Whitletts Vics : Match Report
ANNBANK UNITED 1 - WHITLETTS VICTORIA 6
Vics marched into the third round of the Macron Scottish Junior Cup with a convincing win over local rivals Annbank at New Pebble Park.
With regular keeper Dan McColgan out injured, Whitletts drafted in 16 year old Cole Millen from the Clubs’ amateur side and the youngster turned in a confident performance between the sticks with a late Bankies consolation denying him a clean sheet on his debut.
Whitletts were in the ascendancy from the kick off and with only seven minutes on the clock they took the lead. Michael Reilly’s bye-line cross evaded Bankies keeper Louis Kerr and Robert Patterson had the time and space at the back post to control the ball before firing Vics into the lead.
A couple of minutes later Patterson lifted the ball over the bar but Annbank pushed forward at every opportunity and in the tenth minute youngster Millen made his mark on the game with an outstanding double save first to keep out a Lee Sloan free kick and then Cammy Ross’ follow up.
Chances were being created at both ends with Reilly heading just over for Vics and while Jordan Ryan was denied by another outstanding save from young Millen to keep out the strikers shot that looked to be heading for the top corner.
Whitletts’ Louis Kerr then fired just over from 25 yards but in the 35th minute Vics doubled their advantage. Annbank were attempting to play an offside trap to combat the pace of the Vics forward line but on this occasion it didn’t work and Reilly broke into the area to set up Louis Kerr who drilled the ball past his namesake in the Bankies goal.
Vics were now in control and Callum Walsh saw his netbound effort blocked and Jordan Boyd had an attempt from 40 yards drift inches wide of the empty goal after Kerr had raced from his area to tackle Patterson.
Michael Reilly then did well to create space in the box but could only shoot straight at Kerr as Whitletts ended the half in control of the tie.
Annbank were not for flinging in the towel and they came out fighting in the second period and had a lot of possession with creating any chances of note other than a Ryan header which flew just over. Vics had their chances too, the best being a close range effort from Reilly which was deflected inches wide but with nineteen minutes remaining Whitletts ended the tie as a contest. A swift break upfield exposed the Annbank defence and from Patterson’s ow cross Reilly was on hand to knock the ball home from close range.
In the 78th minute it was 4-0. A free kick into the box was missed by the Bankies keeper, Isaac Kerr knocked the ball across goal and then poked him the rebound from on the goal line after the ball had struck Reilly.
With seven minutes remaining the Bankies defence was breached again with Patterson adding a fifth from close range but a couple of minutes later, Vics keeper Millen was denied a clean sheet after he failed to hold a Rory Tait shot and Ryan pounced to poke home the loose ball.
But the scoring wasn’t finished there and in the 88th minute Patterson completed his hat trick. Morgan Brown released the striker down the left and he left the Bankies defender for dead and slipped the ball past Kerr for Vics sixth goal of the afternoon.
A much better performance from Vics and hopefully the Dam Park side can take confidence from this match and build on it into their league form, beginning with next weeks’ match at Dam Park against St.Roch’s.
1. Kerr 2. Barrett 3. Orr 4. Kirkwood 5. T. Sloan 6. L. Sloan 7. Smith 8. McLelland 9. Ryan 10. Ross (Todd 81) 11. Taylor (Tait 76)
Subs (not used) 12. Murphy 15. Fitzsimmons 18. McCrone
1. Millen 2. Findlay 3. Millar 4. I.Kerr 5. Walsh 7. L.Kerr (Brown 78) 8. Boyd (Cunningham 62) 9. Reilly 10. Donovan (Ewart 62) 11. Patterson 20. Dinwoodie
Subs (not used) 12. Ogston 13. McColgan
Referee: Liam Gallagher