Bonnyton Thistle v Auchinleck Talbot



McDowell gets an early attack started for Talbot.


After racing through on goal, ‘Gee’ tries to find the incoming Samson with a low cross into the box.


Aaron Mason has a go from inside the box but the defender blocks the shot, albeit via an unconventional style.


Kieran Healy closely watches the ball, as Bonnyton try to get the ball up the park.


Mason gets stopped in his tracks after trying to race up the wing.


The Bonnyton ‘keeper roars out the orders, as he prepares to defend a Talbot free-kick.


With a break in the game, it gives ‘Whitey’ time to dish out instructions and advice to his team-mates.


Jack and Aaron make sure that there is no way through for Bonnyton.


Either the ref is waving play on or or he’s telling Jack to GO!!!!


Samson takes a sore one while trying to race up the park.


YYYEEESSS!!! Talbot take the lead as Steven White unleashes a low strike from very close range and…


…manages to squeeze the ball into the bottom corner of the net. 0-1.


The Bonnyton players looked stunned, while the Talbot players roar with delight after seeing the ball hit the back of the net.


‘Whitey’ gets swamped by his team-mates after netting Talbot’s opener.


Aaron Mason discovers his inner Karate Kid, as he tries to skip past his opponent via a nutmeg.


The crowd look on, as Jack gets the ball nicked off him in the middle of the park.


Bonnyton make sure Samson doesn’t get a chance to fire a shot at goal.


Bonnyton create a great chance right in front of goal but Big Andy pulls out a fantastic save to thwart them.


McPherson watches, as Armstrong fires the ball down the park.


Although the whistle had already blown for a foul to Bonnyton, the ‘keeper still pulls off a reckless tackle on Samson.


McPherson makes sure Bonnyton don’t find a way through.


The Talbot wall stands firm, as Bonnyton fire a free-kick at goal.


GOOOOAL!!! Talbot double their lead, as Keir Samson meets a ‘Shankers’ corner and heads the ball home. 0-2.


The Bonnyton ‘keeper looks dejected, while the Talbot players race off to celebrate Samson’s goal.


The crowd shelter from the elements, while Steven White tries to hold off a hefty challenge.


Big Neily fires the ball down the park, as Talbot continue to search for a third.


The defender does his best but Keir manages to swerve past the challenge and continue to race in on goal.


OH SO CLOSE!!! Keir is inches away from meeting the cross and possibly scoring Talbot’s third.


Big Andy makes sure he punches away the danger and keep his clean sheet in tact.


Gareth Armstrong does a bit of hurdling while going on the attack.


Samson looks shocked, as he is deemed to be offside while racing into the Bonnyton box.



Talbot moved to the top of the league after 2-0 win over Bonnyton Thistle at the Synergy Arena, however it was an uninspiring win which was mostly down to the Thistle’s game plan which worked well as Talbot huffed and puffed to break them down.

The game was only two minutes started when Samson broke away down the right wing and as his low cross headed across the box it deflected off the leg of a defender and crashed off the cross bar before being cleared. Minutes later Graham Wilson got clear of the defence down the left wing and as his pass across the goalmouth looked like landing on the foot of Samson, goalkeeper Cousar made a fearless block to clear the danger.

After their narrow escapes the home side tightened up at the back and it took until the 17th minute till Talbot fashioned a chance when Graham Wilson had a shot blocked resulting in a corner. Wilson was involved again moments later when he threaded a dangerous ball through the defence to Mason but the youngster was unlucky not to reach it. On 25 minutes Jack McDowall found himself with a scoring chance but he sliced the ball well past the post.

Talbot took the lead on the 29th minute when a Mason corner looked like being headed into the net by Aiden Wilson but the ball seemed to roll down his body and land at the feet of Steven White who passed it through a sea of legs and into the net. On the 34th minute Graham Wilson pounced on a loose back pass, squared it to Armstrong and his shot was well saved by Cousar.

Talbot upped the ante in the remaining minutes of the first half when Cousar had to have two attempts the hold a low hit Mason free kick, while Graham Wilson blasted a good chance over the bar.

Bonnyton should have been level on 51 minutes when Dean started and finished a great move but his shot into the bottom right corner was tipped around the post by Leishman. On 55 minutes Shankland and Boylan replaced Mason and Graham Wilson. However Boylan’s stint was short lived when trying to clear a ball he crumpled to the ground holding his groin and was instantly replaced by Robbie McCracken.

On the 65th minute Samson was unlucky not to score when he guided a Shankland cross net bound but the keeper got a hand to it to turn it round the post. On the 75th minute Talbot doubled their lead when a Shankland corner was missed by the keeper leaving Samson to head into an empty net.

With six minutes remaining Cousar redeemed himself after Shankland found Samson and after leaving the defence in his wake his goal bound shot was brilliantly stopped by the outstretched hand of the keeper.

The game wound down after this with the players and supporters glad to get out of the torrential rain, Talbot had the points in the bag and although not setting the heather on fire they definitely deserved them.



Date Time Competition Season
August 7, 2021 14:00 PDM BUILDBASE WOSL PREMIER 2021/22


Team1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Bonnyton Thistle000
Auchinleck Talbot112

Bonnyton Thistle

Position Goals Assists YC RC

Auchinleck Talbot

# Player Position Goals Assists YC RC
12Bryan Boylan 9Forward0000
7Kieran HealyMidfielder0000
6Gareth ArmstrongDefender0000
3Aiden WilsonDefender0000
9Graham Wilson 12Forward0000
11Keir SamsonForward1000
14Mark Shankland 10Forward0100
1Andrew LeishmanGoalkeeper0000
10Aaron Mason 14Midfielder0000
4Neill McPhersonDefender0000
 Total 1100


Synergy Arena
Townholm, Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, Scotland, KA3 7RE, United Kingdom


Andy Taylor

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