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You know that moment when in your team’s biggest game of the season, your lazy but occasionally talented star striker has an opportunity to make or break your entire season if he can just finish this chance?  I think everyone who watches football can relate to that.  (Maybe not the “talented” bit).  These pages will be reports on some of these games.  Who knows, it might be your team’s biggest game of the season.

This will be the home of my reports on the games I attend throughout the football seasons.  The vast majority will be in the Midlothian/Edinburgh area, but I am prone to going further afield than that. Particularly when it gets to the business end of the season.

Season 2015/6 saw me take in 106 matches, which included games in all top four divisions in Scotland, in the English Premier League, League One and League Two, Scottish Cup and League Cup, Play offs, Petrofac Cup, East Superleague, West Super League, Lowland League, Scottish Junior Cup, Scottish Women’s Premier League, Scottish Women’s Cup, East of Scotland Cup, Fife and Lothians Cup, East of Scotland League, East of Scotland League Cup, Anderson Cup, East Region South League, King Cup, Swan Cup and Friendlies and a Testimonial. So something for everyone.  Perhaps.

I will always attempt to call it as I see it, and will try to remain unbiased although this will be more challenging at some games more than others.

Although there can be no promises, I’ll be looking and listening out for the unusual and/or amusing.  Last season’s highlights included:

  • A delay of around 10 minutes at Fauldhouse United, when the match ball went out of the ground and there was no spare;
  • Kelty Hearts striker Callum Smith being frustrated with another ball which sailed over his head and remarking “That’s F*cking jobbies by the way”; and my personal favourite;
  • Hearts Ladies striker Ashley Carse responding to a family member on the touchline who had told her “You’ve got to put those away Ash” – “Right mum.  F*ck’s sake.”

Thanks for looking.

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Season 2016-17 review

Season 2016/17 – A review

We had joy (maybe some) and we watched in rain/snow/sun.  So Terry Jacks almost sang in 1973 and if he had, he would have summed up season 2016-17 for me.  (I’ve no idea where I am going with this either.)

Season 2016-17 started for us at Tynecastle, as Hearts faced Infonet Tallin in a Europa League Qualifying 1st Round, 1st leg tie.

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That first game of the season came on 30 June when everyone is supposed to be on a beach somewhere.  If you wonder why the debate about summer football seems to have dissipated recently, it’s because it is already happening!

The season saw us take in 119 and a half games and see exactly 400 goals.  The half came about when we had watched Whitehill Welfare v Abbey Vale in the South Challenge Cup, then raced to East Peffermill to see the second half of Edinburgh University against Wigtown and Bladenoch in the same competition.  (The solitary goal was scored in the first half.)

We watched 115 different teams and saw games in many competitions, including the Scottish Premiership, Championship League One and Two, the Lowland League, the East Superleague, West Super League Premier, East Premier League, East Region South League, East of Scotland League. We also attended various play-off matches in many of these competitions.

There were several visits to cup ties in many different competitions, including the Scottish Cup, Scottish Junior Cup, East of Scotland Cup, City Cup, King Cup, Lowland League Cup, East of Scotland Qualifying Cup, East of Scotland Shield, Fife & Lothians Cup, South Challenge Cup and King Cup.  Some of these were semi-finals or finals.

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In England, we saw games in the Premier League, Championship and Leagues One and Two, as well as the Northern League Division One.

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We also managed a couple of Europa League qualifiers (and of course pre-season games).

We properly engaged with women’s football in Scotland and attended games in the Scottish Women’s Premier Leagues 1&2 as well as the Scottish Cup and Champions League.

There were many highlights.  East Stirlingshire at Civil Service Strollers in August when the visitors won 8-3, a fantastic Women’s Scottish Cup tie between Hearts Ladies and Hutchison Vale Ladies which Hearts won 4-3 after extra time, the sight of Bayern Munich Ladies in full flow at Easter Road in the Champions League, Haddington Athletic winning on penalties against Shotts Bon Accord after a 3-3 draw in which Haddington were 3 down with 13 minutes left, Oxford United’s 3-2 win at Bury in December, Kirkintilloch Rob Roy’s 4-3 win at Penicuik in the Junior Cup 5th Round, Leith Athletic’s incredible 7-2 win over Tynecastle in the semi-final of the King Cup, Brechin’s play-off final win at Alloa Athletic in an incredible topsy-turvy game which was finally settled on penalties. Tranent’s double cup win, etc etc.

It hasn’t all been about the games though.  There have been several memorable incidents.  These included:

The Thorn Athletic players referring to each other as “big man” or “wee man”, apart from the goalkeeper, who was called “Liam” by them all.

The Spartans v Airdrie pre-season friendly where, with three minutes to half time, a woman behind me asked her companion “Are Spartans in blue?”

The Civil Service Strollers player giving a team mate a hard time for not marking anybody, before having it pointed out that the man he had been marking was in the process of going off after being substituted and his replacement hadn’t come on yet.

Members of the Easthouses Lily team sending texts to other team members saying that the manager had told them to turn up dressed smartly.  This led to them cheering every time a squad member turned up in a shirt and tie.  One player had to “go to Tesco” to get some trousers as he didn’t have any and only had £20 left until payday. 

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Bonnyrigg Rose manager Robbie Horn on the touchline hit by the ball in a very tender area, with players and fans of both teams expressing their concern by pissing themselves laughing.

The East Stirlingshire fans telling a linesman that an offside decision he made had been a guess.  He replied with “Every one is a guess”.

The club official running the line at Dunbar United being asked by his mate behind the barrier what a free kick had been given for, and him replying “Dunno.  I wasnae watching”.  The same person running the line later in the game with his flag in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other.

The tannoy announcer at Ainslie Park for the Leith Athletic v Cumbernauld Colts Scottish Cup game playing music through his phone over the loud speakers at half time, with the crowd suddenly treated to hearing his ringtone for a good 60 seconds as his phone received a call.

Pollok’s Tam Hanlon complaining to the linesman about being given offside.  The flag bearer responded with “You were well off.  You know it and I know it.”  He followed this up by putting his finger to his lips in a ‘shushing’ motion to the Pollok manager on the other side of the pitch who was telling him that was third one he had got wrong.

A Motherwell fan helpfully offered his glasses to the officials in a home game against Celtic.

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The parrot sitting on the bar at Linlithgow Rose and Hearts Ladies captain Megan Paterson being told off by her mum for swearing and being told she wouldn’t get any tea.

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It wasn’t all good of course.  Some of the games were so toe curlingly bad that writing them up seemed impossible.  There were several occasions where at least another half dozen layers of clothes were required.  There were also some disgraceful scenes when pies ran out.

Haddington Athletic had the best pies.  Edinburgh University had the best cakes.

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Some teams have a social media presence and are great at replying.  Others don’t seem to get that interaction is key.  Easthouses Lily Miners Welfare and Penicuik Athletic are two that bend over backwards to help.

Some clubs have started writing up the team names and numbers on a board inside the ground, such as Dunbar United, Whitehill Welfare and Kilwinning Rangers.  The biggest problem I have is trying to get team line-ups and it sometimes proves impossible.

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Programmes are good, although for some, it clearly just isn’t cost effective, but Musselburgh Athletic have the right idea, providing team sheets to all.  Edinburgh University include the programme with admission.

Season 2016-17 was the most games I’ve ever seen in a season.  It was hard going at times and keeping up with writing the games up soon afterwards often became undoable.  Having a job and a life gives little time to do them, particularly with the frequency I often go.

Thanks to all who have visited and welcome to anyone new coming across one of my write-ups.  I try to be objective in every game.  You might not agree with my take on things, but I call it as I see it.  I’m usually a neutral regardless of which end I am in.  It might be you that is biased.

Here’s to season 2017-18.

Hearts Ladies v Tayside Ladies

Sunday 18 June 2017, 14.00, Foresters Park

Hearts Ladies against Tayside Ladies in the Scottish Women’s Cup Second Round.

A change of venue for Hearts Ladies from their usual home at Dalkeith Thistle’s Kings Park, with Tranent Juniors hosting the cup tie.  The Hearts Ladies Development side usually play their home games at Foresters Park, so a few of the team are used to the different surroundings.  The pitch looked in great shape given it was at the season’s end.

The Scottish Women’s Premier League side got their league form back on track the previous weekend with a 6-0 home win against East Fife to consolidate fourth place.

Hearts entered the cup competition at the second round stage.

Tayside Ladies were founded in 2013 and have come a long way in their short history.  2014 saw them finish runners-up in the East/Central Second Division as well as reaching the semi-final of the League Cup.

The following year saw promotion to the SWFL First Division North and they finished in 9th, eight points clear of relegation.  They sat 9th in the twelve team league as they approached the game against Hearts.

Tayside beat Montrose 4-2 in the preliminary round before winning 3-1 against Linlithgow Rose in the first round proper.

It was a baking hot day and around 70 turned up to watch.

Paterson played a good ball up the right for Kidd in 5 minutes, but she had strayed beyond the Tayside defence and was given offside.

In 8 minutes, Moultray hit a great crossfield pass to Hutchison on the left and she ran into the Tayside box and hit a shot which came back off the post.  Carse was quickest to react and side footed home to give Hearts the lead.

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A long ball down the left by Dolan in 9 minutes saw Tayside win a corner.  The ball was cleared and Hearts broke quickly with Walkingshaw found Carse on the left.  She cut the ball back for Dodds, but her shot was blocked.

Reilly played a clever ball in behind Deubel for Kidd in 11 minutes as Hearts came forward again.  From a tight angle Kidd shot for goal and Millar turned it around the post.  A cut back to waiting team mates in the middle may have been a better idea.

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Carse ran onto a through ball which was played over the head of Tayside’s Sturrock in 12 minutes and she took the ball on and finished coolly past Millar for her and her team’s second.

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A minute later and Pagliarulo played a pass down the right for Kidd who sent over a great cross into the Tayside box where Carse met the ball for a rare headed goal and her hat-trick.

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Another ball through the Tayside defence by Walkingshaw in 14 minutes looked for Hutchison, but Millar was out quickly to clear.

Tayside were playing a very high line and Hearts were frequently playing passes in behind the defence.  Although the offside trap was working at times, the home side were getting a lot of opportunities.

Walkingshaw passed down the left for Carse in 17 minutes and her cross into the Tayside box came to Kidd, but Deubel managed to block.

The same combination tried again in 18 minutes, with Carse running onto Walkingshaw’s pass, but with Hutchison free in the middle, her cross was blocked.

A ball into the Tayside box in 19 minutes bounced up and hit the hand of Brady.  She stopped knowing what had happened before she cleared the ball.  The referee gave the penalty.  A bit harsh perhaps as she certainly didn’t mean it.  Walkingshaw made no mistake from the spot.

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Hutchison was a bit short with a pass back to Watson in 22 minutes, but the Hearts keeper was out quickly to clear from the feet of Scanlon.

A great ball from Walkingshaw in 25 minutes picked out Carse on the left for Hearts and she ran in on goal before curling a shot wide of the far post.

Dodds was buzzing away up front for Hearts and giving the Tayside defence no peace on the ball.

A lovely moment in 27 minutes as Hearts captain Paterson went to play a ball on the touchline, but saw it run out before she passed it forward.  In frustration, she shouted “That’s fucking pish!”  Her mother, nearby, said “Language Megan, you’ll get no tea”.  As I struggled to contain my laughter she followed up with “I didn’t bring her up to swear like that.”

A good pass from Paterson in 29 minutes picked out Kidd, who played the ball on to Dodds on the right.  She played the ball across the Tayside goal where Hutchison ran in at the far post, but saw her shot hit the outside of the post.

Kidd put a great cross into the Tayside box from near the corner flag in 30 minutes and Hutchison rose to head home and make it 5-0.

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In 33 minutes, Carse won the ball from McLaren and had a go from 25 yards and saw her shot hit the top of the Tayside bar before going over.

Hearts came forward again in 34 minutes and Reilly played the ball through for Dodds.  She played it to Hutchison in the box who passed left to Carse.  She picked out Walkingshaw on the edge of the box who hammered the ball into the net to make it six.

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Black got a glimpse of the Hearts goal in 35 minutes, but Moultray got across to deflect her shot wide.  Black took the corner which seemed to come off the hands of Kidd at the front post, but no penalty was given.

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Hearts went straight up the other end and Dodds fed Reilly, but Millar saved her shot.

Walkingshaw played the ball to Hutchison on the left in 40 minutes and she played it to Carse.  From around 20 yards she shot for goal, but again saw it come off the top of the bar.

With two minutes to the break Hutchison played the ball to the front post for Dodds, but Millar was out quickly to block at her feet.  She seemed to get a bang in the face as she did so.

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Hearts six in front at half time and they had played some great football.  Tayside were trying hard but were struggling to curtail the incessant Hearts attacks.

In the first minute of the second half, Paterson looked to play the ball forward for Hearts but miskicked and the ball went high in the air.  With everyone standing watching as it spun back, Dodds pounced on it and raced into the Tayside box before shooting into the corner for Hearts seventh.

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A good strike from Reilly from 22 yards went narrowly wide of the Tayside goal in 49 minutes with Millar a spectator.

Tayside broke in 52 minutes and Scanlon passed wide to Black.  She did well to get past Scott on the by-line, but Paterson was there to clear her cross.

A nice ball in behind the Tayside defence in 53 minutes by Walkingshaw picked out Hutchison, but she shot straight at Millar.

Dodds was next to play the ball through the Tayside defence and Carse ran onto it and finished with ease for her fourth of the afternoon and Hearts’ eighth.

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Hutchison ran down the left for Hearts in 58 minutes and gave the ball to Carse.  Rather than go herself she looked for Dodds to her right, but the pass was intercepted and cleared.  Carse won the ball back immediately and looked for Dodds again, but Millar was out quickly to smother.

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Black did well for Tayside on the right in 59 minutes and cut inside from the right before going past Scott, but her shot at goal lacked power and it was easy for Watson.

With Hearts making four substitutions all at once on the hour mark, they had the decency to take one K Reilly off and put another one on to make things a lot easier to write up.

Reilly played the ball through for fellow sub Stevens in 61 minutes, but the flag went up.

In 63 minutes, Stevens won a header and ran onto the ball herself.  Although she was clean through, the referee brought play back for a foul to Hearts.  It was baffling why advantage wasn’t played.

Hearts’ Miller took the ball forward on the right in 67 minutes and burst into the box, but Millar blocked her shot.

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With 68 minutes gone, Hutchison was through on the left for Hearts.  She cut the ball back to Stevens, but from inside the 6 yard box, she saw her shot saved by Millar.

Walkingshaw ran onto a Reilly pass in 70 minutes but was foiled by a good Millar save.  The ball ran to Stevens who fired home to make it 9.

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A good ball forward by Black in 72 minutes saw Scanlon get the better of Paterson, but as she ran through on goal, the Hearts defender made a fine recovery with a magnificent tackle to take the ball away.

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Up the other end a minute later and Carse waltzed round a defender before slotting home.  Double figures for Hearts and Carse’s fifth.

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Walkingshaw had a go from distance in 78 minutes, but Millar held the ball well in the Tayside goal.

With both teams really starting to struggle with the energy sapping temperature, Tayside really could have done without Sturrock being forced to limp off with no substitutes available.

Reilly found Hutchison through on the Tayside goal in 84 minutes but with just Millar to beat, she blasted over the bar.

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With three minutes left Hearts broke forward and had four against one.  Carse took it round the defender and smashed home her sixth goal.

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Just before the end Hutchison was clean through once again, but this time sent her shot straight at the keeper.  She let out a yell of frustration, but at least she got it on target that time.  To be fair to Hutchison, she seemed completely unaffected by the conditions and was still running at full pelt in the final minute.

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A very professional performance by Hearts who continued to play good football throughout.  Huge credit to Tayside who played with great spirit and unity right up to the final whistle and genuinely seemed to enjoy their experience.  I’m sure they will continue to improve with that attitude.

Some great performances by Hearts players with Pagliarulo, playing back in defensive midfield after filling in at centre half in previous weeks, having a fine game.  Walkingshaw passed the ball very well and was ably assisted by Kirsten Reilly.  The defence looked solid and it was impossible to ignore the six goals scored by Carse (including a header).

For Tayside, Black looked good and Dolan put in a lot of effort.  It was encouraging to see how they changed positions as the game unfolded, with McLaren going to right back and Sturrock into midfield after Carse was giving the latter a difficult time in the first half.  Deubel went to right back in the second half, with McLaren moving to the left.

Full Time: Hearts Ladies 11 Tayside Ladies 0

Admission: Free

Hearts Ladies: 1 Ashley Watson, 9 Kara Kidd (Miller 60), 4 Louise Moultray (Kawana-Waugh 79), 6 Megan Paterson, 2 Hannah Scott (Simmons 60), 16 Danni Pagliarulo, 17 Stacey Hutchison, 8 Kirsten Reilly (Reilly 60), 7 Rachel Walkingshaw, 12 Jennifer Dodds (Stevens 60), 10 Ashley Carse. Subs: 3 Jayden Simmons, 14 Lynsay Miller, 15 Tiffany Kawana-Waugh, 5 Georgia Hunter, 18 Katie Reilly, 19 Kazya Stevens.

Tayside Ladies: 1 Nadine Millar, 11 Aimee Sturrock, 15 Shannon Brady, 5 Vicky McGregor, 8 Lotte Deubel, 7 Chloe Sturrock, 3 Maegen Cromar, 16 Paige Dolan, 13 Cara Black, 18 Jade McLaren, 10 Ellie Scanlon.

Referee: Louise Moffat

Programme: None.

Hearts Ladies v East Fife Ladies

Sunday 11 June 2017, 14.00, Kings Park

Hearts Ladies against East Fife Ladies in the Scottish Women’s Premier League 2.

Since seeing Hearts Ladies lose to the only goal against Jeanfield Swifts, they gained a creditable 2-2 draw away to Glasgow Girls.

New additions Kirsten Reilly and Hannah Scott both started while long term injury victim Kawana-Waugh had a place on the bench.  Striker Brogan Anderson had bowed out of the squad as she could no longer get to training due to work commitments.

It was good to see Sharon Hughes walking about after the bad injury she sustained  earlier in the season.

It’s a first sighting of East Fife Ladies.

Established in 2000 as Kirkland Ladies, they changed to East Fife Ladies in 2002.  They won promotion to the Premier League 2 after winning the Football League Division 1 North title last season.

They haven’t found it easy in the SWPL2 with one win and one draw from their opening 9 games.  Their second game of the league season saw them face Hearts at their own ground in Leven and they lost by a solitary goal, so they would have been hopeful of trying to get some further points .

Despite my best efforts, I couldn’t get a reply from East Fife on social media, so have been unable to obtain their team.

Although Hearts Ladies playing at the home of Dalkeith Thistle, who have just finished their season, it was very noticeable what great condition the pitch was in.  A lot of credit has to go to the groundsman.

Spartans Ladies former Hearts midfielder Michaela McAlonie was in attendance.

Carse played a ball down the right for Hearts in 6 minutes and a great turn by Hutchison saw her running into the East Fife box, but EF10 managed to get the ball behind for a Hearts corner.

Hearts came forward again in 8 minutes and Carse received the ball on the left.  She cut inside EF7 and shot for goal, but put her effort wide.

Walkingshaw had a good strike from around 23 yards in the 9th minute, but the East Fife keeper held the shot well.

Scott played the ball to Carse in the tenth minute as the home side pressed forward and she went past EF7, but her ball across was taken by the keeper.

In 11 minutes, Carse got the ball again and she struck the ball into the far corner from just inside the box to give Hearts the lead.

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Two minutes later, Walkingshaw swung a corner into the East Fife box and Pagliarulo cut the ball back from the back post to Hutchison who fired into the net through a ruck of players to make it two.

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A fine ball through the East Fife defence by Hutchison in 15 minutes saw Carse away on the right and she cut inside the box but saw her powerful effort hit the side netting.

Pagliarulo had a shot at the East Fife goal in 17 minutes from distance after some tenacious play by Reilly, but it was off target.

With 18 minutes gone, EF10 saw her cross deflect off Moultray and spin across the face of the Hearts goal and out for a corner on the other side.  EF19 floated the ball over, but everyone missed it.

A good turn by EF10 in 21 minutes saw her play the ball through to EF18.  She played the ball back to EF10 on the right and she crossed into the middle where Watson palmed the ball away from EF18.

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An East Fife corner in 22 minutes bounced in the middle of the Hearts box and EF6 headed goalwards.  The ball came back off the bar and straight into the hands of the grateful Watson.

Immediately after that escape for Hearts, Walkingshaw fired in a shot from 25 yards which the East Fife keeper got hands to, but couldn’t keep out and Hearts were three in front.

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In 24 minutes, Walkingshaw carved open the East Fife defence with a ball through for Carse, but the flag was up for offside as she shot over the bar.

Carse was prominent for Hearts and she got the ball on the left again in 27 minutes and went past EF7 before curling into the far corner for her second and Hearts fourth.

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Hearts had a corner in 38 minutes which was cleared to Walkingshaw on the left.  She put a great ball into the box where Kidd finished spectacularly on the volley in off the underside of the bar to make it 5-0.

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Just before half time EF19 went into a challenge with Hutchison and went down.  She was still down as the whistle blew for half time.

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It was a dominant first half from Hearts who really looked to have got their mojo back after some disappointing results.  East Fife player/manager Anderson hadn’t been happy with her team mates performance in the opening period.

In 47 minutes, Walkingshaw passed to Carse on the left for Hearts, but she was halted by a good tackle from Anderson.

A cross from the right by Kidd into the East Fife box in 48 minutes found Reilly at the front post, but she couldn’t direct the ball on target.

EF17 put a dangerous ball into the Hearts box from the left in 50 minutes, but there was nobody there to get a touch.

Carse passed the ball in behind the East Fife defence in 56 minutes for Walkingshaw who managed to poke the ball past the advancing keeper and into the net to make it six.

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A good move by East Fife in 58 minutes saw EF24 play a great ball out to EF17 who went past Paterson and cut the ball back to EF18, but her shot at goal was straight at Watson.

A bit inconsiderate of Hearts bringing on Katie Reilly in 59 minutes when they already had a Kirsten Reilly on the pitch…..

Dodds played the ball into the feet of Carse after 61 minutes and she rolled a defender before striding forward and curling just wide.

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With 64 minutes gone, Carse crossed in from the left and Kidd’s shot was blocked.  The rebound came to Kirsten Reilly but she fired over.

Moultray required treatment in 74 minutes, but was ok to continue.

A Hearts corner in 77 minutes saw Walkingshaw’s delivery come to the feet of Pagliarulo in the middle of the box, but she fired over the top.

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An East Fife through ball in 78 minutes saw EF17 running onto it into the box, but Watson was out quickly to block.

A minute later and Watson was in action again, making a great save to turn a shot from EF9 over the bar.  East Fife were having their best spell of the match and EF2 found some space at the edge of the Hearts box from the corner, but her shot was too high.

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In 87 minutes Katie Reilly played a fine ball to Carse on the left and she ran into the box, but was halted by Anderson.

With two minutes left, Hutchison headed a Walkingshaw corner just wide of the East Fife goal.

A good win for Hearts with Walkingshaw and Carse the main instigators of the creation of chances and with two goals each.  The defence looked strong and Scott looks another good addition, although Georgia Hunter would have been disappointed to be on the bench after some fine performances.

Anderson did a good job marshalling the East Fife defence, who were much improved in the second half and numbers 10 and 17 looked  good players.

 

Full Time: Hearts Ladies 6 East Fife Ladies 0

Admission: £3

Hearts: 1 Ashley Watson, 4 Louise Moultray, 6 Megan Paterson (Reilly 59), 8 Hannah Scott, 16 Danni Pagliarulo (Kawana-Waugh 84), 17 Stacey Hutchison, 2 Kirsten Reilly, 9 Kara Kidd (McAvoy 65), 7 Rachel Walkingshaw, 12 Jennifer Dodds (Summers 76), 10 Ashley Carse. Subs: 3 Tiffany Kawana-Waugh, 5 Georgia Hunter, 15 Demi Summers, 18 Katie Reilly, 19 Courtney McAvoy.

East Fife Ladies: 1, 7, 4 (24 39), 2 Liz Anderson, 3, 8 Joanna, 17, 18 Mel (27 79), 6, 10 Lisa, 19 (9 51). Subs: 9, 24 Kerry, 27.

Referee: Fiona Morton

Programme: None.

Tranent Juniors v Bonnyrigg Rose

Saturday 10 June 2017, 14.30, Creamery Park

The final of the East of Scotland Cup between Tranent Juniors and Bonnyrigg Rose held at the home of Bathgate Thistle.

Tranent came into the game buoyed by their midweek win in the Fife and Lothians Cup which saw them lift their first trophy in nearly 40 years.  Their fans would have been hoping that the celebrations had been curtailed sufficiently by the players to perform in another final so soon after.

Tranent had a difficult run to reach the final, knocking out Fauldhouse United, Dundonald Bluebell and Broxburn Athletic on penalties, as well as Bo’ness United and Dundee North End, with all but the latter being in the league above them.

Goalkeeper Murray Jackson had regained fitness and replaced Pucko in goal who was unfortunate to lose his place.  Manson and Smith also came into the starting line up with Waters and Jamie Paterson dropping the bench.

While Tranent were walking off with silverware during the week, Rose were at Musselburgh Athletic in the semi-final to secure their place in this final.  It wasn’t looking great for them after losing an early goal and still being behind at half time, but they ran out 3-1 winners in the end.

Rose made one change from their semi with McIntosh starting ahead of Jamieson.

Rose’s memorable season where they reached the Junior Cup semi-final, the Scottish Cup Fourth Round, and finished second in the Superleague had not produced a trophy and they were keen to get their hands on this one.

Rose reached the final by beating Downfield, Carnoustie Panmure, Kelty Hearts on penalties and then the aforementioned Musselburgh.

Bonnyrigg’s long season had seen a number of injuries and Stewart and Hoskins on the bench were both not fit enough to play.

It was disappointing that there was no programme available at the game.  Although one of the finalists wasn’t known until the Wednesday night and several of those who may have done something could have been on holiday, a final deserves one.

As usual, Creamery Park was looking in great condition despite it being the end of the season.

Another big crowd turned up to see who would win the cup.

The Rose players looked relaxed before kick off as they warmed up in front of us, with Kerr Young singing along enthusiastically to the music coming from the tannoy.

Kidd took a Rose throw in the first minute and gave it to Brett inside the Tranent box who laid the ball off to McIntosh.  His shot looked to be blocked by the hands of Kerr, but nothing was given.

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Kerr did well a minute later using his strength to prevent McIntosh running onto a through ball.

Paterson raced into the Rose box in the fifth minute and went down under the challenge of Brett, but the referee wasn’t interested.

In 7 minutes Paterson was brought down by Turner as he was about to shoot from around 22 yards out.  Turner was shown the yellow card.  Paterson took the kick himself and saw Andrews make a fine save to turn it around the post.

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McGachie made some space for himself in 9 minutes and shot for goal near the edge of the Tranent box.  His effort was parried by Jackson and Wojtowycz completed the clearance.

A clever reverse ball by Gray sent McIntosh free on the left in 11 minutes, but the flag went up.  He didn’t look offside.

Fisher got the ball to Hawkins in the Rose box in 12 minutes, but his attempted cutback was snuffed out.

Tranent were closing down very well, as they had in the other final.

Wojtowycz crossed into the Rose box in 16 minutes and Fisher stabbed at the ball, but it ran just wide of the post.  The linesman had put his flag up in any case.

Turner let out a scream of pain as he was tackled by Todd near the corner flag in 17 minutes and stayed down.  He signalled to the bench that he would have to come off, but with Jamieson about to come on, he was back up and running again.

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A Bonnyrigg corner in 19 minutes was taken by Nelson and saw Moyes get his head to it.  The ball seemed to come off the hand of Todd as it clipped the bar on the way over.

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Todd was lucky to escape a booking after a bad tackle on McIntosh on the touchline in 20 minutes.  Nelson’s free kick into the Broxburn box saw Young’s glancing header go not too far wide of the far post.

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Tranent broke forward in 22 minutes and Miller found some space on the left, but his cross was cut out by Moyes.

The Rose players were particularly unhappy with the referee when Todd fouled McIntosh again in 24 minutes and was still not shown a card.

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In 27 minutes, McGachie was tackled in the Broxburn box.  Gray passed back to the corner of the box where Brett narrowly missed the angle of the post and bar with his shot.

Some fine football from Bonnyrigg in 32 minutes saw them reach the Tranent box with some quick passing, but Kidd lashed over the bar.

A minute later and Brett crossed to the back post where McIntosh and Kerr went for the ball in the air.  Inexplicably, Kerr’s hand went up and played the ball, giving the referee no doubt that it was a penalty.  Although there were protests from Tranent, it was hard to see them having a case.

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Kidd stepped up to fire the penalty into the net, although Jackson did get a hand to it.

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Some Bonnyrigg supporters nearby started the “give me a ‘B’” chant.

A fast break by Tranent in 42 minutes saw Manson play the ball to Paterson, who passed to Fisher on the left side of the Rose box.  He curled a low shot into the far corner past Andrews for a fine equaliser.

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A Tranent fan had a solo pitch invasion in celebration but was quickly ushered off the pitch by player/co-manager Smith.

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All square at the break.  Similar to the Fife and Lothians Cup Final, Tranent had ceded possession to their higher league opponents in the first half, without being under the cosh and still looked dangerous going forward.  Bonnyrigg had a lot of the ball, but not many clear sights of goal.

McGachie stole the ball from Wojtowycz near the corner flag in the opening minute of the second half then went past Kerr on the by-line, but his cutback was cleared.

Bonnyrigg came forward again in 49 minutes and Gray played the ball to Turner on the right.  His ball into the box was fired high into the net by McIntosh, but the linesman signalled he was in an offside position.

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Rose looked to stay in control at the start of the half with McIntosh finding McGachie in 50 minutes, who played the ball back to him and he tried a low shot which was deflected and cleared off the line by Wojtowycz.

A Bonnyrigg free kick in 54 minutes was cleared, but when the ball was played back in and bounced over everyone, Moyes ran in to shoot. It was too close to Jackson.

Brett was shown a yellow card in 57 minutes after a foul on Tranent’s Miller, then showing dissent after the decision.

Miller joined him in the book a minute later for a foul on Smith at half way.  Horne’s free kick was headed across the box by Nelson, but Young shot over the bar.

A Tranent ball into the box in 61 minutes saw Manson get in front of a defender then take a touch to set himself up, but he fired wide.

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Wojtowycz took a Tranent corner in 64 minutes and it was headed back out to him by Horne.  He crossed into the box and picked out Todd who was all alone inside the 6 yard box, but he somehow nodded wide.

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Fisher found Paterson in the Rose box in 74 minutes, but Andrews did well to save with his foot.

There was a blow for Tranent in 75 minutes when Fisher had to come off with what looked like a hamstring pull.

Some good passing down the right by Bonnyrigg in 76 minutes saw Jamieson cross into the box, but McIntosh volleyed wide.

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A late tackle by Smeaton on Turner just outside the Tranent box in 79 minutes gave Rose a free kick.  Brett took it and struck the outside of the post.

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Some amusement in 81 minutes when a fan leant over an advertising banner to reach the ball which had gone out of play and ended up going right over the top of it.

A long ball into the Rose box in 83 minutes saw Paterson lift the ball over the head of Young, but he shot straight at Andrews.

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Rose had a couple of half chances in the remaining minutes, including a Kidd effort in injury time which was well off target.

The destination of the trophy would be determined by penalties.

Tranent were up first and Paterson scored.  Kidd levelled for Bonnyrigg.  Miller scored for Tranent, but Brett saw his penalty saved.  As a Tranent boy, the Tranent fans, who had been winding him up all the way through the game, took great delight in his miss.

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Murray tucked his penalty away before Jackson saved Jamieson’s kick.  Wojtowycz had the chance to win it for Tranent and he fired home successfully.

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More scenes of celebration for the men from East Lothian and again, their fans made the most of it.  To win one cup was beyond their wildest dreams, but two was incredible.

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Bonnyrigg ended the season empty handed despite some great achievements.

Tranent’s midfielders Hawkins and Smith both impressed, with co-manager Smith in particular very good.  Paterson and Fisher again looked a handful up front and their defence was once again very solid.  For Rose, Gray looked dangerous and Nelson used the ball well, but it wasn’t to be their day.

Full Time: Tranent Juniors 1 Bonnyrigg Rose 1 (Tranent win 4-1 on penalties).

Tranent Juniors: 1 Murray Jackson, 2 Alexander Christie, 3 Craig Wojtowycz, 4 Jamie Todd, 5 Guy Kerr, 6 Darren Smith (Fiddler 75), 7 Ben Miller, 8 Lewis Hawkins, 9 Kenny Fisher (Murray), 10 Kayne Paterson, 11 Stevie Manson (Watters 71). Subs:  12 Tom Watters, 14 Joe Murray, 15 Lloyd Fiddler, 16 Neil Smeaton, 17 Jamie Paterson.

Bonnyrigg Rose: 1 Michael Andrews, 2 Alan Horne (Brown 65), 3 Dean Brett, 4 Kerr Young, 5 Ewan Moyes, 6 Lewis Turner, 7 Scott Gray, 8 Wayne McIntosh, 9 Keiron McGachie (Jamieson 62), 10 Adam Nelson, 11 Andrew Kidd. Subs: 12 Johhny Brown, 14 Ross Archibald, 15 Sean Jamieson, 16 Johnny Stewart, 17 Dean Hoskins.

Referee: Scott Lambie

Tranent Juniors v Broxburn Athletic

Wednesday 7 June 2017, 19.15, New Victoria Park

The final of the Fife and Lothians Cup between Tranent Juniors and Broxburn Athletic.

You wait all season for a visit to the home of Newtongrange Star, then two come along at once.

After attending the play-off game between Newtongrange Star and Forfar West End at the weekend, it was a quick return to New Victoria Park for the Fife and Lothians Cup Final.

Having seen both teams come through their respective semi-finals, with Tranent beating Musselburgh Athletic on penalties and Broxburn winning convincingly at Bo’ness United, both teams would have fancied their chances of some silverware.

East Premier League side Tranent Juniors went into the final as underdogs against their Superleague opponents, but they had already beaten them, on penalties, in the East of Scotland Cup Quarter Final.  (Tranent would play the winners of Musselburgh Athletic and Bonnyrigg Rose, in the final of that competition.  That semi was being played on the same night as this game and there were a few in the crowd checking their social media for updates on how that was going.)

Tranent had knocked out several Superleague sides in the cup competitions and to reach the final of both was quite an achievement for a side who hadn’t won anything in 40 years.  Indeed, they hadn’t won the Fife and Lothians Cup since 1939.

Goalkeeper Craig Pucko retained his place in goal.  He played his first game in the semi-final after being signed following a goalkeeping emergency at the club.

Broxburn had been very impressive in dismantling Bo’ness in their semi-final and it could have been more than the 3-0 final score, albeit that Bo’ness had a man sent off before the break.

Broxburn’s last trophy was the South Division title in 2006.

A big crowd filed into the ground to see who would win the trophy which meant the kick off was delayed for 15 minutes.

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Broxburn won a corner in the opening minute.  Anderson’s delivery came to Gribben who with his back to goal, sent a shot which went inches over the bar with Pucko motionless.

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Kayne Paterson immediately had a chance at the other end, but Wallace saved.

A long ball forward in 3 minutes saw Gribben running into the Tranent box and go down.  His claims for a penalty were ignored by the referee.

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Locke played a dangerous ball across the face of the Tranent goal from the left in the fifth minute.  Wojtowycz managed to see the ball out with Gribben in close proximity.

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Tranent forced a couple of corners, but they came to nothing.

Locke went a run on the left for Broxburn in 8 minutes.  He looked to have been tackled at one point, but managed to retain possession before playing the ball inside for Anderson.  His shot produced a comfortable save for Pucko.

Broxburn made it to the by-line of Tranent in 10 minutes, but Cole’s cutback was too far in front of Gribben and the chance was gone.

In 16 minutes, Kayne Paterson looked to chip the ball into the Broxburn box for Fisher, but it was too far in front of his fellow striker.

A minute later and the two looked to combine again, this time Fisher playing Paterson in with just the keeper to beat, but the flag went up as he flashed his shot wide.

In 18 minutes, Anderson got to the by-line on the left, but his cross eluded his Broxburn teammates in the middle.

Anderson crossed into the Tranent box again in 20 minutes and his ball into the box found the head of Miller, who was clattered by Pucko as he headed over.

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Gribben tried a snap shot at the Tranent goal from about 25 yards out in 22 minutes, but it didn’t unduly concern Pucko.

A dangerous ball into the Tranent box in 23 minutes from Locke on the right was turned behind by Gavin.

Up the other end in 24 minutes, Miller’s corner found the head of Christie, but under pressure he headed well wide.

A clever lobbed ball forward by Waters in 26 minutes gave Kayne Paterson a chance for Tranent, but a heavy touch allowed Wallace the chance to get out and block.

A mistake by Miller in 27 minutes gave Broxburn the ball in the Tranent half in 27 minutes.  Anderson shot for goal, but Pucko saved.

Wojtowycz played a free kick into the Broxburn box in 31 minutes which saw Wallace fumble the ball under pressure. The keeper was given a free kick which looked a little generous.

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Tranent had a free kick in their own half in 33 minutes and Wojtowycz backheeled the ball towards his goalkeeper so that he could take it.  Gribben construed that the kick had been taken and took possession of the ball and fired it into the net.  The referee wasn’t having it and ignored his claims that it was a goal.

Anderson broke down the left for Broxburn in 34 minutes and cut inside before swinging the ball into the box.  Pucko parried it and Todd managed to whack the ball clear.

Todd was booked for dissent in 39 minutes after disputing the award of a Broxburn free kick about 22 yards from goal.  There was a lot of debate about the merits of the decision, but it became null and void as Anderson struck it wide.

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Broxburn finished the half strongly and were playing the game inside the Tranent half.

In 43 minutes, Locke latched onto a through ball on the left of the Tranent box, but the flag went up for offside as Pucko blocked the shot with his legs.

Just before half time Gribben played a one-two then passed to the feet of Locke inside the Tranent box.  He went down, but was quickly back up again, although Tranent managed to get the ball away.

Broxburn had the better of the first half but Tranent were far from out of the game and were working hard.  It looked like Broxburn needed  a little more patience in creating chances.  Tranent were closing down well and Broxburn often played balls into the box when another pass would have created more space and time for a cross.

Anderson crossed into the Tranent box in the opening minute of the second half and found the head of Miller, but he wasn’t allowed a free header by the defence and could only nod the ball down, which Pucko claimed.

A free kick by Wojtowycz into the Broxburn box from the right in 48 minutes was punched behind by Wallace.  It didn’t look like that was what he had planned to do.

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There were quite a few misplaced passes in the opening period of the second half, with both teams looking a bit nervous.

Locke burst into the Tranent box on the left in 52 minutes, but was halted by a fine Christie tackle to send the ball behind.  Pucko punched the corner away.

Some good passing by Broxburn in 57 minutes ended with Locke playing the ball wide to Gribben.  His cross into the box was cut out by Kerr.

A minute later, Anderson hit a great chip over the head of Tranent keeper Pucko, but Kerr acrobatically cleared the ball off the line to preserve his side’s clean sheet.

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With 64 minutes gone, Fisher crossed into the Broxburn box from the left touchline and Miller rose well but headed narrowly wide.

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A pass forward by Christie in 65 minutes was hit at goal first time by Kayne Paterson and wasn’t far wide of the Broxburn goal.

Christie had the ball on the right for Tranent in 69 minutes and put a great cross into the box where Murray volleyed inches wide.

A nice ball by Broxburn’s Gribben in 70 minutes released Anderson on the left and he returned the ball to Gribben inside the box, but his header was off target.

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Locke cut in from the left in 71 minutes and hit a powerful shot at the Tranent goal, but Pucko blocked well and was up quickly to smother the ball.  Locke was suffering from cramp after his run and shot.

A poor challenge by Scott on Kerr in 75 minutes saw the Broxburn player go into the book.

As the second half wore on, Tranent seemed to be getting stronger as Broxburn tired and were very much the team in the ascendency going into the final period of the game.

In 80 minutes, Linton had the ball for Broxburn in his own half and was hunted down by three Tranent players who eventually won the ball from him.  Manson laid the ball into the path of Miller whose shot from around 24 yards fizzed narrowly wide.

Kayne Paterson burst into the Broxburn area in 81 minutes and a defender just managed to get a tackle in to send the ball behind.  From the resultant corner taken by Miller, the ball was headed over by Todd.

It was all Tranent now and Wojtowycz cut the ball back from almost at the corner flag in 82 minutes which saw Kayne Patterson flash a header just wide.

As both sides began to prepare for a penalty shoot-out to decide the winners Tranent attacked in the final minute.  Manson passed inside to Fisher who ran to the edge of the box and sent a curling shot past Wallace and into the corner of the net.

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Cue pandemonium amongst the Tranent contingent in the ground.  Fisher raced off to the corner flag chased by several of his team mates.  Miller ran to the covered section on the opposite side of the pitch.  Both took their tops off in celebration.

Before play restarted, the linesman advised the referee that Miller had taken his top off and he was booked.  This seemed particularly mean spirited, especially when at least two on the other side of the pitch, including the scorer had theirs off but didn’t seem to be penalised.  I doubt any of them cared too much.

The final whistle saw a pitch invasion by several Tranent youngsters. And some who looked old enough to know better.

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A great win for Tranent who got stronger as the game went on.  A game too far for Broxburn who looked a shadow of the side who won the semi and tired badly as the game went on.

Kerr was outstanding at the heart of the Tranent defence and Fisher and Paterson up front were a real handful.  Broxburn’s Linton seemed to have more time on the ball than anyone else in midfield in what was a fast paced game.

Not the greatest of finals, but nobody in maroon cared about that as they lifted the trophy.

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Full Time: Tranent Juniors 1 Broxburn Athletic 0

Admission: £7

Tranent Juniors: 1 Craig Pucko, 2 Alexander Christie, 3 Craig Wojtowycz, 4 Jamie Todd, 5 Guy Kerr, 6 Jamie Paterson (Murray 66), 7 Ben Miller, 8 Lewis Hawkins (Fiddler 90), 9 Kenny Fisher, 10 Kayne Paterson, 11 Thomas Waters (Manson 74).  Subs: 12 Darren Smith, 14 Joe Murray, 15 Stephen Manson, 16 Lloyd Fiddler, 17 Neil Smeaton.

Broxburn Athletic: 1 Connor Wallace, 2 Grant Gavin, 3 Darren Cole, 4 Craig Purves, 5 Frazer Paterson, 6 Michael Linton, 8 Craig Scott, 9 Alexander Miller, 10 Nicholas Locke, 11 Darren Gribben (Richards 84), 12 Keiran Anderson.  Subs: 7 Scott Richards, 14 Ryan Baptie, 16 Darren Downie, 17 Scott McNaughton, Gk Shaun Donoghue.

Referee Mr Peter Stuart

Programme: £1

Newtongrange Star v Forfar West End

Saturday 3 June 2017, 14.30, New Victoria Park

The second leg of the East Superleague play-off between Newtongrange Star and Forfar West End.

Our third viewing of Star, but remarkably a first visit of the season to their New Victoria Park home.  It’s a ground we have spent a lot of time at in recent seasons.

‘Nitten’ had looked doomed to relegation from the Superleague for a large part of the season, but they were unbeaten in their last eight league games, with five being away from home.  Of these games, they won the last four and drew the four before.

They wrapped up their season with a 1-0 win at Linlithgow Rose on 1 May then could only watch as the remaining games played out.  Against all the odds, they avoided automatic relegation and finished third bottom, this putting them into the play-off spot.

Star were missing four players who were attending a wedding.  A terrible time to be missing so many, but I don’t expect they expected to be playing in June.  Captain Lee Currie, Jack Wilson, Scott Swanney and top score Errol Douglas all absent.

A first look at Forfar West End.  Originally formed in 1892, they played in the Tayside Premier League until joining the East Region of the Scottish Junior Football Association in 2006.

With restructuring, West End played in the North Division in 2006-07 and won the title in their first season, to reach the Premier League.  Finishing runners-up in the Premier, they reached the Superleague, but were relegated again in 2008-09.

They failed to raise a team twice at the start of season 2011-12 and in October of 2011, went into abeyance and withdrew from all fixtures for the rest of the season.

They rejoined again the next season and were placed back in the North Division with a six point deduction.  Season 2013-14 saw them finish in second spot to return to the Premier League.  They’ve stayed there since then with finishes of tenth, eighth and then third to put them in the play-off spot for promotion to the Superleague.

They were only two points off automatic promotion and a damaging defeat to Bathgate Thistle in their penultimate game was the one which ended their hopes of going straight up.

The first leg of the play-off, played the previous Saturday, had seen Star take an early lead before being pegged back soon after.  West End scored two more in the first half to lead 3-1 at half time.  No further goals meant that Wet End came to Midlothian with a two goal cushion.

I was pleasantly surprised to see that a programme had been produced for the game.  Although it was my first visit of the season, Star haven’t usually produced programmes in the past.  Kudos to those involved for organising one on short notice.

There was a minute’s silence before the start to commemorate the passing of former Newtongrange Match Secretary Rob Clark.

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West End won a corner almost straight from kick off and Ramsay’s cross was met by the head of Rae, but Amos saved down low.

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The opening minutes featured some hard tackling, not all of it within the rules, and Star’s Lally and West End’s Callum Walls were both spoken to.

The aggressive start continued when West End’s McDonald used a strong shoulder charge on Star’s Flynn to let the ball run out for a throw-in in 14 minutes.  Flynn ended up lying on the dirt track which goes around the pitch.

West End’s Stephen won the ball in 15 minutes and passed to McKenzie who found Hart in the box.  Young got across to block the big striker’s shot at goal.

In 17 minutes, Ramsay swung a ball into the Star box which was met by the head of Andrew Walls and went inches wide of goal.

Star’s Moncrieff was brought down by Callum Walls around 25 yards from the West End goal in 22 minutes.  Flynn curled at goal, but it was a comfortable catch for Burns.

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The game was already tetchy and the home side’s Martynuik and McKenzie of West End were barging into each other as they walked past.

A pass into the feet of Moncrieff in 27 minutes saw him shoot for the corner of the West End goal from 22 yards.  Burns made a fantastic one handed save to turn the ball around the post.

A corner in 29 minutes for West End saw Amos come out of goal and miss the ball, but Lally was there to get the ball away.

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West End’s Hart required treatment in 31 minutes for what seemed to have been a bang in the face, but was ok to continue.

Ramsay’s corner in 37 minutes picked out Rae whose volley clipped the outside of the Star post on its way past.

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A minute later Lander struck a well hit shot in the West End box, but it was too high.

With two minutes to the break, a Star cross from the right came to Flynn in the box who expertly sent an instep volley into the top corner to give the hosts the lead.

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Just the one goal in the first half, but a fantastic one at that.  Star hadn’t really been putting a huge amount of pressure on, but were now only one goal behind after Flynn’s strike.  West End had been coping fairly comfortably and seeing their two goal advantage halved just before the break probably made their half time oranges taste a little bitter.

As in the first period, Forfar won a corner in the opening minute of the second half, but again it came to nothing.

A loose header by Young in 48 minutes was picked up by Ramsay and he shot at the Star goal from around 20 yards, but Amos was well placed to save.

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In 51 minutes, a free kick into the West End box by Martynuik was headed back, but O’Brien could only get a foot to it and was unable to get any direction on the ball and Burns was able to claim it.

McDonald was writhing in agony in 53 minutes after he looked to be caught by Star’s Lander as he played the ball forward.  Lander was shown the yellow card and McDonald made a remarkable recovery and took the free kick himself.

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Lally was the next Star player booked a minute later following a tackle on McKenzie, although he looked to get at least some of the ball.

Some good build up play by Star in 55 minutes ended with Moncrieff’s cross into the middle just drifting away from Lander.

The Star defence almost made a mess of things at the back in 56 minutes, letting Hart in, but Amos managed to smother the ball.

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West End’s Ramsay was booked for dissent in 57 minutes.

Petrie broke down the left for West End in 67 minutes and cut the ball back for Ramsay, but he was halted by a good Hamilton tackle.

Petrie was the next player to incur the wrath of the referee, shown a yellow card for a challenge on a Star player.

A long ball forward by West End in 74 minutes saw Hart running through on goal.  He and Amos arrived at the ball together and it broke for Ramsay, but he was offside.

Lally crossed into the West End box in 76 minutes and Flynn challenged keeper Burns for the ball.  Both went down and needed treatment, but were ok to continue.

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A late tackle on Star’s Lander by Rae in 77 minutes saw him become the next player booked.

Star were having a lot more of the ball in the second half, but were not really creating any good chances with the West End defence holding firm.

Ireland broke away on the left for West End in 82 minutes and cut inside, but Lally got a foot in to repel the danger.

A minute later and Flynn set up Lander on the edge of the West End box, but his shot was a wild effort.

Murray had a good effort from 25 yards at the West End goal in 84 minutes, but it was just too high.

Star’s O’Brien was booked in 87 minutes for a crunching tackle on Ireland.

With two minutes left, Ramsay did well to get to the Star by-line, but Amos managed to block the ball behind.

In injury time, Murray became the latest player given a caution for a late tackle on West End’s Reynolds.

There was much jubilation at the final whistle from the West End girls (and boys) as their promotion was confirmed.

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A sad day for Star, whose improved form seemed to have deserted them after the break between the league’s end and the play-offs.  Although Star showed commendable fight, they were unable to break down a stubborn defence.

A great achievement for West End who will be hoping for a longer stay in the East top league this time round.

Best for Star were Hamilton, Martynuik and Moncrieff, while West End’s Burns, McKenzie, Andrew Walls and Ramsay stood out.

Relegation for Newtongrange and promotion for West End.

Full Time: Newtongrange Star 1 Forfar West End 0 (Aggregate 2-3)

Admission: £6

Newtongrange Star: 1 Liam Amos, 12 Sean Lally, 5 Garry Hamilton, 4 Neil Martynuik, 9 Mark Moncrieff, 3 Brian Murray, 8 Jim Young, 15 Kenny O’Brien, 18 James Flynn, 16 Kyle Lander, 19 Kevin Bracks.  Subs: 12 Jack Cook, 14 Connell, 15 Jack Wright.

Forfar West End: 1 Daryl Burns, 2 Craig Stephen, 3 Ross McDonald, 4 Daryl McKenzie, 6 David Rae, 5 Ryan Stirton, 11 Callum Petrie (Reynolds 84), 8 Callum Walls, 9 Graeme Hart, 10 Matty Ramsay, 7 Andrew Walls (Ireland 71). Subs: 12 Matty Reynolds, 14 Connor Ireland, Kieron Crighton, Fraser, Smith.

Referee: Duncan Smith

Programme: £1

*After Kelty Hearts left the Superleague to join the East of Scotland League, Newtongrange Star were reinstated to the Superleague.  I’ve yet to hear if the Junior Association are providing refunds given that the play-off ended up being meaningless…. 😊

Bonnyrigg Rose v Linlithgow Rose

Wednesday 31 May 2017, 19.15, New Dundas Park

Bonnyrigg Rose against Linlithgow Rose in the East Superleague.

After seeing Bonnyrigg fall to defeat at Broxburn and then at home to Musselburgh at the beginning of the month, it looked like their hopes of retaining their East Superleague title had gone.  They then won five league games in a row, scoring 23 goals and conceding just two.  What looked like a forlorn hope seemed to be back in the melting pot.

Kelty Hearts’ lead at the top of the table had seemed insurmountable for a long time, and their superior goal difference looked to have them on easy street.  That was until Bonnyrigg’s latest run of victories.  Kelty only had a goal difference two better than Bonnyrigg and were 6 points clear.  With just the one game left for Kelty, against Bonnyrigg, two wins for Bonnyrigg in their last two games would see them win the title.

It was Bonnyrigg’s eleventh game of the month and a match that they had to win.

For Linlithgow, things finally seemed to be looking up.  After seeing them win against Musselburgh on 17 May, they lost to Kelty Hearts and then saw the return of former manager Mark Bradley.  A huge success in his previous spell with the club, it certainly seemed to please most of the fans.

A win at Lochee United in his first game in charge, coupled with any lingering doubts of relegation finally put to bed, meant that Linlithgow arrived in Midlothian in an upbeat mood.

Notable absentees were Bonnyrigg Rose’s Alan Horne and Linlithgow Rose’s top scorer Tommy Coyne.

An interesting formation from Bonnyrigg at the start with a back three and Turner and Gray playing as wing backs.

With Linlithgow’s home strips of maroon deemed to potentially clash with Bonnyrigg’s red and white hoops, they turned out in their change strip of black and white hoops.  I hope nobody there was colour blind.

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There was an early chance for Bonnyrigg in the opening minute when Jamieson ran into the box and sidestepped a defender, but he was too keen to get the ball back on his right foot and Hill saved.

A good ball from the back by Bonnyrigg in 2 minutes picked out Turner on the right and he played the ball across the face of goal, but there was nobody there.

The referee blew for a free kick to Bonnyrigg in 3 minutes, then changed his mind and gave it the other way.  A dangerous ball played in was headed clear by Young to the edge of the box where Muhsin ran onto it, but fired over.

Kidd had a shot from distance at the Linlithgow goal in 4 minutes and it was just over the junction of post and bar.

McNab had a go from distance at the Bonnyrigg goal in 8 minutes, but Andrews saved.

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A cross from McNab into the Bonnyrigg box in 14 minutes was flicked at goal by Kelbie, but it was wide of the target.

Gray did well to get to the by-line for Bonnyrigg in 15 minutes and he pulled the ball back for Jamieson at the front post, but he didn’t catch his shot well from inside the six yard box and Hill blocked.

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In 18 minutes, a fine ball from Young was played into the path of Gray on the left for Bonnyrigg.  He found Jamieson inside the box, but he was halted by a great tackle from Leiper.

Swann crossed into the Bonnyrigg box in 21 minutes and Kelly rose to head the ball into the net via the far post to put Linlithgow in front.

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In the next minute, Moyes was perhaps lucky to get away with what looked like a push on Leiper in the Bonnyrigg box as they challenged for a free kick.

A clever back header by Kelly in 28 minutes sent Swann running down the left for Linlithgow.  His cross found Kelbie at the back post, but a defender challenged and won the goal kick.

Nelson played a ball into the Linlithgow box in 32 minutes and it was headed down to Jamieson.  He was caught as he went past MacKenzie but went on to see his shot blocked by Hill.  The claims for a penalty were justified, but the referee waved them away.  I expect he would claim to have played advantage, although that had not transpired.

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Linlithgow’s Gray was shown the yellow card in 32 minutes for a foul on the half way line.

With 35 minutes gone, McGachie found Gray wide in the Linlithgow box, but his cut back was turned behind by the defence.

Gray was booked in 36 minutes for pulling back Linlithgow’s Muhsin.

Sloppy play by Bonnyrigg in their own half in 43 minutes saw a misunderstanding between Nelson and Young give the ball away to Kelbie.  As he tried to burst in on goal, Moyes was there to tidy up and won the ball back.

One nil to the visitors at the break and a lot of work for Bonnyrigg to do to keep themselves in the title race.

McGachie found some space in 48 minutes and played the ball into the Linlithgow box, but Hill was able to smother the ball.

Young put over a cross in 49 minutes and the ball came to McIntosh about 7 yards out from the Linlithgow goal.  He struck the ball on the volley but almost caught it too well as the ball came back off the bar and was cleared.

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In 50 minutes, Gray’s ball from the right for Linlithgow saw Kelly try to get there at the front post, but Young did well to block.

Good build up play by Linlithgow in 54 minutes ended with McNab laying the ball off to Muhsin whose shot produced a diving save from Andrews.

Bonnyrigg’s Kidd was shown a yellow card for dissent in 58 minutes.

Turner had a lash at the Linlithgow net from the right in 61 minutes, but it was off target.

Brown put a great ball to the back post for Bonnyrigg in 62 minutes where Archibald’s header was deflected behind.  From the corner, Moyes got his head to the ball but Hill saved well.  The rebound came to McGachie, but his shot was blocked.

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Kelbie needed treatment in 63 minutes after he went down on the half way line.

Bonnyrigg were showing signs of turning the screw as they knew that they needed to score twice to win the game with time starting to run out.

In 67 minutes, Swann crossed into the Bonnyrigg box and found McNab in acres of space.  His downward header seemed to be saved by the bum of Andrews.  A lucky escape for the hosts.

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McIntosh found some space on the left for Bonnyrigg in 72 minutes and fired the ball across the face of goal, but there were no takers.

Brown was next to put a cross into the Linlithgow box in 73 minutes.  The ball was chested down by McGachie who went down as he was challenged from behind.  No penalty was given.

Another cross by Brown in 74 minutes was headed at goal by McIntosh straight into the arms of Hill, but the flag had gone up for offside anyway.

Linlithgow broke forward quickly in 79 minutes with Gray racing down the right.  He played the ball to the feet of McNab who stroked the ball home to make it two.

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McIntosh was booked for dissent in 80 minutes as Bonnyrigg’s frustrations got the better of them.  Linlithgow’s Williams joined him a minute later for bringing down Brown.

Brown had an opportunity for the home side in 86 minutes on the left hand side of the box, but his curling shot hit the top of the bar.

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Bonnyrigg’s Gray burst forward in 87 minutes and tried a shot, but it was wide of the post.

As Linlithgow tried to retain possession deep in the Bonnyrigg half, one of their players was fouled which emitted a shot of “Ya big dirty b*stard ye!” from Hill in the Linlithgow goal.

Linlithgow held on without too much trouble to get an impressive win and Bradley’s 100% record remained intact.

There seemed to be a pocket of Kelty fans in attendance who were particularly pleased when the final whistle went.

So Bonnyrigg’s title challenge didn’t quite make it to a final day shoot-out at Kelty and despite a season full of great results, they only had the East of Scotland Cup left in their sights.

The majority of the home supporters stayed behind to applaud their team after the game in what was their last home match of the season.

Moyes just about held the home defence together and Turner had a good second half and had a real influence after he was pushed further forward.  Brown also showed good urgency when he came on.  Leiper was a rock at the heart of the Linlithgow defence.  Also impressive for the visitors were Kelly, who caused problems up front and the tricky Swann.

Full Time: Bonnyrigg Rose 0 Linlithgow Rose 2

Admission: £6

Bonnyrigg Rose: 1 Michael Andrews, 3 Ross Archibald, 4 Kerr Young, 5 Euan Moyes, 6 Lewis Turner, 2 Andrew Kidd, 10 Adam Nelson (Brown 52), 8 Scott Gray, 9 Wayne McIntosh, 7 Sean Jamieson, 11 Kieran McGachie.  Subs: 12 Johnny Brown, 14 Chris Tobin, 15 Dean Brett 16 Jonathan Stewart, 17 Dawid Patarek.

Linlithgow Rose: 1 Darren Hill, 3 Mark Williams, 2 Gary Thom, 4 Jamie MacKenzie, 5 Colin Leiper, 6 Sean Muhsin, 7 Ross Gray (Small 81), 8 Robbie McNab, 11 Harvey Swann, 9 Kevin Kelbie, 10 Conor Kelly.  Subs: 12 Lewis Small, 14 Reece Donaldson, GK Ricky Barnard.

Referee: Colin Whyte

Programme: None.

Hearts Ladies v Jeanfield Swifts Ladies

Sunday 28 May 2017, 14.00, Kings Park

The Scottish Women’s Premier League 2 game between Hearts Ladies and Jeanfield Swifts Ladies.

A quick rematch between the teams after Hearts Ladies won 2-0 at the same venue on 2 April.

Hearts form has been patchy since then and they would have been looking to get back on track after we saw them losing at Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale in their previous match.

Swifts haven’t been on a good run and they had lost three of the four games since that defeat to Hearts.  Losses to Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale, Buchan Ladies and a solitary win against East Fife Ladies saw Swifts sitting at the wrong end of the table.

In the opening minute, Reilly won the ball for Hearts and played to Miller.  Her cross into the box was headed over her own bar by Henderson.

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Dunn played a good ball down the left for Swifts in 3 minutes to Fleming.  Her cross was met by McDonald, but her effort was off target.

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A fine ball by Riley in 14 minutes into the path of Hutchison gave her a sight of goal.  She shot first time, but it went wide.

Swifts were getting a lot of territory in the opening minutes, really taking the game to the home side.

A cross by Hutchison in 17 minutes saw a ricochet in the Swifts box as the defence tried to clear.  The ball fell to Carse, but Cochrane was out quickly to block.

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Carse nearly had a chance in 19 minutes when she blocked Tweedie’s attempt to clear, but the ball ran through to Cochran.

A good interception by Todd in 24 minutes saw her send McIntyre away down the left for Swifts.  She was being chased by Moultray, but Hunter got across to clear in the box.

A Jeanfield corner in 25 minutes saw McDonald down in the box with what looked like a head knock, and Carse was quick to put the ball out of play.  She was able to continue after treatment.

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A good ball by Hunter over the head of Swifts’ Todd in 27 minutes saw Miller running into the box from the left.  She shot for goal, but hit the side netting.

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In 30 minutes, Carse won the ball from Tweedie for Hearts, but the Swifts defender pulled the ball back with her hand and was booked.

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A good pass up the left by Walkingshaw in 37 minutes saw Dodds look to cross into the middle, but it was blocked behind.

Foote was a bit late with a tackle on Hearts’ Hunter in 39 minutes, but it was the Swifts player who was hurt and needed treatment as Hearts were awarded a free kick.

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Some good control by Carse on the edge of the Swifts box in 42 minutes created some space, but her shot was wide.

Great skill by Reilly on the left for Hearts in 43 minutes saw her go past two, but Swifts were hunting in packs and got the tackle in.

Still goalless at the break and Swifts had closed down very well in the first half.  It was a hot day and they had already put in a lot of work.

A half time sub for Swifts meant that Cowie moved from her midfield right berth in the first half to right back.

A slight delay to the start of the second half as the referee was nowhere to be seen.  There were ironic cheers when he finally appeared.  (This might have been just me.)

A long ball into the Swifts box in the opening minute of the second half by Walkingshaw saw Carse almost get to the ball in front of Cochran, but the keeper managed to get there.

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A through ball by Jeanfield in 48 minutes was missed by Hunter and McIntyre was in behind the defence.  She turned away from Miller and with just the keeper to beat, she put her shot wide of goal.  Oddly, the linesman in the other half had his flag up and the ball went all the way back for a goal kick to Swifts.

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Carse won the ball from a Swifts defender in 49 minutes and tried to lob Cochrane, but it was too high.

As Hearts came forward in 58 minutes, the referee blew for a foul when advantage would have better served the home side.  The Hearts bench was spoken to by the ref for complaining.

A fine ball by Hunter found Miller in 60 minutes and she passed to Carse, but her shot was over the Swifts bar.

Another Jeanfield sub saw Cowie back in midfield again.

Some good build up play by Hearts in 67 minutes ended with Miller’s cross being headed behind by Henderson.

Pagliarulo was booked in 68 minutes for bringing down McGinley as she broke through the Hearts defence.  McGinley took the free kick herself and hit a cracking strike which bent round the wall into the net to give Swifts the lead.

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McGinley was causing problems for the Hearts rearguard again in 72 minutes when she won the ball from Moultray, who hauled her to the ground and was booked.

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Walkingshaw had a go from a Hearts free kick from almost 30 yards in 76 minutes, but it drifted wide.

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A Jeanfield through ball in 83 minutes saw McGinley racing through on goal.  She managed to beat the outrushing Watson to it, but her poke was wide of goal.

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Walkingshaw had another go from a free kick from around 25 yards, but it was well over.

In the final minute, a Hearts free kick was played into the box by Walkingshaw but was missed by everyone in the box.

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A poor result for Hearts who never seemed to get any fluidity in their play.  Hunter got top marks for her performance on the left side of the defence.  A fine win for Jeanfield who maintained their high workrate throughout and more than held their own with Todd at left back and Mclean in midfield particularly impressive, although there wasn’t really a poor performance from their players.

Not the greatest of games with little in the way of goalmouth incident, but certainly competitive.

Full Time: Hearts Ladies 0 Jeanfield Swifts Ladies 1

Admission: £3

Hearts Ladies: 1 Ashley Watson, 14 Lynsey Miller, 4 Louise Moultray, 16 Danni Pagliarulo, 5 Georgia Hunter, 17 Stacey Hutchison, 18 Katie Reilly, 9 Kara Kidd (Summers 75), 3 Chloe Shankie (Walkingshaw 34), 12 Jennifer Dodds (Anderson 59), 10 Ashley Carse. Subs: 6 Megan Paterson, 7 Rachel Walkingshaw, 11 Brogan Anderson, 19 Demi Summers, Gemma Piaskowski.

Jeanfield Swifts Ladies: 21 Roberta-Leigh Cochran, 14 Rebecca Foote (McGinley 45), 4 Rhianna Tweedie, 9 Amy Henderson, 12 Rachel Todd, 3 Ellie Cowie (Moss 77), 26 Laura Dunn, 25 Emma McLean, 27 Leah Fleming (Irvine 84), 18 Jade McDonald, 16 Eilidh McIntyre (Flynn-Scott 62).  Subs: 1 Megan Sidey, 2 Emma Flynn-Scott, 6 Danni McGinley, 8 Jen Rodgers, 11 Niamh Irvine, 20 Megan Moss.

Referee: Steven Wilson

Programme: None.

Bo’ness United v Broxburn Athletic

Saturday 27 May 2017, 14.30, Newtown Park

Bo’ness United versus Broxburn Athletic in the second semi-final of the Fife and Lothians Cup.

It’s the first time we’ve seen Bo’ness since they won the derby in September at Linlithgow.  They finished the season in third spot in the East Superleague, but well behind champions Kelty Hearts and Bonnyrigg Rose.

A disappointing season in many ways and this was their last remaining chance of picking up some silverware.

Bo’ness reached the semi-final by knocking out Bonnyrigg Rose (on penalties), Fauldhouse United and Linlithgow Rose.

We had been at Broxburn’s game at the beginning of May when they beat Bonnyrigg Rose and they went on to finish the Superleague season in eighth place.

Broxburn beat Bathgate Thistle, Newtongrange Star and Edinburgh United to get their semi-final berth.

There were around 350 in attendance.

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With 3 minutes gone, a Bo’ness cross to the back post found Philp, but off balance, he screwed his shot wide.

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Roddy MacLennan showed good close control in 6 minutes to create some space after he had received the ball from Keast near the Broxburn box, but his low shot was turned wide by Wallace.  There were Bo’ness claims for handball in the Broxburn box after Sloan had taken the corner, but nothing was given.

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Bo’ness won a free kick in 13 minutes after Anderson had jumped into Gemmell.  There was a delay in its taking while the referee had a word with the Broxburn bench.  Sloan curled the ball round the wall, but it was comfortable save by Wallace.

A long ball forward by Gribben in 15 minutes was flicked into the Bo’ness box by Locke, but Linton half volleyed well over the bar.

Roddy MacLennan burst into the Broxburn box in 17 minutes after a poor attempt by Cole to chest the ball back to keeper Wallace.  Wallace pulled down the attacker and while the referee initially seemed to be waiting to see how the play would develop, he blew his whistle for a penalty before Keast knocked the ball into the net.

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Wright stepped up to take the penalty but saw his effort well saved by Wallace.  The Bo’ness bench and fans were not happy with the referee.

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A powerful effort from Sloan from a free kick on the left in 19 minutes was only a couple of feet over the Broxburn bar.

Anderson took a corner for Broxburn in 24 minutes which was cleared as far as Gribben.  He played the ball inside for Cole who smashed a curling shot in off the post to give the away side the lead.

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A very high ball was played into the Broxburn box in 28 minutes by Simpson.  Hunter went up to challenge Wallace and a corner was awarded with the keeper left lying in a heap.

With 30 minutes gone, a one-two between Miller and Gribben almost had the former clean through, but Philp managed to get a foot in.

Bo’ness’ Gemmell picked up a booking in 31 minutes.

Gribben won the ball from Philp for Broxburn in 33 minutes.  With Bo’ness claiming a foul he carried on into the box where he went down.  He got straight back up, but it looked from where I was as if he may have been caught.

An error by Sloan in 35 minutes saw Miller breaking up the right for Broxburn.  With a team mate free at the back post, he tried to get the ball across, but with two defenders to get the ball past, the second managed to get the ball behind.  Broxburn won a further two corners and from the third, Anderson’s ball in saw Miller get there in front of Murphy, but he could only head over the bar.

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A corner for Bo’ness in 39 minutes was won by Campbell, but Baptie headed the ball off the line.  The ensuing melee in the box ended with Broxburn being awarded a free kick.

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With 3 minutes until half time, Gemmell was late with a tackle on Scott and was shown a second yellow card, reducing Bo’ness to ten men.

There was still time before the break for Broxburn to go close to grabbing a second, with Scott’s shot from the edge of the box producing a  diving save by Murphy.

One nil to Broxburn at the break and Bo’ness must have been very disappointed to be behind after a good start.  They could certainly claim to be hard done by in not being allowed to score rather than have their penalty, but Gemmell had looked rash in his challenge to be shown the red card.  Particularly when he had already been booked.  Broxburn had grown into the game and with an extra man and a lead, would have been confident going into the second half.

The opening minute of the second half saw Cole’s long throw into the box give Locke a chance for Broxburn, but Murphy blocked.  The ball eventually came to Miller who fired wide of the target.

It was the turn of the home bench to get a lecture from the referee in 47 minutes.

Murphy was shown a yellow card for handling outside the box in 49 minutes.  He was on the right hand side of it with no-one near him, so it seemed a strange one.  It was unclear from where I was if he had.  Cole took the free kick and the wall of Sloan and Ruari MacLennan split, with the ball going between them, which made Murphy’s save even better as he turned it around the post.

The resultant corner went right across the face of the goal, but nobody could get a touch.

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Anderson found Gribben on the right in 52 minutes as Broxburn came forward.  Simpson got across to block the ball behind.  Baptie’s corner came off the top of the bar before going over.

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A minute later and Anderson struck a stinging shot at the Bo’ness goal, but Murphy got his fingertips to the ball to turn it wide.

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An incredible effort from Broxburn’s Gribben from distance in 55 minutes sailed over the head of Murphy and hit the post and bar before it was cleared.  Gribben insisted it had gone over the line, but the officials didn’t agree.

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A good run by Wright into the Broxburn box in 56 minutes saw him go down under the challenge of Locke and he was shown the yellow card for diving.

Locke was booked himself two minutes later for bringing down Philp around 24 yards from goal.  Keast had a strike from there, but it didn’t unduly trouble Wallace.

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Miller made good progress on the left for Broxburn in 61 minutes and he played the ball inside for Scott who aimed for the far post, but put it wide.

Anderson burst past Sloan on the right in 62 minutes and took the ball round Murphy before firing into the net from a tight angle to double Broxburn’s lead.  It had been coming.

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This prompted Bo’ness to make all three substitutions to try and change the flow of the game.

Ruari MacLennan was booked in 64 minutes for dissent.

Miller had the ball in the net again for Broxburn in 65 minutes, but offside was given.

In 66 minutes, Philp became the next Bo’ness player to be shown the yellow card, for a foul on Locke.  It looked like Simpson joined him in 71 minutes, but I missed it.

Bo’ness attacked in 72 minutes, with MacLennan playing a pass to the right for Keast.  His cross into the middle was acrobatically volleyed by Smith, but it was off target.

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Miller robbed Philp of the ball in the Bo’ness half in 73 minutes and strode into the box, but Murphy blocked his shot and the rebound hit a defender and went wide.

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A great ball by Miller in 76 minutes picked out Anderson on the wing.  His cross found the head of Miller in the middle, but he could only direct it off target of the Bo’ness goal.

In 77 minutes Smith won a header for Bo’ness which sent Scullion running through on goal.  Cole managed to block, but Wallace made a bit of a meal of it and conceded a corner, which was cleared.

With Broxburn’s Linton receiving treatment in 80 minutes, they substituted Scott who seemed to have picked up a shoulder injury.

Broxburn’s Brown played the ball back to Richards in 81 minutes, but his shot from 20 yards was too high.

Broxburn were totally in control and in 82 minutes, Locke went past Simpson and Tierney before cutting the ball back for Miller who cleverly beat a defender before lashing home to make it three.

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Sloan’s corner in 85 minutes was tipped over by Wallace in the Broxburn goal.

A cross into the Broxburn box in 86 minutes was headed at goal by Keast, but Wallace managed to save with his foot.

With one minute left of the ninety, Keast was yellow carded for dissent.

There was one final attempt by Bo’ness in injury time when MacLennan’s shot from outside the box was well taken by Wallace.

A comfortable win for Broxburn who seemed to grow in confidence as the match progressed.  They played some fine football, particularly in the second half, and made the most of the extra man.  There could have been no complaints if they had won by even more.

A bad day at the office for Bo’ness who could point to the penalty decision in the first half as the turning point.  Gemmell’s sending off gave them too much to do and they looked a tired side long before the end.

For Bo’ness, keeper Murphy was the stand-out and it could have been even worse for them without his heroics.  Simpson put in a decent shift and Keast tried hard with little reward.

A lot of successes for Broxburn with Linton and Scott excellent in midfield and Cole and Baptie doing good work as attacking fullbacks.  Miller was excellent in his hold up play and fully merited his goal at the end.

Broxburn would meet Tranent in the final.

Full Time: Bo’ness United 0 Broxburn Athletic 3

Admission: £6

Bo’ness United: 21 Andrew Murphy, 8 Ross Philp, 4 Ross Campbell, 5 Stuart Hunter (Tierney 63), 10 Robert Sloan, 7 Roddy MacLennan (Smith 63), 6 Ruari MacLennan, 3 Jack Simpson, 2 Michael Gemmell, 9 Fraser Keast, 11 Marty Wright (Scullion 63). Subs: 12 Scott Gibb, 14 Conor Scullion, 15 Calum Smith, 16 Ross Tierney, GK Scott Ritchie.

Broxburn Athletic: 1 Connor Wallace, 2 Darren Cole, Gavin, Purves, 3 Ryan Baptie, 7 Darren Gribben (14 75), 6 Michael Linton, 8 Craig Scott (Brown 80), 10 Nicholas Locke, 12 Keiran Anderson, 9 Alexander Miller.  Subs: 11 Michael Brown, 14 Scott Richards, Scott McNaughton, Marcus Miller, Shaun Donaghue.

Referee: Colin Whyte

Programme: None.

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