Dalkeith 2-2 Lothian Thistle
By Jaggy Waggy
Ross Connell saved a point for the Jags in another thriller.
The Jags had new signing Chris Inglis in their starting lineup and he took up a spot at left back with Ryan McQueenie moving to right back in an otherwise unchanged team from the previous week.
But it was the visitors who dominated the opening 20 minutes carving out three great chances which were only equalled by three great saves by Jags keeper James McQueen. Indeed it was a full 22 minutes before the Jags mustered a shot at goal and even then it was high wide and not very handsome from Steven Scot’s long range effort.
The jags began to get more onto the game and tightened up at the back but there were few openings until 5 minutes to go when the Dalkeith goal had an incredible escape. A long ball into the Dalkeith penalty area was missed by Fairnie in an attempt to head back to McQueen who was coming off his line to gather the ball, with the ball now past McQueen, Fairnie facing his own goal hooked the ball over his head but only succeeded rebounding the ball off the back of McQueen and the ball looped back to goal where it bounced off the crossbar and into McQueen’s arms. Quite the let off.
The jags mustered a late flurry in the half with a more pressure and the last action of the half saw a McGlashen effort fly over the bar.
Half Time 0-0
The second half burst into life with chances for both sides inside the opening minute, however, both keepers were up to the task.
Dalkeith were more of an attacking force in the second half and the stole the lead with just 53 minutes played when Cammy Dawson, who had moments earlier headed a good chance over the bar, slammed home a corner from 10 yards. But the lead was short lived when Lothian equalised on 66 minutes following a fine flowing move down the right which culminated in Docherty being given the chance to score at the back post which he did with some style.
The Jags came roaring back and on 69 minutes should have regained the lead when Cammy Dawson rounded the Lothian keeper but took the ball just too wide and he was unable to convert from a tight angle. This was a miss that the Jags would rue as the visitors took the lead for the first time when McQueen was caught dithering on a pass back and was dispossessed By Sean Wringe who had the easiest of chances to score into an open net.
With just 10 minutes remaining Wringe had the chance to settle all three points but his header across goal just cleared the crossbar with McQueen stranded.
Then with just 2 minutes remaining The Jags equalised. And what a beauty it was too. Ross Connell latching onto a corner kick which fell nicely for him on the edge of the penalty area, the big defender taking a touch before sending a delicate curling shot over the throng of defenders and the keeper into the top corner. Scenes.
This gave the Jags a massive lift and in the time remaining went in for the kill Cammy Dawson saw a net bound shot take a deflection and the saved by the keeper as the Jags earned another corner. Before it could be taken Lothians no 4 was redcarded for dissent and then from the resultant corner Ross Connell had the chance to win the match but again his header just cleared the crossbar.
All in all a draw was probably the correct result.
Dalkeith: McQueen, McQueenie, Inglis, Fairnie, Connell, Jancykz, Smith, McGlashen, Tansey, Dawson, Scott. Subs: Muir, Mitchell, Wales, Wojotoywycz, Grandison