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Whitletts Vics News

Ayr’s junior club, Whitletts Victoria, are giving football fans the opportunity to watch the clubs’ first two home matches of the new football season for FREE!
This coming Saturday (15th August), the Vics play host to Craigmark Burntonians at Dam Park in an Ardagh Cup Sectional tie and the following Saturday they entertain Girvan, many peoples’ favourites for promotion this season, also in the Ardagh Cup – and you could take in both matches for FREE, with a bucket donation available for supporters who’d like to make a contribution towards the cost of staging the matches.
Whitletts Chairman John Dalton explained that the Club hope that the offer will introduce junior football to new supporters.
“Junior football provides excellent entertainment and value for money with entry fees set at only £5 for an adult and £2.50 for a concession for each game in the Ayrshire District League. In making this offer, we hope to entice new football fans to come along and take in a junior game and I’m sure that they’ll be entertained and see for themselves the value that the junior game provides.”
Both matches are at Dam Park with the kick off at 2pm, with the bar in the ground open from 12.30pm.

This one felt must have felt like a defeat in the Vics dressing room after the game after the Dam Park side had to settle for a share of the points in their opening Ardagh Cup match at New Peeble Park.
The first period was one way traffic as Vics squandered chance after chance and should have went in at the break in a lot more comfortable position than the single goal advantage they held. But when Bankies snatched an equaliser early in the second half, it was the home side who went on to have the better of the exchanges with a draw probably a fair outcome to an entertaining match.
It was the visitors who started brightest and Tony Balfour saw his shot saved early on by Marc Fisher. Moments later it was again the Bankies keeper with a point blank save who denied the Vics striker while Michael O’Connor volleyed over the crossbar when he possibly had time to bring the ball under control before shooting.
In the 15th minute it was the woodwork that came to the home sides rescue as Balfour raced clear only for his shot to crash back off the post with Fisher beaten. A goal had to come for the visitors and in the 22nd minute they took a deserved lead. Balfour broke down the right and played the ball to Sam McFall who in turn laid the ball into the path of Eddie Graham who fired low into the corner of the net.
At that point it seemed to be a case of how many Vics could score. O’Connor fired an angled drive inches past the post before Fisher again denied Balfour, tipping the strikers shot over the crossbar. Then in a 3 on 1 break, O’Connor set up Balfour who this time took the ball around the keeper but the angle was just too tight as it rolled inches past the far post.
Annbank tried to go forward when the opportunity arose and Sam NImmo pounced on a Stevie Kerr error the former Vics man took the ball round Ally McInnes but the Vics keeper recovered to make a point blank save.
But most of the action was still at the other end of the park with Fisher again coming out on top in his personal dual with Balfour, turning a 20 yard strike round the post. Then in a spell of sustained Vics pressure, Steven McCarrison headed just wide.
McInnes was called into action to deny Gordon Wilson while on half time Balfour fired just past for Whitletts as the Ayr side went in at the break with a slender 1-0 advantage.
And almost immediately after the restart Whitletts were punished for their failure to take more of their chances as Bankies shocked the visitors with an equaliser. There appeared to be little danger as Annbank won a throw in that was flicked onto Nimmo inside the box who kept his cool to roll the ball into the net.
Balfour looked to restore Vics lead but at full stretch could only find the side netting while for Bankies a Jack McDowall thunderbolt for 22 yards flashed just over. Annbank were a different side after their equaliser and as Rory Tait broke into the box, it took a last ditch tackle from Calum Hercus to keep the tie all square.
Ian McCreadie then went close with a free kick as Bankies threatened as both sides went in search of the winner in the closing stages. As the Annbank defence failed to a Balfour cross, Sean Ewart fired just over from 20 yards while Bankies best chance fell to Sean Robertson as a pass trundled through a ruck of players to the former Vics striker but again McInnes was on hand to make a point blank save.
In the end both sides had to settle for a point but the visitors will be left ruing all those missed chances in the first half.
Annbank United
1. Fisher 2. Sloan 3. Ferry 4. Roy 5. Wallace 6. McCreadie 7. Lavan (McNamara 77) 8. Wilson (Robertson 62) 9. Nimmo 10. McDowall 11. Tait
Subs (not used) 12. Anderson 16. Boyle 21. Callaghan
Whitletts Victoria
1. McInnes 2. Mathieson 3. Ewart 4. Mullen 5. Hercus 6. Anderson (McCarrison 33) 7. Kerr 8. Graham 9 O’Connor 10. Balfour 11 McFall (Sloan 73)
Subs (not used) 16. Ferris 21. Masterson
Referee: Nicole Andrews