League match 17 for Musselburgh; first match in four weeks. Newtongrange were the visitors to Olivebank, hoping for a double, having already beaten Musselburgh 4-2 in the league a couple of months back.
Two changes to the last Burgh line up with Grieg Callaghan on for an injured Liam Gregory. Nathan Evans replaced Gary Cherrie’s who was suspended.
Match start in a quick tempo with both teams looking to be on the score sheet first. On 13 minutes, Conor Thomson moved ball into the Newtongrange box. Best option was to shoot, but instead, Conor passed ball to Michael Deland, who saw his shot go over bar. On 15 minutes, the first goal did come. Passing move involving Jackie Myles, Conor and Nathan saw the latter make run into the box. Nathan checked back and squares ball into the six-yard box, where Mathu King hits the net. Early honours to Musselburgh who lead 1-0.
On 19 minutes, Stevie Thomson (seven previous Burgh players – maybe 8 - in the Nitten starting line-up) hit a shot from 25 yards, but ball just goes over the bar. Few moments later and a throw-in from Scott Swaney finds Thomson, who has a tussle with Michael D, before crossing a good ball in, but, no Newtongrange player could get a touch on it.
Jackie has a great chance to make it 2-0 to Burgh with 40 minutes played, but his strike comes off the back of a Nitten player and ball is cleared. In final minute of first half, good play up right wing between Conor and Mathu, with ball played over to Liam Gregory. He plays ball into box, which Nathan dummied and Mathu ran towards the far corner of box and placed ball past a diving Keiron Renton.
Half time – Musselburgh lead 2-0
Just over 10 minutes after the break, Deland punted ball from his own half, which headed on by Mathu. Nathan collects ball at edge of box, then coolly slots ball into the net for 3-0 lead. Nitten were reduced to 10 men as Thomson received a red card for a reckless challenge on Jackie Myles. Fortunes changed a bit, for Newtongrange, on 61 minutes. From a corner kick, ball headed into net by Lowson, reducing deficit to 3-1.
Third goal in eleven minutes saw Musselburgh back to a three-goal lead. Renton kicked ball into the Burgh half. Two headers and ball was back over the half way line. Lowson passed ball back to Keiron. Inexplicably, Renton let the ball run by him towards the goals. He ran back to retrieve the ball, but linesman indicated that ball crossed line and Musselburgh lead 4-1.
Keiron received a yellow card for running out and remonstrating with the linesman; stating ball was still in play, a fact confirmed by a number of Burgh fans who were standing behind the goal area.
Nitten were not finished yet, as in 69 minutes, they had another corner. When ball came in, Ally shouted it was his ball. However, he missed it and Richardson tapped ball in - 4-2 to the home side.
Burgh’s first sub came just after. Scott McNaughton replaced Nathan. Final goal came in 75 minutes. Mathu ran into box, looking for his hat trick. As he tried to go by Keiron, he was fouled and the goalkeeper received his second yellow of the match. Richardson went in goals, but was unable to stop Michael Moffat from scoring his second penalty in as many matches.
Jack Gillan and Scott Moffat replaced Jackie and Conor, late in the match for Musselburgh. For the away side, Scott, Wilson and Lander replace Hunter, Forster and Jamieson.
Final score was 5-2 for Musselburgh who jump above Newtongrange, into third place in the league. Michael Moffat (birthday boy) was supporters’ man of the match.
A crowd of 314; third highest of season for Musselburgh, saw an entertaining match, especially in the first half. Second half was a bit spoilt by the two sending offs. However, five goals in this period is not to be scoffed at; with Musselburgh worthy winners.