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Under-strength Eyemouth run out of steam

Eyemouth United 2, Whitehill Welfare 5

Eyemouth put in a creditable performance against Whitehill Welfare in this South Regional Challenge Cup tie.

For 70 minutes they more than held their own - leading 2-1 at that stage.

But in the final quarter of the match, without any substitutes to bring on, their legs started to tire and the more experienced Premier League side stole a march.

United may have been down to the bare bones, but they started brightly and after 15 minutes Nicky Clark set up Stevie Shennan, who ran through, side-stepped the keeper and slotted the ball past two chasing defenders for his 20th goal of the season.

Whitehill then stepped up a gear but there was an element of luck about their equaliser. A shot was deflected in front of goalkeeper Mutch, who could only parry, and it fell nicely for a tap-in.

Eyemouth rallied and after creating a couple of half chances they regained the lead with a goal which also had an element of luck about it. A pass-back was made to the Whitehill keeper, who failed to trap the ball properly - it slid under his foot and despite his efforts to retrieve it, the ball rolled across the line.

With just 20 minutes remaining Eyemouth were still in front, but gradually Whitehill started to turn the screw.

As Eyemouth tired Welfare passed their way through the defence, twice scoring goals with four-man moves from the back.

They also netted twice from corners to seal the Fishermen’s fate.

Later, manager Carl Hudson said he couldn’t fault the players for effort. He was disappointed at the final result, but not the performance, from which he took plenty of positives.

This weekend Eyemouth are due to face Leith, who have won all three of their league matches to date.

Eyemouth: Mutch, Spiers, Windram, Wright, Jess, Lough, Bolton, Clark, James, Adamson, Shennan.

 

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