Fixture: Crosshouse BC v Largs Colts U14s
Competition: Central Ayrshire YFA U14's League
Venue: Lindsay Park
Date: Saturday 31st October 2015
Colts returned to action after a break of five weeks, travelling to Crosshouse on a wet Saturday morning.
Colts started positively and inside just two minutes almost took the lead. A lovely weighted through ball to Brown was put just wide of the post with the Crosshouse keeper beaten. Cormack was next to try his luck, though the ball also went wide of the goal. On seven minutes Colts looked unlucky not to be awarded a spot kick when the ball struck the hand of a Crosshouse player, but the claims waived away by the referee.
Crosshouse were finding it difficult to get out of their own half at this stage and McTaggart then had an effort blocked before Smith then played in Brown but the keeper saved well. It didn't take too long for the opening goal to come, and on eleven minutes, captain R.Coupar took the ball 25 yards from goal, stepped inside the defender before striking and unstoppable shot into the top left corner for a superb opener. Within three minutes Colts scored again and yet again, of stunning quality. Bainbridge found Smith in the channel and his first time ball into the middle was met by Brown to volley with power into the back of the net.
Colts had just about stopped celebrating when Crosshouse halved the defecit. A breakaway down the flank caught Colts out and the striker was on hand to score from the cross. 2-1 now.
Midfield maestro R.Coupar then looked to play in Smith, but the keeper claimed the ball well. Colts were once again dominant and Brown got his second of the game with a composed finish in front of goal. Soon after it was 4-1 as the persistence of McTaggart paid off when he followed up his own effort to knock the ball into the net.
Crosshouse were leaving two quick players up top and were very dangerous on the counter. Keeper Irwin was called into action just before the break as a free kick was curled towards the top corner, and was taken well by the keeper at the second attempt before the first half was brought to an end.
Half Time: Crosshouse BC 1-4 Largs Colts
Largs started the second half with the same attacking intensity, and just four minutes in Smith ran through powerfully before striking home in a stunning individual effort for Largs' 5th of the game.
Bainbridge then picked up the ball some 20 yards out before taking the ball past two defenders and curling a left foot effort towards the far post, but the ball smacked the upright before being cleared to safety by the home side.
Cormack then made way for Blair in a straight swap, and it was the substitute Blair that was next to strike for goal, but couldn't find the net after a neat ball by Leishman. Colts' football at this stage was again excellent with great movement and passing. Bainbridge played an exquisite through ball to Smith to finish well for number six.
Colts made further changes with Brown making way for J.Coupar and Leishman off for Florence as Colts switched to a back three. On 56 minutes, Blair made space and struck with power only for the ball to strike the bar and come out. The predatory instincts of Smith meant the big striker was on hand to simply chest the ball home for his hat-trick and number seven for Colts.
Smith wasn't finished there as when J.Coupar eased past the defence with some expert trickery, he cut in on goal and unselfishly laid the ball back for Smith to strike home his fourth and Colts eighth.
Crosshouse did manage to get a second goal just before Bainbridge set up Brown to round of the scoring in the match.
Full Time: Crosshouse BC 2-9 Largs Colts
Largs Colts really did turn on the style in the second half as they managed to put 9 past a Crosshouse side that did hadn't conceded many goals at all this season. This shows Colts' intent this campaign, and the strength in depth the squad has.
Colts move up to third with games in hand of those above then in the league. The Largs team will face Crosshouse again next Saturday, this time at Barrfields, as Colts look to continue their strong run of form.