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Largs Colts keep good run going with victory over Caledonian United

Written by  Largs Colts 2002

 
Fixture: Caledonian United v Largs Colts U14
Competition: Central Ayrshire YFA League
Venue: Caledonian Park, Pretwick
Date: Saturday 21st November 2015
 
After a two week fixture absence, Largs Colts travelled to Prestwick to play Caledonian United. Colts kept the same line up as started against Crosshouse with keeper Irwin behind a back four of Loudon, Weir, Robson and Leishman. The midfield saw Bainbridge and Cormack swap sides with each other, with R.Coupar and McTaggart making up the four. Up front the prolific pair of Smith and Brown looked to get the goals. On the bench again were J.Coupar, Blair, Wilson and Barbour.

The Prestwick side were sitting in the bottom half of the league table, but are always a tough challenge any side coming up against them, and once again they proved to be a tough test for Colts.
 
The visitors created a good opening six minutes into the game when McTaggart found Brown with a defence splitting pass, though the strikers' shot was just wide of the target.
 
Bainbridge has been enjoying a very good season so far, and in this game switched to the right hand side of midfield, and on ten minutes the powerful midfielder stepped inside his marker easily and struck the ball powerfully and accurately towards the top corner, and the ball bulleted into the net. With the quality of the strike it was hard to believe that it was his first competitive goal for Largs.
 
Colts were very much in control of the match and created further chances with some excellent passing football on show for all to see. Colts almost doubled their lead when R.Coupar picked out Smith inside the area, and the striker's header was well taken by the Caley keeper. 
 
The Caley keeper was playing very well, saving efforts from Brown and R.Coupar on a few occasions. Colts were rarely threatened despite the home side playing three up top. That said however, on 23 minutes Colts were caught wide open at the back, and a pin point pass sent the Caley striker through on goal. Fortunately for Colts the striker didn't have the composure to finish his chance as he put the ball wide of the target. A major let off for Colts who were caught sleeping.
 
Largs were quickly back on offensive with Smith striking a first time effort just wide of the goal before McTaggart fashioned an opening for a strike which went wide of the target just before the break as Colts finished the first half the stronger of the 2 sides.
 
Half Time: Caledonian United 0-1 Largs Colts
 
Although playing some excellent football and dominating possession, Largs were only one goal up at the break and knew they would have to start the second half very strongly to give the opposition no chance of levelling the scores.
 
The visitors did just that with Brown first to strike for goal just three minutes into the half, once again testing the impressive reflexes of the Caley keeper. Cormack, who was tireless in the midfield, ran through and looked like he was brought down inside the box, but the referee waved play on.
Colts were playing some excellent quick passing football and creating plenty of openings, and craved that second goal they so deserved, but they were finding it hard to beat a keeper on top form.  43 minutes of the game played  and R.Coupar was next to try his luck, but yet again the keeper stretched well to save and hold the ball.  Smith then tried to setup Brown for an effort, though again Colts couldn’t get the second goal.
 
The pressure was telling however and it was that man Brown who eventually managed to double the Colts' lead, and give them that bit breathing space they had been looking for. A superb team goal was finished expertly by Brown.
 
The Colts' defence stood firm to prevent Caley from halving the deficit, and Loudon was having a great game, but was being worked well by the tricky winger on numerous occasions. Keeper Irwin was enjoying a very quiet afternoon, but on 53 minutes he was well worked as a snap shot by Caley looked destined for the back of the net, only for the big keeper to get an outstretched arm to push the ball round the post. An outstanding save from the keeper.
 
 Brown was replaced by Wilson before Leishman, cutting in from the left, almost got goal number 3 for Colts as had an effort on goal that flew inches past the post. Brown and Cormack, who both put in a strong shift, were replaced by J.Coupar and Blair. On 66 minutes J.Coupar battled well to win the ball back on the edge of the box before a shot was taken well by the keeper.
 
Leishman and Bainbridge were combining well on the left, creating openings as Colts kept playing passing football. R.Coupar was playing well in the middle, bursting through and laying the ball off for another Colts attempt at goal. Blair the made space for himself on the edge of the area though the strong effort was deflected wide for a corner as Colts seen out the last couple of minutes for a good 3 points to take back to Largs.
 
Full Time: Caledonian United 0-2 Largs Colts
 
Colts will be delighted to take three points against a decent outfit that always provide a tough test for any opposition, Keeper Irwin had an outstanding save with excellent distribution throughout. Weir controlled the back line with Robson and full backs Loudon and Leishman were excellent at the back and going forward. The midfield four were dominant and all worked hard throughout. Up front Smith and Brown worked well with Brown getting the crucial second.  Man of the Match was a close call with Cormack, R.Coupar, McTaggart, Loudon and Leishman all contenders. The vote went to Leishman for some excellent positional play and a real attacking threat down the flank.
 
Colts move up to second, five points behind leaders AC Irvine with two games in hand and have a home tie against a very tough Galston side next week. Galston are unbeaten in their last five games with four wins averaging seven goals per game.
 
Largs Colts:  Irwin (GK), Robson, Loudon, Weir, Leishman, R.Coupar(C), Bainbridge, Cormack, McTaggart, Smith, Brown.  Subs:. J.Coupar, Barbour, Blair, Wilson
 
 
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