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Two out of two for KSC in McNaught Cup

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KSC Pheonix
 vs
Irvine Thistle
 
 
 
U15's David McNaught Cup - Group 1
 
27 March 2014
 
 
 
This fixture would see these two teams paired again for the second time this season despite playing in different divisions. The last encounter only a fortnight earlier saw a well under par Phoenix side stumble against their lower league opposition.
 
With the incentive there for the visitors could they take advantage over their ayrshire neighbours again for the second time in quick succession.
 
The last encounter saw Thistle capitalise on Phoenix's under par performance with a 2-1 victory in this years supplementary cup, however who would come up trumps today.
 
In what can only be described as a one sided match KSC Phoenix dominated from start to finish, Thistle did have there moments where an equaliser at 1-0 looked imminent however Phoenix held out before killing Irvine's hopes of a leveller in the dying minutes with a great counter attaching goal.
 
The match itself started of at a frantic pace with Thistle immediately on the back foot, ten minutes in and KSC were on their sixth corner of the match, however despite all the training ground practice at corners the ball ended up in the net straight from the kick by an audacious shot come cross by Phoenix wide boy Morgan Loudon, with Loudon claiming the goal as an accurate shot his team mates weren't so convinced. However Loudon was off in his customary celebratory run after bagging his wonder strike!
 
As the half wore on KSC continued to dominate with only some robust defending by Thistles rearguard keeping the score at 1-0, the occasional attack from Thistle came down their left side with Adam Boyd proving a handful for Phoenix's Craig Maxwell however the Phoenix fullback stood his ground well against thistles industrious winger.
 
Half Time: KSC 1-0 Irvine Thistle
 
Second half of this Davy McNaught cup tie started much like the first, however for a period in the second half perhaps Thistle felt they'd maybe done enough to pull level. One attacking phase led to a goal line clearance onto the bar with Irvine protesting the ball had crossed the line however the ref waived away their claims. 
 
This proved to be a mini catalyst with a few nervy moments for Phoenix's rearguard, however like any team in search of a leveller they leave themselves open to the counter and that's exactly what happened with Phoenix number 10 Josh Lafferty controlling the ball at the halfway line and driving into the area, quick feet saw him looses his man as he slid the ball back across the 6 yard box for an easy tap in by his strike colleague John Jamieson.
 
Full Time: KSC 2-0 Irvine Thistle
 
 
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