Last day derby win over cup finalists for Newtongrange

Midlothian advertiser musselburgh v newtongrange football
Midlothian advertiser musselburgh v newtongrange football

Newtongrange Star wrapped up their Super League season with a win at Olive Bank on Saturday to finish in fourth top place.

Newtongrange opened the scoring in six minutes after ex Burgh’s Mathu King had twice been denied by Burgh keeper Ally Adams’ excellent saves but it was third time lucky for Mathu when a Craig Thomson corner was headed back into the penalty area and the Star number seven was on hand at the far post to tap home the opener.

Musselburgh 1-4 Newtongrange

Musselburgh 1-4 Newtongrange

Home keeper Ally Adams was the busier as Nitten continued to carry the greater threat and it was no surprise when in 26 minutes it was 2-0 to the visitors when a cracking shot from Kris Renton was tipped on to the post by Adams only to see King first to react netting the rebound to strengthen the Star’s advantage.

Musselburgh resumed the second half replacing Hamilton and Sheerin with Russell and Christie for the second half.

Stevie Thomson saw a chance blocked as Burgh tried to get back into the game but within 10 minutes of the restart it was 3-0 to Nitten with a fine run and finish by Jordan Cropley.

And just four minutes later Newtongrange celebrated their fourth goal of the afternoon and their 90th of the season with a powerful shot from Stevie Noble crashing into the Musselburgh net!

Just three minutes later and Burgh skipper Brian Martin supporting his attack finished off a neat one two beating Kieron Renton in the Star goals for a consolation Burgh goal, the Athletic’s 92nd of the season in their 40th game.

King chased his hat trick but despite hitting the back of the net he was deemed offside.Star’s hopes of finishing in third place were dashed by Linlithgow who finished three points ahead of the Star after winning 3-2 at Carnoustie last Saturday.

As for Musselburgh Athletic, they will be hoping for a much better performance on Sunday in the Scottish Junior Cup Final against Auchinleck Talbot, kick-off 4.05pm.