Troon v Auchinleck Talbot



Aiden looks on, while ‘Gee’ fires the ball up the park.


A middle of the park aerial battle for McCracken, as he makes sure he clears the danger.


The game gets temporarily paused for a very nasty head knock, as the Troon player awaits getting treatment.


With Samson back on his feet after the head knock, McCracken passes on some advice for when the game resumes.


McPherson and ex-Talbot player Stephen Wilson, exchange words about the previous incident.


TWO GREAT CHANCES!!! Samson fires an awkward header towards goal and…


…after the header gets saved, Keir races in for the rebound but again, the ‘keeper pulls off a great save.


On the edge the box, Mason does his best to evade the challenge and race in on goal.


THAT’S GOTTA HURT!!! Keir Samson winces in pain, as he takes a very sore one in this challenge.


While trying to race up the middle of the park, ‘Pee-wee’ gets stopped in his tracks by a great tackle.


With the head wound from the earlier challenge opening up again, the Troon player gets subbed for his own safety.


BROTHER VS BROTHER. Stephen and Graham keep their eyes firmly on the ball, as all family loyalties are forgotten about for 90 minutes.


Both sets of players do their best to try and make sure their game plan doesn’t hit the buffers and manage to keep their league aspirations on track.


Samson tries to muscle his way past his opponent while still keeping his eye on the ball.


Hyslop tries to evade this challenge while going on the attack.


HOW’S THAT NOT A GOAL??? ‘Pee-wee’ rises the highest and fires a header towards goal where…


…the ball some how manages to stay out of the net. I still can’t workout how it didn’t go in!


Anger certainly gets vented here. All that’s missing is steam coming out his ears!


Is it football or rugby we’re playing? While trying to keep hold of the ball, Samson gets ‘manhandled’ and wins a foul and…


…he certainly lets his feelings known afterwards.


Glasgow has a go at the referee and certainly puts across his view of the game.


After giving away a foul, Troon’s Stephen Wilson, disects the incident with his team-mate.


Darren Miller winds up some of the Talbot support and…


…he certainly lets them know that they took it, hook, line and sinker.


‘Shankers’ makes a very welcome return to action after being out injured.


GOAL GLORIOUS GOAL!!! With the game nearing the end, Talbot finally make the breakthrough. After a wee bit of magic from ‘Shankers’, the ball rolls into space and ‘Pee-wee’ races in and coolly slots the ball home. 0-1.


Hyslop and Stafford are all smiles, as they race away to celebrate.


Nothing quite like celebrating a late winner!


McCracken gets the better of his old team-mate, as he gets to the ball first.


All get in an orderly line please!


WHAT-A-GOAL!!! There was just enough time left for Talbot to make sure of the win, as Keir Samson squeezes the ball home via an acrobatic over-head spectacular. 0-2.


Well…you certainly did silence Troon with that brilliant goal Keir!



Talbot left it late but came good in the end to claim all 3 points at Portland Park and narrow the gap on leaders Pollok.

Both sides set a helter-skelter pace from the start with challenges coming thick and fast and neither side being able to settle on the ball.

In the 19th minute an aerial challenge saw Samson & Jamieson clash heads with both players flat out on the turf. Troon’s Jamieson came off worst & the game was held up for a while to allow treatment before play eventually resumed with Gallagher returning to the fray bandaged up.

Neither keeper had been called upon until the 28th minute when Stafford’s cross was met by Samson and Fisher blocked his header to his right. The ball went loose & Samson went for the rebound but couldn’t force it home.

Two minutes later Talbot had another opportunity. Mason dribbled into the box but was crowded out by a posse of Troon defenders. The ball broke back to Graham Wilson and he pinged a cross over onto the head of Samson but he couldn’t keep it down.

In the 34th minute Moore picked up the game’s 1st caution when he flattened Glasgow 25 yards out. The resultant free kick was a bit too wide right for Glasgow to go for goal & instead he whipped in a dangerous cross that flicked off a Troon head & headed out for a shy.

Talbot’s next attack saw Aiden Wilson float a cross to the back post which was headed back across goal. Samson just failed to connect and after a bit of a scramble in the box Troon were finally able to clear their lines.

A poor refereeing call cost Talbot in the 43rd minute. Samson was taken out late after flicking the ball into the path of Aiden Wilson who was surging clean through on the keeper but the ref blew up too quickly not allowing Talbot the advantage and brought it back for a free kick and booked S Wilson.

Glasgow took the free kick and powered an effort on target from 30 yards that Fisher gathered at the 2nd attempt.

As the half moved into added time it was the home side who finished the stronger. Leishman did well to punch Morrison’s cross clear and Troon then managed to force a series of corners which Black swung into the goal mouth but the defence stood firm & Leishman clutched one under the bar as Talbot held out to go in goal less at the interval.

Talbot started the 2nd half brightly & threatened in the 51st minute when Hyslop’s clever reverse pass sent Stafford free. He cut it back across goal where Sherrie did well to clear for a corner. Glasgow played the corner into the near post area where Samson headed wide of target.

The home side were forced into a change in the 53rd minute when Jamieson’s head wound started bleeding again & he left the field to be replaced by McCloskey.

Troon ought to have taken the lead in the 59th minute. They won a free kick wide on the left that was played into the centre where it was headed clear. The ball came out to Moore in space on the right and he crossed it over to the far post where Miller met it but steered his free header across goal and wide of the left post when it looked easier to score.

Talbot made their first change in the 67th minute with Boylan coming on in place of Mason.

The sub was involved straight away when Glasgow’s ball out right found Boylan on the overlap and his fierce ball across goal was bundled behind by Fisher at his near post. Armstrong came across to take the corner on the right & when it came across Hyslop met it & glanced a header that beat Fisher but came off the base of the right post & ran back across goal before going behind for the goal kick.

Talbot were now taking command & Maitland could easily have put the ball into his own net in the 71st minute when Glasgow whipped a dangerous ball across goal that Troon’s centre-half hoofed over his own crossbar from close range.

In the 76th minute Talbot were awarded a free kick 30 yards out near the left touchline after Miller’s foul on Glasgow; however it was Glasgow who ended up in the ref’s notebook, presumably for dissent. Glasgow went for goal & curled a shot shot just over the bar.

As the game entered the closing stages both sides made a further change – J Black replacing B Black for the home side & Shankland coming on for Glasgow.

The change instantly paid off for Talbot with Shankland involved in the move that saw Talbot take the lead in the 86th minute. His backheel flat footed the defence sending Stafford through on the right and when he cut it back HYSLOP ran onto it to steer a shot into the empty net.

Talbot kept the pressure up and had a half chance to kill the game off in the 88th minute. The Bot were awarded a free kick out on the right following S Wilson’s handball which Shankland took. Troon did well to defend his delivery but at the expense of a corner and when Shankland’s corner came deep to the back post Hyslop met it but headed over the bar.

A minute later Talbot won a free kick just wide of the penalty area after Sherrie went right through the back of Stafford for which he received a deserved booking. Shankland swept it to the back post where Troon managed to glance it behind for the corner.

Deep into injury time Talbot grabbed their 2nd to make sure of the points. Sherrie’s sliced clearance came out to Boylan in space down the right. He crossed it into the centre where KIER SAMSON acrobatically steered an overhead kick inside the right post to make it 2-0.

Tucker now completed his changes with Samson making way for Robbie McCracken shortly before the ref blew for full-time.

Another good win on their travels for Talbot who now return to Beechwood mid-week where they face Kilbirnie in the match that fell foul of last week’s storms.

Troon – Fisher, McLevy, Maitland, Miller, Sherrie, B Black, S Wilson, Moore, Morrison, Jamieson, Gallagher

Subs – McCloskey, Vernon, Boyd, J Black, Macauley, O’Neil (gk)


Date Time Competition Season
February 19, 2022 14:00 PDM BUILDBASE WOSL PREMIER 2021/22


Team1st Half2nd HalfGoals
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Position Goals Assists YC RC

Auchinleck Talbot

# Player Position Goals Assists YC RC
12Bryan Boylan 9Forward0100
2Chris StaffordDefender0100
6Gareth ArmstrongDefender0000
3Aiden WilsonDefender0000
8Graham WilsonForward0000
10Keir Samson 15Forward1000
14Mark Shankland 11Forward0000
1Andrew LeishmanGoalkeeper0000
9Aaron Mason 12Midfielder0000
4Neill McPhersonDefender0000
5Craig McCrackenDefender0000
 Total 1200


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