Both Irvine Vics and Pollok were ejected from the Scottish Junior Cup and fined £500 following a stoppage time abandonment.
After a couple of good results in the league, Pollok travel to Victoria Park, Irvine for a cup game with Irvine Victoria.
The last round of the Scottish Junior Cup, would see Pollok put 7 past Maybole, this was the start of a five game win streak, including wins over Darvel, Clydebank and Kilwinning in the league.
Irvine Vics have not had a great start to the season, however they won their first game of the season at the weekend, beating Johnstone 3-1, goals from Sean Cryans and a double from Shane Jackson sealed boss Dougie McDuff’s first win as Vics manager having been appointed in June.
With that win, Vics have moved up a position in the WOSFL Conference A, now sitting 14th with a record of won 1, drawn 1 and lost 12, 20 goals scored and 45 conceded.
Irvine Victoria were formed in 1901, they joined the ranks of the juniors in 1904 with their colours being tangerine and black. The clubs last trophy was in 2014 when the became Ayrshire District League champions.
The last meeting between the clubs ended in a 2-1 win for Pollok in a league match on 9th May 2015 at Victoria Park in the West Super League First Division.
After reaching the semi-finals of the 2019/20 Scottish Junior Cup with a 5-0 win at Neilston in the driving snow Pollok had hoped their next game in the competition would be the semi-final. Unfortunately the global pandemic put paid to that and a first round tie against Maybole at a damp and overcast Newlandsfield turned out to be the next chapter in the club’s cup history. Three changes from midweek saw Lumsden, Wharton and Stuart McCann come in for Longmuir, Bradley and Forde.
Pollok started on the front foot against their visitors from Conference A of the West of Scotland League and took the lead in the fourth minute. Good combination play between Horne, Weir and Grant down the right saw the latter’s cross fall to Lyon. He took an excellent first touch and fired towards goal. His powerful strike was blocked but pin-balled off the unfortunate Reid and into his own goal.
With incessant rain coming down the pitch was slick and Pollok were passing the ball about with aplomb. With quarter of an hour gone they doubled their lead. Grant’s deep cross was volleyed back across goal by McKenzie where McCann was on hand to supply a simple finish.
As the home side continued to dominate a sparkling move down the left saw McCann cross for an unmarked Lyon but his side-foot finish crept agonisingly wide of the post. Pollok’s third duly arrived five minutes before half time. Horne played a free-kick to Grant who checked inside his opponent and curled a low shot into the far corner.
The second half followed the same pattern as the first. Sideserf producing an accurate long pass in the fiftieth minute which allowed McCann to beat the offside trap. He was able to poke the ball beyond the outrushing Semple who then clipped the Pollok striker. The referee pointed to the spot. McGregor took command of the situation and coolly slotted the ball home from twelve yards.
The chances continued to flow and the next goal came just before the hour mark. Lyon teed up Esplin whose low drive from twenty two yards was saved by Semple but Weir was on hand to drive home the rebound.
Lumsden was called on to make two saves in quick succession as Maybole looked for a consolation. However it was the Southsiders who would add to their tally. After a sustained attack which hemmed the Maybole defence in Sideserf had a shot which was deflected out for a corner. When Horne swung the corner in Graham was on hand to knock the ball over the line from close range.
More chances followed before Pollok produced a fine move to finish the scoring off with just over ten minutes to go. A lovely passing move involving Esplin, McKenzie, Graham and Sideserf saw them advance to the edge of the Maybole box. Sideserf’s low cross picked out Forde in splendid isolation eight yards out and he made no mistake.
It was a comprehensive win for the home side whose reward is a second round trip to another Conference A side – Irvine Vics.