East Region South Super League
Saturday 10 August
Whitburn Juniors 7-2(HT: 5-2) Kennoway Star Hearts
Whitburn: Horne,Moran(Trialist 48), Tinning(Hamilton 63), Griffin, Boyle, Nicol, G Gunn, M Russell(Duncan 48), Brass, Thomson, Taylor, Subs:Liddell , D Russell
Kennoway: Thomson, Grierson, Mair(Craig 45), Campbell(Watson 45), Jordan, Young, Brown, Newton, Bryce(Cunningham 79), Ferrier, Collins, Subs:
Whitburn found themselves in a similar position to last season after a poor start to the season facing Kennoway and really needing the win. In the end they won this one easily compared to last year's injury time winner as they hammered Kennoway 7-2 - a result that was never in doubt. Last week they had looked strangely listless as Fauldhouse steamrollered them to a 3-0 defeat but this week they had the correct attitude and attacked their visitors, who had a midweek 6-3 win at Harthill, incessantly. Yet it was Paul Ferrier who created the first chance when he beat his man on the left wing and hit a shot from a tight angle which struck the base of Dougie Horne's post. 6 minutes later Dewi Taylor put in Andy Thomson who had a goalbound shot well saved for a corner. From this Gary Brass headed the ball powerfully into the net. In the 11th minute Brass saw a great shot blocked but it went straight to Daniel Moran wide on the right and his great cross was knocked in at the back post by Martin Russell. Just a minute later Thomson set up Taylor who beat his man and slammed a superb shot past the helpless William Thomson in the away goal. The fourth would only be delayed 8 minutes as Kennoway, clearly badly shaken, couldn't clear a corner and the ball looped up for Taylor to head it in. The next goal would be for Kennoway and it was caused by a Whitburn error as Greg Nicol passed back to Horne who hit his clearance straight at Paul Ferrier and he scored easily. The four goal lead would be restored 3 minutes later when Thomson took advantage of more poor defending to powerfully slam home a great shot. But for a miraculous save from keeper Thomson it could have been 6 after a wonderful diagonal ball from Seb Tinning had found Taylor. Instead it was captain Lee Bryce who headed in at the back post a lovely Ferrier cross after a throw in. Ferrier had another chance with 4 minutes to go as he again beat his man but his shot was well blocked for a corner.
The second half would have had to have been really special if it was to match the first and, of course, it was a much more sedate affair as Whitburn looked to control the game. The first chance came 8 minutes in when Taylor from a wide position on the right passed to Thomson who side footed the ball to Tinning but he shot marginally over. In the 70th minute the game became even harder for the visitors as Lewis Grierson was given a second yellow card when he fouled Thomson. 3 minutes later Brass beat the offside trap and drove in on goal trailed by a defender, the move ending in a fine shot form the edge of the box that beat Thomson comprehensively. The rout was complete with 10 to go when Andy Thomson cut inside his man and fired another great shot well beyond the grasp of his namesake. Kennoway almost got another consolation near the end when Ferrier out wide put in another lovely shot which sub Jason Watson fired wildly past the post. A fine performance from Whitburn today and one which we all hope can be repeated many times in the weeks to come.
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