1975 was not Winton Rovers' best year.
IRVINE VICTORIA 2 –
ARDROSSAN WINTON ROVERS 1
WOODWORK TO ROVERS’ AID
Irvine Vics were in command of this match (on 29 March 1975) from the start and the scoreline is no reflection of the play. No fewer than six shots bounced off the woodwork of the Winton goal. The game opened at a fast pace and two goals were scored in the first five minutes. Vics forced their way down the right into the Winton half and Smillie sent over a beautiful cross which was headed out. Convery connected and sent the ball back in and Neil prodded it over the line. Three minutes later, Winton were back on level terms when Clarke was on hand to score close in after a corner on the right. Vics continued to be the more impressive team and their two trialists settled down quickly, particularly Newman in midfield who helped put their team back into the lead.
Newman took a long throw on the right and the ball went into the penalty area where it broke to Waldron who cracked it home from twelve yards. Convery had the ball in the net again for Vics with a flying header but the goal was disallowed because of a foul by Neil on the Winton centre-half. Vics continued to be the more impressive team in the second half but they could not connect with goal, their shots all going just off target. Player of the match was Smillie. Waldron also played well for the Irvine team with Cutherbertson as solid as a rock at the back. Best for a poor Winton side were Clarke and McIlroy.
The teams were:
Irvine Vics - McVey; Smillie and Dunachie; Struthers, Cuthbertson and Newman; Neil. Newman, Dorman, Waldron and Convery with substitutes Strain and Bonar.
Winton Rovers - Mooney; Hay, Sanderson, Jaap and McColl; Clarke and Ellis; Duffy, Dalgliesh, McIlroy and Thomson with substitutes Thomson and Cassidy.
Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 4 April 1975
IRVINE MEADOW 6 – ARDROSSAN WINTON ROVERS 2
SKIPPER INSPIRES MEADOW
Five second-half goals by Meadow completely shattered Winton who had led 2-1 at the interval. The game (on 12 April 1975) was a personal triumph for striker Allan Johnstone who grabbed a hat-trick to take his tally for the season to twenty-six goals. Both goalmouths had narrow escapes in the opening minutes with first Ellis sending a header wide of the mark for Winton them McQuillan bringing out the best in Mooney with a good drive. In twenty-two minutes, Houston suffered a leg injury and was replaced by Dunne but this did not upset the Meadow rhythm and six minutes later, they took the lead. Jaap failed to clear his lines and Johnstone pounced on the ball to shoot home from fourteen yards. Meadow failed to take the initiative after this goal and two minutes later, Winton got a deserved equaliser. Jaap, whose error allowed Meadow to open the scoring, was on hand to head home a corner.
Winton piled on the pressure and after several chances were missed, they grabbed an interval lead. Again, the goal came from a corner, this time Duffy crashing the ball home from eight yards. It took Meadow only one minute to get back on level terms. A throw-out by keeper Dick found Stevenson who passed inside to Patterson. The inside man raced downfield and completed a wall pass move with Dunne before thundering the ball into the net. Meadow went into the lead in the fifty-third minute. From a Stevenson throw-in on the left flank, Johnstone beat three defenders before sending Dunne clear to score. The Irvine side added a fourth goal in the sixty-sixth minute when Adams, one of Meadow’s best players, capped a fine match by heading home a Stevenson flag kick. Ten minutes later, Johnstone added number five. The Meadow skipper completed his hat-trick seven minutes from time when he cleverly rounded Jaap before picking his spot in the net.
The teams were:
Irvine Meadow – Dick; Houston, Paton; McCrorie, Bashford, Adams; Cochrane, Johnstone, McQuillan, Patterson and Stevenson.
Winton Rovers – Mooney; Hay, McColl; Clarke, Jaap, Frew; Sanderson, Ellis, McIlroy, Duffy and Weir.
Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 18 April 1975