Musselburgh Athletic 5-0 Easthouses Lily MW
By Kenneth Scott
Five 2nd half goals secure the points for The Burgh
League match 19 for Musselburgh and the second last home game at Olivebank in 2018-19; unless a 2nd home cup tie comes our way. In October 18, Burgh beat Easthouses 3-1 away, so, were hoping for a league double over their Midlothian rivals. Lily were looking for a win to keep their hopes of a top five position come the end of the season.
Musselburgh fielded the same starting line up for the second weekend running. To quote a few fans and one from a player, the first half was dull. Little goalmouth action at either end in the first 30 minutes.
The only notes worth taking started in 31 minutes, when Bradley Whyte received a yellow card for a foul on an Easthouses player. It was a robust tackle at most and surprised a number of supporters when the referee blew his whistle in the first place. Matters started to warm up on 39 minutes, when Conor Thomson nearly scored directly from a corner. Lily keeper, Hay, saved on the line. The ball came out to Connor and his next attempt, from the edge of the box, came off the bar.
Half time 0-0.
Within two minutes of the re-start, Mathu King had the ball in the net, but linesman flagged for offside. The first goal came in 53 minutes. Michael Deland made a run to the bye-line and crossed towards the goal. Ball was cleared only as far as the Burgh’s top goal scorer. Three touches later and Mathu made it 1-0.
The shackles on the match were well and truly off. In 55 minutes a nice one-two between Mathu and Nathan Evans, saw a shot from Mathu, come crashing off the bar. Michael D hit the rebound which went wide of post.
The Lily captain, Arthur received a yellow, following a foul given to Musselburgh. Too much chatting back to the ref earned him the card. Then, in the space of three minutes, Hay made good saves, twice from Mathu and from Jack Gillan. Just after the hour mark, Easthouses had a rare chance to score. From a free kick Barrie’s shot was parried out by Ally Adams. Then, the centre forward, Shearer shot from 25 yards and Ally had to touch save the ball onto the bar, when an equaliser looked inevitable.
Just before 65 minutes, subs from either side, saw Bradley replaced by Gary Cherrie. For the away side, Anderson came on for Young. Almost immediately the second goal came. Two corners from Conor, saw Mathu’s effort cleared off the line by Barrie. Then Mathu saw another shot cleared, but this time Nathan scored with his second attempt on goal. Score now 2-0 to Musselburgh.
Easthouses came close on 67 minutes, when the sub Anderson’s shot was saved by Ally and out for a corner. Shortly after, Gary and Jonno McManus received yellow cards; Jack G was replaced by Jackie Myles and for Lily, Crutcher replaced Beattie.
Musselburgh went 3-0 up on 74 minutes. Gary won the ball in the middle of the park and passed ball out to right wing. Nathan then ran into box and scored from a tight angle. Prior to the goal going in, Barrie was injured and after treatment was subbed with Mcivor coming on.
On 77 minutes, Nathan had a golden chance to get his hat trick but his shot was just wide of the post. Two minutes later, from a long ball out from Ally, Nathan made a good run and collected ball on 18 yard line and guided ball past Hay for Burgh’s fourth goal.
With 10 minutes remaining, Ewan Ralton came on for Liam Gregory. A couple of minutes later, Mciver received a yellow card for trying to hold onto and steal Conor’s shorts. Maybe he wanted something from the game! Last goal of the match came in 84 minutes and it was the best of the bunch. Hay played ball to Lily’s Taylor, but Jackie tackled him and from 25 yards, chipped the ball over the keeper and into the net.
Match ended 5-0 to Musselburgh. Man of match was hat trick hero Nathan Evans. Best for Easthouses was the keeper, Hay.
The win saw Musselburgh move into second in the league; three point ahead of Hill of Beath; though the Fife team have three games in hand. In the last four matches, Musselburgh has scored five goals or more in each match and for the second week in a row, Burgh did not concede a goal.