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Welfare lift the South Challenge Cup

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Whitehill Welfare won the SFA South Region Region Challenge Cup final with a thrilling penalty shoot victory over Edinburgh City at East Peffermill on Sunday. On 15 minutes City took the lead when Mark McConnell capitalised on a slip in the Welfare defence slotting past Ben McGinley. It didn’t take Whitehill long to draw level though when Andy Martin teed up Connor McGregor who found the bottom corner with his shot. With half an hour played Gary Jardines side regained the lead. Gordon Donaldson and Ross Guthrie combined well and John MacDonald buried a shot from the edge of the box to give his side a half time lead.

Midway through the second half Whitehill again levelled when a Nikki Murray ball deceived Gregor Amos and James Flynn nodded in from close range. There was drama on 79 minutes when Ben McGinley raced from his goal and fouled Nico Gibson. The Welfare keeper was shown a straight red card by Peter Stuart and young  Ceasar Hurst took his place in goal. In injury time the 10 men of Whitehill looked to have won it when John William’s headed in however the linesman flagged for offside. After a tense extra half hour the game went to penalty kicks.         

Craig Anderson stepped up first for Whitehill however after sending the keeper the wrong way his shot hit the crossbar and went over. Dougie Gair then made not mistake to put City 1-0 up before Connor McGregor levelled at 1-1. Hurst dived to save from Gordon Donaldson but John Williams then saw his spot kick pushed away by Amos. City then made it 2-1 before Dale O’Hara levelled at 2-2. The tension was becoming unbearable and after Hurst had again saved James Flynn then saw his penalty beaten away by Amos to leave City with a spot kick to win it. Amazingly though Hurst saved again. Into sudden death and after Steven Manson calmly put Whitehill 3-2 in front big Ceasar then saved his 4th penalty of the shoot out and the trophy was coming back to Rosewell.      

Edinburgh City

Gregor Amos, Aaron Dunsmore, Gordon Donaldson, Mark McConnell (Jordan Caddow 86), Frazer Paterson, Chris McKee, Ian McFarland, Dougie Gair, Ross Allum (John MacDonald 8), Ross Guthrie (Nico Gibson 76), Sean  Mushin.

Whitehill Welfare

Ben McGinley, John Hall, Dale O’Hara, Nukki Murray, John Williams, Connor McGregor, Steven Manson, Craig Anderson, Andy Martin (Caesar Hurst 79), Frankie Arthur (James Flynn 60), Kevin Keane (Daniel McKinlay 75) Subs not used Steven Hislop, Jack Jardine