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Windsor and Leith tie ends goalless

Musselburgh Windsor 96 0

Leith Athletic 0

Michael O'Brien

Michael O'Brien | YFS South East Region Journalist
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A goalless draw was the outcome of Saturday’s tie between Musselburgh Windsor 96 and Leith Athletic. While both teams played some good football throughout the match, there were ultimately no goals to brighten up what was a cold and wet afternoon at Pinkie.
 
The first half of the game was evenly contested between the two sides. Neither team seemed to hold an advantage in terms of possession or chances created. The first on-target effort of the opening fourty-five minutes came from Musselburgh’s Scott Chapman. The Windsor captain’s free-kick was powered towards goal, troubling Leith’s keeper Kieran Davidson who did well to hold onto the ball with Dean Ballantyne closing in.
 
Chapman was to prove influential twice more in the early stages. Another well executed free-kick found the head of Robbie Watson at the back post but he couldn’t convert the chance. Then moments later, Chapman played a wonderful defence-splitting pass through to Dean Ballantyne in the box. With only the keeper to beat however, Ballantyne put his shot just wide of the target. This was perhaps Musselburgh’s best chance of the match at the time.
 
Leith Athletic were keen to keep the ball low and were stringing passes together excellently in midfield. A great move up the left wing manufactured by Ross Davies and Callum Mein presented an opening but Aaron Congleton of Musselburgh tracked back well to see the ball out. It was the away side who came closest to scoring when Sean Melvin brilliantly shifted the ball from his right foot to his left and unleashed a shot which rattled off the cross bar. Leith continued to press and may have found an opener if not for a well organised Musselburgh defence. Defender Stuart Mackay was the stand out man in the first half, showing composure on the ball to find the right pass and pressed forward himself when the opportunity arose.
 
Musselburgh ended the second half with a well worked piece of football. A one-two pass between Steven Kean and Lewis Thompson initiated an attack on the left wing before the ball was squared to Callum Mein. Taking on the shot with his first touch, Mein couldn’t keep the ball down and watched it sail over the bar to the agony of the Musselburgh support. The passage of play itself perhaps deserved a goal. It was not to be however and the sides went into half-time with the score line still standing at nil-nil.
With both teams more or less evenly matched in the first half, it could be expected that they would begin the second half likewise. The visitors seemed to up their game quicker after the break though, catching Musselburgh off guard. However, the home side’s defence stood strong amidst a spell of attacking play from Leith, one highlight being Jack Brien’s volleyed attempt on goal. As the ball was headed out toward him by the Musselburgh defence from a corner kick, Brien found himself in space and steadied his feet before striking the ball with his first touch. Windsor’s keeper Steven Howie reacted well though and managed to keep the ball in his grasp.
 
Despite struggling to keep the ball initially, Musselburgh began to find their feet in the second half and went on to pressure the Leith defence. Anes Subasic skilfully beat three defenders on the edge of the box but as attempted to play the ball across the face of goal, Leith’s Dean Robertson was alert and able to clear the danger. Soon after, Scott Chapman delivered an enticing corner-kick to the back post which was met by the head of Subasic. Again though the ball did not find the back of the net and instead went sailing over the crossbar.
 
Chances came few and far between in the latter stages of the second half. Leith Athletic perhaps had the better opportunities to score from the chances they did create however. Ross Davies threaded a ball through the Musselburgh defence which came to Kerr Allan just inside the box. His shot was not to danger Musselburgh’s keeper Steven Howie. However, Howie was called into action when Darryn Gold’s left-footed lob dipped towards goal. The keeper kept his eye on the ball and punched it over the bar, denying what would have been a late goal.
 
If ever there was a sign that the match would end goalless then it came five minutes from time when Leith Athletic were denied a goal from a corner-kick by what the referee deemed to be a foul in the box. Little complaint from the Leith players and coaching staff reflected that the decision was probably the correct one by the official. However, Musselburgh would still have felt like they were let off slightly.
 
As the referee blew his whistle for full time, it brought to an end a game that was short on goals but a good spectacle in terms of the football played. Both sides played with the ball on the ground and were just as strong in defence as they were going forward. A point each was probably a fair result as no team had a clear edge over their opponents.

Lineups

Musselburgh Windsor 96
Leith Athletic
1. Steven Howie
2. Dean Robertson
3. Stuart Mackay
4. Callum Marr
6. Paul Derry
7. Darren Handling
8. Aaron Congleton
9. Sam Rintoul
10. Dean Ballantyne
11. Stuart Tragis
14. Steven Kean
15. Anes Subasic
17. Lewis Thompson
18. Robbie Watson
22. Scott Chapman
1. Kieran Davidson
2. Kerr Mathieson
3. Darryn Gold
4. Jack Brien
6. Llyndon Learnard
7. Sean Melvin
9. Ross Davies
10. Callum Mein
11. Kerr Allan
12. Liam Conaghan
14. Conway Hunter
15. Sean Alexander
16. Shaun Miller
17. Max Ketchen
18. Jason McDonald
19. Reece Smail
Star Player
Musselburgh Windsor 96
Leith Athletic
Scott Chapman led his team by example and was a key player in the midfield. He was called upon for both corner kicks and free kicks, delivering well each time.
Ross Davies had a solid performance producing some great passes.
Magic Moment
Musselburgh Windsor 96
Leith Athletic
Perhaps the best move of the game came from excellent link up play between Darren Handling and Steven Kean. Ballantyne was unlucky not to convert the chance.
Sean Melvin's strike which hit the bar could have changed the game and was the closest Leith came to grabbing a goal.
Club Views
Musselburgh Windsor 96
Leith Athletic
Arthur Chapman, Musselburgh Windsor coach, said: "The game was pretty enjoyable even though there were very few goal scoring opportunities and no goals. There was however some very good football played by both teams but overall I think everyone would agree that no team deserved to lose. A share of the points was the right outcome."

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