Hat-trick hero Archie as Arran hit Kilbirnie for six

Archie McNicol scores his second of three goals in the game.

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Kilbirnie Utd   2

Arran AFC       6

Ayrshire Sunday League 

Division 1

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