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Tuesday, 25 September 2012 23:41

Haddington hold nerve to knock out Windsor

Written by  Murray Hughes
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Haddington Athletic Colts
Musselburgh Windsor
U19 SYFA Challenge Cup - Round 2
Whittinghame Drive 3G
An entertaining game at Haddington's Whittinghame Drive 3G took place on Tuesday night between Haddington Athletic and Musselburgh Windsor. Despite horrific conditions it was an enthralling 120 minutes in which two footballing sides couldn't be separated.

Musselburgh started the game liveliest and came closest to scoring with some dangerous deliveries from corners. A combination of hesitant attackers and last gasp defending kept them at bay until the defence was breached with a lovely slide rule pass the the Musselbrugh striker had time to cut in from the left and slot it across the keeper.

Haddington fought to get back into the game and were unlucky when they struck the woodwork however they finally got their deserved equaliser when the striker was adjudged to have been fouled in the box. Handling stepped up for Haddington and made no mistake from the spot. Scores were level at the break.

Half Time: Haddington Athletic 1-1 Musselburgh Windsor 

The second half started frantically as conditions deteriorated with Musselburgh perhaps having the better of the early exchanges however it was Haddington to took the lead with an excellent strike across the keeper from the right by Lorimer.

Musselburgh showed great resilience and came right back into the game with a neat move resulting in the ball being rolled across the six yard box for the striker to clinically finish from a short distance. The game petered out and extra time was called for.

Full Time: Haddington Athletic 2-2 Musselburgh Windsor

Hopeful of the lights to not switch out like the last meeting of the teams, both teams battled hard in extra time however there was little in the way of chances as both teams looked tentative as they didn't want to lose the game.

Penalties were the order of the day. Haddington scoring 3 out their first 4 with the early scorer Lorimer striking over. Musselburgh only scored 3/5 with one striking the underside of the bar and coming out with the other penalty poorly being rolled straight down the middle.

It was left to Haddington's captain Congalton to win the tie for his side and he obliged with fine right footed strike across his body and to the keepers right. Haddington were the victors.

Final Result: Haddington Athletic 2-2 Musselburgh Windsor (AET, 4-3 on penalties)
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