Football: Danes’ final home game ends in defeat

ROTHESAY Brandane AFC ended their home league season with a 4-2 defeat at the hands of East Kilbride YM on Saturday.

Another disappointing afternoon for the Danes’ supporters saw the island side trail 3-0 at the break, while the hosts were also reduced to ten men in the second half after James Sprowl was sent off for a ‘last man’ foul which led to East Kilbride’s fourth goal.

The visitors opened the scoring from the penalty spot in 17 minutes after an opposing player was fouled in the area by Gary McGregor, who was shown a yellow card for his trouble.

Danes keeper Andy Donald produced a great one-handed save to deny East Kilbride’s number nine, but it didn’t take long for the visitors to double their lead, their number eight finding space on the far side to thump the ball high into the net.

The home side’s slackness was evident again when the visitors’ number nine sneaked in to poke the ball past a helpless Donald to leave the Danes trailing 3-0 at the break.

Substitute Sean Lawrence made an immediate impact when he came on at the start of the second half, firing a shot towards goal which made the YM keeper work for the first time in the game, and the hosts pulled a goal back after some neat build-up play between Harper and John McBride, Harper squaring the ball for Chris Donnelly to make it 3-1.

But the Danes’ optimism was short-lived; within a few minutes Sprowl was sent off after bringing down an East Kilbride attacker inside the box and the spot-kick was neatly tucked away.

That ended the match as a contest, although the Danes did at least have the last word in their final home match of the season, Harper setting up McBride for the hosts’ second goal.

* The Brandanes are away this Saturday, April 21, against Rhu Amateurs; the match at Ardenconnel Park, the Danes’ penultimate fixture of the season, kicks off at 2.30pm.