Boswell got one over on their league rivals to clinch the Wallace Gemmell Trophy at Dam Park, and remain on course for a full set of honours in the West of Scotland YFL this season. It was a dominant performance in the end against last year's Scottish Cup champions, and the Ayr side just had too much for them, in the final third, to make this a convincing final score.
These two have been head-to-head at the top of the league for much of the season, and so it was to be a very even first half with opportunities to fall at both ends. Boswell proved the more clinical though to go in at the break a goal in front.
Left back Joseph Wilson got them off to a flier, in the 14th minute, with a driving run and shot, which deflected in for the opener. In a congested midfield, Wilson’s wide play was to provide a key to unlocking the Crosshouse defence for the rest of the game, as he turned in another impressive display for his team.
Crosshouse tried to hit back instantly to falling behind, and in fact had most of the efforts at goal for the remainder of a tight first half. Joshua Edwards’ turn and shot inside the area was well parried by David Miller, with Kiaran Connolly also getting forward from midfield to test the Ayr stopper with shots on target.
But there was just no way through, and Ayr always looked dangerous from the quick break, with Gavin Todd a constant menace running at defenders. He almost extended Boswell’s lead, on 22 minutes, but his header from the corner was cleared off the line by Connolly. Another fine run and shot by the Boswell attacker was then well parried by Jamie Wilson, on 38 minutes, to keep the arrears at a solitary goal.
Crosshouse enjoyed a good spell in the closing stages of the half, with Connor Smith testing Miller. Cameron Malcolm also fired just over the bar as they tried to turn up the heat on the Ayr defence. It was, though, a half where they couldn’t capitalise on possession and goal opportunities, and this would come back to haunt them in the second half.