Late collapse sees Dalkeith lose five goal East/ Midlothian derby

DALKEITH 2-3 HADDINGTON
DALKEITH 2-3 HADDINGTON

The Jags went into his East/ Midlothian derby on Saturday knowing that a win would move them above their visitors but it wasn’t to be.

Things started well however, when a Dalkeith corner was headed into his own net by Sean Martin in just the third minute.

Thereafter though the Haddington had the better of things, though falling just short when it came to putting Dalkeith ‘keeper Hay under pressure.

The early goal was all that separated the teams at the break, as Dalkeith held onto a narrow lead.

Ten minutes into the second half Steven Froude had the ball in the Dalkeith net but the referee reckoned him offside.

Then not long past the hour mark it seemed like the Jags would take all three points when Dalkeith got a second goal courtesy of Craig O’Reilly.

Undeterred by this setback however the visitors stuck to their task and were eventually rewarded nine minutes from time when Steven Froude capitalised following a slip from Hay in the home goal.

The veteran Thistle custodian was at fault again in the 89th minute when he let Andy Forbes’ effort slip through his hands, the ball crossing the line to give the Hi Hi what had seemed an unlikely draw. Or so it seemed..

In the third minute of injury time Sean Martin, without a goal in a while after netting three in his first two games following his move from Whitehill Welfare in early October, took full advantage of a goalscoring opportunity - cue delirious celebrations at a remarkable late comeback!

Dalkeith Thistle had hoped to have the opportunity to bounce back from this cruel late 3-2 defeat with a visit to Arniston for a local derby, but Arniston are still engaged in Scottish Cup duties leaving Thistle competitively idle this weekend.

With the fourth round draw for the Scottish Cup having been made in Glasgow last midweek Arniston would face a mid January away fourth round tie at Kilwinning Rangers if they pass the Neilston challenge.

Dalkeith Thistle also drew an away fourth round Scottish Cup tie at former winners Hurlford United.

While it’s home comforts for Bonnyrigg Rose entertaining Penicuik’s conquerors Premier League Lochee United.