Scottish Cup: Whitehill Welfare secure a replay

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WHITEHILL WELFARE fought back to secure a Wlliam Hill Scottish Cup second-round replay against League Two opponents Stirling Albion on Saturday after a 2-2 draw.

After chances at both ends, Whitehill’s Gareth Thom was adjudged to have pulled down Phil Johnston in the box after 21 minutes. However, visiting goalkeeper Ryan McGurk brilliantly saved Jordan White’s spot kick low to his right.

This lifted Welfare and on 27 minutes they broke the deadlock when a pin-point cross from Andrew Kidd was met by Wyane McIntosh hand his header found the far corner of the net. It could have been 2-0 soon after but Somerville blazed a Steven Manson cutback over the bar before after good work by Johnston. On 37 minutes, Bruce saw yellow after bundling over Weatherson on the edge of the box and Kieran McInespie produced an unstoppable free kick which found the top corner to level the scores.

Four minutes after the break, White got the better of Thom and, after driving into the box, coolly finished past McGurk to put Stirling ahead. But Whitehill refused to give up, though, and got themselves level with 12 minutes remaining. Substitute Robertson made an immediate impact as he intercepted a slack back pass, rounded the keeper and after his angled effort was cleared off the line Steven Manson tapped home.

Stirling Albion: Crawford, Ashe, McAnespie, McClune (Cunningham 82), Bishop, Smith, Johnston, Ferry, White, Weatherston (Day 61), Weir. Subs not used: Coyne, Forsyth, Clark, McGeachie, Reidford.

Whitehill Welfare: McGurk, McGlashan, Thom, Bruce, Sproule, Dodds (McLaughlin 27), Manson, Kidd, McIntosh, Somerville (Kidd 78), Martin (Robertson 78).
Subs not used: Shearer,Dolan, Noon, Young.