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  1. Musselburgh Athletic 2017/18

    Match 18 (60%) of League campaign saw Musselburgh travelling (WEST) to face Bathgate. A nil scoring draw, was result of 1st game, back in August. Two changes in the starting line up saw Asher Tufail replace Ryan McGurk in goals, whilst in midfield, Bradley Whyte was in for Ewan Ralton. First shot on target came in 2 minutes, when ball came to Mathu King, who had his back to the goals, However, a weak shot on the turn went straight to Bathgate goalkeeper. Five minutes later, another chance to Mathu, when Conor Thomson, crossed the ball into the area, but it was headed just over the bar. It was 10 minutes later, before Bathgate had an attempt on goal. Brad Donaldson, was booked for a foul on the right hand side of the Burgh box. When the free kick was taken, a Bathgate forward headed the ball back towards the goals, but it landed on top of the net. On 20 minutes, there was a good move up the right wing, with Matti Lynch, Sean Murphy and Conor involved. There were two attempts at goal, but both were blocked, the 2nd out for a corner. Conor floated a cross in, met by Jonny McManus but his header went past the keeper’s right hand post. For next 10 minutes, ball mainly played in Bathgate half. Best chance came to Conor, who had a free kick after Stephen MacDonald was brought down at the edge of box. Seemed to be a wee bit of inconsistency as the defender wasn’t booked for a similar challenge that Brad had been booked. Conor’s free kick, was tipped over the bar by the keeper. On 36 minutes Jed Davie had a shot on target from out side the box. The keeper had to get down low to save it, with Mathu runnng in, incase the ball rebounded out, but not to be. Haven’t mentioned much about Bathgate, but that is because in all the match to then, they had two attempts to score, but Asher hadn’t made a save. Their best chance fell in 41 minutes, when they had a free kick, just inside their half. Ball eventually played down the right hand side and crossed over goal area. Bathgate’s number 9 had a header, but he was so close to post, that instead of a goal, ball went out for goal kick. In last minute, Musselburgh should have went ahead. Stephen had the ball and drove it into the left hand side of box. However, instead of taking a shot, he squared the ball, which went behind both Mathu and Bradley Whyte. So 0-0 at half time. A minute into the 2nd half Bathgate were awarded their first free kick of match. When the ball was crossed in, the Bathgate captain (no.7) had a free header in the middle of the box which was directed passed Asher’s right hand side and 1-0 to the home side. Was it going to be one of those days? That was answered in 51 minutes when Jed delivered a great cross ball over to the pitch to Stephen, who collected it, a yard from the bye-line and three yards out from the penalty area. Stephen looked up, and then hit an audacious shot, from the right hand side of his boot, and from a ridiculous angle, the ball went between the keeper and the post into the back of the net. 1-1. I think there was an initial stunned Musselburgh crowd, before big cheers greeted the equaliser. Some around me said how did that cross go in? Have a look at the goal on Musselburgh twitter page, and decide for yourself. But the writer of this post is claiming that it was a magnificent deliberate shot! A few minutes later, it should have been 2-1. There was good play with the ball falling to Stephen in the box. He had a shot on goal, but keeper saved for a corner. At this point, I think I should have learnt short-hand as there was so much action in front of the Bathgate goal area it was hard to watch and write at same time!! Again, on 56 minutes, Musselburgh should have been 2-1 up. Ball fell to Jed Davie, who was coming more and more forward as match went on. He hit a shot from outside box, which had a wee deflection from a Bathgate defender, and the ball came off the post. Five minutes later, that Bathgate big no. 4 crudely brought down Conor, then raised his hands in amazement as he was shown the yellow card. Conor took the free kick, which again the keeper tipped over the bar. First sub saw Bathgate’s no. 12 come on (not sure who for), and a few minutes later, Michael Moffat came on for Bradley W. On 67 mins, Musselburgh had a corner, again met by Jonny, but his header was saved on line, then Stephen skied ball over bar. By this time, it was backs to the wall for Bathgate, with Musselburgh pressing for the winner. Speed of the match had gone up a notch since Michael’s arrival on pitch, and on 73 minute, he had a shot from 20 yards, which was tipped over the bar, as the keeper ran backwards to his line. On 75 mins, Bathgate no.14 replaced no. 7. Almost instantly, 14 had a shot blocked on edge of box by Jed. In 77 minutes Michael collected ball and ran down the right wing, crossed the ball which Mathu headed wide of keeper’s left hand post. A couple of minutes later, Michael again down the right wing, ran into box, took a shot, but out for bye-kick. There was a mix up by Musselburgh’s defence on 80 minutes, which saw passing from Jonny to Brad to Jed, and somehow the ball fell to a Bathgate player who ran toward the goal but his shot was saved/blocked by Asher. A goal for abathgate at that time would have been sore, and certainly avoidable! On 85 minutes, Musselburgh were awarded a penalty. From the Burgh half, Matti passed to Michael, who past the no. 3 with ease, and played a forward pass into the box, which Mathu ran onto. However, he was brought down by the keeper, who again, surprisingly wasn’t shown a yellow card. A couple of minutes later, once the old man of the club had recovered, Conor stepped up and put the ball passed the keeper’s right hand side, and into the net. 2-1 and game over? Well with three minutes remaining, poor play again by the Musselburgh defence, and a shot by a Bathgate player(?) came back off the post. Should have been 2-2. In final two minutes, Jackie Myles, again to a big cheer, came on for Mathu, and then Michael was booked for a foul. Michael had a great 25 minutes on the pitch, but someone should tell him he doesn’t need to get booked every game! Final play went to Bathgate, whose no. 3 had a shot from outside the box, which went over bar. So, match ended 2-1 to Musselburgh. A great result, which means, a 10 point lead in the league, at start of play, now increases to 12. A great match to look forward to next week. Haddington’s 3-1 home win against St Andrews saw the two clubs swap places in the league. Now, Musselburgh (1st) play Haddington (2nd) for the first time in the league, this season. Indeed according to the wise secretary of Musselburgh Athletic, May McGlynn, this will be the first league match between the teams since 2002. Should be a cracker!
  2. East Premierleague 2017/18

    St Andrews have improved a lot since Musselburgh played them early on in the season. We played them away twice in succession; league and Cup business, winning both matches, scoring 8 and conceding 1 over the 2 games. Now St Andrews sit in 2nd place, but I think having played more league games than any other team, they will slip a few places come end of season.
  3. North Region

    Sorry about that Ed. But I got it from the main Sjfa website, where it has all the West, East and North info in the same page. Just checked again & got same info.
  4. North Region

    Above table was posted on 27 September17, which shows Culter having played 3 league matches. Move on 4 1/2 months later, and Culter now played a total of 5 League matches, with 21 still to be played before end of season. Contrast that to St Andrews who have played 21 league matches in East Premier League with 9 still to play. Must be a drag being a supporter of one of the North Super League teams, with Colony Park having played the most League games (9)!
  5. Fauldhouse United 2017/18

    The Hoose down to 4th now in the league, albeit the top of the league is close and Fauldhouse have games in hand. However, you want a dry spell soon, as more postponed matches may be to your disadvantage at season end, if having to play catch up.
  6. Shock Signings?

    Still keep on thinking about this statement and why the need to say it in the first place. Forums such as this is all about opinions but when comments like that one raise so many eyebrows, sometimes they come back to bite you. Top 5 in the East? Last 3 League matches against East Lothian teams, Haddington, Dunbar and Musselburgh; plus the 2 teams in near neighbouring Midlothian; Dalkeith and Arniston have resulted in 5 losses! Of the last 6 League games, Tranent have had 5 losses! In 18 League matches, Tranent have won 5 matches! Currently in the Premier League, Tranent are 5th bottom! Five stats using the number 5 - 1 from you and 4 from me! Given the current position Tranent find themselves in, which of the 5 do you think is the most relevant. I generally want all of my local teams do well, but your post on 5 Jan riled me!
  7. Musselburgh Athletic 2017/18

    Kirriemuir still the only team, so far to beat Musselburgh in the league this season. You know the score from last week, and yesterday we went 2-1 down against a good side in St Andrews, but the players rose to the challenge, upped the tempo in 2nd half for a 3-2 win. Yesterday, we had a player who was injured, but played on despite the possibility of a broken nose. Another player who had to get 6 stitches for an injury he got playing. He wanted to play on, but was told he required treatment at the hospital. New players are coming to Musselburgh and players/ management already at the club are extending their contracts. So, getting beat by Kirriemuir might be the start of what Belter? And, does what I mention above appear to you in any way to suggest players and management unhappy with goings on at Olivebank?
  8. Musselburgh Athletic 2017/18

    Think last year a lot of Musselburgh fans thought we were too good to get relegated, though that wasn’t the case. Musselburgh are in a great position, and as you say Brycey have the points in the bag. But we just need to play as we are, keep winning, and wait to see what happens. Mind you, I’d rather be where we are than any other team in the league! Mon the Burgh
  9. Musselburgh Athletic 2017/18

    Match 17 of the league campaign, with St Andrews the visitors to Olivebank this afternoon. Musselburgh had already beaten St Andrews twice at their ground this season; 3-0 in the league, and 5-1 in a cup tie. Before the match started, both teams made their way to the centre circle. There was a minute’s applause in memory of Mark Aitken, who had been on Musselburgh Athletics committee. Mark sadly passed away last week. First goal of match came in 5 minutes. Conor Thomson took corner, with Brad Donaldson running towards the goal line, to glance a header towards the net. It was cleared off the line by a St Andrews defender, but only to Stephen MacDonald who left footed the ball into the net, and 1-0 to Musselburgh. On 9 mins, it should have been 2-0. Ewan Ralton picked up the ball mid way in the oppositions half. Ralts passes a great ball up the right wing to Matti Lynch, who ran into the box, and squared ball, where Mathu King and Stephen were waiting. Unfortunately the ball went behind both players, so it remained 1-0. Equiliser came in 11 minutes, when Matti Lynch fouled a St Andrews player just outside the left hand side of goal area. Once the ref spoke to Matti, Scott Lawrie lined up the free kick, which went round the right hand side and into the top right hand side of the net. Musselburgh players were all static, and a great goal from the centre forward. On 15 minutes, St Andrews awarded a corner kick, which was taken by Michael Fleming. He hit a long ball to where Lawrie was standing at the edge of the box, but his shot was wide of the target. Mathu had the ball in the net in 18 minutes, but the ref had called for offside. The not so young squad at the right hand side of the enclosure were not happy with the decision and their loud shouts showed the ref what they felt about that call. A couple of minutes later, Sean Murphy fell to the ground, and after a couple of minutes, was helped off by the physio. When the ref came back onto the pitch, he appeared to suggest an elbow connected with Skip’s nose, which after the match, there was a suggestion it had been broken. Skip came back onto the pitch, with what looked like two lollipops sticking out of his nostrils to stem the blood making a mess of his strip! On 24 minutes, Musselburgh were awarded a free kick, which eventually was crossed into Ralts, whose header was saved by the keeper. A couple of minutes later, it was 2-1 to St Andrews. Jonno McManus had the ball on the right hand side of the field, when he was dispossessed by Paul Quinn. The forward ran the ball towards the Musselburgh goal, and curled in a great shot to the top left hand side of Ryan McGurk’s net. Best of the three goals so far! St Andrews were awarded a free kick on 28 minutes. Lawrie attempted to score his 2nd goal, but his kick came off the wall for a free kick. When this was taken, it fell to Lawrie again. He had his back to the goals, and when he attempted to turn and shoot, the ball went way passed the post. On 34 minutes, Ralts was tackled in the St Andrews half. Jack Wilson then crossed the ball towards Derek Wallace, whose diving header was saved by Ryan. A couple of minutes later, Musselburgh was awarded a free kick on the St Andrews 18yard box, following a good move between Ralts and Skip. Conor Thomson kicked ball over the wall which brought a great save from Lee Wilson. Wilson then made another fine save 2 minutes later. Matti Lynch picked up the ball and passed it towards Conor who ran into the St Andrews box, and his shot was well saved. The first booking of the match came in 40 minutes. Brad Donaldson made a darting run through the middle of the park, and was brought down by St Andrews player Liam McDaid, who received a yellow card. From 30 yards out, Conor took the free kick which brought out a diving save from Wilson. Two minutes later, came the end of Brad’s game. There was a crunching tackle deep in Musselburgh’s half. The ball trundled out for a by-kick but Brad remained down. When the physio came on, he immediately signaled that Brad would play no further part. As soon as he left the pitch, he made his way to the dressing room. If you check Musselburgh twitter or Facebook pages you will see a small crater in Brad’s chin the size of a stud - ouch! Musselburgh’s first booking came in injury time. There appeared to be a strong 50-50 challenge between Mathu and McDaid, close to St Andrews penalty area. Ref blew his whistle. Mathu stood up first, and very surprisingly received a yellow card, which I am not sure was warranted. After treatment, McDaid was led off park, and soon after the first half ended, with score 2-1 for St Andrews. Second half started with Ryan Gay coming on as a sub for Brad, and McDaid coming back on for St Andrews, though his movement wasn’t that great. Two minutes into the half, Ryan had his first shot which went over the St Andrews bar. A minute later Musselburgh got a corner. Ball came into the box, and met by Mathu. His shot was blocked, and eventually fell to Jed Davie whose long range shot was easily saved by Wilson. McDaid only lasted 6 minutes of the half, being replaced by Scott Orrock. A couple of minutes later, the equiliser came for Musselburgh. This followed a good move with the ball played through the middle of the park to Ralts, who passed the ball to Conor. A dinky pass from Conor was passed in front of Stephen, who, with a rasping shot, blasted the ball past Wilson and into the net. On 56 minutes, there was a good move, with neat play from Skip, who played ball to Stephen, who heeled it back to Ralts. However, his shot from outside the box, went straight to the keeper. In the next 10 minutes or so, the tempo of the match increased. Considering the amount of rain that had fallen, there was a lot of good play from both sides. On 71 minutes, from the middle of the park, the ball was played through to Musselburgh’s Ralton, who picked up the ball on the 18 yard line. Ralts turned a St Andrews player and squared the ball to Mathu, who coolly slotted the ball passed Wilson’s left hand side and into the back of the net, for Musselburgh’s third goal. Just after going 3-2 down, Jack Wilson was replaced by Daryl Falconer. A couple of minutes later, Skip, playing after a couple of missed matches, collected the ball just inside St Andrews half, and played some silky football, passing a great ball through the middle of the defence to Conor who’s shot crossed in front of the goal line and out for a goal kick. Towards the end of the match there 3 substitutions were made. Bradley Whyte replaced Ralts; a big cheer for Jackie Myles coming on, in place of Mathu, and for St Andrews, Ross Cunningham on for Dylan Honeyman. In the final minute, despite claiming innocence, Scott Main was booked for a foul on Stephen. Shortly after, the final whistle was blown with Musselburgh winning 3-2. It is five months since Musselburgh last played St Andrews. Whilst Musselburgh continue their march, hopefully back to the Super League, St Andrews seem a much better side, both physically and the way they move the ball around the pitch.
  10. Musselburgh Athletic 2017/18

    Later today, Musselburgh play at home to St Andrews in a league match. Yesterday, the draw was made for the third round of the East of Scotland cup. Musselburgh will face an away tie, to another Fife team, Dundonald. As Musselburgh hope for a return to the Super League next season, this is a good a time as any to see how we may fare when we get there. Last season, Dundonald beat Musselburgh home and away in the league. However, if the Fife and Lothians Cup, we got a victory against Dundonald at their ground. Looking forward to this tie.
  11. Musselburgh Athletic 2017/18

    Great result at the weekend against Tranent. Now followed up with the better news that Calvin Shand and Kevin McDonald have extended their deals to remain as the management team of Musselburgh Athletic. Onwards and upwards!
  12. Musselburgh Athletic 2017/18

    Two ex- Penicuik players lined up against each other yesterday. Ryan Gay with his first game for Musselburgh and Ryan McCallum making his debut for Tranent. Who made the best contribution for their respective new teams. I would give the nod to Ryan Gay, who was much more in the game that McCallum and his free kick led to Musselburgh’s first goal.
  13. Musselburgh Athletic 2017/18

    I am not sure what the crowd was yesterday, but it was good as you suggested. On the side of the dugouts, there were about 80 - 100 standing, but couldn’t count the other side of the pitch as that is where I was standing.
  14. Musselburgh Athletic 2017/18

    Benny did comment on Ian Black a couple of pages back. I think Tranent took more pish out of themselves when their top man said they were in the top 5 Junior sides in the East. They are a sad reflection of that, and are on their way back down to the South League come season 2018-19. Think that is two defeats in a row for the new management dream team. That is 7 defeats out of their last 8 League games, and 10 deafeats out of 17 league games over all this season. Tranent will play six derby matches against East Lothian opposition this season. Already there have been 4 defeats with two matches left. No, I think Tranent are doing enough damage on their own, this season, without raising the issue too much of Ian Black into this debacle!
  15. Musselburgh Athletic 2017/18

    Match 16 of the Premier League season, saw the return fixture between Musselburgh and Tranent. On 21 October, Musselburgh travelled to Foresters Park and came away with a 1-0 victory, with Stephen MacDonald scoring the winner. From our last match a fortnight ago, there’s were two changes with the young Ryan McGurk replacing Asher Tufail in goal and new signing Ryan Gay starting in place of Matti Lynch. The first 25 minutes was shared between both sides, each of which had attempts to score, but nothing much happened between the posts. First big chance fell to Tranent. On 28 minutes. from half way inside the Musselburgh half, Tranent had a free kick, which travelled across the pitch and fell to Hawkins. He had a clear view of the goals, but his shot missed the left hand post. A couple of minutes later, Ben Miller took a corner which was cleared our of the 6 yard area by Stephen MacDonald. Ryan Gay got the first yellow card of the match, for holding onto a Tranent player. From the free kick, a good ball was played into the amusselburgh penalty area, but no takers. Musselburgh then took the ball up the right hand side, with Conor Thomson having a shot which was blocked for a corner. When the kick was taken, it was cleared ff the line by a Tranent defender. On 40 minute mark, Tranent had a free kick, which was met by Tranent’s new signing, Ryan McCallum. Ryan tried to chip the ball from the 18 yard line, but all this did was to float the ball into McGurk’s hands. Nothing further to add, and a scrappy first half ended 0-0. On 49 minutes, Musselburgh had a corner, taken by Thomson. The goalkeeper let the ball go over him, and one of the Tranent defenders had to clear the ball away. A minute later and MacDonald took a long throw in from the far away touchline. It was met by Mathu King, who had a shot which went across the Tranent goal area. Thomson was there and his shot was blocked by the keeper Horne. On 52 minutes, Musselburgh were awarded a free kick in the Tranent half. Gay took a sweeping free kick from the right hand side of pitch over to the left hand side of the Tranent goal line, and the unfortunate left back, Todd, put the ball in the net for an own goal. 1-0 to Musselburgh. A few minutes later, McGurk made a great saving block to keep Musselburgh ahead. In 67 minutes, Tranent had the ball in the Burgh goal area, when the ball fell to Chris Gray. Quick moving play saw the ball up the other end and put out for a Musselburgh corner. Thomson took the kick, and eventually the ball came to MacDonald who had his back to goals. Stephen turned, but took a weak shot going straight to the keeper. In 69 minutes, Bradley Whyte made way for Ewen Ralton, a substitution that was to become pivotal as to how the match ended. In 71minutes, there was great drama in the Tranent goal area, with Horne appearing to make four saves in quick succession from Thomson, MacDonald and King, saving Tranent from going further behind. On 78 minutes, Ryan Gay made way for another new Musselburgh player, Kai Wilson. This was quickly followed by Kane Paterson being substituted by Tranent with John Ferguson coming on. Wilson’s first touch of ball came in 82 minute when he had a shot blocked by Horne. Could have been a great start to Kai’s Musselburgh career! Then in 85 minutes, a cross from Ben Miller was met by a header from Jamie Devlin, but the ball veared passed the post. In 87 minutes, the Musselburgh captain, King was replaced by Matti Lynch. Then, as the match approached 90 minutes, Tranent were awarded corner. When it came over, it was headed out, with Lloyd Fiddler first to the ball. Ralton was quickly there and managed to disposess the ball from the Tranent player. From his own half, Ralts ran towards the goal and from 18 yard box, coolly slotted the ball inside the right hand side of the post for a deserved 2nd goal for Musselburgh. A few minutes of injury time ensued by match ended 2-0 to Musselburgh, and so a double win this season over our near East Lothian neighbours. For me, best players for Musselburgh were Cherrie ( supporters club man of match), Gray, and the young sub goalie McGurk, who blocked a few shots from Tranent. Special mention for Ewen Ralton, who is generally a sub, but always plays his part when he comes on. Fast running player, and scored a peach of a goal today. For Tranent, I though Ben Miller and Guy Kerr were their two best players.