Prestwick CC 8 Largs Thistle U17s 5

Both teams struggled to defend on a bumpy Prestwick Oval pitch.

The home side opened the scoring after five minutes when a clearance after a corner kick hit the shins of the Prestwick centre back and flew past Robert Jack and into the Largs net.

After twenty minutes Thistle equalised. Sean Duddy was brought down on the edge of the box and Cameron Ferguson smashed the resultant free kick into the roof of the net.

Largs took the lead 15 minutes later when a Greg Kean corner from the left was headed home by Ferguson from six yards.

Thistle soon doubled their lead when Ben Riley played in Reece Allen and his shot from the edge of the box was spilled by the keeper and David Griffins fired home the rebound.

Prestwick reduced the deficit just before half time with a thumping header direct from a corner kick.

Largs suffered a collapse at the start of the second half and conceded three goals in three minutes.

Firstly keeper Jack made a good save but the ball broke kindly for the Prestwick forward to finish neatly. Then Prestwick took the lead with a pile driver from outside the area and then doubled their lead when a strike at goal hit the post and flew straight back to the forward to finish from close range.

Thistle got back to within one goal on the hour mark when a Ferguson free kick was headed home by Cammy Florence.

Prestwick added to their lead when a long ball through the middle saw the centre forward out strip the Thistle defence and finish neatly.

A short time later they went three in front when a free kick from the right was met on the half volley from 8 yards.

Three minutes from time Largs got one back when Kean dropped a free kick over the head of the centre back onto the chest of Ferguson, who took it down and flicked it neatly past the keeper for his hat trick.

The final goal of the game was scored by the Prestwick winger, who had been influential all game. He picked the ball up on the left wing, beat three players as he advanced into the box and slid the ball home.

Largs: Jack, Riley, Kean, Florence, Herrero-Redden, Mauchlen, Duddy, Ferguson, Griffins, Grant and Allen Subs: Bell Devine, Mills, McShane and Stewart