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John Robertson of Live Fitness put Bonnyton Thistle Under 19's through their paces in a recent session. Watch the video feature below:
 
Thursday, 19 February 2015 12:38

Kilwinning's work in community recognised at awards

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Kilwinning Sports Club has been recognised for its excellent work after being awarded Legacy status at the recent Scottish FA South West Region Quality Mark Awards. 
 
Long serving club chairman, Jim McCubbin was on hand to collect the award and dedicated the victory to the entire community. He said “We are very proud to receive the award and it would not have been possible without the great volunteers that help run events. Everyone from the local council to the Scottish FA has helped us receive this award.”
 
Kilwinning’s rise through the Scottish FA’s Quality Mark Scheme could be seen as a miracle.  Jim McCubbin and his friend Jim Hodge (club director) helped open Kilwinning Sports Club in 2000. The facility was a disused pavilion with a pitch and no floodlights. Sixteen footballers were part of the original club and now fifteen years later there are 27 teams, which accommodate under 6’s all the way up to over 50’s. 
 
The new state of the art facilities at Kilwinning is just one of a number of reasons why the sports club have been recognised by the Scottish FA. When Mr McCubbin founded the club all those years ago, he could not have dreamed how different it would look today. 
 
With support from sportscotland and North Ayrshire Council, the two Jim’s were able to sustain and develop a facility and sports club that can now be seen as an inspiration for any small Scottish sports community. Facilities now include all weather pitches and a gym with expert assistance on hand for visitors.
 
Kilwinning have continued to work with the Scottish FA and have some of the best community workers to aid the process. Jim McCubbin was quick to praise the impact they’ve has had on the sports club saying, “The support from the Scottish FA has been outstanding. Giving us the guidelines on how to run has enabled us to achieve the Quality Mark.”
 

 
Fixture: Largs Colts v Bonnyton Thistle
Competition: Under 13's Central Ayrshire YFL
Date: 15/02/15
 
On Sunday morning Bonnyton travelled to Largs in high spirits after last weekends tremendous victory, the hosts Largs were sitting near the top of the table and eagerly anticipated the arrival of Bonnyton.
 
As the game kicked of it became clear that the home side were well on top making the visitors chase shadows at times, it wasn't long before the home side took the lead through some wonderful passing and a delightful finish to put Largs 1-0 ahead.
 
As the game continued, so did Largs eagerness to get forward and get another goal and shortly before the break the second goal came.
 
Half Time : Largs Colts 2-0 Bonnyton Thistle
 
As the second half started the pattern remained the same as Largs saw more possession of the ball than the visitors, with some delightful one-two passing and moving.
 
The third goal duly arrived midway through the second half with a lovely finish into the roof of the net.
 
Not long before the final whistle Largs made it 4-0, sealing victory for the home side.
 
At the final whistle Bonnyton manager Kenny Henderson was the first to admit his side lost to the better team and congratulated Largs in a comprehensive victory.
 
Full Time : Largs Colts 4-0 Bonnyton Thistle
 
 
 
 
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 12:43

Ayr Boswell three to the good agaisnt Galston

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Fixture: Ayr Boswell v Galston YFC
Competition: Under 15's WOSYFL "A" League
Date: 14/02/2015
 
Ayr Boswell started the game in there usual quick manner an would have taken an early lead barring a wonderful save by the Galston goalkeeper after a good run and strike by Arran Sawyer. 
 
Galston were more than holding there own and although Boswell was having more of the play they were finding the Galston midfield an defence hard to breakdown and on two occasions Galston hit Boswell with some fine counter attacking football and had both chances cleared of the line by Lee Barratt which kept the scoreline at 0-0 at the end of the first half.
 
Half Time : Ayr Boswell 0-0 Galston YFC
 
The second half started with Boswell kicking off an going on the attack and pinning Galston back deep into their own half. 
 
Then the breakthrough came when a cross, come shoot was hit by Euan Muir which totally bamboozled the Galston goalkeeper just dropping over his head into the back of the net.
 
Both teams made a few substitutes and it was a Boswell substitute Kieran Goudie that added the second stealing in at the back post for a tap in. 
 
Galston were now finding the going hard as Boswell were starting to control the game, the third goal came from a bit of quick thinking with Ross Copeland taking a quick free kick and Euan Muir grabbing his second with a fine header and effectively killing the game off.
 
Galston never gave up and were rewarded with a goal five minutes from time after a good passage of play. 
 
Full Time : Ayr Boswell 3-1 Galston YFC
 
 
 
 
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 10:38

Valspar and Glenburn take a share of the points

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Fixture: Valspar v Glenburn MW
Competition: Under 14's WOSYFL
Date: 14/02/15
 
Valspar started strongly and the first chances fell to them, in the opening 10 minutes they could easily have been 3 up when their number 12 squandered two great chances and number eleven crossed a great ball from the left with no takers with the Glenburn defence posted missing. 
 
Against the run of play in the 11th minute Glenburn broke up the park and pressed the Valspar defence for the first time in the game and were rewarded when Kieren Milligan got on to the end of a cross and slipped the ball past the Valspar keeper. 
 
Valspar hit back and created some more good chances, none better than when their number eight was put clear but slipped the ball past the post with the Glenburn defence at 6's and 7's. 
 
Valspar were eventually rewarded in the 36 minute when they were awarded a free kick on the left hand side of the eighteen yard box. The resultant free kick was chipped into the box and their no 8, Josh Rennie was first to react to slip the ball past the Glenburn keeper, Murdoch, with the Glenburn team and sidelines claiming offside, but the referee awarded the goal.
 
Half Time : Valspar 1-1 Glenburn MW
 
The second half saw a better performance from Glenburn and they created some chances, but Valspar were always dangerous on the break. 
 
With only a couple of minutes of the game remaining Valspar had what looked like the best chance to win the game when their forward was put through with only the Glenburn keeper to beat, but again the golden chance was missed as the ball was pulled wide of the post. 
 
However the game wasn't over as Glenburn broke upfield and Adam Park was put clear with a great chance to win the game for Glenburn, but was thwarted by a great parry from the Valspar keeper, with the ball breaking to Glenburn's Liam Alaxander who saw his snap shot saved by the Valspar keeper who tipped the ball round the post for a corner, but the final whistle was blown to end the game at 1-1. 
 
Valspar will be disappointed at not winning and getting three points closer to league leaders Glenburn, as on the day they were the better team, but Glenburn showed some great resiliance and in the end could have stolen the three points.
 
Full Time : Valspar 1-1 Glenburn MW
 
 
 
 

 
Fixture: Stewarton Annick v Glenburn MW
Competition: Under 15's WOSYFL "B" League
Date: 14/02/15
 
There were perfect conditions for a decent game of football on Saturday.
 
Glenburn came out the traps flying and were rewarded a penalty after only twenty seven secs, after Luke Watson got upended.
 
Andy Martin stepped up but the Stewarton goaly made a tremendous block to keep the score level. But he made amends in the seventh min when a lovely through ball from Blair McMeechan, was clinically dispatched by top scorer Martin.
 
The game was a tremendous advertisement for youth football with two teams getting the ball down and trying to pass and move.
 
Stewarton clawed there way into the game on the half hour mark when a stonewall penalty was awarded and Stevenson duly buried with aplomb.
 
Half Time : Stewarton Annick 1-1 Glenburn MW
 
Stewarton, with their tails up were looking for a second, as they had the upper hand for the next twenty minutes but couldn't break down a resolute defense and goalkeeper.
 
A few tactical alterations by both teams were done to try and manufacture a victory.
 
And this happened for Glenburn on the seventy eighth minute after a goalmouth scramble, predator Declan Holland, was at the right place, right time to give the league leaders another valuable three points.
 
This result puts Glenburn eight points clear now at the top of the table.
 
Full Time : Stewarton Annick 1-2 Glenburn MW
 
 
 
 
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 13:37

South West region welcomes UEFA study group

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Initiatives from throughout Scotland’s grassroots football programmes took centre stage last week as a UEFA study group visited Ayrshire.
 
The group, comprising of visitors from Slovenia, Hungary, Cyprus, Serbia, Poland, Ireland and Germany, were welcomed by Scottish FA Chief Executive Stewart Regan and paid a visit to Kilmarnock’s Rugby Park to hear about the strides being made within our national game. 
 
Delegates were able to share their own individual national experiences and ideas about the game’s wider social responsibility. 
 
They also paid a visit to Auchenharvie Academy in Stevenson to hear from two pupils who have directly benefited from the Schools for Football initiative – where the motto is “person first, player second”.
 
Former Kilmarnock star Garry Hay, who works with the programme, says the benefits went both ways.
 
He said: “The kids we have come across have been fantastic. It has been very rewarding helping young people become better people, as well as getting them involved in football.
 
“It has been really interesting to hear from the other countries and what they’re doing in their own grassroots game. It’s about sharing ideas, and hopefully there are things the other countries can pick up on. We’re certainly picking things up from them.”
 
The study group also heard from Corrie Campbell and Shirley Martin, Girls & Women’s Club Development Officers from the Scottish FA West and South West regions respectively. They talked about the growth achieved in football participation across the board. The achievement of targets in participation and retention of players through sustainable clubs was also highlighted.
 
The group then went on to Kilwinning Sports Club to hear about their strides towards meeting the UEFA Grassroots Charter. Willi Hink, Director of Football Development at the German Football Association, was impressed with what he seen during his week in Scotland.
 
He said: “Football has a unique role to play. It is a wonderful sport but which also contributes to social development. This is one of its big selling arguments.”
 
“In Germany we have set very high standards at club and national level. The challenge is maintaining those and also in improving things at grassroots level. I see many of the ideas we have in Germany being put into practice in Scotland and hopefully the group can go back to their own countries and apply these same standards.”
 
“Scotland has a great tradition in grassroots development through the work of Andy Roxburgh and Jim Fleeting and this is something from which the other countries this week can learn and apply.”
 
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 12:10

Bonnyton four to the good against Tass Thistle

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Fixture: Bonnyton Thistle v Tass Thistle
Competition: Under 14's CAYFA League
Date: 08/02/15
 
On Sunday afternoon Tass who are sitting near the top of the table travelled to face second placed Bonnyton Thistle in what was an eagerly anticipated game.
 
There was only 4 points separating the pair with second placed Bonnyton having a game in hand over their rivals.
 
The game started tentatively with both teams struggling to maintain possession or create any goal scoring chances, that all changed midway through the first halve when Bonnyton'd talisman Taylor Smyth picked up the ball just inside the Tass penalty box to cooly slot home the opening goal.
 
In a game the home side started to dominate, the young winger Luke Dickson after a fantastic one two was sent through on goal, as he maintians his composure he lifted the ball over the keepers head only to be denied by a finger tip save and see the ball agonisingly hit the bar and fall over for a corner.
 
Just before half time Smyth and Dickson again combined beautifully to send Smyth through on goal to put the home side 2-0 up at the break.
 
Half Time : Bonnyton Thistle 2-0 Tass Thistle 
 
The second half continued in much the same vain with the home side doing all the pressing, shortly after the restart after some lovely football from the away team Tass forced a free kick in a dangerous position just outside the Bonnyton box, as the keeper set up his wall Liam Bramwell Tass's majestic no eight saw his superb effort graze the outside of the post and go wide of the Bonnyton goal.
 
Midway through the half Stephen Steel, Bonnyton's influential no sixteen and central midfielder picked up the ball inside his own halve, after beating several men young Stephen slotted the ball home to make it 3-0.
 
As the game pressed on Tass again went close after some lovely link up play involving a few Tass players and again Tass were very unfortunate to see the ball glide just past the post, just before full time Mr Steel struck again with a lovely strike from just outside the post.
 
After the game Bonnyton manager Kenny Henderson and his assistant Liam Dickson were brimming with pride at their sides fantastic performance and also the fact their young side were back in the title race.
 
Full Time : Bonnyton Thistle 4-0 Tass Thistle
 
 
 
 
 
Monday, 09 February 2015 17:32

Queens Park come back to defeat Ayr United

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Fixture: Ayr United v Queens Park U17's

Venue: Belmont Academy

Date: 07/02/15
 
With Ayr sitting second in the table with a game in hand today’s match at Belmont Academy was a crucial one against Queens Park in their quest for the title. 
 
The game started off with a very high tempo, both teams eager to make an impact. 
 
It was Ayr who struck first when they won possession down the right and with quick feet from Jarod Kiefer, he slid the ball to his left and Jai Holland kept his cool to slot home the opener within the first few minutes of the game. 
 
Ayr keeping the pressure on Holland won a 50/50 in the middle of the park and advanced to produce a smart save from Queens Park keeper Craig Melrose. 
 
It was Ayr who came to terms with the pace of the game quicker as they stunned the away side with the early goal. 
 
Very early on it was clear that this game was going to be won or lost in the midfield with neither team pulling out of any challenges. 
 
Neither side were able to take control in the middle of the park and a header back to the Ayr defence was stolen by Queens Park’s striker Scott Moore and he broke through. Unfortunately for the pacey number 9 his left footed effort went just wide of the post. 
 
Again the battle in midfield was the main talking point in the game; Ayr’s Adam Caldwell intercepted some neat play from Queens and stormed confidently forward resulting in a strike to Melrose’s left which he was equal to putting out for a corner. The corner then was cleared breaking to the confident right back Caldwell who’s shot went over the bar. 
 
Queens Park broke down Ayr’s right hand side with Cameron Russell but United’s centre half Nathan Baird was equal to the attack and shepherded the ball out for a throw in. 
 
By this time Queens were looking for that spark to get this game started for them. A long ball forward by Lee Connelly was chased down by their left back Chris Martin and his pressured was rewarded with a corner. The corner came in and the danger was safely removed by Ayr’s Caldwell. 
On the attack again Queens Park’s Moore who received the ball to feet, took on two players and powers into the box but the Ayr keeper Louis Kerr was a match for the strike and got down well to save. 
 
A quick throw in for Queens down Ayr’s right draws a free kick to the away team. The free kick by Cameron Price was sent into the back post but keeper Kerr was equal to it and turned the ball round the post for a corner kick. 
 
Queens Park had started to make their mark on the game and Ayr needed a response quickly. That is exactly what happened. Kiefer’s vision seen Jamie Martin in space who slid the ball out to the right wing with Caldwell cutting the ball back to the penalty spot to Holland who was unlucky to see his effort crash off the bar, Kiefer was unable to convert the rebound. A great response from the Ayrshire boys after soaking up the earlier pressure. 
 
The midfield battle again proved crucial as a great ball winning tackle from Ayr’s centre midfielder Callum Smith saw him stride forward and have a go from about 25 yards out. His effort was too good for Melrose in the Queens Park goal as it hit the back of the net. Great goal. 2-0 to United. 
 
A pass back from the Queens defence put Melrose under pressure as Ayr Striker Kiefer was razor sharp and closed down the keeper, the keeper tackled and despite shouts from the players and side-lines the call was no penalty. 
 
The ball was played into the box to Kiefer and he was brought down, this time the referee was pointing to the spot to United’s delight.. The big number 9 dusted himself down to take the penalty himself. Up he stepped putting it down to the keepers right but Melrose was equal to it and kept the strike out and was then cleared by the oncoming defender. 
 
At this point Ayr were eager to put this game to bed. Great play by winger Martin down the inside right channel to Kiefer, he went to the by-line but no one was in the box for the cut back. 
 
With the first half drawing to a close the Queens rallied. A long ball over the top seen Moore breaking through but was challenged inside the box by Ayr’s David Anderson. The referee blew and pointed to the spot. Moore made no mistake with the penalty. 2-1. 
 
The goal certainly gave Queens Park confidence as a through ball from Russell was dummied by Moore and evaded the United defence with Connelly through and only the Kerr to beat, the big keeper won this battle and made a great save with his feet. 
 
The referee blew the whistle for half time. A very good first half with Ayr United just edging out their opponents 2-1. 
 
Whatever the manager said the Queens Park players at half time certainly worked. Cameron Price striving forward struck a left footed shot destined for the back of the net but only to be denied by Kerr who acrobatically tipped the ball over. 
 
A scrap down the Queens right resulted in the ball finding its way in to the box and their talented forward Connelly made no mistake sweeping the ball home right footed to draw the game level. 
 
Ayr were desperate not to let the lead slip and a nice one two between defender Connor McMillan and midfielder David Richardson launched their team on the attack again. The ball was cut back to Kiefer but narrowly missed as he watched his effort spin past the right hand post. 
 
With Queens not wanting to be out done they launched a fast paced attack of their own down the right flank with Moore cutting inside playing the ball to Connelly who seen his effort blocked by Caldwell. 
 
Neither side were willing to back down, with both teams giving it there all. They both sensed that this game was not over. 
 
A diagonal pass from Ayrs McMillan saw Holland burst free of the back line only to be muscled off the ball by Anton Houghton allowing Melrose to come and collect the ball. 
 
With the game on a knife edge Ayr’s Martin nicked back possession and played in Leon Murphy who shot low but again Melrose saved. 
 
Keeping the pressure on attacking full back Caldwell burst into the box taking on three players only to have his effort saved my Melrose. 
 
A miss placed pass by Ayr after a corner fell to the feet of Queens centre half Cameron Foy who played a great curling ball into the back post only for Connelly to get on the end of it with a looping header finding the net at the far post. Kerr in the United goal got a fingertip to it but it wasn’t enough to keep it out. 3-2 Queens. 
 
Confidence was flowing now between the Queens players as they had completed the comeback. Connelly had another effort from outside the box but this time was unable to find the net. 
 
Queens Park’s central midfielder Conor McCorry came close late on and was unlucky to see his long range effort go wide of the goal. 
 
In the dying moments of the game Ayr had a free kick which was launched into the box but was claimed confidently by Melrose who took the sting out of the final minutes. 
 
Full Time : Ayr United 2-3 Queens Park
 
 
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 11:24

Ayr Boswell blow away Troon to earn three points

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Fixture: Ayr Boswell v Troon Thistle
Competition: Under 15's WOSYF League
Date: 31/01/15
 
Ayr Boswell started the match the way their manager had asked them to and Troon were finding it hard to get to grips with how Boswell had started.
 
Boswell thought they had taken the lead from a goal mouth scramble that saw Jack Taylors shot saved from the Troon goalkeeper, who put the ball onto the bar. 
 
Troon were finding it hard to get out their own half.
 
Boswell took the lead after some great play and one touch football, which saw Stevie McClelland start a fine move, before getting himself into the box and scoring with a well placed header. 
 
The second goal followed soon after and came in the form of a quickly taken free kick, knocked to the side by Ross Copeland to Jack Taylor who from thirty yards lashed a shot that gave the Troon goalkeeper no chance. 
 
Troon at this point were finding the going pretty tough and before the half time whistle Boswell extended their lead to three, with another long distance shot from twenty five yards, struck by captain Ross Copeland again giving the Troon goalkeeper no chance.
 
Half Time : Ayr Boswell 3-0 Troon Thistle
 
The second half was played at a slower pace, but the ball retention by Boswell was there for all to see and with Troon offering no resistance the home side took control of the match.
 
After some great inter linking play the fourth goal for Boswell came, through Stevie mcclelland who followed up his own shot coming off the crossbar and nodded the ball into the net. 
 
The game was played in good spirit by both teams.
 
Full Time : Ayr Boswell 4-0 Troon Thistle