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Loudoun Academy 1

Davidson 16

Auchinleck Academy 3

Ferguson 34, Mitchell 40, 55
  • Wednesday, 30 October 2013
  • Loudoun Astroturf
  • Under 13´s
  • Ayrshire Schools FA

Kyle Brown | YFS South East Region Journalist
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In miserable conditions down at Loudoun Academy, Auchinleck S1s travelled away from home to defeat the home side by a 3-1 goal margin. Loudoun had taken a 1-0 lead into half time with a scrappy goal turned in by Barry Davidson. Auchinleck changed tactics a little and scored twice in quick succession with goals from Kaylum Ferguson and Daniel Mitchell. Mitchell made sure of this Ayrshire Cup victory when his deflected 20 yard strike took a massive deflection and found the back of the net late on.
 
In truth, most of the first half was a scrappy affair. The conditions were horrendous, with awful winds and lashing rain, and credit to the boys who did turn up. The first real chance was Loudoun’s goal, with a few ricochets fired around the box and the ball being turned in by the on-hand Davidson with a real poacher’s finish. 
 
The small and pacey striker was superb all match, leading break away charges and dropping off strike-partner Adam Campbell to real effect. The former almost made it 2-0 on the twenty five minute mark: he received the ball after coming deep, swivelled and unleashed a high, looping shot that seemed destined for the top corner but rather incredibly, Auchinleck goalkeeper Ben Mendhurst leaped and turned it over. The action was completed shortly before half time when Auchinleck’s Gavin Howe scampered forward, and found the onrushing Conlin Kelly. Loudoun goalkeeper Lochlin Kirkland commanded his box all too well though, and he was out to smother the attempt.  
  • Half Time:
  • Loudoun Academy
  • 1-0
  • Auchinleck Academy
Auchinleck rang the changes at half time though, with various positions being changed. Howe came inside to centre midfield, Jordan Barr switching to right back and rather bizarrely, Mendhurst came outfield to play centre half, with Kody Robertson going inbetween the sticks. Kerr Sloan also entered the field on the right flank. 
 
And Auchinleck came out roaring. Howe started to show a lot more of his good touches and sharp passing, and he found striker Kaylum Ferguson who left the keeper with no chance from 18 yards. 1-1, game on.
 
They say you are most vulnerable when you have just scored, but this proved to be the opposite for Auchinleck. They quickly became inspired, and perhaps Loudoun – hampered with injuries – were a little demoralised. However, they could do nothing to defend Daniel Mitchell’s superb first goal. He controlled Howe’s switch pass, and with no passes on, he just decided to have a go: good decision, his blast found the bottom right corner and he had just fired his side in front. 
 
Loudoun did almost equalise straight away though. Davidson was through on goal, with his screaming team mate Ben Wilson along side him. They could not make the most of this wonderful chance though, Davidson attempted to round the opposition goalkeeper but Robertson smothered and the chance was gone.
 
That started a swift counter attack. Robbie Welsh beat his opposing number with a deft piece of skill and sent his strike crashing off the post. 
 
That seemed to be it for Loudoun, as Auchinleck had taken total grip of the game, with a lot of possession being retained in Loudoun’s half.
 
Welsh was through one on one with Kirkland but the keeper rushed off his line again and he slid the ball to safety. The striker then began beating the offside trap a lot more, and had he perhaps not been so isolate dup top, they could have created more proper chances. Mitchell also had a chance when he saw an opening from thirty yards, but his moving strike was well held by Kirkland.
 
The win was sealed moments from time when Mitchell received the ball out right, and sent the bobbling ball straight off a defender. The luck was not with Loudoun today though, and the ball found its way into the goal. Loudoun were incensed at referee Jack Cotton after they wanted play stopped for an injured player. Jack is a guy I know well, and I feel he called it right by allowing Auchinleck to play on if they saw fit too – as did Loudoun teacher Mr Lennox. 
 
Plenty of promise for both of these S1 sides. The horrible conditions helped absolutely no one, and the injuries to the home side desecrated confidence. Taking nothing away from Auchinleck though – they fully deserved their win today.
  • Full Time:
  • Loudoun Academy
  • 1-3
  • Auchinleck Academy

Lineups

Loudoun Academy
Auchinleck Academy

1. L. Kirkland. (gk)
2. L. Strachan.
3. CJ Murphy.
4. K Fullarton.
5. J White.
6. T Crolla.
7. L Kerr.
8. B Wilson. (c)
9. B Davidson.
10. A Campbell.
11. B Taylor.
12. D Boland.

1. Ben Mendhurst.
2. Conlin Kelly.
3. Josh McIlwain.
5. Connor McCracken.
6. Gavin Howe.
7. Robbie Welsh.
9. Jordan Beck.
10. Dylan Shand.
11. Kaylum Ferguson.
12. Daniel Mitchell.
14. Lee Wilson.
15. Neil Lockwood.
16. Jordan Barr.
17. Kody Robertson.

Star Player
Loudoun Academy
Auchinleck Academy
Barry Davidson was at the heart of a lot of chances, being very creative for both himself and his team.
Daniel Mitchell. The big central player's brace was pivotal to his team's turn around - he inspired his team mates.
Magic Moment
Loudoun Academy
Auchinleck Academy
Barry Davidson's looping effort in the first half was marvelous - and very unlucky not to beat the goalkeeper who made a fantastic save.
Kaylum Ferguson's goal was a good hit, it tied the match and begun the Auchinleck fight back.
Club Views
Loudoun Academy
Auchinleck Academy
Steven Lindsay, Loudoun Academy coach, said: "I'm not too worried about the outcome, we looked a match for most of the game, we were missing a few players and Lyon amongst others picked up injuries, leaving us completely threadbare."
Gavin Howe, Auchinleck player, said: "I felt much happier once I moved into centre midfield, I got two assists in there and saw more of the ball. Also, I would like to thank my Boys Club coaches - they really have taught me a lot of good skills."
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