Rothesay Brandane brushed off the winter cobwebs in the best possible fashion on Saturday with a 3-2 home win over Myre Athletic in the Caledonian League.
The Danes’ Dumbarton visitors had more of the ball, and more of the chances, in the first half, but the islanders - playing their first match since a 4-0 loss to Hamilton FP on November 29 - held a 1-0 lead at the interval, Sean Lawrence firing home from the penalty spot on 19 minutes after being tripped by Myre’s left-back just inside the area.
Both sides looked stronger coming forward than in defence, and the Danes had a second goal disallowed for offside when John McBride tapped home a Lawrence chip, but Rothesay keeper Willie Lawrence - who had pulled off several good stops to keep the visitors at bay - was finally beaten in the 73rd minute, Stephen O’Kane stroking home Patrick Deeley’s through ball to bring Myre level.
But as Myre pushed forward in search of a winner they were caught out at the back not once but twice, Lawrence beating keeper Kenny Allan with a low drive at the keeper’s near post on 82 minute before Chris Lawrence - the third Lawrence brother in the Brandanes’ ranks - raced clear of a Myre defence looking for offside to add a third three minutes later.
O’Kane set up a grandstand finish when he bundled the ball home from close range after a goalmouth scramble, but his second goal came too late to stop the Danes chalking up only their third league win of 2014-15 after probably their best, and certainly their grittiest, performance of the season.