HOT-shot Rabs completely dominated this match from start to finish – outplaying and outclassing their Ayrshire opponents.
Kilbirnie Ladeside.......... 1
Rob Roy..................... 5
West of Scotland Premier Div
In the early exchanges Rabs’ Cairney tested home keeper Barclay and MacKay fired over the bar after being released by Fulton. Kilbirnie’s McInness had a chance to put his side in front from a corner, but fired wildly over the bar.
With Ladeside’s defence on the back foot Gormley headed a Fulton cross just wide of the target.
In the 35th minute Rabs took the lead when David Gormley diverted a Carter shot into the net, leaving the keeper wrong footed.
Fulton was then inches wide of the mark before clever play from Easton gave Gormley a chance which drifted agonisingly the wrong side of the upright. Keeper Barclay did well to save Fulton’s angled drive.
Rabs continued to press – Fulton once again testing Barclay with a low rasping drive. Minutes late Keenan headed a McBride corner wide.
Rabs deservedly stretched their lead a minute before the interval when Brian MacKay took advantage of an inch-perfect Michael Fulton pass to hammer the ball into the roof of the Kilbirnie net.
The Adamslie Park side continued the second half as they finished the first with an incessant flow of play towards the Ladeside goal. Fulton saw his shot headed off the line by McKinnon before Barclay made an outstanding save to deny Gormley. MacKay then went close with a diving header from an Easton cross.
Rabs’ relentless pressure paid off in the 58th minute when Gormley sent Willie Easton free on goal – drilling the ball past Barclay to put his side three ahead.
With ex-Rabs striker Craig Feroz well marshalled by Carter and Keenan,Kilbirnie’s attacks made little impact and rarely tested Stephen Robertson in the Rabs’ goal.
Gormley should have put Rabs further ahead in the 70th minute, but the chance was lost. However the big striker made no mistake a minute later with a predatory finish following clever outfield play by the hard-working Fulton and MacKay.
Four minutes from the end substitute Adam Coakley latched on to a through-ball from midfield to slip the ball into the net to make it five for Rob Roy. Kilbirnie pulled a consolation goal back in the final minute after Montgomery was felled in the box. He picked himself up before sending the spot-kick passed Robertson.