ROB Roy found in-form Irvine Meadow XI too hot to handle and, although the Adamslie Park side pulled a stoppage time goal back, the Ayrshire side always looked in command and merited their win.
Rob Roy.................... 2
Irvine Meadow XI........... 3
West of Scotland Premier League
The game’s first effort on goal came in the third minute with Gormley heading a McBride free-kick past the post. Meadow’s Turner then hit a rasping drive against Rabs upright with keeper Robertson beaten. Rabs should have taken a 20th minute lead when Gormley beat two defenders on the right before passing to MacKay, but he mis-kicked the ball in front of goal. It was eventually cleared as far as Connelly at the edge of the penalty box, but the midfielder sent his shot narrowly past the post.
Meadow then hit Rabs with two goals in two minutes. On the half-hour mark, from a defensive error, Barr ran through the Rabs defence before passing to Fleming who easily knocked the ball into the net from close range. Worse was to follow for the home side when Turner crossed for tall defender Campbell to rise unchallenged to power home a header.
Rabs were handed a lifeline in the 36th minute when Diack was pulled down in the box. Gormley duly converted the spot-kick to bring the deficit back to one. Meadow should have increased their lead two minutes before half-time when Ryan fired against Robertson’s legs – it fell to McGeown who scooped the ball over from a yard out.
Eight minutes into the second half Irvine restored their two-goal advantage when Barr ran down the left before squaring across the goalmouth where McGeown squeezed the ball into the net at the back post.
Both sides were making chances with substitute Easton failing to control a MacKay cross at the back post and Meadow’s Campbell heading a McGeown cross just wide. As the half wore on Rabs had more of the possession, but never really looked like penetrating a solid Meadow defence until a minute into stoppage time when Gormley managed to get his head onto a Love cross to send the ball past keeper Wardrope.
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