Tynecastle v Broxburn Athletic
The Brox made the short trip to Edinburgh to face Tynecastle who had suffered their only defeat of the season so far the previous week at Penicuik Athletic by 3-2 . Broxburn were looking to kick on after last week’s amazing fight back in their 7 goal thriller with Newtongrange Star .
The Brox made 6 changes to their starting line-up mostly due to injuries , Newall , Donaldson , Townsley , Barker , Tait and Allum replacing Gillen , Hutchison , Purves , Grant , Nimmo and Binnie .
The game got of to a slow start with Ross first to threaten in 5 minutes but his run was well checked and defended by Pennycuick .The visitors started to gain the ascendency with Nicol chipping a nice through ball for Allum which was well cut out by savage . Ross then curled in a free kick just over the bar after a foul on Donaldson .
In 9 minutes the home side had their best move so far Kennedy playing a ball to Pennycuick who was stopped by Greenhill 25 yards from goal .Cameron’s shot from the free Kick was well over the bar . Broxburn went close a minute later Nicol and Greenhill combined well slipping the ball to Ross who’s intelligent pass sent barker clear on the left but his shot was disappointing and wide .
Another great chance presented itself for the visitors after a slip by Savage , Allum set himself for a shot which he dragged wide to the left when squaring the ball would have provided a tap in for Barker . Broxburn’s defending from corner’s had not been great so far this season and they were lucky not to be punished when Combe had a free header that he put over the bar .
In 15 minutes it was Broxburn’s turn to get a header in at goal , Greenhill’s free kick saw Townsley head wide .
A great move from Hendry cutting in from the left saw him get off a great 25 yard strike which Wallace more than matched with a cracking save tipping over the bar . From the corner the visitors once again were allowed a free header at goal which was saved with Combe forcing in the rebound but was ruled offside . In an end to end game now Ross and Donaldson were causing havoc down the left , the latter crossing in which just eluded Allum and Tait .
A goal was coming and did in 25 minutes , Greenhill sending Ross away with a great pass and he beat Pennycuick inside and out before passing to Donaldson to cross the ball breaking to ROSS ALLUM who fired the opener for the Brox .
The visitors gave up another golden opportunity a minute later but Taylor Hendry shot wildly over .
In 33 minutes the Brox doubled their advantage , a mistake from Pennycuick allowed CAMERON ROSS to run on and strike for goal which went under Leiper and into the net . The home side were all at sea and gave the ball away in midfield and Tait took advantage of and struck a good shot from 25 yards which Leiper dived to save well .
in 39 minutes Kennedy was booked for chopping down Newall .
A controversial moment on 42 minutes , a Donaldson cross was turned into his own net by a home defender with Barker in close attendance . The officials however thought other wise and chalked the goal off !. As so often happens Tynecastle broke down field played out to the left to TAYLOR HENDRY he cut in from the left and fired a great shot which Wallace got a hand to but couldn’t stop going into the net .
In first half injury time Tynecastle were almost level yet again a corner provided the chance a Hendry shot was saved by Wallace the ball ran free to Combe who forced home but was ruled to be offside .
HALF TIME TYNECASTLE 1 BROXBURN ATHLETIC 2
Tynecastle replaced Savage and Fletcher Hendry with Fisher and Steel at half time .
The home side were the livelier of the two at the beginning of the second half , Ponton getting in a tempting cross dealt with well by Wright .
Pennycuick was booked for pulling back Donaldson on 50 minutes . Ross went close for the Brox in 52 minutes Barker playing a nice ball which he hit a bouncing shot which Leiper scrambled around the post . The visitors continued to press , a good run and cross from Newall on the right was well blocked by Jardine with the Broxburn forwards ready to pounce . Leiper produced a great save from a Ross header from a Tait cross .
The Brox continued to cause problems Nicol slipping the ball to Barker who attempted a shot from 25 yards which he didn’t get the best connection on and it drifted wide of the right hand post .
In 59 minutes Pennycuick was booked then replaced with Todd .
Broxburn should have gone further ahead on 61 minutes ,Ross was beating Wales everytime down the left and sent over a cross which saw both Barker and Allum have efforts blocked on the line . Two minutes later it was Ross again providing a chance with another great run and cross this time Barker getting his head to it but couldn’t direct it on target .
In 65 minutes Brass replaced Allum .
Newall had a great burst forward from his own half and was only stopped at the home penalty box when trying to flick the ball to Tait . The chances continued to come and go for Broxburn , Donaldson advancing into the penalty box his cross broke to Brass who stabbed the ball over the bar . Moments later Ross crossed again after beating Wales but brilliant defending from Steel prevented the ball reaching Tait for a tap in . In 71 minutes Wales was booked for a foul on Ross .
In a huge blow for Broxburn Brass had to be replaced picking up an ankle knock , Binnie coming on in his place .
In 74 minutes Greenhill was booked followed by Savage 2 minutes later . In 83 minutes a Ross shot produced a great save from Leiper . Ross was was then booked for a foul on Combe . In 87 minutes Cowley replaced Greenhill .
Leiper once again produced heroics to keep his side in the game from a Ross header and then a Barker volley from a Newall free kick . As Broxburn tried to see out the game they sat a little too deep allowing Tynecastle more room to come forward but thankfully they couldn’t fashion a clear chance .
Another game that had to be seen to be believed this time the main talking point was how the Brox only managed two goals with almost total control of the 2nd half . The result was pleasing however against a team who had made a good start to the season . Broxburn now move on to Whitehill Wlefare on Tuesday night in the first round of the East of Scotland Qualifying cup ..
FULL TIME TYNECASTLE 1 BROXBURN ATHLETIC 2
TYNECASTLE LEIPER , PENNYCUICK (TODD 59m) , F. HENDRY ( FISHER 46m ), COMBE , KENNEDY , PONTON , T.HENDRY , CAMERON , WALES , SAVAGE ( STEEL 46m) ,JARDINE
SUBS McINTOSH , ANUKAM , RAE , FRASER .
REFEREE MR C. HOBBS . ASSISTANTS MR D.ROBERTSON , MR S.KING
|August 7, 2021||2:30 pm||East Premier League||2021/22|
|Team||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals|
KO 23 31 63 74 75 83 87 FT