We have all been starved of football for months now, but the wait was finally over as Gala Fairydean Rovers and Dalkeith Miners kicked off their season in the South East Region YFL. Dalkeith kicked off the match facing the sloping end, and they used it to effect in the early stages.
It only took a minute for the first chance to be created, as Dalkeith’s Kieran Williamson went close with a low effort which trickled to the left of the goal. Only a minute later Williamson was in the thick of the action again, as his shot was deflected behind for a corner, which ultimately came to nothing.
The deadlock was broken in the fifth minute by Dalkeith. Matthew Beattie picked up the ball, surged at the defence, and slipped in Morgan Rutherford who calmly stroked the ball into the bottom right corner. With eight minutes played, Dalkeith looked in control. Williamson drilled a low cross into the box and Rutherford came close to grabbing his second, but was denied by Tyler Grainger in goals.
It was only a matter of five minutes before the second goal was scored by Dalkeith. Beattie was again the creator, as he lofted a ball over the top which Euan Mitchell hit first time with an audacious chip from just outside the box. He was right to attempt it, as the ball nestled into the back of the net and gifted Dalkeith a two-goal cushion. Gala had a big task ahead of them, although they were right up for it, as Warren Hutton’s persistence won a corner in the twenty-third minute, which he then came close to scoring from but his header was just wide of the post.
Gala came very close to reducing the deficit in the 32nd minute. Andrew Callow fizzed a low ball across the six-yard box, Ben Swan was first to connect as his effort smacked off the bar and into the keeper’s hands. Tyler Grainger in the Dalkeith goal was again tested, as he parried away Swan’s low effort at his near post in the 36th minute. Just before half time Dalkeith nearly extended their lead, Beattie had a dig from outside the box and the ball bounced in front of goalkeeper Jordan Cherrie, who adjusted well to prevent a third goal.