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Saturday 12 October

Whitburn Juniors 3-1(HT: 3-0) Pumpherston Juniors

Whitburn: Horne, Moran, Mochan(Tomaszewski 86), Hamilton, Boyle, Forrest, Watson(Cooper 56), Russell(Griffin 60), Liddell, Thomson, Taylor, Subs: Wilson
Pumpherston: O'Neill, Wilson(Rodger 50), Carroll, Nyang, Adams, Anthony, Ewen(Campbell 27), Beaumont(McLennan 27), Batt, Millar, Laing, Subs: McQueenie

A bright and breezy autumnal day in which Central Park looked really good after the copious rainfall of the last few days which led to a couple of local games being called off. It was the visitors who came out with seeming intent as they looked dangerous coming forward in the opening minutes but didn't actually get any shots on target. Slowly Whitburn got into their stride and in the 9th minute Andy Mochan had a good header saved when he met an equally good Scott Watson cross. Martin Russell hit his 4th of the season when he collected the ball on the edge of the box, made himself some space and fired a powerful shot into the bottom left hand corner. 5 minutes later Russell had another shot well saved by Stephen O'Neill, this time following a Mochan cross. A further 3 minutes in Russell had another shot which O'Neill blocked out to Mochan but he shot narrowly over. The almost inevitable second came in the 28th minute when Darren Liddell picked up a loose ball and drove towards the visiting goal before unleashing another good strike into the same corner as the first goal. 2 minutes later it could have been three as Daniel Moran was upended by O'Neill in the box but, although his penalty beat the keeper, it came thundering off the post. It was three 8 minutes later, however, when Mochan and Liddell again combined with the latter knocking home the former's pinpoint left wing cross. Pumpherston's only meaningful shot on goal came in the 39th minute from 30 yards by Marcus Millar but Dougie Horne made the save comfortably.

After the excitement of the first half, sadly, the second was a bit of a disappointment as Whitburn seemed content to sit on their lead and Pumpherston didn't seem to have the ability to threaten them (three early substitutions might have contributed to this). Early in the half their Campbell Anthony had a long range shot that went wide. In truth little happened from then till the 73rd minute when a fine right wing Liddell cross was met by the head of a diving Mochan but O'Neill rose well to tip it over the bar. Around the 77th minute Whitburn had a sustained period of pressure when Moran, Iain Griffin (on as a sub) and Liddell all had good shots on target blocked. 2 minutes later a free kick on the left for the visitors saw Hassan Nyang head across goal at the back post and John Batt poked a shot towards Horne but he saved easily. Batt would get in just a few minutes later and score into the same corner as Whitburn's first two goals. Pumpherston were unable to mount a comeback after this and it was Liddell who had the final attempt on goal deep in injury time when he headed over a good Griffin cross.

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