WHITEHILL WELFARE 3, COLDSTREAM 1
Despite an excellent performance at Ferguson Park on Saturday in the first rounbd of the Image Printers Cup, Coldstream found Whitehill just too strong for them.
Despite missing Kieran Ainslie, Sean Simpson and Des Chisholm, manager Andrew Gibson was able to field a strong side, including the returning Aaron Punton, who last week committed his future to the club.
As initially expected, the game was dictated by Welfare, whose neat, intricate, passing play brought numerous first half chances. Jordan Finnie firstly burst through on goal on ten minutes only for Mark Walters to deny him. Skipper Andrew Kidd should then of given his side the lead, but glanced his header wide with the goal at his mercy.
The normally lethal Wayne McIntosh then saw his effort hit the side netting to the relief of the Coldstream bench.
At the other end, Streamers’ chances were few and far between with a half hearted Gary Wales shot from distance and a John Crawford header the only real efforts to trouble Bryan Young in the home goal.
As the half drew to a close Whitehill broke the deadlock. After good work from the jinky Steven Manson down the right flank, he found Kidd with an inch perfect cross and the tall midfielder made no mistake to bury his header past Walters.
The visitors came more into the game in the second half and looked more of a threat, but unfortunately, a goal ten minutes in from Finnie, who pounced on a loose ball from McIntosh’s shot, doubled the Welfare lead.
This was followed by a penalty as Lawrie Cannon’s failed back pass resulted in Walters bringing down Finnie, who dusted himself down to convert his second goal of the game from the spot.
To their credit Coldstream dug in and still played some nice football. Youngster Jake Birkett went close from distance and Crawford also created a chance, turning to blaze over from a tight angle. The consolation goal came via Jonny Simpson, who latched onto Greg McCrudden’s miss hit shot to fire home. Punton should then of grabbed a second, but somehow missed a free header from a Lee Lambert set piece. Whitehill introduced former Edinburgh City striker Noon towards the end and he almost made an immediate impact, his header coming back off the post.
This Saturday Coldstream are away to Lothian Thistle.
Coldstream: Coldstream: Walters, Birkett, Allan, Punton, L. Cannon, Wales, J. Simpson, Hebdon, Lambert, T. Cannon, Crawford. Subs - Baxendale, Heugh, Turner, McCrudden.