Tweedsiders turn on the Gass in Muirhouse opener

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UNITED got their campaign off to a flying start with an away win in the East of Scotland Qualifying League against premier division Civil Service Strollers.

A goal 15 minutes from time by teenage forward Calum McClure was enough to secure the points in an entertaining encounter at Muirhouse.

Proceedings started at a brisk pace.

The Tweedsiders had the first sight of goal when Steven Tait tried his luck from 35 yards. However, the ball sailed over the bar.

United keeper Elliott Turnbull was then called into action, pushing wide a Reece Twist shot after some good interplay between the midfield man and striker Ryan Raeburn. On the quarter-hour mark, United’s Chris Baillie ran through on goal and only a last-ditch tackle prevented the opener.

United racked up the pressure and new signing Grant Gass saw his header graze the post following good work by Damien McNulty and Liam Wallace. The midfielder was instrumental in the next attack when he sent McClure through. Only a fine stop by home keeper David Walker kept the score sheet blank.

United continued to press at the start of the second half and their break came in the 75th minute when a ball from the right found Gass in the penalty area. His shot hit the home keeper and rebounded to McClure, who neatly prodded the ball into the net.

Strollers tried to salvage something in the last 10 minutes and Turnbull had to look sharp to save from substitute Bobby Nwaze.