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Whitletts Vics : Match Report

Monday, 29 July 2019


Whitletts opened their League Cup campaign with a comfortable victory over local rivals Annbank at Dam Park.

From the moment Thomas Donovan gave Vics a 14th minute lead the outcome was never in doubt and but for some good goalkeeping from former Vics AFC keeper Marcus Worrall the scoreline would have been higher. But to their credit the young Annbank side never gave up and went close on a couple of occasions but this was to be Vics day.

Whitletts first real attempt on goal when debutant Craig Reid was played in on goal by Donovan but shot straight at Worrall allowing the keeper to parry the ball clear. At the other end Gavin Todd fired over after getting on the end of a low cross but in the 14th minute Vics took the lead, Donovan controlled a deep cross into the path of Louis Kerr who’s original shot was parried by Worrall and Donovan stepped in to tap home the rebound.

Another debutant, Martin Findlay almost got his name on the scoresheet but couldn’t get enough on Sean Ewart’s whipped free kick to direct it goalwards. But midway through the half Vics went 2 up. Again a deep Ewart cross to the back post was met by Reid who headed the ball into the path of Louis Kerr to fire home from six yards.

Vics continued to dominate the play and eight minutes from the interval Kerr got his second of the afternoon. From a Ewart pass, Kerr turned a Bankies defender one way then the other and then a second defender suffered the same fate before the midfielder calmly passed the ball into the net.

Annbank had a chance to reduce the leeway just before the interval when Euan Smith fired into the side netting but Vics were value for their three goal interval lead.

Ewart volleyed a Louis Kerr cross into the ground and just wide in the opening seconds of the second half while a Donovan shot from the edge of the box dipped just over after Bankies could only partially clear a Reid throw in. Kerr should have had his hat trick when Lewis Kirkwood’s slack pass found the Vics midfielder who bore in on goal only to be denied by a fine save by Worrall. Kerr then failed to connect at the back post to a Ewart volley across goal but in the 59th minute Whitletts eventually added to their tally. Reid again with the knockdown from a Donovan cross into the path of David Cunningham to score from close range on his competitive debut.

In the 65th minute it was 5-0. Robert Patterson and Reid combining down the right to release Eva Bembo and the big striker, who had only been on the park a matter of minutes, fired high past Worrall.

Andy Kerr then curled a shot inches wide while Louis Kerr should have completed his hat trick when from a Patterson cross, with the goal at his mercy, his diving header flew wide of the post.

Bembo almost got a second but couldn’t quite get on the end of Andy Kerr’s deflected free kick but Annbank never threw in the towel and twice in as many minutes Stephen McLelland went close, first with a shot from 22 yards that was deflected just wide and then a 25 yards drive that Martyn Barclay had to be at full stretch to tip round the post.

Andy Kerr then went close in the dying moments playing a good one-two with Bembo but Worrall was quick off his line to deny the midfielder.

A comfortable victory for Vics who were missing key individuals like Isaac Kerr and Michael Reilly. There will be far more sterner tests for the Dam Park side in the weeks and months to come but this was an impressive and professional performance in their new blue and white kit.

Whitletts Victoria
1. Barclay 2. Findlay 3. Millar 5. Walsh 6. Cunningham (Bembo 61) 7. L.Kerr 10. Donovan (Patterson 61) 15. Ewart 18. Davidson 17. Reid 19. Brown (A.Kerr 67)
Subs (not used) 8. Boyd 13. McColgan

Annbank United
1. Worrall 2. Barrett 3. Fitzsimmons 4. Sloan 5. Kirkwood 6. Murphy (Alexander 63) 7. E.Smith 8. McLelland 9. Todd (Murray 63)10. Lawrie 11. Tait
Subs (not used) 14. A.Smith 15. Taylor GK. Gray

Referee: Michael Bonner

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