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Clarkston snatch late winner to keep title hopes alive

The league clash between Clarkston Colts and Whitburn FC ended in a narrow and hard-earned victory for the home side after a five-goal thrilling game at Caldervale High School. It was an exciting first half with both teams showing danger in the attack but there were great defensive displays from both sides.

Whitburn came into the game off a win 2-1 against Bellshill Athletic Black having won three of their last five games they had played domestically. Clarkston Colts had suffered a 4-2 defeat to EK Burgh so they were hoping to turn things around with a victory against their opponents after defeating them in the last meeting.

Whitburn thought that they took an early advantage in the 7th minute but the goal was ruled out for offside after great pressure on the Clarkston defence. Clarkston then thought they managed to grab the opener. However, a breathtaking save from Nathan Brown in the early stages kept the game at 0-0.

The visitors continued to show dominance in the attack during the opening half showing how dangerous they could play go forward as they fired plenty of shots on target towards Clarkston goalkeeper Evan Morrison. Matthew Nelson stood out in the first half with great dribbling attributes and his quick pace helping Whitburn drive forward at times.

It was an end-to-end first half but it would be Clarkston who would open the scoring. Taking advantage of one of their set pieces, a great delivery from a free kick the ball was turned into the net by Lewis Wright.

Clarkston continued to hold pressure on Whitburn with efforts from Kyle Prunty and James Collins going wide. However, that closed the first half and Clarkston went into the break with a one-goal lead.

Whitburn were quick to respond after half-time with just 48 minutes on the clock an equaliser was slotted away by Guy Graham who was quick to react to a defensive error with great effort. Whitburn continued to sustain momentum and grabbed a second goal in the 63rd minute to allow themselves to get ahead through Matthew Nelson. Euan Warnock hoped to extend the advantage however Evan Morrison showed great goalkeeping to deny the attacker.

Clarkston went on to grab the equaliser in the 71st minute through Kai Symons. A great ball from the midfield saw the Clarkston Striker through on goal and he composed himself nicely to cancel out the opponent’s lead. The game looked like it was going to end a draw however a late 87 minute strike from Lewis Wright seemed to seal a victory for the home side.

Overall both teams showed great desire and energy during the game in determination of earning three points for themselves and they both showed how well they can play.

The crucial victory could help see Clarkston edge closer to the top of the table with three games in hand over current leaders Baillieston Thistle. Whitburn sit comfortably 20 points over Blantyre Celtic and remain two points behind AC Rovers following their defeat too.

Clarkston Colts Player of the Match: Lewis Wright

Wright bagged two goals for Clarkston and grabbed the late winner to secure 3 points. Lewis showed consistent ability to get in behind the Whitburn defence and was a constant threat for Clarkston.

Whitburn Player of the Match: Matthew Nelson

Nelson was fantastic with his dribbling abilities and caused all sorts of danger when going forward which is conveyed by his goal. Matthew showed great composure and did well despite the defeat.

Clarkston Colts Magic Moment:

The home side’s late goal was massive as it helps maintain the title charge and seal another victory.

Whitburn Magic Moment:

The early first-half save from Nathan Brown kept Whitburn in it for the majority of the first half.

Clarkston Colts U17s

1. Evan Morrison

4. Aiden Mcgleish

5. Peter Wright

6. Ross Anderson

7. Ewan Donnelly

10. James Collins

14. Ryan McGrath

15. Kenzie McGonnel

16. Marcus Donnelly

17. Kyle Prunty

18. Kai Symon

19. Lewis Wright

20. Kayden Kempton

31. Caiden Dowie

Whitburn U17s

1. Nathan Brown

3. Jack Wooton

5. Kasper Szprewlewski

6. Marcel Dzienniak

7. Matthew Nelson

8. Alfie Garvey

9. Guy Graham

11. Euan Warnock

14. Caleb Evans

19. Ewan Mercer

23. Brendan Burns


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