Colts are through to face league rivals AC Irvine in what is sure to be a CAYFA League Cup cracker in a few weeks, after making short work of KSC Thistle at Inverclyde Sports Centre. On paper this looked to be a close contest, with KSC enjoying a decent league campaign of their own and a close match between the two sides earlier in the season. But this proved to be a very different affair. Four goals in the opening 20 minutes all but settled the contest, but KSC dug in and where many other sides might have collapsed they clawed a late consolation goal back.
Largs began the more switched on side, playing their familiar high tempo passing game and pressing up the pitch. They were looking quicker to every ball with KSC struggling to clear their lines, and it paid off just 5 minutes in. Adam Brown latched onto a ball into the box, with his left foot shot too powerful for Scott Struthers to keep out of the net.
KSC tried to push out in response but were caught out by the classic sucker punch 7 minutes later as a quick ball over the top found Brown clean through only to be brought down in the box by Brandon Leckie. The Colts forward duly stepped up to fire home his and his side’s second.
There was to be no let up as Largs continued to boss proceedings, closing down in midfield and pegging their opponents back. Number three arrived on 18 minutes as Dylan Smith and Louis Bainbridge combined well on the edge of the box for the latter to place a low finish into Struthers’ right hand corner.
Two minutes later and Largs had scored from their fourth goal attempt, as Glenn McTaggart got onto the ball on the edge of the box. He nodded perfectly through for Smith to finish powerfully from a tight angle.
KSC had a shell shocked look about them but to their credit they regrouped and limited further damage. Largs had punished every opening created with a goal and they would have to make the most of every chance. The visitors carved out their first opportunity on 24 minutes, after good work down the left flank by Thomas Miller. His cross fell to Travis Blakely but he could only blaze over from point blank range.
It really was about damage limitation for the visitors now and they restricted Largs for the remainder of the half, with Colts content to play within themselves without carving out further opportunities.