Winton Rovers won the Ayrshire District League in 2015.
ROVERS 4 – LUGAR BOSWELL THISTLE 2
Winton chalked up a third victory of the season against Lugar in a closely contested cup tie which was played in awful conditions. Rovers were without Billy Gilmour, Gareth Turner, Ian Cashmore and Jordan Cairnie and could only name two outﬁeld substitutes while Thistle only had one outﬁeld substitute.
Five minutes from half-time, Thistle were awarded a free-kick thirty yards out which was played into the box where an unmarked Steven Shankland rose to head home. Worse was to follow on the stroke of the interval after Ryan Caddis had an effort blocked and cleared, when Lugar were awarded another free-kick well outside the penalty area. This time, Robbie Cochrane got his head to the ball but only directed it backwards and Chris Todd headed home.
Winton were on the attack from kick-off after the break, creating a couple of chances before equalising in forty-nine minutes, Conor Browning ran on to a good ball down the left before reaching the line and hitting the ball low and hard into the goalmouth where Craig Breen forced it home from six yards. Roddy Paterson then went close for Lugar with a dipping volley alter Caddis had lost the hall out on the right in fifty-four minutes. Caddis went close with a similar effort which went over the bar. Smith then had a shot blocked for a corner on fifty-nine minutes and from this there was another chance when a poor punch by Kelly saw the ball only reach a Winton player and his shot was blocked and cleared by a defender almost on the line.
The drama was not over as Lugar pulled a goal back in eighty-nine minutes. Again, it was from another free-kick, this time twenty-five yards out on the left. The ball was played in low towards the near post where Craig Muir was on hand to get enough of a touch to knock it past Wardrope. The match ended in an unfortunate manner for Rovers who were looking to see the game out in the comer on the stand side as Caddis was sent off almost on the ﬁnal whistle.
The Winton Rovers team was Wardrope; Miller, Bennett, Carson, Cochrane, McCrea, Breen, Johnston, Smith and Caddis. The substitutes were Browning, Willet, McMahon and Pollock.
Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, 1 April 2015