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Girvan Youth
 vs
Troon Thistle
 
 
 
Under 17's CAYFA League
 
17 January 2015
 
 
 
With one goal having decided recent matches between these two teams, another close encounter was anticipated on a crisp afternoon in Maybole.  Both teams lined up in a 4-3-3 formation, signalling intent to take the game to the opposition, however despite attacking formations, it was defences which were very much on top early on, with little by the way of goalmouth action.  In addition, both midfields were cancelling each other out and the usual creativity of McAvoy for Girvan and Russell and Murphy for Troon was stifled.
 
The first real chance fell to Troon after an uncharacteristic slip in the Girvan defence let Curragh in behind, however his square ball which would have allowed Storrie a simple tap in was cleared.
 
At the other end, Girvan had a claim for a penalty when Kelly broke through the middle and clashed with Abercrombie in the Troon goal, however the referee ruled it was accidental with both players committed for the ball.  Abercrombie came off worst with a knee injury and was replaced in goals by Smith.
 
Troon had more enforced changes as the half wore on with further injuries to Toner and Storrie depriving them of two of their most consistent performers, however the last action of the half almost saw them take the lead after Curragh ran from deep, only to be thwarted at his feet by Ross as he was about to shoot.  Defences still very much on top at half time.
 
Half Time : Girvan Youth 0-0 Troon Thistle 
 
The early part of the second half was similar to the first, with both teams continuing to cancel each other out.  Gradually Girvan began to get a better control of the midfield and threatened on a couple of occasions with headers from Hamilton and Smith, the latter being their first clear sight of goal after about an hour’s play, but the effort was too high.  That should however have been a warning to the Troon defence.
 
At the other end, Curragh twice found himself behind the Girvan defence after being set up by Miller, however his first effort slipped past the post and his second was blocked and the score remained goalless.
 
Further 2nd half injuries to Troon’s Young and McCall disrupted the team’s consistency which showed during the latter half of the game.
 
Girvan continued to have more of the ball, with Troon starting to feel the effects of five weeks of inactivity, however they managed to hold Girvan to shots from distance.  Gracie had two good efforts in quick succession both well saved by Smith and Hamilton also tried his luck from distance, with the same result.
 
Troon then had another great chance after a long cross field run from Miller, with again a simple square pass all that was required to allow Curragh to slot home, however he opted for a chipped cross which was too high and another great chance went begging.
 
As time was running out, Girvan made the breakthrough.  A needlessly conceded corner was met by Hamilton who headed home and with only a couple of minutes remaining, that looked to be the winner.  Troon could have been forgiven for resigning themselves to a narrow defeat, however they immediately pushed forward forcing a couple of corners in quick succession, although the Girvan defence cleared their lines on both occasions.  A final break however fell nicely to Russell about twelve yards out and he found the bottom corner to equalise with the last kick of the game.
 
There were some great individual battles across the pitch, however none better than McCulloch in the Girvan defence against Curragh leading the Troon line, which was a fascinating duel.  Best for Girvan were Hamilton who turned in another powerful performance in the middle of the park and McCulloch, and for Troon, their defence played well as a unit in keeping Girvan at distance and Miller made a big impact after coming on as a first half substitute.
 
Whilst Girvan could point to more possession and Troon to having the better clear cut chances, it would be hard to argue that a draw wasn’t a fair result.  Both teams gave everything and can take a lot of positives from the match.
 
Full Time : Girvan Youth 1-1 Troon Thistle
 
 
Wednesday, 14 January 2015 10:57

Ten man Airdrieonians steal the points from Ayr United

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Ayr United
 vs
Airdrieonians
 
 
 
Under 20's Development League West
Somerset Park
12 January 2015
 
 
 
Ayr United under 20's entertained Airdrie United at a cold and windswept Somerset Park on Monday evening with new manager Ian McCall watching from the stand.
 
The opening encounters were fairly even with chances at both ends. In the fourth minute a good move between Dale Shirkie and Peter McGill saw Shirkie’s shot go just wide. 
 
At the other end a good header from the Airdrie number eight just missed the post. 
 
As the first half wore on Ayr became the more dominant team with efforts from Gordon Young, Dale Shirkie and Peter McGill all testing the Airdrie keeper who was having a good match. 
 
In the twenty seventh minute the Airdrie number six was booked for a foul on Dale Shirkie as he broke forward. The resulting free kick by Michael Wardrope was struck over the bar.
 
Airdrie came back into the game towards halftime and forced Shaun Newman in the Ayr goal into a good save resulting in a corner which was headed over the bar by the opposition number ten. 
 
Just before half time Ryan Nisbet ran the length of the pitch forcing a good save from the Airdrie keeper. 
 
Half Time : Ayr United 0-0 Airdrieonians
 
The second half started with no substitutions for either side with Ayr shooting towards the Somerset Road end with the wind now behind them. Airdrie were reduced to ten men after two quick bookings for their number ten in the forty eight and fiftieth minutes both for fouls on the Ayr centre back James Lamont.
 
Ayr then went on to dominate the possession with good interplay between Peter McGill and Shaun McKenzie leading to several attempts on goal. In the fifty seventh minute a good cross by Ryan Nisbet led to a corner which was headed wide by Shaun McKenzie.  
 
In the seventieth minute Ayr made a double substitution with Dale Shirkie and Gordon Young being replaced by Craig McGuffie and Reagan Ross with the versatile Steven McCreadie (pictured) moving from centre back to midfield.
 
Ayr continued to dominate possession but failed to create any clear goal scoring opportunities. Airdrie were limited to the occasional breakaway, one of which ultimately proved to be decisive. 
 
In the eighty fourth minute a long ball from a free kick on the left was met at the far post by their number eight who struck the ball home from close range. As Airdrie held out to the final whistle Ayr’s James Lamont was booked for a foul on an Airdrie forward.
 
Ayr United dominated the majority of the match and continued to play good football but will see this as three points dropped as they were against ten men for most of the second half.
 
Full Time : Ayr United 0-1 Airdrieonians
 
 

 

Bonnyton Thistle
 vs
Bellfield Royals AFC
 
 
 
Under 13's CAYFA
 
10 January 2015
 
 
 
On a cold wet miserable day Bonnyton Thistle turned up for their league encounter against Bellfield.
 
Both managers should be extremely proud of there players in conditions that can only be described as horrendous.
 
In a game that lacked cutting edge due to the weather both goalkeepers had very little to do and were mere spectators for most of the first half.
 
Mid way through the first half Bellfield after some great passing and movement forced the first corner of the game, a great cross was cleared to the edge of the box were Ben Mitchell of Bellfield hit a sweet left foot halve volley that just whisked by the post.
 
Shortly before half time Bonnyton's talisman and central midfielder Taylor Smyth gathered the ball just inside his own half and made advanced toward's the Bellfield goal, as he beat three men Taylor got to the by line and drilled the ball low and hard into the six yard box, where Sean Houston applied the finishing touch to put the home side 1-0 up going into the break.
 
Half Time : Bonnyton Thistle 1-0 Bellfield Royals YFC
 
As the condition's worsened both teams showed great commitment and desire to try and keep the ball on the deck, just after half time Bonnyton won a free kick In a dangerous position, Taylor Smyth smashed the ball into the top right hand corner, somehow the keeper managed to make a great save only to see it rebounding to the lucky Sean Houston who tapped in his second of the game.
 
The second half petered out with the game finishing 2-0 to Bonnyton.
 
Once again great credit has to go to both teams for trying to play football in the spirit it should be played in in such horrendous conditions.
 
Full Time : Bonnyton Thistle 2-0 Bellfield Royals YFC
 
 
Sunday, 11 January 2015 21:21

Ayr victorious over Gers at Murray Park

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Rangers FC
 vs
Ayr United
 
 
 
U17 Club Academy Scotland
Murray Park
11 January 2015
 
 
 
Ayr United 17s travelled to Milngavie on Sunday morning to take on Rangers at Murray Park. The boys travelled full of confidence given their league form and were to prove a match for their ‘Elite’ counterparts. The game kicked off with Ayr playing into the strong wind and driving rain while most of the spectators were trying to shield themselves from the elements. Rangers started with a very strong side hoping to build a lead at half time aided by the elements. The first incident of the match saw Leon Murphy take an early knock on the left hand side but he shook this off to continue.
 
Rangers put Ayr under early pressure forcing three corners in succession and from the third corner a Rangers effort went past the left hand post when the second ball fell to a Rangers attacker inside the box. After this early let off allowed Ayr to grow into the match and they won a couple of corners of their own. The first effort on target in the match was from Rangers but Louis Kerr gathered the 25 yard effort comfortably as it was straight at him. After 30 minutes the Rangers no 11 went close with a volley which deflected off an Ayr defender for a corner.Jai Holland
 
Two minutes later Jai Holland delivered a free kick into the Rangers box which David Anderson got his head on but he couldn’t direct the header on target. David Richardson then won a strong challenge in the central midfield area and Jai Holland took the ball on and hit a 20 yard effort that flew just over the top. Ayr then produced a great move involving Adam Caldwell from right back who played a great ball to Kieran Miller who in turn found Ayr’s sole striker, Jarod Keifer, who let go a smart shot on the turn which McCrorie in the Rangers nets saved well.
 
Both goalies were in good form (despite the conditions) as at the other end Ayr custodian Louis Kerr dived full length to tip a 25 yard effort past the post from the Gers no 7. The first half finished goalless but both sides deserve great credit for trying to play football and entertaining the watching spectators in such horrible conditions. Ayr would be happier with the first half finishing all square as they had the wind behind them for the second half.
 
After 10 minutes of the second half Jamie Martin came on wide right of the Ayr midfield with Kieran Miller being replaced. Rangers now went close to opening the scoring from a corner as the rain got even heavier! Both teams however continued to play football in what can only be described as almost ‘blizzard like conditions’. On the hour mark Adam Caldwell delivered a quality cross from the right and Jai Holland headed down for the corner of the net. The replacement Gers goalie dived to make a great block and showed superb reactions to get back up and save Jarod Keifer’s effort from the rebound at his left hand post to pull off a brilliant double stop.
 
Jamie Martin now broke through a couple of challenges out on the right hand side just inside his own half and drove forward only to be stopped by a very brave challenge on the edge of the box by the Gers 14. Chrissie Campbell now entered the fray to replace the hard working Leon Murphy. In the 67th minute the Gers 15 hit a rasping low half volley which Louis Kerr must have seen late as it came through a ruck of players but the big Ayr goalie dived to his left to tip round the post and keep the scores level. Stuart Faulds now further freshened up the Ayr midfield replacing David Richardson who had put in a power of work for his side in the engine room.
 
Rangers then opened the scoring when ex Ayr United Academy player Balfour (ex found space in the central area and picked out the number 17 up front with a lovely threaded pass. The Gers striker advanced in on Louis and although the brave goalie got a touch the ball was in the Ayr net and the home side were in front. In response Ayr just rolled the sleeves up and forced a corner. Jamie Martin then had a great chance inside the box but his shot was deflected over by a Gers defender.  From the corner kick Stuart Faulds made a clever front post run and turned the ball home to level the match.
 
Ayr were on top now and with time running out Jai Holland (pictured above) picked the ball up 25 yards out and with his left foot fired an unstoppable drive into the top right hand corner to put Ayr in front . This was Jai’s last action of the match as Evan Malley came on to replace Jai and immediately caused some panic in the Gers rearguard with fresh legs and a clever run. A nervy few moments then ensued but the lads saw the game out and the referee blew for full time.
 
These lads top their own Development League West section but today proved that they are a match for the top ‘Elite’ squads from the Premiership Clubs and they will be a credit to the Club when ‘4 star status’ is achieved.
 
Full Time: Rangers FC 1-2 Ayr United
 
Ayr United: Louis Kerr, Adam Caldwell, Nathan Baird, David Anderson, Connor McMillan, Kieran Miller, David Richardson, Callum Smith, Leon Murphy, Jai Holland, Jarod Keifer. Subs: Stuart Faulds, Chrissie Campbell, Jamie Martin, Lyle Cameron, Robbie Graham, Evan Malley
 
Monday, 15 December 2014 15:49

Ayr Craigie see off Caledonian Thistle

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Ayr Craigie
 vs
Caledonian Thistle
 
 
 
Under 15's WOSYFL "B" League
Venue
13 December 2014
 
 
 
The game was a fantastic advert for youth football. 
 
Both teams gave one hundred percent effort, despite playing in very heavy under foot conditions. 
 
Ayr Craigie were awarded a twentieth minute penalty after a great run into the box by Stephen Dempsy, which was duly converted by Jordan Philippi. 
 
Caledonian Thistle equalised five minutes from half time, from a free kick outside the area. 
 
Half Time : Ayr Craigie 1-1 Caledonian Thistle
 
With the wind at their backs Caledonian Thistle pressed Ayr Craigie hard for the opening fifteen minutes of the second half, but the home side scored two quick fire goals through Jordan Philippi, who completed his hat trick. 
 
In the end Craigie ran out comfortable in a very entertaining match. Which signalled the end of the year in a great note for the Ayr Craigie boys.
 
Full Time : Ayr Craigie 3-1 Caledonian Thistle
 
 

 

Glenburn MW
 vs
Glenafton
 
 
 
Under 15's West of Scotland YFL
Venue
13 December 2014
 
 
 
 
Glenburn hosted Glenafton this weekend in the West of Scotland under fifteen's "B" league. 
 
Glenburn came flying out the traps, looking to get themselves in front. They did so on elven minutes through Josh Munro, 1-0.
 
Thing's got worse for Glenafton after they went 2-0 down courtesy of a pile driver from Andy Martin on the half hour mark.
 
Half Time : Glenburn MW 2-0 Glenafton 
 
The passing and movement from the home side was a joy to watch.
 
On fifty five minutes Jake Griffin got the third goal of the match, it was for the home side, killing the game as a contest.
 
The best goal was saved until last, it came from Andy Martin who grabbed his second of the match. It was a twenty five yard screamer which sailed into the top corner, giving the away keeper no chance.
 
Another valuable three points for Glenburn which puts them top of the table, ahead of close rival Coylton. 
 
Full Time : Glenburn MW 4-0 Glenafton
 
 
Tuesday, 09 December 2014 21:34

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 
 
 
 

 

Dundee West
 vs
Crosshouse BC
 
 
 
Under 14's Scottish Cup Fifth Round
 
07 December 2014
 
 
 
Dundee West under 14's Scottish Cup dream is over for another year after losing 6-3 to Crosshouse Boys from Kilmarnock. 
 
The visitors scored after eight minutes, but five minutess later Lewis Young was fouled in the box and Ryan Paterson levelled from the spot, getting the home side right back in the tie.
 
Crosshouse restored their lead after twenty five minutes.
 
There were to be no more goals in the remainder of the half and the sides went into the break with Crosshouse holding a slender lead.
 
Half Time : Dundee West 1-2 Crosshouse BC
 
Five minutes after the restart it was 3-1.
 
But Jamie Timmons scored to reduce the deficit to one.
 
For the next five minutes or so Dundee West had a few chances to level, so they were understandably disappointed to fall 4-2 behind. 
 
Jamie Goodfellow saw red for a second yellow before Zander Chaplin reduced the deficit to give to give the home side a chance going into the last ten minutes.
 
Two late goals for the away side made it 6-3 but the scoreline did not do Dundee West justice.
 
Full Time : Dundee West 3-6 Crosshouse BC 
 
Crosshouse were a very good team, however a couple individual errors and the away teams striker scoring six didn't help the home side.
 
 
Tuesday, 09 December 2014 06:05

Valspar clinch a win in tight game against AC Irvine

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Valspar
 vs
AC Irvine
 
 
 
Under 13's President Cup Quarter Final
KGV
07 December 2014
 
 
 
It was a cold and wet morning at the KGV but this didn't dampen both teams attitude for a great game as AC Irvine travelled to Ayr to play Valspar in this keenly awaited presidents cup quarter final. 
 
The Irvine team were dealt a blow in the warm up with centre back Caleb Essen being injured in warm up.
 
This blow seems to have an effect on the visitors as Valspar came out the blocks quickly playing some neat fast flowing football Connor Purvis striking the ball superbly from the edge of the box into the top corner. 
 
Then on fifteen minutes Purvis again struck from the edge of the box to make it 2-0 to the Valspar side.
 
Things were to get worse for Irvine as they found themselves further behind, after on the twenty mark Aaron Mooney beat the offside trap to round the goalkeeper to take the ayr team into a 3-0 lead.
 
Valspar looked in control at this point, until centre midfielder Richie Simpson came off injured. 
 
The third goal seemed to spark AC Irvine into life and they went on the attack and piled pressure on the home team.
 
On twenty two minutes Owen Densham struck to bring the Irvine team back into it. 
 
After this it was lots of pressure from AC Irvine, without creating a clear chance, until on twenty seven minutes a fantastic strike from Chris Callender made it 3-2.
 
This really gave the AC Irvine side a lift, however the half time whistle came, at a good time for Valspar.
 
Half Time : Valspar 3-2 AC Irvine
 
The second half started with AC Irvine piling the pressure on the Ayr team, probing and prodding, playing nice football.
 
Then ten minutes in to the second half, Owen Densham scored his second of the match with, putting the AC Irvine level at 3-3. 
 
Straight from kick off a great run by Lewis Glass, taking the ball past four or five players, before slipping the ball into Murray Thomson who took the ball into the box and slotted it past the ac goalkeeper to make it 4-3 to Valspar. 
 
The goal seemed to galvanise Valspar who were under the cosh up to that point, but the game became a bit tighter after that and although both teams created chances after this Valspar held on to win 4-3.
 
This was a fabulous advert for the South West region, with a game played in the correct way with two teams attacking and defending with intesity and a game played in the right spirit, I think both teams will be looking forward to the next meeting of the teams.
 
Full Time : Valspar 4-3 AC Irvine
 
 
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 00:14

Dreghorn see off Carrick with second half goal rush

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Carrick Colts
 vs
Dreghorn YFC
 
 
 
Under 15's WOSYFL
 
29 November 2014
 
 
 
Dreghorn made the trip south to Maybole to take on Carrick Colts with head coach, Paul Kellington, desperate for a reaction from his players following a defeat from Boswell. 
 
Carrick started brightly on their huge Glebe Park pitch and forced an early free-kick outside the Dreghorn penalty area after desperate defending. A peach of a strike found the far corner of the net despite the despairing dive from Dreghorn keeper, David Miller. 
 
Towering defender, Rhys Graham calmed Dreghorn nerves with a trademark header from a corner soon after. 
 
Play became more even, and scrappy, before diminutive Dreghorn striker, Robbie Handling, found the net from a tight angle. 
 
Half Time: Carrick Colts 1-2 Dreghorn YFC
 
After a half-time ‘pep talk’, Dreghorn came out aggressively and took the game by the scruff of the neck. 
 
New signing Robert Murphy has settled in well and netted a brace. 
 
Mercurial striker, Robbie Wilson added one before Jack McCartney compounded Carrick’s misery by finishing at the third attempt after hitting the woodwork twice. 
 
A fairly comfortable victory for Dreghorn after a relatively poor start. 
 
Full Time: Carrick Colts 1-6 Dreghorn YFC