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Troon Thistle defeat Ochiltree in local cup

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Ochiltree Youth
 vs
Troon Thistle
 
 
 
Under 17's David McNaught Cup
Venue
07 December 2014
 
 
 
iven the high winds and heavy rain in the preceding days, the pitch was extremely heavy, although work had taken place to clear water from the surface, so it was a good effort to get the game on. 
 
Both teams came into the match in good form; Ochiltree having won four consecutive away fixtures and Troon having only lost twice all season. 
 
With four of the previous five matches between the teams ending in draws, another close match was expected.  Ochiltree won the toss and decided to play downhill with the wind at their backs.
 
Despite the dreadful conditions, Troon tried to play their passing game, although it was difficult to get the ball moving at any pace. 
 
They dominated the early stages and came close several times from good wide play and crosses into the box. 
 
The breakthrough came from a corner, with Russell getting in front of his man and flicking the ball home off a defender from a couple of yards out. 
 
Both teams were finding it difficult to get anything going with the ball often tied up in midfield, however it was Troon who went further ahead with a quick break involving Murphy and Curragh, sending Storrie through to draw the keeper and easily slot home. 
 
Troon had further chances to extend their lead, however were unable to capitalise on good build up play.
 
As the half wore on, Ochiltree began to dominate and their front three were very lively, regularly drawing the Troon defence out of position. 
 
They should have scored from a number of corners and crosses into the box, however a couple of free headers went begging and several latch ditch tackles and blocks in goalmouth scrambles kept them out. 
 
They would have hoped to have more to show for a first half with the elements in their favour.
 
Half time : Ochiltree Youth 0-2 Troon Thistle 
 
After a ten minute break to avoid a hailstorm, the match resumed, with the heavy surface made slippier and a number of players struggling to retain their footing. 
 
On the hour, Troon’s Russell scored a superb goal, his second of the match, finding the postage stamp from a simple lay off on the edge of the box. 
 
Ochiltree pulled one back shortly thereafter with a tap in following some loose defending and despite now playing into the strong wind, had more of the ball and were pressing Troon back.
 
Troon seemed to put the game beyond doubt following a break and a defence splitting pass from Miller sending Storrie through one on one with the goalkeeper, which he finished well into the bottom corner for his second goal too. 
 
With an injury to Troon’s Toner, changes had to be made in the defence / midfield areas which in retrospect imbalanced the team for the remainder of the game. 
 
Any thoughts Troon had of an easy final fifteen minutes were soon dispelled as Ochiltree made it 4-2 straight from the kick off, with a long ball over the top catching the Troon defence napping and a fine finish from the striker into the corner from the edge of the box.
 
It was soon 4-3 as Troon paid the price of not closing down in all areas of the pitch; a long clearance was returned unchallenged and with the Troon midfield missing and the defence standing off, Howat curled a fine finish into the bottom corner. 
 
It was backs to the wall for the final few minutes, however Troon held out for a victory which should have been a lot more comfortable with a three goal lead and the elements in their favour late on in the second half. 
 
Credit to Ochiltree who kept pushing to the end and never gave up.
 
As always between these sides, the match was competitive and played in a good spirit. 
 
Both front lines worked tirelessly trying to make things happen, with special mention for Cowan of Troon (man of the match) who had several key tackles at the back and for McGhee of Ochiltree who was involved in everything in the middle of the park.
 
With a league fixture and a League Cup semi-final to take place at Kay Park later in the season, the teams get to do it all again twice more … but hopefully in better conditions.
 
Full time : Ochiltree Youth 3-4 Troon Thistle 
 
 
 
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