West League One



WINTON were looking to do the double over their visitors, having beaten them 7-2 in the first league game of the season at Keppoch Park.

They included new signing Jamie Cunningham in midfield and Graham Longair was drafted in to replace Jo Maxwell who broke a toe last week against Shettleston.

Winton made a good start and David Adams had the first of a number of good chances to open the scoring in five minutes when he beat the offside trap, ran on to a through ball got into the box and as he tried to get past visiting goalie Chris Calder, he got enough on the ball to put it away from him and although the striker got on to the loose ball his cross-cum shot went well wide.

Perthshire almost took the lead in 15 minutes when a defender misjudged the flight of the ball from a deep cross and the ball dropped to Craig Smith but as he went in on goal Chris Lamb blocked the shot before the ball was cleared.

There was some unsporting play in 20 minutes from the visitors following a bounce ball out on the left when instead of giving it back they started an attack from the loose ball but fortunately Lamb came off his line and blocked a shot with his feet. Five minutes later Adams had another great opportunity when he ran onto a through ball and got into the box but shot straight at Calder.

Rovers could easily have been 4-0 or 5-0 up but 'Shire still had chances and on the half hour a Kevin Kelly free-kick was headed behind and from the resultant corner David Wilson cleared a shot off the line.

Rovers finally got the opener when Adams was upended just inside the box and David Smith gave Calder no chance with his spot kick.

The visitors levelled against the run of play almost on half-time when Lamb seemed to have got the ball on the ground outside but lost possession and Craig Smith scored from 10 yards.

Winton regained the lead in 47 minutes and never looked back. Cunningham at the near post allowed a long throw on the right from Smith to go through to Adams in the crowded goalmouth and he netted from close range.

On the hour, Smith played a ball to Adams who got to the line and although his first shot was blocked at the near post he squeezed another effort home from a very tight angle. In 70 minutes McKenna beat the offside trap and got on the end of a through ball and as Calder came out to meet him he slipped it into the empty net.

Perthshire had a good chance in 88 minutes when they took a quick free kick to Graham Bodman inside the box but Lamb saved with his feet before the danger was cleared. Right on full-time the ball was played out to Smith on the right and he crossed to the back post where McKenna netted.

Two minutes into time added on, the striker sealed his hat-trick when he again ran on to a ball over the defence and as Calder came out he chipped the ball over him and into the empty net from the edge of the box. That wasn’t the end of the drama, however as Perthshire player Baboucarr Moussa was red-carded.

ARDROSSAN WINTON ROVERS: Lamb; McGregor, Hunter, Wilson, Longair, Wilson, Smith, Adams, Cunningham, Mears. Subs: McKenna, Ballantyne, Watson, Ashe, Davidson.