Kennoway 2-1 Whitburn

Kieran Band rifles home the first.
Kieran Band rifles home the first.

Whitburn returned to Treaton Park only a few weeks after a convincing five goal win the last time the two teams met in a Cup tie.

The hosts were on a strong run of league wins and were looking to stay up the top end of the league.

A good start from KSH saw a sweeping move from left to right.

Byers and Craig had a quick interplay of passes before Byers looped in a hopeful ball into the six yard area.

Despite the acute angle Band was alert to the chance, he took a touch and smashed his effort back across goal, the ball brushed off a defender before nestling into the bottom corner of the net.

Despite this early goal it was the visitors who took hold of the play and they came storming back with a succession of corner kicks.

Whitburn got the equaliser their play deserved when another in-swinging corner caused panic in the home defence. This time Skinner was on hand to nod home from four yards as he evaded his marker. It was backs to the wall for the home side and Paterson pulled off a spectacular save to deny Russell as his shot from the edge of the box looked destined for the bottom corner. The pressure was mounting and Bain passed up a further two chances as he failed to hit the target, firstly a corner again causing some concern for the home defence fell to the player`s feet then a header that went wide.

Two minutes before half time KSH showed their quality in attack when Wilson ghosted in behind the Whitburn defence to rifle a venomous strike that ripped into the side rigging leaving Horne helpless.

The game settled into a more even contest with both team`s battling away trying to gain the upper hand.

KSH again went close when Craig had a direct run from wide right but his shot narrowly missed the target as Horne scrambled low to his right.

Kennoway: Paterson, Partridge, Young, Murdoch(Rolland 45), Doig, Brewster, Craig (Shaw 78), Byers(Gay 70), Wilson, Binnington, Band, Subs: Mann, Simpson

Next upis a Fife and Lothians Cup tie against Glenrothes at home on Saturday.