Beith Juniors v Auchinleck Talbot



‘Gee’ sticks to his man in order to put him under pressure.


Unfortunately for McPherson, he has to exit the game very early through injury.


I’m doing the best I can Bryan…no need to shout.


Armstrong stays strong in this 50/50 challenge.


The crowd shelter from the elements, as Aiden Wilson looks to get another attack started.


Beith try to keep the attack going but Stafford does his best to win the ball back for Talbot.


BREAKTHROUGH FOR BEITH!!! Big Andy does his best to stop the narrow angled shot but he can’t prevent Beith from opening the scoring. 1-0.


Healy looks down, while Beith celebrate opening the scoring behind him.


BLINK AND YOU’LL MISS IT!!! Beith’s lead did not last long, as Samson finds a gap and fires a low shot into the back of the net. 1-1.


Keir wheels away to celebrate his goal.


The Talbot players continue to celebrate Samson’s goal, while ex-Talbot player ‘Butch’ looks on.


The crowd closely watch the action, as Boylan fires the ball down the park.


Glasgow is on the losing end of a hefty challenge.


Healy does his best to evade the challenge and continue his run.


CLOSE FOR TALBOT!!! Samson cleverly prods the ball past the ‘keeper but he can only watch the ball go agonisingly wide of the post.


He may have had to leave the game early due to injury but Big Neily still makes his presence known.


Boylan has a dig from distance but fails to find the back of the net.


Samson finds some space at the back post and fires a free header towards goal but…


…is only left feeling frustrated, as the ball, unfortunately hits the side netting.


Andy Leishman vents his anger after Beith go close to scoring.


SO SO CLOSE!!! Talbot go extremly close to taking the lead but they can only watch the ball smack off the crossbar.


GOOOOAAAALLLL!!! It’s two for Keir but more importantly it’s two for Talbot, as he heads home from very close range. 1-2.


Sheer delight for Talbot, as Samson races away to celebrate.


Boylan lets his feelings known to the officials.


Craig McCracken makes sure there is no way through for Beith and that Talbot see out a very important victory.


Folded seat…£6…B & M…Fire resistant…Best a gear!



A Keir Samson brace was enough to secure Talbot the points in this tough encounter which was ruined by a gale force wind which made the match totally farcical at times, but all credit to both sides for entertaining the four hundred plus crowd who were huddled into Bellsdale Park.

Tucker had elected to go with the starting line up that had faced Hearts the week previous, but as early as the tenth minute he was forced into a change when Neill McPherson limped off. Neill had been involved in a sore one two minutes earlier when he seemed to be caught as he cleared a ball down the pitch. He was replaced by Robbie McCracken who moved to right back as Chris Stafford moved into the middle of defence.

On 13 minutes with the wind at their backs and playing up the slope Beith had the first chance of the game when Fowler powered into the box and fired off a smart cross that Watt headed into the air where the wind blew the ball into the path of McLean but his outstretched leg failed to connect and the ball ended up in Leishman’s arms.

A minute later Watt tried a speculative shot from well out which was well wide while the busy Boylan showed his annoyance after being flagged offside with a clear run at goals on the cards.

Beith were putting the elements to good use and on the 18th minute Noble and McMahon capitalised on a Talbot clearance that had been caught up in the wind to set up Fowler who honed in on goals but his angled shot was turned around the post by the fingertips of Leishman in a save that was more spectacular due to the fact that the ball had taken a wicked bobble before he got to it.

The home side were dominating at this point and on the half hour mark a speculative wind assisted hoof up the pitch was gathered by Fowler who set up McMahon but he shot well past

Four minutes later Beith had the chance to open the scoring when Watt left a number of Talbot players in his wake but his pinpoint cross was headed narrowly over the bar by the unmarked Fowler.

It was no surprise when Beith took the lead on 41 minutes when Noble cleared a loose ball up the pitch, the ball seemed to pick up speed in the wind and that saw it fly past the Talbot back line into the path of Hepburn who set up Fowler and the striker slammed the ball into the net from about eight yards via the base of the post.

Beith’s celebrations were short lived as two minutes later Talbot were level due to a training ground move that must be one of the best goals so far this season. It started with Glasgow down the left who cut into the edge of the box before finding Armstrong he in turn fashioned a one two with Graham Wilson which Armstrong played to the feet of Boylan who’s deft touch left Samson unmarked who stroked the ball past Burgess.

Although being limited to very few chances due to the elements and some decent Beith defending Talbot fashioned two good moves before the interval when Glasgow and Grahan Wilson linked up but Wilson just couldn’t get the cross away and on the half time whistle Samson picked out Aiden Wilson but his cross was blocked.

The opening five minutes of the second half were frantic to say the least. Glasgow threw in a tantalising cross into the box but there were no takers while C. McCracken did well to block a Frize cross that was heading into the danger area.

Both sides were looking for chances as the game became more entertaining, Glasgow and McLean had shots blocked while a McGlinchy corner kick had alarm bells ringing in the Talbot defence but after an old fashioned stramash the ball was cleared.

In the 62nd minute Boylan looked to have put Talbot ahead when his 20 yard strike was heading to the bottom right of the net but Burgess pulled off a terrific one handed save.  From the resultant corner Glasgow found the head of Samson but the ball hit the side netting. The Talbot fans were less than pleased two minutes later when Boylan had the ball in the net but the referee had blown for an infringement seconds earlier.

Beith were quick to show they were still in this game when Frize made a superb run down the wing and his low cross into the box was clipped well over the bar by McLean. Moments later Fowler had a half chance but he shot tamely into the keeper’s arms. On the 72nd minute Frize was kicking himself after finding himself unmarked he headed a McGlinchy corner well over the bar.

After that period of pressure by the home side Talbot delivered the sucker punch on the 76th minute after Samson won a free kick on the right of the Beith box. Glasgow delivered a wicked ball that fell to C.McCracken whose touch saw the ball cannon off the bar before being cleared for a corner. Glasgow fired the resultant corner right to the back post where Samson rose above the Beith defense to head the ball into the net.

Glasgow was unlucky not to get himself on the scoresheet when he latched onto a loose ball due to an excellent Armstrong tackle, he then powered up the middle of the park before chipping the keeper from 30 yards but the ball just dipped over the bar.

The last chance of the game came when R.McCracken latched onto a loose ball after Noble half cleared a Boylan cross and the youngster tried his luck from 25 yards but the ball took a vicious swerve and went a few yards past the post. Talbot started to wind down the clock by introducing Mason for G. Wilson, and on the last minute Boyd replaced Glasgow who limped off after catching a stud on the back of his heel.

To summarise it was a hard won three points in difficult conditions against a decent Beith side. The injuries to McPherson and Glasgow we hope are superficial and they are up for selection next week. Robbie McCracken and Chris Stafford put in a great shift after the defensive switch around, while the whole team stuck to their tasks throughout the match.



Date Time Competition Season
January 29, 2022 13:30 PDM BUILDBASE WOSL PREMIER 2021/22


Team1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Beith Juniors101
Auchinleck Talbot112

Beith Juniors

Position Goals Assists YC RC

Auchinleck Talbot

# Player Position Goals Assists YC RC
11Bryan BoylanForward0100
7Kieran HealyMidfielder0000
2Chris StaffordDefender0000
6Gareth ArmstrongDefender0000
3Aiden WilsonDefender0000
8Graham Wilson 12Forward0000
9Keir SamsonForward2000
1Andrew LeishmanGoalkeeper0000
12Aaron Mason 8Midfielder0000
4Neill McPherson 14Defender0000
5Craig McCrackenDefender0000
15Willie Boyd 10Midfielder0000
 Total 2100


Bellsdale Park
37 Robert Burns Ct, Beith, North Ayrshire KA15 1DN, UK


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