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Saturday 23 April

Rosyth 2-2 (HT: 2-1) Whitburn Juniors

Whitburn: Horne, Hamilton, McQueenie, Skinner, Porteous, M Russell, Taylor(Walton 82), Martin, K Russell(Wilson 74), Brass, Bain, Subs: ,

On a ground that they have always struggled on Whitburn got off to a good start and pinned Rosyth in their own box for the first 3 and a half minutes and were only prevented from taking the lead by some desperate defending. The final corner though was easily cleared to the 10 who with 9 were one on one with two Whitburn players and he drove up the right wing before crossing to the latter who scored at the back post. In the 8th minute Gary Brass headed a ball to Dewi Taylor who set up Jordan Bain but he shot just wide. Whitburn had numerous corners but persisted with the two on two and paid the price in the 19th minute this time up the left wing when 11 found 10 and he also scored. Not the ideal start for a team chasing promotion.  The game continued in a similar vein with Whitburn forcing corner after corner but never quite finding their players in the box making Rosyth’s defending straight forward. Then in the 40th minute came the breakthrough when the first decent cross, hit by Connor McQueenie back after knee surgery, found James Martin at the back post and he slammed the ball into the net. Then came two good chances in the final couple of minutes of the half. The first came from another McQueenie ball that this time found Taylor but he attempted a chip that went wide. Then Brass passed to Kris Russell but his shot was parried away for a corner from which the ball landed at the feet of Adam Porteous but the keeper also saved his effort.

Disaster almost struck in the first minute of the second half when a right wing cross found a Rosyth sub but he totally mishit his shot when he had the goal at his mercy. Brass got in 4 minutes later but was thwarted by a great challenge by the home centre half who was very vocal in mustering his fellow defenders. 52 minutes in a crossfield pass found 7 who shot from distance but Dougie Horne held on – this would prove to be Rosyth’s last goal effort. A flashpoint occurred in the 64th minute when Martin reacted badly  when fouled by 10 and he was given a straight red. The Rosyth player, who had been booked, escaped and was promptly substituted. Just after the 65th minute Taylor went on a great run up the right wing and cut a great ball back to Bain whose aim was true this time as his shot found the back of the net. There followed two goal opportunities very similar in that a Whitburn player got through the defence and found themselves one on one with the keeper but elected to chip him instead of going round him and both missed – Brass and Dean Wilson, on as a sub being the culprits. Brass then had another two occasions when he broke through but over ran one allowing the keeper to recover and hit his shot wide the other time. With 7 minutes to go a deep cross from the right was met at the back post by Brass under heavy pressure and his header came off the bar but spun over whilst both he and the defender almost collided with the metal fence at the back of the goal. There were no more near things thereafter and both sides had to settle for a point. We were left wondering how we could miss so many apparent sitters!

Rosyth v Whitburn

Rosyth v Whitburn

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