East of Scotland Premier League –Broxburn Athletic V Musselburgh Athletic
Broxburn welcomed 5th placed Musselburgh Athletic to the Albyn on yet another day of blustery
conditions. Broxburn made 4 changes from their last game at Tranent, Binnie, Tait, Barker and Newall
for Mair, Nicol, Dan Nimmo and Trialist.
Musselburgh also made 4 changes to the side which defeated Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale last week,
Downie, Smith, Fiddler and Jeffries replacing Ballantyne, Thomson, White and O’Kane.
Broxburn started on the front foot and early move by Greg Binnie to Joe Tait to Gordon Donaldson almost produced an opener but for the visiting defence stepping in and knocking out for a corner . On 7 minutes Binnie should have done better when a good timed run and ball over the top saw him clear with a one on one but the Broxburn man pushed his shot well wide of the target . Musselburgh had their first chance when Darren Downie got the ball in the box but his shot was blocked by Shaun Harrison and out for a corner . Jordan Orru went on a great run down the left and cut into the box but his end shot took a deflection straight into the arms of Sean Donoghue .
In 25 minutes a mistake from keeper McGinlay from a poor kick out which went straight to Barker 25
yards from goal but he delayed slightly in passing with Musselburgh closing ranks quickly to prevent a
Three minutes later Brass showed excellent control in the penalty box and fired a shot goalwards which
hit a Musselburgh defender, there were claims for handball but nothing was awarded.
The visitors responded in 31 minutes Woods slipping the ball to Smith who had a clear shot at goal but
he slid the ball past the post.
In 33 minutes Broxburn took the lead Newall did fine work down the right his cross to the back post was
neatly controlled by JOE TAIT and then he fired in a shot into the top corner of the net giving McGinlay no chance.
The Brox had their tails up and had a great chance to double their advantage Binnie flicking the ball out to Donaldson who was left with a clear run on McGinlay from the left side but his shot was straight at the keeper, the ball broke to Tait who curled his effort just wide of the right hand post.
The visitors fashioned a decent chance in 38 minutes after good work down the left Smith controlled well in the penalty box laid the ball off to Downie who struck his shot well only for Donaldson to get in a timely block for a corner.
From Jeffries corner Page headed just over the home bar.
Murray was booked for dissent.
In 40 minutes with a potential offside in the build up Musselburgh were awarded a penalty. Donoghue
took an extra touch his attempted clearance hitting an opponent the ball breaking to Smith who was
fouled by Murray. JOSH JEFFRIES dispatched the spot kick into the net to tie the score.
Half Time: Broxburn Athletic 1 – 1 Musselburgh Athletic
Musselburgh made a half time substitution Myles making way for Sipowicz.
Broxburn forced a corner in the first minute of the 2nd half taken by Greenhill he swung the ball in
effectively using the wind which McGinlay had to watch closely before confidently gathering.
In 47 minutes Orru was booked for foul on Newall.
Tait was having an excellent game and he put over a great cross in 51 minutes from the left which
McGinlay claimed well as Brass was on hand to punish any error.
Musselburgh’s first sight of the Brox goal in the 2nd half came after good work down the left between
Woods and Smith giving Orru a chance to cross which he did forcing a diving save from Donoghue which
he got a strong hand on to guide to safety.
In 58 minutes excellent play from Brass set Binnie away down the right his shot was saved by McGinlay
from the rebound his cross found Greenhill but Fiddler stepped in to avert the danger and clear.
In 62 minutes Brass once again fed Binnie down the right this time the striker advanced on McGinlay but
he couldn’t get enough on his flick to beat the keeper.
At the other end great defending from Murray prevented Smith getting in on goal.
Newall had been having some excellent runs down the right getting into the box he was tackled and just
couldn’t get a cross in and the ball was scrambled clear.
In 65 minutes Greenhill was replaced by Mair for Broxburn. Gregory replaced Reilly for Musselburgh.
A long ball from Gillen found the Brass , Binnie combination again this time Brass finding his effort
Against the run of play the visitors took the lead in 72 minutes, substitute Gregory putting over a great cross for JORDAN SMITH who slid in to provide the finish.
In 76 minutes King and Ballantyne replaced Downie and Smith.
In 77 minutes Binnie went in to a challenge with the keeper in the air and was flattened resulting in a
penalty. McGinlay was booked for his challenge. GARY BRASS confidently converted the spot kick.
Beagley replaced Binnie for Broxburn.
In 80 minutes King tried to flick the ball over Harrison with hand ball been given just outside the box on the right. A great cross was played to the back post but Page was given offside.
The comeback was complete by the Brox in 81 minutes Brass won a free kick which was taken long and
deep by Harrison Brass won the header which was partially saved by McGinlay but ANDREW MAIR was on hand
to flick the ball into the net.
In 85 minutes the hard working Newall went down with cramp having to be replaced by Cowley.
The Brox were still pressing for goals Tait’s shot being blocked for a corner.
In 93 minutes a Gregory cross took a deflection off Gillen and was right on the money and needed
another strong diving save from Donoghue to prevent a late equaliser.
In 94 minutes Harrison spotted McGinlay off his line and tried an audacious effort from the half way line which beat the keeper but just went over the bar.
An excellent comeback win and team performance from Broxburn against an opponent just above us in
the league. This sets us up nicely for the upcoming League Cup campaign which starts for the Brox on
12th March at home to Craigroyston.
Full Time: Broxburn Athletic 3 – 2 Musselburgh
MUSSELBURGH McGINLEY , ORRU ,MYLES (SIPOWICZ 46m) , REILLY (GREGORY 65m) , JEFFRIES , WOODS ,REID , FIDDLER , DOWNIE (KING 76m) , SMITH (BALLANTYNE 76m) , PAGE . SUBS McRAE , HAMILL
REFEREE MR K.LINDSAY ASSISTANTS MISS V.ALLAN , MR A.BROWN