Whitburn cruise to convincing win at Fauldhouse
Whitburn did their goal difference a huge boost with a convincing 9-0 win at local rivals Fauldhouse, also keeping up their challenge for promotion, only 2 points behind second place Bo'ness but with a game in hand. Stuart McIntyre opened the scoring in the 10th minute and a pair from Louis Maguire in the 25th and 44th saw Whitburn go in 3 up at half time. There would be no respite for the home side in the second half and within 7 minutes of the restart another two goals had been scored with Reece Duncan netting in the 50th minute and Darren Liddell scoring 2 minutes later. Fauldhouse established a little stability for the next 20 minutes but Duncan got his second with 74 minutes gone. The final 10 minutes proved to be a disaster for the tiring home side as Whitburn added three more in the 80th, 84th and 89th minutes from Martin Russell, Darren Liddell and Chris Brown (on loan from Sauchie) respectively.
Whitburn lose 4-1 at home to Ormiston
The Alex Jack Cup tie against old rival Ormiston did not go well for the Central Park side as they went down 4-1. Generally when you see a scoreline like that against a team that Whitburn should have been able to compete with, something significant probably hapened and this proved to be the case. With 10 minutes gone Whitburn's keeper was red carded and was replaced by the goal keeping coach, meaning playing with ten men for most of the game. This resulted in a 4-1 defeat with Darren Liddle netting for Whitburn. It is never good to lose but many associated with the club will probably not shed many tears about cup elimanations as the league has to be the number one priority this season. Thanks again to Hardhill Travel for sponsoring the match ball for this game.
Whitburn power to 4-1 win at Pumpherston
Whitburn kept in touch with the top two teams in the league with a powerful 4-1 win at Pumpherston despite conceding an early first goal. It was the home side that netted first in the 7th minute when Jordan Rodger darted down the left wing and swung in a great cross which Ben Magee powered behind Daniel Potts. Whitburn responded 5 minutes later when Reece Duncan passed the ball to Lewis Milton on the right edge of the box and he beat three men to put himself one on one with keeper Jamie Bowman before slotting the ball into the net. Then minutes later after a Stuart McIntyre shot was blocked for a corner at the near post an Andy Thomson corner was headed back across goal to Grant Hamilton who headed the ball into the net. Around the 20 minute mark another Thomson corner almost brought a third goal as he fired it to Martin Russell on the edge of the box but his shot went just wide. The two players combined just before the interval, this time from a free kick but this time Russell’s effort was deflected for a corner. Whitburn started the second half with a bang when a Dylan Weldon cross was put wide by McIntyre and then Weldon had a shot saved – all within the first minute. With 55 minutes gone McIntyre was upended by Bowman and the ball deflected to Duncan whose shot was blocked on the line by a prone defender and a penalty was awarded. Normally reliable from the spot, Duncan blasted this one well over. On the hour Adam Forrest almost made Whitburn pay as he got in on the end of a deep free kick but Potts made a good save from his header. A break immediately thereafter saw a corner being won from a decent shot and Duncan swooped low at the near post to bundle Thomson’s corner over the line. Whitburn were in cruise control at this point and both Duncan and Tomaszewski had good shots well saved amidst some good passing football. Into injury time the fourth goal came when sub Aiden Martin took a speculative shot from 25 yards and Bowman couldn’t get down quick enough and fumbled the ball into the net.
Whitburn come from behind to secure three more points
Another amazing game at Central Park saw Whitburn win against Stoneyburn by the odd goal in five and had to come from behind to do it. Stoneyburn had the better of the first quarter and a long wind assisted clearance by their keeper Mathew Craig almost deceived Daniel Potts but he adjusted to push the ball away. Just before he had made a good double point blank save from Stephen McLay and William Brown – all this around the half hour. Meanwhile everyone in the park was frustrated by the offside game that the visitors were playing, the keeper acting as sweeper. However, in the 35th minute beat it they did when Reece Duncan raced up the right wing and had a good diagonal shot blocked, the ball eventually falling to Andy Thomson who scored from 15 yards with the ball going in off the underside of the bar. Two minutes later a good run by Thomson himself ended in another drive which Craig saved well. Stoneyburn brought on two subs – Kyle Mooney and Cameron Donaldson - at halftime and they turned the game in their favour, leaving Whitburn shell-shocked for a spell. First, early on the Donaldson went down in the box but the referee turned down the penalty claims and booked the player for diving. In the 63rd minute Whitburn failed to clear their lines and the ball was passed wide to Mooney who equalised with a low drive. Three minutes later the visitors were ahead as Donaldson headed in a corner. Whitburn slowly fought back into the game and Martin Maguire headed in a corner at the other end with 15 minutes to go. Though Stoneyburn looked dangerous, mainly on the break for the rest of the game, it was Whitburn who had the better chances – Grant Hamilton heading another corner wide and Declyn Cumming having a shot from the edge of the box saved. With three minutes to go a brilliant piece of play by Lewis Milton in which he cut inside his man and put Louis Maguire in one on one with the keeper who coolly slotted the ball beyond Craig.
Reece Duncan second half hattrick helps secure a 4-0 win..
...at home to Edinburgh College in this re-arranged fixture in which MG Entertainments sponsored the match ball. This game itself was the proverbial game of two halves in which the first was very even with both teams having half chances and the second was totally dominated by Whitburn who ran out 4-0 winners. The half time talk clearly worked wonders as Whitburn started to move the ball about more crisply and within 7 minutes Reece Duncan netted the first of his hat trick, nutmegging keeper Morgan McIntosh from 8 yards. Andy Thomson then went on a great run beating several men before unleashing a great shot that went just wide. In the 74th minute the second goal came after a good Duncan run from deep which ended in a pass to Declyn Cumming wide on the right and his shot was deflected in off sweeper Juwon Abubakar at the near post. Whitburn had a couple of good calls for a penalty but the trip on Louis Maguire in the 77th minute couldn’t be ignored and Duncan scored sending the keeper the wrong way. The final goal of 3 came 3 minutes from time when a diagonal Duncan shot flew past the keeper. Newest signing Aidan Martin, on as a sub, had almost scored before this as he dribbled past a couple of players but McIntosh managed to get out to smother his shot. Stuart McIntyre, also a sub tonight, had a great shot well saved near the end to deny a fifth.
Whitburn lose out to Camelon in Qualifying Cup
Whitburn took a break from the league campaign today with a cup game against Premier League Camelon and ended up losing 2-0, a result that flattered their opponents. Indeed, in the first half Whitburn dominated the game playing good passing football and creating numerous chances. Stuart McIntyre and Darren Liddell shared three good chances early on, in each case after great build ups, but all just missed the target. From a corner in the 18th Martin Russell unexpectedly found the ball at his feet 4 yards out after a defensive slip but couldn’t get enough on the ball and the keeper was able to grab the ball. Four minutes later Liddell headed a Louis Maguire corner goalwards but the keeper touched it over. Coming more into the game Camelon had a free header go just wide around the half hour and then 16 attempted a chip from the edge have run in from what looked an offside position but Declyn Cumming got back to clear the ball. Camelon came out all guns blazing in the second half and took the lead three minutes in when Baird knocked in a good left wing cross from point blank range. On the hour Reece Duncan fired in a great low free kick from 20 yards which the keeper fumbled but he recovered in time to stop the ball going over the line. The game was much more even now though Camelon seemed to be relying on the long ball and Whitburn were playing the nicer football. With 17 minutes to go the visiting keeper made a double save as he first blocked a Maguire shot to Duncan and then kept his effort out and he also save a Duncan header. Meanwhile Daniel Potts had a couple of decent saves himself. Potts was unlucky with 5 to go when Mowatt just beat him to a through ball and got the slightest of touches to deflect the ball into the net. On full time Maguire had a great long range effort saved by the keeper diving to his left.
Whitburn and West Calder share 6 goals in second half thriller
Whitburn hosted West Calder on Tuesday 27 July and, in an exciting game with plenty of twists, the teams shared six goals. After a goalless first half the game burst into life 3 minutes into the second when the visitors took the lead. Martin Russell from the penalty spot levelled in the 75th minute and new signing Dylan Weldon put Whitburn ahead just 3 minutes later. West Calder then took two good chances in the 80th and 89th minutes to seemingly take the points. A gutsy Whitburn side, however, quckly replied just before the final whistle to rescue a point thanks to a Darren Liddell strike.
The next game is on Saturday against Camelon in the second round of the East of Scotland Qualifying Cup with a 2:30 kick off. The match ball for this game will be sponsored by S.A. Fire and Security for which the club grateful.
Whitburn bounce back with a solid win
Whitburn erased the memory of the last game with a convincing 4-0 win over league new boys Edinburgh College in the blistering heat of Central Park. Reece Duncan fired them in front in the first minute when he fired a low shot into the bottom corner. A free kick from Jack Temple from 25 yards which was saved by a diving Daniel Potts in the 6th minute would prove to be Edinburgh’s only real threat as Whitburn went on to dominate the first half. They were, however, unable to add to their tally as Stuart McIntyre, Louis Maguire, Darren Liddell and Martin Russell all had good chances which were either saved or off target. The second half continued the barrage of the away goal and 10 minutes in Liddell fired a great daisy cutter from 25 yards after beating his man. Nine minutes later a high ball into the corner was headed on by McIntyre who then drove in on goal and had his shot deflected for a corner. From this the big man headed home at the back post to make it three. Whitburn were by now piling on the pressure and an almost carbon copy of the 3rd happened in the 69th minute, this time Michael McGarahan heading in a deep corner at the back post. Late on Darren Tomaszewski hit a great 25 yard free just wide and Greg Stewart, just on as a sub, hit the bar with shot from the edge of the box. In the end a convincing and well deserved win for the men in claret and amber! Today's match ball was sponsored by Swish Decor.
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