United get vital win in fight to beat drop

Irvine Victoria v Thorniewood. Brian Johnston (9) heads home Wood's First.
Irvine Victoria v Thorniewood. Brian Johnston (9) heads home Wood's First.

Thorniewood moved off the foot of the Stagecoach Super First Division table with a well deserved 2-1 win at Irvine Victoria on Saturday.

The Viewpark side adapted the quicker against their relegation rivals and Gary Duggan tested home ’keeper Chris Lamb in the 10th minute with a low angled drive.

Stefan Law then saw his fierce drive unluckily come off the upright with Lamb beaten.

Irvine’s first attempt arrived in the 22nd minute when a cross from the left was superbly defended under his own crossbar by Brendan Smith.

At the other end a pinpoint free-kick from Davie Hamilton released Brian Johnston but the striker snatched his effort high and wide of the far post.

Ryan McKay headed just wide with Thorniewood ’keeper Chris Fitzpatrick scrambling to usher the ball past the post and the half ended with a good run and shot by Irvine wide man Bobby Colligan which was deflected for a corner.

Thorniewood started the second half in purposeful fashion and a 50th minute Daly McSorley free-kick was fumbled by Lamb with Duggan firing the loose ball wide.

But just two minutes later United took the lead when JOHNSTON got on the end of a Duggan free-kick to head home at the near post.

Thorniewood almost added a second when trialist Jack Getty put Johnston through but the striker, after initially doing well to fend off a defensive challenge, dragged his shot wide.

United were nearly punished in 58 minutes when overplaying at the back resulted in a Fitzpatrick miskick to allow Vics an opportunity.

But they survived the scare and doubled their advantage a minute later in sensational fashion.

Youngsters Getty and Law combined with LAW driving into the box and showing some dazzling skill before dinking the ball over Lamb for a superb goal.

The home side passed up a great chance in the 70th minute when central defender Robert Burgess rose unchallenged at a corner to head over.

They did pull one back in the 79th minute when KEVIN ADAM shot into the ground with the bounce beating Fitzpatrick and finding the corner of the net.

But Thorniewood held on for a well deserved and potentially vital win.

Thorniewood: Fitzpatrick, Green, Smith, Hamilton, Fleming, McSorley, Law, Getty (More 87),Johnston (McBride 80), Grant, Duggan (Forbes 89).