Arthurlie slumped to another league defeat on Saturday against Kilbirnie Ladeside, where after a bright opening, the usual frailties surfaced and they fell away going down 3-0 at Dunterlie Park on Saturday, writes Robert Burns.

It was the away side who created the first opening of the match when a cross-field pass from Roberts found Finlay on the left hand side but his effort from the edge of the box went just wide.

Some good play by Anderson then found Scullion who slipped the ball past his defender but he dragged his shot wide of the left hand post from 20 yards.

Arthurlie then threatened when MacLennan won a free-kick 22 yards from goal but Blakey fired the ball well over the bar.

Scullion then had another shot from distance but Hay turned the ball wide with a diving save low to his left hand post.

Kilbirnie then conceded another free kick 23 yards from goal but Blakey’s effort was easily taken by Hughes in the Ladeside goal.

Arthurlie looked dangerous from set pieces and Blakey headed over from a corner kick.

Ladeside thought they had taken the lead on 39 mins when a throw in was only partially cleared and Scullion smashed a shot into the net, but the assistant referee flagged for an offside against Finlay.

Two minutes later Kilbirnie got the breakthrough when a good run by Roberts along the bye line saw him cut the ball back for Scullion and he slammed the ball past Hay from 12 yards out.

Ladeside doubled their advantage on 43 mins when Ladeside won the ball on the left hand side and Scullion slipped the ball to Anderson who fired a shot into the top corner of the net from 18 yards out.

Finlay had a great chance to increase Kilbirnie’s lead four mins into the second half when Williamson sent him through on goal but Hay saved his effort.

Finlay had another chance from a penalty two minutes later after Scullion found Roberts and he was pulled back in the box by McAleenan.

Finlay’s penalty was poor and was easily saved low to his right by Hay.

Arthurlie’s first real threat on goal in the second half came after 75 mins when a cross into the box was headed onto his own crossbar by Cory Hughes.

Arthurlie came close to on 85 mins when they were awarded a free kick 25 yards from goal but Wilson saw his effort come back off the inside of the right hand post.

With a minute of normal time remaining Scullion had a chance from a free kick 23 yards from goal but his curling effort round the wall came back off the post.

Kilbirnie made the points safe right on 90 mins when they were awarded another penalty when a good run into the box by Roberts saw him impeded by Bohme.

Scullion stepped up to smash the ball past Hay into the net and give the away side a well-deserved three points.

Arthurlie: Hay, Bohme, McAleenan, Girvan, Blakey, Scanlon, O’Halloran, Spence, Daly, MacLennan, and Wilson. Subs: Burns, Craig, Paul and Mohammed

Kilbirnie Ladeside: K.Hughes, C.Hughes, MacKinnon, Williamson, O’Byrne, McLaren, Roberts, Anderson, Finlay, Crerand, and Scullion. Subs: Stokes, Sweeney, Halliday, Juskowiak, and Wilton