Winton Rovers had a good team in 1988.
MAYBOLE JUNIORS 0 – WINTON ROVERS 6
Winton claimed the top spot in the Second Division with a good all-round display which included four goals from striker Denis Donnelly. The visitors started fairly slowly and it wasn't until the eleventh minute that they created the game’s first real chances. Keeper Sinnet of Maybole made a string of good saves from Donnelly, Kane and Bell - all within a sixty second spell. Winton took the lead, however, in the twenty-second minute when Malcolmson laid off a pass to Donnelly who shot through it knot of defenders and into the corner of the net. Winton’s forwards continued to create good chances but it was not until five minutes before hall time that they increased their lead when Orr beat the Maybole offside trap and set Donnelly up with the chance to round the keeper and slot the ball home. A minute later, Sinnet dented Bell when he got his finger-tips to the winger’s chip shot and put it past for a corner. Six minutes alter half time, Maybole’s Scobie was booked for a foul on Donnelly and in fifty-four minutes, Bell forced his way forward and his final shot was deflected into the Maybole net by defender Denny. The home side’s best chance came in sixty-one minutes when Clarke set up Denny with a good pass but his shot went narrowly past. Two minutes later, Maybole were reduced to ten men when Scobie got involved with Mitchell and collected his second booking - and his marching orders. In sixty-seven minutes, Donnelly released Kane to run at the Maybole goal and he made no mistake to make it 4-0. In seventy-eight minutes, Irvine was booked for persistent fouling. Two minutes after this, Donnelly completed his hat-trick when he beat the dlspirited Sinnet to a loose ball and shot past defender Robertson on the goal line. Two minutes from time, Donnelly made it 6-0 when he ran in and took advantage of a bad mistake by the keeper and scored from two yards. Winton’s team was I Ferguson, A Ferguson, Malcolmson, Halley, Cruikshanks, McCall, Bell, Mitchell, Donnelly, Kane and Orr. The substitutes were Irvine and Slimmen.
Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 13 February 1988