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Emphatic Ayr Boswell on course for trophy clean sweep

Ayr Boswell 5

Wilson 14', Mui 44', 60', 70', Todd 55'

Crosshouse BC 1

Smith 50'
  • Saturday, 21 May 2016
  • Dam Park, Ayr
  • Under 16´s
  • Wallace Gemmell Trophy Final

Mark Gillespie | YFS North Ayrshire Senior Reporter
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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.

  • Half Time:
  • Ayr Boswell
  • 1-0
  • Crosshouse BC

Boswell instead lifted their performance in the second half, showing the mark of champions to take the game by the scruff of the neck. With Todd and Euan Muir a dynamic partnership through the middle, and Wilson providing great wide supply it went on to be a difficult half for Crosshouse.

The three players combined to great effect, in the 44th minute to extend the lead through a flowing passing move. Wilson picked out Todd’s run down the left channel and his measured cross gave Muir the easiest of finishes with the goal at his mercy.

Boswell were looking rampant now, and five minutes later Todd’s shot was cleared off the line. It seemed the writing was on the wall, if not already carved on the cup.

But there was to be one spanner in the works as Crosshouse clawed a goal back, in the 50th minute to reignite their hopes. It came as Connolly found some space down the right hand side of the Boswell box to pick out Smith inside the box, and his slightly mis-hit shot bobbed past Miller and into the Boswell net.

Crosshouse pushed up and got players forward, but for the most part lacked the cutting edge of their opponents. Instead Muir hit the woodwork to almost restore the two goal advantage on 53 minutes, before Todd got himself a well-earned place on the scoresheet a minute later.

It all came from a short throw down the left flank, and with the Crosshouse defence slow to close down, the striker darted around the defence to shoot home inside the box from an angle. Clinical finishing.

With that the Crosshouse heads seemed to drop for the remaining 20 minutes. Ayr continued to find openings at the back with Muir going on to complete a cup final hat-trick in the closing stages. Great work down the left again by Wilson got him to the by-line and his cross was perfect for the striker to head home on the hour mark.

The result was now beyond doubt and Muir’s hat trick was sealed 10 minutes later from the right side. This time Daniel Wilson swung a high ball into the Crosshouse box and the Boswell hit man once again rose above the defence to nod past Jamie Wilson.

The score line was emphatic and perhaps reflects the more clinical attack edge which Ayr have carried unbeaten all season. With so many options up front it is hard to see them not adding to their trophy haul in the final month, as they go head to head with Crosshouse in a league that looks likely to go down to the final game.

  • Full Time:
  • Ayr Boswell
  • 5-1
  • Crosshouse BC


Ayr Boswell
Crosshouse BC
1. David Miller
3. Joseph White
4. Daniel Robson
5. Lee Barrett
6. Jordan Bell
7. Gavin Todd
8. Stephen McLelland
9. Euan Muir
10. Jack Taylor
11. Ben Mathieson
14. Ross Copeland
15. Kieron Goudie
16. Daniel Wilson
18. Mitchell Lamont
1. Jamie Wilson
2. Joshua Edwards
3. Cole Archibald
4. Jordan Mason
5. Callum Corbett Peter
s 6. Robbie Laidlaw
8. Connor Smith
11. Kieran Connolly
14. Bailey McClung
15. Craig McLean
16. Kieran Connolly
17. Cameron Malcolm
19. Grant Wallace
21. Dylan Rooney
Star Player
Ayr Boswell
Crosshouse BC
Joseph Wilson - Put in a fine display out wide, scoring and involved in four of the Boswell goals
Kieran Connolly - Provided a lot of the Crosshouse threat, laying on Smith's goal on 50 minutes.
Magic Moment
Ayr Boswell
Crosshouse BC
Gavin Todd's fine individual effort on 54 minutes restored Ayr's two goal lead, and there was no looking back.
Connor Smith gave Crosshouse brief hopes as he clawed a goal back on 50 minutes.
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