Whitehill travelled to Albert Park, scene of many great battles in the past, looking for a winning start to the season but could hardly have expected to be three up after 13 minutes.
Welfare were without the suspended Dayne Robertson, Andrew Kidd and last season’s top scorer Wayne McIntosh. Scott McCulloch was injured.
In only 5 minutes, a Jordan Hall free kick on the left was fisted away by keeper Brown, but Aaron Somerville, in his first appearance of the season, quickly buried the chance to put the Welfare a goal up. No sooner had the game restarted than Scott Gormley found himself with loads of time on the left corner of the box and promptly curled the ball into the top corner. A few minutes later and Jordan Hall blasted home from the spot after Beattie was booked for handball.
A shell-shocked Albert had been finding it hard to get out of their own half but a bit of slackness allowed Bobby Nwanze away down the left and he curled the shot past Paterek to reduce the deficit.
Whitehill then proceeded to miss a hatful of chances which would have finished the game, with Gormley doing great work but rolling the ball wide of the post, and Manson finishing well, but being given offside, the decision by ref Paul Hanlon being hotly disputed.
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