Thistle lose out again to local rivals

Dalkeith's Paul Tansey gives Tranent player the slip
Dalkeith's Paul Tansey gives Tranent player the slip

The Jags lost a close encounter to rivals Tranent Juniors thanks to a solitary goal from Eck Christie midway through the second half.

The two sides had met only two weeks previously in a close encounter and this meeting proved to be no 
different.

Dalkeith started brightly and on 5 minutes should have taken the lead when Dean Whitson’s met a Paul Tansey corner at the back post only to send his free header wide of the target and a couple of minutes later another set piece saw Mikey Hunter head just wide.

The best chance of the half came on 22 minutes when Kayne Paterson latched onto a slack backpass by Ryan McQueenie, however, he sent his effort high and wide of McQueen’s goal.

Both teams huffed and puffed but there was little of note in front of goal and went into the break all square.

The second half was turning into a carbon copy of the first period but that all changed on the hour when the visitors opened the scoring.

A free kick was won midway inside the Dalkeith half on the left and Miller flighted a delightbul cross into the box for Christie to nod over the line.

The Jags tried to get back into the match but on 75 minutes they faced an uphill struggle when John Robertson was shown a second yellow card while attempting to retrieve the ball from a time wasting Tranent player.

Despite being down to ten men the Jags pressed forward but were unable to test Robertson in the Tranent goal and in the last minute of normal time Mikey Hunter let his frustrations get the better of him and was shown a straight red card for something he said to the referee.

Dalkeith: McQueen, McQueenie, Robertson, Grieg, Whitson, Hunter, McGlashan, Tansey, Devlin, Wales, Adams. Subs, McLean, Waugh, Redpath, Murray.