Below-par Brandanes lose out again

THE Brandanes’ winless run continued in their penultimate game of the season on Saturday as they suffered a disappointing 4-1 defeat away to Rhu Amateurs which could have been even heavier than the final margin.

The hosts opened the scoring in the eighth minute when they were awarded a spot kick for what appeared to be a handball in the area; Davie Faulkner stepped up and slotted the penalty past Danes keeper Ben Hatton to make it 1-0.

The visitors reacted well to falling behind, and went close through Chris Donnelly, but the striker’s header squeezed past the post.

Minutes later though the islanders did get their reward when Stuart McKechnie’s low free kick bobbled under the Rhu keeper and into the net to level the scores.

However, on the half hour mark the hosts went back in front – and again it was thanks to a penalty, this time after a clumsy foul inside the box gave Faulkner the chance to despatch the kick from the spot to give Rhu a 2-1 interval lead.

Despite only being a goal down at the break, it was a somewhat unenthusiastic Danes side who emerged for the second half – and Rhu took full advantage, Stuart Bailey finding the net with a rasping 20-yard drive which beat Hatton all ends up on 47 minutes.

Sadly the visitors failed to make an impression in the second half, and if it hadn’t been for some poor shooting from the Rhu strikers the home side could quite easily have had five or six.

As it was, the Rothesay side’s misery was completed with ten minutes left as David Grant notched the home side’s fourth with a low and hard shot into the corner – leaving the unhappy Danes trudging off at the end still searching for their first three points since striker Wes Pattison received his eight-game ban in March for violent conduct.

This Saturday, April 28, the Brandanes play their final Caledonian League fixture of 2011-12, away to a Doune Castle side still challenging for promotion at the top of the table.