Eight-man Whitehill grab late equaliser

Dalbeattie Star 1-1 Whitehill Welfare
Dalbeattie Star 1-1 Whitehill Welfare

Following Grant Carnie’s departure during the week, Whitehill under 20s manager Ian Flynn was in the Whitehill dugout at Islecroft Park to face Dalbeattie Star.

The home side took the lead just before half time when Lewis Sloan drilled a shot past Bryan Young from the edge of the box.

Whitehill started the second half strongly and both Craig Anderson and Jack Jardine went close to an equaliser.

Whitehill’s task got even harder when first Tony Muir was shown a straight red card and then Connor McGregor received a second yellow in a matter of minutes heading into the closing stages.

Then, in the most unlikely of finishes in stoppage time, substitutes James Flynn and Jamie Devlin combined with Devlin collecting a ball over the top and scoring past Fraser Morton in goal to level.

In the celebrations Callum Connolly picked up a second yellow card to leave Whitehill to see out the dying seconds with only eight men.

This week, Whitehill Welfare will take on Scottish Cup heroes East Kilbride twice in the Scottish Lowland League. On Wednesday they travel to K Park to take on the side which was knocked out 2-0 by Celtic. And on Wednesday they welcome East Kilbride to Rosewell.

Whitehil will then finish the month on Wednesday March 30 with another home league game, against University of Stirling at Ferguson Park (kick-off 6.15pm).

With the club hoping to announce a replacement for Grant Carnie in the coming weeks, it keeps the season interesting for the Midlothian men. They can still win the South Challenge Cup, and while currently sitting eighth in the league, they will be hoping that by winning games in hand they can push up the table.