Largs Thistle v Auchinleck Talbot

Largs Thistle v Auchinleck Talbot

Armstrong stays strong under pressure and fires the ball up the park.


As Largs come away with the ball, Wardrope does his best to win the ball back for Talbot.


CHANCE!!! Aiden Wilson has a dig from just outside the box but fails to find a way through the defence.


Glasgow goes on a great run up the middle of the park.


GOOOAAALLL!!! Talbot open the scoring, as McCracken gets on the end of a free-kick and heads the ball home. 0-1.


McCracken races away to celebrate, as Largs are left with their heads in their hands after going a goal down.


As Wardrope chases down the ball, he also gets chased down by his opponent too.


Samson gets his legs tangled up, as he tries to win the ball.


IF ONLY IT WAS RUGBY!!! Michael Wardrope goes for the spectacular but unfortunately the ball goes very high over the crossbar. Three points ref!!!


WHAT A TIME TO SCORE!!! Just as half-time was approaching, Largs pull a goal back, as Sewell pounces right in front of goal and heads the ball home. 1-1.


WHAT-A-CHANCE!!! From very close range, Wardrope tries to cleverly flick the ball past the ‘keeper but sadly, it goes just wide of the post.


All aboard the blue express train!!!


Glasgow sprints down the wing but he gets stopped in his tracks by Largs.


SO SO CLOSE!!! Although it was a tight angle, Samson tries his best to slot the ball home but Largs do very well to block the way through.


HAD-TO-BE, SURELY!!! From right in front of goal, McCracken goes for a looping header but the ball goes agonisingly over the crossbar.


Largs get awarded a free-kick in a good position but, thankfully for Talbot, the ball goes safely into Big Andy’s hands.


The anxious crowd look on, as the players on the pitch fight for possession.


THAT-WAS-THE-MOMENT!!! With the game nearing the end, it is Largs that have a brilliant chance of taking the lead from close range but Sewell blasts the ball over the crossbar instead.


Seconds of the game left but Stafford and Talbot continue to battle for the ball and keep the attack going.


The final whistle gets blown and, although it wasn’t an action packed game, Largs feel the pain as they knew they had a great chance of taking all three points from the game.



Talbot had to settle for a share of the spoils at Largs but it ended up a point gained rather than two lost as both their title rivals went down to defeat.

There was plenty of commitment from both sides but little excitement with goal mouth incidents being few and far between.

The first effort of the match came in the 14th minute when Glasgow laid the ball back to Armstrong and he fired over the bar from 22 yards.

Five minutes later Graham Wilson gathered on the right before squaring it inside to Glasgow. He in turn fed it on to Aiden Wilson who drilled a shot wide of the right hand post from the edge of the area.

The opening goal came in the 28th minute and it was Talbot who broke the deadlock. Wardrope was fouled out near the right touchline and he took the resultant free kick – sweeping a cross over which CRAIG MCCRACKEN headed beyond the keeper.

Talbot couldn’t build on their lead but weren’t under any pressure either from the home side.

In the 38th minute McMaster was cautioned for a scything challenge on Graham Wilson.

Largs levelled in the 41st minute and there was a hint of controversy over it. Thistle won a corner down the left that was lifted deep beyond the far post. Graham Wilson miscued a header back into the centre where WILLIAM SEWELL guided a header home. Talbot vehemently protested that Leishman had been impeded when the corner came over but the officials ignored the protests and the goal stood and the half finished all square.

Talbot started the 2nd half positively and Graham Wilson almost found Samson with a cushioned header but it just eluded him and the keeper was able to gather.

Talbot’s next attack saw Glasgow turn his man and burst down the left. He was impeded but the ref gave the advantage and he was able to fire a cross into the near post which the defence managed to knock behind for the corner.

In the 56th minute Wardrope tested the defence with a dangerous low cross from the right that they just managed to scramble to safety.

George Sewell had his name taken in the 58th minute for a shirt tug on Glasgow as he raced forward.

Talbot had a good chance to retake the lead on the hour mark. Armstrong lifted a ball down the left that Graham Wilson won in the air. He nodded it into the path of Samson inside the box but Farrell blocked his shot at his right hand post. The rebound came out to Graham Wilson but he failed to connect with an attempted scissors kick.

The Bot’s next attack saw Wardrope bend a good ball in from the right that McGoldrick dived to head behind for the corner. When the corner came in Farrell punched it clear but it only came out to Armstrong on the right. He fired it low across the 6-yard area where it skipped up off a defender and Graham Wilson looped a header back across goal that just dropped over the bar.

Largs had an opportunity to test Leishman in the 74th minute when McPherson conceded a free kick 30 yards out for handball. William Sewell got it up and over the wall but Leishman had read it and made a comfortable save.

Two minutes later Talbot should have had a free kick just outside the Largs box. Healy lifted it down the right where McMaster clearly controlled it with his hand but somehow the assistant ref failed to spot it.

Talbot now made a double switch with Boylan & Shankland on for Glasgow & Wardrope.

The subs were involved soon after coming on when Boylan gathered on the left and pulled it back to Shankland inside the area but his attempted shot was blocked.

In the 81st minute Samson’s long throw wasn’t dealt with by the home defence and it fell to Stafford 15 yards out but his shot was blocked and ran through to Farrell.

Down the other end Talbot had a scare when a defensive lapse saw George Sewell race clear on the right. He slid it across the area to find his brother but William Sewell scooped his shot over the bar from 6 yards out though it wouldn’t have counted anyway as the linesman’s flag had went up.

Talbot were looking leggy and it was the home side who finished the stronger.

Largs had a good chance to claim all 3 points in the 84th minute when a free kick flighted into the area broke off McCracken and fell kindly for William Sewell but he blasted his shot over the bar.

Tucker made one final change in the closing stages with Mason on for Healy.

The final effort at goal came from Largs when Forbes raced forward but he lost his balance as he was shooting and his right footed effort was easily smothered by Leishman and Talbot held out to claim the point.

Next up for Talbot it is back to Beechwood where they host Rutherglen in midweek as the Bot will look to extend their lead at the top of the table.

Largs Thistle – Farrell, Hughes, McMaster, McGoldrick, Ballantyne, Faulds, George Sewell, McBryde, William Sewell, Adam, Forbes

Subs – Duff, McLeod, Docherty, Love, Gray, Zadarnowaki

Auchinleck Talbot – Leishman, Stafford, Aiden Wilson, McPherson, Craig McCracken, Healy, Wardrope, Armstrong, Samson, Graham Wilson, Glasgow

Subs – Shankland, Mason, Crawford, Hyslop, Boylan, Hewitt

Largs Thistle v Auchinleck Talbot

The Largs ‘keeper fails to stop ‘shankers’ from opening the scoring via a low strike from the edge of the box. 0-1.


Jamie Glasgow doubles Talbot’s lead after racing into the box and firing the ball home. 0-2.


Jamie wheels away to receive the high fives after scoring.


Stephen Wilson chases after the ball but gets beaten to it by the ‘keeper.


Gordon looks on, as ‘Big Neily’ winces in pain after getting injured during the game.


Gareth Armstrong expertly chips the ball over the Largs defence after racing upthe middle of the park.


It’s two for Glasgow and three for Talbot, as Jamie heads the ball into the back of the net. 0-3.


Largs pull a goal back from a corner, as they find space for a free header. 1-3.


The Largs ‘keeper can only watch, as Mark Shankland’s cross-come-shot sails over him and smashes into the back of the net. 1-4.


‘Shankers’ is all smiles, as he’s congratulated by his team-mates after scoring.


Dylan Young rises the highest to head the ball away.


‘Gee’ does his best to fend off this challenge.


Stephen Wilson makes sure he keeps hold of the ball in this challenge.


Aiden Wilson goes for an awkward header but sends the ball wayward of the goal.


Gordon Pope finds space at the back post but he can only head the ball into the side netting.


Another chance for Talbot from inside the box.


Jamie is left with his hands on his head, as he rues a missed opportunity.


Graham tries to motor down the wing but, instead, gets stopped in his tracks by this sliding tackle.


Jamie Glasgow does his best to break free from this rugby tackle from Largs.


Big Andy comfortably gathers the ball while under pressure.


Largs score a ‘last kick of the ball’ consolation goal, as they net their third goal of the game from the spot. 3-4.


A big thank you to Largs for putting on the best Half-Time Show in the league.



Talbot were the definite saints and sinners in this league encounter where they went from 4-1 up only to leave Barrfields with the narrowest of wins, although it was a valuable three points at a ground where today’s visitors tasted defeat. A decent crowd had gathered in the sun which was remarkable as the match clashed with the Vikingar Festival which provided a free air show during the half time interval.

Talbot who were playing in all blue took the lead as early as the 12th minute when a Willie Lyle cross was laid off by Graham Wilson into the path of Jamie Glasgow who’s shot was deflected into the path of Gareth Armstrong who set up Mark Shankland to pass the ball into the net.

Ten minutes later Talbot were 2-0 in front when the Talbot defense broke up a Largs attack where the ball was passed out to Stephen Wilson who’s slide rule ball up the wing was pounced on by Glasgow who out muscled his marker and although under pressure as he made his way into the box he kept a cool head and struck the ball past past Lundy the home keeper and into the net.

Talbot were three up on 39 minutes when Stephen Wilson collected the ball outside the Largs box where he picked out Mark Shankland who’s pinpoint cross was headed into the net by the unmarked Glasgow.

Talbot were still trying to sort out their defense after losing Neil McPherson to a hamstring injury and replacing him with Aiden Wilson when Largs struck. They had forced a corner on 44 minutes which McBryde dropped into the six yard box and was missed by the Talbot defence where George Sewell nodded past Leishman to fling the home side a lifeline.

The second half was three minutes started when Talbot made it 4-1 after S.Wilson and Shankland harried a defender into a poor clearance which Steven White passed into the feet of Shankland and his cross flew over the head of Lundy and into the net.

Near the hour mark the home side were back in the game when a speculative ball was lobbed into the box where Young got his head to it but seemed to be barged and the ball fel into no man’s land between Lyle and Leishman where Brophy pounced to tap the ball into the net.

In the final minute Largs got their third thanks to a clumsy penalty given away by Dillon Young. With the attacker be forced wide of the goals by Young he seemed to stumble on top of his opponent forcing a penalty which Jamie McKenna hammered past Leishman.

Largs Thistle v Auchinleck Talbot

Photographs by Paul Flynn.


Talbot kicked off their league campaign with a well deserved away win at Barrfields.

Play took a while to settle but once Talbot found their feet it was the visitors who were taking the game to the home side.

The first clear opportunity came in the 9th minute. A long diagonal ball found Graham Wilson out on the left & he cut inside past Orr before drilling a shot inside the near post which Cousar did well to keep out.

A minute later Talbot threatened again. Shankland threaded a good pass through the defence to find Graham Wilson racing through on the right side of the area. Cousar was alive to the danger & again the keeper did well, coming quickly off his line & managing to get a block on it as Wilson attempted to clip the ball past him.

It was one-way traffic as far as goal threats were concerned and the next chance came Talbot’s way in the 18th minute. Stephen Wilson charged through the midfield, despite Fleming’s attempt to halt him, and fed the ball out to Graham on the left. He darted inside Orr & fired a shot across the face of goal & wide of the far post.

The referee then booked Fleming for his earlier foul on Stephen Wilson.

The game entered a scrappy phase with little of note occurring; Harvey became the 1st Talbot player in the book when he received a caution after half an hour for a foul on Carter.

Talbot broke the deadlock in the 35th minute. Lyle clipped a ball down the right into the Largs penalty area. Graham Wilson did well with his back to goal to hold off the challenge of Jamieson before squaring the ball across the 6-yard area where CALVIN KEMP slid it home at the back post.

Cousar came to the home side’s rescue again in the 38th minute. Armstrong climbed to flick on a long ball down the right to send Shankland racing clear of the defence but the keeper raced out of his box to slide the ball out of play.

Leishman had largely been a spectator but he was called into action in the 42nd minute. Harkins gathered outside the box & slipped a pass out to Carter on the left. He fired it low across goal & Leishman smothered it.

Talbot started the 2nd half positively, looking to grab a 2nd goal to give themselves a cushion. In the 50th minute Graham Wilson surged inside off the right & blasted a shot at goal but it was blocked by a wall of defenders.

Two minutes later Kemp did well, latching onto a long ball down the left, and although he was forced wide, he tested Cousar from a tight angle, drilling a low shot that the keeper blocked at his post.

The Bot kept the pressure up & created another chance soon after. Shankland lifted a deep cross beyond the back post where Graham Wilson headed it back down into the centre. Armstrong ran onto it but his shot was blocked by a defender & deflected over the bar.

Slack play at the back from the home side gifted Talbot their next chance in the 64th minute. Cousar rolled the ball out to McMaster & the full-back tried to play the ball across the edge of his own box. Kemp intercepted it & lashed a volley just past Cousar’s left post.
Armstrong had his name taken in the 69th minute for a challenge on McMaster.

Both sides then made a change a piece, Talbot bringing on Glasgow in place of Kemp & Largs replacing Fleming with Adam.

Adam’s introduction proved to be a cameo role, as he walked on then off before having a chance to touch the ball, receiving a straight red for elbowing McPherson when going for a high ball.

Talbot made a further change in the 76th minute with Hyslop coming on for Shankland.

It should have been game over a minute later. McPherson’s ball down the right found Glasgow in behind the defence. He floated a cross into the centre where Graham Wilson looked a cert but he went for power & hammered a volley over the bar from 5 yards.

Lyle became the 3rd Talbot player in the book when he was cautioned for a foul on Black.

With 10 minutes remaining Tucker made his final change with McIlroy on in place of Graham Wilson.

With only a goal in it Largs kept going til the end but without really mustering much of a threat. With 3 minutes remaining Pope had a half chance when he let fly from just outside the area but he didn’t catch it quite right & his shot skidded wide of the left post.

Talbot saw the closing stages out without any alarms to claim all 3 points. Next up for the Bot it is back to league duty when they host Troon in mid-week.

Largs Thistle – Cousar, Orr, McMaster, Little, Jamieson, Fleming, Black, Muir, Struthers, Harkins, Carter

Subs – Adam, McKie, McVey, Ewing, Graham

Auchinleck Talbot – Leishman, Lyle, Pope, Harvey, McPherson, Armstrong, S Wilson, White, G Wilson, Shankland, Kemp

Subs – McIlroy, Glasgow, Hyslop, Waite, Hewitt

Largs Thistle v Auchinleck Talbot

This end of season dead rubber lived up to its expectations providing the meager crowd that turned up zero entertainment as two patched together sides battled away to a no score bore.

With the Ayrshire Cup final looming Talbot introduced Colville Park Amateur player Thomas Airlie at right back with 52 year old Tommy Sloan grabbing a jersey.  The game should have been won by Talbot due to a few good chances that were fashioned the best coming to Graham Wilson in the second half where he beat the offside trap only to smash the ball into the body of Largs keeper  Lundy.

Talbot best spell came in the later stages of the first half with Tommy Sloan heading a Mark Shankland corner off the post and minutes later Dylan Stevenson found himself through on goals but shot well past. On the 26th minute Shankland and Wilson combined to give Bryan Young an opportunity and he pulled a decent save out of Lundy.

Largs had a good effort by Bennet but it was easily saved by Leishman, and soon after Jamieson kept the home sides hopes up when he blocked a Thompson netbound shot. The first half came to an end with Graham Wilson forcing Lundy into superb stop, while James Marks should have done better with a free header.

The second half was void of any real action and apart from Wilson’s squandered effort the game petered out without any major talking points.

Leishman, Airlie, McCracken, White, McPherson, Thompson, Young, Sloan, Shankland, G.Wilson, Stevenson. Subs: Latta, Lyle, S.Wilson, Hyslop, Hewitt