Opponents get on Whitehill’s Wick

Whitehill Welfare (blue and red) Callum Connolly V Wick Academy (black and white) Steven Harrison at Ferguson Park
Whitehill Welfare (blue and red) Callum Connolly V Wick Academy (black and white) Steven Harrison at Ferguson Park

Whitehill Welfare crashed out of the Scottish Cup in this first round replay on Saturday in Rosewell against their Highland League opponents.

Young was the first keeper to be called into action, the Whitehill number one palming away Harrison’s flick.

Wick opened the scoring in spectacular fashion after 20 minutes. MacKay strode forward and let fly from fully 25 yards and Young didn’t have a prayer as the ball flew past him into the top corner.

Anderson then tried his luck from distance in hope of a leveller and his left-foot effort flashed not too far wide of the right-hand post. Anderson again went close after collecting Callum Connolly’s pass on his chest but bounced his effort across the face of goal.

The Highland League team deservedly increased their lead three minutes before the break. Harrison showed great feet to skip past two challenges in the box before lashing the ball high past Young from close range. They were afforded the chance to kill the tie from the spot just before the hour when Grant Campbell was hauled down after ghosting past Ross Nisbet in the area. Richard Macadie stepped up but Young produced a fine save low to his right to give his side a fighting chance.

Welfare took advantage and halved the deficit on 66 minutes. Tony Muir was bundled over on the edge of the area and Dale O’Hara curled the resulting free-kick past McCarthy into the bottom corner. It didn’t last long as Wick restored their two-goal advantage shortly after.

Harrison went down the left before laying off for MacKay, who surged past a challenge before dispatching into the far corner for his second of the day.

Whitehill responded again, however, when Muir pulled the ball down after another scramble in the box, turned inside his man and found the bottom corner to set up a frantic last ten minutes. It wasn’t to be though as the visitors survived a couple of late scares to book a second round tie against Nairn County.