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Saturday 24 March

Whitburn Juniors 7-2(3-1) St Andrews United

Whitburn: Penman, Runciman(Lehjman 80), J Hamilton, Graham(Docherty 75), G Hamilton, Russell, Ogilvie, A Thomson, Brass, Trialist, Taylor(Tomaszewski 45), Subs: Wilson, Allan
St Andrews: Russell, Orrock, Cunningham, McDaid(McDonald 48), Mayne, Fleming, McInnes, Wallace, Lawrie, Falconer, Wilson(Quinn 64), Subs: Honeyman, Morrison, Campbell

Whitburn were missing suspended JP Greig and injured Connor McQueenie from their defence today which required coach Euan Graham and Jack Hamilton to replace them. In addition they fielded a trialist up front. In the the end they ran out easy winners of a game that many feared might be quite challenging. With 8 minutes gone they went one up when a Jack Hamilton free kick was flicked on by Jack Ogilvie and met at the back post by Gary Brass and he fired the ball into the net form a tight angle. 3 minutes later Ogilvie went on a great run along the bye line and forced a near post corner. Dewi Taylor doubled the lead in the 18th minute when he fired home a loose ball after visiting keeper Joe Russell could only parry a shot by the trialist. In the 36th minute St Andrew’ Daryl Falconer controlled a long ball well and shot but James Penman made an easy save. A minute later, however, Falconer got the better of Euan Graham and fired the ball past the advancing Penman – a goal their play up to that point scarcely merited. The single goal lead only lasted 2 minutes as the trialist was sent free wide on the right and, after beating his man, he spotted Andy Thomson free square of him so he passed and the latter calmly swept the ball into the net – the first of which would become a hat trick.

St Andrews came out early in the second half, presumably with their ears ringing with criticism from a disappointed boss. They found themselves  down in the 48th minute when Grant Hamilton bulleted a header home from a Darren Tomaszewski corner (he had replaced Taylor at halftime). 8 minutes later the trialist headed just wide from a good Ogilvie right wing cross. In the 64th minute a wonderful piece of skill saw Andy Thomson control a deep Tomaszewski cross with one touch to make space for a sharp shot which hit the back of the net. In the 70th minute Scott Orrock was red carded and amazingly this gave the visitors the courage to attack Whitburn and just 6 minutes later Falconer got his second with a shot that evaded Penman and went in off the post. He hit the post 2 minutes later and some of the home support feared one of Whitburn’s collapses (especially as not long afterwards sub Paul Quinn forced a save). Whitburn, however, rallied and Andy Thomson completed his hat trick with a shot from 25 yards after Brass had laid the ball off to him with 5 minutes to go. The rout was completed when the trialist (who had had a good game) got the goal he deserved when he fired home anther Tomaszewski cross.

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