Managerless Nitten in disappointing home loss

Newtongrange Star 1-2 Dundonald Bluebell
Newtongrange Star 1-2 Dundonald Bluebell

Managerless Star saw Kris Renton square the finely balanced tie at 1-1 but it was the Bluebell who had the final say with a stunning winner ensuring their progress.

The Nitten men under acting temporary manager Bernard Morocco’s guidance, were without suspended Craig Thomson, and a good start by the hosts saw visiting keeper James Lennox proving to be a star for the visitors, first denying two great chances to Kris Renton in six minutes, then Jack Wilson set up by David Morris in ten minutes, the latter denied by the keeper’s legs.

Home keeper Jim McQueen had yet to be tested but in a counterattack from the Bluebell in the 19th minute a great run by Gregg Meikle saw him set up Anthony and he opened the scoring to shock the Star at 1-0 to the Bluebell.

The Star needed a shake-up for the second half and almost immediately Jack Wilson saw a fine shot saved low down to his right by keeper Lennox.

However, it was 1-1 just six minutes into the second half when a corner swung in by Lee Currie was headed home by Kris Renton despite Stuart Walton’s attempted near goalline clearance. It was game on as another Cropley corner saw Blair Tomie’s header hit the bar. But after another missed chance by Renton it was Dundonald who again grabbed the lead in 65 minutes with a superbly-hit free-kick from Lawrie that beat the home 
defensive wall and that proved to be the worthy winner.

Newtongrange huffed and puffed to no avail to find the equaliser but a composed Bluebell defence remained focused.

Renton’s shot in 71 minutes tested Lennox again before another of his efforts was saved as the Star ran out disappointing second best to exit the East of Scotland Cup.