Irvine Victoria … 2 Lugar Boswell … 1
Brian Connor scored a quick double in the second half when Vics came from behind to beat Lugar for his first WoSFL Conference B win.
The loaned Ayr United starlet scored his first goal of the season from the penalty spot in 52 minutes to prevent Scott Sherrie’s first-half opener for the visitors.
Five minutes later, he passed the Lugar defense and slid the ball under goalkeeper Robbi Wilson to turn the game upside down.
Connor and strike partner Sam McKee both missed good opportunities to extend Westenders’ lead late on, but it didn’t matter as the hosts comfortably held onto all three points after a difficult encounter.
Vics faced some former faces with former favorites Ryan Singleton and Callum Davidson in Lugar 11 and up.
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Singleton recalled his talents early on when he nearly benefited from defensive dithering in the seventh minute.
Vics center-back Daniel Martins and goalkeeper Chris Taylor let each other bounce a ball, allowing Singleton to step in and steal the ball.
He lifted the ball over Taylor’s head and seemed ready to roll the ball into the empty net just for Martins to take a last breath.
Lugar looked radiant and Andy Reid was the next to threaten, cutting in from the left and pulling a shot just wide of the target.
Vics had to wait until the 16th minute for their first real look at the goal, Ryan Morrow was not far away and tried from 25 meters.
But 10 minutes later, the home team suffered a catastrophe when Lugar pounced on a goalkeeper to get ahead.
Vic’s number one Chris Taylor inexplicably buried a weak, low cross right in Sherrie’s path and made no mistake from seven yards.
The goalkeeper nearly exacerbated his mistake in 22 minutes when Singleton ended his attempted demolition, but the ball bounced off nicely for the home team, allowing Lyle Cameron to clear.
The guests were good at the top and almost doubled their lead in 41 minutes when a header from a corner shot agonizingly past the post.
Martin then made a brilliant interception in the first half to deny Singleton a certain goal. His desperate lunge in the 6-yard box steered the ball over the bar to the corner.
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There is no doubt that the home team were lucky enough to take the one goal behind them for the break.
But they started the second half positively, Lugar keeper Wilson took action early on to make a solid stop with his feet.
Vics got the break they were looking for in 52 minutes when they received a penalty kick after Connor fell into the box.
The striker wiped himself off to send Wilson the wrong way from 12 yards and improve the score.
Lugar suddenly looked incoherent and they fell back in 57 minutes when Connor stayed cool from 14 meters.
The striker sent a header on top of the net 10 minutes later as Brian McLuckie’s side went for the kill.
At the other end, Lugar tried to create openings. A snap of Darren Curtis cleared the bar in 81 minutes as frustration crept into their game.
Vics posed a real threat to Connor and McKee’s breakthrough, with the latter delaying a tackle that would have killed the game as a competition.
Lugar huffed and huffed without alarming Taylor again before the final whistle lifted her out of her misery.
Vics will look to build on their win when they head to St. Cadocs next weekend, while Lugar hopes to return home to Vale of Clyde.