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Saturday 2 March

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

Whitburn: Wilson, Griffin(Duncan 62), Tomaszewski, Hamilton, Boyle, Nicol, G Gunn, Brass, McQuillan, Liddell(R Gunn 70), Thomson(Henderson 77), Subs: Tinning, Russell
Downfield: Clarkson, Ogg, Hornby(Cameron 65), Mudie, C Colquhoun, Hunter, J Colquhoun, Gallacher, Blackwood, Davidson, Macleod(Fraser 67) Subs: Kennedy

Whitburn went into this game hoping to maintain top spot in the Super League by reversing the result against Downfield who had beaten them 3-1 away earlier in the season. They had the first chance in the 9th minute when Gary Brass had a shot blocked wide from a corner. Marc Ogg responded with two decent attempts, the first a weak shot easily saved and the second a shot deflected wide. The best move of the game so far happened in the 19th minute from a good Whitburn break as Greg Gunn sent Darren Liddell wide on the right and his cross fell to Andy McQuillan who controlled and shot and the keeper parried to Andy Thomson who, from a tight angle forced a corner. In the 36th minute Paul Blackwood had a chance for Downfield but Andrew Wilson saved his shot. 2 minutes later Iain Griffin, playing in a midfield role today, got wide and squared to Liddell but it was slightly behind him so he couldn ’t get a good shot away. With 3 minutes till half time the deadlock was broken when a superb cross from Liddell on the right evaded both the keeper and a defender to land at Andy McQuillan’s feet as he made space for himself and he tapped the ball into the empty net.

The lead was doubled a minute into the second half when McQuillan half volleyed great shot form the edge of the box that flew into the net through a ruck of players from a Thomson corner. Brass was fouled 35 yards out near the touchline in the 53rd minute and Thomson fired in a great free kick which Griffin connected with at the back post to give Whitburn a 3 goal cushion. 4 minutes later it was four when Thomson was brought down in the box and McQuillan converted the penalty with aplomb to complete his hattrick. A little before the midway point of the half a little gloss was taken off as Dale Davidson beat Greg Nicol and fired a shot that Wilson got a hand to but couldn’t keep out. Their tails up, Downfield started to play better and 9 minutes later Davidson had another effort but this one went just over. With 11 minutes to go Brass restored the four goal lead when he headed home a Darren Tomaszewski corner. 2 minutes later Reece Duncan, on as a sub, broke down the right and fired in a great cross that found McQuillan who looked odds on to net his fourth but his defender forced him wide and his shot was saved. Then Ross Gunn unleashed a 30 yard shot which came off the underside of the bar and seemed to come down over the line but neither referee nor linesman could give the goal for certain. With 4 minutes to go sub Lee Cameron ran free up the right wing from a suspiciously offside position and drove in on goal before unleashing a great strike across Wilson and into the net. The final action saw R Gunn beat two men as he drove into the box and hit a great shot that the keeper pushed wide at full stretch. On full time we learned that Broughty had lost so making the gap to them and us 5 instead of 2 points. However, Lochee had beaten Kirriemuir to take second spot.

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