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Kilbirnie Utd 2
Arran AFC 6
Ayrshire Sunday League
A determined Arran side faced league leaders Kilbirnie United at Beith Astro for the second time in days to secure an excellent 6-2 win against the tough opponents with whom they drew 4-4 in the earlier game.
Prolific goalscorer Archie McNicol added to his season tally of 36 goals by scoring a hat-trick while team-mates Nick Emsley, Donald Park and Christopher ‘Babbies’ McNeil each added their own contributions to bring the Arran goal tally to half a dozen.
Opponents Kilbirnie dug deep to make their mark on the game but they could only muster two goals in reply, despite some spirited play.
Nick Emsley was awarded man of the match for his performance on the field.
A spokesman for Arran AFC said: ‘A great away performance from the boys today. They dug in hard against a good team and now on to the next game.
‘On behalf of the club, we would also like to wish Arran player Sam Tattersfield and his new wife, Hollie Watkins, congratulations on their wedding earlier this week.’
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Top goalscorers for the 2019/2020 season
Archie McNicol 36
Johnny Sloss 24
Ryan Armstrong 10
Nick Emsley 10
Joel Small 7
Donald Park 7
Danny Head 5
Grant Adamson 4
John Drummond 2
Photographs by Tam Borland
Christopher ‘Babbies’ McNeil seizes an opportunity to score for the Arran side. No_B11football01
Archie McNicol scores his second of three goals in the game. No_B11football02
Donald Park delivers a powerful goal right in front of the opposition keeper. No_B11football03
Nick Emsley, who was awarded man of the match, heads the ball into the goal. No_B11football04
The Kilbirnie keeper makes an impressive leap into the air to prevent an Arran goal. No_B11football05
The one that got away, Kilbirnie pull a goal back in the game. No_B11football06
Leaping high into the air Arran’s Matthew Dobson and a Kilbirnie player tussle for the ball. No_B11football07
Man of the match Nick Emsley powers the ball down the field. No_B11football08
Arran AFC wished player Sam Tattersfield and Hollie Watkins congratulations on their nuptials earlier this week. No_B11football09