Fauldhouse Set Pace After Convincing Second Win

Fauldhouse United 4 Whitburn 1


Fauldhouse United went top of the McBookie.com East Premier League last night, following the impressive 4-2 win against Dalkeith Thistle on Saturday, with another convincing four goal win against visiting Whitburn. A blistering first half performance left Whitburn trailing in the wake of Jon Connolly’s side, with Jack Currie and David O’Donnell especially standing out with cutting runs straight into the heart of the Burnie defence.

The first forty-five saw United get their nose in front when O’Donnell struck with just four minutes played, then two when minutes later Currie struck from a Misanjo cross to score from close range. The surging runs continued, always threatening, but with no reward forthcoming until five minutes from the break when Yami Misanjo pounced to knock in from a rebound.

The second half wasn’t quite as entertaining for the View Park faithful, the action falling mainly between the penalty areas, and Whitburn returning with a bit more about them, making it more of a contest. United extending their lead just after the hour, when Currie grabbed a second after winning a chase for the ball. Gary Brass snatched a conciliation for Whitburn, but in truth, the visitors never really looked like getting anything from the game.

United opened the scoring when Jack Currie made a determined run into the heart of the Whitburn penalty area, surrounded as he was by a floundering defence, he couldn’t quite pull the trigger. In raced O’Donnell on an angled run from the right, the ball played back and he stuck hard and low across goal, beyond the keepers reach and in at the back post.

It wasn’t long until the second followed. Stewart making a run down the left-hand side before slipping the ball through for Misanjo to send a cross in from the byeline. The ball looked like it took a deflection on its journey to the back post, where Jack Currie nipped in to convert from a couple of yards out.

O’Donnell, Taylor and Currie all had shots on goal with various levels of accuracy, Chisholm and Hamilton both saw attempts go wide of the Fauldhouse goal, but it was Misanjo that was to strike the back of the net on forty minutes when he was first to react and pounce on a rebound, after Penman saved from O’Donnell’s strike from wide.

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The visitors made a much better start to the second half, Taylor making an early impression with a blocked effort, before forcing a save from Hutchison with a strike on the angle. Whitburn had started to knock on the door, but it was United that gate crashed at the other end, when Currie got onto the end of a ball played into penalty area, after chasing down and narrowly beating the keeper with a poke home from eight yards.

The second half had been much scrappier than the first, the chances of note being far and few between, so it was a bit of surprise when Whitburn reduced the deficit on 72 minutes. When Fauldhouse failed to clear a loose ball in front of their box, Hamilton played it back in, over the top and into space, where Brass composed himself to blast past Hutchison.

Fauldhouse: Hutchison, Arrol, Stewart, Watson, D Currie, Dunn, O’Donnell (Magee 82), Ward, J Currie, Misanjo (Higgins 73), Bennett. Subs Unused: L Currie, Brady, Craig.

Goals: O’Donnell 4, J Currie 9, 62, Misanjo 40.

Whitburn: Penman, G Hamilton, McQueenie, Graham (Milton 45), Greig, J Hamilton, Chisholm (Wilson 69), Thomson, Brass, Taylor, Tomaszeski. Subs Unused: Martin, Runciman, Russell.

Goal: Brass 72.

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