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FOOTBALL -- Convincing Victory For Blackthorn Rovers

Blackthorn 11-0 OC Utd

BLACKTHORN Rovers went three points clear at the top of the Greenock and District Welfare League with an emphatic win versus OC Utd. 

With 'Thorn relying on midfield playmaker Drew Shields to fill the void between the sticks and striker Andy Mitchell forced to play in centre defence, OC may have fancied their chances especially having narrowly defeated Blackthorn in the cup a matter of weeks ago.

The opening minutes were scrappy but the scoring was opened when McCabe's 20-yard strike evaded the diving goalkeeper. Before long a second was added through Lee McCurdy and McCabe's cross-come-shot made it three-nil. Dave Lee added a fourth before wide-man McCurdy completed his hat-trick prior to the break.

Within minutes of the restart, Thorn were awarded a free kick outside the OC box which stand-in skipper Mitchell rifled high into the top corner of the net.

Substitutes Steven Mullen and David Scott made an immediate impact in getting themselves on the scoresheet before a second for Mullen and a goal from midfield maestro James Jordan completed the scoring.

Line-up: Shields; McNeil, Bradley (Ward), Wiggins, Mitchell; Hunter; McCabe (Scott), Jordan; McCurdy (J.Boyle), Smith (McGraw), Lee (Mullen).

'Thorn face Whinhill this Sunday in a friendly with a 1.30pm kick-off at Gourock. All players are requested to report for 12.45pm.

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