Auchinleck Talbot v Luncarty



Talbot breezed past Luncarty to make it through to the last 8 of the Scottish cup; one of three Ayrshire sides in the quarter-finals.
Right from the off it was Talbot who dominated proceedings. The 1st effort at goal coming in the 3rd minute when Shankland laid the ball off for McCracken & he rocketed a powerful shot on target that flew straight at Bruce.
Soon after, the home defence were tested again when Pope fired a dangerous cross into the near post, with D Kelly clearing under pressure from G Wilson.
For all Talbot’s territorial dominance Luncarty were proving to be difficult to break down with eleven men behind the ball anytime Talbot ventured over the halfway line.
The 1st caution of the match came in the 19th minute when Talbot’s Harvey was penalised for a late tackle.
Talbot ought to have taken the lead in the 24th minute. Lyle released Young down the right & Hyslop met his cross inside the near post but glanced a free header wide of the far post.
The Bot’s next effort at goal came from Lyle. Young slipped the ball to him inside the area & he turned before firing a left foot shot straight at Bruce from 15 yards.
With half an hour gone a 2nd Talbot player found himself in the ref’s notebook when Shankland was cautioned for dissent & a few minutes later S Wilson added to the crime count when booked for a shirt tug.
Talbot won a free kick in a promising area when McCracken was up ended just outside the box. Shankland took the set piece but suffice to say it wasn’t his finest effort as he floated a tame effort over the wall that Bruce easily saved.
The opening goal came in the 35th minute. Shankland whipped a great ball over from the left that G Wilson fired on target, forcing a fine instinctive save from Bruce. The ball came back out to Wilson who laid it back to YOUNG & he slotted it away into the bottom corner.
Three minutes later Talbot came close to adding a second goal. Pope lifted a tremendous diagonal ball over the defence which Hyslop threw himself at but he just failed to connect.
The game continued to be one-way traffic but for all their possession Talbot couldn’t find a way through & went in at half-time with a slender 1-0 lead.
Talbot started the 2nd half strongly & threatened within a minute. Young held the ball up before finding Pope on the left & his 1st time ball into the centre broke off G Wilson & fell kindly for the keeper.
Luncarty hadn’t offered any threat but they did put together a nice move in the 50th minute, although it was let down by the final effort as McAllister ballooned his shot over the bar.
A minute later Dobie became the 1st Luncarty player cautioned when he was penalised for a body check on Hyslop.
It should’ve been game over in the 56th minute. G Wilson played a good ball out left to find Young in space. Shankland met his cross in the centre but managed to glance his header wide when it looked easier to hit the target.
Luncarty’s Reid now had his name taken for a late challenge on S Wilson.
The crucial 2nd goal arrived in the 58th minute. McCracken fed the ball through to G WILSON on the right side of the area & he drilled a low shot into the opposite corner to put Talbot 2-0 ahead.
Luncarty reacted to this with a double substitution with Walker & Whytock making way for Gray & McLaren.
Talbot came close again in the 62nd minute. Young touched a free kick off to the side for Pope to hit & his shot flew just over the bar from 30 yards.
Talbot’s 3rd goal arrived in the 65th minute & had more than a touch of fortune about it. McCracken fired a shot from the edge of the area that took a major deflection off WALKER before spinning in under the bar for an own goal.
With the tie safely won Tucker made a triple substitution after 74 mins with Young, Shankland & Steven Wilson being replaced by White, Stevenson & Pooler.
Bruce prevented Talbot from adding to their lead in the 78th minute. Pooler cut into the area & pulled the ball back for Wilson. He was challenged but the ball came out to Lyle & his effort was flying into the roof of the net til Bruce tipped it over the bar.
The final goal came in the 81st minute. Pooler flicked the ball into the path of Stevenson who sped through the centre before releasing it to his left to find G WILSON. He carried on into the box before drilling a low shot across the keeper to make it 4-0.
Luncarty’s keeper had picked up a knock & after a short delay was replaced Stewart.
Talbot twice came close to adding to their tally in the closing stages. Firstly, White hit a daisy cutter from 20 yards that flew just past the right post & then Stevenson latched onto a weak headed clearance before firing a shot just over the bar.
This was a comfortable win for Talbot who dominated from first to last to send the fans home happy. Next for Talbot is a sterner challenge as they head up to Bellsdale to face Beith in the league.

Talbot – Leishman, Lyle, Pope, Harvey, McGoldrick, McCracken, Young, Hyslop, G Wilson, Shankland, S Wilson

Subs – Stevenson, Pooler, White, Latta, Boyle

Luncarty – Bruce, D Kelly, Dobie, McAllister, Dolzanski, Gordon, Walker, Reid, Whytock, Doig, Montgomery

Subs – Stewart, Nicol, McLaren, G Kelly, Gray

Auchinleck Talbot’s mascot for the day, Leighton McBlain, stand’s proudly with both captains and the match official.
Talbot open the scoring, as ‘Butch’ finds a path through a congested Luncarty box and fires the ball into the back of the net. 1-0.
Luncarty ‘keeper, Duncan Bruce, lies down deflated after not being able to prevent Talbot from opening the scoring.
Graham Wilson races into the box and bears down on the ‘keeper and…
…smashes the ball home to put Talbot two ahead. 2-0.
The face of a player that just LOVES scoring for Talbot!
From outside the box, McCracken’s strike takes a huge deflection, loops over everybody and dips into the back of the net. 3-0.
A celebratory smile from McCracken after his ‘wonder’ strike.
‘G’ races down the wing, enters the Luncarty box and…
…rounds off the scoring by slotting the ball into the back of the net. 4-0.
Shankland finds space in the box for a free header but fails to find the net.
And from this other angle, we see just what a good chance this was for Talbot.
‘Pee-wee’ manages to head the ball over the Luncarty ‘keeper but unfortunately, sends the ball wide of the far post.
Hyslop’s face shows just how close he came to scoring.
The orders get roared out by Duncan Bruce.
Ross Harvey looks on, as Stephen White stands his ground to try and retain possession.
McGoldrick wins this aerial battle for Talbot.
Graham Wilson tries to win back the ball from Luncarty.
‘Whitey’ goes on a beautiful ‘mazey’ run, as he skips past the Luncarty players.
Talbot captain, Wullie Lyle, races up the wing and gets an attack motoring.
As a healthy crowd watch the action unfold, Mark Shankland, fires a free-kick towards goal. Photographs by Paul Flynn.




Date Time Competition Season
February 18, 2017 14:15 SCOTTISH JUNIOR CUP 2016/17


Team1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Auchinleck Talbot134

Auchinleck Talbot

# Player Position Goals Assists YC RC
10Mark Shankland 15Forward0010
9Graham WilsonForward2100
1Andrew LeishmanGoalkeeper0000
6Craig McCrackenDefender1100
 Total 3210


Position Goals Assists YC RC


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

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