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Every team wants to win every game and competition they play in, and when we asked McBeath about the priorities he has in regards to league over cup, or vice-versa, he feels there is no such thing as priorities. "We want to win trophies, so of course the cup games are just as important, but we do not prioritise any one competition"
McBeaths' phone was ringing non-stop throughout pre-season with players wishing to join the prestigious Hutchison Vale. Many new signings were made and the head coach is very pleased with the quality he acquired and high interest from trialists during the summer, the head coach can be very pleased with the added quality acquired throughout the sunny season. One of the newcomers, striker Lucas Hoenigmann, has added six hat-tricks to his tally in the season, and is one of the many great players responsible for the current success achieve at Hutchinson Vale Colts Under 14's.
The goals were set-up with a light frost sitting on the surface but by kick off time, the pitch was soft and looked tricky to play on. Dunbar defied these conditions and settled from the start. The Rhymers had been out of action for a number of weeks and the Seasiders looked to expose this rustiness early on. Within minutes of the kick off Hood looked lively down the left and Renton was presented with the first chance of the match but could only put it over the bar.
5 minutes in and a great passing move did see the deadlock broken. Knox picked up the ball in midfield and shipped it wide to Hood. His through ball found Renton skipping by his marker – the move was slick and Renton squared for Twist who simply passed the ball into the net to round off an excellent move.
Dunbar were dominating early possession and all players were involved. Sutherland and Ford were pushing high from the full-back position and overloading the Rhymers defence. Brunton, Hall, Smillie and Knox sat in the middle as Dunbar patiently built from back to front. Pickles was employed further up the pitch and he was a good foil for Ford who was bursting forward from right back with increasing regularity.
Dunbar doubled their lead with 10 minutes played. A sharp pass from Smillie to the feet of striker Renton saw the frontman control the ball before turning a great pass round the corner as Knox burst through from his own half. He continued his run all the way into the box and finished well, showing great energy and composure.
Dunbar were aware the Rhymers were rusty and used their substitues well, rolling players on and off, early in the game.
The Earlston team settled into the game at last and showed good shape and strong defending. They were neat and tidy in possession and with Dunbar defending high, did have a few chances at goal. On one occasion, Brunton recovered well to put in a challenge as the striker shaped to shoot while Purves showed his strength lies in dealing with a 1 v 1 and emerged on top as the Blues number 9 worked his way into the box.
Jones and Mclean were introduced to the Dunbar team and such is the Dunbar strength, there was no break in the pattern or passing of the ‘home’ team. Renton was unusually wasteful in front of goals although Dodds in the Earlston goal was having a good game.
Half time approached as Dunbar carved a final chance. A well-worked short corner routine between Renton and Jones saw the ball worked into the middle – Hood knocked the ball down but Knox dragged his effort wide.
Half Time: Earlston Rhymers 0-2 Dunbar United Colts
Dunbar brought Foggo and Balmforth-Tait on in the second period and Dunbar started the half brightly again. Foggo linked with Twist who slipped Mclean in with a great pass – Mclean, now playing further forward, could only shoot over the bar.
Another exquisite through ball from Twist found Knox and this time the big man made no mistake. He shot with the outside of his right foot and the ball sneaked under the Rhymers keeper and into the corner of the net.
It should be noted at this stage that the referee was enjoying a particularly good game. He was clearly a good listener as he could be heard praising and encouraging both sets of players, and calling them by their first name. It certainly contributed to a game played in very good spirits. He also agreed to the game going ahead in Dunbar and he showed no signs of jet lag with his performance (Selkirk are GMT – 10 years).
Dunbar were stringing plenty of passes together and Balmforth-Tait and Foggo down the right were linking brilliantly. In fact, Balmforth-Tait at right back was playing like Alves, pushing forwards and I’m guessing a pass completion rate of at least 99.9%.
Dunbar produced chances but were finding an inspired keeper in Dodds keeping the Rhymers in it. Mclean was put through and the Earlston number 1 showed bravery as he saved at the feet of the Seasiders forward. Next to be denied was Smillie – Renton swung a corner in and to all on the touchlines, it looked like a Smillie bullet header was goal bound but Dodds threw himself at it and saved brilliantly.
He could do nothing to prevent Dunbar scoring a 4th. Twist and Foggo drew the keeper, and a neat pass inside to Mclean saw him turn and fire into the empty net.
The best save of the game was still to come when Renton found space in the box, his shot across goal looked destined to stretch the net but Dodds dived low and his hand kept the busy Renton at bay.
Renton was not to be denied however and he never likes to go a game without a goal. His endeavour was finally rewarded as he struck home Dunbar’s fifth of the game and his 38th of the season.
Earlston were still looking to play and their team shape was very good throughout. They still looked dangerous on the attack and Jones and Pickles were quick to cover on a few occasions, while Jones was watchful as he made his way across from left back to make a great clearing tackle down the middle. Purves was keen to keep a clean sheet and despite long periods of inactivity was on hand to produce good saves when called upon.
Dunbar played with great maturity and with very patient football. They never once deviated from their passing game and created numerous chances. Missing in the Dunbar armoury this season has been a Sutherland pile-driver. The talented left footer only scores spectacular goals and he decided to treat the crowd to a special that has been left in the locker for too long. Taking possession from outside the box he unleashed a fierce effort that rocketed into the far corner of the net for his first of the season.
Even rarer than hen’s teeth are goals from Dunbar right back Ford. He was attacking well throughout and found himself in the box with Dunbar’s last attack of the game – he didn’t know quite when to shoot and found himself on the ground with the Rhymers defender puzzled as to how Ford got there. The referee said nothing and blew for full time.
Full Time: Earlston Rhymers 0-6 Dunbar United Colts
It is league action and a home fixture for the Dunny boys in their final game of 2015 when AC Oxgangs visit Hallhill on Sunday 20thDecember.
Cold, frosty, and a frozen 3G for this Division 2 clash which Windsor got underway. Both teams were on decent runs and would be keen to keep the momentum going. Redhall created the first chance as good work between Josh Slow-clayton and Antony Little ended with Sam Donachie flicking the ball wide of the target.
Windsor had a great chance to take the lead but Redhall keeper Ryan Green was out to superbly save the effort from the Windsor midfielder who had burst into the box. A Redhall free kick from Calum Henderson had the Windsor keeping sprawling about before the ball was eventually cleared. Grant Doyle and Little then combined but Grant hurried his shot instead of showing more composure and the ball flew wide.
Both sides were cancelling each other out as the tackles were fierce and the chances limited. Redhall won a free kick on the edge of the Windsor area after Slow-clayton was fouled. He dusted himself down, hit the free kick into the wall and his follow up effort was well wide of the target.
Half time: Musselburgh Windsor 0-0 Redhall Star YFC
Into the second half and it was Windsor who started to take control. Marc Hannah and Ewan Mitchell were holding the Redhall defence together as the pressure increased. Green was called upon with a fine diving save at the feet of the Windsor forward. The midfield battle was swinging in favour of the home side but no clearcut chances were being created.
Green was called into action as he gathered in a shot from 20 yards as Anderson was then yellow carded for a trip on the Windsor playing charging forward. The free kick into the area was well held by Green. The visitors were struggling to get a foothold in the game and went behind from their own free kick. An free kick from outside the Redhall area was lost by Slow-clayton. Windsor poured forward and a neat pass through the midfield had the striker through on goal. The shot was slipped past Green as he advanced from his goal, into the net for the first goal to Windsor.
Redhall reacted with three changes in an attempt to get back into the game. Pass over the top had Donachie racing onto the ball but his shot from distance was just wide of the target with the keeper beaten. A spark from the visitors. Slow-clayton was then strangely yellow carded for a tackle which wasn’t even given as a free kick and no one had even claimed foul.
Robbie Campbell and Tommy Hendry were starting to have an influence on the game and a dangerous cross from Hendry was scrambled behind for a corner. Henderson threw in the corner which just evaded Donachie. Redhall were having a go and from their next attack they should have levelled the game. Campbell and slow-clayton exchanged passes with the final ball finding Donachie, 12 yards from goal. Donachie controlled but fired straight at the keeper with the rebound falling to Hendry who also fired his effort straight at the keeper. Redhall should have levelled.
Windsor were content to sit in and hit on the break. Neat piece of skill from the Windsor winger created a chance as he burst down the left wing but his final cross into the area was well claimed by Green. Redhall poured forward in search of the equaliser as Adam Robertson fired in a shot from 25 yards. A cross from Adam Shortiss ended with the Windsor keeper dropping the ball. A Redhall leg was on the end of it but Windsor scrambled the ball clear as the home side held on for the points.
Full time: Musselburgh Windsor 1-0 Redhall Star YFC
Not the best performance from Redhall as too many were off their game today. Disappointing for the unbeaten run to come to an end so tamely. The game itself was a little disappointing as both teams failed to create many chances. Once Windsor led they were content to sit in and protect
The lights were on at Meggetland for this clash between 5th placed Redhall Star and leaders Livingston FCBC. Thankfully the rain had relented as Livingston got the game underway. first chance fell to Redhall as a Jack Anderson free kick was met by the head of Sam Donachie, but his effort was wide of the target. The home side continued to attack with Josh Slow-clayton setting up Antony Little but his shot was pushed into the path of Donachie was onto the rebound in a flash and smashed the ball towards goal but the Livingston keeper was back on his feet to block the effort for a corner. Slow-clayton fired in the corner which was cleared by the Livingston defence.
Redhall continued to press the visitors back with Anderson feeding a ball through to Donachie but again he was to be denied by the keeper. Little forced his way down the right side winning a free kick which was fired in by Slow-clayton. Donachie and Little both threw themselves at the ball but failed to connect with the ball and it fizzled out for a goal kick.
The home side were well on top but it was Livingston who took the lead. A foul was committed by Grant Doyle with the resulting free kick thrown into the Redhall area. Ewan Mitchell headed clear with Calum Henderson helping it further but the ball was picked up 30 yards from goal. Redhall didn't press and the Livingston lad fired in a vicious shot from 25 yards. Home keeper Ryan Green got a hand to the shot but couldn't keep it out as the ball flew into the net. League leaders in front, with their first shot at goal but Green will be disappointed he didn't keep it out despite the quality of the strike.
A free kick on the edge of the Livingston area was fired wide by Slow-clayton as Redhall chased to get back in the game. A Henderson free kick was put behind for another home corner as the pressure mounted. Donachie and Slow-clayton combined well to set up Little who fired towards goal from 20 yards but the keeper saved well.
Half Time: Redhall Star YFC 0-1 Livingston FCBC
Redhall got the second half underway and were straight on the attack as Tommy Hendry burst in from the left. His shot towards goal took a deflection which helped out the keeper as he saved easily. Thomas Steedman, in the middle of the park, combined with Anderson who sent Donachie free down the right. Donachie skipped past his man and fired a great cross across the box. Little and Hendry were inches from getting a touch to put the ball in the net.
Livingston had a rare attack which was well defended by Marc Hannah and Green cleared to safety. The tackles were getting fierce as a Livingston lad picked up the first yellow of the game for a clip of heels. From the free kick Donachie was off down the right. Square ball to Slow-clayton who played in Hendry. The keeper advanced from his line and made a fine save from Hendry's shot. Slow-clayton and Hendry combined again with Little on the end of the pass but his shot was just wide of the target.
The pressure eventually paid off as Redhall levelled. Steedman drove forward from midfield, past one, then another with his final ball into the box blocked which resulted in a corner. Henderson swung in the corner which fell nicely for Little who fired home from 8 yards to level the scores. No more than Redhall deserved.
Redhall, buoyed from the leveller, almost went in front a minute later as the ball was won by Anderson in midfield. Little picked the ball up, turned and drove towards goal. Skipping past his marker he was in on goal. Little gave the keeper the eyes but his shot was well saved to prevent Redhall taking the lead. A great chance.
As the rain started to hammer down tempers started to flare as the intensity of the tackles increased. Neither team wanted to lose but who would be brave enough to grab the three points. Henderson picked up a yellow card for a late tackle. Livingston fired the free kick towards goal but the ball sailed out the park. Hannah clashed with Livingston lad not once but twice and referee Gordon had to speak to both players. Another Livingston free kick sailed out the park, not troubling the Redhall backline.
Redhall introduced Adam Shortiss for Hendry and Robbie Campbell for Slow-clayton. Shortiss was lively down the left as he crossed into the Livingston box. Donachie was on the end of the cross but shot tamely as the keeper gathered. Redhall had a claim for a penalty as a good run had Campbell into the area. There was a clip of heels but Campbell tried to stay on his feet with the referee indicating a goal kick much to the disbelief of the Redhall touchline.
As we entered the final 10 minutes a through ball had Donachie chasing it down. Keeper came out, with leg raised, and clearly caught Donachie. Screams of penalty from the home touchline with Livingston claiming a punch from Donachie. A contentious moment as referee Gordon stopped the play. He was surrounded by players from both sides but what was the decision to be? Is it a penalty? Free kick? What has he given? Nothing was the verdict, but at the same time behind the referees back, Redhall's Hannah and the Livingston number 77 swapped handbags as other players got involved to pull them apart.
The final few minutes was littered with petty fouls as neither team really created a chance to claim the points. In the end the points were shared with the only winners being the other challengers in the league who would be happy at the draw.
Full Time: Redhall Star YFC 1-1 Livingston FCBC
Redhall will feel they should have claimed the points but yet again not being clinical in the final third has cost them. This was a good battle between two good sides and both are sure to feature in what is turning out to be a fantastic battle at the top of division 2. There will be many twists and turns before this league is decided.
Half Time: Edinburgh City 2-1 Peebles FC
In to the second half and City picked up where they left off in the first half by, on the attack. Wallace Jennings won a corner on the left, and a great delivery from Robbie Telfer found defender Ross Loudon. Unmarked, he bulleted his header towards goal, and it was superbly saved by the goalkeeper but Loudon was first to react to knock the ball over the line to put City 3-1 up.
Full Time: Edinburgh City 5-1 Peebles FC