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Strong Tass beat Kilmaurs to League Cup glory

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Kilmaurs Thistle Under 15s
Tass Thistle Rovers Under 15s
Competition: CAYFA League Cup - Final
Venue: Kilwinning Sports Club, Kilwinning
Date: 13/05/2012
Author: Ross Mitchell
Kilmaurs and Tass contested the League Cup Final in Kilwinning on Sunday morning.  This match pitched Tass, currently first and unbeaten in the league, against a strong Kilmaurs side who themselves have had a good league campaign, in an exciting encounter.  

Tass kicked the game off in wet and windy conditions in Kilwinning looking to use the slick surface to aid their passing game.  

It was Kilmaurs, however, that the pitch benefitted first as they nearly took the lead with the games first attack.  Stevie Campbell broke down the left wing and was able to play a lovely chipped ball to Ryan Barnes.  The striker took the chance early, trying to catch Tass’ keeper out, but his shot floated just over the top of the bar for a goal kick.

Tass responded to Kilmaurs’ attack and had one of their own – they went one better than their opponents and opened the scoring early on.  Nathan Smith broke down Tass’ right hand side and got into the Kilmaurs penalty area.  He squared the ball along the six yard line to the back post where Declan Brown was on hand to tap in easily.

Ryan Barnes had another chance for Kilmaurs and it was exactly the same as his previous attempt.  He was played in with a chipped ball and tried the same lobbed finish as before but again, the ball went just over the bar.  The Kilmaurs attacker had another chance moments later when he won the ball on the edge of the area and hit a looping shot towards goal.  His shot went over Tass’ goal.

With Tass’ next attack they doubled their lead.  A corner was swung in from the left wing by the right-footed James Hopkins.  His ball was not cleared and Jordan Bruce got onto the loose ball around 8 yards out.  He smashed the ball into the roof of the net to make the score line going into half time 2-0 to Tass.

At half time, Tass deserved their lead – they had the majority of the possession and although they were not creating much had the batter of the chances.  Kilmaurs, on the other hand, had been on the back foot for most of the half but did look very dangerous with Ryan Barnes and Josh Hollywood when they were able to launch an attack.    

Half Time:  Kilmaurs Thistle 0 – 2 Tass Thistle Rovers   

At the beginning of the second half Tass were able to force a couple of decent early chances.  Firstly, sub Ryan Wilson won a loose ball around 20 yards out.  He controlled the ball and sent a shot which went narrowly wide of the Kilmaurs net.  
Secondly, a brilliant move down the right wing set up Ryan Wilson again.  John Frew and Nathan Smith combined well down the right wing and were able to play in Wilson inside the box.  The attacker put his shot just wide of the post.
Tass continued to press and Kilmaurs keeper Aaron Edgar made a tremendous triple save to keep his side in the contest.  Firstly, the lively Ryan Wilson had his shot from the edge of the area tipped onto the post by Edgar.  The ball rebounded to Ryan Gilmour who blasted his attempt onto the bar from 3 yards out following a slight touch from Edgar.  The Kilmaurs keeper somehow got back up for a third time to stop another shot which was goal bound with his save running to Connor MacAuley who saw his fierce shot fly over the bar.
Tass were all over Kilmaurs for the whole of the second half with Kilmaurs rarely able to get into the Tass half.  One of these chances fell to Josh Hollywood who broke down the left hand channel and into the Tass box.  Rather than take the shot on his left foot he tried to cut into a crowd of players and onto his right foot.  He could not connect with his shot allowing Tass to regain the ball and take control of the game once more.
As the game wore on the pressure told and Tass were able to add a third.  Ryan Wilson who had been a danger constantly since he came on got what he deserved after a lucky break off a Kilmaurs defender.  Wilson stayed cool and finished well on his left foot and from an angle.
Tass were still not done and were able to score again to round the score off at 4-0.  Jake Sillars took a free kick from 20 yards out just to the right of the box.  He curled his effort around the wall and into the goal to complete the scoring in the game.  
The game finished 4-0 to Tass, a scoreline which was fully deserved on the day.  They controlled the game from start to end and were able to take the chances they created.  Kilmaurs, though, will feel it was not their day and acknowledge that Tass played very well.  
It is a hard decision to choose who gets the Man of the Match award for Tass.  I am going to give it to Nathan Smith who did not score today but was dangerous down the right wing.  He linked up well with John Frew at right back and caused Kilmaurs many problems.  For Kilmaurs the decision is a bit easier.  Ryan Barnes wins the Man of the Match award as he gave 100% throughout the game despite the score line and was able to look dangerous as he could create something for himself or his team mates out of nothing.  
Full Time:  Kilmaurs Thistle 0 – 4 Tass Thistle Rovers

Kilmaurs Thistle Under 15s
Tass Thistle Rovers Under 15s
19.  Aaron Edgar (GK)
2.  Ross Garry
3.  Rory Jamieson
4.  Stephen Dixon (c)
5.  Reece McIlvanney
7.  Ryan Barnes
8.  Adam Kirkland
9.  Stevie Campbell
10.  Josh Hollywood
14.  Torin McKenzie
16.  Josh Rodgers  
1.  Christopher Dick
15.  Declan Connelly
17.  Kyle Kirkland

1.  Lewis McIntyre (GK)
3.  Andrew Galloway (c)
4.  Cameron Rainey
5.  John Frew
6.  Nathan Smith
7.  James Hopkins
10.  Connor MacAuley
11.  Declan Brown
15.  Donnie Campbell
17.  Jordan Bruce
18.  Ryan Glimour
2.  Ryan Wilson
8.  Marc Farrell
9.  Mark Sinclair
12.  Martin Frew
14.  Jake Sillars
16.  Gavin Hynard
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