Winton Rovers won the Ayrshire District League in 2011.
MAYBOLE JUNIORS 0 –
ARDROSSAN WINTON ROVERS 1
Title-favourites Winton consolidated their position at the top of the league with a hard-earned victory over promotion rivals Maybole (on 9 April 2011). The visitors went about their task in a determined fashion by snuffing out the threat of Paul Kerr and using the width of the field to great effect.
Maybole had the first chance after fourteen minutes but Kenny Pollock had a fine save to deny Robert Forde. In the next minute, it was Scott Johnstone to the rescue for the home side as he blocked an effort from Paul Stewart. In another two minutes, Paul Stewart had another chance but headed wide. On the half hour, Martin Lawrie had a fine header from a comer but again Pollok saved well for Winton.
After thirty-eight minutes, a real scramble in the Maybole penalty area saw the ball cannon off the bar, Winton claiming a penalty before Paul Kerr headed the ball clear. Maybole suffered a blow a minute later when John McDonald was injured and had to be replaced by Scott Dempster. Robert Forde set Dempster up in the next minute but he shot wide from a good position. A Forde free-kick was missed by everyone in the middle of the goals and Paul Cameron just failed to connect with the ball at the far post. Right on half-time, Winton went ahead when a Scott Houston free kick broke to Scott Adam and he sent a low shot across Johnstone and into the net.
Maybole started the second half on the offensive and a header by Paul Kerr from a Scott Dempster free-kick was not far away. Next, Scott Dinwoodie had a free-kick from the edge of the penalty area that went just over the bar. On the hour, Scott Dernpster had a fine header but again Pollock denied the striker, turning the ball away for a corner.
Midway through the second half, Pollock again came to Winton's rescue when he turned a shot from Stuart McGrady for a corner. Maybole had a last chance to grab an equaliser two minutes from the end but Stuart McGrady failed to find the target from n Craig Stevenson cross. A minute from time, Paul Stewart shot wide from a George O‘Malley cross and right on time saw a clever lob drift over the bar.
The teams were:
Winton Rovers - Pollock: Breen, Fisher, Houston, Jones, Adam, O'Malley, Gilmour, Stewart, Graham and Gallacher. The substitutes were Murray, Frye, Nolan, Kennedy, McGeady and Rankines.
Maybole – Johnstone, Gallacher, Lawrie, Stevenson, McGrady, Cameron, Forde, Dinwoodie, Irvine, Kerr. and McDonald. The substitutes were Dempster, S Leonard, C Leonard and Kirkland.
Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 13 April 2011
Winton won the Ayrshire District League later that month. The photograph below shows the playing squad and management team.