Newtongrange Star 1 O’Hara
Broxburn Athletic 2 Locke , Nimmo
Newtongrange Star Renton , Bracks , O’Hara , Melvin ,Mitchell , Porteous (Smith 67m) , Wilson (Weston 89m), Swaney , McNaughton , O’Brien(Lally 67m) , Scott subs Dunsmore GK
Referee Mr C.Whyte assistants Miss Fiona Morton ,Mr D.Mackinnon
Newtongrange Kicked off in bright sunshine but it was the visitors who created the first opportunity when on eleven minutes Alexander Murray was sent through on goals but fired wildly over ,but thankfully for him the assistant had his flag up and it would not have counted had it gone in . A couple of minutes later Nicholas Locke sent a great ball across the box but there was no takers and Anderson collected it at the corner flag to which he won a throw in of a defender . From the throw in a great ball into the six yard box found Alexander Miller who had a free header with just the keeper to beat but out it past the far left post from the right side of the six yard box . Newtongrange had a chance on 19 minutes when a ball into the box broke to Jack Wilson who shot straight at Connor Wallace who saved easily . Ryan Porteous tried his luck half way through the half but saw his shot well saved .A minute later great work and passing between Alexander Murray and Alexander Miller set up Kieran Anderson at the back of the six yard box but he disappointingly blasted the ball high over the bar. Miller set up Anderson again a minute later this time Anderson’s shot went wide of the goals . On 27 minutes Kyle Scott made a great run down the right into the box but saw his shot deflected for a corner . Just past the half hour mark Kenny O’Brien was allowed time to compose a shot but shot weakly into Wallace’s arms .Gordon Donaldson tried his luck from 20 yards out but saw it sail over the bar . With seven minutes remaining Ryan Porteous made a good run down the left and cut the ball across the box where Wallace cut the ball out . A couple of minutes later Murray and Miller almost took advantage of indecision in the home defence but the home defence regrouped and cleared the danger . Newtongrange Star went on a counter attack with three minutes of the half remaining and Kyle Scott got around Grant Gavin who slipped and let the forward in on goal but he shot early with the keeper to beat and it went safely over the bar . The last chance of the game fell to Scott again but Christopher Townsley and Connor Wallace stopped the chance between them .
The second half started with the visitors pressing for the opener and it came on 51 minutes when NICHOLAS LOCKE got the ball on the right hand side and cut infield before striding forward and firing home into the bottom right hand corner giving Kieron Renton no chance .two minutes later Locke tried again from 20 yards out but this time his shot was saved . Approaching the hour mark and Locke got down the left hand side before crossing to the back of the six yard box where Alexander Miller headed goal ward but Renton saved the attempt . A minute later Connor Wallace had to be at his best to save from a 20 yard shot from Ryan Porteous and Andrew Gillen cleared the loose ball out of the danger area . Anderson set up Locke after the hour mark when Locke cut inside and shot Renton saved well . Anderson set up Murray two minutes later but the home defence stood firm and cleared the danger . Good build up play on 63 minutes saw Kenny O’Brien fire in a shot that went past the far right hand post . Newtongrange got their equaliser on 69 minutes when Grant Gavin was adjudged to have fouled O’Brien about twenty two yards out to the right hand side . DALE O’HARA fired his free kick straight at the wall but it bounced straight back to him and this time he put it away in the bottom right hand corner .Miller made a good run down the right hand side into the box but saw his shot stopped by the keeper . With ten minutes remaining and the game looking as though it could go anyway Scott McNaughton tried a free kick from the left hand side ,just outside the box but it went past the right hand post . Nicholas Locke sent Kieran Anderson down the left hand side and his ball across the box was cut out by the defender .Locke was the next to see a cross defended well and cut out and cleared from danger . A Miller shot was deflected for a corner and when the corner came in Miller at the back post headed goal ward at the left hand side but his attempt was headed off the line by Darren Smith who was at the right hand post for the corner . Sean Melvin had a shot from 20 yards sail over the bar as both sides pushed for a winner .The winner in the final minute of normal time came when Kieran Anderson floated in a free kick into the six yard box from half way inside the hosts half centre of the park it was headed clear left where ROSS NIMMO gathered and as everybody was expecting a cross back into the box he fired a rocket into the far left top corner that Kieron Renton only saw when it came back out the net a fitting goal to win any match .
|February 17, 2018||2:30 pm||East Region Super League||2017/18|