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CAMELON JUNIORS 2

SAUCHIE JUNIORS 4

CAMELON Juniors boss Eric Sinclair shocked Carmuirs officials when he resigned as manager on Saturday afternoon.

The surprise announcement came immediately after he watched his side throw away the three Lothian League Division One points against a Sauchie team which should have been dead and buried by half-time.

Sinclair, who has been almost three seasons at Carmuirs, was still hurting on Monday night as he explained his decision to quit.

''I was so disappointed at Saturday's performance that I felt the time had come when enough was enough,'' he told HeraldSport. ''There were players out there who have the ability but their workrate fell way below what I expect.

''I have always given 100 per cent commitment to any team I've been involved with and expect no less in return from the players. I didn't get that on Saturday. Their attitude towards the opposition and responsibility to the Camelon support also left a lot to be desired.

"I brought these players to Carmuirs but, if I can't get them to realise the workrate I require, then it's time to call it a day.''

It wasn't hard to see where the man who steered Camelon to the final of the Carlsberg League Cup and quarter-final of the OVD Scottish Cup last season was coming from.

This was a match in which Camelon dominated but squandered chance after chance after chance.

Division One new boys Sauchie came to Carmuirs as league leaders following their 6-1 victory over Bonnybridge the previous week but it was the Mariners who drew first blood when Chris McFadden swept home Lockhart's low cross with just ten minutes on the clock.

Even at this early stage Sauchie, who had former Falkirk favourite Peter Godfrey in the heart of their defence, looked up a against it as Camelon swept forward in numbers.

But the Mariners were getting ready to press the self destruct button and in the 16th minute Sauchie were back on level terms when the clumsiest of challenges by Carlow on Black allowed Chris Wood to equalise from the penalty spot.

Despite this, the Mariners remained well on top and, midway through the first half, deservedly took the lead with a terrific goal. Paul McKinlay started the move with a great crossfield pass to Miller wide on the right and his low pass inside fell perfectly for Barry Thomson whose well struck effort from 16 yards fairly flew past Hamilton.

Following this, Camelon continued to dominate but their finishing was appalling and at times downright woeful with twin strikers McKinlay and McFadden the main offenders.

Perhaps the Camelon players thought they would make up for these misses in the second half but they were in for a shock when, within two minutes of the restart, poor marking allowed Chris Wood to equalise.

After this Lockhart and McFadden both passed up great chances and Camelon paid the price when some more appalling defending allowed Chris Wood to grab his hat-trick.

Their noses now in front, Sauchie were defending in numbers but Camelon were still passing up chances and yet again were caught napping at the back when Wood burst clear to grab his fourth goal of the game.

Camelon Juniors: McPherson, Bell, Carlow (Drew), Hogg, Mitchell, Lockhart, Miller, Thomson (Moffat), McFadden, McKInlay, Sinclair. Not used: Hoggan and Bowman.

BONNYBRIDGE JUNIORS 1

ARMADALE THISTLE 2

SUSPENSIONS, holidays and injuries meant that Bonnybridge were without six players on Saturday.

And that forced manager Gary Wilcox name himself in the starting line-up for this Lothian League Division One match at Duncan Stewart Park.

But lack of numbers proved to be too big a handicap against an Armadale side who served early notice of their intentions when Simpson rattled the post with a low shot with less than a minute played.

The opener was only delayed, however, until the 12th minute when a mix-up between Cunningham and keeper Greig Mitchell allowed Simpson possession and he squared the ball inside to Flanagan who slotted the ball into an empty net.

That goal separated the sides at half-time but the game was a fiery affair which the referee was finding difficult to control. Thistle's Flanagan and Simpson escaped punishment for heavy tackles but, before the break, Armadale's Raham and Brig's Cunningham picked up yellow cards.

Any hopes that Brig might have held of pulling back the deficit evaporated as Armadale struck twice in the opening eight minutes of the second half.

Both were scored by Nus who burst in from the right to fire in an angled drive that went in off Mitchell's left hand post in the 49th minute and he doubled his tally four minutes later, heading home a corner from the left.

That left Brig with it all to do and their cause was all but hopeless when Simpson turned to slot the ball low into the net for Armadale's fourth.

Bad went to worse when Steph Martin picked up a straight red card but they did manage to grab an 84th minute consolation when Alan Carswell was brought down in the box and dusted himself down to net the penalty.

Bonnybridge Juniors: G Mitchell, SMitchell, Gary Wilcox, Burns, Martin, Allison, Carswell, Trialist (Butler), Orr and Donnelly. Not used: Trialist, Trialist, Campbell and Watson.

DUNIPACE JUNIORS 2

KILSYTH RANGERS 3

INCLUDED in the Dunipace side were new signings Gerry Brannigan and Robert Lee who both lined up in defence.

But their hopes of a winning debut were to end in disappointment and this defeat means hopes of qualifying for the quarter-finals of the Beaton Coaches League Cup are over.

The outcome might have been so different, however, had McKay and Mullen enjoyed better luck in front of goal.

All the goals in this game were to come in an action-packed last twenty minutes and it was Kilsyth who made the breakthrough thanks to a slack pass from keeper Walton, who was standing in for the injured Tam Meechan. It was interceped by Longmuir who drove the ball low into the net.

Pace fought back and in the 75th minute were back on level terms through Davy McKay who started and finished the move.

Play raged from end to end and in the 81st minute Kilsyth regained the lead when, for the second time in the game, Longmuir took advantage of slack defending to drive the ball low past the outrushing Walton.

There was certainly no lack of excitement and within another four minutes Dunipace levelled the scores when Brian Grant picked out Grant Inglis with a cross from the right and the veteran midfielder made no mistake.

That goal looked likely to see the teams troop off all square but in the last minute it was Kilsyth who grabbed the winning goal when Campbell fired in a low shot through a forest of legs.

Dunipace Juniors: Walton, Brannigan (Adams), Mullen, McMillan, Lee, Grant, Buchanan, Colley, Cunningham (Tweedie), Goodwin (Inglis) and McKay. Not used: McKinlay and Trialist.

lA NEW manager could be in place when Camelon visit Armadale this Saturday for a Lothian League Dvision One match.

Defenders Steve Menmuir, Stewart Hunter and new signing Keiran Wilkinson will come into contention after missing last week's game but the Mariners will be without Mark Quinn who is suspended. Kick-off 2.30 p.m.

BONNYBRIDGE travel to take on Bo'ness United in the Lothian League Division One but will be without suspended quartet Neil Fleming, Gordon Wilcox, Ally Letham and Steph Martin. To add to his problems Ian Stewart is on honeymoon, Derek Johnstone on holiday and defender Paul McLaren will be out for another few months following his knee operation. Kick-off 2.30 p.m.

DUNIPACE have Scott Wilson, Gerry Brannigan, Tam Meechan all out but are hopeful that Peter Goodwin and Scott Cunningham will be available as they prepare to play the last of

 
 
 

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