Whitehill beat Spartans to make South Challenge Cup final

Connor McGregor opened the scoring for Whitehill. Pic: TSPL

Connor McGregor opened the scoring for Whitehill. Pic: TSPL

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Whitehill Welfare ensured a South Challenge Cup final date with Lowland League Champions Edinburgh City after a 4-1 win over ten-man Spartans at Ferguson Park last night.

The showpiece occasion will round off the 2015/16 season on May 22 at East Peffermill.

Welfare were gifted the perfect start within two minutes. A poor kick from Spartans keeper Blair Carswell went straight to Connor McGregor, who sent found the empty net.

Welfare then doubled their lead. Miscommunication between Carswell and Mikey Bruce resulted in the latter inadvertently heading a cross from 
McGregor over his keeper and in.

The visitors reduced the deficit five minutes before the break. Some neat interplay between Scott Maxwell and Aaron Murrell saw the former hit the byline and send a wicked deliver across goal, which Alan Brown finished at the back post.

McGregor was proving influential for Stevie Hislop’s men and restored their two goal advantage early in the second half, nodding home Kevin Keane’s corner from the right.

Spartans were given mountain to climb when Bruce was sent off for bringing down Andy Martin in the box after the ball had broken kindly for the Welfare striker. Dale O’Hara sent Carswell the wrong way with the resulting spot kick for 4-1.