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Stewarton Annick lead charge against Dalry

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Stewarton Annick 97's
Dalry Thistle
Stewarton welcomed Dalry Thistle in this eagerly anticipated league encounter. Dalry's fortunes had taken an upturn in recent weeks with some good results whilst Stewarton had yet to drop a point from their previous five league games. A win would put Stewarton top with a few games in hand to most of the realistic challengers. They were not to disappoint.

The game started sluggishly with Stewarton ring rusty after a couple of weeks lay off. Dalry started brightly enough but didn't threaten the Stewarton rear-guard. The usually reliable Mason squandered a few chance for the home team in the opening fifteen minutes as Stewarton grew into their game and dominated play. Chances continued to come with Mason, Carruth, Hamill and Campbell going close for the home team.

The onslaught continued unabated as Dalry just couldn't cope in key areas. The Dalry attack came up against a resolute defence, the midfield although strong and workmanlike just were no match for the football in the Stewarton engine room, whilst Mason and Carruth were giving the Dalry defence a torrid time without much to show for it.

The scoring was eventually opened and it took a cracker from Campbell to do it. Taking the ball in from the left he unleashed a lobbed shot that nestled in the back of the net with the Dalry keeper stranded. Settling in to the rhythm now it took Stewarton the whole of five minutes to increase the lead via the wiry Carruth. A lovely cross into the box from Hammill saw the pocket rocket leap higher than the Dalry defence to nod the ball past his school mate and opposition goalkeeper.

The play raged on until the end of the half with Stewarton dominating and Dalry having not had a shot on target.

Half Time: Stewarton Annick 97's 2-0 Dalry Thistle

Stewarton started the second half the way they ended the first on top and in control. However, Dalry fought hard and some flashpoints occurred as they battled hard to try and get back in the game. Stewarton were just too strong though and they increased their lead via a neat finish by Mason.

Stewarton will not dominate a game and receive so little reward again. Dalry came close with their only effort but Mitchell in goal ushered that ball past the post for a goal kick. Stewarton's Hamill put in another excellent shift backed up superbly by Hunter who arguably played his best game for the team.

Campbell and McMaster threatened continually down the left. Williamson and Hollywood combined well on the right as Dalry struggled to contain the Stewarton steam train. The Dalry strikers tried in vain to get some possession but came up against the brick wall that is Julyan & Barrie.

Various other chances were squandered in which can only be described as an off day for the Stewarton strikers. Efforts off the bar and the post were counted in a range of close efforts. Dalry's keeper and Centre Halve deserve credit for battling hard but in the end the result was inevitable even though the score line did not do justice to the Stewarton dominance.

Full time: Stewarton Annick 97's 3-0 Dalry Thistle

On another day Stewarton would have scored 8+ but have to be satisfied with their sixth win in as many games and top of the table status. Dalry will cause other teams problems but today was not one of them.

Stewarton Team: Robbie Mitchell, Josh Williamson, Mathew McGhee, Aidan Julyan, Bryce Barrie, Stephen Campbell, Kieran McMaster, Patrick Hamill, Lewis Hunter, Aiden Carruth, Kris Mason, Kyle Scott, Craig Milne, Brandon Marshall, Taylor Hollywood, Conor Fraser

Next Game: 12th January @ Home to Harmony Row
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