Auchinleck Talbot v Benburb



Healy both clears the danger and starts another Talbot attack.


GOAL!!! Talbot open the scoring, as ‘Gee’ finds himself in acres of space inside the box and calmly slots the ball home. 1-0.


Graham wheels away with celebratory clenched fists, while Benburb can only bury their heads in their hands.


I think ‘Shankers’ is quite happy with the opening goal.


Gareth Armstrong gets his head to the ball and sends it back up the park.


While trying to win the ball, Boylan is deemed to have fouled his opponent.


Mark takes a sore one while still keeping the Talbot attack motoring.


The animated Benburb manager lets his feelings known during the game.


IT’S TWO!!! Talbot double their lead, as the Benburb ‘keeper fumbles the ball during a challenge and the ball falls very kindly at the feet of Graham, who pokes the ball home. 2-0.


It wasn’t just ‘Gee’ that got a lift after scoring his and Talbot’s second goal.


Boylan finds the way through blocked, as he gets double teamed.


I think the linesman is looking for the pass here.


THREE-SY FOR TALBOT!!! Three for Talbot and Graham Wilson, as he gets onto the end of Shankland’s corner and smashes the ball home past the ‘keeper. 3-0.


No wonder Graham is all smiles after netting a hat-trick.


Benburb vent their anger after giving away a free-kick.


Kieran Healy proves he’s always got Talbot’s back, as he uses his own to block this Benburb long range effort.


Although under pressure, Aiden Wilson still manages to offload the pass.


Will one McCracken watches, the other McCracken has a crack at clearing the danger.


WHAT-A-CHANCE!!! Mark sends a powerful header towards goal and although everybody was waiting to see the net bulge, the ball didn’t make it home.


Although ‘Gee’s’ header finds the back of the net, the linesman flags him for being offside.


Healy shows great control while racing down the park.


The Talbot bench watch from afar, as ‘Shankers’ races into the box.


Talbot show they are a ‘fourth’ to be reckoned with, as young Mason smashes the ball home from the edge of the box. 4-0.


Aaron gets congratulated by his team-mates after netting Talbot’s fourth.


WHAT-A-SAVE!!! The Benburb ‘keeper goes into full ‘Superman mode’, as he pulls off a great save to stop McDowell from scoring.


Samson ponders what could have been, as he rues a missed opportunity.


It’s a five star performance from Talbot and ‘Gee’, as he heads home the fifth and final goal of the game late on. 5-0.


Hands up who scored four goals today? I think we all know Graham.



Talbot romped to a comfortable win over Benburb at Beechwood with the visitors barely able to muster a threat all afternoon.

The Bot were a little slow to get warmed up but took the lead with a training ground move in the 10th minute. Shankland switched the ball out right to find Boylan wide and he paced up the wing before pulling it back to GRAHAM WILSON who ran onto it to pass it into the net.

Benburb tried for an early response and they forced a corner in the 13th minute when Dawson’s shot from 20 yards was deflected wide off McPherson’s head. When the corner came over Docherty got his head to it but couldn’t generate the power to trouble Leishman.

The next goal threat came in the 18th minute. Shankland was bundled over 22 yards out and Talbot took the free kick quickly catching the Bens defence napping. It was shoved through to Glasgow on the right of the area and he flashed a shot across goal that McLean touched wide.

In the 28th minute Talbot doubled their lead with the visiting defence posted missing. A free kick was worked out to Glasgow in space on the right and he had the time to float a cross beyond the back post where Craig McCracken rose unchallenged to nod it back across goal for GRAHAM WILSON to tap home from close range.

It was all over bar the shouting in the 34th minute when Talbot moved three goals clear. Shankland won a corner down the left that he took quickly – pulling it back to find GRAHAM WILSON rushing to meet it and he thumped a shot into the roof of the net to complete his hat-trick.

Talbot were now on easy street and Benburb were unable to offer any real threat to the Talbot defence with McPherson and McCracken in the centre winning all the battles.

On the stroke of halftime Talbot came close to extending their lead. Healy sent a good pass up the left to release Boylan and he swept a cross over that looked destined to be headed home by Shankland in front of goal but Rough did well to stretch & nick the ball away.

The 2nd half had barely started when Talbot threatened a 4th goal. Shankland sent a great diagonal pass from midway inside his own half to find Boylan racing clear on the left of the area but McLean did well to block his low drive.

In the 53rd minute the visiting keeper produced a top class save to deny Shankland. When Boylan whipped a cross in from the right Shankland looked a certainty to score but McLean acrobatically leapt to his left to touch Shankland’s header wide of the left post.

Benburb made a change in the 56th minute when Dawson made way for McTaggart and a few minutes later Tucker made a double switch with Shankland & Boylan leaving the field to be replaced by Samson & Mason.

Talbot moved 4-0 ahead in the 63rd minute. Mason picked out Graham Wilson on the left and he returned the ball back inside to AARON MASON who placed a good finish beyond McLean and inside his left post.

Benburb made their 2nd change in the 68th minute with Jarvie replacing Aitken and with 72 mins gone Talbot made their final change when McDowall came on for Glasgow and Benburb also completed their changes with Ocholi on for Duncanson.

With 8 minutes remaining Robbie McCracken’s ball down the line found McDowall & he cut into the penalty area but was well-tackled before he could get his shot away; resulting in a Talbot corner. When Mason’s corner came in McDowall met it only to see McLean dive to his left to claw his header away.

There was nothing the Bens keeper could do though to prevent Talbot from grabbing their 5th of the afternoon in the 83rd minute. Mason burst into the area & tried to dribble his way through to goal but the defence managed to crowd him out and put it behind for a corner. When the corner came over GRAHAM WILSON ghosted onto it for a free header to grab his 4th goal of the game.

Talbot kept pushing but Benburb managed to hold out without conceding any further goals as Talbot eased to a win that won’t have done the goal difference any harm.

Next week – weather permitting – Talbot are back on the road and back in cup action as they travel through to Cumbernauld to face Rob Roy in the West of Scotland cup.

Auchinleck Talbot – Leishman, Robbie McCracken, Aiden Wilson, McPherson, Craig McCracken, Healy, Armstrong, Graham Wilson, Boylan, Glasgow, Shankland

Subs – Samson, Mason, Hyslop, Lyle, McDowall, Hewitt

Benburb – McLean, O’Hear, Leadbetter, Rough, Docherty, Dawson, Duncanson, McCrone, McDonald, Livingston, Aitken

Subs – Jarvie, Ocholi, McTaggart, McKenzie, McFarlane



Date Time Competition Season
December 4, 2021 14:00 PDM BUILDBASE WOSL PREMIER 2021/22


Team1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Auchinleck Talbot325
Benburb FC000

Auchinleck Talbot

# Player Position Goals Assists YC RC
9Bryan Boylan 12Forward0100
6Kieran HealyMidfielder0000
7Gareth ArmstrongDefender0000
3Aiden WilsonDefender0000
8Graham WilsonForward4000
12Keir Samson 9Forward0000
10Mark Shankland 14Forward0100
1Andrew LeishmanGoalkeeper0000
14Aaron Mason 10Midfielder1100
4Neill McPhersonDefender0000
5Craig McCrackenDefender0100
 Total 5400

Benburb FC

Position Goals Assists YC RC


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


Kevin Graham

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