On a fine crisp winter’s afternoon it was the home side who emerged victorious in an incident packed 5th round tie at Kilwinning. With chances at both ends it took extra time to finally separate these old rivals. A resilient 10 man display from the home side proved the difference and booked their place in the quarter final.
It was Crosshouse though who began the game on top, and from their very first opening they took the early advantage after only three minutes’ play. A long ball was nodded by David McSorley onto the galloping Mark McGuire down the right hand side of box. Without hesitation, he controlled the ball and struck low past James Sinclair to silence the home fans.
The visitors tried to consolidate their lead and maintain possession with Kyle Watson and James Cassidy seeing a lot of the ball in midfield. A second goal almost arrived on fifteen minutes, and in the almost the same fashion as the first, as Watson’s headed flick found the run of Kyle Gilroy down the right. This time his shot was well saved by Sinclair to keep KSC’s deficit at 1-0.
After surviving a rocky opening spell the home side gradually started to grow into the game with the runs of Adam Ogilvie and Ben Black allowing Jack Ewing to make some good runs up front. It was Ewing who got his side back on level terms, running onto a long ball to slot past Crosshouse keeper Robbie Wilson. Game on.
This contest was to ebb and flow either way and Crosshouse surged forward with McSorley shooting just wide of Sinclair’s right hand post from six yards, and in true end to end fashion KSC pushed up the other end to take the lead on thirty eight minutes.
After some good work by Adam Ogilvie down the right the ball found its way into Ben Black who arrowed the ball into the net to the jubilation of his team mates and the home support.
Shortly later the tie took another turn as KSC were reduced to ten on forty mins with the dismissal of the energetic Jack Ewing after an off the ball incident. It was a case of hanging on until half time to regroup.
Crosshouse surged forward just before the referee blew for the interval, and after a fine through ball by McSorley Kyle Gilroy’s shot hit the post and bounced clear, with no one on hand to prod home the loose ball. An action packed first half.