Aaron Somerville equalised to ensure Whitehill Welfare a 1-1 draw with Stirling University in the Lowland League Cup.
IN a storm-lashed game, Whitehill, playing with the wind, had the first chance when Aaron Somerville was played in on goal, however, the flag had already gone up before his effort found the side netting. But it was Stirling University who opened the scoring on ten minutes when Robert Pearson found Chris Geddes who drove into box and finished emphatically past Bryan Young.
With 22 minutes gone Somerville turned on the edge of the box and fired a left foot-shot which gave goalkeeper Ryan Marshall with no chance.
Welfare almost scored again when an Andrew Kidd free-kick from out wide caused Marshall problems. At the other end, Geddes shot tamely into the keeper’s arms when things had opened up for him on the edge of the box. Then, with the half drawing to a close, Whitehill’s Wayne McIntosh rounded the keeper but, instead of shooting, he cut back and his left-foot effort went well over the bar.
The weather deteriorated further after the break with the wind and rain increasing. On 50 minutes a Somerville header was saved by Marshall while at the other end Young had to be on his toes constantly to deal with wind-assisted crosses and through balls that were very unpredictable.
For spells Welfare were pegged back and when a home goal kick was blown backwards and out for a corner there were calls for the game to be abandoned.
Play carried on though and with Stuart McLaughlin heading off the Welfare goal line and a Manson cross cleared from the Stirling six-yard box by Nixon.
Whitehill Welfare: Young, Martin, Hall, Bruce, Sproule, A Kidd, McLaughlin, McGlashan, Manson, McIntosh, Somerville, Subs: Thom, Shearer, Dolan, Dodds
Stirling University: Marshall, Burns, Sutherland, Robertson, Nixon, Pearson, Geddes, Sludden, Millar, Williams-Mitchell, Faulds. Subs: McKee, Nichol, McWhirter, Donaghue-Kelly, Hughes