Photographs by Paul Flynn.
MURRAY’S MATCH REPORT
Talbot booked their place in the semi-finals of the Scottish cup thanks to an impressive 2nd half display and some memorable goals; sweeping aside Pollok at a packed Newlandsfield.
Kick off was delayed to allow the bumper crowd into the park and once the action got underway it was the home side who made the early running.
The first effort at goal came in the 5th minute. McPherson lost the ball midway inside his own half & Pollok quickly switched the ball out to Gary McCann on the left. He sped to the bye line before cutting it back into the area to find Forde who volleyed it well over the bar.
Talbot were struggling to get going and it took until the 12th minute before the Bot mustered their first effort at goal. Graham Wilson’s reverse ball released Samson down the right of the area & he hit a first time effort over the bar.
The home side got in behind the Talbot defence in the 14th minute when a long diagonal found McCluskey haring clear on the left. He tried to square it across the face of goal but Leishman did well to turn it behind for the corner. When the corner came in it fell to Evans who scuffed his shot. The ball came out to Gary McCann at the edge of the area where he fired way over.
Pollok were enjoying a good spell but with no end product. Gary McCann raced down the left & lifted a cross over onto the head of Stuart McCann but he glanced it well wide of the left post.
Having weathered the early pressure Talbot gradually worked their way into the game. Longmuir had to race out his area to beat Samson to the ball after Evans missed his clearance and soon after Evans conceded a free kick just outside the penalty area for a foul on Samson. Glasgow took it & fired it into the feet of Graham Wilson. It broke away from him & came to Harvey with his back to goal & he turned & hooked a shot over the bar.
Talbot’s best effort of the first half came in the 27th minute. Evans gave the ball away to Graham Wilson who swiftly switched it out to the left to Glasgow. He drilled a low ball across goal that Hyslop met at the near post but he steered his shot just wide of target.
The referee produced the first card of the afternoon in 35 mins when he cautioned Graham Wilson for a trip just inside the Bot half.
Pollok were lucky not to be a man down after 41 mins. Henry was guilty of a lunging studs up tackle that caught Armstrong sparking a melee in the centre. When the dust finally settled the ref booked the Lok midfielder & Lyle also received a caution for his part in the stramash.
In the final minute of the half Pollok had a half chance to take the lead. A ball over the top found McCluskey & he fed it back to Stuart McCann in space at the edge of the area but in keeping with Pollok’s finishing to date, he slid his shot well wide of the left post and the sides went in locked at the interval.
In a repeat of last week Talbot came out for the 2nd half like a team on a mission. Soon after the re-start Samson made tracks down the right & forced a corner kick. Glasgow lifted it into the near post where Hyslop flicked it on. The ball sped across the face of goal before coming to Harvey beyond the back post & his low shot was blocked by Longmuir at his right post.
Talbot were back on the attack moments later. Lyle’s ball up the right found Samson running in behind & he whipped over a teasing cross that had Longmuir scrambling but there was no one on hand to turn it home.
For all Lok’s possession in the 1st half Leishman hadn’t had much to do but he produced a top drawer save to prevent Pollok taking the lead in the 54th minute. The home side put together a neat passing move, switching play out to McCluskey on the right who drilled a low ball across goal. Stuart McCann ran onto it & directed it on goal only for Leishman to turn it round his left post from point blank range.
Boyle had his name taken on the hour mark for a foul on Graham Wilson.
Tucker made his 1st change after 63 mins with White coming into the engine room in place of Armstrong.
The opening goal came in the 65th minute and was a strike worthy of winning any game. Samson did well to force a corner and when Glasgow delivered it into the centre Boyle headed it clear. It came out to GORDON POPE 20 yards out & he lashed an unstoppable shot into the top right hand corner to put Talbot 1-0 ahead.
Four minutes later Boyle conceded a free kick 30 yard out for a foul on Graham Wilson. Pope took it & his powerful drive was heading into the roof of the net until Longmuir tipped it over the bar.
Talbot then threatened again from the resultant corner. Glasgow’s cross found the head of Graham Wilson & his effort was deflected wide of the left post off a Lok defender with the Bot players loudly appealing, in vain, for handball.
The Bot kept the pressure on & when the next corner came in the Lok defence could only clear it out as far as Stephen Wilson on the right wing. He whipped a cross over to the back post which broke into the path of Pope who angled a shot across goal and wide of the left post.
Talbot made their 2nd change of the afternoon in the 73rd minute with Shankland replacing Glasgow down the left.
A minute later Leishman made his 2nd class save of the match to keep Talbot in front. A long ball down the right cleared McPherson & Stuart McCann latched onto the end of it inside the area. He blasted it on target only for Leishman to turn his shot over the bar.
With 76 mins gone both sides made a substitution; Talbot completing their changes when McIlroy replaced Graham Wilson & Pollok bringing Fraser on for Forde.
Pollok looked to be tiring & Talbot nearly caught them out in the 80th minute. McIlroy threaded a pass through the centre to send Samson racing through but he pulled his shot wide of Longmuir’s right post.
Talbot were firmly in the driving seat in the 84th minute when they doubled their lead. Sloppy play from Pollok saw Sideserf play Boyle into trouble & White duly robbed him of possession. White surged forward before passing it through to KEIR SAMSON who raced into the area & slotted a low shot on target that Longmuir got a hand to but couldn’t prevent from crossing the line.
With two minutes remaining Pollok piled forward desperately looking for a goal. McCluskey switched it out wide to Gary McCann whose cross was blocked behind for a corner. Pollok appealed for a penalty but the ref wasn’t interested. When the corner came in it was played deep to the back post where McGregor fired into the side-netting from a tight angle.
In the final minute of time Talbot put the seal on their win with a spectacular 3rd goal. Shankland picked up on the left & sent a diagonal ball through toward McIlroy as he raced clear. Longmuir raced out his area to beat Sean to it & clear but he knocked it straight to STEPHEN WILSON who lobbed it from just inside his own half & weighted it perfectly to drop just under the bar & over the retreating Longmuir to make the final score 3-0.
A very impressive display by the Bot against a Lok team who have been on a good run. Due to the Hurlford v Clydebank tie going to a replay Talbot’s fixtures have been switched around & so next week it is back to Beechwood where Talbot host Cambuslang in the league.
Pollok – Longmuir, Evans, Mackenzie, Sideserf, Boyle, McGregor, McCluskey, Henry, Stuart McCann, Forde, Gary McCann
Subs – Coutts, Young, Fraser, Brash, Johnson (gk)
Talbot – Leishman, Lyle, Pope, McPherson, Harvey, Armstrong, Hyslop, Stephen Wilson, Graham Wilson, Samson, Glasgow
Subs – Shankland, McIlroy, Kemp, White, McCracken
Talbot claimed the 1st silverware of the season with a comprehensive win over a game but out-classed Lesmahagow.
Lesmahagow started the game at a frantic pace, buzzing around the Bot half as though on fast forward and they had the first effort on target when Falconer hit a bouncing shot from 20 yards that Leishman held low to his right.
A minute later Kemp came close down the other end. He sped clear on the right & fired a shot inside the near post that Thomson blocked with his feet.
Falconer had his name taken in the 14th minute when he tripped Glasgow as he broke down the centre. Pope delivered the free kick into the area where it was headed behind by Whitefield. Glasgow whipped the corner into the near post where Falconer headed it clear but it came straight out to Pope whose low drive was deflected just past the left post.
Talbot opened the scoring in the 23rd minute. Kemp fed the ball on to Glasgow on the right & he fired it low across goal where STEPHEN WILSON got on the end of it to side-foot home from 8 yards out.
From the re-start the Gow won a free kick in a dangerous area when Glasgow clipped the heels of Weir. Weir delivered the free kick beyond the back post where Leishman came for it but couldn’t hold onto it but Harvey was able to clear.
Lesmahagow put together a good move in the 26th minute. Woodlock won the ball in the centre & spread play out to Weir on the right. He squared it across to Faughnan but he took too long on the ball & Lyle was able to block his shot.
Talbot were denied a second goal in the 28th minute thanks to a fine stop from Thomson. Gow conceded a needless corner and when it came over Hyslop climbed to head it for goal. Thomson did well to turn his header onto the bar & the defence were able to scramble it clear from the goal mouth.
The goal wasn’t long delayed though & Talbot doubled their lead in the 34th minute. Harvey shoved a free kick up the left touchline to find Pope in space. He angled a cross into the area that flew over Schonville to find GRAHAM WILSON who took it on the half volley; burying a shot inside the left post.
A good reaction save prevented Talbot from extending their lead in the 37th minute. Kemp whipped an early ball in from the left & Glasgow met it to steer a low shot back across goal only for Thomson to save with his feet.
It was now all Talbot and Kemp passed up a good chance to make it 3 in the 41st minute. Graham Wilson cut in off the right past Schonville & slipped the ball through to Kemp who found himself in space inside the area but he pulled his shot wide of the right post.
Two minutes later Talbot had another golden opportunity to score. McDowall lifted a great ball over the defence to send Graham Wilson through down the left. He raced in one on one with Thomson but his shot was too near the keeper who was able to block. The rebound spun up into the air where Glasgow headed it goal ward but his header drifted over the bar & Talbot had to be content with a 2 goal lead at the interval.
Lesmahagow made a change during half-time with Faugnan remaining in the clubhouse & J Thomson on in his place up front.
The change in personnel though didn’t lead to a change in the game as Talbot continued to dominate. Kemp did well in the 49th minute racing in off the left & driving for the box. He had Stephen Wilson free on the right but instead opted to shoot; drilling a low shot straight at Thomson from the edge of the area.
Any hopes of a cup upset folded in the 53rd minute when Talbot made it 3-0. Lyle dinked the ball over the static defence & JAMIE GLASGOW raced onto it before calmly passing the ball beyond the keeper.
It could easily have been 4 soon after. Graham Wilson showed good strength to hold off Schonville’s challenge before rolling the ball across the area toward Kemp. He dummied it & the ball ran through to Stephen Wilson who drilled it just past the left post from 15 yards.
Falconer could have headed for an early bath in the 58th minute when he caught Stephen Wilson late. The ref looked set to produce a card but had 2nd thoughts when he realised he’d booked him earlier.
Tucker made a double switch on the hour mark with McIlroy & Shankland replacing Kemp & Graham Wilson up front. Lesmahagow now made their 2nd change with S Schonville coming on for Weir.
Talbot’s substitions paid off in the 67th minute when the two subs combined to add to Talbot’s lead. Shankland swept a good cross in from the left & SEAN MCILROY met it in the centre to head it beyond the keeper.
McDowall picked up a caution in the 69th minute when he lunged into a late tackle in midfield.
Tucker now made his final change with Waite on for Hyslop.
Again the sub made an immediate impact, haring down the left & whipping over a cross that McIlroy headed just wide of the right post.
Talbot grabbed their 5th goal in the 79th minute. Glasgow got away down the right & knocked a good ball across the 6-yard area which SEAN MCILROY volleyed home at the near post.
With 6 minutes remaining Lesmahagow managed to snatch a late consolation effort. Thomson got on the end of a head flick inside the box & hit a low drive on target. Leishman saved low to his left but MCSTAY had followed up & tucked away the rebound.
As the game moved into injury time Talbot completed the scoring when they added their 6th. Shankland played a clever disguised pass down the right to take out the defence & send JAMIE GLASGOW clean through. Thomson managed to get a hand to his low drive but could only help it into the roof of the net.
A very good performance by Talbot who hit form at just the right time to claim the inaugural Sectional cup. Next up for Talbot it is a trip up north to face the unbeaten Cove Rangers in the senior Scottish.
Auchinleck Talbot – Leishman, Lyle, Pope, Harvey, McPherson, Stephen Wilson, Hyslop, Glasgow, Graham Wilson, Kemp, McDowall
Subs – Shankland, McIlroy, McCracken, Waite, White
Lesmahagow Juniors – S Thomson, Falconer, Whitefield, Woodlock, N Schonville, Nicholson, Innes, S Clark, Faughnan, McStay, Weir
Subs – Lygate, M Clark, S Schonville, J Thomson, Lithgow
Photographs by Paul Flynn.
Photographs by Paul Flynn.
MURRAYS MATCH REPORT
Talbot have a good record at Newlandsfield & they built on this with a well-deserved 2-1 win over Pollok in front of a good crowd.
The Bot made a bright start & had a decent chance to take the lead in the 3rd minute. Shankland lifted a ball down the left to find Kemp racing in behind the defence. He slid it across the face of goal where Graham Wilson steered it wide of the far post.
Talbot did take the lead in the 10th minute and once again it came thanks to a set piece. Stephen Wilson’s cross was deflected behind for a corner on the right & when Shankland delivered it into the centre where Pope met it. His header skipped off the surface toward goal & GRAHAM WILSON reacted to nod it home from close range.
Another Talbot corner saw them close again in the 15th minute. This time Shankland lifted it to the far post where Longmuir failed to cut it out. It came to Harvey but he couldn’t get above it & his header flew over the bar.
The home side came close to an equaliser in the 17th minute. Pollok were awarded a free kick out on the left which Young curled into the centre. Leishman came off his line to punch clear but was beaten to it by McGregor whose header sailed wide of the left post.
Within a minute Longmuir prevented Talbot from doubling their lead. The Lok defence failed to clear a corner from the right & it came out to Pope just outside the area. He hammered a shot for goal that was deflected high into the air. When the ball spun to earth Kemp was the first to react & he drilled a low shot on goal that nearly squeezed past Longmuir who did well to make the stop.
Talbot were annoyed at the officials in the 21st minute when two calls went against them in quick succession. Firstly, the linesman flagged Pollok offside as they broke forward, only for the referee to ignore him, then when the ball came into the box Gormley looked to shoulder Lyle off the ball. Gormley cut inside but Lyle recovered & got across to block his shot behind for the corner.
Pollok’s McCann tested Leishman in the 23rd minute. There didn’t seem any immediate danger as Pollok lifted the ball down the centre but the Bot defence failed to cut it out & it came out to McCann on the right who angled a low shot back across goal that Leishman turned wide of the post.
In Talbot’s next attack they won a free kick out on the left following Gallacher’s clumsy aerial challenge on Graham Wilson. Shankland curled a dangerous cross in behind the defence & Gallacher got a lucky break when he dived to cut it out & steered it straight to his keeper.
Thirty two minutes in Talbot won another free kick on the left, this time a bit nearer to goal, after Gallacher clipped the heels of Kemp. This time Shankland opted to shoot, curling it over the defensive wall, but over the bar.
Fraser had his name taken in the 34th minute for a late challenge.
A minute later Talbot had the Lok defence at full stretch. Kemp got away on the right & fired a low ball into the near post toward Graham Wilson but it was well-defended.
Talbot doubled their advantage in the 40th minute and it’s a goal McCann would like to forget. He gifted Talbot the ball with a slack pass out from the back which was worked out to Graham Wilson on the left. He burst into the area where McCann clumsily up-ended him and the ref pointed to the spot. GRAHAM WILSON kept a cool head & sent Longmuir the wrong way to roll it into the bottom corner and make it 2-0.
In the closing minutes of the half Kemp picked up a caution when he carried on after the whistle & lobbed the ball into the net after being caught offside.
The last thing Talbot would have wanted was to concede an early goal to give Pollok a lifeline but that’s just what happened in the 48th minute. Sideserf swept the ball from one touchline to the other to pick out McCann on the right. He whipped a good cross over which McGregor headed on target. Leishman produced a good stop to deny him, diving to his right to push it away, but it came straight to FRASER who drilled it low into the far corner to make it 2-1.
A 3rd goal from Talbot would have effectively killed the game off and a golden chance to grab it came in the 58th minute. Graham Wilson’s shot from the left of the area was deflected and came across to Kemp in front of goal. He looked set to fire it home but Gallacher threw himself across to get a nick on it & deflect his shot over the bar.
Pollok then had a lucky escape from the resultant corner. Longmuir came to take Shankland’s corner only to drop it. Hyslop hooked the ball goal ward only to see it cleared off the line.
Stephen Wilson picked up a harsh yellow card in the 61st minute. He chased onto Hyslop’s head flick & collided with Sideserf inside the area. It looked to be an accidental coming together but the ref thought he’d dived & booked him.
Talbot ought to have put the game beyond any doubt when they two good chances within a minute.
The first one came in the 63rd minute when Talbot broke swiftly up the left & Shankland won a corner. It was taken quickly to Stephen Wilson who angled a cross in straight onto the head of Hyslop who powered a free header off the outside the right post.
A minute later a simple ball over the top found the Lok defence caught for pace as Kemp raced away from Boyle inside the area but he pulled his shot wide of the left post.
A single goal lead is always precarious & the Bot had a scare in the 70th minute. McGregor chanced his arm with a long range effort that took a fortuitous deflection & landed right at the feet of Fraser who hit a tame shot on target from 10 yards out.
Tucker made his first change in the 72nd minute with Glasgow on in place of Kemp.
Harvey had his name taken in the 74th minute for a late challenge.
Talbot made their second change with quarter of an hour remaining with Armstrong replacing Shankland & Pollok also made a change at the same time with Millar on for Fraser.
Tucker completed his substitutions in the 78th minute when McIlroy came on for Graham Wilson.
McIlroy was only on the park a minute before being involved. Armstrong won the ball out on the right & pinged it up the right to find McIlroy racing through; however, Longmuir had read the danger & raced out his box to just beat him to it & clear it out for a shy.
Pollok had a chance to test the Bot defence in the 80th minute when they won a free kick out wide on the right. Young lifted a high cross to the back post where Leishman confidently claimed it.
A minute later Talbot had another chance to restore their two goal cushion. McIlroy gathered out on the right & swept a ball across the area. The Lok defence failed cut it out and it came to Glasgow in space on the left of the area but he tugged his shot wide of the left post.
Pollok were a little fortunate to keep 11 men on the pitch when McGregor was guilty of a cynical late challenge on McPherson but the referee thought a yellow card sufficed.
The closing stages saw Talbot hemmed in with Pollok throwing bodies forward to try and salvage a point. In the closing minute of the match Gormley curled a good cross over from the left toward the back post where McGregor went down looking for a penalty but the referee wasn’t interested and Talbot were able to see out injury time comfortably enough.
A good away win for Talbot that keeps them up at the business end of the table; next week it is back to Beechwood for league duty as Talbot entertain Kilwinning Rangers.
Pollok – Longmuir, McKenzie, Sideserf, Gallacher, Boyle, Sena, G McCann, McGregor, Gormley, Fraser, Young
Subs – Coutts, Millar, McMullin, McWilliams, Brash
Auchinleck Talbot – Leishman, Lyle, Pope, Harvey, McPherson, Stephen Wilson, Hyslop, White, Graham Wilson, Kemp, Shankland
Subs – McIlroy, Glasgow, Armstrong, McDowall, McCracken
Talbot climbed to 2nd in the table courtesy of an impressive away win over Pollok; a result Talbot will hope to replicate in a fortnight’s time when they meet again in the Scottish cup.
The home side were the 1st to settle & had the 1st effort at goal in the 3rd minute when Leishman easily fielded Gormley’s drive from 25 yards.
A minute later Harvey had his name taken for a foul on Stuart McCann as he broke forward. McCluskey flighted the free kick into the area where it was headed clear.
Action then switched to the other end as Talbot won a free kick out on the right in their 1st foray into the Lok half. Shankland whipped a great ball across to the back post where McIlroy & Glasgow both just failed to make contact.
Talbot’s next attack saw Glasgow have a half chance inside the Lok area. A Talbot shy came to him 15 yards out but he chose to take a defender on rather than go for the shot & the chance was lost.
Longmuir produced a good stop in the 12th minute to prevent Talbot taking the lead. Shankland curled an inch perfect cross over from the left which Steven Wilson met at the back post only for Longmuir to turn his header around the post.
The breakthrough came in the 19th minute when Talbot won a penalty. Shankland knocked it into the feet of McIlroy who helped the ball out to the left. Glasgow got there before Niang who sent him tumbling with a shove in the back & the ref pointed to the spot. STEVEN WILSON took it & gave Longmuir no chance, hammering it inside the right post as the keeper went the wrong way.
In the 23rd minute Pollok squandered a half chance to test Leishman. Gormley pulled the ball back to McGregor at the edge of the area but he ballooned his shot way over.
Four minutes later Harvey had to look sharp to deny the home side. McGregor slid a pass through the centre for McCluskey but Harvey got there first to clear the danger.
Pollok hadn’t brought their shooting boots & failed to make the most of another half chance in the 29th minute. The Bot defence failed to clear their lines & it came to S McCann 18 yards out but he lifted his shot over the bar.
A minute later Talbot doubled their lead. McIlroy squared the ball to SHANKLAND 25 yards out & he darted into the area, side-stepped the challenge of Niang, & coolly passed the ball beyond Longmuir to put Talbot 2-0 ahead.
Pollok pushed forward looking for a way back & McCluskey had an effort on target in the 33rd minute. He beat Pope to the ball & carried it forward before drilling a shot at goal that took a deflection on its way through to Leishman. The Lok frontman then had his name taken for dissent as he appealed that it had hit a hand on its way through.
The home side ought to have reduced the deficit five minutes before the interval. Gary McCann got free on the right & squared it across the area where Gormley only had to pass it into the net; however, Lyle reacted quickest & nicked in to turn it behind for a corner.
Glasgow showed his pace in Talbot’s next counter, surging past Sideserf into the penalty area but he couldn’t get past Niang & the defence were able to clear.
In the closing seconds of the half Pollok wasted a clear chance to pull a goal back. McCluskey was sent free down the right & strolled into the box but with only Leishman to beat he tamely hit his shot straight at him & Talbot went in two goals to the good at the interval.
Just as they did last week at Cumnock Talbot came out flying at the start of the 2nd half & nearly produced a peach of a goal a minute after the re-start. A slick passing move saw Shankland find McIlroy in the box. He fed it onto Glasgow who back-heeled it back into the path of Shankland who saw his low drive turned round the post by Longmuir.
Talbot played the corner short, allowing Shankland the angle to whip a ball across the face of goal but there were no takers in the centre.
Two minutes later McIlroy came close to putting the game beyond Pollok. White’s ball down the left found him breaking into the area & he drilled an early shot across goal that slipped just wide of the far post.
McIlroy had another opportunity to get on the scoresheet in the 55th minute. Leishman bowled the ball out to Glasgow on the left & he flew up the wing, breezing past Niang, before firing it low across the 6-yard area. Unfortunately it went slightly behind McIlroy who couldn’t sort out his feet & he couldn’t get his shot away.
Pollok then had a chance when Gormley played in S McCann down the left. He knocked it wide past the advancing Leishman but hit it too wide & threw himself down in a vain attempt to claim a penalty.
The home side made a double switch in the 57th minute with McGregor & Byrne making way for Rowan & Hepburn.
The Bot had another chance to kill the game off in the 63rd minute. Shankland’s early ball up the left picked out Glasgow in space. He paced away from the defence but Longmuir had read the danger & came rushing off his line. Glasgow opted to hit it early but Longmuir did well to make the block.
Tucker made Talbot’s first change in the 68th minute with Graham Wilson on in place of McIlroy.
Talbot were looking comfortable sitting on their lead but Pollok weren’t out of it & they threatened to reduce the leeway in the 77th minute. Gary McCann fired over a cross from the right touchline that came to McCluskey on the left of the area. He fired a low shot on goal that was well-saved by Leishman.
This proved to be McCluskey’s swan song as he once again made a beeline for the referee to remonstrate about something & the ref produced a 2nd yellow card to reduce Pollok to 10 men.
Tucker now made a further change with Thomson on for Steven Wilson.
Pollok made their final change in the 83rd minute with Forde replacing S McCann up front.
With four minutes to go Pollok were reduced to 9 men. Gary McCann took a poor 1st touch & with the ball breaking away from him he recklessly lunged in with studs showing & was shown a straight red.
A minute from time Pollok grabbed a consolation effort when FORDE latched onto a ball over from the left, wheeling smartly to turn & fire low past Leishman to make it 2-1.
Another good win for Talbot who are back on league duty next Saturday when they are scheduled to travel through to Blair Park to face Hurlford.
Pollok Juniors – Longmuir, Byrne, Sideserf, Niang, Gallagher, Young, G McCann, McGregor, S McCann, McCluskey, Gormley
Subs – Rowan, Little, A Forde, Hepburn, Johnston (gk)
Auchinleck Talbot – Leishman, Lyle, Pope, McPherson, Harvey, S Wilson, Hyslop, White, McIlroy, Glasgow, Shankland
Subs – G Wilson, Thomson, Faulds, McCracken, Armstrong
Photographs by Paul Flynn.
Pollok 2 Talbot 0 (H-T 0-0)
Pollok ought to have taken the lead within 2 minutes. A slack pass from McGoldrick gifted the ball to McCann who raced past Lyle before cutting the ball back across goal. R Winters ran onto it but scooped his shot over the bar from 6 yards.
The game had a hurried feel to it with neither side able to settle on the ball or exert any dominance.
Talbot’s first effort at goal came in the 14th minute when G Wilson met Harvey’s cross & steered a header wide of the left post.
Pollok gradually began to take control of the match but without producing much in the final third.
In the 23rd minute Talbot came close to opening the scoring. Williamson conceded a free kick out on the right for a foul on Shankland & he delivered the ball into the area where Hyslop’s header flew just wide of the right post with the aid of a slight deflection.
At the other end Williamson had a decent effort for the home side when he tried to place a shot from 20 yards that curled wide of the left post.
R Winters squandered an almost identical chance to the one he’d missed in the 2nd minute after 32 mins. McCann got free on the right & fired a low cutback into the centre which Winters met but lifted over the bar.
McCracken became the 1st player booked when he was cautioned in the 39th min for a late challenge on Sideserf & he was soon joined in the ref’s notebook by Evans for a foul on Shankland.
Talbot ended the half strongly & twice came close to taking the lead. The first chance came from a corner out on the left. Shankland lifted it beyond the back post where Harvey looped a header back across that beat Longmuir but Evans headed it off the line.
In the last minute of the half Shankland nodded the ball down into the path of G Wilson & he surged in on goal; however Longmuir was quickly off his line & made a good stop from his low drive & the sides went in goal less at the interval.
Harvey became the 2nd Bot player booked when he received a caution for a late challenge on Mackenzie in the 53rd minute. He was unable to continue & Pollok made their first change with Hepburn on in his place.
The first effort at goal in the 2nd half came in the 56th minute when McCann drifted in from the right wing & sent a shot wide of Leishman’s left post.
The opening goal came in the 61st minute & in keeping with the quality of the game it was a messy affair. Longmuir’s long punt down the centre was missed in the air by the Talbot defence & bounced through to D WINTERS who had the easy task of sliding it past the helpless Leishman.
Tucker responded by making a double substitution with the two wide players, Milliken & Hyslop being replaced by Young & Steven Wilson.
A minute or so later Talbot made a further change with Stevenson on in midfield to replace McCracken.
It was now Talbot’s turn to dominate territory & possession but there was a lack of quality & composure in the final third & the Bot were unable to turn dominance into chances. Time & again speculative crosses were thrown into the box only to be headed clear under no real pressure.
Pollok made a change in the 83rd minute with Hanlon coming on for R Winters.
Graham Wilson picked up a caution in the 85th minute for persistent fouling.
Any lingering hopes of a Talbot comeback were ended in the 87th minute when Pollok added their second. Once again Talbot didn’t properly clear a Longmuir punt down the centre. This time it was headed out but only as far as Williamson who headed it back into the area. D Winters latched onto it & coolly chipped the ball through to ROWAN who ran in behind & took it past Leishman before rolling it home.
A bad day at the office for Talbot who never quite got going and the Bot will have to lift their game for next Saturday when Rob Roy visit Beechwood.
Pollok – Longmuir, Evans, Sideserf, Gallagher, McCabe, Rowan, McCann, Williamson, D Winters, R Winters, Mackenzie
Subs – Hanlon, McAleenan, Daly, Hepburn, Walker
Talbot – Leishman, Lyle, Harvey, McGoldrick, Boyle, McCracken, Hyslop, White, Shankland, Milliken, G Wilson
Subs – Stevenson, S Wilson, Young, Pooler, McPherson
Talbot ended the season in style, beating Renfrew 5-2 to add the Evening Times cup to their list of silverware for the season.
Prior to kick off Talbot were presented with the league trophy and then it was down to business.
It was immediately apparent both sides had come to have a go and within the first few minutes Love lifted a shot over the bar at one end before Zok did likewise down the other.
The 1st close call came in the 8th minute. Young met a ball in behind the Frew defence & laid it out 1st time to Milliken on the left. He thumped a shot at goal that had Baird beaten but struck his right hand post.
The game continued to flow from end to end and Renfrew had a decent chance in the 21st minute. McDaid picked the ball up in the centre & switched it out left to find Jones at the edge of the area. He fired on target but Leishman held it at his near post.
Seconds later Milliken had a glorious chance to put Talbot ahead. The Renfrew defence failed to cut out a ball through the middle & it came straight through to Milliken. He only had Baird to beat but the keeper stood his ground & saved with his legs when Milky tried to prod it past him.
Talbot took the lead in the 24th minute. Young surged through the centre of midfield & sent it out wide right to find SHANKLAND who carried on into the box before drilling a shot past Baird.
The Bot were controlling the game but unable to add to their lead & almost paid for it in the 35th minute. Boyd cleared McDaid’s cross into the centre to the edge of the area where it broke away from McGoldrick allowing O’Keefe the chance & he sent a low drive just past Leishman’s right post.
The game continued to ebb & flow in the latter stages of the half though neither keeper was tested.
Benton had his name taken in the 44th minute for a trip on Boyd and the half ended with Talbot taking a 1-0 lead in at the interval.
Talbot made a strong start to the 2nd half and came close to a 2nd goal in the 46th minute. McGoldrick carried it out from the back before releasing a pass down the left to find Young. He fired a shot across goal that sailed just past the left post with the aid of a slight deflection. When Shankland’s corner came over the defence failed to cut it out & the ball made its way to the back post where LOVE prodded it home from close range to double Talbot’s lead.
It looked as though Talbot were well in control but Renfrew had other ideas and it was game on again when they pulled one back in the 51st minute. Benton did the damage, cutting in past Pope & powering the ball across goal, and although Leishman got a hand to it to keep his effort out, ZOK was in the right place to hook it home from close range at the back post.
Renfrew now made a substitution with Nisanci coming on in place of McDaid.
Hyslop picked up a caution in the 54th minute for a foul on Forbes and a minute later Talbot had a let off when Benton gathered the ball out on the left & curled a shot at goal that beat Leishman but clipped off the top of the bar.
Renfrew capitalised on their good spell & levelled the score in the 58th minute. Benton ran into space down the left wing before releasing the ball inside to JONES and he coolly slotted it past Leishman to make it 2-2.
Talbot responded and were unlucky on the hour mark when Young split the defence with a pass to send Milliken through but Baird came to his side’s rescue, racing out to the edge of the area to beat him to it.
Three minutes later Baird produced a wonder stop to keep Renfrew level. Young did well outside the penalty area, skipping past a couple of challenges before sliding it out to Shankland on the left. He cut inside onto his right foot & drilled a shot inside the near post that the Bot support all had counted, but somehow Baird made the stop to his right & when the ball spun high inside the 6-yard box it didn’t fall for Love & the defence managed to clear.
It was then Talbot’s chance to have a narrow escape. O’Keefe sped free down the left & squared it for Zok who ought to have scored from 4 yards out but hit Leishman with his shot.
It was anybody’s game at this stage but just when they needed it Talbot found an extra gear. The Bot regained the lead in the 70th minute when Hyslop met a ball through the centre & glanced a header to his right to pick out YOUNG who placed it inside Baird’s left post to make it 3-2.
With quarter of an hour remaining Talbot hit the woodwork for the 2nd time. Boyd won a corner down the right and when it came over McGoldrick’s header bounced off the turf & up onto the top of the bar before going over.
Renfrew weren’t done though & they nearly levelled again in the 80th minute. Shankland’s pass to Love was intercepted & Jones raced away down the left before whipping a dangerous cross into the centre where Pope succeeded in beating Zok to the ball to turn it behind for a corner.
Talbot restored their two goal cushion, and effectively ended Renfrew’s hopes, with a 4th in the 82nd minute. Milliken did well out on the right, holding the ball up, before releasing it to the overlapping Boyd. He cut it back to LOVE who tucked it away into the opposite corner.
Talbot wasted a chance to extend their lead a few minutes later. Milliken turned smartly away from Heffron to race through down the left. He had Love free on the 6-yard line for a tap in but his final ball was just a bit short.
Both sides now made changes with MacDonald replacing Forbes for Renfrew & Findlay coming on for Love.
The scoring was completed in the 86th minute. Young lifted a ball down the right where Milliken outpaced Ramsay before cutting the ball back for HYSLOP who passed the ball just inside the left post.
Renfrew kept going & were denied a late consolation when Benton surged clear on the right of the area and smashed a great strike across goal which produced an equally impressive save from Leishman.
Renfrew completed their substitutions in the final minute when Campbell came on for Ramsay.
As the game moved into injury time Talbot came within a whisker of adding to their tally. Shankland pulled a corner back out to Boyd and his shot was blocked by the arm of Campbell, resulting in a free kick 20 yards out & a caution for the substitute. Shankland took it & very nearly got his 2nd as his low drive flew wide of the wall & just past the left post.
This was a fitting end to the season and the fans at Newlandsfield certainly got their money’s worth with Talbot worthy winners in the end.
Talbot – Leishman, Lyle, Pope, McGoldrick, White, Boyd, Young, Hyslop, Love, Shankland, Milliken
Subs – Findlay, G Wilson, S Johnstone
Renfrew – Baird, Mulgrew, Gordon, Heffron, Ramsay, Forbes, McDaid, Benton, Zok, Jones, O’Keefe
Subs – Nisanci, MacDonald, Nicholson, Cameron, Campbell
Talbot won their 1st trophy of the season, claiming the West of Scotland cup, after a fairly comfortable victory over Hurlford.
The Bot made a strong start & won a free kick near the Hurlford box inside the 1st minute. Young curled it to the back post where McClune beat Hyslop to it to head behind for a corner. The corner was whipped in from the left & Brown managed to punch it clear. He didn’t get it very far though & Hyslop beat McKenzie to it on the right of the area & flighted the ball across the 6-yard box where SHANKLAND guided a header inside the right post to give Talbot an early lead.
Talbot were fired up for it & threatened again in the 8th minute. Young’s accurate pass found Milliken breaking down the left & he sped clear & fired a dangerous ball across goal but it came to nought as there was no one in the centre to take advantage.
You have to strike whilst the iron is hot & Talbot made their strong start count when they doubled their lead in the 13th minute. Donnelly conceded a free kick just outside his own box after he took a heavy touch, lost the ball, and tumbled Shankland over when trying to retrieve it. G WILSON took the set piece & curled a beauty of a shot over the wall that left Brown spectating.
On the night Hurlford created few clear cut chances but they did come close after 27 minutes. McKenzie played it to Borris on the right of the penalty area & he slid it across to the far post. Donnelly tried to prod it in at the post but was beaten to it by McCracken’s slide tackle & Leishman gathered.
Donnelly won a cheap free kick just outside the Bot penalty area in the 37th minute when he threw himself down under McCracken’s challenge. McClune stepped up to hit it but his tame effort was easily held by Leishman.
In the closing minutes of the half both teams fashioned decent chances. R Robertson met Borris cross from the right but directed a free header over the bar from 10 yards out and then in the last action of the half Milliken showed good ball control to beat a couple of men down the left before sweeping it into the area.
Wilson dummied it & Young following in behind flashed a shot just wide of Brown’s right post.
Hurlford made a change during the interval with M Brown on at right-back in place of McClune.
A 3RD goal would’ve killed the game & Talbot very nearly got it in the 50th minute. Hylsop released Shankland on the left & he was brought down by McClune just outside the area, resulting in a caution & a free kick to Talbot. Shankland struck it low past the wall & his shot was arrowing inside the left post until Brown made a full length save to tip it round the post.
Hurlford huffed & puffed but couldn’t blow Talbot’s walls down and it was no surprise when they made their 2nd change after 62 mins, with Kean on to replace Donnelly.
Hyslop was having a good night & he created Talbot’s next opening, releasing Young on the right with a disguised pass, and Butch drilled a shot on target from a tight angle which Brown parried. It came straight out to Hyslop & his low drive looked to be heading into the bottom corner until blocked away by the outstretched leg of a defender.
Hurlford made their final change in the 68th minute when Nisbett came on for Borris.
Milliken had his name taken in the 70th minute when he tried to prevent Brown from taking a quick free kick inside the Hurlford area.
The main goal threat continued to come from Talbot & Pope deserved better in the 73rd minute when he angled a dangerous ball in from the left that no Bot player could turn home in front of goal.
Hurlford hadn’t offered much but they did stretch the Bot defence in the 75th minute. R Robertson rose to flick a header out left into the path of Kean & he broke into the Talbot box & fired a dangerous low ball across goal which McGoldrick did well to intercept at the expense of a corner.
Talbot made a change in the 77th minute with Love replacing Shankland up top.
Hyslop was inches from adding to Talbot’s lead a minute later. Wilson fed the ball out left to Young & Hyslop very nearly converted his looping cross at the back post but just failed to connect.
As the clock ticked down Hurlford threw bodies forward & piled pressure on in the last 10 mins. They had won numerous corners throughout the game to little effect but they did work a good one in the 82nd minute. It was taken short & found McKenzie outside the area & his low drive took a couple of deflections in a crowded goal mouth before heading wide of the left post.
With 6 minutes remaining Talbot made their 2nd change with Boyd on for Wilson.
Hurlford had run out of ideas & out of steam & Talbot saw the closing stages out comfortably. Frustration got the better of McKenzie two minutes from time & the Hurlford winger was cautioned for a foul on Young.
Talbot’s form has been as unpredictable as the Ayrshire weather but they produced their A game when it mattered to record a thoroughly deserved victory over Hurlford & claim the West again. Next up for Talbot is a repeat encounter as they travel to the lunar surface of Blair Park to face Hurlford in the league, knowing a win or a draw will be enough to retain the league championship. Here’s hoping for a similar performance & a double on Wednesday night.
Talbot – Leishman, Latta, Pope, McGoldrick, McCracken, White, Young, Shankland, Milliken, G Wilson, Hyslop
Subs – Love, S Wilson, Boyd, Gillies, Johnston
Hurlford – A Brown, McClune, McKillen, G Mitchell, C Robertson, D Mitchell, McKenzie, Chisholm, Donnelly, R Robertson, Borris
Subs – Creaney, M Brown, Kean, Nisbett, Murchie