Star push champions in Ayrshire battle

Blair Tolmie heads over as Talbot hold on for the win on Saturday.'Auchinleck Talbot V Newtongrange Star, July 27
Blair Tolmie heads over as Talbot hold on for the win on Saturday.'Auchinleck Talbot V Newtongrange Star, July 27

East Super League new boys Newtongrange Star continued their pre-season preparations with a difficult away match at Auchinleck Talbot.

Star controlled the first half for long spells against the West Super League champions and it was no surprise when they took the lead after 35 minutes when Craig O’Reilly headed home from six yards.

Talbot midfielder Kyle Faulds received a straight red card shortly before the break.

Talbot’s new signing Allan McKenzie levelled the scores shortly before the hour mark, sliding the ball past Keiron Renton after Blair Tolmie failed to deal with a long ball. McKenzie struck again in the 85th minute smashing home from 25 yards to give his side a hard-fought 2-1 victory.

Read more in the August 1 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.