Whitehill pay the penalty in the Capital

Civil Service Strollers 3-2 Whitehill Welfare''EOS Qualifying Cup'''An attack with Ross Nisbet attacking the ball, Dean Knight and Jonny Scott-Mercer watching on
Civil Service Strollers 3-2 Whitehill Welfare''EOS Qualifying Cup'''An attack with Ross Nisbet attacking the ball, Dean Knight and Jonny Scott-Mercer watching on

There was drama in the first minute at Christie Park when Steven Manson was tripped in the Strollers box and referee Chris Newman pointed to the spot.

Dean Knight stepped up but he saw his penalty kick pushed away by Stuart Burnside in goal.

The visitors were on top and Burnside had to react quickly to tip a great strike by Daniel McKinlay over the bar and the unmarked Sean Wringe headed wide from close range. Kevin Keane stung the palms of the home keeper with a powerful effort. With half time approaching the Strollers hit with a sucker punch as Kyle Boggie managed to beat Ross Nesbit to a long ball over the top and he calmly finished through Bryan Young’s legs.

With the second half minutes old Whitehill suddenly found themselves with a mountain to climb when Jordan Finnie finished superbly to make it 2-0. Tony Muir replaced Daniel McKinlay as the visitors looked for a way back into the tie however the Strollers defended resolutely until the 69th minute when Craig Anderson found himself in space on the edge of the box and made it 2-1 with a lovely curling effort into the bottom corner. This gave Whitehill a big lift and they pressed for an equaliser. But Civil broke and Davy Stewart restored his side’s two goal advantage. The away side again rallied and after Burnside somehow kept out a Knight shot right on the line the ball rebounded to Tony Muir who drilled home to make it 3-2. Whitehill were frustrated in their late attempts to equalise and the Strollers held on to secure a second round tie with Selkirk