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Saturday 31 October

Stoneyburn Juniors 1-5 (HT: 0-2) Whitburn Juniors

Stoneyburn: Holliday, Dawson, Gilhooley, Calvey, Grant(McLeod 61), Bakhsh, Wilson, Kellock, Devin, Henry(Polland 69), Brown(Watson 61), Subs: Thomson, Gardner
Whitburn: Horne, Hamilton, Gunn, McMeechan, Porteous, Moyes, Taylor, Wilson (K Russell 24), Martin, Brass, Bain, Subs: Skinner, M Russell, Adams, Chambers

After last week’s big victory another was expected today given the teams’ respective league positions and, although it was a big 5-1 victory, Stoneyburn made Whitburn work very hard to achieve it. Indeed, Stoneybun starte far better and had three good attempts before Whitburn could muster just one in the 32nd minute. First Aaron Grant had a header cleared by one of his own players who got in the road of the attempt. Then Aaron Brown managed to wriggle through the visiting defence in spite of tripping himself up and forced a good double save from Dougie Horne. Finally Jordan Devine headed a corner wide. Meanwhile Gary Calvey was forced to head Gary Brass’ header over. New man Kris Russell replaced injured Dean Wilson in the 21st minute and he opened his account 11 minutes later when he latched on to a weak back header from Calvey, reached it before the keeper and slid it past him into the empty goal. 5 minutes later a shot came fairly tamely to Horne but a weird bounce made the keeper scramble but he was quick enough to recover and pounce on the loose ball. Just before the half Aaron Gunn found Dewi Taylor who passed to Jordan Bain who controlled, turned well and fired the ball powerfully into the net to give his team a 2 goal cushion.

3 minutes into the second half Russell fired in a great shot as he let the ball bounce up for him but his effort went just wide. 2 minutes later Bain got in but his shot was deflected for a corner. Not long after Stoneyburn broke out 2 v 2 after a Whitburn corner but Devine shot wide from a wide position. 12 minutes in an incisive (copyright Bruce Alexander) through ball from Jake Moyes put in Russell whose shot had most of the pace taken off it by keeper Lee Holliday but it trickled over the line. On the hour Craig Gilhooley attempted a 35 yard wind assisted free kick which, though on target, was easily saved by Horne. A minute later Taylor got through the defence but, with the goal at his mercy, totally sclaffed his shot wide. Gilhooley had better luck with 15 minutes to go with his head as he powerfully put a free kick beyond Horne.With 6 to go Gary Brass had a good flick from a Taylor cross but Holliday stood firm to thwart him. Russell completed his hat trick just after with a lovely shot off the inside of the post from a seemingly impossible angle. Taylor completed the scoring in injury time with a similar goal to Russell’s opener, beating the keeper to the ball.

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