Football: late brace ends Brandanes’ poor home run

Wes Pattison tries to shake off his marker during Rothesay Brandane's 3-2 win at home to Balmore in the Caledonian League on Saturday.
Wes Pattison tries to shake off his marker during Rothesay Brandane's 3-2 win at home to Balmore in the Caledonian League on Saturday.

LATE goals by Darren Harper and Wes Pattison earned Rothesay Brandane a 3-2 home win over Balmore in the Caledonian League on Saturday - the island team’s first home win since early December.

Chris Donnelly gave the home side the lead in the 12th minute when he side-footed a Pattison cutback past Balmore keeper Ross Sinton, but Robert White levelled for the visitors less than a minute after half-time with a sizzling 25-yard shot.

The sides were evenly matched for most of the second half, but eight minutes from time Pattison crossed from the left for Harper to put the Brandanes back in front, and the hosts looked to have secured the points two minutes later when Pattison again broke clear down the left and chipped the ball over the Balmore keeper for the hosts’ third.

Another White piledriver on 87 minutes made for a nervous last few minutes for the home side, but the Brandanes survived both that and a red card in injury time for Pattison, referee Craig King appearing to indicate that the Rothesay striker had stamped on his marker - a decision which left Pattison, his team-mates and the home support mystified to say the least.