Dalkeith 3-3 Tranent
By Jaggy Waggy
Both sides shared the points in an explosive encounter at Kings Park in a game that had everything 6 goals sending offs and talking points galore
The match started at breakneck speed with both sides clearly up for it but it was the Jags who settled earliest and they took the lead with just 15 minutes played when leading goal scorer Paul Tansey was on hand to nod a Blake Wales corner past the Tranent keeper.
The Jags were playing a high pressing game but almost came unstuck on 20 minutes when Chris Robertson showed Wojtowycz a clean pair of heels and with just McQueen to beat somehow sclaffed his effort well wide.
That chance aside the Jags were better side though and further chances came Tansey’s way and Wales slid an effort just wide. These missed chances came back to haunt them though and on 40 minutes the visitors equalised when Devlin beat McQueen at his near post with a header following free kick.
Then on 42 minutes there was a major flashpoint. Following a Dalkeith corner Ian Black was bursting clear on a breakaway when he was stopped in his tracks by a robust Ryan McQueenie tackle, a foul definitely and a booking to follow – no doubt, but the tackle caused an overreaction from the visitors and a melee ensued. When the dust settled the visitors found themselves down to 10 men with their keeper sent off for throwing a punch, both coaches who had tried to act as peacemakers were also sent from the their technical areas and a raft of bookings were issued by the excellent referee who took his time to calm proceedings.
With the man advantage the Jags again dominated proceedings and on 50 minutes went back infront when Blake Wales ended a flowing move shooting low through the replacement keeper’s legs.
Then on 85 minutes they extended their lead and looked to have claimed all three points when Blake Wales scored from point blank range following another corner.
Tranent rallied though and straight from the restart Bradley Barrett gave them hope when he headed past McQueen. With new found hope the ten men of Tranent pressed on and in the 4th minute of injury time Dean Whiston bulleted a header into the back of the net to send the visitors and their fans home the happier of the two sides.
Dalkeith: Mcqueen, McQueenie, Wojtowycz, McNeil, Fairnie, Janckyz, McGlashen, Wales, Lister, Scott, Tansey, Wales: Subs: Smith, Hunter, Glenholmes, Grandison, Murray
Tranent: Harris, Reid, Inglis , Christie, Whitson, Berry, Miller, Black, Robertson, Paterson, Devlin, Subs: Bathgate, Fisher, Barrett, Hawkins, Stirling