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Saturday 15 September

Whitburn Juniors 5-0 Forfar West End

Whitburn: D Russell, Duncan, Tomaszewski, Griffin, Hamilton, Boyle, M Russell(Thomson 75), Nicol, Brass(R Gunn 75), McQuillan, G Gunn, Subs: Doherty, Henderson, Liddell
Forfar: Thain, Clark(Weir 70), Robertson, George, Allan, McMahon, Petrie, Wilson(Van Der Kuyl 70), Batchelor, Montgomery, McIlravey(Reynolds 76), Subs: McKenzie, Hart

Whitburn were looking to build on their last minute win at Kennoway and they did so against third top Forfar in a manner that no-one in the home ranks could have dreamt of. They started fantastically as within 2 minutes Andy McQuillan won the ball in midfield and drove into the box before firing in at the near post, the goalbound shot coming off a defender on it’s way to goal. McQuillan then tried his luck twice in quick succession but keeper Gary Thain saved his shots. After weathering this early storm Forfar fought back and had a good spell in which they created a number of chances. With 7 minutes gone Grant Hamilton headed a Callum Petrie shot wide of the goal for a corner. Then Jamie Montgomery had two efforts that went wide, the second a free kick. Two dangerous crosses from the left found their way to the back post where Petrie and Craig Batchelor had decent shots well saved. Then, in the 31st minute Montgomery chipped the advancing Daniel Russell but his shot came off the front of the bar and straight into the keeper’s arms. This would be the last serious effort on the home goal until minutes before the end of the game as Whitburn got back into it and doubled their lead hrough a great Gary Brass shot from the edge of the box after he had made space in the 36th minute. Then, just before the half he set up McQuillan wide right but this time the latter’s shot missed the target.

A few weeks ago Forfar had trailed 3-0 away from home and almost pulled out a draw though they eventually lost 3-2 and some sort of recovery was feared here. It never happened as Whitburn dominated the second half in all areas of the field and McQuillan was proving a handful for the visiting defence. With the half 20 minutes old he harried a defender on the shy line, dispossessed him and drove in on goal before firing the ball into the net. Midway through the half Reece Duncan was put in by Brass and his shot was pushed round the post by Thain. A couple of minutes later a push on a home forward resulted in a penalty award which Brass took. Uncharacteristically the Whitburn centre shot down the middle where his effort was parried out by Thain but Martin Russell shot the rebound home as he reacted quickest. Rampant at this time, Whitburn added a fifth when again McQuillan was alert to intercept a pass and just when it seemed he would attempt to attempt to complete his hattrick he unselfishly played in Andy Thomson who buried the ball into the net. With minutes left Forfar’s centre half Jack Allan dislocated his finger and had to leave the game and his side one short. Oddly it was after this that the visitors had two great chances for a consolation but Russell thwarted both Montgomery and sub Matthew Reynolds with good blocks. Whitburn had the final word when McQuillan – surely the man of the match – put in Ross Gunn but his shot went just wide.



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