Spartans get back to winning ways as Goal-den Brown strikes Welfare down

Posted on Sunday, September 8th, 2013

Spartans got back to winning ways with a 2-0 win over Whitehill Welfare with former Rosewell man Alan Brown in amongst the goals in what Manager Dougie Samuel described as a “fine, collective team performance.”

With a host of injuries and player unavailability, Dougie Samuel drafted Lucasz Ruslin back into the squad as Spartans looked to bounce back after last week’s setback on the road to East Kilbride.

It was a bumper crowd for the first of five clashes between the sides scheduled for the season and there was a carnival atmosphere inside the Ainslie Park stand as the Spartans 2004 youngsters welcomed the teams onto the pitch with a sea of noise.

Neither goalkeeper seemed troubled in the early exchanges as a midfield war of attrition ensued as both teams looked to break the deadlock.

However it was the home side that drew first blood with a goal in the 18th minute.  A dynamic break up the flank from Grant saw the midfielder square the ball across the six-yard box for Whatley to thump it into the roof of the net.  1-0 Spartans.

Whitehill looked to hit back on the half hour mark when Somerville was fouled on the edge of the box as he raced in on Bennett’s goal.  The free-kick however came to nothing and the teams went into the break with Spartans worthy of their single goal lead.

Spartans 1-0 Whitehill Welfare

The sizeable Spartans 2004 contingent took the field at half-time to entertain the crowd with the biggest game of football spotted in
recent times.  The stars of tomorrow sharing the same field as their heroes of today and they left the field to a very warm round of applause.

There were no personnel changes to the sides as they made their way back out for the second half as Spartans looked to capitalise on their first half dominance.  The visitors came out with renewed vigour, no doubt experiencing a full bloodied chat in the changing rooms from Mickey.

Whitehill’s threat came mainly through the middle however the back division including Cennerazzo & Main mopped up the pressure and ten minutes into the half, Spartans doubled their lead.

A clearance from the Whitehill box was picked up in midfield by Main who pushed the ball wide to Grant who whipped in a delightfully weighted cross for Brown to beat McGurk from the tightest of margins at his right hand post.

The crowd went wild and Brown, who made the move from Rosewell during the summer, celebrated with a Roger Milla style dance at the
corner flag (Spartans 2004 lads may wish to ask their parents who he is), showing his delight at getting on the score sheet against his former club. 2-0 Spartans.

Frustration started to kick in for the away team and Somerville could count himself fortunate to get away with just a caution as he scythed down Main tight on the stand-side touchline.  From the free-kick, Main almost responded in the best possible fashion with a goal however his header went narrowly over the bar.

Cennerazzo then came close as he latched onto the ball inside the box however his thunderous effort from a tight angle shaved the wrong side of the post.

As the game entered the final stages, McLeod almost topped off a fine individual performance after outpacing a Whitehill defender through the middle of the field however it was a heavy touch that took the ball past the en-rushing McGurk and it ran out of play.

Spartans introduced Beesley and Bremner into the game with five minutes left on the clock, replacing the hard working duo of goal scorer Brown and the industrious Henretty.

Final Score: Spartans 2-0 Whitehill Welfare

Spartans Manager Dougie Samuel said after the game that he was proud of the way the side bounced back after last week’s defeat at East

“It was a big win for us and I don’t think anyone could deny us our victory today. It took a great performance and a lot of application because Whitehill are a top side. Let’s not forget that they are the holders of the two biggest trophies from last year and it was great for us to come out and win the first of an incredible five games we face against them this season.”

Man of the Match Alan Brown was naturally delighted with the win. “It was always going to be a difficult game however at home we fancied our
chances.  Whitehill came at us with the long channel football however it was our style of passing football, one of the main reasons why I joined the club, that won it for us on the day.”

Watching his goal celebration post-match brought a smile to Brown’s face. “I wasn’t planning on celebrating if I scored, but after some pretty close attention from the Welfare lads early in the game, I got caught up in the euphoria of the moment and found myself serenading the corner flag!”

Spartans: Bennett, MacKinnon, Cennerazzo, Main, O’Donnell, Grant, Brown (Bremner), Whatley, Henretty (Beesley), McLeod & Motion.  Subs (unused): Anderson, Rusin, Sivewright

Man of the Match: Alan Brown

(Picture courtesy of Carson Ralton)

Next Fixture

Date: Saturday 27th April
Opponent: Peterhead
Venue:Ainslie Park
Competition: SPFL 2
Kick off: 3.00pm

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