A hat-trick from Kyle Weir helped Shotts 95
to a dominant 7-0 victory over Whitburn in the Final of the Jock Tait Cup.
Shotts powered into a 2 goal lead inside 15
minutes, through a Weir free kick and a Calum Waltho strike, and then stretched
their lead to 4 goals by halftime.
Weir completed his hatrick in the second
half, and added a fourth, before substitute Keir Mitchell netted a seventh with
five minutes to go.
The threat posed by the Shotts attack was
demonstrated early on as Waltho’s speculative effort almost caused problems for
Whitburn goalkeeper Courtney Gair.
In the eighth minute, Weir broke the
deadlock with a delightful curled freekick into the bottom left of the goal,
well out of reach for the Whitburn keeper who could do little in the way of
saving the net bound effort.
The goalscorer found himself one on one
with Gair seconds later but the goalkeeper produced a save to deny Weir.
Calum Waltho drilled a left footed 30 yard
strike which rocketed into the bottom corner of the net for 2-0, with 13
minutes on the clock.
Shotts looked very dangerous from set
pieces but it was from open play that they grabbed a third.
Jordan McBratney’s header was merely a
clearance until it fell to Weir 35 yards from goal. The striker turned and beat
two men on his way into the box, before finishing off the move by slotting the
ball past Gair.
Whitburn’s solitary chance in the first
half came for Christopher Sked who got on the end of Liam Mackay’s cross, but
fluffed the shot wide of target.
As half time approached, Shotts won a penalty
when Weir was brought down by the goalkeeper. Tayler Jessimar stepped up and
Half time: Whitburn FCA Under 17s 0-4 Shotts 95
Whitburn, to their credit, made the game
more of a contest in the second half, although they didn’t test the keeper
Shotts’ Wier missed an opportunity to get
his hat-trick before he made it 5-0. He raced onto a ball over the top and took
it round the keeper to side foot home on the hour mark.
Three minutes later, Weir claimed his
fourth goal of the game. Jessimar’s perfectly weighted pass split the defence
and found the striker to roll past Gair.
Whitburn’s best chance to score a
consolation came from a corner as Jordan Strange swung the ball in for Scott
Smith to smash the ball high over the crossbar from 4 yards out.
Shotts rout ended with substitute Keir
Mitchell stealing in at the front post to slide the ball in from David
Full time: Whitburn FCA Under 17s 0-7 Shotts 95