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Sat 1 Dec 13:30 - League Full time

Good Draw away at Sauchie


The Jags went into this match hoping for revenge of a 1-0 defeat from the hosts just over 4 weeks but were disappointed to come away with just a single point after a super display.

Following a frantic opening The Jags were presented with the first chance of the match on 7 minutes when a Blake Wales corner kick found Tansey unmarked in the six yard area, however, on a gluepot surface the ball stuck under his feet and he couldn’t get a shot away. Instead Tansey teed up Mickey Fairney whose low drive was blocked by a defender.

The Jags almost took the lead on 20 minutes with a super free flowing move which culminated in Darren McGlashen seeing his pile driver of a shot tipped over the bar by Dolan in the home goal. Then on 22 minutes Steven Scott picked the pocket of Houston as he dithered on the ball to race in goal, instead of shooting the striker elected to pass to Tansey and once again Dolan thwarted the Jags with a super stop.

A minute later and the Jags were forced to replace Mikey Fairnie due to injury and Shaun Murray was introduced to the fray at right back with Ryan McQueenie moved into Centre half. .

The Jags were still looking dangerous though and took the lead on 32 minutes. Blake Wales went scurrying down the touchline beating a defender before whipping in a low cross which found Tansey at the back post. Tansey couldn’t miss and blasted the ball high into the roof of the net.

The lead was short lived, however, as the home side equalised with their first effort on goal on 35 minutes when Finlayson evaded Lister to latch onto a free kick into the box and rifle low past McQueen.

This was a real blow for The Jags having played so well so far and gave Sauchie a boost as half time approached. Just before the whistle Crawford headed over when he really should have done better.

With their tails up the home side continued to press and Houston was unlucky to see his glancing header drift just wide whilst a minute later Crawford blasted a shot on the angle over the bar.

But The Jags slowly clawed themselves back into the match and started to threaten again. On 65 minutes The Jags thought they had regained the lead when Ryan McQueenie turned a Tansey flick into the net only for the far side linesman to put his flag up for offside.

With time marching on it was looking like next goal would win it and on 80 minutes The Jags survived a scare when Hewitt headed a corner from the right over the bar.

The Dalkeith front line were increasingly frustrated by offside decisions, however, with the last kick of the ball had the chance to win all three points when Steven Scot was played through with just the keeper to beat, but Dolan saved his side once again with a low block.

All things considered this was a good point for The Jags but they will be disappointed that it wasn’t all three given the chances created.

Sauchie: Dolan, Sharp, Cross, Houston, Hewitt, McTaggart, Millar, Taylor, Crawford, Donaldson, Finlayson. Subs: S Doloan, McKeown, Langton, Cummings

Dalkeith: McQueen, McQueenie, Lister, Connell, Fairnie, Jancyzk, Hunter, Wales, McGlashen, Scott, Tansey. Subs: Murray, Smith, Muir, McBeth, Easton.

Team selection

McQueen, James McQueen, James
McQueenie, Ryan McQueenie, Ryan
Fairnie, Michael Fairnie, Michael
Janczyk, Neil Janczyk, Neil
Connell, Ross Connell, Ross
Lister, Jordan Lister, Jordan
Wales, Blake Wales, Blake
Hunter, Michael Hunter, Michael
Tansey, Paul Tansey, Paul
Scott, Stephen Scott, Stephen
McGlashan, Darren McGlashan, Darren


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