JUNIOR FOOTBALL: Irvine Meadow and Kilwinning Rangers out for title double
IRVINE Meadow and Kilwinning Rangers could be on course for a title-winning double as the season builds to an exciting climax.
Petershill’s late collapse means it’s now a case of “when” and not “if” Meadow collect the Premier League title and when they do maybe they should strike a special medal for Garry Fleming.
The club's top scorer has had a fantastic season, starting off with a spell where he seemed to find the net in every game before suffering a bit of a drought then bursting back into a rich vein of form culminating in a marvellous four-goal haul against Rob Roy last Saturday.
Part of the reason for the lull can be put down to the fact that Fleming was often required to play in a variety of positions as injuries and suspension took their toll, but whether he's been asked to play up front, out wide or “in the hole” he's shown he's always capable of finding the net and his goals have been invaluable.
Now that Petershill have finished their league programme with 43 points, Meadow have only Auchinleck to worry about.
Talbot still have eight games left and can total 47 points, while Chris Strain’s side who have seven games to play can reach 54.
So the magic number is 48 and, with the pair still to play each other there could be a very interesting league decider at Beechwood on the cards.
Meadow continue their points chase at Ashfield on Saturday, before heading to Maybole in the Ayrshire Cup on Monday – with Kilwinning awaiting the winners – then it’s back to league business when Pollok come calling on Wednesday night.
The battle for the Ayrshire League title is less clear-cut with Kilwinning, Troon, Maybole and Kello all in the mix but, said Buffs boss George Grierson, the task is simple.
“Win our last five game and the title’s ours,” he said.
That would put Kilwinning on an uncatchable 56 points, although with all the top teams still to play each other they may not even need that much.
“I’ve tried to work out all the permutations but it’s just impossible,” added Grierson.
Tuesday night's game against Troon looked to be Buffs hardest task and after that they go to Annbank on Saturday, entertain Kello on Wednesday night and go to Craigmark the following Saturday.
“We’ve not played as well as we can in recent weeks but the good news is that we’ve got a full squad for the run-in, we’re making chances and I feel we’re ready to give someone a doing” said Grierson.