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Recap

Man of the moment, Steven White, gets clapped out by both teams and officials, as he gets set to play in his testimonial match against Kilmarnock FC.

Beechwood park was looking at its best, basking in the July sunshine, as Talbot hosted Kilmarnock for Steven White’s testimonial.
The home fans had cause to cheer in the 5th minute when Talbot took the lead. Hyslop slid a pass into the heart of the penalty area where Talbot’s trialist, KEMP, coolly passed the ball beyond McKay to put Talbot ahead.

Talbot open the scoring through a trialist, as he manages to find space inside the Killie box and…

The visitors had an opportunity for an immediate riposte when Harvey & Pettigrew collided whilst attempting to clear. The ball fell kindly for Samizadeh on the right but he scuffed a weak shot wide of target.

…slots the ball into the bottom left-hand corner of the net. 1-0.

Kilmarnock ought to have equalised in the 11th minute. Cameron nicked in to steal the ball from Pettigrew & carried in on goal but was thwarted by Leishman who sped quickly off his line & spread himself to make the block.

With the game nearing half-time, Kilmarnock manage to find an equaliser via a stunning long range effort which smashes into the top right-hand corner. 1-1.

Talbot very nearly doubled their lead in the 17th minute from a set piece. G Wilson met Shankland’s corner & thumped a header off the underside of the bar. It bounced out to Pettigrew who steered a header on target which Queen cleared off the line.

The Killie players celebrate their equaliser.

A more direct route nearly paid off for Talbot in the 23rd minute. Leishman lofted the ball down the centre where G Wilson won it in the air. His head flick found Shankland racing down the right side of the box & he flashed a shot across goal from a tight angle.

From just outside the box, ‘G’ tries his luck from distance.

Talbot’s next chance came just after the half hour. Shankland met a shy from the right & laid it back to G Wilson who drilled a shot over the crossbar.

Craig Pettigrew gets stuck in, as he returns to Auchinleck Talbot FC.

A swift Killie counter-attack almost resulted in a leveller in the 36th minute. Graham squared the ball inside to Samizadeh who wheeled round before firing just over the bar.
The next chance came Talbot’s way when G Wilson guided a header into the path of Shankland. He held off his marker, but under pressure he could only stab his shot wide of the right post.
In the 41st minute Kilmarnock made the game’s 1st change when they replaced McKay with McDonald in nets.

Stephen Wilson shows where he wants the ball to be played.

It looked like Talbot were heading in ahead at the interval but Killie produced an outstanding goal in the dying seconds of the half to draw level. SPENCER gathered the ball 25 yards out & hammered a peach of a shot past Leishman to make it 1-1.
Tucker rang the changes at the interval, with Talbot making multiple changes. Off went Shankland, S Wilson, G Wilson, Pettigrew, Hyslop & Harvey & on came Pooler, Glasgow, McIlroy, Thomson, McPherson & Whyte.

Another Talbot returnee, Kyle Faulds, fires the ball back down the park.

White nearly rained on his own parade when a short back pass gifted a chance to Samizadeh but Leishman reacted swiftly to make the save.

Talbot new signing Jamie Glasgow.

Down the other end Armstrong found McIlroy inside the area. He dinked it across goal where Glasgow headed off target at the back post.
Glasgow then pounced on McClevy’s defensive error, gathering the ball out by the right corner flag when Killie’s full-back had assumed the ball was running out of play. He drove into the area & cut it back where Thomson fired over the bar from 16 yards.

This Killie player tries to get his point across.

Talbot nearly unlocked the Killie defence in the 63rd minute. Thomson won the ball 30 yards out & fed it to McIlroy who played it back into the path of Thomson as he charged into the area; however McDonald had read the danger & came quickly off his line to smother the ball at the feet of Thomson.
Killie now made a double substitution with Hawkshaw & Samizadeh making way for Lyle & Mouanda.

Although it was from close range, this Kilmarnock shot manages to sail over the bar.

Pooler set up Talbot’s next chance when he squared the ball inside to McIlroy. He looked set to score but was challenged by Mouanda as he went to hit it & his shot trundled through tamely to the keeper.
With quarter of an hour remaining White left the field to a ringing ovation from both sets of fans to be replaced by Lyle.

Talbot new signing Jamie Glasgow.

Kilmarnock were also forced into another change when the impressive Graham pulled up injured & hobbled off to be replaced by Scally.
Talbot finished the game strongly, dominating the last ten minutes & threatening a goal on a number of occasions.
In the 83rd minute Glasgow saw his free kick from 25 yards come back off the bar with the keeper beaten.

As the action unfolds in front of them, the Killie bench try to flag up a problem.

Four minutes later Talbot again won a free kick within shooting distance when Mouanda tripped Glasgow as he raced forward. This time rather than going for goal Glasgow slid a pass out wide of the wall to find Faulds racing down the right. He hammered it low across the 6-yard area but no one could get a touch.

A familiar face to the black ‘n’ gold army, as Sean McIlroy plays a part in the game.

In the final minute Talbot had a golden chance to win it. McIlroy held the ball up well under pressure inside the box before laying it inside to Pooler. He could’ve gone for goal himself but instead squared it across to the unmarked Glasgow who scooped it over the bar from 12 yards with the keeper stranded.
In the end, it finished honours even, with the Talbot fans happy to pay tribute to a great servant & given grounds for encouragement with a good team performance.

Talbot – Leishman, Armstrong, Harvey, Pettigrew, White, S Wilson, Faulds, Hyslop, G Wilson, Shankland, Kemp

Subs – Pooler, McIlroy, Glasgow, McPherson, Whyte, Thomson, Lyle

Kilmarnock – McKay, Queen, McClevy, Dempsie, Wilson, Spencer, Graham, Hawkshaw, Cameron, Samizadeh, Jefferies

Subs – Lyle, Barr, Mouanda, McLaughlin, Scally, McCracken, McDonald

Neil McPherson gets his defence lined up for Talbot.

Klark Thompson unleashes a shot at goal from outside the box.

The Kilmarnock ‘keeper bravely makes a save at the feet of Thompson.

In a crowded Killie box, McIlroy tries his best to muscle his way through.

From near the penalty spot, Sean McIlroy fires a shot at goal.

Another trailist plays his part in the game for Talbot.

Glasgow gets fouled just outside the box.

The Kilmarnock players get their defensive wall set up.

A late chance for Talbot but Jamie can’t squeeze the ball past the ‘keeper at his near post.

A head in hand moment when another chance goes a-begging.

A fine collection of Auchinleck men enjoy the sunshine soaked action on the pitch. Photographs by Paul Flynn.

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Details

Date Time Season
July 16, 2017 2:00 pm 2017/18

Auchinleck Talbot

Position Goals Assists YC RC
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Kilmarnock FC

Position Goals Assists YC RC
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Goals
0
0
Assists
0
0
YC
0
0
RC
0
0

Venue

Beechwood Park
8 Beechwood Ave, Auchinleck, Cumnock, East Ayrshire KA18 2AP, UK