Musselburgh started the second half brightly, and straight away looked to test Currie keeper Andy Smith who replaced Scott Wayth at half time. Daniel Garvey had a shot from 30 yards which had some amount of power behind it, but Smith was able to hold the ball.
The East Lothian side looked to regain the lead early in the second half, and came close to doing so with Ballantyne powering down the right hand side, and he fed the ball inside to Garvey, but his shot flew just over the crossbar. Musselburgh looking the more likely side to take the lead.
Currie were looking to set pieces as the route to take the lead, but every time in the second half they put a free kick into the box, Kelby Mason claimed the ball expertly. Many people will judge a keeper on their saves, but Mason dominated his penalty area, shying out of no challenges in the air or on the ground. Every single ball without fail ended up in his gloves in the second half.
Currie did test Mason with a long range shot, and it was that man again Calum McArthur who was the threat. His 25 yard effort stung the palms of the Musselburgh keeper, forcing him to push the ball wide, and it was cleared by Stuart Tragis before any Currie player could get to the rebound.
Being one of the smaller players on the park, you wouldn’t expect Musselburgh midfielder Lloyd Fiddler to win many aerial battles. However, the determination to win the ball from this lad is second to none. Strong in the tackle, never giving up a lost cause, and improvisation is difficult situations is second to none. Fiddler was superb all afternoon, and on this occasion it was no different. Just as Currie hitman Helm pulled the trigger on the edge of the box, Fiddler threw himself in front of the ball to block it and stop it from troubling his keeper.
Less than a minute later, Musselburgh took the lead. Tragis’ free kick was lofted into the area, missed by Currie defender Livingston, Ballantyne brought the ball down facing away from goal, but turned expertly on the penalty spot to rifle his shot past the hapless dive of Smith to put Musselburgh 2-1 up.
The next attack, the next goal. Currie lost the ball from their kick off, Sam Rintoul’s shot on the edge of the box was blocked by Livingston, but deflected into the path of Ballantyne who wrapped up the win for Musselburgh with a cool first time finish 6 yards out. 3-1 Musselburgh.
Currie changed to a 3-5-2, and right wing back Jack Philp worked himself some space on the corner of the penalty area but his shot was wayward and over the bar, much to his frustration.
With seconds left on the clock, Calum Helm worked his way to the edge of the Musselburgh penalty area, and before he pulled the trigger it looked as though he was fouled as he fell to the surface, but referee Michael Banks decided otherwise, cautioning Helm for simulation and showing him the yellow card, which summed the day up for Currie, as nothing seemed to go their way.
The final whistle went, and signalled celebration mode for the Musselburgh players, as they had won the SSFA Senior League play off. Congratulations to both teams for winning their respective East and West of Edinburgh Senior leagues, and for producing a great football match. Musselburgh ran out 3-1 victors, but Currie have a chance to rectify the result with their Senior Cup final at Spartans Academy on Friday 16th of March against Lasswade High School at 7:15pm.