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Saturday 9 February

Tayport 1-2(HT: 1-1) Whitburn Juniors

Tayport: Shaw, O'Brien, Sturrock(Trialist 73), Conway, Suttie, Mackie, Chalmers, Payne, Robertson, Rollo(Gray 45), Liversedge(Paterson 70) Subs: Duffy, MacPherson
Whitburn: Wilson, Griffin, Tinning, Hamilton, Boyle, Nicol, G Gunn(Taylor 82), Henderson(Thomson 64), Brass, Liddell(Docherty 64), Duncan, Subs: Tomaszewski, McQuillan, Russell

A strong wind blew for the 90 minutes and that combined with a bumpy surface made silky football difficult and both teams found control difficult. As a result the game proved to be a little disappointing as a spectacle but few in the Whitburn camp will be concerned about this as their team now sit proudly atop the Super League as neither Lochee nor Broughty were on league business. The first real piece of quality came in the 13th minute when Josh Chalmers got into a good position wide on the right but where were no takers for his cross. Midway through the half Greg Gunn tried a speculative 30 yard shot which caught a boot on the way to goal and went out for a corner. Tayport then took more control of the game and looked marginally more dangerous going forward. They took the lead on the half hour when Chalmers converted a cross by Chris Liversedge, deserved on the balance of play. They really should have doubled the lead in the 40th minute when Lewis Payne found himself free in the middle of the six yard box after another good Chalmers cross but Grant hamilton reacetd quickly to close him down and dispossess him. Tayport would pay for this 3 minutes later when Gunn put Darren Liddell through on the right of the box and his shot from 15 yards flew diagonally past keeper Jack Shaw and into the net to level the scores with their best play of the game.

With conditions unchanged in the second half the game continued to be littered by errors from both teams though Whitburn were beginning to get into the game more. A little of flurry of activity around the hour mark produced three goal attempts, 2 for Tayport sandwiching one from Whitburn. The first followed good work out left from Payne who crossed to Dayle Robertson whose shot came off the base of the left post (though Andrew Wilson may have got a touch). Whitburn then broke quickly down the other end with the move culminating in an ambitious shot from Liddell which was easily saved. Then Robertson found some space again in the Whitburn box but this time fired his shot over. With 15 minutes to go Robertson set up Payne but his shot deflected for a corner. Whitburn finished strongly as, first 1 minute later a left wing Gunn cross was headed narrowly over by Gary Brass. Then, with 10 minutes to go a great move saw Reece Duncan pass the ball wide to Jack Docherty who, in turn, found Brass' feet but this time he shot just over. Then with 1 minute of regulation left Brass controlled a long Wilson punt and shot at goal, the ball going out off a Tayport defender. Seb Tinning whipped in a low corner that no-one seemed to want to touch as it ricocheted about the 6 yard box before being toe poked over the line by Grant Hamilton at the back post. Oddly enough, the corresponding fixture at Central Park also ended with a last minute Whitburn winner, this time by Martin Russell.

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