Morning glory for Whitehill Welfare

WHITEHILL 3-0  GALA FAIRYDEAN
WHITEHILL 3-0 GALA FAIRYDEAN

Whitehill Welfare bounced back from the disappointment of a heavy defeat at Edinburgh University with an impressive win over Gala Fairydean Rovers.

A huge crowd of over 300 watched on at Ferguson Park, with the game moved to 11am on Saturday as part of the Lowland League Groundhopping week.

With Bryan Young, Darren McGlashan and Nikki Murray all serving one match suspensions and Steven Manson and Andy Martin unavailable due to work commitments Grant Carnie had to make five changes to his side.

In came youngster Ben McGinley in goal, Ross Nisbet at centre back, Connor McGregor at right back, Kevin Keane on the left side of midfield and Greg Kerr up front in a very different looking line-up for the home side.

It was a positive start for Whitehill and on 16 minutes the Gala defence failed to clear a corner and Callum Connolly reacted quickest to open the scoring.

Just before the half hour it was 2-0 when a sweeping Welfare move teed up Dean Knight and after his shot was blocked Tony Muir’s deflected effort sneaked over the line.

The visitors’ task was made all the harder when Jamie Gibson was red carded just after the restart leaving the visitors with just 10 men and a mountain to climb.

With 15 minutes remaining that mountain suddenly seemed higher when Connor McGregor crossed from the right and substitute Jamie Devlin finished high into the net to finish the game as a contest.

In the closing minutes John Williams missed a penalty after Devlin was adjudged to have been fouled in the box.

Next up for Whitehill are three Lowland League away games. Starting with Threave on Tuesday (15th), Dalbeattie Star this Saturday (19th) and Scottish Cup heroes East Kilbride next Wednesday (23rd) at K Park. Whitehill are currently sitting seventh in the 15 team Scottish Lowland League. However, with games in hand they will be hoping to keep on climbing the table.