Dalkeith Miners CYP progressed into the quarter final of the Craig Gowan's Memorial Cup with a 5-0 win at the expense of ten men Cavalry Park who were missing players due to suspension and cup ties. Both teams came through hard fought games in the first round with Cavalry Park defeating Mussleburgh Windsor FC 5-3 AET and Dalkeith Miners having to go all the way to penalties where they over came Penicuik Athletic 6-5 after the game finished 0-0 AET.
Dalkeith got this cup tie underway and the opening exchanges were pretty even with both sides easing into the game. Bernard Dobrowolski was first to make in roads towards the Dalkeith goal but the visitors back line forced a halt to his advancement on the edge of the 18 yard box.
The home side then had a chance to test the Dalkeith resolve on a couple occasions but failed to really test the opposition with a couple of free kicks.
Dalkeith's first real venture of any note came seven minutes in when Lee Thomson combined well with Rhuari Hunter to set up Phil Alexander. His turn and shot though was blocked on the 18 yard line with the ball then being played back into the box which went out harmlessly for a goal kick.
Thomson was again involved in Dalkeith's next chance when he put pressure on the opposition keeper but Craig Cockburn kept his concentration to collect the ball.
Dalkeith were awarded a free kick when Connor Holleran brought down the Dalkeith man 25 yards out in a central position. Ryan Letson stepped up but his effort went wide of the left hand post which Cockburn had well covered.
Twenty minutes on the clock and Dalkeith lined up a free kick right of centre when Gregor Young halted Euan Greig in his tracks but Greig sent his resulting free kick high over the bar.
The first real goal scoring chance came for the home side when Stevens played a ball in from the left side which Jack O'Meara latched onto but his shot from the right hand side of the box 10 yards out was tipped brilliantly wide by Findlay who had not really been called into action until then.
Dalkeith were starting to get the better of the half now and were turning up the pressure on their opposition and should have opened the scoring in this cup tie on the half hour mark when Alexanders shot was too hot to handle for Cockburn. None of the Dalkeith players though followed the ball in and a great opportunity went a begging for the visitors.
Jason Scott was unlucky not to put Cavalry in front when his bullet of a shot from 20 yards out smashed of the Dalkeith crossbar which is probably rattling still.
The deadlock was eventually broken with 39 minutes on the clock when Alexander's ball played in from the right hand side saw Thomson on hand to calmly slot the ball home from around six yards to put Dalkeith in front.
Dalkeith had their tails up and the goal scorer Thomson was looking for another. He set off down the right but Kamil Sitowski showed a good turn of pace to stay with him and forced a throw in his favour.
The home side probably felt a little unlucky to be going into the break behind as there was nothing really between the sides and on another day it could have been them leading at half time.