O’Donnell’s absence allowed Fagan a rare starting place and he shared the midfield job with Leitch. The captain lasted only forty five minutes and he was replaced by Kerr at the break.
Scotty leads the team out
We rode our luck early on when the Dons spurned a few easy chances. Whelan was booked in five minutes for a crunching late collision with Craigan then both Mackie and Whelan missed when it seemed easier to score from the six yard line.
We took the lead when McBride took a shy to McDonald’s feet. The busy striker turned, ran across McGuire who obliged by fouling our man. McBride lashed the spot kick into the net.
Our best spell of the game was to follow. The Dons’ defence was repeatedly pinned back as we pressed forward looking for a second. It came just after the half hour and what a beauty it was. McDonald laid off a soft header to Hamilton who looked up, saw Esson a few yards off his line, then he launched a dipping high shot from around thirty yards straight into the keeper’s top right corner. This wonderful effort took place in front of the ‘Well fans who could hardly believe the quality of the strike.
The referee awarded
Calderwood sent on the towering Blaha to lend some bite to the
Whelan spurned another golden chance just after the hour and McBride’s guarding of the far post paid a reward when he headed off the line from a corner.
McDonald got a fitting reward for his fine day’s work with twenty minutes remaining. He passed Diamond just inside the opposition half and then was faced by the
We were now in total control and could have added another when Partridge missed the target with an unchallenged header.
A good team performance has put us right back on track for another top six finish. Bring on ICT on Tuesday!