Largs Thistle Over 35s 2 The Turf 1
There were plenty of recognisable faces as a new look Largs Thistle team recorded their first victory recently.
As well as plenty of local lads, there were a few Thistle Scottish Cup heroes in the mix from the 1994 cup win including George Wall and player manager Stephen Quigg.
Thistle over 35’s won their first game in a friendly encounter against The Turf at Kilwinning on Friday night. 
An appeal went out for new players to join the new side earlier this year, and after a good response, the more mature Thistle team are hoping to make an impact in the new league competition which starts this week.
But it was the younger bucks in the team - Messrs Rodgers and Baker - who came up with the goods in last Friday's victory
A goal midway through each half put them 2-0 up with the opposition pulling one back with five mins of the game remaining.
The Largs first goal scored by Derek Rodger was a contender for goal of the season a 35 yard screamer into the top corner. 
The second was a well worked move that started in their own eight yard box and finished by Lawrence Baker.
There were three injuries in the first half caused players to be replaced including goalkeeper John Cullis but outfield player Kenny Auld took the gloves and put in a fantastic display.
It was the second friendly before the serious business begins on Friday evening.
Largs were beaten 6-3 by Beith in their first game a fortnight ago but all things considered given it was their first outing together they showed signs of gelling quickly going into that second match in preparation for competitive fixtures.
George Wall who featured said: "We did ok for a new team which has just been put together.
"So after ten seasons as a player three seasons in management I am now into my 14th season with the Thistle.
"I was really surprised though that no one asked for proof of age from me at the 35’s game! 
"This is the team's first season in the Ayrshire Over 35s league with the games being played over the summer months on a Friday night. 
"Hopefully it all goes well and it is a successful season." 
Coach Stephen Quigg said: "It is great fun and at the end of the day it is something which should have happened a long time ago in Largs.
"Once you get to the wrong side of 30 and young ones are running by you on a football field, it is nice to come and play and everyone is at the same level.
"There is, of course, plenty of good craic.
"And there is still room for some trickery on the ball, although it doesn't come off as much as it used to - the head is moving before the feet now or the feet don't move at the same time!
"It is very enjoyable - and it is great to have George Wall involved too. He is certainly a veteran like myself!
"It is good for fitness which is the main thing, and Derek Rodgers scored a sensational goal to win it for us against The Turf.
"We are looking forward to getting the season started on Friday. 
"Please come along and support the team."
And Quiggy and Wall will also be re-united in the international veterans tournament in the first weekend in June which takes place at Inverclyde Sports Centre involving all the home nations.
Picture: Back Row Andrews, Quigg, McLean, Cullis,Fitzpatrick,Rodger,Shanks, Front wall: Wall,Baker,Spence,McNicol,Kelly, Boyd,Auld