Stretched Kennoway beaten 5-0

Mathew Gay before limping off injured.
Mathew Gay before limping off injured.

It was an East of Scotland Cup tie and the first meeting between the two teams as Premier newcomers took on an inform Kennoway Star Hearts.

KSH had shown a good run of form winning their last three league fixtures despite missing several key players.

Saturday was no different with seven players unavailable for selection.

Band had ano opening when he wriggled clear of his marker and rifled a left foot shot inches over the crossbar.

Surprisingly the opening goal came with Whitburn’s first real foray.

A slack pass was pounced on and the West Lothian team sprung into life.

A neat head flick on and a finish that was rifled across Paterson and into the far corner to make it 1-0.

Clearly rattled by the loss of the goal the next ten minutes saw the game turned on its head when another slack clearance was punished with a goal of sublime skill.

A quick one two allowed the striker to advance to the edge of the area where he produced the deftest of chips to leave Paterson helpless.

A third goal in lightening time left a somewhat bemused home support and management team scratching their head`s considering the way the home team had dominated the bulk of the first half.

Two minutes into the second half Band raced through on goal with just the ‘keeper to beat.

The usual finishing prowess Band had shown in so many games looked to have deserted him as his shot was smothered by Horne.

Gay then saw a lung busting run where he left three defenders trailing in his wake before he sidefooted a shot just wide of the post.

The same player collected the ball from Band cutback and watch his shot beat Horne only to be cleared on the goal line with a last gasp clearance.

Despite these chances the home side just could not get a goal to get back back in to the tie.

Whitburn weathered the storm and scored with another clinical finish.

The icing on the cake for Whitburn saw a final goal with ten minutes remaining as a stretched home defence were picked apart allowing Brass to walk the ball in from a few yards out.

Kennoway - Paterson, Partridge, Murdoch, Young, Binnington, Mann, Davidson, Byers, Shaw, Band, Gay.

Subs - Sutherland Gray Simpson

Next game is East Premier fixture away to Arniston Rangers on Saturday with kick-off 2.30pm.