KSC Thistle were cheered on by their home following at Kilwinning Sports Club, but on the day were unable to prevent an impressive Kilmarnock Portland from lifting the William Tracey Under 13's Cup.
In what was a very competitive opening 20 minutes both sides tried to get a grip of midfield. Portland midfielder Jai Ewing skewed a shot just wide on just two minutes after a fine run into the box.
Slowly the Kilmarnock side were beginning to assert themselves, pressing in midfield and getting into some good positions around the box. On 23 minutes they broke the deadlock, and in spectacular style. Striker Scott Sherrie brought the ball down just outside the KSC box and unleashed a looping half volley high beyond the reach of Jack McLauchlan.
The goal energised Portland, and particularly Sherrie's appetite for more goals. The KSC defence were not matching Sherrie's movement up front, and sure enough the danger man extended his side's lead on 28 minutes. After some good pressing in midfield Ewing won possession and played an inch perfect through ball through to Sherrie. This time he made no mistake Kilmarnock seemed in full control.
Sherrie could have had a hat trick before half time but McLauchlan proved equal to the task, saving his shot on 35 minutes to keep the interval deficit at two.