Shotts bat­ter Thorniewood

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Thorniewood ........ 1 Shotts ................... 5 Shotts gaffer John McKeown watched from the stands as his new side ended the sea­son in style.

Al­beit this was not a pre­mier per­for­mance of the beau­ti­ful game, Shotts came away com­fort­able vic­tors in an un­tidy end-of-sea­son en­counter.

The Shotts line-up hosted a num­ber of new faces, with keeper Paul Ai­ton mak­ing one of the big­gest claims for in­clu­sion next sea­son af­ter pulling off a host of stun­ning saves.

De­spite an end to end first half with sev­eral chances, the sides went in goal­less at half-time, mainly thanks to Ai­ton’s saves.

Ally Martin rat­tled the bar with a long range at­tempt, while Thorniewood also hit the wood­work.

In the sec­ond half Shotts came out of the blocks fly­ing and took the lead thanks to a Kit Cum­mins strike af­ter be­ing set up by Ryan Camp­bell.

Cum­mins grabbed his sec­ond when put through by Danny Burns, lob­bing the visi­tors keeper ex­pertly.

Just af­ter the hour mark Shotts made it three when a Dean Suther­land throw in was knocked on by Cum­mins and Andy Cross stole in at the back post to fire home.

Thorniewood man­aged to pull one back fol­low­ing a de­fen­sive mis­un­der­stand­ing in the Shotts back­line, be­fore Danny Burns cut back a ball for Martin to slot home on 71 min­utes. Burns then bagged num­ber five with a fine piece of in­di­vid­ual skill.

Looking on John McKeown ran the rule over his new side

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