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Whitletts Vics : Match Report

Monday, 12 August 2019


A last gasp goal from Peasy defender Kyle Stewart broke Vics hearts as suffered an agonising defeat at the hands of the Glasgow giants. It was a cruel blow for a Whitletts side who controlled the match for large spells but who were punished for three defensive lapses in the game.

As Whitletts Victoria prepare to celebrate their 75th anniversary on Monday, it is perhaps ironic that the biggest game in the Clubs’ history saw them go down to a late goal in a 3-2 defeat in the semi final of the Scottish Cup in 1956 to Petershill at Shawfield but it will be of no consolation to the team of 2019 that history repeated itself in this game.

Vics fell behind on the third minute. A well worked free kick between Gary Griffin and David Aubrey saw the full backs byeline cross sail over the head of Dan McColgan and drop in at the back post.

Minutes later it was almost two as James MacLennan broke into the box but Roddy Paterson couldn’t get on the end of his low cross with the goal at his mercy.

But Vics settled into the game and took a grip on the proceedings with virtually all of the play in the Peasy half but rarely did the Ayr side threaten Mark Quinn in the Peasy goal. The best chance falling to Craig Reid who could only lift the ball into the keepers arms.

But their persistence finally paid off in the 34th minute when Stewart Davidson’s shot was blocked by the arm of Chris Ketterer as the defender tried to block the shot and under the new regulations, referee Jordan Cousland pointed to the spot. Robert Patterson stepping forward to give Quinn no chance from twelve yards.

It was no more that Vics deserved at that stage but they had McColgan to thank for remaining on level terms just two minutes later as he blocked a MacLennan header from a corner but there was nothing the Vics keeper could do five minutes later as the home side restored their advantage. Paul Millar got caught out defending an Aubrey past allowing MacLennan to ghost in behind him and fire past McColgan from ten yards.

Two minutes after the restart Antony Eadie fired just wide for Peasy but it was Whitletts in the main who were doing the pressing and in the 51st minute they were back on level terms when Cunningham headed home from a Reid throw in.

Whitletts were in the ascendancy and Patterson had the chance to give them the lead from a Donovan pass but delayed allowing Ketterer to get in a block.

Paterson tried his luck from distance for Peasy in a rare attack that was well held by McColgan but most of the action was at the other end. Donovan saw his shot parried by the hand of Quinn and when Cunningham returned the ball to the danger zone the little striker fired wide. Quinn then could only parry a Davidson strike that he should probably have held but the home side weathered the storm and worked their way back into the game with Calum Walsh superbly clearing a dangerous cross into the six yard box under pressure from Eadie and MacLennan.

Sean Ewart volleyed just wide from a Morgan Brown cross for Vics and as the game entered the final ten minutes Quinn spilled a simple save and Donovan set up Cunningham 22 yards out but the midfielder’s lofted effort over the defence saw the ball come back of the face of the crossbar.

A Patterson cross to the back post evaded Donovan but as the game entered the closing stages play was raging from end to end as both sides went all out for the goal that would prove to be the winner. And in the fourth minute of injury time it was the home side who sealed all three points with the last kick of the game. From a corner kick into the box, the Vics defence went to sleep allowing Stewart to control the ball before firing across goal into the net at the far post.

It was a cruel blow for Whitletts who need to learn the lessons from this game. But there is no doubt that the talent is there within this squad and if they can cut out these lapses in concentration, then this could be a very positive season for the Dam Park side.

25. Quinn 2. Bryson 3. Aubrey (Watt 57) 4. Ketterer 6 Sutherland 7. Griffin 8. Eadie 9. Paterson 10. MacLennan (McWilliams 70) 11. Elliott
Subs (not used) 1. Trainor 15. Gray 16. Muir

Whitletts Victoria
21. McColgan 2. Findlay 3. Millar 4. I. Kerr (Donovan 21) 5. Walsh 6. Cunningham 11. Patterson 15. Ewart 16. Davidson 17. Reid 19. Brown
Subs (not used) 1. Barclay 8. Boyd 14. Anderson 18. A. Kerr

Referee: Jordan Cousland

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