Whitehill blow two-goal lead at home to Cumbernauld

Stevie Manson netted for Welfare. Pic: TSPL
Stevie Manson netted for Welfare. Pic: TSPL
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Whitehill Welfare surrendered a two-goal lead as they went down 4-2 to Cumbernauld Colts at Ferguson Park last night.

The hosts lead when Andy Ward headed Darren McGlashan’s free-kick in to his own net. Welfare were two ahead five minutes before the break. Daniel McKinlay’s initial effort brought a good save out of Chris Fahey, but Stevie Manson kept his composure to volley the rebound home for his fourth goal in three games.

Michael Oliver then claimed his header had crossed the line from a corner, but the assistant referee’s flag stayed down. There was no doubt seconds later, when the same man headed firmly past Young for 2-1.

Colts had the chance to level when they were awarded a second-half spot kick for a push, but Young got down well Jamie Broadfoot’s penalty.

Richard Kirwan levelled soon after however, finishing well across Young after a strong run down the left. The comeback was complete on the hour when Stephen O’Neill scored from close range.

Welfare demanded a red card when Andy Selkirk appeared to go over the ball on Callum Connolly, but the ref only produced a yellow. Andy Martin was then denied a penalty after a collision with Fahey.

Cumbernauld sealed the points with eight to go when Selkirk headed home from close range at the back post.

Spartans missed the chance to virtually guarantee second place after a 1-0 defeat away to Vale of Leithen.