Whitehill overcome as Shire break new ground

Whitehill 2-5 East Stirlingshire
Whitehill 2-5 East Stirlingshire

Whitehill Welfare hosted East Stirlingshire in the visitors’ first-ever Lowland League away game and with only 75 seconds on the clock the Shire took the lead.

They won a free kick down the Welfare right and Jamie Glasgow’s strike from a tight angle was deflected off the back of Connor McGregor and beat Bryan Young low to his front post.

But the home side responded well and forced a succession of corners. A Steven Manson cross was met by John Hall’s header, which was pushed out by Shaw – but only to Andy Martin who scored.

Five minutes later East Stirling were back in front. A through ball by Scott Buist played John Sludden clear and after Young stopped his initial shot the forward poked the ball through the keeper’s legs.

Whitehill settled with some good possession and on 36 minutes ofull-back John Hall produced a pinpoint cross to Andy Martin, whose diving header looped into the top corner.

The home side who pushed for the lead after the break and John Williams headed just the wrong side of the left upright.

But on 70 minutes the Shire struck a crucial blow. A free kick was awarded on the edge of the penalty area and Derek Ure brilliantly curled it over the wall and into the top corner

The home side pushed for a third equaliser and the Shire exploited the space in behind with Sludden finding Glasgow who slotted into the bottom corner to make it 4-2.

On 79 minutes it was 5-2, Glasgow this time turning provider, beating his man down the left and crossing for David Grant to tap in.

Steven Hislop’s side were shell-shocked and Steven Manson was unlucky not to pull a goal back when his angled shot was blocked on the line. In the last meaningful exchange Young produced a brilliant save to prevent sub Adam Murray from scoring.