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Whitletts Vics : Match Report


Wednesday, 24 April 2019


WHITLETTS VICTORIA 1 - BENBURB 4

Benburb came from behind to take a huge stride towards the Premiership with a convincing win over Vics at Dam Park to move three points clear at the top of the Championship.

The Govan outfit started the game strongly and could have been ahead inside the first ten seconds but somehow Kyle Richford fired over an open goal from only eight yards out. Ryan Livingston headed over while both Ciaran Mulcahy and Willie McLaren were denied by Martin Fraser as the Bens dominated early on.

Whitletts weathered that early pressure and began to work their way into the game but it was still somewhat against the run of play that Vics took the lead in the 20th minute. A neat backheel from young Andy Kerr allowed his namesake Louis in behind the defence and his low cross to the front post was met by Adam Forsyth who beat the keeper to the ball to toe poke it in off the post to set a new goalscoring record for Vics with his 39th goal of the season.

The home side were enjoying their best spell of the game but in the 29th minute the Bens equalised with a somewhat fortuitous goal. As McLaren broke clear, the former Airdrie and Dunfermline winger completely mishit his shot across goal but it struck Richford in the face and flew into the back of the net.

Two minutes later Richford looked to be well offside as he rose to head home a Ryan McCrone cross to put the visitors ahead with his second of the game.

Into the second half it was still the visitors who were having the better of the play and Mulcahy’s lob over Fraser went just wide. At the other end Forsyth’s shot on the turn from close range was blocked after he was set up by Louis Kerr as Vics searched for the equaliser.

It was a good even game at this stage and the next goal was going to be crucial. Fraser however was the busier of the two keepers, denying McCrone at the back post and then tipping a long ball forward past the post after he had initially misjudged the bounce of the ball.

However once again the Vics were undone inside the last ten minutes as Bens struck twice. Again their appeared to be questions asked as McLaren looked well offside as he collected a long ball out on the right but from his cross Mulcahy was left unmarked in front of goal to sweep the ball home. And the scoring was completed in the 87th minute when Gary Muir fired home a byeline cutback.

Not the way Vics wanted to sign off from their final home game of the season but whilst the Ayr side are seeing out the end of the campaign, they still will have a major say in the battle at both ends of the table in their final two matches away to Craigmark and Cumbernauld.

Whitletts Victoria
1. Fraser 2. Mathieson (Ogston 65) 3. Brown 4. Mullen 5. Buchanan 6. Millar 7. A. Kerr 8. Boyd 9. Forsyth 10. Donovan 11. L.Kerr

Benburb
1. McWilliams 2. Dooley 3. Wright 4. Livingston 5. Ballantyne 6. O’Hear (Wilson 89) 7. McLaren (M. Mulcahy 84) 8. McCrone 9. C. Mulcahy 10. Richford (Jarvie 77) 11. Muir
Substitutes (not used) 16. McFarlane 23. Dillon

Referee: Callum Scott


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