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5 goal Whyte spoils West’s title party

Lincraig FC 6

Easson 5', Whyte 38', 44', 53', 67', 69'

Dundee West 2

Hutton 25', Rodger 41'

Andrew Creegan

Andrew Creegan | YFS East Region Multimedia Journalist
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For Dundee West, the goal was simple. Three points would all but wrap up the Watson McInally league title. However, Lincraig had a different idea.
Dundee West had won the first encounter between these teams by two goals to one earlier in the season. And, despite falling behind twice, the league leaders found themselves level early in the second half. From here, Lincraig striker Jack Whyte, scorer of his side's second goal, would go on to steal the show, netting a further four times as his side ran out victors.
Despite a bright start from Dundee West, it was Lincraig that took the lead after just five minutes. Lincraig won the first corner of the game, and from the set piece defender Ross Easson volleyed the ball past West goalkeeper Samuel Ross.
It would take until the 18th minute for Dundee West to seriously worry Kian Stewart in the Lincraig goal. Paul Hutton with a good effort from the top of the box that went just wide of the target. Hutton managed to get two more shots away from similar position, but again with no success.
After 25 minutes, Dundee West were level. Hutton, who had threatened the Lincraig goal just moments before, struck the ball into the bottom corner. A well hit shot, but one that Stewart will feel he could have done better with.
Just moments after the equaliser, Lincraig were almost back in front. Following a quick throw-in, Robbie Walsh cut the ball back, but the oncoming Jason Murphy could not make contact with the ball. Dundee West were next to threaten, Ben Miller sending his effort just wide.
Dundee West created the final chance of the half. A long ball caught out the Lincraig defence, allowing Ben Rodger in on goal. Lincraig goalkeeper Stewart did well to smother the ball, and the danger was cleared.
It would be Rodger that would have the first opportunity of the second period, but his shot was off target. After 38 minutes, Lincraig were back in front. Jack Whyte showed good composure to drill the ball past Ross.
They say that you are at your most vulnerable when you have just scored, and that proved to be the case for Lincraig. Ben Rodger, who had earlier been denied by Stewart, struck the ball into the bottom corner and levelled the tie.
Moments later, Dundee West were nearly ahead. Stewart having to save smartly with his feet. Despite the pressure West were applying, it would be Lincraig that would regain the lead.
Good work from Walsh on the wing for Lincraig allowed him to pick out Whyte at the far post. The striker controlled the ball well, and stroked the ball back across the goalkeeper, into the far corner of the net. With 44 minutes played, Lincraig were ahead again.
After 53 minutes, Whyte would complete his hat-trick. The striker picked the ball up from a throw-in and muscled his way into the penalty area, before smashing the ball past Ross at the near post.
At the other end, Dundee West continued to apply pressure. Easson clearing a series of dangerous crosses before a long range effort was well held by Stewart. Walsh would go close for Lincraig, hitting the bar with a long range free kick.
After 68 minutes, Lincraig would go onto put the tie to bed, with Whyte netting his fourth of the game. The striker collected the ball on the right wing, drove into the box, rounded the goalkeeper and rolled the ball into the empty net.
In the short amount of time left in the game, Whyte would go onto grab another goal. This time, the striker got on the end of a well weighted pass from Josh Wells, before slotting the ball under the onrushing Ross. The potential Dundee West title party was well and truly put on hold.


Lincraig FC
Dundee West
16. Kian Stewart
2. Ross Easson
3. Jak Fraser
4. Robbie Thompson
5. Jack Whyte
6. Oliver Malone
7. Jason Murphy
8. John Lawson
11. Robbie Walsh
15. Ross Wright
17. Kuba Korczak
18. Matthew Archibald
20. Josh Wells
1. Samuel Ross
2. Marc Roy
3. Ben Rodger
4. Keiran Jamieson
5. Jay Potter
6. Paul Hutton
7. Stewart Hogan
8. Josh Fyffe
9. Ross Kurin
11. Lewis Sharp
14. Jack Griffin
16. Ross Murray
18. Ryan Dodds
19. Luki Kowalski
20. Ben Miller
21. Ryan Lawson
Star Player
Lincraig FC
Dundee West
Jack Whyte – There are times when picking a Star Man is easy. This is one of them. A perfect performance from Whyte, not just because of his goals, but his hold up play, attitude and desire to close down defenders were all top class.
Ben Rodger – Looked dangerous in possession, worked hard and managed to get his team back in the game. A solid performance.
Magic Moment
Lincraig FC
Dundee West
Whyte’s Fourth Goal – This goal summed up what Whyte was all about. Good hold up play, powerful running, good close control and a cool finish.
Rodger’s Goal – The goal got Dundee West into a position that, on another day, they could have gone on and won from. Wasn’t a bad strike either.

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