Whitehill Welfare hit six to boost bid for second

Whitehill's Wayne Sproule. Pic: Malcolm McCurrach

Whitehill's Wayne Sproule. Pic: Malcolm McCurrach

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A blistering first-half performance from Whitehill Welfare helped in their pursuit of the Lowland League runners-up spot as they beat Selkirk 6-3.

The game sparked into life after seven minutes when Wayne McIntosh raced down the right hand side, cut back in past a defender and wrong footed Gregor Amos in goal to score.

Straight from the restart it was almost 2-0 as Andy Martin’s shot was deflected wide, however, from the resulting corner McIntosh’s left-foot shot was handled in the box and he scored again from the spot.

Midway through the half Wayne Sproule and Martin combined well down the left and Sproule’s low shot found the bottom corner of the net for a third.

Selkirk pulled one back when a pass found Phil Addison and he brilliantly lobbed the on rushing Bryan Young.

McIntosh then rounded Amos but saw his effort cleared off the line, however, it was 4-1 shortly after when Danny Noon headed in Sproule’s cross from close range. Things got even better for the visitors on the stroke of half-time as McIntosh laid it on a plate for Noon to tap in.

Selkirk managed to tighten up at the back after the restart and a stinging left-foot shot from Yanis Lamghari was tipped over by Young at full stretch. At the other end a Martin effort flew just wide and on 62 minutes a great Andrew Kidd cross was headed back by McIntosh at the far post but the ball somehow stayed out. A sixth goal wasn’t long in coming though as Noon headed in for his hat-trick.

Selkirk rallied and Julio Tonelle struck a left-foot drive which found the back of the net via the palm of Young. Matte Meszaros poked home a third.

Selkirk: Amos, Scott, Barr, Munro, Guiney, McManus, Hlabangana, Johnson, Lamghari, Addison, Tonelle. Subs: Meszaros, Young, Doig, Higginbottom.

Whitehill Welfare: Young, Martin, Thom, Bruce, Hall, McGlashan, Dodds, A Kidd, McIntosh, Noon, Sproule. Subs: McLaughlin, Quinn, Manson.