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KSC Barca sink Cumnock with second half flurry

KSC Barca 5

Rennie 37', Harrison 62', Lynch 63' (pen), Gunn 64' 79'

Cumnock Juniors 1

Morrison 56'
  • Saturday, 13 February 2016
  • Kilwinning Sports Club
  • Under 14´s
  • CAYFA Under 14 League

Mark Gillespie | YFS North Ayrshire Senior Reporter
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The home side kept up with the chasing pack as they in their first fixture of 2016 with this emphatic win at Kilwinning Sports Club. After a last 32 cup run KSC were back to winning ways in the league, as they look to catch up on games in hand and kick on.

Conditions were set fair for this contest, played in fine winter sun, but the high ball was always a risk to both defences in the swirling wind. It was a one goal game at half time, a match that only turned decisively as it stretched in the second half. Cumnock had doggedly fought their way back to level the scores only to lose the initiative instantly as their resurgent opponents closed out the game.

In a first half which the hosts dominated only Kyle Rennie’s opener just before half time separated the sides at the break. KSC had Cumnock pressed back for long spells but were always vulnerable to that high ball in behind, as Reece Morrison demonstrated to stunning effect in the second half.

Barca’s first sight of goal game on 8 minutes, after good link up play as Fraser McQueen linked up well with Glen Hyslop to shoot just over Andrew Wilson’s bar. McQueen was showing some good early touches, running at defenders to create space for his team mates.

The KSC forward produced a good save from Wilson in the visiting goal on 22 minutes with another shot from Kyle Rennie’s delivery into the box, as KSC stepped up the pressure. They remained on the front foot for much of the half with the high Cumnock ball still capable of causing chaos at the back. With the KSC defence not dealing with another ball through, KSC keeper Dylan Jackson was caught out of his box on 25 minutes, almost allowing Morrison to score a shock opener for the visitors.

The game needed a goal as the half progressed beyond the half hour. Barca continued to apply the pressure and eventually they broke through on 37 minutes. Joe Harrison found a killer ball to unlock the defence, and Rennie did the rest with a cool finish low to 1’s right.

  • Half Time:
  • KSC Barca
  • 0-0
  • Cumnock Juniors

It would force a change of thinking in the second half as Cumnock tried to push up and try to use the wind to their advantage. KSC had just a goal to show for their endeavours but the visitors still had cause for hope, with Morrison and Darren Fulton especially dangerous from the ball in behind the home defence.

The visitors were almost through on 47 minutes, as another through ball found Faren Coor-Thornley round the onrushing KSC keeper, but his effort was cleared off the line. Jackson then pulled off a fine stop as he finger tipped Robbie Templeton's long range effort onto the bar. There was a sense that the tide could be changing in this match.

Fulton was pushed up front into a more central position for the visitors and this in turn produced an immediate dividend as Cumnock equalised in spectacular style on 56 minutes. Fulton brought another high ball down outside the box, and laid the ball off to Morrison. From a tight angle, the forward’s spectacular finish soared high past Jackson and stunned the hosts.

Cumnock had deserved to be back in this but KSC instantly responded to regain full control of this tie, playing with a higher intensity up the pitch. McQueen kept making the runs, creating space as Aiden Richardson pulled the strings in midfield. And it paid off on 62 minutes as Harrison bulleted home from the corner to put KSC back in front.

It marked a three-minute goal flurry which decided the game’s outcome. A minute later and KSC had established the two goal cushion from the spot, with Robbie Lynch converting after Lewis Gunn was brought down on the edge of the box. Then, almost straight from the restart, Gunn found himself through on goal and made no mistake, finishing high past 1 as the visitors finally crumbled.

It will have frustrated the Cumnock side to have fought so hard to get back into the game, only to immediately rehand the initiative to KSC. The hosts had really sprung to life after the equaliser and began to play with more confidence. They were to finish the scoring in style, as Gunn caught Wilson out of his box from 35 yards to place a sensational chip into the empty net, for his second goal of the game.

A first league win of the year for a KSC side perhaps who will hope to now move on up the table. They really started to find their stride as the match closed out, and will be hoping to continue this head of steam next week in the Kilwinning derby against KSC Thistle. 

  • Full Time:
  • KSC Barca
  • 5-1
  • Cumnock Juniors


KSC Barca
Cumnock Juniors
1. Dylan Jackson
2. Robbie Lynch
3. Fraser Anderson
4. Elliot Stewart
5. Joe Harrison
6. Mason Raeside
7. Lee Sproul
8. Aiden Richardson
9. Fraser McQueen
10. Glen Hyslop
11. Lewis Gunn
12. Jack Palmer
13. Lewis Stewart
14. Jay McManus
15. Lewis Kilmarnock
16. Kyle Rennie
17. Liam Howie
1. Andrew Wilson
2. Stuart McCracken
3. Reece Morrison
4. Farren Coor-Thornley
5. Scott Anderson
6. Robbie Templeton
7. Luke Cooper
8. Ben Wheeler
9. Ryan Nisbet
10. Morri Caine
14. Darren Fulton
Star Player
KSC Barca
Cumnock Juniors
Lewis Gunn - He grabbed a double and capped off the match with a fine long range effort.
Reece Morrison - looked dangerous up front when he got the supply, and scored an outrageous equaliser.
Magic Moment
KSC Barca
Cumnock Juniors
Harrison's bullet header gave KSC back their lead and they never looked back
Morrison's fine finish gave Cumnock a brief foothold on the game.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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