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Musselburgh Athletic
Hill of Beath Hawthorn
M King (35'), N Evans (52', 70')
Full time
Sat 27 Apr 14:30 - Cup Attendance 294

Burgh progress to the 1/4 final of the League Cup

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Musselburgh Athletic 3-0 Hill of Beath Hawthorn

League campaign ended last weekend for both teams. However, there are still a couple of cup competitions to keep Musselburgh’s season going. The visitors to Olivebank for this League Cup 1st round tie was Hill of Beath (3rd v 2nd at end of Conference A league matches). In two league games and 3rd round of South Region Challenge cup; honours were even. Both teams winning and losing one match and drawing the other. So, another tight affair was envisaged.

Musselburgh made two changes to last week. Liam Reid was suspended, after being sent off against Penicuik and Scott McNaughton dropped to the bench. Returning to the team from injuries, were John McManus and Michael Moffat.

First chance of match fell to Mathu King but his shot was blocked by an away side defender. The better option may have been for Mathu to try and go round the defender before shooting for goal. From the corner kick, Jackie Myles shot went over the bar.

On six minutes, the referee blew for a foul against Grierson. However, Hill of Beath defender, Russell Grierson remained on the ground. Following assessment by the physio, Grierson’s match was ended and he was replaced by Kellichan.

One of the Hill of Beath backroom staff, said that Liam Gregory’s studs tangled with Grierson’s laces and his studs got stuck in the ground; (more later)

With 13 minutes played, Hill of Beath attacked up the left wing. Jackie Myles went in for a tackle, and ball bounced in front of Watt. His shot from the edge of the box was safely held by Ally Adams. Shortly after, Hill of Beath right back, Leishman was booked for a foul on Michael Deland.

Another opportunity came Hill of Beath’s way on 20 minutes. Elder had a great chance to score, but ball just cleared the bar. Another injury stopped the match with Greig Callaghan going down. A couple of minutes later, around 25 minutes gone, he was replaced by Jack Gillan.

Two minutes later, from a defensive clearance by Hill of Beath; Bradley Whyte received ball. From the middle of pitch he laid ball to Liam Gregory. From left wing, Liam hit a delightful cross over to the far post. Mathu King was there to head ball past keeper, Hall.

Musselburgh were 1-0 up; a score which remained until half time.

Into the second half and on 52 minutes, ball was with Bradley Whyte. He passed to Liam Gregory. Following further interchange between the two players, from the corner area, Liam Gregory hit a cross into the six-yard box. Another header, this time by Nathan Evans crossed the line and Burgh led 2-0.

With 56 minutes played; some of the home support were screaming for a ‘stone wall’ penalty, but referee waived play on. Soon after, Hill of Beath players were claiming ball came off the arm of a Burgh player. Again the referee disagreed, so no penalty and a corner kick was awarded; which came to nothing.

On 56 minutes, Hill of Beath had a chance to reduce the lead, but Mitchell’s shot was turned round post for a corner. With this escape, Musselburgh were soon on the attack. Ball was played to Michael Deland, who fired a cross to Michael Moffat on right side of pitch. Michael Moffat played a 1-2 with Jackie Myles. Michael took the ball past Patrick and his pass was flicked into the net by Nathan Evans, for his second. Burgh were 3-0 up after 68 minutes.

Two minutes later, Jackie Myles was replaced by Scott McNaughton. Then, Hill of Beath had men in attack. Kirby passed to Watt but his shot from edge of box was saved by Ally Adams. Leishman was none too happy as he felt he was in a better position to score.

Last substitution for Burgh saw Daniel McBay come on for Michael Moffat. Also in the 2nd half, Wright replaced Denton for the away side.

Into the last five minutes and Bradley Whyte played a great ball through to Mathu King. He headed down to Nathan Evans, looking for his hat trick, but his shot was blocked and out for a corner. With three minutes left, Leishman was again on the attack and his cross was punched out by Ally Adams. From this, a shot by Hill of Beath just cleared the bar.

Next play saw Mitchell booked for holding the shirt of Jack Gillan. Hill of Beath continued to press forward. In last minute, Elder’s shot was so high, it cleared the perimeter fence. Then in injury time, Ally Adams produced a great save from the boot of Leishman. From the rebound, Elder was there again, but Ally blocked the shot.

Final whistle and Burgh were winners by 3-0. Second round of cup takes place on Tuesday, 30 April with Camelon the visitors to Olivebank.

Liam Gregory was named supporters club man of the match. Bradley Whyte must have been in with a chance too!

On the injury front, both Russell Grierson and Greig Callaghan were taken to hospital - Russell by ambulance and Greig by the Secretary of Musselburgh.

Russell damaged his ankle ligaments and will be out for 6-8 weeks and it looked like a deep gash to Greig’s head would require stitches. Best wishes and recovery to both players!

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Liam Gregory

Player of the Match

Liam Gregory

Key moments

35:00
Goal Mathu King scores for Musselburgh Athletic
52:00
Goal Nathan Evans scores for Musselburgh Athletic
70:00
Goal Nathan Evans scores for Musselburgh Athletic

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Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Liam Gregory is awarded player of the match for Musselburgh Athletic
75:00 Sub Off
Michael Moffat is substituted off for Musselburgh Athletic
75:00 Sub On
Daniel McBay is substituted on for Musselburgh Athletic
72:00 Sub Off
Jackie Myles is substituted off for Musselburgh Athletic
72:00 Sub On
Scott McNaughton is substituted on for Musselburgh Athletic
70:00 Assist
Michael Moffat makes an assist for Musselburgh Athletic
70:00 Goal 3 - 0
Nathan Evans scores for Musselburgh Athletic
52:00 Assist
Liam Gregory makes an assist for Musselburgh Athletic
52:00 Goal 2 - 0
Nathan Evans scores for Musselburgh Athletic
End of period 1
35:00 Assist
Liam Gregory makes an assist for Musselburgh Athletic
35:00 Goal 1 - 0
Mathu King scores for Musselburgh Athletic
31:00 Sub On
Jack Gillan is substituted on for Musselburgh Athletic
31:00 Sub Off
Greig Callaghan is substituted off for Musselburgh Athletic
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As it happened

  • Musselburgh Athletic
  • Hill of Beath Hawthorn
  • 0
  • Greig Callaghan Sub Off 31:00'
  • Jack Gillan Sub On 31:00'
  • Liam Gregory Assist 35:00'
  • Mathu King Goal 35:00'
  • Liam Gregory Assist 52:00'
  • Nathan Evans Goal 52:00'
  • Michael Moffat Assist 70:00'
  • Nathan Evans Goal 70:00'
  • Jackie Myles Sub Off 72:00'
  • Scott McNaughton Sub On 72:00'
  • Michael Moffat Sub Off 75:00'
  • Daniel McBay Sub On 75:00'

Team selection

Adams, Ally Adams, Ally
Moffat, Michael Moffat, Michael
Callaghan, Greig Callaghan, Greig
Gregory, Liam Gregory, Liam
McManus, John McManus, John
Deland, Michael Deland, Michael
Thomson, Conor Thomson, Conor
Whyte, Bradley Whyte, Bradley
King, Mathu King, Mathu
Evans, Nathan Evans, Nathan
Myles, Jackie Myles, Jackie
Musselburgh Athletic

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