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Whitletts Victoria are delighted to announce the signing of goalkeeper Aron Dorigo and midfielder Jordan Boyd.

Both players have played in all Vics pre-season matches and have shown and ability and desire to step up to the junior ranks having previously played amateur football.

Manager Neil Duffy said that he expects both players to grab the opportunity as they both have the potential to be very good junior players.

"Jordan is a played I've known and watched for a number of years. He is extremely talented and once his fitness levels are up to scratch for what is required for junior football I'm sure that he can go on and make a name for himself in the game."

"Aron is coming to the club having previously played amateur football. He will be starting as No2 to our regular keeper Ally McInnes but I expect him to train hard and take any opportunities that come his way when they occur throughout the season and create competition for the keeper's jersey."


Whoever said pre-season matches were dull affairs should have been at Lochburn Park on Wednesday night as these two sides served up an entertaining 90 minutes of football despite the heavy showers.

This was both sides final pre-season match ahead of the start of the sectional league cup ties on Saturday and both managers will be satisfied with what they saw from their sides. And from a Whitletts perspective, again that will be flowing passing football that just lacked that killer touch in front of goal.

With Maryhill preparing for life back in the Superleague this was always going to be a tough fixture for the Ayrshire District League side, made all the more difficult due to the absence of Tony Balfour, Niall Kennedy and Sam McFall but Neil Duffy will be happy with his young sides overall performance that played the entire second half with seven payers aged 20 or under.

The match had a frantic start with both sides going close with shots from outside the area that flashed narrowly past the upright. Vics’ trialist striker Neil McGinn almost netted on the quarter hour mark but Blair Anderson’s low cross was poked behind just as the Vics forward seemed set to score. Louis Kerr then went close with a free kick that curled just wide while McGinn was again denied when he latched onto a long ball only for the advancing keeper to deflect the ball inches past his own post.

Vics were having the better of the exchanges and they took the lead in the 31st minute after Paul Cameron was brought down inside the area and the midfielder dusted himself down to slot the resulting penalty past Gareth Watson.

Whitletts continued to create the chances and looked set to increase their lead when Jordan Boyd and Cameron combined but this time the former Hurlford skipper couldn’t wrap his foot enough round the ball to steer it home. Josh Sloan then teed up Cameron but his shot from the edge of the area was superbly turned over the bar by Watson and then just before the break, Chris Black beat three defenders inside the box and as the ball broke to McGinn his effort was deflected over the bar by the outstretched leg of a defender.

It was all change at the interval with Whitletts making five changes while the home side effectively brought on a new team. And it was a move that paid dividends as for the first time Maryhill began to threaten the Vics goal with some regularity and only five minutes after the restart they were back on level terms when Kieran Furay rose unchallenged to head home from eight yards.

Whitletts response was immediate. Kris Kerr’s drive from the edge of the area superbly tipped round the post by Jack Baker and from the resulting corner, Roy Barr’s shot on the turn was blocked on the line.

Shaun Fraser showed his threat for Maryhill when his shot was tipped round the post by Ally McInnes but that was a warning that went unheeded as in the 58th minute, the big striker capitalised on a slip by Graham Longair and although his first shot beat the advancing McInnes only to come back off the post, The Hill striker was on hand to fire the rebound into the empty net. But the Vics’ youngsters were not for lying down and midway through the half they were back on level terms.

Barr turned a defender inside the box and although Baker saved his effort, the rebound fell kindly for Jordan Boyd to fire home the loose ball. Both sides continued to press forward at every opportunity and McInnes had to be alert to save a Nikolas Panagiotou header while at the other end Fraser Smith went close with a header from a Grant Forbes cross after Hill failed to clear their lines from a corner. But just when it looked as if the game was going to end up all square, up popped that man Fraser with the winner. With just 4 minutes remaining, a superb passing moved involving Fraser and Jamie Docherty split open the Vics rear guard and the Hill striker beat Aron Dorigo with his angled drive in at the far post.

A great evenings entertainment. Now it’s time for the real thing!

1. Watson (Baker HT) 2. Lundie (Loy HT) 3. Coyle 4. McLernon (Banks HT) 5. Walton (McLernon 83) 6. Furay (Panagiotou 59) 7. McKay (McLean HT) 8. McLelland (Orr HT) 9. Begg (Fraser 45) 10. Monaghan (Murray HT) 11. McQueen (Docherty HT)

Whitletts Victoria
1. McInnes (Dorigo 77) 2. Anderson 3. Campbell 4. Mullen 5. Buchanan (Longair HT) 6. Sloan 7. Boyd 8. Black (K.Kerr HT) 9. Cameron (Smith HT) 10. L.Kerr (Forbes HT) 11. McGinn (Barr HT)

Referee: Fabrice Dubois