IT may have been the best Saturday of the year but the previous day’s rain caused a raft of postponements in the amateur card. Only three local teams were in action but there were goals galore in the games concerned with CLARK DRVE taking pride of place by striding into the semi-finals of the Ayrshire Cup.
British Energy Ayrshire Cup quarter-finals
CLARK Drive made it through to the next round but only after a nail-biting penalty shoot-out at Ardrossan Castle Rovers which went right down to the wire.
The Irvine outfit made all the early running and took an 11th minute lead through a Barry Wilson free kick and their constant pressure paid off again midway through the half when Michael Fitzpatrick showed great still to bamboozle three defenders before setting up Stevie Morrison for number two.
Castle cashed in on a defensive mix-up to pull one back right on the interval whistle and that encouraged them to pile on the pressure after the break.
That pressure was eventually rewarded when the home side equalised from the spot after a somewhat soft penalty was awarded against Jamie Cripps but it was the Irvine outfit who looked stronger in extra time and they got their noses in front again in 103 minutes when Jamie Allison beat the keeper with a cute lob.
Never-say-die Castle levelled again and it began to kook as if Drive's luck was out when a Fitzpatrick header came back off the post and then Allison was shown a second yellow card for stupidly licking the ball away when play had been stopped.
However the ten men continued to press and were doubly unlucky when a Kevan Reid header was cleared off the line and a netbound Wilson rocket was brilliantly saved in the dying seconds.
That was enough to take the game to penalties were Ricky Vance, Fitzpatrick, Cripps, Morrison and Wilson were all successful for Drive while keeper Scott Gilmour saved Castle's final effort to make the shoot-out score 5-4 for the Irvine outfit.
In Division One Stevenston Town ran up a 5-3 win at Onthank while in Division Three Ardeer Rovers went down 8-1 at home to Stewarton Annick.