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Whitburn beaten by slick Tranent

New Lowland League Tranent were the visitors to Central Park tonight in the East Qualifying Cup and left with a convincing 3-0 victory. The first half was goalless and very even with the teams sharing the chances equally. Tranent’s Steven Thomson had a shot from halfway in the 13th minute which hit the bar and was retrieved by Daniel Potts. Two minutes later after a foul on Louis Maguire on the edge of the box Darren Liddell’s shot was well held by Kelby Mason diving to his left with two Burnie players closing him down. Soon after Jamie Docherty got in on the left and hit a shot which Potts tipped over though it seemed to be going over. With 33 minutes gone an Adam Mcgowan cross was chested to Potts by Grant Hamilton but Martin Maughan got a foot in and guided the ball goalwards but Potts recovered to pounce on the ball. Three minutes later Reece Duncan got the ball wide to Ross Crawford who beat his man and crossed to the near post where a Duncan shot was deflected for a corner. Maughan had a shot from 25 yards well saved by Potts and just before the half Crawford was injured going for a cross with Mason and was later replaced.

Into the second half Paul Simpson had a shot that clipped the outside of the post. Under 20 player Harrison Edwards, who replaced Crawford,  hit a free kick from 25 yards which Mason had to save at his post. Mason then, in the 54th minute, made a good save from Liddell who had picked up a loose ball 25 yards out and fired in a great shot. In the 57th minute Maughan hunted down a long ball wide on the left, drove in on goal and beat Potts at his near post with a powerful diagonal shot. Tranent at this point started to dominate with some good football and running off the ball though their second came from a soft looking penalty which was converted down the middle. Whitburn then had a Liddell shot blocked over for a corner which was headed over by Reece Boyle. The remainder of the game saw Tranent hit a few shots from distance that went narrowly over, wide or both whilst Whitburn could no inroads into the visitor’s defence. With three minutes to go Mcgowan did get one on target from the edge of the box to give Tranent a (slightly flattering) 3 goal win.  

Whitburn out of Alex Jack Cup

Whitburn travelled to Kinnoull to play the hosts in the first round of the Alex Jack Cup and were beaten 2-0 in a competitive game. Whitburn had the first chance in the 5th minute when a long ball picked out Ross Crawford and he passed to Reece Duncan, back from suspension, but his shot from 20 yards went just over. A minute later Martin Russell had a shot which was blocked by a defender who might have handled it but the referee thought not. With 10 minutes gone Duncan hit a free kick from 25 yards off the wall and then Louis Maguire set up Darren Liddell whose first time effort also went over. Typically with 16 minutes gone and having been under the cosh Kinnoull took the lead when a corner was headed straight out to Cameron Robertson  on the edge of the box and his half volley through a ruck of players gave Daniel Potts no chance. In the 32nd minute home 11 got in on the right, made space and fired in a shot that Potts tipped over. Just on the half a long throw was headed on by Crawford and picked up by L Maguire but his shot lacked power and was easily saved.

The second half took a long time to get going and it was again Whitburn that had the first chance in 18 minutes in when the ball bounced about the Kinnoull box and eventually fell to Mick McGarahan whose shot came back off the post. Nine minutes later Kinnoull were two up when Fraser Morrison picked up a loose ball 25 yards out and hit a great shot into the bottom right corner  which eluded a diving Potts. With 14 minutes to go a home player, who looked offside, was allowed to continue into the left side of the box but hit the bar with his diagonal shot. McGarahan, now playing as a forward had a header from a Lennon Watson cross go just wide with 9 minutes to go. Two minutes into injury time a long ball was fetched by Crawford who passed to McGarahan but, again, the shot missed the goal wide. Just after this the game descended into farce as a little time wasting ended in a fracas in which McGarahan and a home player were red carded. Manager, Darren Wilson also saw red as he made a comment the referee took exception to.

Whitburn defeat 10 man St Andrews 3-1

This was a game of two halves which St Andrews played with 10 men for over an hour as David Shields  was red carded for a kick on Cameron Stokes in the 28th minute – Stokes limped off a couple of minutes later to be replaced by Martin Russell. One might have expected the second half to be dominated by Whitburn but oddly that is not how it panned out... St Andrews were first to attack and should have taken the lead in the eighth minute when Reece Redpath drove up the right wing and crossed to Jordan Mackenzie but he shot straight at Daniel Potts back in the home goal. A minute later Whitburn replied with a Louis Maguire shot from the edge of the box that went just wide. Maguire would have better luck in the eleventh minute when a wide Mick McGarahan free kick was touched on by Jack Henderson to him and he slotted the ball past keeper Calum Brodie. Just a minute later Ross Crawford ran on to a through ball on the left and forced a good save from Brodie. With nineteen  minutes gone a great long ball by Maguire picked out Darren Liddell who drove towards the line before hitting a cross that Henderson converted with a low shot. With 25 gone and after a slip in the home defence Ross Cunningham got in on goal but screwed his shot wide. Then with 9 minutes till the half Lewis Sawers  headed a right wing cross goalwards but Potts made the save.

Two minutes into the second half a ball into the box was knocked on by Russell to Crawford but from a good position he fired wide. Eight minutes in Andy Thomson made space on the edge of the box and fired in a great shot that Brodie dived full length to push round the post. After this Whitburn seemed determined to keep the ball in their own half and any attack stalled with either a misplaced pass, a good challenge, a stumble or a bad touch and all these factors allowed the ten men to gain confidence and look more dangerous. This was shown in the 79th minute when, in a rare attack Crawford passed to Liddell who had a bad touch which allowed the keeper to launch a long ball that Sawers  chased down and, luckily for Whitburn, he  looped the ball over the bar. Then with six minutes to go Cunningham  attempted a shot from halfway which Potts had to watch carefully before pushing it over. From the corner St Andrews were given a lifeline as Grahan Hay headed in at the back post. St Andrews then tried to push for the equaliser but Liddell calmed the nerves and guaranteed the points in the 90th with a fine diagonal shot from a wide angle having been found by Crawford.


Whitburn go nap against Arniston and top the League

In their inaugural game in the EOS second division Whitburn welcomed Arniston Rangers to Central Park. The last time they visited was 19 May 2018 and Arniston ran out 3-0 winners. This game was rather different as the home side emerged 5-2 winners. Whitburn got off to a dream start as Andy Thomson poked home the ball after a slip up in the Arniston defence was pounced on by Ross Crawford who passed to the scorer.  In the 10th minute Louis Maguire won the ball in midfield and set Darren Liddell free on the left whose cross was headed goalwards by Crawford but was saved by keeper James McQueen. Two minutes later a good diagonal Cameron Stokes ball found Jack Henderson wide right and his shot was also saved. On the quarter hour another Liddell cross was headed by Crawford and this was saved by the leaping keeper but the ball couldn’t be cleared and eventually was slammed home by Crawford. Five minutes later Crawford doubled his tally when he converted  a Mick McGarahan cross. In a rare attack ten minutes later Tyson McLean got behind the home defence but Reece Boyle was able to deflect his shot wide. Just after Stokes again freed Henderson who crossed to Crawford and his powerful header was pushed over spectacularly. From the corner McGarahan hit the bar with a lovely header. With ten minutes to go Daniel Greig headed in a corner at the back post to give his side a lift. The three goal lead was immediate restored when Liddell hit a beauty from the edge of the box that hit the bottom corner. McLean then had a shot from the left that Jack Wilsdon saved easily then near the half’s end McGarahan had another effort rebound off the bar, this time a shot from a tight angle.

With a minute of the second half played Thomson ad a shot from a short corner which went wide from a deflection. Three minutes later Arniston were back in the game when McGarahan fouled an opponent 25 yards out and Kieran Douglas flighted his free kick over the wall and into the top corner. Crawford could have extended the lead a minute later when an ambitious Maguire free from 35 yards got through the wall and landed at his feet but he couldn’t get enough power on his shot and McQueen saved easily. Nine minutes later Crawford ran through from the right but, with Liddell square, elected to shoot and fired wide under pressure. A carbon copy came in the 18th minute and this time Crawford played in Liddell but he got the ball caught in his feet then pivoted round a couple of players to make shot for a weak shot which eventually hit the post. With 24 minutes played Liddell joined Maguire in attempting a 35 yard free kick but the keeper made an easy grab. Six minutes later Crawford passed to Maguire who touched the ball round McQueen and shot but a defender cleared off the line. Liddell then set up Crawford in front of goal but his first time shot was straight at McQueen and the he had a shot deflected wide. From a corner with five minutes to go Reece Boyle had a shot that lacked power and was easily saved. Under20 player Ryan Harrison came on as a sub and had two decent shots go just wide. Crawford would have the last laugh and a hattrick a minute into added time when he converted a penalty after Harrison had been fouled on the edge of the box.