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On 09/02/2018 at 18:26, Toffee fan said:

See Casey Jones is running in the last race at Newcastle tonight! In with a chance of winning? Or has it as much chance as Tranent beating Blackburn tomorrow?

So both won, one a favourite and one an outsider; so miracles do happen!

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16 minutes ago, Bendy said:

 

The horse: slowly into stride, held up towards the rear,headway halfway, chased leaders over 2f out, driven to lead inside final furlong, Ran on well

Tranent: Always in control, Led at half-time, went clear long before the finish, eased up, unchallenged. 

 

 

Ha ha, good analogy but outcome could have been slightly different due to recent events.

Tranent: slowly into   stride,  but picked up during the session. Got into the mix, but couldn’t catch up. In the end, lost by a short head, once again.

The horse, Always in control and aware of its own ability.  Knows when to assert pressure, and also, when to ease to victory, as it did last night.

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25 minutes ago, Bendy said:

Tranent picked up 2 cups during last season, but this season have nose-dived as cant cope with suggestion they are a top 5 team!

Blackburn : settled in fourth , lost a few places halfway , soon tailed off

Musselburgh showing the way as the current top team in EastLothian.

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22 minutes ago, Bendy said:

:o no won anything in years while Tranent are the holders of 2 cups :lol:

You started the conversation with a silly comment suggesting we had no chance of beating Blackburn. Might as well finish it the same way I suppose.

Tranent had lost 8 out of their previous 9 league matches, and their last 4 in a row. 

If. they got beat yesterday, Tranent would have been in the bottom 4 of the league (last relegation position) ; so my comment was hardly silly!

Before league campaign commenced, Tranent started favourites to win the league. So what has went so badly wrong? 

Apart from this season, Musselburgh had been in the top Junior league for the previous 7 seasons, and it looks like we will return there next year again!

Tranent have never played in the Super league, and can’t be sure which league they will be playing in next year.

No denying that winning 2 cups last season was a great achievement and certainly something that Tranent will be rightly proud about.

In last 7 years Musselburgh have been in the Scottish Junior cup final twice. Though losing both, we were not disgraced in either, 

Taking the Tranent cup wins, and also the last 8 seasons into account, overall I would still rather be a Musselburgh supporter. Whilst I would claim we are still the best side in East Lothian, I think that stands up better than a claim that Tranent are in the Top 5 of Junior teams.

 

 

 

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45 minutes ago, Bendy said:

Almost all are euthanised. 

I suspect the vets at Musselburgh racecourse will now read toffee fans last post to any injured in the future though as it would put anybody to sleep.

 

Top 5!

We’re good and you’re not!

Resuscitated - back to my best!

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Match 18 (60%) of League campaign saw Musselburgh travel to face Bathgate. A nil scoring draw, was result of 1st game, back in August. Two changes from last match saw Asher Tufail replace Ryan McGurk in goals, whilst in midfield, Bradley Whyte was in for Ewan Ralton. 

Musselburgh’s 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 fell 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 Musselburgh corner. Conor floated in a cross, 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 outside 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 by then, they just 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, ball went out for goal kick.

In last minute of half, 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 corner of match. When ball was crossed in, the Bathgate No. 4, Steven McMillan 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. This initially stunned the 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, Bathgate’s McMillan 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, Stuart McLeod. 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 Bathgate at that time would have been a sore one.  , 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!

Edited by Casey Jones

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Hard fought but deserved three points for The Burgh today, Yassss Boom! as they say in Bathgate with 46 minutes gone.

Big gemme next week.



 

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Sean Murphy was the supporters club man of the match. Boy has got an abundance of skill, and for a slight looking guy, is not afraid to get stuck in. Conor Thomson, could learn from Skip. Conor is a good player, but what let’s him down is that he rarely tackles an opponent, whereas Skip just gets stuck in!

If award was given out for sections of each match, then Michael Moffat, would have won hands down. The performance of the team improved when he came on as sub. His runs down the right hand side were great, and he had Bathgate’s no.s 3 and 12 in his pocket! Put a number of good passes into the box, troubling the Bathgate defence, and one which led to the penalty being awarded.

Two others who must have had a chance of the award were Gary and Jed.

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7 hours ago, RobM said:

Hard fought but deserved three points for The Burgh today, Yassss Boom! as they say in Bathgate with 46 minutes gone.

Big gemme next week.



 

After the 1st half, I thought that the match was again heading for 0-0! Then it was hard to believe when Bathgate went 1-0up, so early in the 2nd half when they were hardly in the match before hand. However, a much improved performance in the 2nd half was good enough to come back and win 2-1. 

Fifth time now we have played a team twice in the league. All have resulted in an overall better aggregate points ratio over two games. Looking forward to this continuing as season progresses.

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Fixture just announced, sees Musselburgh travel back through to West Lothian, to meet Blackburn, on 3 March.

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On 2/3/2018 at 23:48, Toffee fan said:

Great news, and hope it is for the reasons stated at the top of the caption as opposed to just feeling sorry for the nasty injury that Brad endured this afternoon! 

Indeed,  hope all the current squad stay next season.  If we get promotion to Super League, thing this bunch of players will do well!

 

Bradley seems a sensible enough lad who wouldn't have any issues finding another club.  I'm sure if there were issue's regarding paying players then he would be off like a shot.

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Huge game on Saturday.  Haven't seen anything of Haddington this year but by all accounts they are a decent side.  Still a fair bit to go but 3 points on Saturday and you've got to say things look fairly settled.

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Got to be top billing in the East this weekend

Musselburgh v Haddington - 1st v 2nd in league. Get yourself along to Olivebank tomorrow for what will be a competitive fixture.

MTB!

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Match 19 of the league campaign saw the eagerly awaited first league match between Musselburgh and Haddington. An earlier cup tie at Millfield on 7 October saw Haddington beat Musselburgh 10-9 on penalties, after 0-0 at 90 minutes.

Before the match kicked off, there was a minute silence to pay respects to supporter Johnny Gillespie who passed away yesterday.

First shot of match fell to Musselburgh’s Jed Davie, who’s shot from outside the box, never troubled the Haddington goalie Haris Alysandratos. Soon after, from a weak pass back from Johnny McManus, Declan Quinn intercepted the ball, but was too close to the Musselburgh’s goalie Ally Adams.

The first goal came in 6 minutes. Good interaction on the right hand side of the pitch saw passes from four Burgh players, with Matti Lynch playing the ball up the wing to Michael Moffat. From the right hand side of the box, Michael’s cross was met by Stephen MacDonald, who’s header went past Haris and into the net. 1-0 to Musselburgh.

In 13 minutes a great cross ball, from the right wing, saw Declan Quinn’s ball fall to Haddington’s Ryan Baptie, but his shot was easily saved by Ally. Five minutes later, Haddington nearly got an equaliser. Ball was played forward to Quinn, who was 1 on 1 with Ally. The attacker tried to chip the ball over the keeper, but Ally put the ball over the bar. The resultant corner saw a shot blasted way over the bar.

In 20 minutes, again good play between Gary Cherrie, Conor Thomson and Mathu King, on right wing, saw Mathu cross the ball into the Haddington goal area, but there were no collectors. Play continued on the other side on pitch resulting in a corner to Musselburgh. Conor’s kick went into the 6 yard box, and Jono came running in to dive low and head the ball into the net for a 2-0 lead. There were seven defenders in the six yard area, but none of them moved quickly enough.

On 27 minutes, Haddington had another chance to score. They had a corner and the ball came to Frazier Paterson who’s header went towards the goal line. There was a wee scramble on the line and Musselburgh managed to clear the ball away. A few minutes later, the first yellow card went to Haddington captain, Chris Inglis. I didn’t see the incident, but a Haddington supporter, nearby, vehemently protested that it should never have been a booking! From the resultant free kick, just outside the box, the shot went straight to Haris.

Gary Cherrie was then booked on 41 minutes, in what seemed to be a normal tackle. From half way in the Musselburgh half, Baptie took the free kick which went just over the bar, though Ally had it covered. Another goalmouth scramble came in added time, from a Haddington corner, but Ally dived down to collect ball.

Half time 2-0 to Musselburgh.

First 12 minutes of second half saw Musselburgh with most of the possession; huffing and puffing, but they just couldn’t do anything of value near the Haddington goals. Sometimes you wonder what goes on in training, but the crowd got a wee insight on 58 minutes. Musselburgh had a free kick about 5 yards away from the Haddington goal area. Gary took the kick which was then laid onto Conor, whose shot was block. Seven points out of 10 for the effort!

Haddington’s first meaningful foray up the park, in the 2nd half, came in 62 minutes. There was good play between Declan and Paul Devlin, but Jono cleared the ball from the Musselburgh six yard box. Five minute later, Ewan Ralton come on to replace Michael Moffat. I think that as this was Michael’s first full game for a few weeks, he knew that he had given a good account of himself, and time was right to come off. Sorry to Haddington, but at that point it was noticed that two of their subs, Jordan Cropley and Chris Cairney had also come on, but not sure who they came on for.

On 70 minutes, Ralts had a good move down the right wing, but was brought down by the Haddington centre half, George Cunningham, who was booked for his attempts. Conor hit a great free kick to Ralts, just at the keeper’s right hand side, but he didn’t connect properly with the ball. 

Minutes later, Gary was substituted, with Jackie Myles coming on, then Shaun Hill replaced Gavin Brown for Haddington. The second half was a hard watch, with no urgency from either side, and was as flat a period of play that had been seen at Musselburgh this season. However, on 80 minutes, there was good movement up the centre of the pitch, with Mathu having a back heater which went to Stephen, but in his forward movement, ball was put out for a corner.

With six minutes to go, Musselburgh made their last sub, with Bradley Whyte coming on for Sean Murphy. Then with four minutes to go, Musselburgh were awarded a free kick, just outside the Haddington goal area. Conor stepped up, and hit a beauty over the Haddington wall and into the net without the keeper able to move right to save the ball. 

So, final whistle went with Musselburgh beating their local rivals 3-0. Perhaps the expectation of top two teams meeting in the league, was too much, as although there were 3 goals scored, it wasn’t a great match to watch; particularly in the 2nd half.

However, 3 points were the aim at the start of the match, which now finds Musselburgh 15 points ahead of 2nd place Haddington. Musselburgh are now the league’s top goal scorers and have conceded the fewest league goals in the division!

Edited by Casey Jones

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42 minutes ago, Casey Jones said:

Match 19 of the league campaign saw the eagerly awaited first league match between Musselburgh and Haddington. An earlier cup tie at Millfield on 7 October saw Haddington beat Musselburgh 10-9 on penalties, after 0-0 at 90 minutes.

Before the match kicked off, there was a minute silence to pay respects to supporter Johnny Gillespie who passed away yesterday.

First shot of match fell to Musselburgh’s Jed Davie, who’s shot from outside the box, never troubled the Haddington goalie Haris Alysondratos. Soon after, from a weak pass back from Johnny McManus, Declan Quinn intercepted the ball, but was to close to the Musselburgh’s goalie Ally Adams.

The first goal came in 6 minutes. Good interaction on the right hand side of the pitch saw passes from four Burgh players, with Matti Lynch playing the ball up the wing to Michael Moffat. From the right hand side of the box, Michael’s cross was met by Stephen MacDonald, who’s header went past Haris and into the net. 1-0 to Musselburgh.

In the 13th minute, a great cross ball, from the right wing, saw Declan Quinn’s ball fall to Haddington’s Ryan Baptie, but his shot was easily saved by Ally. Five minutes later, Haddington nearly got an equaliser. Ball was played forward to Quinn, who was 1 on 1 with Ally. The attacker tried to chip the ball over the keeper, but Ally put the ball over the bar. The resultant corner saw a shot blasted way over the bar.

In 20 minutes, again good play between Gary Cherrie, Conor Thomson and Mathu King, on right wing, saw Mathu cross the ball into the Haddington goal area, but there were no collectors. Play continued on the other side on pitch resulting in a corner to Musselburgh. Conor’s kick went into the 6 yard box, and Jonno came running in to dive low and head the ball into the net for a 2-0 lead. There were seven defenders in the six yard area, but none of them moved quickly enough.

On 27 minutes, Haddington had another chance to score. They had a corner and the ball came to Frazier Paterson who’s header went towards the goal line. There was a wee scramble on the line and Musselburgh managed to clear the ball away. A few minutes later, the first yellow card went to The Haddington captain, Chris Inglis. I didn’t see the incident, but a Haddington supporter, nearby, vehemently protested that it should never have been a booking! From the resultant free kick, just outside the box, the shot went straight to Haris.

Gary Cherrie was then booked on 41 minutes, in what seemed to be a normal tackle. From half way in the Musselburgh’s half, Baptie took the free kick which went just over the bar, though Ally had it covered. Another goalmouth scramble came in added time, from a Haddington corner, but Ally dived down to collect ball. Half time 2-0 to Musselburgh.

First 12 minutes of second half saw Musselburgh with most of the possession; huffing and puffing, but they just couldn’t do anything of value near the Haddington goals. Sometimes you wonder what goes on in training, but the crowd got a wee insight on 58 minutes. Musselburgh had a free kick about 5 yards away from the Haddington goal area. Gary took the kick which was then laid onto Conor, who’s shot was block. Seven points out of 10 for the effort!

Haddington’s first meaningful foray up the park, on 62 minutes,  saw good play between Declan and Paul Devlin, but Jonno cleared the ball from the Musselburgh six yard box. Five minute later, Ewan Ralton come on to replace Michael Moffat. I think that as this was Michael’s first full game for a few weeks, he knew that he had given a good account of himself, and time was right to come off. Sorry to Haddington, but at that point it was noticed that two of their subs, Jordan Cropley and Chris Cairney had also come on, but not sure who they came on for.

On 70 minutes, Ralts had a good move down the right wing, but was brought down by the Haddington centre half, George Cunningham, who was booked for his attempts. Conor hit a great free kick to Ralts, just at the keeper’s right hand side, but he didn’t connect properly with the ball. 

Minutes later, Gary was substituted, with Jackie Myles coming on, then Shaun Hill replaced Gavin Brown for Haddington. The second half was a hard watch, with no urgency from either side, and was as flat a period of play that had been seen at Musselburgh this season. However, on 80 minutes, there was good movement up the centre of the pitch, with Mathu having a back heater which went to Stephen, but in his forward movement, ball was put out for a corner.

With six minutes to go, Musselburgh made their last sub, with Bradley Whyte coming on for Sean Murphy. Then with four minutes to go, Musselburgh were awarded a free kick, just outside the Haddington goal area. Conor stepped up, and hit a beauty over the Haddington wall and into the net without the keeper able to move right to save the ball. 

So, final whistle went with Musselburgh beating their local rivals 3-0. Perhaps the expectation of top two teams meeting in the league, was too much, as although there were 3 goals scored, it wasn’t a great match to watch; particularly in the 2nd half.

However, 3 points were the aim at the start of the match, which now finds Musselburgh 15 points ahead of 2nd place Haddington. Musselburgh are now the league’s top goal scorers and have conceded the fewest league goals in the division!

Good report; decent crowd? 

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9 minutes ago, PRS said:

Good report; decent crowd? 

Cheers. I would say between 250 -300. Thought given the two top teams in division that there would have been more.

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Pish is maybe a bit harsh but aye, they didn't scare the weans.

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Think Haddington played better the last time they played us, when cup tie was at Millfield. Still hope they join us in the Super League next season.

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