Beith Juniors FC: Match Reports: Beith Juniors 2 Ardrossan Winton Rovers 1: Match Report by Robbie Sanderson

Monday, August 20
Beith Juniors 2 Ardrossan Winton Rovers 1: Match Report by Robbie Sanderson

Beith: Strain, McShane, Docherty, Wilson, Sheridan, Wild, Irvine, Callaghan, McGowan, McLean, Howarth. Subs: Hardie, Reid, Kinney, Greenwood (gk)

Winton: Pollock, Smith, McCrae, Mone, Gilmour, Wilson, Kerr, Paterson, Kennedy, Santos, Cunningham. Subs: Reid, Faulds, Friel, Hay, Khan

Beith scraped the points from their last Ardagh section game with the group already won, but the plaudits will go to Winton who put up a spirited performance and deserved to take something away from the contest.

Winton were first to threaten and Beith keeper Adam Strain had to be on his toes to touch a dangerous swerving McCrae free kick over the bar. The visitors continued to get forward at any opportunity while Beith looked for Kenny McLean to grab the opener and he wasn't far away from a Docherty cross and then hit the side net when he burst through on a quickly taken Callaghan free kick.

As is often the case a bad miss at one end is punished at the other end that was the case when Beith went in front. Winton forward Santos, played onside by Marc McShane sped through on goal with just the goalie to beat but delayed his shot just enough to allow Adam Strain to turn his effort past the upright. While the visitors were cursing their luck Kenny McLean whipped a ball into David McGowan's feet in the box and he was brought down by Gilmour in a challenge from behind as he turned to shoot. The referee who was on hand awarded a penalty which McLean duly despatched.

Half time seemed to arrive quickly as the game continued to be evenly contested but the home side went in for the break with a narrow lead.

Beith replaced David McGowan up front with Alain Kinney for the restart and they continued to look dangerous down the flanks through Docherty and Irvine but were let down by poor final deliveries. Kinney saw his shot from a tight angle fly over as Beith attacked but the outcome of the match was still very much in the balance as Winton battled for a leveller. They went close to getting one from a well worked free kick which forced Strain to make a fine save to deny Kerr as he looked set to score. Beith continued to have more possession but again failed to create clear chances with a McLean header, which went over the bar, the only effort of note. Winton used their substitutes in an effort to get grab a goal with time starting to slip away and an equaliser looked possible until they were undone by a clinical finish from Kenny McLean when he beat their offside trap and drew keeper Pollock before applying a cool finish.

A comfortable ending was not be though as Winton deservedly got on the scoresheet when Kennedy quickly latched onto a miscued Wild clearance and fired a fine shot into the top corner that gave keeper Strain no chance. Winton pushed hard for an equaliser in the closing minutes and Strain did well to turn a dangerous free kick behind in a packed penalty box. Winton keeper Pollock starred in the last action of a close encounter when he pulled off a fine save to stop a Howarth effort that looked net bound.

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