Students deal blow to Danes’ promotion hopes

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Two goals conceded in the last seven minutes saw the ten-man Brandanes fall to a 2-1 defeat away to Strathclyde University on Saturday.

The result - a sore one for the Danes to take after Donnie McDermid was sent off for two bookable offences - blows the race for promotion to the Caledonian League’s top flight wide open, with as many as five teams now in with a decent shout of going up alongside runaway leaders Dalziel HSFP.

The Rothesay men weren’t helped by two injury-enforced substitutions, with Dane Williamson going off hurt during the goalless first half and Scott McCormack following suit soon after the interval.

But the visitors were given a boost in the early stages of the second half when keeper James Dunn, who pulled off several excellent stops during the 90 minutes, made an astonishing triple save from a Strathclyde penalty kick - saving the first effort and blocking the rebound with his chest before scrambling to his feet to push the high, hanging ricochet over the bar.

And things got even better for the island side when Wes Pattison tapped home the game’s opening goal on the rebound after a Neil Whitelaw shot was blocked by the Strathclyde keeper the island side .

* Read the full report in this week’s Buteman - on sale from Thursday, March 6.