Auchinleck Talbot v Wigton & Bladnoch



Photographs by Paul Flynn.


This Scottish tie proved a mismatch as Talbot overwhelmed a game but outclassed Wigton side to rack up double figures.

From the off it was all Talbot. Waite, spotting the keeper off his line, tried an ambitious lob from halfway inside the opening minute that sailed over the bar.

A few minutes later Shankland had an opportunity when he met Waite’s cutback but side-footed it wide of the near post.

Harvey had a chance to open the scoring in the 6th minute. He met Shankland’s corner from the right but bulleted a header wide of the left hand post.

The one-way traffic continued and Talbot calme close twice in quick succession in the 8th minute. Firstly, Leith had to parry away Pope’s drive from the right side of the box and when it rebounded out it came to McCracken who drilled a shot just wide of the right post.

It was no surprise when Talbot finally took the lead in the 13th minute. Shankland switched play out to Waite on the right & he fed it onto Kemp who squared it across goal for the unmarked GRAHAM WILSON to place home from 6 yards out

Talbot doubled their lead in the 17th minute. Shankland was fouled as he burst forward resulting in a free kick 25 yards from goal & for the 3rd game in a row MARK SHANKLAND produced a top class set piece firing an unstoppable shot over the wall & inside the keeper’s left hand post.

The 3rd goal arrived in the 27th minute. A neat passing move saw the ball worked out to Graham Wilson on the left wing & when he drilled it low across goal toward the waiting Kemp DOUGAN intercepted to turn it past his own keeper at the near post.

Another opportunity came Talbot’s way in the 32nd minute. Shankland whipped over a corner that McCracken headed back across goal but wide of the right post.

The visitors were forced into a change in the 37th minute when Forbes limped off to be replaced by Hall.

A minute later Talbot added their 4th goal. Shankland delivered a corner from the left & GRAHAM WILSON nipped in at the near post to head home from close range.

Talbot made it 5-0 after 40 minutes. Shankland met a cross from the right & cushioned a header back across goal where STEVEN WHITE ran onto it to nod home.

On the stroke of half-time Talbot added a 6th goal. Graham Wilson laid the ball square to CALVIN KEMP and he drilled a low shot inside the left post to send Talbot in 6-0 ahead at the interval.

Talbot started the 2nd half as they’d ended the first with wave after wave of attacks.

McCracken had a chance in the 49th minute when he met Shankland’s free kick inside the area but his header flew over the bar.

Tucker made a change in the 51st minute with McIlroy on in place of Kemp.

McIlroy won a free kick 25 yards from goal in the 55th minute after he had his heels clipped as he raced toward the box. MARK SHANKLAND took the resultant free kick & hammered it home off the underside of the bar to make it 7-0.

Talbot nearly extended their lead in the 59th minute. McCracken met Shankland’s corner from the right & did everything right, heading it down for the corner, but Leith made a good save with his feet to deny him.

On the hour mark Talbot had another close call. Shankland floated the ball over the defence to find McIlroy running into the area. He angled a shot across goal and just wide of the far post.

In the 63rd minute Talbot made their 2nd change with Glasgow replacing Graham Wilson.

The Wigtown goal led a charmed life in the 64th minute. The ball broke off Glasgow on the left of the area inside to Shankland who saw his low drive blocked by the keeper. The rebound landed at the feet of Waite & his shot was heading on target until deflected just wide of the right post.

When the corner came over it fell to Pope in space just at the edge of the area & he lobbed a shot just over the crossbar.

The 8th goal arrived in the 66th minute. Pope whipped a cross into the centre where SEAN MCILROY bulleted a header home.

Talbot made their final change in the 70th minute with Stephen Wilson on for White. A few minutes later Wigtown made their 2nd change with McLean replacing Kyle.

The Bot made it 9-0 in the 74th minute. Shankland’s corner found DWAYNE HYSLOP free inside the area & he guided home a free header from close range.

Wigtown made their final change in the 79th minute when Jamieson picked up an injury and had to make way for McColm.

Glasgow tested the keeper in the 80th minute. Hyslop barreled into the box & although he was halted the ball broke right into the path of Glasgow whose low drive forced a good stop from Leith.

Shankland looked set for the hat-trick in the 84th minute. Stephen Wilson burst into the area & squared it to McIlroy. He in turn teed it up for Shankland but he blazed his shot over from 12 yards.

Pope nearly got on the score sheet in the 86th minute. He latched onto a weak clearance, meeting it on the half volley 18 yards out to send a shot flying narrowly over the bar.

With two minutes remaining Talbot made it to double figures. Waite swept over a cross that Leith punched clear under pressure from Shankland. The ball came out to SEAN MCILROY who took a touch before blasting it into the roof of the net.

A very comfortable win for Talbot who now return to league duty as they travel through to Glasgow to face Pollok next Saturrday.

Talbot – Leishman, Armstrong, Pope, Harvey, McCracken, White, Hyslop, Shankland, Graham Wilson, Kemp, Waite

Subs – Stephen Wilson, McIlroy, Glasgow, McPherson, Lyle, McDowall, Hewitt (gk)

Wigtown – Leith, Cluckie, Robertson, Garrett, Henry, McClorey, Kyle, Forbes, McClymont, Dougan, Jamieson

Subs – Hall, McColm, Irons, McLean, Fingland, M Dongan (gk)



Date Time Competition Season
September 1, 2018 15:00 SCOTTISH CUP 2018/19


Team1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Auchinleck Talbot6410
Wigton & Bladnoch000

Auchinleck Talbot

# Player Position Goals Assists YC RC
2Gareth ArmstrongDefender0000
5Craig McCrackenDefender0000
9Graham Wilson 14Forward2100
1Andrew LeishmanGoalkeeper0000
8Mark ShanklandForward2300
 Total 4400

Wigton & Bladnoch

Position Goals Assists YC RC


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