Whtiburn Thistle hosted Lewis United Youth of Aberdeen in the third round of this years Trans World Soccer SYFA Cup at King George Park in Whitburn on this cold, windy day.
I knew I was to be in for a good treat watching this game having heard of the ability of the young Whitburn team and from knowledge that Lewis United are a club who continually produce good teams year after year.
The game got underway with the wind blowing heavily as these two outfits looked to play the kind of football everyone wants to see. Fast flowing football with the ball on the deck. Both teams were having a good share of possession, making it difficult for the other team to get a hold of the ball.
Four minutes in Aidan Mcardle played through Kyle Mallon who's resulting effort looked to be going in, but Jordan Dutch in the Lewis goal produced a great save to keep the scoreline 0-0.
However, the deadlock was broken six minutes in as the very impressive Reece Mckerron found space in the Whitburn box to turn and shoot high past the stand in Whitburn goalkeeper Kian Rennie to make it 1-0 to Lewis United.
What an exciting start to this match, which kept on giving as two minutes later Mcardle equalised for Whitburn after fantastic footwork from Ross Mullen saw the ball played to Mcardle who dispatched his shot in the top corner past Dutch to make the scoreline level.
Both sides continued to play very neat football and with nothing to choose between the sides it looked as though either side could win this tie. Reece Mckerron was dictating a lot of Lewis' play, holding the ball up well and playing in the wingers, always looking dangerous.
Whitburn looked like they were about to see themselves go 2-1 up as Mcardle played through Mallon and as he was about to strike, a fantastic last ditch tackle was made by the Lewis right back just in the nick of time.
The next chance fell to Lewis United on the twenty minute mark as Jack Cowie hit a firm shot, high towards goal which was held well by Rennie in the Whitburn goal.
Two chances fell to Whitburn just before half time as Mullen saw an effort of his fly past the keepers post, much to his relief. The next came as a scuffle in the Lewis box almost saw Mcardle capitalise, however the danger was cleared.
Half time saw the sides go in with one goal a piece and with nothing to choose between the two.