The Brandanes began their match against Symington Tinto at the public park on Saturday without three of their regular mid-field players, but this didn’t seem to deter the team from a fantastic win of 9-0.
Manager Neil Whitelaw was presented with a chance to bring in players who’ve been waiting for their opportunity to show what they could do for the team.
The Danes started the game ready to attack their opponents, putting Symington under pressure from the very start. Wes Pattison and Sean Lawrence created big problems for the visitors with their pace. Pattison’s first chance to score, following a pass from Lawrence, wasn’t to be, as the keeper saved well at his feet.
Despite many touches of the ball, the Danes found it hard to find scoring opportunities, but Pattison soon put paid to that when he found himself in the clear after Lawrence blocked a clearance from the Symington left back. This time, he clipped the ball into the bottom corner, making it 1-0. Pattison only lasted another five minutes before going off injured, replaced by Stuart Brady.
Half-time arrived with no more scoring, and the home team hoping not to regret the missed chances.
While the first half saw very few goals, the second half made up for it with the Brandanes scoring with nearly every attack.
The second goal arrived in the 51st minute, when James Sprowl sent a thundering shot against the crossbar, the ball falling short of the goal line, with Neil Whitelaw bundling it home.
At the 60 minute mark, Brady took a through pass from the hard working Scott McDonald, and shot low into the net.
Two minutes later, Lawrence crossed for Neil Whitelaw to strike a right foot into the net, making the score 5-0.
Again, two minutes later, Scott McDonald got his reward with a fine header into the net from a Brady cross, and at the 70 minute mark, Brady turned scorer after a great through ball from Lawrence.
The Brandanes then took the opportunity to give their subs a run out with Chris Donnelly and Paul Poop making it onto the pitch.
At 76 minutes, Donnelly made his presence felt when he ran onto a through ball only for the keeper to bring him down with a desperate tackle.
Whitelaw stepped up to score with the resulting penalty kick to complete his hat trick, 8-0.
At the 89th minute, Lawrence finished the scoring with a right foor shot from Whitelaw’s cross to make it 9-0.
With the rain pouring down, and the goals pouring in, the referee took pity on Symington and sounded the full-time whistle about eight minutes early.
* The Brandanes are at home this Saturday, October 15, against Gartcosh.
Kick-off is at 2.30pm and players should report no later than 1.15pm.