Kilwinning Rangers v Auchinleck Talbot


Talbot recovered from Saturday’s disappointment to record a hard fought & well deserved win away at Kilwinning in the last competitive match at Abbey Park.
It felt more like mid-winter than May & Talbot had to weather the storm early on as a wind assisted Buffs side pushed Talbot back.
Leishman had to be on his toes in the 4th minute when a long ball in behind McPherson was chased down by Curragh but Leishman read it & was quickly off his line to beat him to the ball.
The home side blew a great chance to take the lead in the 7th minute. When a cross came over from the left Lyle sliced his clearance straight to Fleming 12 yards out but he ballooned his shot way over the bar.
Leishman took a knock in the 10th min when caught by Fleming as he cleared from the edge of the area but fortunately he was ok after treatment.
Talbot were struggling to make headway against the breeze and it took until the 21st minute before the Bot put together a threatening attack. Stephen Wilson latched onto a weak clearance & fed it to Samson on the right and his driven ball across the face of goal was well cleared by Syme.
The home side received two bookings in quick succession in the 25th minute. McCloskey was cautioned for a late tackle on Stephen Wilson and then Syme was shown a yellow for dissent. Glasgow took the set piece & aimed it beyond the far post where Hyslop climbed to head it back across goal but it floated to Strain at his right post.
A simple move nearly paid off for Talbot in the 28th minute. Leishman bowled the ball out to Glasgow on the left & he chipped it up the wing to find Samson outside the area. He cut in past Whyte & drilled a low shot on target but Strain was right behind it.
Kilwinning had faded after their strong opening but they were keeping the referee busy with their ill discipline and Fleming received a yellow card for persistent fouling in the 39th minute when he clipped Stephen Wilson’s heels as he broke down the right. Boylan then joined him in the book for dissent. This proved to be an expensive foul for the Buffs as Glasgow whipped in a great delivery from the set piece & ROSS HARVEY met it a few yards out to glance a header home to send Talbot in a goal ahead at the interval.
Talbot started the 2nd half in fine fettle and had a decent opportunity to double their lead within two minutes of the re-start. Armstrong challenged for a loose ball outside the penalty box & and it broke to Graham Wilson. He slid a pass through to find Glasgow in space on the left of the area & he fired it low across goal but wide of Strain’s left post.
It was now Talbot making the running & the Bot had another chance after 51 minutes. A ball from the left came to Stephen Wilson just outside the area & he took a good 1st touch before drilling a shot on target that flew straight at Strain.
A minute later Talbot were back on the attack. A Bot free kick midway inside the Buffs half was angled out to the right where Samson controlled it before flashing a cross cum shot across goal.
Kilwinning were struggling & frustration got the better of Monti who picked up a caution for a niggly foul on Armstrong.
The Wilson brothers combined in the 58th minute in Talbot’s next attack. Stephen Wilson lifted a ball down the right over the defence to send Graham through on goal. He blasted a shot from 15 yards that Strain did well to parry away.
Maitland became the umpteenth Buffs player to be booked when he took umbrage at the Bot’s support vocal view of his Lazarus like recovery and paid the price for squaring up to the support.
Whyte produced a perfectly timed tackle in the 69th minute to prevent Glasgow bursting clean through the defence just as it looked like he was getting on the end of Graham Wilson’s flick.
Next to have a go for Talbot was Samson who out-paced Whyte before firing in a shot from a tight angle that Strain turned behind for a corner.
It was all Talbot and the Buffs had a lucky escape in the 74th minute. Harvey’s ball over the top caught out the defence & as Strain rushed out Samson beat him to it. He knocked it past the keeper but the ball ran away from him & by the time he gathered it near the bye line the chance was gone.
Tucker now made his first change with Shankland coming on for Glasgow.
Shankland was involved soon after joining the fray; whipping over a dangerous cross from the left that Maitland was forced to head behind. Shankland took the corner & went for an in swinger that just cleared the bar & ended up on the roof of the net.
With 7 mins remaining Talbot made a further change with Kemp coming on for Samson.
It’s always nerve wracking when there’s only a goal in it but in truth Talbot saw the game out confidently keeping the ball in the Buffs half for most of the closing stages. As the game moved into injury time Monti had a lucky escape when he cut in off the left and blatantly dived but although he was already on a booking the ref stuck to awarding Talbot the free kick. With seconds remaining McDowall came on for Graham Wilson but didn’t have a chance to touch the ball before the final whistle.
A very good away win for Talbot who now return to Beechwood where they face Largs Thistle this Saturday in a dress rehearsal for the Junior Cup final.

Kilwinning Rangers – Strain, Whyte, McCloskey, Pettigrew, Syme, Fleming, Monti, Maitland, Curragh, Lewis, Boylan

Subs – Hogarth, Grier, Wilson, Nesbit

Auchinleck Talbot – Leishman, Lyle, Harvey, McPherson, McCracken, Armstrong, Hyslop, Stephen Wilson, Graham Wilson, Samson, Glasgow

Subs – McIlroy, Shankland, McDowall, Kemp, White

Kilwinning Rangers v Auchinleck Talbot

It took penalties to decide the outcome of a pulsating West of Scotland Match at Abbey Park where Talbot had the upper hand but failed to finish the match due to poor finishing and some excellent goal keeping by ex-Talbot keeper Adam Strain. Talbot had to re-shuffle the pack due to a call off by Ross Harvey who had picked up an injury against Lesmahagow and replaced him with Craig McCracken in the centre of defence. It was business as usual for skipper Willie Lyle who returned to the side after being rested against Lesmahagow. Talbot suffered an early setback when Dwayne Hyslop picked up a bad injury when it looked like he took a set of studs into his face, and was instantly replaced by David Waite. The youngster automatically made himself known with a number of probing runs down the right wing where he whipped a few tantalising balls into the box but there were no takers. In fact the first half was devoid of any goalmouth action except where a pinpoint cross by Gordon Pope was misread by Sean McIlroy  who headed the ball past Strain’s goal when it looked like it was easier to score than miss.

The second half started a lot brighter for Talbot when they upped the ante and Strain made a superb block at the feet of Calvin Kemp. The Talbot striker later passed up a great chance to open the scoring when he was adjudged to be onside during a Talbot attack, but made the mistake of not playing to the whistle and scuffed a hurried shot well off  target. Changes were soon made with Graham Wilson and Keir Samson replacing Calvin Kemp and Sean McIlroy.  Talbot continued to dominate the game as they swarmed around the Kilwinning goalmouth and Craig McCracken was unlucky to see his scuffed shot just slip past the post, Adam strain was definitely the busiest of the keepers, but it took the outstretched hand of Andy Leishman to parry a Monti shot past the post which kept Kilwinning from taking an undeserved lead,

As the game headed towards the 90 minute mark the large Talbot travelling support thought they had nicked the tie when Keir Samson who actually looked to have been shoved in the back got his head to a David Waite whipped cross which cannoned off the post. The game then went to penalties and straight away Andy Leishnan proved why he is one of the best keepers in the Juniors by saving Nisbet’s spot kick down at his left hand post. From then on Talbot made no mistakes from the spot with the Wilson’s Waite, Glasgow and Gordon Pope all hitting the back of the net. A hard won tie at a very difficult venue, and a place in the next round against Cumnock.

Kilwinning Rangers v Auchinleck Talbot

Photographs by Paul Flynn.


Talbot kept their hopes of the league title alive with a crucial away win over the Buffs in a tense encounter at Abbey Park.
The Bot couldn’t have asked for a better start; taking the lead with only three minutes on the clock.
Lyle forced a corner down the right & when Glasgow swung it across the 6-yard line DWAYNE HYSLOP raced in to bullet a header into the roof of the net.
Talbot’s tails were up & their next attack saw them win a free kick 40 yards from goal. Pope slid it through the left channel to try to pick out the run of McIlroy but it there was just too much on it & it sped out for the goal kick.
Kilwinning nearly levelled the match in the 10th minute when a ball in behind sent Frye clear down the right & he raced into the box before cutting it across goal. Lyle swiped at it but missed the clearance & the ball came to Nisbet whose low drive was pushed onto the right post by Leishman who gathered at the 2nd attempt.
A 2nd goal for Talbot would have given the Bot a healthy cushion & it nearly arrived in the 14th minute. Stephen Wilson made tracks down the right before drilling the ball into the near post where Graham Wilson flicked the ball just over the bar.
The game was toing and froing without either side looking too threatening; with play largely confined to midfield.
In the 34th minute Hanvey picked up what was to be a costly yellow card when he was penalised for a late tackle on Hyslop and a minute later Graham Wilson joined him in the ref’s notebook for a late challenge on McCloskey.
Talbot got themselves into a promising position in the 37th minute when Glasgow raced past Lewis as though he wasn’t there to get free down the left but his final ball was over-hit.
The Bot’s next attack saw Stephen Wilson burst down the right using his pace to get past Pettigrew who did well to recover and concede the corner. Glasgow’s corner came into the near post where Graham Wilson glanced a header across the area that was gathered out on the left by Pope. He swung a cross beyond the back post to Glasgow but his ball back across goal was blocked.
Two minutes before the interval McIlroy stole the ball off Pettigrew & sent it out to the overlapping Stephen Wilson. He whipped a great 1st time cross into the centre that Maitland did well to head away.
In the last minute of the half Talbot had one final chance to grab a 2nd goal. Hyslop was tripped by Maitland right on the edge of the area, resulting in a Bot free kick and a booking for the Buffs centre-half. Graham Wilson took the set piece & his shot clipped the top of the wall & flew over the bar & so Talbot went in one goal to the good at the interval.
The 2nd half was only 3 minutes old when the Buffs were reduced to 10 men. Hanvey tripped Glasgow as he raced up-field & the referee produced a 2nd yellow then red.
Far from hindering Kilwinning, going a man down galvanised them, and from then on it was the home side which made most of the running.
In the 51st minute Frye raced onto a ball down the right of the penalty area. Talbot were looking for offside but it wasn’t given & Frye drilled a shot to the near post which Leishman blocked.
A minute later the Buffs did have the ball in the net but this time the linesman did raise his flag & Nisbet who’d tucked the ball into the bottom corner had his celebrations cut abruptly short when the ref finally noticed the linesman’s flag.
Talbot were going through a sticky spell & the Buffs came close in the 53rd minute. Monti was allowed too much time & space outside the box & he carried it forward before placing a low shot on target that Leishman helped round the left hand post.
Talbot were back on the attack in the 56th minute when Glasgow cut in off the left wing before sending a reverse ball out to McIlroy on the wing. He made for the bye line & drilled a pacey ball across the face of goal but unfortunately there were no takers in the centre.
Kilwinning made a change in the 59th minute with Wardrope coming on in place of Winters.
Hyslop had a half chance in the 62nd minute to put the game beyond doubt. McIlroy won a corner on the right & when the ball came over Stephen Wilson helped the ball across to Hyslop but he didn’t make clean contact with the ball & his shot bobbled straight at the keeper.
Tucker made a change in the 67th minute with Shankland replacing Graham Wilson.
Having survived the earlier flurry of pressure, Talbot saw out the closing twenty minutes of the match without any major alarms, content to sit on their lead and with the Buffs unable to make any headway.
Five minutes from time Tucker made his 2nd switch with McCracken being thrown on up front to replace McIlroy.
In the final minute of regulation time Talbot had a good chance to double their lead. Shankland floated a diagonal ball to send Glasgow racing free down the right & he squared it across the area to find McCracken running in on goal. His 1st touch took him a little wide & as he bore down on goal Wardrope spread himself to block his effort from close range.
A hard earned 3 points for the Bot, who have dug deep to come back from the disappointment of Monday’s loss to Hurlford, winning two away games on the bounce to give themselves a fighting chance of the title. Next up for Talbot it is another away day, with a midweek excursion to the seaside to face Girvan.

Kilwinning Rangers – Wardrope, Coleman, McCloskey, Pettigrew, Maitland, Frye, Monti, Hanvey, Winters, Lewis, Nisbet

Subs – Wardrope, Whyte, McGuinness, Latta

Auchinleck Talbot – Leishman, Lyle, Pope, Harvey, McPherson, Stephen Wilson, White, Hyslop, McIlroy, G Wilson, Glasgow

Subs – Shankland, Pooler, Armstrong, McCracken, Hewitt

Kilwinning Rangers v Auchinleck Talbot

Talbot traveled to Kilwinning for this Weekly Press Cup semi final with a depleted squad to face a “Buffs” side who were facing the same dilemma and couldn’t even muster a substitute. Talbot’s starting line up consisted of a back four made up of three central defenders and a midfielder with young Jamie Whyte at right back and Ross Harvey in the left back berth. The centre of defensive consisted of Steven White and Neil McPherson.

Talbot were first to show and racked up a number of corners but the home side defended well, but there was a decent shout for handball in the box which the referee and linesman waved away. Kilwinning took the lead nearing the end of the first half when the makeshift Talbot defence were left flat footed and Ben Lewis rattled a decent shot past Leishman.

Talbot made a substitute at half time when Hyslop replaced the injured Harvey which forced McCracken to play at left back. Talbot were back in the game early doors when Graham Wilson fashioned himself a good opening and as Strain came off his line he lobbed a decent shot over the keeper and into the net off the under side of the crossbar.

The game was put to rest later on when McCracken was found unmarked at the faraway post and he headed past the keeper to give Talbot the tie.