Midlothian Juniors kick-off their pre-season

Penicuik's 2-0 home friendly defeat to Irvine Meadow
Penicuik's 2-0 home friendly defeat to Irvine Meadow

West Super League side Irvine Meadow opened Penicuik’s season on Saturday with a friendly at Penicuik Park.

In the 24th minute Meadow attacked up the right wing and Ryan Deas left Mikey McDermott in his wake and slotted the ball low past Bejaoui for the opening goal. Four minutes later, live wire Gary McCann curled a great cross into the Penicuik box where Shaun Fraser, with an acrobatic scissors kick, volleyed the ball past Bejaoui to record a 2-0 win.

Elsewhere, Easthouses Lily had a fine win at Newbattle on Saturday in both the Lily and Thistle’s first friendly match of the season as the Lily made a successful start to their new challenges back in the junior ranks and looking forward to their first competitive league match at home to West Calder United on August 8.

Easthouses were 1-0 up in this local derby by the 15th minute playing against a strong wind with a strike from Darren Roberston beating Thistle keeper John Falconer.

The Jags tried in vain to exploit the elements but too many efforts were fired high and it was 2-0 to the Lily on the half hour mark as Mark Brown netted the hosts’ second goal to stun the visiting Jags who trailed by that scoreline at half time before introducing Sean Lally and ex Arniston’s Tadg Moriarty for the second half.

Easthouses too shuffled the pack in that second half giving a few players a run out but try as they might Dalkeith found the home defence solid enough to deny Thistle a breakthrough.

Newtongrange Star won their first friendly match of the new season on Saturday by 3-1 away at Broadwood Stadium against Cumbernauld, with two Matti King goals and an own goal sealing a fine Star win.