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.