McBookie Premiership



TWO last gasp goals  at Portland Park on Wednesday provided a dramatic finish to what was an entertaining game between two evenly-matched teams who have undergone a considerable revamp in the pre-season.


In what was a low-key first half there were few opportunities. However,  ‘Nock had the best chance  midway through the opening period when a strong Jordan Kemoe effort was blocked by the legs of Scott Johnstone.


At the other end Troon playmaker Ryan Stevenson saw one effort saved by ex-Troon goalie Ally Semple and blasted another one over the bar.


The Seasiders began the second half well and in 48 minutes, a rocket shot from 19 yards by Evan Maley crashed off the post.


Back at the other end in 55 minutes, the skilful Kemoe shot across the face of goal from 10 yards.


Then four minutes later, Stevenson shot across the face of goal from 14 yards.


‘Nock then had an opportunity in 66 minutes when Chris Campbell had an effort blocked by a defender.


Two minutes later home player Steven McCreadie saw his strong effort saved by Semple.


Then 10 minutes from time, Chris Hunter was denied by home goalie Scott Johnstone from 12 yards.

Kemoe had a s hot blocked by Johnstone in 84 minutes.


However two minutes from time the visitors took the lead when Jordan Banks netted from 10 yards inside a crowded box.


It looked like that was game over. However two minutes later Troon snatched a point.

TROON: Johnstone; Paterson, Gilmour, Keenan, McGregor, Chatham, Fulton, Montgomerie, Stevenson, Maley,  Pooler. Subs: McCreadie, Henderson, Clark, McCloy.


CUMNOCK: Semple; Baird, Ferry, McIntyre, Murdoch, Ramage, Campbell, Burns, Conn, Kemoe, Miller. Subs: Robinson, Crawford, Banks, Hunter, Duncan.