Jags maintain winning start at Haddington
By Jaggy Waggy
Dalkeith maintained their 100% record at Haddington with a victory which saw them win their League Cup section.
Both sides went into this match knowing that they had both qualifies for the knockout stages of the League Cup and that a win would see the victors bypass a preliminary round.
With Michael Fairnie unavailable The Jags started with Darren Smith in center midfield, the only change from the starting lineup that won so convincingly against Coldstream in midweek.
Haddington would be a sterner test of The Jags mettle and the opening exchanges were tight with neither side creating much by way of goalscoring chances, however, a moment of brilliance from Paul Tansey saw him nutmeg a defender and bursting down the left wing to the byline were he drilled a low ball across the face of goal where Duncan Muir was lurking to tap home.
The Jags further extended their lead on 26 minutes when a corner from the right was delivered by Craig Wojtowycz and Ross Connell rose higher than anyone else to power in a great header which was brilliantly parried by Inglis in the Haddington goal. However, Paul Tansey was in the right place to nod the loose ball over the line.
Duncan Muir was forced to hobble off soon after and was replaced by young Cammy McBeth.
With Darren Smith and Neil Janczyk pulling the strings in the middle of the park and Meikle and Connell marshaling the defense the Jags looked comfortable and took the two-goal advantage into the halftime break.
Perhaps some complacency crept into the Jags play in the second half and some openings were being created by the home side and then on 56 minutes The Jags were hit by a sucker punch when The Hi Hi broke at pace and Scott Moffat was able to pick his spot low past James McQueen to halve the deficit.
The Home side was enjoying the better of the exchanges at this point and The Jags were lucky to keep their lead just after the hour when Paul Devlin lifted his effort onto the crossbar when it looked easier to score.
The Jags having weathered the storm started to play themselves back into the match and on 80 minutes secured the win through Paul Tansey, the wee striker latching onto a brilliant through ball from Wojtowycz before holding off a defender and then drilling the ball low past Sinclair in the HI HI goal.
Haddington: Inglis, King, Tufail, Hainey, Cunningham, Hamill, Quinn, Hill, Moffat, Sinclair, Jones Subs: Miller, McNeill, Heron, Devlin, Simpson, Cockburn
Dalkeith: McQueen, McQueenie, Wojtowycz, Smith, Meikle, Connell, Jancyzk, Wales, Muir, Tansey, Apicella. Subs: Whyte, McBeth, Hunter, Murray