Irvine Vics0 Kello Rovers 3
Stagecoach Ayrshire League
ALL the goals came in the first half as Kello kept their title ambitions intact against an Irvine Vics side which has completely lost its way in recent weeks.
A first minute Jamie Baird corner caused all sorts of problems for the Vics defence before it was eventually cleared, but the home side raced straight upfield where Grant Valentine's cross was whipped off Stephen McAvoy's toes by Steven Hyslop.
However the visitors took the lead in 11 minutes with a terrific piece of football, the pall pinging between David Clapperton and Kieran Pagan to the unmarked Steven Shankland who gave keeper Alan McIlroy no chance with a side-foot finish into the bottom corner.
Kello then showed the other side of their game with a shocking challenge on Valentine by Hyslop which unbelievably didn't even earn the defender a booking and, from the resultant free kick, the ball was only half cleared to Kevin Adam but he was falling back and skied it over from six yards.
Adam then saw an effort blocked after good work by Ian Seymour and Davie Anderson but huge gaps were appearing in the home defence every time Kello went up the park and the Kirkconnell outfit doubled their tally in 35 minutes when Darren Biggart's crossfield ball found Marc McGinlay all alone inside the box and he beat McIlroy with ease.
Worse was to follow for Vics when skipper Seymour, booked earlier for a foul on McGinlay, was yellow carded again for a foul on Craig Muir - a decision which even had some of the visiting players scratching their heads in disbelief - and the game was effectively all over two minutes into first half injury time when Vics lost yet another soft goal, Baird flighting a long ball to the unmarked Johnny Anderson who beat the advancing McIlroy with a looping header.
The second half then seemed to stretch out into the longest 45 minutes in footballing history, with Vics struggling to make any impression on their opponents and Kello unable to add to their total.
The only goalmouth action of note saw David Clapperton twice coming close with long range efforts at one end and Adam seeing a shot blocked by the outstretched foot of keeper Ronnie Davis at the other.