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Saturday 20 May

Whitburn Juniors 2-2(2-1 HT) Glenrothes

Whitburn: Horne, Wilson, Bain, G Hamilton, Graham, JHamilton(McQueenie 85), Martin, Patrick, Brass, Russell, Taylor, Subs: Allan
No Glenrothes team line as referee didn’t release it

Terrible weather dogged this game from start to finish as a fair bit of it was played in torrential rain and this probably contributed to 2 of the goals. As mentioned on the home page, defeat was unthinkable and in the end the team managed to carve out a creditable draw in spite of a string of refereeing decisions which went against them. Whitburn had the first attempt on goal when Dewi Taylor headed a corner goalwards in the first minute which was comfortably saved. A minute later a Glenrothes free kick from 30 yards was also easily saved by Dougie Horne. From a corner in the 8th minute the ball was cleared to Ricky Patrick on the edge of the box and his fine shot hit the back of the net with force. Midway through the half a Glens winger received the ball at least a yard offside but the rferee missed it and his cross come shot slipped through the hands of Horne and went towards the backpost where, under severe pressure, Euan Graham seemed to get the final touch as the ball trickled in at the post. Glenrothes almost took the lead 10 minutes later but they were denied by a double save by Horne, the first from a shot and the second from a header after the resultant corner. Just a minute later Dewi Taylor drove through the middle but was pushed out wide and just insdie the box hit a shot that bypassed the advancing keeper but seemed to get caught in the wet turf and barely trundled into the goal though James Martin was there to help it on its way (we think it was over the line, however).

In the 5th minute of the second half Horne had to be alert to save a decent shot after the player had danced through a couple of weak tackles. 7 minutes later a Glenrothes midfielder seemed to control a high bouncing ball with arms raised but he was allowed to go on and he fed a winger who just inside the box went down and was awarded a penalty which was dispatched into the net. Almost from the centre Jordan Bain drove goalwards but his long range shot went just wide. Then a great turn from Taylor was followed by a decent shot which also flew just wide. In the 63rd minute another controversial moment happened when Patrick and the Glens sweeper slid into one another. The referee saw it as Patrick, the offender, stamping on the latter and the latter retaliating and in the end both were ejected, Patrick on a second yellow and his opponent on a straight red. The incident happened in front of the home dugout and none of them seemed to see anything much amiss. Midway through the half a cross from the rightcame off a home defender and struck the outside of the post and then 5 minutes later another cross was hammered over his own bar by Dean Wilson. With 10 minutes to go a jack Hamilton free kick was reached by Gary Brass but he couldn’t get hi effort on target. The final minutes  saw Whitburn camped in the Glenrothes corner as they saw out time to secure the vital point that should see the survive in the Premier League.

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