Disappointment for Longside as Sunnybank edge a victory

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LONGSIDE played their final home game of the season on Tuesday against Sunnybank in the Superleague. The visitors were first to threaten when a Carrol free kick went across the six-yard box and out for a goalkick.

Douglas tried a speculative shot from 30 yards but his effort went well over the bar.

The home side took the lead in the 9th minute when Davidson cut in from the left and his cross took a wicket deflection off Steven Bartlet and looped over a helpless Sweeney and into the net.

Thomson did well to stop a 20-yard shot from Mark Bartlet. At the other end a Black cross was headed wide by Panton. Campbell beat Sweeney in a race for the ball before rounding the keeper but the ball ran away from him and went out for a goalkick.

Longside added a second in 33 minutes when Black did well to get to the ball before chipping it into the middle for Ben Danton to tap into the empty net.

Just before half-time a 25-yard free kick from Carrol went over the bar but Thomson had it covered.

Sunnybank pulled a goal back in 54 minutes when Shaun Carrol clipped the ball past Thomson.

A minute later the scores should have been level when Steven Bartlet had a free header six yards out but Thomson made a brilliant point blank save.

The scores were level however with 56 minutes gone when Bartlet made amends when he beat Thomson to a high ball and headed it into the net.

The visitors were having most of the play now and Somers headed the ball wide from a good position. Longside made a double change in the 70th minute when Panton and Danton were replaced by Geddes and Usher.

Longside had a great chance to regain the lead when Geddes found Campbell in the middle but he fired his shot straight at the keeper. With 81 minutes gone Jack found Mark Bartlet in the centre but he sent his header wide.

The visitors scored the winner in the final minute when Alan Douglas beat Thomson with a 25-yard strike.

Longside will be disappointed to lose especially being two goals ahead at the break. The result had no bearing on their final league position but it would have been good to have got something from the game.

Longside’s will have to play-off against Glentanar on Wednesday, 1, June for the right to be in the Superleague next season. Kick-off time and venue to follow.

LONGSIDE: Thomson, Black, Beddie, Taylor, Craik, Cowie, Whyte, Panton, Danton, Campbell and Davidson. Subs: Porter, Geddes, Wood, Ross, Bruce, Usher.