Musselburgh Athletic 4-0 Coldstream
By Kenneth Scott
Musselburgh avenge last result
League match 22 for Musselburgh and Coldstream, meeting for the second time in two weeks. Coldstream won the last fixture 3-1 to keep up their chances of a place in next year’s EOS Premier League. No match last week for the home side, whilst Coldstream lost to Oakley and Penicuik. The chance of direct promotion is no longer there. So, Coldstream now hoping to win their last three matches in order to finish sixth and a chance of making it into the Premier league.
Musselburgh made four changes to the last match. Jack Gillon suspended; Jonno McManus injured, with Ewan Ralton and Scott Moffat on the bench. They were replaced by Greig Callaghan, Jackie Myles, Mathu King and Scott McNaughton, in the starting line up for the first since 27 October, against Tweedmouth. Eight of Coldstream’s starting line up on 30 March remained in the team.
First real chance of match came in 13 minutes. Michael Deland’s shot was turned away for a corner by Coldstream keeper, Turnbull. The corner came to Nathan Evans but his header was weak and danger averted.
Three minutes later, Liam Gregory had the ball on the left wing. He squared pass to Conor Thomson, who found Scott McNaughton on the right. Scott’s cross, into the box, found Mathu who passed ball to Nathan. Ball returned to Mathu and from six yards, he placed ball by Turnbull and Musselburgh were 1-0 up.
Two minutes later, Burgh nearly had a 2nd goal. The left back Bright and Turnbull duffed a pass back and although Scott McN got the ball, the angle was too tight and he could not get the ball on target and it was cleared from the Coldstream penalty box.
Burgh did get another goal on 23 minutes. From Ally’s free kick, Connor found Bradley, who passed to Michael D. His pass to Liam G was played back to Liam Reid who then found Jackie. His pass into the Coldstream box was back-heeled by Mathu and Nathan’s shot trundled past Turnbull. Burgh were 2-0 up.
Coldstream nearly reduced the deficit. From a corner, centre half Straughan headed over the bar. From the by kick, the ball was slowly moved up the park, involving passing from Liam R, Bradley Whyte, Grieg, Scott McN and Mathu. Ball then played to Liam G whose forward pass was dummied by Jackie. As it reached Mathu, Jackie shouted for the return, which Mathu delivered. From the edge of the box, Jackie’s shot hit the net. After 26 minutes, Musselburgh were 3-0 up.
On 37 minutes good play from Coldstream’s left back Bright. From the edge of the Burgh box, his shot just missed the target and past the post. However, the ref deemed that Ally got a touch to the ball and gave a corner, but nothing came from that.
The best goal of match came in final minute of first half. This involved ball being passed around by up to six Burgh players. Greig then found Liam G on the left wing. His cross was headed over the keeper by Mathu, for his second of the game and Musselburgh led 4-0 at half time.
Ten minutes into the second half; Mathu was unlucky not to get his hat trick. The ball was played into the box, and Mathu, while just about being horizontal; got a shot on target, but Turnbull was able to save the attempt.
On 59 minutes, Coldstream were awarded a free-kick. Ally punched the ball out of the penalty area. The left winger, Briggs shot, but his attempt went over the bar. On the hour mark, Mathu and Jackie were subbed with Ewan Ralton and Scott Moffat coming on.
The right winger Dawson had Coldstream’s best chance of the match on 65 minutes. He hit a cracking shot from outside the box, but Ally’s save was equal to this as he dived to turn the ball round for a corner. With 75 minutes played, Bright received a yellow card for a challenge on Nathan.
Six minutes left to play, another run up the left wing by Deland saw a cross into the box. Scott Moffat’s volley just went past the post, with what would have been a screamer of a goal. Into the final couple of minutes and the right back Malcolm got a yellow for a hefty tackle on Nathan, which many fans thought should have been a red.
Match ended 4-0 to Musselburgh with Mathu King awarded the supporters club man of the match. Liam Gregory must have also been in with a chance of this. He was involved in all four goals and took control of the midfield area for most of the match.