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Whitletts Vics : Match Report

Monday, 25 March 2019


Without a competitive fixture for a month, Peter Leonard’s side needed this run out to keep their match fitness levels up before their return to competitive action at Girvan next Saturday. And they didn’t disappoint as they overwhelmed League Two outfit Saltcoats in this friendly fixture at Campbell Park.

Inside two minutes Whitletts were in front after Saltcoats keeper John McWilliam parried Thomas Donovan’s shot and although Adam Forsyth’s follow up was blocked by a defender, the ball rebounded of the Whitletts striker into the net.

The Ayr side continued to dominate the early possession and Jordan Mullen went close with a header from a Donovan free kick but in the 27th minute the same two players combined to double Vics advantage. After Mullen had originally ‘cleared’ a Donovan corner, the big defender got on the end of Donovan’s return cross into the box to head home.

Saltcoats were forced to play on the counter attack and when Shaun McConnick broke through the visitors defence he was denied by the feet of Marty Fraser.

The woodwork came to the home side's rescue in the 36th minute when an attempted clearance from keeper McWilliam stuck Donovan only to come back off the bar and although the ball fell kindly to Forsyth he could only shoot tamely at the home keeper.

The Ayr side again started the second period strongly and Forsyth went close with a diving header from close range but the home side were clearly not going to just make up the numbers and player manager Eva Bembo led by example as he struck twice in quick succession to bring his side level. In the 51st minute the striker rose at the back post to beat Fraser with a header and five minutes later as the home side had their best spell of the game, Bembo beat Fraser again with a superb free kick into the top corner from 20 yards.

That quick fire double rocked Whitletts but they regrouped and were soon back in front when on the hour mark Louis Kerr controlled a Sean Ewart pass to step inside a defender and slip the ball past Sean Wigzell in the home goal.

Kerr was denied a quick second when Wigzell tipped his volley onto the crossbar but after 63 minutes Whitletts restored their two goal advantage. Forsyth again in the right place to guide a low Callum Ogston cross past the keeper.

Four minutes later the same two players combined for the Vics striker to take the ball past the keeper to score Vics fifth.

Ogston should have had his own name on the scoresheet when his close range shot was blocked by Wigzell and his follow up deflected away from goal by a defender. Jordan Baird’s header was blocked by the feet of Wigzell and then the Vics striker squandered a great chance when he could only fire into the side netting after taking the ball round the keeper but with two minutes remaining Vics added a sixth. Forsyth’s persistence paying off as he twisted and turned to create space inside the box to fire past the keeper for his fourth of the afternoon.

But the scoring was finished there and seconds later Forsyth released Jordan Boyd who raced through the drill the ball past the keeper.

A good work out for Vics in their preparations to return to competitive action next weekend when they travel to Girvan in the West Region Championship.

Saltcoats Victoria
1. McWilliam (Wigzell HT) 2. Halliday 3. Byrne 4. Frame 5. Kasongo 6. Shankley 7. Morcambe (Haji HT) 8. Farrell 9. Bembo 10. Ohar 11. McConnick

Whitletts Victoria
1. Fraser 2. Ogston 3. Ewart 4. Mullen 5. I.Kerr 6. Millar 7. Brown (Boyd 50) 8. A.Kerr (Baird 67) 9. Forsyth 10. Donovan 11. L.Kerr (Hay 71)

Referee: Gary Train

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