EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY brought Whitehill Welfare back down to earth last night with a 1-0 win at Ferguson Park in the Ferrari Packaging Lowland League.
Ross Patterson’s first-half free-kick was enough to earn Dorian Ogunro’s team their third-successive victory despite some late sustained pressure from Welfare, who came into the game fresh from a victory over champions Edinburgh City at the weekend.
Jack Guthrie’s pace was causing Whitehill problems early on, and he was unfortunate to see an early effort blocked after outstripping the Whitehill back line. The pacey striker turned on the afterburners again on 20 minutes before being checked by Nikki Murray 23 yards out. Patterson took full advantage from the resulting free-kick, curling a wonderful right-footed effort past Connar Easton.
A neat interchange between Patterson and Guthrie put the striker in behind again shortly after but Easton saved at his near post. Another quick Uni counter should have brought their second goal. Finn Daniels-Yeoman burst down the left and picked out David Maskrey in the middle, whose placed shot struck the outside of the post.
The hosts were inches from equalising shortly after half-time, Sean Martin spinning on to Jamie Devlin’s pass and cracking a left-foot shot off Mark Tait’s near post. Martin saw another attempt deflected over before Whitehill again hit the woodwork when Murray headed Darren McGlashan’s free-kick off the bar.
Unbelievably, the woodwork then twice denied Welfare an equaliser with two minutes remaining. Martin headed against the upright from another McGlashan set-piece before Jack Jardine’s free-kick was tipped on to the post by Tait.
Meanwhile, Spartans prevented East Kilbride overtaking Edinburgh City at the top of the table as the sides played out a 1-1 draw at Ainslie Park.
Jack Smith gave Billy Ogilvie’s team the lead eight minutes after the restart, sliding the ball home for his 12th of the season. Jamie Dishington restored parity with 20 minutes to go, scoring with a bullet header at the back post following a corner. EK were reduced to ten men two minutes from time after Bernard Coll was shown a straight red for a poor tackle on Michael Herd.
Preston Athletic went down 5-1 away to Stirling University.
Gary Nicholson netted for the Panners with a Danny Ashe double and further strikes from Paul McCafferty, Andrew Gillen and Kyle Faulds for the hosts.