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Fixture: Largs Colts v Valspar
Competition: U16's CAYFA League
Date: 29/03/15
Playing on a fantastic surface and venue Valspar were determined to get back to winning ways following last weeks defeat, the game started with Valspar taking the game to Largs in the early stages and playing some good football from back to front, Largs were stubborn and hard to break down but the breakthrough came when some good work on the left from Euan Anderson and Calum Walker resulted in a cross to the back post which was controlled and finished by Declan Hughes 
Largs were playing the ball long looking for the flick on from their tall centre midfielder but the Valspar defence was resolute and dealt with everything coming their way, the second goal came from a through ball to Declan Hughes who scored his second of the day beating the Largs offside trap and finishing low into the corner.
Valspar were now in control and pushing on down both flanks and controlling the game in midfield the third goal came again from Declan Hughes who completed his first half hat trick with an excellent finish through a crowded goal mouth 
The second half seen Valspar make five changes and again were dominant in possession, Largs were closing down quicker and were much harder to breakdown, the last goal came from another corner, Ryan McCrone followed up from a headed attempt on goal which came back to him and he calmly steered the ball into t top corner with a close range left footed shot
A good solid team performance from Valspar keeping them in second place, two points behind the top spot.
Full Time : Largs Colts 0-4 Valspar

Fixture: Prestwick CFC v Coylton
Competition: Under 13's WOSYF League
Date: 28/03/15
Within the first 2 minutes Prestwick CFC were one up due to a sublime free kick from Marc Mulgrew. The Coylton keeper was unlucky not to stop the ball going in as he managed to get his fingers to the effort, though the ball was struck so well and continued its way to the back of the net.
Pressure continued from both teams and finally Coylton were back in the game with a well struck shot from outside the box which ended in the top corner of the net. 
It was game on and within a couple of minutes Coylton gained goal number two. Another shot from just outside the box was stopped by the Prestwick goalie, however the ball took a dodgey bounce before hitting off the goalie and rollign in. 
Coylton were looking for another and a carefully hit shot at a low angle nearly found the back of the net, but the keeper managed to get a foot to it to knock it out for a corner. 
Half Time : Prestwick CFC 1-2 Coylton
The second half restarted and immediately Prestwick piled the pressure on Coylton.
They were rewarded with Ryan McArthur making a pass back to Russel Connor who smashed the ball straight into the net from outside the box. 
Five minutes later McArthur was back in action again, this time sliding a pass through to Blair McCallum who calmly chipped the approaching Coylton keeper. 
Prestwick continued to gain further momentum and McArthur was in the thick of it again. Picking up a pass from Euan McCluckie he neatly slotted the ball past the Coylton keeper into the net. 
Prestwick weren't stopping and Coylton tried their best to get back in the action and tried to get the ball back into the Prestwick half. 
Coylton created a great chance racing towards goal though the Prestwick keeper picking up on the opportunity raced out from his box and slid through on the approaching striker, managing to contact with the ball and clearing to his team mate. 
Once again Prestwick were back in the Coylton half with the ball going out for a Prestwick corner. McArthur took the corner knocking the ball towards goal, the ball bounced as it came in and Glen Smith threw himself low towards the ball heading it beyond the keeper into the net. 
It was 5-2 Prestwick and the game still had a bit to run. As if McArthur hadn’t done enough damage already here he was again picking up a pass from McCluckie, before unleashing a shot which evaded a number of players before nestling in the back of the net.
Full Time : Prestwick CFC 6-2 Coylton
Tuesday, 31 March 2015 12:50

Largs come out on top in game of two halves

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Fixture: Largs Spartans v Irvine Victoria
Competition: Liz Oglivie Challenge Cup
Date: 28/03/15
On a windy day for a game of football at Barrfields, Largs Spartans welcomed Irvine Victoria in the first round of the Challenge cup. The sides have met twice before this season and the visitors had won both by a single goal. 
However after a strong display in the draw with Tass last week, the home side were feeling very confident going into the match.
Playing in to what was a very strong wind in the first half, Largs spent most of their time defending, but defending well. 
Victoria were limited to the odd half chance and again the back four of Bone, Herrero-Redden, Stewart & Clive were solid. Griffins was causing havoc with his strong running and when he was set up by Allen he was unlucky not to score, shooting just wide.
Victoria did however take the lead after 20 minutes when a long shot found its way past Kane. Victoria continued to push and a mixture of good defending and poor finishing kept the score at 0-1 at the break.
Half Time : Largs Spartans 0-1 Irvine Victoria
Into the second half and it was all Largs. McShane came on for Mills to give some support to Griffins up front. He held the ball up well, and the game was all being played in the Victoria half.  
Herrero-Redden was having another good game in the centre of defense with his pace at the back sweeping up any danger. Indeed it was from his clearance that the ball broke through to Griffins who simply passed the ball into the bottom left-hand corner to level the game. 
Vics weren’t really in the second half and Spartans continued to push for the winner. And it eventually came with a lovely strike from Herrero-Redden. Victoria cleared a cross from Allen and from a full 30 yards out, Herrero-Redden caught it perfectly and although the keeper got a touch to it he couldn’t keep it out. 
10 to go and Victoria did all they could to put this game into extra time but Docherty & Bainbridge were working hard in midfiled to close them down. 
The full time whistle went and Largs go through to the next round. Another great game between two evenly matched teams but Largs just edged it this time.
This month’s Match balls are again sponsored by Mills Milk and are much appreciated by all at Largs Spartans.
Full Time : Largs Spartans 2-1 Irvine Victoria
Monday, 30 March 2015 15:14

Glenburn earn three valuable points against

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Fixture: Glenburn MW v Stewarton Annick
Competition: U15's WOSYF "B" League
Date: 28/03/15
Glenburn MW claimed another three valuable points after a tough encounter with Stewarton Annick.
Glenburn got out the traps flying and opened the scoring after 88 secs, after neat interchange passing between Ben Coughtrie, Louis Mcguire and Andy Martin was cooly finished by Blair McMeechan, 1-0.
Stewarton threatened at times with a strong wind at their back, they rattled the post and missed a couple of half chances.
Half Time : Glenburn MW 1-0 Stewarton Annick
A few changes to try and inject urgency at the interval were made, and with the wind at there back, Glenburn were comfortable with their passing and movement. 
In the 55th minute a wicked in-swinging corner from Lewis Grant was knocked home by the Stewarton full back, 2-0.
There was to be no further scoring in the match as Glenburn kept another clean sheet, a very pleasing aspect. 
Full Time : Glenburn MW 2-0 Stewarton Annick

Fixture: Prestwick CFC v Valspar
Competition: U14's WOSYF League
Venue: The Oval
Date: 28/03/15
Prestwick 14's ran out deserved winners in very testing windy conditions at the Oval on saturday.  
Playing into a very strong wind Prestwick took the game to Valspar with some very neat passing football and the first real chance of the game fell to prestwick's Jack Anderson who raced through on goal and with the advancing keeper to beat his lobbed shot just crept over the bar.  
It was then Valspar's turn to press with the wind advantage and they forced a few corners which were well defended by the prestwick defence.  
Prestwick took the lead after a great passing move from midfield  and a cross from Aidan O'Neill was volleyed into the net by Jack Anderson.  
Chances were coming thick and fast for prestwick and the lead should have been increased when Josh Alexander lost his footing as he was about to score and then Anderson tried another lob which went just wide.  
Prestwick increased their lead just before half time with another fine strike from Anderson.
The second half was much of the same although Valspar had a very good 10 min spell where they threaten down the right hand side this eventually culminated in a goal from their striker Robbie Hannah.  
Prestwick continued to press and missed a hatful of chances to increase their lead and put the game safe.  
Half time sub Paul O'Neil completed some suastained pressure from prestwick with a cute finish from the edge of the box with 10 mins to go and prestwick managed to see the remainder of the game out for an important victory.
Full Time : Prestwick CFC 1-3 Valspar

Fixture: Prestwick CFC v Ayr Boswell Colts
Competition: Under 13's WOSYF League
Date: 21/03/15
This was a good, competitive game playing and refereed in a positive manner.  
The first 20 minutes were evenly matched with both team playing well and creating chances, Ayr Boswell took the lead with a scrappy goal knocked over the line by an alert Daniel Mckenzie.  
Ayr Boswell were awarded a penalty 2 minutes later when joe grieve was fouled when running in on goal. The penalty was tucked away well by Cameron McIntyre. Prestwick  had a few chances before the break coming from corners but the half ended 2-0 to Ayr Boswell Colts. 
The second half started the way the first half did with both teams playing well and creating chances. 
Prestwick got a goal back half way through the second half after the ref penalised Ewan Courtney for the ball hitting his hand in the box. The penalty was very well taken by Prestwick and it was game on.  
Ayr Boswell responded well after the Prestwick goal and pushed to regain their 2 goal lead, which they got 2 minutes later when Cailum Donnelly smashed the ball into the next from 6 yards after.  
Harry Findlay, the Boswell goal keeper, had a few good saves in the match and saved superbly from a well struck Prestwick free kick to keep the score at 3-1. 
The game finished 3-1 to Ayr Boswell Colts, it was an excellent game played well by 2 good teams. 
Full Time : Prestwick CFC 1-3 Ayr Boswell Colts
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 11:36

Glenburn sitting pretty after win over Glenafton

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Fixture: Glenafton v Glenburn MW
Competition: Under 15's WOSYFL "B" League
Date: 14/03/15
It was perfect conditions for this league encounter between top v bottom.
Glenafton pressed early with some neat one-two's but to no avail. Glenburn slowly crepted into the game and after 13 mins a searching run and cross by Blair McMeechan was knocked back into the path of Louis McGuire who unleashed a piledriver into the top corner to put Glenburn 1-0 up. 
Swanston and McMeechan continued to torment the Afton back 4, and Kyle Swanston should've put Welfare 2/0 up but he narrowly put a chance sliding past.
Half Time : Glenafton 0-1 Glenburn MW
It was the same story in the second half with Glenburn having alot of possession but not being clinical enough in front of goal.
On the 55th minute mark, a delightful through ball from debutant Lewis Grant was cooly finished by Blair McMeechan, 2-0.
And 7 minutes later a quick throw in from Griffin to top scorer Andy Martin, who beat 2 men and slotted into the bottom corner, 3-0.
Glenafton were neat and tidy in the passing at times and had a couple of half chances but just couldn't finish.
A comfortable win for Glenburn as they maintain there top spot in the league.
Full Time : Glenafton 0-3 Glenburn MW

Fixture: Caledonian Youth v Caledonian United
Competition: U15's CAYFA League Cup
Date: 15/03/15
Well this was the much anticipated match of the competition so far, with these two sides both very much involved in the title challenge also this season it would prove to be another spectacle for South West football, most of which has gone un noticed so far. 
From the 1st whistle the referee stamped his authority in what had the potential to be a real powder keg scrap with these two stable mates, whilst these two sides share the same facilities that's where the loyalties stopped as the boys left the dressing rooms. 
In the early exchanges both sides cautiously scoped each other out, however it would be the away side who would draw first blood and very much set the tone for their intent. 
A clever through ball by the maestro Boyle dropped right in behind the high Caley youth back line, this forced the keeper out his comfort zone to clear however as he done so he took the ball and the risk of up ending Caley Uniteds influential Striker Mitchell Ewing, the result Ewing left on the deck with the keeper 20 yards of his line, as the ball cleared it fell to the feet of El maestro Boyle who neatly played the ball into the empty net from 30 yards out. 
The tone was set, although Youth did test United's number 1 Louis McIntosh with a free kick that hit the bar shortly after, with the woodwork denying them to get level United were straight on the front foot again, with United piling the pressure on it was goal number two Ryan Strain collected the ball 12yards out and spun majestically to fire the ball low and hard into the keepers far right hand corner before the keeper even had a chance to react. 
As the United back line stood firm, Caley Youth were continually denied entry by the impressive United rearguard, from the leadership of Cotton to the attacking runs from Harry Mitchell at left full back, they were immense, although special mention to Jacob Grant and Fraser Patterson who done the ugly work exceptionally well. 
Half Time: Caledonian Youth 0-2 Caledonian United  
The second half started much like the first with Uniteds number 9 Ewing tucking away a rebound from a well executed free kick from Boyle, with the keeper initially making an excellent save he could only parry it to the feet of Ewing 3-0 United, a familiar scoreline from an earlier league encounter between these two sides, so there was to be no complacency as that match finished 3-3. 
Caledonian Youth were forced to change tactics and quickly adopted 3 at the back as they tried to get themselves forward and into the game, however it was United who struck again courtesy of a lovely reversed pass from Strain who picked out Ewing who looked up and laid it on a plate for the impressive Boyle who cooly slotted home the 4th and his second. 
Youth eventually pulled back a consolation goal however this tie was never in doubt. 
With the game generally played in a good competitive spirit it was tarnished by the unsavoury stamp by Youths number 8 who not only fouled Uniteds tenacious midfielder Kyle McDiarmid he deliberately stamped on his arm whilst floored from the initial challenge, this left the ref with no option to send him packing subsequently leaving his team mates with an impossible up hill battle. 
As the game came to the closing stages there were few more chances of note, however the shift was done in the first 1hr making sure United would be lining up v the finalists in wait Irvine Meadow. 
A terrific showpiece between two of the leagues finest, however it was United who deserved their victory today, well done lads from front to back you dug deep and your abilities shown through with football being the real winner here today. 
Full Tiome: Caledonian Youth 1-4 Caledonian United
Thursday, 12 March 2015 15:46

Valspar clinch semi final place on penalties

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Fixture: Valspar v Kilwinning
Competition: Presidents Cup Quarter Final
The U19’s Presidents Cup Quarter Final should have been a routine affair for league challengers Kilwinning Rangers against struggling Valspar. More so after the two met in December to contest another Quarter Final, with Kilwinning running out comfortable 4 – 1 winners. 
On Sunday, with the Valspar team down to 9 men after 70 minutes, this game should have only gone one way. The ‘romance of the cup’ means that the great stories are when “should have” is ignored by the wee teams and “could”, “would” and “will” galvanise teams and become “did!”
Glen McKnight and Calum Nairn, both 20 years old, recently took over the reins at Valspar after the previous coaches had left due to work commitments. 
It was a chance to cut their teeth with a team of willing players who had not yet gelled. With 7 losses and 1 win out of their first 8 games, expectations could best be described as low. 2 wins and a draw from the previous 3 games suggest that the team was reacting well to the new coaching partnership.
The game started with Valspar aided by a strong wind at their back. The teams were fairly evenly matched until a poor clear out by the Kilwinning goalie saw the ball fall to Valspars Corey Hay, and with the net unguarded he scored to put the home team 1 – 0 up. 
Later in the half Valspars, Steven Clark overhead kick landed at the feet of Decci Dunlop who scored, however the referee ruled it offside and the half ended 1 – 0 to Valspar. 
Half Time: Valspar 1-0 Kilwinning
The second half saw Kilwinning making a number of changes.
Valspar were comfortably dealing with the threats until a ball down the Kilwinning left saw Valspars Dean Galloway bring down the Kilwinning substitute on the edge of the box. The referee awarded them a penalty and sent Galloway sent off. Kilwinning’s Patrick Hamill calmly slotted home the penalty to level the game, 1 – 1.
Down to 10 men and with a further 35 minutes to go, it seemed unlikely that Valspar should have expected anything from the game.
The task got even harder after 60 minutes when Valspars were reduced to nine men. In spite of this, both teams still had chances and normal time ended with the game still 1 – 1.
Yet again Howie was pushed forward. The Valspar team went straight up the park and the excellent Howie put the ball through to Dunlop who, through one on one with the keeper, calmly slotted the ball home with the last kick of the ball to force extra time. 
Full Time: Valspar 1-1 Kilwinning
A herculean effort by the nine remaining players saw the first period of extra time negotiated with no further score and an unlikely penalty shoot-out was only 15 minutes away.
Kilwinning clearly had much of the pressure, however the deadlock was broken when Valspars Steven Clark hesitated in the box and eventually poked over a soft own goal to gift Kilwinning a 2 – 1 lead. 
With the likelihood of the floodgates opening, the young Valspar coaches made the decision to push the excellent Ben Howie from centre half to attack. It was all or nothing and the team responded.
Stewart Millarvie raced down the left wing and sent over a cross that fell to Ben Howie at the edge of the box. The right footed Howie confidently met the ball on the volley with his left foot to drive a stunning shot past the Kilwinning goalie. 
Maybe not miraculous but certainly unlikely, Valspar were 8 minutes from penalties and Howie was back in defence mopping up everything that came near him.
The game was surely over in the final minute of added time when a great cross was met by Grant Fordbes, and they went 3 – 2 with surely no time left. 
Yet again Howie was pushed forward. The Valspar team went straight up the park and the excellent Howie put the ball through to Dunlop who, through one on one with the keeper, calmly slotted the ball home with the last kick of the ball.
Full Time in Extra Time: Valspar 3-3 Kilwinning
The giant Valspar goalie, Peter Hilderley, stepped up to the mark, determined to do his bit for the cause. The big stopper saved the first two Kilwinning penalties whilst Valspar scored theirs.
The next two penalties were missed and Hilderley faced the 4th Kilwinning penalty with the fate of the cup in his hands.
A great penalty to the bottom right looked certain to hit the back of the net until Hilderley unbelievably managed to push the ball above the bar to take the Valspar team into the most unlikely of semi-finals.
Full Time: Valspar 3-3 Kilwinning (Valspar win on penalties)
Tuesday, 10 March 2015 13:49

Largs shoot three past Stewarton

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Fixture: Largs Colts v Stewarton Annick
Competition: Under 13's William Tracey Challenge Cup
Date: 08/03/15
Largs Colts 2002’s welcomed Stewarton for the first game in the William Tracey Challenge Cup. Colts have drawn the runaway top two in the league in their section, alongside Stewarton, and with only the winners advancing the local boys were out to put three points on the board.
For the first time this season Colts were without Captain Robbie Coupar due to injury with Dylan Smith picking up the armband. Colts lined up in a now familiar 3-5-2 with Irwin in goal and a back three of Barbour, Weir and Smith. The central midfield three of MacNeil, Wilson and Smith were supported wide by J.Coupar and McTaggart. Leading the line were the highly effective Brown and Dalglish. On the bench Colts had Florence, Kavak and Duddy.
Colts started with the wind and were positive from the outset. Within a minute McTaggart tried to play in Dalglish though the keeper was quick off his line to collect. Weir then tried the same though the wind carried the ball through again to the Stewarton keeper.
Largs were camped in the top third of the pitch and a corner from McTaggart found the head of Wilson though was cleared. Colts were awarded a free kick about 30 yards out which is MacNeil territory. The powerful midfielder struck it well and the keeper couldn’t quite hold it, 1-0 to Largs. 
Stewarton are a big strong side and pressed Largs defence though with Weir holding firm with his pace and strength to snuff out the counter. 
On 8 minutes Wilson went through and was fouled inside the box though not spotted by the referee.  At this time Colts had all the pressure and both McTaggart and Brown had efforts just wide of the upright.  
Wilson also tried his luck though again failed to extend the lead. However on 14 minutes Largs doubled their lead. A free kick 35 yards from goal was delivered into the box to meet the head of Brown who directed a header from 12 yards into the left corner of the goal for a superb effort.  
Just two minutes later Dalglish did well on the left and Brown had a simple task of putting the ball home from just under the bar. 
Dalglish and Brown are forming a strong partnership up front and Colts can cause teams problems with their movement, strength and pace. J.Coupar then picked the ball up from deep and made an excellent run before being fouled inside the Stewarton half. 
Stewarton were not out of the game and again the defensive line of Loudon, Weir and Barbour, ably supported by keeper Irwin kept the scoreline blank. It didn’t look that would happen on 29 minutes but for an excellent challenge by Weir inside the box to deny the Stewarton striker.
Largs started the second half positively and almost extended the lead within a minute. Efforts from Brown, Dalglish and MacNeil were blocked. 
On 39 minutes Dalglish played in Brown who couldn’t quite get his shot away.
Stewarton were playing and competing more all over the pitch and Colts had to dig deep to keep the chances to a minimum. When the ball was played through both the keeper and defensive three coped very well with the conditions and opposition. 
 Dalglish and Brown were working well again creating further goal scoring opportunities for each other. In midfield Wilson, MacNeil and Smith were all working exceptionally hard and winning their share of possession for the team. 
Florence replaced Loudon to get some game time and just a minute later Brown looked to be taken down round the neck, though the ref’s whistle seemed to have lost its pea! Largs made two further changes with Kavak and Duddy replacing J.Coupar and Brown. 
Weir was then fouled and had to temporarily leave the field with a hip injury and although returning a minute later the coaching staff hope it is nothing major for one of Colts top players.  
As the game headed to a close Smith was booked for a mistimed challenge resulting in a Stewarton free kick, which was cleared by Colts who made it two clean sheets in three games. 
This was an top team performance with keeper Irwin excellent throughout. The back three of Loudon, Weir and Barbour are gelling well and given that Colts had only had three clean sheets this season with two in last three weeks it is working well. The central midfielder's had to work hard throughout and did so fantastically well through MacNeil, Smith and Wilson. Out wide both McTaggart and J.Coupar provided the required width and link play which was excellent at times and up front Dalglish and Brown combined to effect to create and score chances. All three subs of Florence, Kavak and Duddy contributed well for an excellent three points. 
Man of the Match could have gone to half a dozen players though goes to Wilson for some excellent play in the centre to counter the strength of a good Stewarton side.
Colts move on to play league leaders TASS in the William Tracey Challenge Cup away next week and will be looking for a positive result to keep their chances alive of progressing. A word for the opposition who are a good footballing side and competed well, especially in the second half.
Full Time : Largs Colts 3-0 Stewarton Annick