The venue for this Buyrite Bathroom Cup Final on a dry, cloudy afternoon was Blackburn United’s ground. The conditions were good to play on and pass the ball about as they were playing on AstroTurf.
The last time these sides met in April, Kirkfield had triumphed 2-1. This time around both sides were in the middle of a long league campaign, with Whitburn two points clear of Kirkfield, but who still have five games in hand over Whitburn. Whitburn ran away with the first half going in at half time leading 4-0. The second half was the start of the comeback for Kirkfield as they scored three to make it 4-3, but unfortunately for Kirkfield that is all they managed. The ultimate comeback could not be pulled off, and Whitburn narrowly held on to win 4-3.
The first half was all Whitburn. They took the lead after just nine minutes through Jordan McFadyen. Aaron Greer kicked the ball long from his hands and the ball bounced awkwardly for the Kirkfield defence who struggled to deal with it. This allowed the ball to fall to McFadyen, who volleyed a superb strike past Scott Murray into the top left corner from the edge of the box to open the scoring.
Whitburn soon had a glorious chance to make it 2-0, but Murray easily saved this chance. Not long after, however, they did double their lead with 21 minutes on the clock through Jamie Dunlop. A throw-in on the far side for Whitburn was headed on by a Kirkfield defender. Dunlop hit the second ball on the volley from around 30 yards out. His awesome effort looped over Murray and into the back of the net.
The third goal came in the 27th minute, with McFadyen netting another. Kieran Hilditch played the ball through with McFadyen sliding to reach the ball before Murray got there to knock it in.
Whitburn then scored their fourth after 41 minutes with Hilditch this time getting on the scoresheet for 4-0. It was a scramble in the box which fell to Whitburn’s Hilditch, the free man at the edge, who spectacularly volleyed the ball into the top right corner.
Whitburn went into the break with a commanding 4-0 lead and left everyone thinking that this would finish about 6 or 7-0.