East Region Super League
Saturday 12 January
Fauldhouse United 1-2(HT: 1-1) Whitburn Juniors
Fauldhouse: Mullen, Watson, Stewart, McCafferty(Malone 73), Daly, Dunn(Patrick 45), Odonnell, Ward, Currie, Smillie(Gribben 69), Subs: Barclay, Cowan
Whitburn: Wilson, G Gunn, Tinning, Hamilton, Forrest, Nicol, Duncan, Henderson(R Gunn 84), Brass, Liddell(McQuillan 75), Tomaszewski(Taylor 67), Subs: Thomson, Russell
Persistent drizzle throughout the game did not deter both sides from giving their all in this Super League local derby. Whitburn started off really well and within 2 minutes Darren Liddell, who got on the end of a long ball forced a good fingertip save from John Mullen. Meanwhile just 2 minutes later Fauldhouse were in front as Mark Daly headed home a corner in the home side's first attack. In the 10th minute Gary Brass got behind the home defence and tried a shot from a very tight angle which ran in front of the goal and was cleared. Brass found himself wide again 1 minute later but this time crossed and Reece Duncan's head met the ball full on to bullet it into the net. On the quarter hour Duncan set up John James Enders but his shot was well saved. With 20 minutes played a free kick from the home side was knocked into the box and Grant Hamilton seemed to be pushed to the ground but play was allowed to continue and a home player put the ball wide when he had the goal at his mercy. Midway through the half Ryan Smillie had a chance wide right but Andrew Wilson saved his shot. The game then died a death with neither side looking too threatening until 2 minutes before the break when a Jack Currie shot was well saved by Wilson though the ball broke back to him and his second effort was cleared off the line by Greg Forrest.
The most memorable thing about the start of the second half was a 2 minute break while a dog invaded the pitch. Thereafter Whitburn started to dominate all over the pitch and in the 58th minute Brass freed Henderson wide on the left and his diagonal drive was just missed by Liddell at the back post. A minute later following another nice move Duncan got into a decent shooting position but his shot went wide. The pressure paid off just on the hour as the home defence couldn't get the ball cleared after a Liddell shot hit the underside of the bar, rebounded out and the ball fell to Brass and he found the net from around 6 yards to give Whitburn a deserved lead. Andy McQuillan came on with 15 minutes to go and almost sealed the game 5 minutes later when he instinctively half volleyed a blocked Brass shot just wide. Desperately seeking an equaliser Fauldhouse pushed on and sub Aiden Malone saw a shot from the edge of the box go just wide. Samuel Watson then fired over while prone on the ground from a corner. In the closing minutes Whitburn had three chances from long range shots, all pushed over the bar by Mullen. These efforts from McQuillan twice and Brass respectively. As ever, however, the added time was nervous as Whitburn have so often found a single goal lead hard to defend - not this time, though!
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