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Whitehill Welfare 2 Gretna 2008 4

Caretaker Manager, Jock Landells, made 4 changes to the side that lost to Kelty Hearts on Tuesday night, with Sean Lally, Jack Wright, Fábio Neto & Gregg Miekle replacing Craig Reid, Guy Kerr, Andrew Fleming & Kyle Mitchell.

In an evenly matched opening period, it was Gretna who had the first real chance of the game, forcing a smart save from Ross Jardine after 12 minutes. But it was Whitehill who made the breakthrough after 25 minutes. Mark Smith made an excellent run down the right wing and his cut back was thundered into the net by Fábio Neto. The lead lasted only 4 minutes however, when the Whitehill defence switched off from a throw in, allowing Kevin Connelly to slip the ball beyond Ross Jardine for the equaliser.

Whitehill regained the lead just after the hour mark, when last season's top scorer, Jack Wright, collected the ball at the edge of the box following a corner, and calmly placed a shot into the bottom right-hand corner. Again, the lead only lasted 4 minutes when a long ball down the middle was spilled by Ross Jardine, allowing Daniel Smales to roll the ball into the empty net. Gretna's third came 9 minutes later. Whitehill's Kyle Mitchell's shot was saved by the legs of Gretna's goalkeeper and they quickly broke down the right-hand side, where Daniel Smales was waiting for the cut back and finished beyond Ross Jardine. Moments later, Stephen Manson was given a straight red card for something that he said. With the 10-man pressing for an equaliser, Gretna again hit on the break and Ashley Kelly's shot was ruled to have crossed the line in injury time.

Whitehill Welfare
Ross Jardine, Kieran Somerville, James McPartlin, Sean Lally, Craig O'Reilly, Scott Lucas, Mark Smith (Stephen Manson 61), Jack Wright (Dylan Weldon 84), Fábio Neto, Gregg Miekle, Liam Mcintosh (Kyle Mitchell 70)

Subs not used
Shea Dowie, Andrew Fleming

Gretna 2008
Jim Atkinson, Jamie Hope, Daniel Wadge, Gregory Armstrong, Daniel Fitzpatrick, Liam Studholme, Ashley Kelly, Malcolm Holliday, Kevin Connelly, Daniel Smales, Jake Smith

Alistair Ferguson, David Dustin, Stuart Johnston, Warren Douglas