West Region Journalist & Bonnyton Thistle Reporter
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A hat-trick from Ong Duff sent Kilwinning Academy on their way to a comfortable victory in the final of the Under 16s Ayrshire Schools FA Cup. Auchinleck caused problems in the first half and took a surprising lead, but their challenge faded as Kilwinning’s class shone through on the way to a 4-1 win.

Indeed, Auchinleck had the first chance of that match and it wasn’t against the run of play. Ruairidh Airlie latched on to a pass from midfield by Mackenzie Corrigan and advanced towards the box. He pulled the trigger from 20 yards but flashed his shot wide.

A foul by Reece Kerr on Greig Richmond in the box provided Auchinleck with a golden chance to go in front. Kaylum Ferguson stepped up to take the penalty and coolly sent Adam Boyd the wrong way as the ball nestled in the bottom right corner. Despite their underdog status Auchinleck fully deserved to be up, but Duff saw about rectifying that fact.

Confusion in the inexperienced Auchinleck defence provided a golden opportunity for Duff to make his mark. He showed his striker’s instinct by as the Auchinleck back line looked bemused in the face of what seemed like an errant pass, allowing the number nine to sneak in and square up to Andrew Wilson in goal. The Kilwinning forward settled himself and steered the ball past the on-rushing keeper to equalise for his side.

Despite seeing two goals in the space of 15 minutes, the next 25 minutes of the half featured virtually nothing of note in front of goal. Both teams were attacking in different ways, Auchinleck preferring to go through the middle via Ferguson and Airlie, while Kilwinning opted for a wider approach with wingers Kyle Anderson and Graeme Malcolm dribbling and teasing the fullbacks.

  • Half Time:
  • Auchinleck Academy
  • 1-1
  • Kilwinning Academy

Kilwinning must have had quite the talking to at the break because from the moment the second half whistle blew they were on the attack. One spell of pressure led to a free kick from which Daniel Watson floated in from deep, and even he thought the unmarked Robbie Lynch was destined to score. However, his header from inside the six yard box went over the bar.

Duff went close again five minutes later, taking advantage of another switch off in the Auchinleck defence. Claims for a handball by Auchinleck’s Jordan Beck didn’t convince the referee and as Auchinleck stood looking guilty, and some Kilwinning players also waited for the whistle, Duff stayed alert as the loose ball fell to him just outside the box but he snapped at his shot and blazed over.

Duff made up for the miss a minute later, following a neat bit of link up play in the area with Kieran Larmour which provided him with an even simpler chance to put his team ahead: Larmour squared the ball across the face of goal and despite the scrambling of Wilson, Duff tapped home from just a few yards out with ease.

And that goal gave the pacy forward the confidence to produce a stunning strike for his hat-trick five minutes down the line. Holding off his marker with his back to goal just to the left hand side of the penalty area, Duff spun and opened his body up in preparation for the shot. The connection was crisp and the flight true and the ball arrowed high into the top corner. This goal was without doubt the pick of the bunch so far and with the next goal coming from a Jared Peacock penalty with 9 minutes remaining, it would stay that way.

Auchinleck offered nothing in the second half but that was more down to the consistent pressure from Kilwinning and their definitive level of assurance in possession, something this spirited but outclassed Auchinleck side just could not manage.

And so Kilwinning take the Ayrshire Schools Cup home for the second consecutive year, a remarkable feat.


  • Full Time:
  • Auchinleck Academy
  • 1-4
  • Kilwinning Academy


Auchinleck Academy
Kilwinning Academy
1. Andrew Wilson
2. Jordan Beck
3. Logan Middleton
4. Lee Wilson
5. Luke Cameron
6. Kaylum Ferguson
7. Aiden Murphy
8. Mackenzie Corrigan
9. Ruairidh Airlie
11. Kody Robertson
12. Liam Norman
14. Kevin Van der Leest
15. Thomas Mangan
17. Greig Richmond
1. Adam Boyd
2. Daniel Watson
3. Reece Kerr
4. Adam Clarke
6. Cameron Lee
7. Awad Mukhtar
9. Ong Duff
10. Thomas Johnston
11. Kyle Anderson
12. Graeme Malcolm
14. Robbie Lynch
15. Jared Peacock
16. Kieran Larmour
Star Player
Auchinleck Academy
Kilwinning Academy
Ong Duff. No question. Graeme Malcolm and Kyle Anderson were dangerous on both wings but neither of them had the same impact as Duff. Considering as well that two of Duff's three goals were all his own work, that underlines his effectiveness.
Kaylum Ferguson. The silky attacker was the main threat to the Kilwinning back line with his skill and dribbling ingenuity. One of the few Auchinleck players who didn't deserve to be on the losing side.
Magic Moment
Auchinleck Academy
Kilwinning Academy
Duff's goal to seal the hat-trick. It was a wonderful individual effort that showcased everything you want in a striker: strong hold-up play, the ability to turn and run at the right time, knowing when to pull the trigger and last but not least - the ability to find the route to the back of the net.
Ferguson's penalty turned out to be nothing more than a consolation goal and a case for what might have been, but for the young man to step up and take it so confidently took a lot of courage. If he hadn't scored, Kilwinning would have still got the wake-up call, but Auchinleck would have been demoralised.
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