Jags Draw at Dunipace
By Jaggy Waggy
The Jags limped to a disappointing draw on a blustery day at Westfield home of Dunipace.
With a fierce gusting wind at the their backs the Jags sat very deep and didn’t shell long balls as these would invariably gather speed and end up out of play. This invited the home to press a high line and they created a few chances, but were unable to convert any of them into a lead that their play deserved.
Stevenson forced a fine save from the Dalkeith keeper with a volley from 18 yards before the busy visiting stopper blocked a cross from Stowe as he skipped through 1v1 at the end of a wonderful Stevenson ball.
Stowe should have tapped in at the back post from 2 yards but misjudged the flight of the ball and had another good chance with a header from 6 yards as well which didn't trouble the keeper.
McFadden flashed an effort just wide of the target from 18 yards before McQueen got a last ditch hand onto a MacPherson cross with Stevenson waiting to head into an empty net.
Dunipace were well on top, but out of nothing the Jags took the lead. A long ball forward from McQueen was contested by Galloway and the header hit the back of Shanks and sat up all for Paul Tansey who struck a ferocious volley into the top corner from 35 yards with Kane helpless. A great strike and although it was against the run of play sent the Jags into the break with an unlikely lead.
0-1 at half time.
Into the second half and Dalkeith went down to 10 men within 5 minutes, Michael Hunter ordered off for an altercation with McHaffie in the centre of the field
Having been given the advantage though, Dunipace never really capitalised and Dalkeith started to look the side more likely to score again and Tansey forced two good saves from Kane.
The Dalkeith keeper made a couple of fine saves and Dunipace did have the ball in the net through Stowe, but it was ruled out for offside. A close call, but the right one, both assistants calling pretty much everything right on the day in tricky wind conditions.
Just as it looked like the game would get away from them Dunipace grabbed a leveller 3 minutes from time. Paton and Gallagher combined to release MacPherson on the right and the wide man played a perfect ball along the corridor of uncertainty to find Paton sliding in to tap home, an expertly timed run by the central midfielder.
The game went a bit crazy following that as both sides tried to win it. It descended into a game of basketball with both taking turns to attack each other. Dunipace though had the best of the opportunities, three times managing to get through on goal with a numerical advantage but poor finishing and decision making meant the Dalkeith keeper could stop all 3. The final effort of the game a shot from distance from Stowe which was palmed round the post.
The game ended with more bad news for Dunipace as captain McFadden received a straight red card for a trip on the dangerous Tansey as he broke forward on the half way line. Like the previous red, no-one in the ground could believe the decision, a second really poor one from the man in the middle.
Dalkeith – McQueen, Murray, McQueenie, Connell, Fairnie, Jancyzk, McGlashen, Hunter, Wales, Tansey, Dawson. Subs: Muir, Smith, Scott, Mitchell , Easton