The Irvine Meadow duo applaud the affect of the strike ace picked by newbie soccer

James Latta, co-head of Irvine Meadow, has welcomed the effects of the Connor Boyd surprise package.

Striker Boyd, who was taken out of amateur football in the summer, scored the third game in a row in a 2-0 win over Bonnyton Thistle last Saturday.

The former Hurlford Thistle ace, who came through Kilmarnock’s youth system, has hit the bottom at Meadow Park, where he’s been racing regularly since the start of the season.

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And Latta admits that he couldn’t ask for more from the 23-year-old.

James Latta

He said: “The effect that Connor has had since joining the club has been second to none. For someone who has come straight out of amateur football, he is brilliant.

“It’s not just tap-ins that he scores, they’re all different types of goals. He should probably have scored two or three more goals (against Bonnyton).

“He’s a little boy but he will do well for us. Since we brought him into training I don’t know how many goals he has scored.”

Teammate Martin Findlay was equally impressed.

“He was a find,” said the middle half.

“He’s amazing in training. He finishes everything, shots, headings, you name it.

“I find it hard to believe that he played amateur football last year.

“He’s scored all kinds of goals since he came in and you think he’ll take them if he gets a chance.”

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Meadow hopes Boyd will be back on the report tomorrow when they host Darvel in the day’s WoSFL Premier Match.

Latta added: We played against Darvel last season and they beat us 2-1. You will hold the ball and play from behind.

“We have a game plan and guys who are ready to work for us.”

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