Whitehill Welfare - 0
East Kilbride FC - 3
EK got the new Lowland League season off to a great start, defeating Whitehill Welfare 3-0 at Roswell to claim all three points.
Goals from Anthony Marenghi, Gavin Millar and Sean Winter gave a depleted Kilby a fine win, with gaffer Martin Lauchlan going into the game minus Barry, Russell, Craig Hastings, James Brough, Craig Howie and Martin McBride through a combination of suspension injury and holidays.
The visitors got off to a great start, when summer-signing Marenghi volleyed home on 13 minutes to claim his first competitive goal for the club.
Neither side produced much in the way of opportunities for the rest of the first half, and the interval arrived with EK one goal to the good.
A highly competitive second half saw Matt McGinley produce two excellent stops before Welfare struck the crossbar, with the Kilby back line just holding firm.
With 25 minutes remaining, substitute Gavin Millar was deployed, with Adam Strachan making way after an impressive performance, and Millar began to cause the Whitehill defence problems.
With eight minutes remaining, Marenghi found Millar with a fine through ball, and the EK youngster, who celebrated his 18th birthday on Thursday, evaded the home defence before firing the ball high into the net to secure all three points.
The goal appeared to take the wind from the Whitehill sails, and EK finished the match well on top, putting the gloss on a fine display in stoppage time when Gibbons found Sean Winter with a fine through ball, and the midfielder fired home to maintain his excellent goal scoring form.
The victory represents a great start for EK, who will welcome Selkirk to K-Park next Saturday on matchday 2 of the Lowland League.
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