Seniors- Holders Whitehill out of cup at the first hurdle

Spartans v Whitehill Welfare
Spartans v Whitehill Welfare

South Challenge Cup holders Whitehill Welfare were dumped out the competition by old rivals Spartans in the capital on Saturday.

The Rosewell side dominated early proceedings with Sommerville and Sproule causing issues for the home defence. Sproule seemed to be fouled in the box after five minutes but despite protests no penalty was given.

Spartans’ first effort on goal was a 25 yard shot that Young held confidently low to his right. Sommerville was next to come close to the opening goal, cutting in from the left past three defenders but his effort was well saved by Bennett. Sproule was sent through by Kidd a couple of minutes later, but again Bennett denied him.

And Whitehill were made to pay a minute later when from a Motion free-kick Main was left at the back post to score from close range.

However the lead did not last long as within a minute the Welfare were level. Sommerville pressurised the home defence, and when the clearance fell to Manson the winger set up Andrew Kidd who beat Bennett to the ball and slotted home coolly from eight yards.

Read more in the November 28 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.