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Spartans got the game underway and Redhall immediately forced the game with their high pressing of the ball. Adam Shortiss, Sam Donachie and Josh Slow-clayton all fired shots at goal for the home side in the early stages as Redhall looked for an early goal. From the next attack Redhall took the lead. Keeper Ryan Green launched a kick long, Shortiss chased, got a foot to the ball but the keeper blocked. Unfortunately for Spartans the ball rebounded off the defender chasing back and ended up in the net. 1-0.
Buoyed by the good, start Redhall doubled their lead as Robbie Campbell won the ball in midfield. A pass to Jack Anderson was then fed to Slow-clayton who took control and fizzed a shot towards goal. Blues keeper parried but following in was Donachie to knock the ball into the net. 2-0.
It was soon three for the home side as good pressing from Shortiss and Campbell won the ball back from Spartans. Slow-clayton played a delightful pass in behind the defence where Grant Doyle latched onto the pass and fired past the keeper. Fifteen minutes played and 3-0 to Redhall.
Spartans did managed to reduce the early defecit as they got a goal back from some poor play from Redhall. Anderson lost the ball in midfield which was then played out wide. Calum Henderson attempted to escort the ball over the goal line but the Spartans player nipped in and fired a ball into the box. Redhall were slow to react and the ball was dispatched past Green for 3-1.
Wake up call for Redhall as they stormed forward from the restart. The early shot from Donachie suprised the Spartans keeper, but was saved well. However, from the keepers clearance Anderson won the ball back, played a neat pass to Doyle who had burst in behind the defence and chipped the ball over the advancing keeper to make it 4-1.
Redhall continued to boss the game and they were a force going forward, threatening to score from each attack. Shortiss and Campbell had efforts saved before Slow-clayton's effort was blocked for a corner. Henderson fired in the corner and leaping like a salmon was Donachie to power a header into the net for 5-1. I certainly like a 5-1 scoreline!
The home side continued pushing forward and got a sixth from the penalty spot. Doyle, a menace on the wing, was clipped as he drove to the byline. Anderson stepped up to send the keeper the wrong way as the ball nestled in the opposite corner, 6-1.
The Blues got a goal back on half time as the Redhall midfield switched off from a throw in. Non existant marking in the Redhall box allowed the ball to be slipped into the path of the Spartans striekr, and he fired past Green from a tight angle. 6-2.
Half Time: Redhall Star 6-2 Spartans Blues
Despite leading 6-2 the home side received some strong words at the break due to the poor team defending which had allowed Spartans two goals.
The home side got the game underway and were soon on the attack. Doyle and Shortiss fired in a couple of delightful crosses but there were no takers. Spartans, with the wind at their backs and going downhill, reverted to the long game as the ball was pumped into the home area. Ewan Mitchell was calm and controlled as he marshalled the defence in clearing their lines.
Neat play down the Redhall left between Shortiss and Henderson led to goal number 7. Henderson swung in a cross which fell neatly at the feet of Donachie, and he then fired high into the roof of the net to complete his hat trick. 7-2.
Straight from the kick off we had another goal. A Spartans attack ended with a shot which Green gathered in comfortably. His goalkick was headed on by Slow-clayton into the path of Donachie who then controlled, turned the defender and fired past the keeper for 8-2, and his 4th goal of the game.
Redhall made a few changes to the side with Donachie and Cammy Grant being replaced by Nathan Robertson and Adam Robertson. Spartans won a free kick after a strong challenge from Adam Robertson. The shot fired in was well saved by Green, diving low to his left. More changes made as Doyle took a knock and was replaced by Antony Little, who was making his debut for Redhall.
Spartans kept pushing forward and were rewarded with a soft goal. More slackness in the Redhall midfield allowed a run and shot to be fired in which Green allowed to slip under his legs and into the net, 8-3. Spartans continued to push forward in the hope of more goals and fired a couple of shots towards the home goal but the came to nothing.
Redhall briefly lifted their game and scored again. This time Slow-clayton, with his 4th assist, played in Nathan Robertson, who waltzed past two defenders, and fired low past the keeper for his first goal of the season to make it 9-3. Straight from the restart it was 9-4 as a poor attempted tackle by Anderson ended with the Spartans midfielder firing in an unstoppable shot from 25 yards despite Green getting a hand to it. Fine strike by the lad. 9-4 and there were still 24 minutes to go. Might need more fingers and toes to keep count.
Anderson was replaced by Cameron Markham and Lewis Blues was replaced by Marc Hannah as Redhall looked to shore up the defence. The home side continued pushing forward as they looked for more goals. Little, Slow-clayton and Shortiss created half chances for Nathan Robertson but it was Spartans who scored again. A free kick from 30 yards was thumped towards goal. Green attempted to 'palm' the ball down but lost control and a Spartans forward was on hand to knock the ball over the line. I think that's 9-5 now.
There were chances for both teams to add to the scoring but for the final 15 minutes the goals dried up.
Full Time: Redhall Star 9-5 Spartans Blues
Going forward Redhall were a real threat and maybe having comfortable leads throughout the game they switched off to allow Spartans back into the game. Can't fault going forward but the defending throughout the game was poor from the whole team, not just the defenders. Sloppy and powderpuff tackles are not what is expected so lesson to be learned - do not switch off. Credit to Spartans Blues for continuing to push forward and create chances.
The win along with the other results puts Redhall up to joint 5th and only three points now split the top 6.
Following an even start, it was Currie who were first to threaten either goal in the 8th minute with a shot from distance by Christopher Laidlaw forcing Blackhall keeper Ryan Rudland into a fine save.
This sparked Blackhall into immediate action, taking the lead a minute later following good play from Jamie Barry. Barry collected the ball wide on the left, flew past a couple of Currie players before squaring a low cross which was met a few yards out at the front post by Matthew Laing. Currie keeper Sukveer Sandher blocked the initial effort which then ricocheted off Laing and into the net.
If there was an element of fortune with the opener, there was no luck with Blackhall's second, when the lead was doubled in the 14th minute. Sam Crees collected a pass just outside the box to the left and from 20 yards unleashed a vicious strike across goal that skidded off the moist surface into the far corner of the goal.
The next serious threat on goal came in the 16th minute when Currie almost pulled a goal back. Some neat play in the middle of the park led to Artur Wreczycki being fed through on the left and as he moved into the penalty area he struck a fine left footed shot that cracked off the underside of the crossbar, before the ball was scrambled to safety by Blackhall.
Blackhall's reaction was to up their game and dominated the remainder of the first half. In the 24th minute the lead stretched to 3-0. From a corner on the right, Ramsey Hodgson found space in the six yard box near the back post, sending a strong downward header into the net.
No more than three minutes later and it was 4-0 when Laing notched his second goal of the game when a free kick fell to him, and he cooly slotted the ball into the back of the net.
Blackhall continued to impose themselves and in the 37th minute seemed set to go 5-0 up. Laing bore down on goal on the inside left, however as he was about shoot he was thwarted by Currie defender Daniel Shepherd with an outstanding sliding tackle.
Half Time: Blackhall Athletic 4-0 Currie FC
Following an early Blackhall chance in the second half, it was Currie that reduced the arrears with a goal in the 46th minute. A good move released Wreczycki down the left who beat one defender and from the byline he squared the ball and 2nd half substitute Lee Coleman found the roof of the net from 6 yards out. Good finish from Coleman to reduce the defecit for Currie.
Buoyed by the goal, Currie then had their best spell of the game, with a period of 10 - 15 minutes where they had greater possession and were fashioning a few half chances. In the 57th minute Currie were unlucky not to pull another goal back when a low cross-come-shot struck the base of left hand post.
As the game continued Blackhall regained the upper hand, creating a number of further chances, with Currie keeper Sandher making a couple of fine saves and a few shots missing the target.
Not to be undone, in the latter stages Rudland made a couple of fine saves of his own in the 72nd minute from Wreczycki and the 75th minute from Oliver Leavy.
In the 76th minute Blackhall rounded off the scoring, with Laing completing his hat trick with a composed finished to the bottom corner from close range after being put through on the inside left.
There was still time for some late drama in the final minute when Blackhall were awarded a penalty when Barry was brought down close to goal, however Sandher capped a good performance standing his ground to save the spot kick that was hit high and straight.
Full Time: Blackhall Athletic 5-1 Currie FC
City however didn't have it all their own way as the home side took the lead after 15 minutes. A free kick just inside the City half was launched in to the box. A scuffed clearance fell kindly for the Windsor player who finished well to keeper Dean Shearsby's right.
Half-time: Musselburgh Windsor Blues 1-2 Musselburgh Windsor Blues
The second half to be honest was one way traffic as City got a hold of the game.The league leaders were quick to extend their lead as Little grabbed his second of the game from a Robbie Telfer corner. Bulleting the ball into the back of the Windsor net.
Another good team performance from the City boys, and Ryan Foggo managed another 20 minutes as he continued his return from injury.
City took the lead after just 10 minutes when Aidan Lawson finished superbly well first time from an Antony Little cross.
Midway through October and this was Redhall Star's first home league game of the season. Couldn't have asked for a tougher game than hosting Tynecastle Colts, who comfortably won both fixtures last season without conceding a goal. Both teams have been in decent form this season and there was plenty of commitment in the early stages as both sides fought their battles.
The first chance of the game fell to Tynecastle, but Green held on well from a long range shot. Redhall responded with a shot from Slow-clayton which ad the keeper scrambling, but flew wide of the Tynecastle goal. Cameron Mills was a dangerous outlet for the visitors and from one run he cut inside the Redhall backline and his shot crashed off the face of the crossbar. Up the other end, some neat play between Henderson, Shortiss and Slow-clayton ended up with a shot which was well blocked by Tynecastle's Balloch.
It wasn't too long however until the deadlock was broken, and it was Tynecastle that took the lead from the penalty spot. On 20 mins the dangerous Mills was caught in the box by Lewis Blues. No complaints at all, and Gary Tickle stepped up to send Green the wrong way.
Redhall's backline of Doyle, Robertson, Mitchell and Henderson were getting a good workout, but they held firm by winning their challenges and headers to keep Tynecastle at bay. Another penalty claim against Redhall was waved away by the referee as Tynecastle pressed for another. Tickle took a sore one from a late Robertson challenge which went suprisingly unpunished.
As we approached half time Redhall did manage to draw level. Cameron Grant won the ball in midfield but was caught by a late challenge. Referee MacBeth played a superb advantage as Slow-clayton drove forward. A pass to Adam Shortiss was thumped high into the roof of the net to level up the scores. A great finish, and a great advantage from the referee.
Half time: Redhall Star YFC 1-1 Tynecastle FC Colts
Redhall made two changes at half time as Anderson and Campbell replaced Parente and Grant but it was Tynecastle who got their noses in front. A shot across the box was saved by Green but the ball deflected off poor little Grant Doyle and ended back in his own net. Such an unfortunate goal to lose.
Tynecastle got a lift from this early goal and pushed for more. Shots were fired on the Redhall goal but Green was in fine form as he saved shots from Tickle, Whalen and Mills. Redhall were struggling to create anything and were chasing shadows for long periods in the second half. Tactical changes were made in an attempt to get back into the game. Green saved again and again before a break from Redhall had Donachie chasing down a through ball. He clashed with keeper Colley. Now, it was a brave move from the keeper to allow a collision with Donachie to happen. I certainly wouldn't want to run into the 6ft 2 striker. Colley, after treatment was replaced by Fielding in goal.
Redhall were soon under the cosh again but Green was on hand to keep out shots from Miranda and Mills. Tynecastle had a great chance to seal the points but Miranda screwed the shot wide when through on goal. A real let off for Redhall. Two more changes for the home side in a final push to get something from the game as Nathan Robertson and Cameron Markham replaced Henderson and Donachie.
Tynecastle lost Tickle to injury after strong challenges from Slow-clayton and Markham, and yet again Green made another save from a shot by Miranda. From Green's clearance Redhall drew level as Nathan Robertson won a corner after skipping past Balloch's challenge. The corner was half cleared by Tynie, but the ball was fed wide to Shortiss who fired a low cross into the box. Running onto the cross was Robbie Campbell, who shot low into the net, giving Fielding no chance, to level the scores up at 2-2.
Straight from the restart Tynecastle pushed forward to try and get their noses infront again, but again Green saved and conceded a corner. From the corner, Mitchell headered away and Redhall were looking for the counter attack. The ball to Shortiss, but his attempted cross-field pass was well intercepted by Balloch. Tynecastle poured forward thanks to this interception, but to no avail. Once again Redhall held firm and it was the home side that managed to take the lead in the final few minutes. Shortiss received the ball out wide, eased past his marker and drove the ball into the area. The ball ended up at the feet of Slow-clayton who controlled and fired high past Fielding in the Tynecastle goal.
Full time: Redhall Star YFC 3-2 Tynecastle FC Colts
It certainly wasn’t the best performance from Redhall but they showed great desire especially as Tynecastle bossed the second half. Tickle had a fine game for Tynecastle in the midfield and Redhall had Green to thank for keeping them in the game with several fine stops. Shortiss also had a fine game with a goal and two assists for Redhall.
With the country currently enjoying an Indian summer, there could be no complaints about the weather and the pitch looked in good condition.
Dunbar were able to field a new signing of their own with Ewan Ford making his debut in the right back position.
With both teams appearing ready, the referee allowed the game to kick off a few minutes before the scheduled 11am kick off. Dunbar were clearly intent on not playing until 11am and were slow out the blocks. Cavalry Park made the running in the opening few minutes and forced a couple of early corners which keeper Purves was alert to deal with.
The clock struck 11 and Dunbar decided to start playing; their first attacking move saw Knox through on goal. His shot from the right hand side of the box saw the home keeper make a good stop.
Dunbar were now alive and involved in the game. Knox was pushed further forward in what the FIFA obsessed players would call the ‘CAM’ role. He looked the main threat and it was no surprise that he opened the scoring for Dunbar with 7 minutes on the clock. The goal hungry midfielder added to his tally of impressive strikes this season with a powerful shot from the edge of the box. The opening goal of the game was Knox’s 9th of the season, and indeed 9th in his last 8 games.
The game looked eagerly contested but Smillie and Kielty in the Dunbar midfield looked in control, and were covering a lot of ground, both protecting the Dunbar back 4, and supporting the attack. Dunbar edged further ahead and it was Knox who shot; this time the home keeper could only parry into the path of Dixon who slotted home.
Dunbar were defending high with Ford, Brunton, Hall and Hood enjoying the battle against a physical and mobile home attack. They were playing well as a unit and stepping up at the right moment leaving the Cavalry Park attack offside on several occasions and the home coach growing more and more frustrated.
Dunbar looked dangerous in attack and they really do have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to pace, with Cooper, Renton, Knox and Dixon all combining well. The third goal however was a back to front passing move which was as good as any goal scored across the country this weekend. It started from Ford at the back who already looks like an asset to the team. He linked up with Cooper, Kielty and Knox as Dunbar made progress down the right. Knox then looked up and delivered a superb cross field ball, switching play from right to left. Renton killed the ball on the left edge of the box, cut inside and unleashed a screamer into the far top corner. The finish more than matched a superbly crafted build-up with the visiting support showing their appreciation.
The game was still hugely competitive with Hood and Kielty covering a lot of ground and defending well. The Dunbar defensive line was finally breached when a long ball did see the Cavalry Park striker judge the offside line better – he collected the ball through and his finish left Purves with no chance. Superb finish.
Dunbar then had to work hard as the home side lifted their game. They did well to see out the half with no further breaches to their goal; a combination of superb goalkeeping and industrious defending frustrating the home attack. In fact, with only a few minutes left of the half it was Dunbar who extended their lead. A Dixon shot was cleared out to Kielty. The busy midfielder collected from around 20 yards and unleashed an unstoppable effort into the roof of the net for his second long ranger of the season. Kielty only scores spectacular goals and it was no more than the he deserved for a commanding midfield performance.
There was still time for one more Dunbar attack and the home goalkeeper pulled out the save of the game to deny Knox a second goal, as the energetic Dunbar Captain raced into the box like a young Ted McMinn. The referee almost looked relieved to see 35 minutes were up and he blew his whistle to call a halt on a fast-paced half.
Half Time: Cavalry Park 1-4 Dunbar United Colts
The second half kicked off and it was no surprise to see the home side up for the challenge, clearly buoyed by their half time team talk. With Cavalry Park looking dangerous, the next goal always looked like a key goal and it was the home side who claimed it in a direct move similar to their first goal. A long ball over the top saw the Dunbar back 4 stuck with arms raised Tony Adams style. The referee ignored the pleas for offside and the Cavalry Park striker again finished comfortably.
The next 5 minutes seen the action swing from end to end with Cooper and Renton looking dangerous down the flanks for Dunbar while the direct long ball game from the home side looked like troubling the Dunbar defence which was well marshalled by Hall.
Dunbar did score the next goal which seemed to calm the nerves. Cooper’s persistence down the right led to a mistake in the home defence, and when the ball was missed by the centre half, Renton needed no second invite and he sneaked in to extend Dunbar’s lead.
Cooper was again instrumental in Dunbar’s 6th goal. He won the ball from his opponent and his vision was matched by his execution as he played in Dixon. Dixon finished expertly, curling the ball past the keeper with the outside of his right foot as the visitors took the game away from their hosts.
With players tiring, Dunbar called for back-up and Kinghorn, Sutherland and Foggo were introduced. Kielty showed his versatility as he slipped back a position to steady the Dunbar defence while Sutherland slotted in to the engine-room as if he had been there all his life. Kinghorn was his usual threat down the left, and again looked to impose himself on a tiring defence. Foggo also looked like he had a point to prove with the Dunbar squad all competing for starting places right now.
The changes were positive ones with Sutherland and Foggo in particular wasting no time in influencing the game. Dunbar soon made it 7 and it was again as a result of great defending from the front. Pressure from Renton and Foggo saw a mistake in the home side’s box, and Dixon was left with the simplest of chances to complete his hat-trick.
Cavalry Park remained a threat and Purves still had work to do in the Dunbar goal. He pulled off a classy stop to highlight his importance to the team. Mclean took Dixons place in the Dunbar XI and he too looked to impose himself as the Dunbar goal factory showed no signs of ceasing production any time soon. Foggo seen an effort well saved before Knox shot wide as the Cavalry Park team pushed forward in numbers. Renton and Foggo missed further chances as the game continued to flow from end to end. Cavalry Park did score a third – the threat down the right finally was rewarded when the right winger danced his way through a tiring Dunbar defence before finishing in style.
Sutherland in the Dunbar midfield clearly took exception to this and he produced the pass of the game, a superb through ball presenting Foggo with a one on one with the keeper. He was calm and skilful as he cleverly dispatched his effort in to the net to round off the scoring for the day.
To be fair to the home side, this was a well-contested game, with Dunbar simply reserving their best display of the season for a game against the league leaders. In a performance where every player contributed heavily, Kielty shone the brightest as he claimed the man of the match for Dunbar.
League action continues at Hallhill next weekend as Dunbar entertains Borders visitors for the first time as Peebles come to town.
Full Time: Cavalry Park 3-8 Dunbar United Colts