Plastic proves to be fantastic for Whitehill

Duns 1-2 Whitehill Welfare (white/ blue)
Duns 1-2 Whitehill Welfare (white/ blue)

At the eighth attempt across four different venues, Whitehill and Duns finally got their South Challenge Cup second-round tie played at Netherdale, Gala on Saturday.

Gala Fairydean Rovers’ artificial surface it seems was the only thing that would see this game finally take place.

Both sides were playing for only the second time since October and it was Whitehill who started with real intent. On the 15 minute mark Callum Connolly cut in from the right and gave Sean Robertson in goal no chance with a left foot shot to put the Welfare 1-0 up.

The Lowland League side were on top but couldn’t force a second goal before the break. Duns enjoyed a good spell early in the second half forcing a number of corners and youngster Ben McGinley was forced to make a good stop down low to his left from a free kick.

With eight minutes remaining Duns equalised. After great work down the left a cross to the far post was headed in by Kieran Bullen to the delight of everyone from the Border side. A real shock began to look on the cards and Whitehill were forced to deal with a stoppage time corner and extra time ensued. Following an incident free first half the Lowland League side began to push for a winner. Substitute Steven Manson saw a good shot from distance tipped round the post for a corner.

On 113 minutes Greg Kerr, a recent loan signing from St Johnstone also introduced from the bench, drilled a left foot volley into the bottom corner to make it 2-1 to Whitehill and send his side through to a third round meeting with Ormiston.

Next up for Whitehill Welfare is a home fixture with Selkirk in the Lowland League. Kick off is 3pm at Ferguson Park. Admission £5 adults £3 concessions.