Wishaw’s Cup Hangover Over

Wishaw Juniors 6  Shotts Bon Accord 0

 

Report by Lindsay Robertson 

Wishaw took their goal tally to 11 without reply at a sunny Beltane on Monday night. Having suffered the agony of cup semi-final defeat the side seems now to have put that behind them and are looking to move up the table as they play catch up with their fixtures. 

In truth Shotts never looked likely to repeat their narrow victory only two weeks before and it might well have been but with fixtures coming around on a regular basis just now who could blame the side for slackening off a little once they were comfortably ahead. 

After both sides had passed up early opportunities Wishaw grabbed the lead when a long throw for the left was initially headed up in the air by Paul McGeough but the midfielder reacted again to his header to get up once more to this time drop a header over the keeper and into the net to put the home side ahead. 

A few minutes later McGeough might have doubled his tally but this time his header from a long pass from McIntyre was glanced wide. Dean Kindlan also tested the keeper with a long-range effort which was easily collected by the keeper.  

Wishaw finally doubled their lead nine minutes before half time when McGeough and Thomson combined before the latter was brought down to earn Wishaw a penalty. Goalkeeper Sandy Thomson stepped up and his low effort to the bottom left hand corner was firm enough to cross the line despite the keeper getting a hand on it. 

Wishaw’s grip on the match was further confirmed before half time when a cross into the box saw Coffey free from his markers and he guided a header beyond the keeper to give Wishaw a 3-0 interval lead. 

Half Time: Wishaw Juniors 0 Shotts Bon Accord 0 

Thomson had to deal with an early effort from distance at the beginning of the second half which had been similar to the threat posed by Shotts in the first half.  

It took only 3 minutes for the home side to extend their lead when Dan Kindlan worked his way to the bye line where his chipped cross looked as if it would fall for the incoming Coffey but on the stretch and trying to prevent the goal the visiting keeper tried to claw the ball over but could only claw it back into his own net for 4-0. 

Shotts were still trying to pull something back but nearly all of the efforts were coming from long range and Thomson had another which he collected cleanly soon after the goal. 

With so many games to play Wishaw began to make changes with McCafferty for Dean Kindlan and then just on the hour mark Thomson and Coffey replaced by McGuire and Smillie the second change would bring about an almost instant impact on the match. 

A long pass saw Smillie race behind the Shotts defence as defenders got back the forward squared the ball across the edge of the area to his fellow substitute McGuire who cracked a swinging shot over the Shotts keeper and into the net for form the goal of the match and 5-0. 

Literally only three minutes later the same two players combined again when a low centre from Smillie found McGuire who looked maybe offside but the Wishaw forward prodded the ball beyond the keeper and had struck twice with 5 minutes of coming on. 

Being so comfortably ahead and with just under 30 minutes to go the home side relaxed a little and Shotts had a couple of efforts the first again another effort from distance that Thomson held easily before for the first time they broke through the back line but Thomson again reacted with a two-handed block before the ball was cleared. 

Wishaw had chances for more Smillie had a low effort saved by the keeper and also a shot blocked that may well have come of a defender’s arm but the penalty claim was ignored. McGuire might even have completed his hat trick when a Kindlan cross was partially blocked only for it to drop in front of McGuire but the keeper reacted well and blocked his effort. 

The damage was don though and two home wins with 11 for no reply should boost the confidence ahead of the glut of games to come. 

 

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