AUCHINLECK U13s 4 – 5 KILMARNOCK U13s
“It's a game of two halves”. Although clichéd, this quotation was entirely appropriate for Kilmarnock Academy 's recent match. The outcome looked bleak for Kilmarnock U13s at half time. With a three goal deficit to overturn in the second half, things did not look too promising. However, as we are all well aware, “it's a funny old game!”.
Proceedings had started brightly for Killie, taking the lead through Ross Black. The ball was pinged in from the left-wing which Ross managed to superbly loop over the Auchinleck ‘keeper to open the scoring.
However, two goals in quick succession from Auchinleck allowed the opposition to take the lead mid-way through the first half. Things went from bad to worse for Killie. A lack of concentration resulted in the home team scoring a further brace; therefore going 4-1 ahead.
At no time did the team doubt themselves. We were confident in our ability and we were determined to overcome the scoreline; which flattered the home team.
Killie scored two early goals in the second half to make the score 4-3. The first was a well-taken strike from our commanding centre back, Rory Connell. The third was scored by our captain, Fraser Smith. Fraser picked up the ball on the left wing and liberated a well-placed left foot shoot which impressively dipped over the Auchinleck ‘keeper. This had Auchinleck running scared, with many mistakes creeping into their game.
The equaliser was a moment to savour. Lewis Route pounced on some indecisive defending and unleashed an unstoppable right foot drive from inside the box which soared into the net; beating the ‘keeper at the near post. Killie were on the ascendancy and there was only going to be one winner!
The winner came with only five minutes left to play. Lewis Route floated a right-footed corner into the near post which the Auchinleck defender headed into his own goal. It did not matter who scored as they all count! Killie were jubilant and defended courageously. Ross Mackin incredibly saved the day with a miraculous tackle; thwarting an Auchinleck equaliser.
The final whistle drew an end to a thrilling encounter which the Killie were more than deserved winners! This left the players, parents and two (very weary and much-aged!) coaches extremely proud!
Our next match is away to St Joseph 's on Wed 30/09/09, 4pm KO.
Report by Mr King