Football: Lawrence stunner earns dramatic draw for Rothesay

The Brandanes' stoppage time hero Sean Lawrence is buried at the foot of this heap of players after his 95th-minute equaliser earned the Rothesay men a 4-4 draw at home to Dalziel HSFP on Saturday.
The Brandanes' stoppage time hero Sean Lawrence is buried at the foot of this heap of players after his 95th-minute equaliser earned the Rothesay men a 4-4 draw at home to Dalziel HSFP on Saturday.

Sean Lawrence hit a stunning equaliser in the fifth minute of stoppage time to earn Rothesay Brandane a point after a thrilling 4-4 draw at home to runaway league leaders Dalziel HSFP in the Caledonian League on Saturday.

Lawrence’s last-gasp leveller came after the Danes were forced to play almost the entire second half with ten men after Neil Whitelaw was sent off for a dangerous tackle.

Wes Pattison flicked home a Chris Lawrence cross to give the Rothesay men the lead in only the fifth minute, but Graham Donaldson levelled for the visitors nine minutes later after winning a battle with Whitelaw for possession of the ball.

Donaldson gave the Lanarkshire men the lead on 21 minutes with the help of a huge deflection off defender Dane Williamson, but Stuart McKechnie hauled the hosts on to level terms at the break courtesy of a 29th-minute penalty.

Whitelaw’s straight red card in the 50th minute left the Danes facing an uphill struggle against a Dalziel side which went into the game nine points clear at the top of the table, with nine wins and one defeat from their ten league fixtures.

But the islanders made light of the numerical disadvantage, and Pattison made it 3-2 with his second of the game on 57 minutes after excellent work by McKechnie and Chris Lawrence.

Some heroic defending preserved the Danes’ lead until the 74th minute, when keeper James Dunn was caught out by the low sunlight as Gary Preston’s low shot squirmed past him into the net - and the visitors looked to have made certain of all three points when sub Dominic Greenhorn shot home seven minutes from time.

But Greenhorn was sent off four minutes into injury time after failing to retreat at a free kick on the edge of the Danes’ penalty area - and from the long clearance kick which resulted, Lawrence broke clear of the Dalziel defence before unleashing an unstoppable shot past keeper Mark Burrell and into the top corner, sparking wild celebrations in the pouring rain among the Danes’ players, officials and supporters.