Football: Keeper turns goal hero in battling Rothesay win

Rothesay Brandane ended a four-match losing streak with a 2-1 win away to Symington Tinto on Saturday, October 19. John McBride played a key part in the winning goal; here he is seen holding off a Symington defender during the teams' previous meeting, in Rothesay in November 2012.
Rothesay Brandane ended a four-match losing streak with a 2-1 win away to Symington Tinto on Saturday, October 19. John McBride played a key part in the winning goal; here he is seen holding off a Symington defender during the teams' previous meeting, in Rothesay in November 2012.

Rothesay Brandane goalkeeper William Lawrence swapped his gloves for his shooting boots on Saturday to score the team’s winning goal in a 2-1 victory away to Symington Tinto.

Lawrence was pressed into service as an emergency centre-forward - and the move paid off as an under-strength Rothesay side fought back from a goal down to end a four-game losing streak thanks to a battling display against their Lanarkshire opponents.

Symington opened the scoring from the penalty spot after the Danes’ keeper, James Dunn, was adjudged to have clipped an opponent when clearing away a dangerous through ball.

But the visitors drew level when Stuart McKechnie showed quick reactions to drill home the rebound after his own free kick was blocked by Symington’s defensive wall.

The Danes’ superior fitness levels began to tell after the interval, and Lawrence struck the winner after John McBride cut the ball back from the by-line following a surging run down the left.

* For a full match report check out this week’s issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, October 24.