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Whitburn
Dalkeith Thistle FC
Sat 9 Sep 14:30 - League Full time

Jags go goal crazy at Whitburn

Goals Goals Goals - 10 goal goalfest

The Jags put their early season woes behind them with a devastating second half performance against Whitburn Juniors.
With manager Kevin Haynes on holiday - coaches Andy Donlevy and Ross Combe took temporary charge and made some tough selection choices. Regular keeper James McQueen dropped to the bench giving young Jack Findlay his competitive debut, Ross Connell and Jordan Bain came in for the suspended duo of Hall and Robertson and Kenny McMillan was rested in favour of Blake Wales.
The Jags were first on the offensive and were gifted the opening goal on 3 minutes when Paul Tansey latched onto a short back-pass from the Whitburn full back and rounded the keeper to open the scoring.
Whitburn stung by this set back forced the Jags back and delivered a series of dangerous crosses which caused a nervous looking Findlay all sorts of bother. But it was the Jags who doubled their lead on 26 minutes. Callam McNeil looked to have doubled the lead when he powered a net bound header towards goal from a Tansey corner, however, this was blocked on the line by a combination of a defender and the keeper. Darren Leslie was on hand to bundle the ball over the line from a yard out.
Whitburn came roaring back and forced a series of corners and on 31 minutes gained a lifeline when Hamilton stopped to head past Findlay and halve the defict and at half time the score remained 1-2 in favour of The Jags.
The heavens opened up at the start of the second half and within a minute of the restart Findlay superbly tipped a curling effort over the bar. A vital stop and just a few minutes later Dalkeith won a corner from which they extended their lead. Tansey's in-swinger was powerfully met by Whitson this time and was again blocked but the ball fell kindly to Callam McNeill and he drilled the ball home from the angle of the six yard box.
Whitburn were all at sea and the Jags made the points safe on 65 minutes when Tansey once again rounded the keeper and set up Dean Whitson with the easiest of goals tapping the ball home from a yard.
Almost straight from the restart Whitburn were reduced to ten men when their No 6 was shown a straight red for a kick out on Whitson and on 67 minutes their misery was compunded with Dalkeith 5th goal. Jordan Bain playing against his old side was presented with a chance to run in on goal and saw his effort blocked by the home keeper, however, this left him out of position and left Blake Wales with the opportunity to slide the ball into the back of the unguarded net from 25 yards - a great bit of composure shown by the Dalkeith man.
The Jags were rampant and the made it six with the goal of the game on 71 minutes when Ryan McQueenie swept the ball home after a flowing move which started in his own half - Mcqueenie, Devlin and Wales combining terrifically well with some slick passing.
But just 2 minutes later the home side making a rare foray into the Dalkeith half reduced the deficit when they took advantage of Callam McNeil slip on 73 minutes.
So with still 15 minutes to play it seemed sure that there would be more goals and there were but the hardy fans had to wait until 2 minutes from time before a quick fire double from super sub Kenny McMillan gave the Jags their biggest ever win in the Premier Division.
On 88 minutes Dean Whitson was fouled 25 yards out and McMillan took charge of the free kick, curling a beauty over the wall into the top corner. Then straight from the restart McMillan chased a pass back to the centre-half and charged down the clearance which fell kindly into his path and rifled a superb shot high into the roof of the net to complete the scoring.
Dalkeith: Findlay, McQueenie, Bain, McGlashan, Connell, McNeill, Leslie, Whitson, Tansey, Wales, Devlin. subs: McMillan Redpath, Murray, Cairns, McQueen

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