Football: Brandanes lose out in seven-goal thriller

Rothesay Brandane defender Gary McGregor closes down a Strathclyde University attacker during Saturday's Caledonian League clash.
Rothesay Brandane defender Gary McGregor closes down a Strathclyde University attacker during Saturday's Caledonian League clash.

A bright start soon turned sour for Rothesay Brandane on Saturday as the island side let a two-goal lead slip en route to a 4-3 defeat at home to Strathclyde University.

Wes Pattison opened the scoring for the hosts on 11 minutes after a superb solo run from midfield by Stuart Brady, and Brady himself turned scorer midway through the half to double the Danes’ advantage.

But Robert MacLeod pulled one back for Strathclyde only two minutes later, and Stephen Lynch euqlised from the penalty spot to leave the score at 2-2 at half-time.

Scott Wightman drilled home through a crowd of players to complete the visitors’ comeback on 63 minutes, but the Brandanes rallied and Pattison converted Neil Whitelaw’s defence-splitting pass to tie the scores once more.

But amid a series of refereeing decisions which left both teams baffled at times, it was Strathclyde who snatched all three points when sub Calum Sinclair bundled home his team’s fourth 13 minutes from the end.

And the Danes’ misery was completed when Pattison was sent off four minutes from the end after an apparently innocuous off-the-ball tangle with a Strathclyde defender.