Whitehill Welfare 7
Gala Fairydean 1
EoS QUALIFYING LEAGUES GROUP C
JOHN CLAYTON reports from Ferguson Park
THIS was always going to be a tough game for the Fairydean, but the manner in which many of the goals were gifted to the opposition was a cause for concern.
However, this should not take away from a very professional performance from Whitehill, who on the basis of this performance look a very good bet for the Premier League title.
Wayne McIntosh scored the opener for Whitehill when left free in the six-yard box at a corner after five minutes.
This was quickly followed by a second from the penalty spot and midway through the half he completed his hat-trick when he powerfully shot into the roof of the net from the left of the area.
A misjudged clearing header on the hour allowed Wayne Sproule to blast home the fourth from outside the box.
Shortly afterwards, Steven Robertson climbed high at a corner to head home Whitehill’s fifth.
Elliot Turnbull then failed to hold an Aaron Sommerville shot and it squirmed beneath his hands and into the net.
To cap a bad day, Ryan Sclater and Turnbull left a through ball to each other and Scott Gormley nipped between them to tuck home number seven.
Gala never gave up and were rewarded close to full time when Craig Livingston flicked home a cross from Alan Jackson.
Gala Fairydean: E. Turnbull, R. Sclater, G. Hay, D. Leckie (J. Hay), C. McBride, P. Young, J. Wilson (B. Hunter), A. Brunton, A. Jackson, G. Gass and A. Brown (C. Livingston).