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Whitletts Vics : News & Match Report

Monday, 21 January 2019


Whitletts Victoria are delighted to announce the appointment of Peter Leonard as the Clubs’ new manager.

The former Cumnock manager steps into the role vacated by the departure of George Grierson due to ill health and has urged the people of Ayr to get fully behind the Club as he looks to take it to new levels in the junior game.

'I am delighted to accept the offer to become the next manager of Whitletts Victoria FC. I am saddened by the way this vacancy has come about due to George Grierson's health issues, they are big shoes to fill as he has been doing a great job for the club, leaving them in a very healthy position in the championship after doing such a fine job getting promotion last season” said Leonard who has also confirmed his new backroom team at Whitletts.

“My fellow coaches, Chris Flanagan, Gerry Phillips and Steven McNally will also be joining me as we look to build on the solid foundations which are in place. The committee are working tirelessly to move the club forward. In moving to a new stadium we hope to build the support of the club which can only be done by playing in an attractive style and winning football matches.”

“We are looking forward to the challenge but really need the people of Ayr to get behind us.”

Vics Chairman John Dalton was delighted that Leonard has agreed to take on the role and looked forward to working with the new manager in a bid to take the Club forward

“Peter Leonard has a fantastic track record as a manager in the junior game with Maybole, Girvan and latterly Cumnock”

“He’s won promotion with Maybole, back to back promotions with Girvan to take them to the top flight for the first time and then with his time until recently at Cumnock so he knows what it takes to get to the Premiership and stay there.”

“He is extremely ambitious and his ambition matches that of the clubs’. He and all his coaching staff live in Ayr which fits in with our desire to build a strong local junior football club that the people of Ayr can be proud of.”

Peter Leonard will take charge of the team in Saturday’s home match against Kilsyth Rangers at Dam Park.


High flying Rossvale took the honours in this first ever competitive meeting between the clubs at Huntershill.

With Isaac Kerr suspended, caretaker boss Scott Clelland played with a flat back four formation and it took the visitors a while to get used to that change as Rossvale forwards found plenty of space in and around the penalty area but it was not all one way traffic in that first period as Vics themselves created a number of opportunities.

The first of those came from a low cross whipped in by young Andy Kerr that Thomas Donovan couldn’t quite get enough on to direct goalwards but it was the home side who took the lead in the 6th minute when a simple pass into the box found Stephen McGladrigan in acres of space and the former Petershill striker picked his spot past Marty Fraser.

It was almost two when McGladrigan tried to take the ball round Fraser but the Vics keeper recovered to get his body in the way of the strikers shot and the ball came back off the post and behind for a corner.

The home side looked capable of scoring everytime they crossed the halfway line. Full back David Leadbetter was unlucky with a free kick that went inches wide and McGladrigan fired into the side netting when through on goal but not to be outdone the Vale striker scored his second of the match in the 33rd minute when his deft touch onto a low cross from the left beat Fraser.

Vics responded well and Donovan had chances with a couple of headers that went wide while Adam Forsyth forced a fine save from Vale keeper James Donnelly but at the interval the home side were good value for their lead.

It was a different story in the second half as a rejuvenated Vics took the game to their hosts and peppered the home goal. Bobby Colligan was involved in most the Vics play while Forsyth led the line superbly as Rossvale struggled to deal with the Vics forward play. The visitors created a number of good opportunities and Donnelly again denied Vics with a fine save at full stretch to turn a Donovan shot round the post.

Fraser was called into action to make a fine block to deny Vale’s Gary Griffin but it was the home keeper was the busier of the two No1’s and he was called into action again to deny Forsyth while a Colligan free kick went inches wide. But in the 57th minute Whitletts made the breakthrough. After a spell of pressure, Callum Ogston carved open the home defence with a through ball to Forsyth who this time gave Donnelly no chance to reduce the leeway.

Vics were in the ascendancy now and looked the more likely side to score but in the 61st minute they were reduced to ten men after skipper Raymond Buchanan received a second yellow card for a challenge on Griffin.

Vale took full advantage of having the extra man and three minutes later restored their two goal advantage as Griffin was released clear down the right to fire low past Fraser.

It was a cruel blow for Vics who continued to press forward at every opportunity to get back into the game with Colligan again going close but as the game wore on it was the home side who, with the extra man advantage created the better chances. Fraser twice denied Vale with saves from Griffin and Liam McGonigle while from the resulting corner, McGonigle was denied by a goal line clearance from Ogston

An impressive second half display from Vics and but for the sending off in the second half they could possibly have taken something from the game but all the club prepares to enter a new chapter.

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