McBookie Ayrshire District League
SALTCOATS VICTORIA 0
ARDROSSAN WINTON ROVERS 5
SKIPPER Ryan Caddis led from the front with a hat-trick as Winton eased past their Three Towns rivals at mud-spattered Campbell Park.
This vital game went ahead following a morning pitch inspection although the playing surface looked in poor condition and cut up badly as the game went on. Both sides were buoyed by good performances in the West Cup the previous weekend.
Winton were on the attack from the start and took the lead in five minutes when Regan Ross played the ball to Caddis and he turned and shot home.
Saltcoats hit back a minute later in a move involving two former Winton players when Stephen Reid got on the end of a long ball down the right and played the ball to Mathew Santos but his weak shot was saved by John Mullen.
Rovers doubled their lead in eight minutes when Steven Tan played a good ball to Bobby Colligan and the winger cut into the box, beat a defender and rounded Shaun Kirkland before slotting home.
It was 3-0 in 25 minutes when Kirkland flapped at a Michael Lennox cross and the ball was turned into his own net by Robert Park. Caddis then got his hat-trick in quick succession. Seven minutes later, he picked up a long pass out on the right and rounded Kirkland before firing home. A couple of minutes later he chased down a through ball and despite the attentions of a defender he shot past Kirkland from 15 yards.
Saltcoats played much better after the break and created some good chances. Santos crashed a shot off the bar in 50 minutes and six minute later he forced a good save from Mullen.
In 66 minutes Bobby Colligan went on a good run down the right then crossed the ball into the goalmouth but Caddis’s shot was blocked then cleared. Colligan missed a good chance for his second goal, blasting the ball high and wide. Three minutes later Kirkland’s foot denied Caddis a fourth goal when he deflected the striker’s shot past the post.