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Whitletts Vics : Match Report

Neil Duffy’s Whitletts Victoria turned on the style as they demolished Saltcoats in an eight goal romp at Dam Park. The Ayr side played some delightful passing football to which the North Ayrshire side had no answer. Whitletts dominated the match from the kick off and although
Saltcoats can point to an injury to their keeper and the fact they were reduced to ten men midway through the second half but by that time the match was over as a contest. It was the home side who were first to threaten in the fourth minute when a deflected Sean Ewart cross came off the face of the bar and Sam McFall drilled the rebound wide of the target.
McFall then had a great chance to score in the tenth minute as Tony Balfour broke clear and squared for his striker partner but a horrendous bobble just as McFall was about to strike saw his effort go wide. But within a minute Whitletts were in front.
A Chris Black pass released Balfour who shrugged off the attentions of Roland Fabiani to fired past Sean Sumners. In the 18th minute it was 2-0. Balfour beat George Bonner and Fabiani but his shot was blocked by a defender.
Tommy Sloan’s follow up was blocked by the keeper leaving Ewart free to fire low into the empty net from close range. Balfour grabbed his second of the afternoon in the 25th minute, running onto a Louis Kerr pass and as Sumners came out of his goal, the Whitletts striker calmly lofted the ball over his head into the net.
Six minutes before the break Balfour almost competed his hat trick when despite giving Bonner yards of a start he outpaced the big central defender to get his toe to the ball but Sumners saved allowing Bonner to clear the danger.
Three minutes later the Vics hitman did have the ball in the net but his goal was ruled out for a narrow offside decision. The first chance of the second period fell to the visitors when Ryan McKie’s 20 yards drive flashed inches wide of the post while at the other end, Sumners, who picked up an injury just before the break, made a fine save to deny
Tommy Sloan’s netbound header from a Balfour corner. It was to be the last action the young keeper saw as he was clearly struggling and had to be replaced with full back Adam Easdon going in goal. And it wasn’t long before the stand in keeper was picking the ball out of the net.
After a spell of Whitletts pressure, Louis Kerr’s low ball into the box found Balfour who completed his hat trick with a cheeky back heel. Balfour wasn’t for stopping at three and in the 56th minute he got his fourth and Whitletts fifth, knocking the ball over the defenders head and capitalising on some hesitation in the keeper to round him and roll the ball into the net. Number six came in the 70th minute.
Young Kris Kerr broke down the left and his deep cross was played back at the back post by Liam Anderson for Balfour to hammer home from inside the six yard box. Immediately Saltcoats were reduced to ten men with striker Joe Young losing his discipline and he was shown a straight red card.
The double hat trick was on and it almost came in the 78th minute when Balfour forced a cross ball past Easdon but his shot from a tight angle flashed across the face of goal. A seventh did come in the 82nd minute and it was the pick of the bunch as James Davidson’s drive from 25 yards flew past Easdon into the keepers top right hand corner.
Niall Kennedy showed Saltcoats still had some pride as his mazy run down the right forced a fine save from Ally McInnes at his near post but in the 84th minute the Ayr side made it 8-0.
Play around the Saltcoats area was incessant and from out on the right side of the box Ewart lofted the ball over Easdon into the corner of the net to complete the scoring. Liam Anderson then just failed to connect to a Ewart cross in front of goal but a superb, professional performance from the Vics
Whitletts Victoria
1. McInnes 2 Lee Anderson 3. Campbell 4. Hercus (Kris Kerr 56) 5. Buchanan 6. Sloan (Davidson 64) 7 McFall (Liam Anderson 64) 8. Black 9. Ewart 10. Louis Kerr 11. Balfour Subs (not used) 16. Longair 17. McCarrison
Saltcoats Victoria
1. Sumners (Kerr 51) 2. McGeady 3. Easdon 4. Bonner 5. Fabiani 6. Paton 7. Kennedy 9. Young 10. McKie 11. Quinn 12. Ferris (Johnston 59) Subs (not used) 8. Arthur
Referee: Ross Menzies