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Consolation League Cup

Saturday 27 April

Rosyth 1-5(HT: 0-2) Whitburn Juniors

Rosyth: Harkness, McCann, Anderson, Prattis, Paterson(Cameron 58), Keith, Pierce(Ogg 65), Page(Robertson 74), Slimmings, Henderson, Subs: Millar
Whitburn: Wilson, Trialist, Boyle, Hamilton, Forrest, Nicol, Tomaszewski(Duncan 63), Thomson(Russell 74), Brass, McQuillan, Liddell(Henderson 66), Subs: Russell

Whitburn went into this game knowing that local rivals had beaten Rosyth 5-4 the week before so better was expected to open a little goal difference gap. They got off to the best possible start as Andy McQuillan latched onto a through ball and calmly planted the ball behind Ross Harkness in the home goal. 4 minutes later Darren Tomaszewski shot from the edge of the box but Harkness saved well. Then Darren Liddell saw a clever lobbed header just reached by the keeper to put it past the post. Liddell had better luck on the quarter hour when he back heeled a Gary Brass cut back after good work from him on the line. In a rare Rosyth attack in the 27th minute Gregg Page hit a 25 yard free kick which Andrew Wilson saved easily. A minute later Brass had a shot blocked after Andy Thomson crossed the ball to him. With 34 minutes gone Thomson robbed an opponent and Whitburn had a 3 on 1 opportunity in which he elected to pass to Liddell but his shot was weak and easily held. In the remaining minutes both Brass and McQuillan had good shots saved well by Harkness.

Almost inevitably, having been totally dominated in the first half, it was Rosyth who scored next when Page outpaced Grant Hamilton, cut inside him and found the net with a powerful low shot. The 2 goal lead was restored 6 minutes later when Reece Boyle, with his first goal for the club, powerfully headed in a near post corner. On the hour Thomson went on a good run which ended in another save from his shot. A minute later Brass set up McQuillan and another shot was saved. Just after McQuillan seemed to have netted his second as he slammed in a Reece Duncan cross at the back post but the referee adjudged him offside. Duncan himself would score the fourth from another corner when the ball looped in off him and just out of reach of Harkness. Duncan shot again with 10 to go but this time his effort deflected to McQuillan who could feed a free Brass but was able to get a shot away which was again saved. Meanwhile Martin Russell, returning from a long injury and on as a sub got into the box and almost scored but, yet again, Harkness save. He also put in a cross from the left that Brass couldn't get enough on - as mentioned in the summary, Brass didn't have much luck in front of goal today!. The final goal came from another corner, this time a deep one which Brass headed back into the mix and Boyle put the finishing touch to to double his tally

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