Auchinleck Talbot v West Calder United




Talbot made a number of changes to their starting line-up but still ran out comfortable winners in this South Challenge cup tie.

The first chance of the afternoon came in the 5th minute when Samson’s cross from the right was met beyond the back post by Hyslop who steered a half-volley over the bar.

Ten minutes in and the referee produced the first card of the afternoon when cautioned Baird for a late challenge on Hyslop.

A minute later Talbot had the first effort on target. Craig McCracken’s long pass found Samson on the left & he controlled it before turning his man & drilling a shot at goal from 20 yards that flew straight at McDougall.

The Bot took the lead in the 14th minute & it was a cracking goal. Hyslop found Robbie McCracken in space down the right & he carried it forward before feeding it on to Glasgow. He rolled the ball back into the path of JACK MCDOWALL who hammered a right foot drive inside the right post with the keeper spectating.

In the 22nd minute Talbot opened up the visiting defence when Wilson found Samson on the left and his ball across the face of goal fell just behind Glasgow as he raced in to tap it home.

Shanks became the 2nd West Calder player in the book when he was cautioned for dissent after 28 minutes.

Talbot appeared on easy street but a defensive fubar gifted West Calder an unlikely equaliser in the 31st minute. A high crossfield ball from the right saw ROBBIE MCCRACKEN try to head it back but with Leishman stranded off his line the header sailed inside the right post to level the score.

Two minutes later only a great stop from Leishman prevented West Calder from taking the lead. A ball in from the right found Shanks inside the area & he turned smartly before firing a shot which Leishman stretched low to his left to turn round the post.

After this wobble Talbot were back on the attack and the lead was restored in the 36th minute. Boyd retrieved an over-hit cross and teed it up for Aiden Wilson. His low drive was blocked by McDougall but KIER SAMSON was on hand to lash the rebound into the roof of the net to put Talbot 2-1 ahead.

Two minutes later Talbot added a third. AARON MASON met a ball in from the left to steer it into the far corner to make it 3-1.

Three minutes before the interval Talbot came within a whisker of grabbing their fourth. Mason got away on the right but pulled his shot across the face of goal. Boyd retrieved it on the far side & passed to Wilson whose ball across goal was met by Mason who struck it against the base of the right hand post. Talbot kept pressing but the visitors held out without conceding any further goals.

The 2nd half got off to a fairly slow start with neither side offering much of a threat. The first real opportunity came the way of West Calder in the 56th minute when Craig McCracken conceded a free kick just outside the penalty area resulting in a booking for Talbot’s centre-half. Shanks too it but his shot hit a Bot player and went behind for the corner.

Talbot then turned defence into attack as they broke away on the counter from the corner through Mason who was up-ended by Gillespie who was booked for his challenge. Mason took the resultant free kick and swept a good ball in from the right which McDowall headed just past the left post.

The game was over as a contest on the hour mark when Talbot got their fourth of the afternoon. WILLIE BOYD cut in off the left wing & passed it toward goal where it trundled past the keeper with the aid of a slight deflection off Livingstone.

Tucker now made a change with Shankland coming on for Glasgow.

In the 61st minute Talbot won a penalty and the visitors were reduced to ten men. Mason got free down the right & his ball across goal was blocked by the arm of Gillespie. He’d already been booked so made the short walk to the clubhouse after his 2nd yellow and AARON MASON gave the keeper no chance from the spot – burying his penalty inside the right post to make it 5-1 to Talbot.

Mason nearly had his hat-trick in the 65th minute. Boyd came in on off the left & curled over a right foot cross that Mason glanced off the left hand post.

Two minutes later Talbot did move further ahead. A deep cross found Craig McCracken beyond the far post and he headed it back across goal where KIER SAMSON ran onto it to nod home from close range.

The scoring was completed in the 69th minute. Shankland delivered an inch perfect cross from the left and DWAYNE HYSLOP guided a header back across goal and inside the right post to put Talbot 7-1 ahead.

In the 74th minute Talbot made their 2nd change with Healy on in midfield in place of Boyd.

Talbot had a chance soon after to extend their lead when Samson raced away on the right before laying it inside to Mason. He touched it on to McDowall whose shot flew across goal and wide of the right post.

With 10 minutes remaining Talbot made their final change with McDowall making way for White.

In the closing minutes Talbot came close on two occasions. Firstly, Shankland met Wilson’s cross only to see his header come back off the crossbar and a minute later a short corner from the right saw Robbie McCracken cross it into the centre where Healy directed a free header over the bar.

A convincing win for Talbot who will face a totally different challenge next Saturday when they host Hamilton Accies in the senior cup.

Auchinleck Talbot – Leishman, Robbie McCracken, Wilson, Armstrong, Craig McCracken, McDowall, Boyd, Hyslop, Samson, Mason, Glasgow

Subs – Boylan, Shankland, Healy, Lyle, White, Hewitt

West Calder United – McDougall, Gillespie, Wilson, Shanks, Taylor, Livingstone, Baird, Easton, Macauley, Fallon, Stevenson

Subs – Hay, Johnston, Kennedy, Miller, Wilkins


Dwayne Hyslop stands his ground and keeps hold of the ball.


West Calder win a free-kick but show their frustration, as they feel the referee could have played on.


The danger gets cleared, as ‘Pee-wee’ wins the aerial battle.


A fight for the ball just outside the West Calder box.


BREAKTHROUGH!!! Talbot open the scoring via a thunderbolt from Jack McDowell outside the box, which leaves the ‘keeper rooted to the spot. 1-0.


Samson gets stopped in his tracks, as he was racing in on goal.


Aaron Mason tries to get to the ball before it gets cleared by the defender.


Both benches closely watch the action, as Glasgow battles for possession.


CALDER PULL LEVEL!!! The ball hits the back of the net after a wayward header from Talbot. 1-1.


Care to tell us what was funny, Dwayne?


GOAL!!! Talbot regain the lead, as the ball falls kindly at the feet of Samson who smashes the ball home from close range. 2-1.


It’s ‘high fives’ for Talbot but devastation for the opposition.


Blink and you’ll miss it! Talbot make it three in double quick time, as Mason manages to loop the ball past the ‘keeper and into the back of the net. 3-1.


It sure feels good scoring for the ‘Bot…eh Aaron!


SO CLOSE!!! Aaron Mason finds space right in front of goal but he can only watch the ball hit the post instead.


Samson goes for the spectacular but is deemed to be offside.


Keir Samson gets stopped by a great tackle from the Calder defender.


McDowell releases the ball just in time.


TALBOT MAKE IT FOUR!!! Wullie Boyd finds the back of the net after seeing the ball take a deflection off the defender. 4-1.


Robbie McCracken is certainly all smiles after Boyd’s goal.


RED CARD!!! West Calder are reduced to ten men and Talbot are awarded a penalty, after a handball inside the box.


Captions on a postcard please folks!


SPOT ON FOR TALBOT!!! Aaron finds the back of the net, as he fires the ball home from the spot. 5-1.


Samson thinks what could have been after being flagged for offside.


Mason hits the woodwork again with this looping header.


Keir gets double teamed, as it takes two players to stop his run.


Craig McCracken pops up at the back post and heads the ball back across for…


…Samson to calmly nod the ball home into an empty net for Talbot’s sixth. 6-1.


The scoring is rounded off by ‘Pee-wee’ who heads the ball home from the six yard line. 7-1.


Aiden Wilson gets the ball taken off him via a great tackle.


The old maestro shows he’s still got it, as ‘Whitey’ has a dig at goal from distance.


WOODWORK AGAIN!!! Talbot hit the crossbar via a looping header from ‘Shankers’.


CLOSE!!! Healy goes agonisingly close to scoring but his header goes wide of the post.


Kieran Healy gets brought down, as he goes on a great run down the middle of the park.


These young Talbot fans were certainly left with smiles on their faces after seeing a good win for the boys in Black and Gold.




Date Time Competition Season
November 20, 2021 14:00 SOUTH REGION CHALLENGE CUP 2021/22


Team1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Auchinleck Talbot347
West Calder United101

Auchinleck Talbot

# Player Position Goals Assists YC RC
15Kieran Healy 7Midfielder0000
4Gareth ArmstrongDefender0000
3Aiden WilsonDefender0000
9Keir SamsonForward2100
17Steven White 6Midfielder0000
12Mark Shankland 11Forward0100
11Jamie Glasgow 12Midfielder0100
1Andrew LeishmanGoalkeeper0000
7Willie Boyd 15Midfielder1000
10Aaron MasonMidfielder2000
5Craig McCrackenDefender0110
 Total 5410

West Calder United

Position Goals Assists YC RC


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


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