AMATEUR FOOTBALL: Irvine side beat Kilwinning rivals
IT took all of 120 minutes before Girdle Toll United and ten-men Dirrans Athletic could be separated following an exciting and entertaining cup tie at Springside Playing Fields.
And in the end it was Toll who marched into the next round, courtesy of a 4-3 extra time win after the teams finished level on two apiece at the end of 90 minutes.
Dirrans got off to the better start and took the lead with 15 minutes on the clock when Alastair Somerville, spotting that the referee had not raised his hand to denote what was an indirect free kick, decided to try his luck and his 25-yard effort came down off the underside of the bar and went in off the unfortunate Toll keeper.
Toll then took control for a lengthy spell and were rewarded in 36 minutes when Dirrans' right back Craig Stewart was red-carded for a last man foul on Tam Wilson who got up to stroke the penalty home.
The Irvine outfit then took the lead four minutes after the break when the Dirrans defence got into a fankle as the ball came back off the bar and Ryan Gibson toe-poked it home from close range, but after that a big, strong Kilwinning outfit made light of their numerical disadvantage and dominated proceedings before grabbing a sensational equaliser two minutes from time, Alan Kerr brilliantly beating three defenders before firing the ball home.
However it was Toll who seemed to grow stronger in extra time and, after regaining the lead through Wilson in 110 minutes, they looked to have the tie in the bag when the same player completed his hat trick four minutes later.
To their credit ten-men Dirrans refused to lie down and, after Michael Smith was adjudged to have fouled an opponent in the box, Jason Stewart pulled one back from the spot a couple of minutes after the break.
Dirrans piled forward in an attempt to get back on level terms but good defending kept them at bay and in the end it was Toll who took the derby honours.
The referee chose Alan Kerr as Dirrans Athletic's man of the match.