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Valspar pressing at the top after victory over KSC Barca

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Fixture: Valspar v KSC Barca - U14
Competition: Central Ayrshire YFA
Venue: KG5 Pitches
Date: Saturday 27th February 2016
Another glorious day in the Ayrshire sunshine, and on a crisp morning with near perfect pitches two very good teams went head to head, in a very strongly contested top of the table encounter. Valspar hosted KSC Barca at the KG5 pitches, looking to both mount a strong title challengers and put pressure on league leaders Largs Colts.

Valspar started the game really quickly, with Lewis Glass breaking into the box in the first few minutes, narrowly missing the early chance. After excellent build up play by Craig Findlay & Chrissy Callander, Lewis made no mistake with his 2nd chance, cooly finishing to open the scoring.

Valspar were playing some lovely football, passing the ball about as a team & defending as a unit, dominating the play and restricting KSC to the odd break. Richie Simpson, who was working his socks off in midfield, swung in a great ball from a corner & Harry Evans timed his run perfectly, heading home to make it 2-0 to Valspar.

Valspar at this stage looked to be in complete control of the game with KSC struggling to cope with their passing & pace up front. Lewis Glass then chased down a loose ball in the box, nipping in to make it 3-0.

Chris Callander who was having a great game played a lovely ball through for Lewis Glass, who beat the defence & calmly found the net for his hat trick. I have to say, at this stage the Valspar team were simply outstanding.

With Valspar now totally dominating the play, Ron Mooney made a run across the box with the ball at his feet, before firing home a great finish with his left foot into the bottom corner for the home side's fifth of the game.

Half Time: Valspar 5-0 KSC Barca

KSC were obviously fired up by their coaches for the start of the second half but it was Lewis Glass who had the first clear opportunity. He broke into the box at pace but the KSC keeper made a superb stop to prevent Glass from adding to his tally.

KSC who had stepped up their game won a free kick on the edge of box but it was tamely hit & easily saved by McKenzie Hill in the Valspar goal.
Mooney was next to try his luck with an effort on goal, but the KSC keeper pulled off another good stop to keep the score at 5-0.

KSC who had stepped up their game since the break deservedly got one back when the ball fell to their number 16 in the box and he slotted home to make it 5-1.

Valspar were then awarded a penalty when a KSC player handled inside the box & Chris Callander stepped up, unfortunately he slipped at the vital moment knocking the ball wide of the target.

Buoyed by this, KSC pushed forward determined to make it count in their favour. The Valspar midfield & defence stepped up to the task, with some tasty tackles and important interceptions to prevent KSC from getting back into the game. KSC did get another goal back thanks to an unfortunate error from Valspar. Harry Evans played a back pass to MacKenzie Hill that should have been cleared but unfortunately ended up in the back of the net to make it 5-2.

The Valspar back line where really impressive today, Layton Weaver, Joe Latona, Tony Nelson & Harry Evans, who worked tirelessly as a defensive unit.

Valspar had weathered the storm & took control of the game again, this time Connor Purvis cleverly played in the lethal Lewis Glass who fired in his fourth goal, taking the wind out of the KSC sails and making it 6-2.

The scoring was rounded off when Ron Mooney was expertly played in by Keir O'Neill, and he calmly evaded the onrushing goalkeeper to slot the ball into the back of the net to round off and excellent Valspar performance.
Full Time: Valspar 7-2 KSC Barca

Kieran Green | YFS South East Region Journalist

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