Thumping win at home for The Jags
Dalkeith win to complete a league double over East Lothian Rivals
Dalkeith were eager to get this game on following the previous week's postponement and all their hard work paid off as they put in an outstanding performance against a lackluster Tranent side.
The Jags had met Tranent, the early season league favorites, in August recording an unexpected (for some) 2-0 victory to get their first points of the season. So Tranent travelled to Kings Park hoping to reverse the result, however, having lost their management team earlier in the week there was an air of despondency in both the team and their fans' demeanour.
Meanwhile - The Jags were hoping to build on recent results and good performances to pull themselves up the league table. Manager Kevin Haynes pulled off a masterstroke with his team selection opting to stick Dean Whitson up front as a lone striker in place of fans favorite Paul Tansey and this paid dividends as Tranent struggled to cope with his pace and power.
Tranent started the game on the front foot in front of a sizable crowd, however, despite having the lion's share of early possession it was the Jags who were first to threaten when Dean Whitson saw his left foot effort from 25 yards parried by the Tranent keeper Horne after ten minutes.
Tranent were passing the ball around comfortably but were unable to do anything in the final third as the Jags holding midfield duo of James Laing and Darren McGlashan broke down play time after time. The Jags were looking dangerous down both flanks with Moncrieff and Wales both sending dangerous crosses into the box - keeping Horne the busier of the two goalkeepers on show.
All that was missing in the Jags play was a goal and on 35 minutes it duly arrived. Blake Wales sped down the right wing before cutting infield and his clever step over bamboozled Guy Kerr who scythed him down on the D at the edge of the box. Up stepped James Laing who scored with a terrific reverse free-kick which left Horne rooted to the spot.
The Jags were next to threaten just before halftime when Whitson and Devlin got in each other's way and a looping header dropped just over the bar.
Half Time Dalkeith 1 - 0 Tranent
Dalkeith kicked off the second half and extended their lead to two goals within 50 seconds when Moncrieff scored his first goal for the Jags. Daryl Devlin setting him clear with a defense-splitting pass. Tranent keeper Horne looked hesitant to leave his goal line giving Moncrieff time to stroke the ball into the far corner.
Tranent were all at sea now - the players looking at each other for answers but there didn't appear to be anyone willing to grab the game by the scruff of the neck with the exception of Kayne Paterson who could have pulled a goal back on the hour mark with Tranent's first shot on goal but instead he blazed well over the bar. And when they could get decent balls into the box they found Jack Findlay in great form - the young keeper comfortably collecting crosses top take pressure off his defence. Indeed the whole Dalkeith back four of Murray, Hall, Connell and McQueenie were superb and in an uncompromising mood determined to keep a clean sheet.
The Dalkeith link up play then stepped up a gear with Whitson and Devlin causing all sorts of problems for the beleaguered Tranent backline. In the 72nd minute, this combination led to Devlin threading a pass for Whitson to run onto, holding off a defender before shooting powerfully pas Horne. And Just 3 minutes later both players combined again this time Whitson giving Darren McGlashan the chance to beat the keeper with a shot off the post.
Tranent introduced all three of their substitutes in an attempt to inject some sort of tempo to their play and in reply The Jags brought on Darren Leslie, Callam McNeil and Keith Buckley as they looked to tie up the points.
But it was the Jags who were to have the final say as they scored the 5th with just 3 minutes remaining. Darren Leslie went on a mazy run and was cynically fouled from behind by Guy Kerr 22 yards out. This time Mark Moncreiff stepped up and deceived Horne with a low effort at his near post.
With the light dwindling the referee blew for full time pretty much on the 90 minutes - electing to not play any injury time - perhaps to save the Tranent fans from further anguish.
Dalkeith: Findlay, Murray, McQueenie, McGlashan, Hall, Connell, Wales, Laing, Whitson, Devlin, Moncreiff. Subs: Leslie, Bain, McNeill, Tansey, Buckley
Tranent: Horne, Hawkins, Wojtowycz, Fairnie, Kerr, Harris, Martin, Fisher, Paterson, Miller. Subs: Waters, Fiddler, Ferguson