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Irvine defeat Troon in cup tie

Irvine Thistle 7

Fullen(2), Cherry(2), Auld, Beattie, Brown

Troon Thistle 2

Stevenston, Clark
  • Saturday, 15 March 2014
  • Greenwood Academy
  • Under 15´s
  • David McNaught Cup

Kyle Brown | YFS South East Region Journalist
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Irvine Thistle clashed with Troon Thistle in the David McNaught U-15s Cup. They played in Group 1, and this was the first game in this cup. Irvine won by seven goals to two. Goals for Irvine came from David Cherry (2), Adam Fullen (2), Sam Auld , David Beattie and Dylan Brown. Troon replied through Jackson Stevenston and Angus Clark. 
    
The teams had met earlier on in the season, and it was Troon who prevailed back then. Irvine must have felt they had a point to prove to their Ayrshire rivals. They started in an attacking fashion and they registered the first shot on target: following a corner inside three minutes Michael Feary attempted a speculative overhead kick that went over the Troon crossbar. 
    
However, Troon went as close as you can get to scoring without the ball actually crossing the goal line as possible; after a corner of their own Shawn Reid bulleted a header downwards, fortunately for Irvine their goalkeeper Cameron Easton tipped the ball onto the post and it was cleared off the line just as strikers were queueing up to slot home the rebound. 
      
Up the other end the above mentioned Fullen drilled put in an excellent cross that presented strike partner Cherry with a scoring opportunity that just went over the bar. Fullen then twisted and turned his way to the byline before drilling another inch perfect cross across goal but there were no takers.
     
Fullen was soon turning into a thorn in the Troon side, and he wasn't to be stopped. He opened the scoring on the fourteen minute mark when he turned inside his man marker and passed the ball beyond the exposed Troon goalkeeper for 1-0.
     
It was to be two for Irvine and two for Fullen only six minutes later. From a free kick, the ball was knocked down in front of him and he thundered a superb finish into the roof of the net. 2-0.
    
Aaron Zakaszewski made a superb challenge to prevent 3-0 on the twenty-five minute mark: Irvine's David Beattie raced in on goal but Zakaszewski made a great last ditch challenge to stop a certain goal. 
    
As a result, Troon were able to quickly regain composure and apply pressure of their own. Ryan Cole played a defence splitting pass onto the on rushing Stevenston who took a great touch to control, and an even better one to blast low and hard into the bottom corner to pull one back for his side. 
   
A few minutes went past with not much goal-mouth action happening. However on the thirty minute mark Beattie was sent crashing to the turf in the penalty area for a stonewall penalty kick. Irvine captain Auld stepped up to confidently dispatch and regain his side's two goal advantage.
    
That concluded the noteworthy action in the first half.
  • Half Time:
  • Irvine Thistle
  • 3-1
  • Troon Thistle
Irvine had been the stronger side and looked good for their lead. However, Troon had beaten Irvine earlier on in the season so this match was far from over. Part of the frustration for the All-Black South Ayrshire side was that they were showing flashes but on the whole Irvine were outplaying them. Could they turn it around in the second half? They'd need a quick-fire goal and then they would be straight back into the match.
 
Sadly for Troon it was Irvine who got the early second half goal. David Beattie raced in on goal and duly dispatch, putting his side three goals to the good and 4-1 up.
    
It almost got even better for Irvine as Auld headed the ball onto the post. A foul on the goalkeeper was awarded in the immediate after math, and the rebound was ruled out. 
     
Troon almost punished them, as Conan McGhee looked almost certain to score but Easton made an outstanding save 1 on 1 to keep the score as it was. 
      
Following a neat interchange at a quick throw in, Cherry and Brown worked a neat 1-2 and the former's cross-come-shot clipped the top of the crossbar.
     
It was Troon who got the next goal though. A sweet through ball made its way to Clark who duly swept home for 4-2 with a neat first time effort.
     
However, within one hundred seconds the All-Reds restored their three goal advantage. Cherry got in on the action, with a cross-come-goal from a tight angle, as if his first cross-almost-a-goal wasn't quite enough!
     
They then almost made it six within seconds of the restart, Brown controlling a high ball and attempting to hook the ball home from the D, with the ball just bouncing wide.
    
Troon were the next side to have a go, with right back Cameron Hodge blasting wide from twenty-five tards.
    
Irvine went closer though through Liam McKie, his magnificent curling effort from out wide came crashing back off of the crossbar.
    
Straight up the other end, Troon's McGhee headed just wide from a corner.
   
Irvine scored on the immediate counter attack though. Brown's switch-field pass found Cherry, who used his pace and headed for the byline. He crossed for McKie, whose header was saved but Cherry blasted home the rebound for his side's sixth goal. 
     
Brown then had a chance to score from Cherry's cross - he chested the ball down well enough and got an accurate shot away but his effort was way too weak to trouble the goalkeeper, even if it was hit through a crowd of defenders.
    
He wasn't to be denied though. The Brown-Cherry combination worked again - an outside of the boot pass from Sherry was nicked in front of the goalkeeper by Brown who then duly tapped home to make it seven, adding a bit more gloss to the scoreline with only a few minutes to go.
 
That concluded the action on a thrilling match where, deservedly, Irvine Thistle ran out winners. The teams will meet again soon enough, and Troon will be hoping to avenge this defeat. A dominant second half performance by the home team ultimately put them to the sword today though. However, the away side did have their chances too, and had it not been from two magnificent Easton saves, it may have just panned out slightly differently.
 
As for Irvine, they will be happy with how their side played. Fullen and Cherry were excellent, and Brown showed some good touches and linked up well with Cherry after he came on. Their goalkeeper and defence were switched on today, and I'm sure the performance as whole will please their coaches.
 
Anyway, a great start in the Group Stage of the David McNaught 1999s Cup for Irvine. Troon will have a point to prove in their next game, whereas Irvine have lay down a marker, and will want to go far in this trophy.
  • Full Time:
  • Irvine Thistle
  • 7-2
  • Troon Thistle

Lineups

Irvine Thistle
Troon Thistle
1) Cameron Easton. (Gk)
2) Aidan Wyllie.
3) Rory McCallum.
4) Jay Higgins.
5) Michael Feary.
6)David Cherry.
7)Liam McKee.
8) Sean Henderson.
9) David Beattie.
11) Adam Fullen.
12)  Dylan Gouldie.
13) Dylan Brown.
14) Aidan Kane.
15) Sam Auld. (C)
16) Austin Gunn.
17)  Jamie Taggart.
18) Declan Donnelly.
1) Adam Hunter. (Gk)
2) Blair Hepburn. 
3) Scott Nelson. 
4) Craig Young.
6) Scott Brown.
7) Shawn Reid.
8) Aaron Zakaszewski.
9) Ryan Cole. 
10) Euan McIntyre.
11) Conan McGhee.
12) Gavin Suttie.
14) Cameron Hodge.
15) Angus Clark.
16) Cameron Ross.
17) Cieran Doyle.
18) Lewis Muir. 
Star Player
Irvine Thistle
Troon Thistle
David Cherry. He played a great game. It was neck and neck between Sherry and Fullen for the award, but after Fullen was given a well deserved rest Sherry continued to shine and played really well. He dropped deep a lot to win the ball, displayed great pace as well as a desire to be tough in the tackle. He also linked up well with both Fullen and Brown. Not to mention two cheeky goals eh?
Ryan Cole. The lone striker had a difficult shift today, but did not give a bad display of himself. His pass for the first goal was excellent; and it was his run that diverted the defenders away from Clark for his side's second.
Magic Moment
Irvine Thistle
Troon Thistle
In a game where they had plenty of goals, I'm still going to say the Magic Moment was Liam McKie's effort was a superb effort - it looked in all the way and was so unlucky that the ball never went in.
Troon's first goal was a neat three touch move: an excellent pass into feet, a great first touch by Stevenston and a great strike.
Club Views
Irvine Thistle
Troon Thistle
Dylan Brown, Irvine Thistle player, said: "I thought we deserved to win today. Yeah we started slow and maybe Troon were a bit better in the opening ten minutes or so, but Adam scored two good goals and from there we never looked back. It's always good to score so I'm happy with that. That's two in my last two games for Irvine Thistle! It's actually my third goal in three games at Greenwood because I scored here with my school too! Hopefully we can keep on playing our home games here."
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