Jags win at Tranent to go third in the league
The Jags won a tousy affair by a solitary goal thanks to a Connor Glenholmes screamer after 66 minutes
When the sides last met in November they played out an enthralling 3-3 affair, with red card and yellow cards aplenty culminating with Tranent equalising with the last kick of the ball - much to the disappointment of the Jags side who were undoubtedly the better side on the day. Dalkeith started with the same line-up that competed so well against Bonnyrigg the week before and this meant another start for young Euan Mitchell from the U20s at left back.
Fast forward to Saturday’s return match and with both sides pumped up due to the connections between both clubs more of the same was expected – the match didn’t disappoint and they only thing missing was the number of goals but everything else was there. Thunderous tackles, red cards, talking points and most importantly all three points for The Jags.
The match started off in explosive fashion when Paul Tansey was booked inside the opening 90 seconds for a reckless foul on local favourite ex Hearts man Ian Black. The home bench were clamouring for a red card but the referee thought otherwise. This did set the tone though and both sides gave no quarter as the set off in pursuit of the opening goal.
Despite all the blood and thunder there was little by way of goal mouth action but the home side started to exert pressure on the Jags goal after about 15 minutes and from a blocked shot the Jags broke upfield through Tansey who rode one challenge before he was take out knee high by Tranent’s Grey who was cautioned. From the resultant free kick the Jags got their first sight at goal but Steven Scott was unable to get a good connection and the chance was lost.
Dalkeith were now on the front foot and Craig Reid was next into the Refs book for dissent and shortly afterwards Ian Black was also yellow carded for dissent after a cynical foul on Blake Wales. Wales was next to threaten when he blazed over the bar following good work by Jancykz whilst at the other end Kenny Fisher saw an effort easily gathered by James McQueen. Inglis saved from Tansey following a brilliant one touch passing move involving Hunter, Wales and Jancyzk as the Jags turned the screw and on 37 minutes Tansey really should have opened the scoring when he headed another Jancykz cross over the bar.
The game was always threatening to boil over and on 42 minutes the blue touch paper was lit when Ian Black was shown a second yellow followed by a red for a late challenge on Shaun Murray. Then on the stroke on halftime Ben Millar was lucky to only receive a yellow card for an out of control tackle on Blake Wales – players from both sides became embroiled in a confrontation and once everything had settled down Jags man Jordan Lister also found himself in the book.
So down to ten men the home side started the second half in blistering fashion when inside the first minute McGovern left two defenders trailing and blasted a short at goal which McQueen somehow touched onto the underside of the bar. Then a Ben Miller cross caused the Dalkeith defence all sorts of trouble before being cleared to safety as The Jags weathered the storm.
The Jags introduced Connor Glenholmes for Blake Wales shortly after this.
There was no doubt that despite being a man short the home side were bossing the second half and they thought that they had taken the lead on the hour when Bradley Barrett found the back of the net, however, he was flagged offside by the linesman much to the disgust of the Tranent coach (also Ian Black) who was sent from the dugout for comments made.
Then on 66 minutes the opening goal arrived and what a goal it was. Paul Tansey was fed the ball wide on the left and played a “rabona” style pass infield to Glenholmes who picked the ball up some 30 yards from goal, took a touch and then sent in a shot which flew over Inglis in the Tranent goal and ripped into the goal nets. A screamer and worthy of winning any match.
This rattled the home side and Tansey could have doubled the lead on 70 minutes but again volleyed over the bar. But The Belters came back and substitute Robertson found the side netting when he really should have scored.
The Jags introduced trialist Ryan Gay with 15 minutes remaining and he sent in a brilliant free kick which caused the home defence all kinds of problems before being cleared.
With 9 minutes remaining the numbers were evened up when Paul Tansey received a second yellow for preventing Tranent from taking a quick free kick on the half way line but the home side couldn’t find a way past the Jags defence with McGlashen and Connell in particular standing out.
The Jags were comfortably running down the clock in the Tranent half - deep into injury time when the home side received their second red card of the day - Ben Miller again committing a reckless and unnecessary challenge to receive his second yellow and subsequent marching orders.
Shortly afterwards the referee blew to great scenes of joy from the Dalkeith players and fans. Jags man of the match without a doubt was Neil Jancyzk - by far the stand out player on show.
Tranent: S Inglis, Reid, C Ingles, Hawkins, Gray, Berry, Miller, Black, McGovern, Fisher, Barrett. Subs: Christie, Paterson, Rutherford, Smeaton, Whitson, Roberston
Dalkeith: McQueen, Murray, Mitchell, McGlashen, Connell, Jancyzk, Wales, Hunter, Scott, Tansey, Lister. Subs: Smith, Glenholmes, Gay, McNeil, Easton.