Wes Pattison hit a hat-trick before John McBride struck a late winner on Saturday as Rothesay Brandane secured their first win of the season with a thrilling 5-4 victory away to Weir Recreation.
Despite travelling to Glasgow for their opening fixture in Division 1B of the Caledonian League with a stronger squad than in recent weeks, the Brandanes fell behind with less than two minutes on the clock - though straight from the restart Wes Pattison found the net to put the islanders back on level terms.
That early exchange set the pattern for the rest of the first half, with the hosts regaining the lead for a second time before once again being pegged back by Pattison.
And the feeling of deja vu persisted when Weir took advantage of the Danes’ lack of a settled central defensive partnership to go 3-2 up - only for the Rothesay men to bounce back once more, this time courtesy of Stuart McKechnie, who converted a penalty after being bundled over in the box.
The visitors fell behind for a fourth time just before the interval, but were a much better organised defensive unit after the break, and Pattison completed his hat-trick to pull the Danes level at 4-4.
With time running out, the Rothesay men pushed forward in search of a winner, and after Matthew Leitch combined well with McKechnie in the middle of the park, a high ball was floated into the Weir penalty area, where James Sprowl rose to challenge the hosts’ keeper - and the loose ball fell kindly for McBride to slot home the winner.
“It wasn’t the same Weir team we were expecting from last year,” coach Roddie Leitch told The Buteman, “but we held our own after the break - and the second half was as good as we’ve played this season.”
* The Brandanes have no fixture this Saturday, October 18.