Irvine Meadow co-manager Colin Spence praised his side’s set play skills as they scored from two of them in their 2-0 win over Cumnock at the weekend.

Meadow opened the scoring in the first minute at Townhead Park via a free kick. Mark McLennan stepped up from the edge of the box to power his free kick into the bottom right corner past helpless Nock keeper Kieran Hughes.

Medda then doubled their advantage mid-way through the first half via another set play, a long throw from the right from Fraser McMillan finding the head of Jamie Whyte to flick in from close quarters.

Speaking to the Times, Spence said: “Set plays are a massive part of the game and 50 per cent of the goals are scored from set plays at this level.

“So, you need to be able to properly utilise it and be a threat, which we certainly are.

Meadow almost added to their lead in the second half, with McLennan’s halfway line lob crashing against the bar.

Spence says if the midfielder’s speculative effort would have gone in it would have been more than a goal of the season contender.

“McLennan hits it from 15 yards inside his own half and I do not think anything would have competed with that if it had gone in.

“It was two inches from going in and being goal of the century not just goal of the season, it was an unbelievable hit.”

The result means Meadow have now won their last three games in a row in the West of Scotland Football League Premier Division.

Their next game in the league is the midweek visit of Largs Thistle to Medda Park on Wednesday


Spence says he hopes his side can take their good run of form into the Thistle clash to make it four wins from four in the Premier Division.

“Each and every game on this winning streak builds momentum and breeds confidence throughout the squad.

“Largs are a really good side, Stuart Davidson will have them well drilled and to beat them we will have to be at our best.

“But we are in form just now and we would happily take anyone on at this moment in time.”