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Saturday 14 October

Tayport 2-2(0-2 HT) Whitburn Juniors

Tayport: Sorley, Conway, Sturrock(Ireland 45), Conway, Anderson, Alvarez(Strachan 66), Mackie, Ogg, Reid, Sutherland, Paterson, Subs: Gill, Kadela, Tulleth
Whitburn: Penman, Runciman(Martin 80), McQueenie, G Hamilton, Greig, Milton, Patrick, Russell, Brass, Thomson, Taylor, Subs: J Hamilton, Graham, Allan

As mentioned before we missed the opening quarter of the game and learned that Andy Thomson had fired home after having been put in by a good through ball to give Whitburn an unexpected early lead. Not many chances were created at either end as Whitburn were competing well and playing with some confidence. From a corner John Paul Greig fired home from a tight angle at the back post to double the lead just before the half. Almost immediately at the other end he missed a long punt up the park and the ball fell to Dale Reid but, thankfully, he fired wide.

Tayport started the second half with three up and three minutes in Jamie Mackie had a shot well saved. A good run from Dewi Taylor ended in Thomson trying an ambitious 30 yard chip from wide on the left after he had spotted the keeper off his line but his effort was easily grabbed. A minute later a Reid header was tipped over the bar by James Penman. With an hour gone Daniel Sanchez treid his luck from outside the box but his powerful shot was deflected just wide by two Whitburn players. Just after Jamie Mackie fired over from a Sergio Alvarez square ball. Mackie would score midaway through the half when two Whitburn defenders went for a corner leaving him on his own and he fired home at the back post. The equaliser would come with 15 minutes to go when Reid got on to the end of a ball dinked over the defence and gave Penman no chance. Whitburn steadied the game after this though Gary Sutherland crashed a header off the bar with three minutes to go. Just after Gary Brass was wrestled to the ground 30 yards out but the referee chose to ignore his linesman who had flagged for the foul. Not long after Brass was awarded a foul from about the same position and tried to take it quickly. He was prevented from so doing and a number of players from both sides took exception. Generally in cases like this punishment is shared and a player from both teams is either booked or red carded. Not this time as Lewis Milton and Brass were shown a red card and the Tayport players escaped – a sour end to an entertaining game.

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