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Lourdes overcame a tough battle against Bannerman to win the 2018 Cameronian Cup at Celtic Park on Monday night.
Two first-half goals from Luke McMullan and Connor Elliott ensured the title went Lourdes' way, with a penalty from Kieran Lawson offering brief hope for Bannerman late on in the second 45.
It was a fully deserved victory for Lourdes, who defended heroically at times as well as scoring two tremendously worked goals.
Yet it was Bannerman who took the game to Lourdes early on. A couple of free-kicks deep in the Lourdes half saw Kelvin Daniel and Lawson curl a couple of efforts over the bar.
As well as that, Alex Smith looked extremely lively in the opening stages - getting on the ball and using his trickery to create space for Bannerman.
That's not to say Lourdes weren't having a say of their own in the first 20 minutes.
Darren Stevenson drilled a low cross that just evaded everyone, whilst Cameron Clark also sent a cross in that drifted wide, as Lourdes threatened to get some joy from the flanks.
There was no lack of bite in the challenge either from both sides, with the energetic 100 or so supporters really getting into the game after some feisty tackles.
The first real close opportunity of the contest went Lourdes' way, when Kyle McAvoy rode a couple of challenges to drill a low strike into the side-netting.
Bannerman were warned, and were soon punished.
Elliott threaded a terrific ball through to McMullan, who controlled the ball superbly to round James Faulds and tuck into the empty net.
The goal sparked a real positive spell for Lourdes, who were noticeably looking more and more comfortable in possession, thriving in the Parkhead atmosphere.
Hasnat Ali Ahmad was almost put through, but was well marshalled by Anson Lung, before McAvoy fired an effort just over.
It was nervy times for Bannerman, and there was no surprise in the stadium when the growing confidence from Lourdes saw them go 2-0 ahead before the break.
A terrific, sweeping move down the right-hand side saw McAvoy send Stevenson away down the right. He sent a lovely low cross that was stepped over by one attacker allowing Elliott to smash a high effort into the top corner for 2-0.
It was a fitting end to a first-half that saw some lovely football from Lourdes, with Bannerman having a mountain to climb heading into the second 45.
KSC United 2004’s defeated Largs Colts to go just one point behind their opponents, and four behind table toppers Coylton in the Central Ayrshire U14’s league.
This was both sides first game of 2018, while their defences seemed to be taking a while to get up to pace, the attackers certainly weren’t.
Fraser MacKinnon opened the scoring for KSC early on in the game. Giving the visitors a deserved lead.
KSC have promised entertainment this season, their games have contained plenty of goals and they have not drawn a single game.
A first half Largs equaliser saw a draw looking the most likely result at half time. The one all score line however, was never likely to be maintained.
3 quick fire goals in the first half help Kirkintilloch get a win over Bellshill in what was a pulsating game but the fitness of Kirkintilloch shone through in the end to make it comfortable.
It was a four goal haul from Matthew Lang followed by braces from Lloyd Aitken and Ruairidh Arderson, then a goal from Kian Gilday helped to secure the win and keep their 100% record going.
The first real chance of the game fell to Bellshill and it was Simplice Kasubandi who finessed it from 25 yards and it was well saved but he had a better chance to play in Dimitris Boncota who was through if he had passed.
Kirkintilloch would took the lead after a defensive mistake from Lewis O’Neil let Parisi through who headed it into the roof of the net.
They really should have made it two but Arderson took the ball too wide of the goal when he was one on one with the keeper. However they did make it two soon after a wonderful flick round the corner from Arderson played in Aitken who put it through the legs of the on rushing Nicholas Docherty.
Minutes later it was game on as Ryan McGrath plays a wonderfully timed ball over the top to Boncata who poked it past the keeper.
Two minutes later Rob Roy extended their lead as Aiden Rooney ran through 2 men and slipped in Lang and slipped it under the keeper to get his first goal of the game.
Then the game was done and dusted almost by half time as Arderson scored from a great solo effort as he dribbled past 4 men and put it in at the near post.
Four second half goals from Meghan Campbell proved to be the difference as KSC Girls U13 claimed an emphatic victory over Rutherglen at the Kilwinning Sports Club.
KSC have been used to high scoring fixtures this season as they thrashed Erskine 13-0 in their previous game. Rutherglen, however, had their own reasons to be confident going into the match on the back of a 4-0 victory over Dean Thistle last time around.
The early exchanges of this match were closely contested and when Leah Paterson scored the opener for KSC in the 13th minute Rutherglen replied with an equaliser a minute later.
KSC took the initiative again just before the half hour mark when Ailie Meighan converted and the home side took a 2-1 lead into the half time break.
On a bitterly cold and wet Saturday morning, it was third bottom versus bottom of the West of Scotland under 14’s league, with both KSC Academicals and Clark Drive searching for their first points of the season.
Accies took first blood in a game where both teams consistently cancelled each other out. Although their opponents turned the game on its head by taking a 2-1 lead in the second half before KSC equalised with just 10 minutes remaining.
With neither side on good form and without a solitary point, a tight match was always on the cards.
Both sides struggled to keep the ball and create any meaningful chances in the early stages, and despite the four goals this would be the recurring theme of the game.
Clark Drive sparked the game into life though on 13 minutes when their pacey winger Peter Millar broke through the Accies defence on the right side of the box, however he only managed to find the side net with his powerful strike on the angle.
A minute later though, Accies found the breakthrough. Quick thinking from a free kick at the halfway mark seemed to cause a bit of panic in the Clark Drive backline as they failed to deal with the floated ball into the box. John McPherson picked up the loose ball, knocked it past his marker and rounded Aiden Carson to finish, giving his side the lead.
Clark Drive quickly settled after this setback and cancelled out the Accies lead after just four minutes. Aiden Campbell received the ball on the right wing – he drove at the Accies defence before eventually reaching the byeline, but his cross was turned into his own goal by Rudi Johnston as he attempted to head the ball over the crossbar.
As the first half wore on, both teams appeared happy to go into the break level as neither really pushed on for a second.
Andrew Toner and Peter Aitken were impressive in breaking up play and driving with the ball for Clark Drive, as the midfielders tried to carve open more opportunities for their side.
A very good performance from St Cadocs gave them a much-needed win as they eased past Pollok United.
A hat trick from Joseph Gentille, a brace from man of the match James Mitchell, also goals from Hasib Ahmed, Adam Heaton, Rory Milligan and an own goal from Ruddy Sinclair gave St Cadocs a rampant victory.
But the result could have been very different as minutes into the game Pollok United were given a penalty after Shaun Kennedy was bundled down in the penalty box by Zak Riaz but the penalty was dragged wide by Kennedy.
But after that St Cadocs were extremely quick to take control of the game and their first chance of the game came when the keeper missed kicked a clearance and the ball fell to Heaton who rushed his shot and he hit it over the bar.
But the first goal did come when a great ball in from Milligan and he put it to Ahmed who flicked it through the legs of the keeper to make it 1-0. And the goals kept on coming, this one coming from Heaton after his first shot was very well saved but he was on hand to tap in the rebound and puts Cadocs into a controlling position in the game.
St Cadocs score again now through a Sinclair own goal after a very well delivered corner from Calum Wong put it into the danger area and it went in off Sinclair’s back.
Polloks only real chance, apart from the penalty, came from another set piece as Even Neil got a free kick in a very good position but the shot wasn’t good enough as it didn’t have a lot of power and it was easy for Ben McAllister to catch the ball.
It was 4 after the referee played a great advantage and the ball goes to Mitchell who finesse it into the far corner to really wrap the game up. It was very close to being 5 after Heaton made a great run through the Pollok backline and midfield but it was a good save from keeper. Then came the fifth from the resulting corner after pinball in the penalty area the ball falls to Gentile at the edge of the box who smashes the ball into the top corner.
That was the end of the first half and it was clear to see that St Cadocs were adapting to 11 a side a lot better than Pollok was as this is their first season for both teams playing at that level.
Garnock Academy came out on top in a five-goal thriller to lift the Ayrshire Schools FA Cup, led from the back by a commanding performance from captain David Gray.
Garnock opened the scoring early on with seven minutes on the clock, as Matthew Sloan evaded his marker rose high at the back post to meet a corner from the left. He connected with his head and sent the ball back down to earth and it bounced over the line and past Christopher Taylor in the Greenwood goal. Sloan very nearly doubled his account moments later as the winger went on a silky run down the left, leaving three Greenwood defenders in his wake.
Bursting from midway inside his opponent’s half he jinked his way into the box and managed to get enough backlift to pull the trigger form six yards. The ball slipped under Taylor but a terrific recovery from the quick-thinking Daniel Lennox as he rushed over to clear the ball off the line kept the score at 1-0.
Greenwood had been trying to catch their opponents out from set pieces, with corner kicks providing the main route to panic for Garnock. The Dreghorn side had been trying their luck with low, driven corners and eventually it paid off, third time lucky.
From a left-sided corner, Gray could only half-clear the initial ball in and from there it fell to Lennox, the same man who’d made that crucial clearance five minutes earlier. The centre half picked his head up and slotted it calmly into the net from the centre of the box, in the fashion of a veteran striker.
Garnock almost restored their lead immediately, and that end-to-end, to-and-fro nature would come to define the match as a whole. It was another set piece causing problems, this time a free kick on the left hand side.
The ball in caused havoc in the box but Stephen Crawford’s effort was parried away by the scrambling Taylor. The rebound fell to Sloan but he didn’t connect cleanly and the shot skiffed off his boot and away from danger.
Just after the half hour mark, as the game continued to unfold in back and forth fashion, Greenwood stormed in front. Clever footwork on the left wing by Jamie Cook freed up time and space for him to cross from the by-line, sensing the late arrival of Billy Gallone.
He took one touch to control and his second sent the ball towards goal and it looked destined to go in but a cruel deflection sent the ball the other way and made sure of it; Cameron King was left flummoxed at the opposite side of the goal.
But it was time for Gray to step up and lead. The centre back had been spraying delightful passes out from defence all game, and he had a chance to put that wand of a left foot to use in an attacking sense when his team won a free kick 25 yards out.
The captain produced an absolute stunner: it had pace and swerve and it curled away from Taylor, leaving him helpless. That goal meant that the Kilbirnie outfit were only behind for a grand total of two minutes and just before half time they could have made it a case of double trouble for Greenwood but the dangerous Sloan had his shot blocked by Taylor in the latest bout in their personal tussle.
A hat-trick from Ong Duff sent Kilwinning Academy on their way to a comfortable victory in the final of the Under 16s Ayrshire Schools FA Cup. Auchinleck caused problems in the first half and took a surprising lead, but their challenge faded as Kilwinning’s class shone through on the way to a 4-1 win.
Indeed, Auchinleck had the first chance of that match and it wasn’t against the run of play. Ruairidh Airlie latched on to a pass from midfield by Mackenzie Corrigan and advanced towards the box. He pulled the trigger from 20 yards but flashed his shot wide.
A foul by Reece Kerr on Greig Richmond in the box provided Auchinleck with a golden chance to go in front. Kaylum Ferguson stepped up to take the penalty and coolly sent Adam Boyd the wrong way as the ball nestled in the bottom right corner. Despite their underdog status Auchinleck fully deserved to be up, but Duff saw about rectifying that fact.
Confusion in the inexperienced Auchinleck defence provided a golden opportunity for Duff to make his mark. He showed his striker’s instinct by as the Auchinleck back line looked bemused in the face of what seemed like an errant pass, allowing the number nine to sneak in and square up to Andrew Wilson in goal. The Kilwinning forward settled himself and steered the ball past the on-rushing keeper to equalise for his side.
Despite seeing two goals in the space of 15 minutes, the next 25 minutes of the half featured virtually nothing of note in front of goal. Both teams were attacking in different ways, Auchinleck preferring to go through the middle via Ferguson and Airlie, while Kilwinning opted for a wider approach with wingers Kyle Anderson and Graeme Malcolm dribbling and teasing the fullbacks.
In a well-fought cup final that could've gone either way at times, a piece of class from Jack Ewing sealed the League Cup final for TASS Thistle 1999's over Glenvale AFC.
The League Cup now adds to the Division 2 title won by the club earlier on this season. However, credit must go to such a spirited showing by Glenvale, who created a host of openings in the second half that were met by committed blocks from an organised and well-drilled TASS defence.
The game started in a very scrappy manner, with both sides getting stuck in but struggling to create. Blair Gray was extremely impressive in the opening 20 minutes with some bombing runs down the right for TASS, but too often the final ball went astray and missed Jack Ewing in the centre.
Yet it was Glenvale who had the first opening, as Cammy Armstrong found a pocket of space to fire in a shot from outside the box, but it went straight into the arms of the composed Dylan Jackson.
TASS replied with some neat passing football through the midfield, and they started to look the more sharper as the half went on. Declan Smith found some room, but his shot went well over as both sides still struggled to work the opposition goalkeepers.
Chances really were at a premium in the first 20 minutes, with only small openings for either side. Sam Esplin nearly caught out Jackson as he tried to creep it into the near post, but the strike didn't have enough power on it as it trundled wide of the left-hand post.
There was some lovely link-up play at times between Jack Caulfield and James Grant down the left, but the TASS defence were so well organised and never allowed Glenvale to play through them in the opening 45 minutes.
It looked as though Glenvale were just starting to get stronger and more into TASS' faces as the half was coming to a close, with another opening occurring as the ball fell to Jay Ward, but going by the pattern of the half he blazed off target.
And out of nowhere, a moment of brilliance from TASS' number nine gave them the lead. Ewing had moments earlier tried to lob Cammy Craig but only found the side-netting, however his sensational looping header from a pinpoint Joseph Gallagher cross found the back of the net as Craig was left helpless. The goal sent TASS into the lead at the break.
Whittlets Victoria put in a top of the table performance to beat Valspar FC in the Presidents Cup Final. The cup final clash saw 1st placed Whittlets take on 3rd placed Valspar, both of which were confident having won their most recent league games.
The confidence of Valspar’s recent win over 2nd place Bonnyton Thistle showed and they started off the game brightly.In the 4th minute, Graham Anderson spotted Dylan Lawrie off his line and took a speculative shot from 40 yards out, however it flew over the bar.
Valspar then continued to dominate the opening exchanges, with Whittlets looking happy to try and counter them. A tactic which nearly paid off, when Lee McLymont found Robbie Urie on the edge of the box, however his powerful shot was well saved by Shane McWee.
From the resulting corner Valspar cleared and following a defensive mistake Declan Hughes raced through on goal. The number 7 then showed superb skill to bamboozle not one but 2 Whittlets’ defenders with two fake shots outside the box. One on one with Lawrie he showed excellent composure to slot past the goalkeeper and give Valspar the lead in the 25th minute.
Whittlets quickly responded to going behind by penning Valspar back straight from the kick off. This pressure nearly paid off when, in the 33rd minute, a defensive mistake from Valspar saw the ball fall to McLymont in space in the box. However, he failed to control the ball properly and took a rushed shot which was well saved by McWee.
2 minutes later, Alistair Boyle lined up a free-kick just behind the D, he hit the ball well and it took a deflection which caused it to cannon off the post. It looked unlikely that Whittlets were going to get an equaliser before half time, despite their intense pressure.
However, they did deep into added time with McLymont finding the Whittlets number 7 who lifted the ball by McWee and towards the back of the net. The ball hit off the post before being cleared by a Valspar defender but it was judged to have gone in by the linesman, putting Whittlets back into the match in 45+3.
Coylton celebrated a cup double after a narrow victory against their Kilmarnock competitors, Dean Thistle, in a tight affair on a cold and damp morning at Dam Park.
The under 13’s West of Scotland league champions held on for a 2-1 win which saw them crowned winners of the Charles Hoggit Memorial Trophy.
Two weeks since their last triumph, Coylton lined up with the same team that defeated Caledonian FC 5-2 in the Presidents Cup final, in the hope that their previous success would stand them in good stead to beat Dean Thistle.
However, Thistle had no intentions of just turning up to make up the numbers. With only three minutes on the clock, persistent striker Lauchlin Clark lifted the ball over the onrushing Liam Gray in the Coylton goal to give his team a dream start. Left winger Daniel Mitchell lofted the ball over the top and Clark pounced to give Dean Thistle the early ascendency.
Six minutes later though, Coylton’s pressure for an equaliser paid off. A poor defensive clearance at the back from Thistle meant that left back Rhys Berry was allowed too much room inside the box and he forcefully took advantage of the error by slamming the ball into the top right corner.
Dean Thistle looked shaken by the swing in momentum of the game as Coylton continued to press high up the park and they almost took the lead on a couple of occasions.
Firstly, Jack Marks’ floated, in-swinging corner almost went straight in at the back post as the strong wind changed the flight path of the ball to cause what would have been a massive fluke.
Shortly after, perhaps a bit unluckily, Ross Smith looked to have scuffed his shot which went just over the bar thanks to some decent wing play from pacey winger Cammy McMillan who cut the ball back to him from the right hand side. Had smith got a cleaner connection on the shot Coylton could have been in the lead.
Inevitably due to all the pressure they were putting on though, Coylton scored what proved to be the winner. A calamitous mix up between defender and goalkeeper Lewis Ferguson allowed prolific forward Robbie Meiklem to latch onto the ball first and prod it underneath Ferguson to reward the league champions for their determination.
The remainder of the first half became a bit scrappy with a lot of long balls being played and next to no clear-cut chances.
The closest any team came to scoring before the referee blew for half-time was a Dean Thistle free kick 20 yards out, but number seven Kyle Bryden fired over.
A solid team performance from Glenburn MW was enough for them to lift the U14’s West of Scotland YFL Presidents Cup against league rivals, Bellfield Royals, thrashing the Kilmarnock side 7-2.
A hat-trick for striker Evan Knox and a brace from Mackenzie Ewing as well as goals from Lewis Muir and Josh Taylor comfortably sealed the cup for the West of Scotland league champions in what was a well contested match.
Glenburn, who have only lost one league game all season got off to a flying start after withstanding some early pressure from The Royals. The Bellfield defence cleared the ball, but only into the path of Ewing on the edge of the box who rifled his first time shot into the bottom right corner to give his team an early breakthrough.
Evan Knox then almost single-handily doubled Glenburn’s lead shortly after. He picked the ball up on the right wing, just inside Bellfield’s half, and drove with the ball into the box and fired a cross-come shot across the face of goal which went narrowly wide of the far post.
However, Knox did get off the mark soon after when Ewing provided a superb assist, lifting the ball over the defender’s head for the striker to pounce onto and poke the ball past the helpless Max Haliday in goal.
Bellfield were trying hard to clinch a goal back after a double setback, although the only danger they could cause was courtesy of a speculative effort from Bradley Paterson from 30 yards out which was comfortably saved by Cole Millen.
On 24 minutes Calum Mabon skipped by his marker on the right wing and swung in an inch perfect cross for Lewis Muir, who was in ackers of space at the back post, to head Glenburn even further into the lead.
The Bellfield boys looked down and out- they were struggling to cope with Glenburn’s physicality in midfield and the balls in behind the defenders. However, when you’re down, sometimes all you need is a little bit of magic. Aaron Kerr collected the ball on the far side of the box and within a blink of an eye, he twisted and turned his way past the Glenburn defender and put the ball on a plate for Darren Brown to make it 3-1.
However, Bellfield could not continue to keep up the intense pressure and four minutes later Knox scored his second of the match. Muir squared the ball to his strike partner to tap home in the six-yard box.
This would be the last action of the half as the referee signalled for the break, in what was a dominant showing from Glenburn.
This years William Taylor Cup Final saw a shock as Valspar FC recorded a 2-1 win over heavily fancied opponents, Bonnyton Thistle. The two sides had only met once before the final, in the league, with Thistle running away 5-1 winners over their cup final opponents.
Thistle were also 2nd in the table in comparison to Valspar who sat in 4th.
Thistle kicked off the 2 O' clock match at a sunny Dam Park, shooting right to left. The first 15 minutes of the match was a tight affair, with both sides getting a feel of each other and the pitch.
It took until the 19th minutes for the first real chance of the game to occur. Graham Anderson picking up the ball in midfield and taking a speculative effort from 40 yards which just went over the top of the bar.
Thistle then replied with a chance of their own a minute later, with Ciaran Perry cutting in on the left wing and delivering a dangerous ball to Jamie Mackay. However, the number 10 was unable to reach the ball and the attack fizzled out.
Another chance came to Valspar in the 22nd minute, with the ball falling to Fraser Dempsey on the edge of the box. However, the striker could only hit the shot over the bar as the game remained 0-0.
The quality of the two defences was the one of the main reasons the game stayed goalless. More specifically, the quality of the two opposing centre back’s Thistle’s Stuart Lindsay and Valspar’s Ryan McCrone especially, both of which made key tackles and blocks throughout the half.
The last action of the half, 45+ 2, saw a Valspar free-kick come through a sea of bodies and hit the bar but Thistle managed to clear and the first half ended 0-0.