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Dalkeith Thistle 2-1 Dundee Violet
Dalkeith Thistle 2-1 Dundee Violet

Dalkeith Thistle’s fourth win in a row kept their late promotion hopes alive with new manager Kevin Hayne’s honeymoon period continuing.

In a struggling first half it took until the 43rd minute before an attempt was made on either goal.

The visitors were the architects of their own downfall when Blair Mudie attempted a crazy back pass from just inside the Dalkeith half. What started out as a back pass became a wonderful defence splitting pass which Craig O’Reilly latched onto just before the onrushing Violet keeper.

The big striker was forced to take the ball wide of goal and from a narrow angle floated the ball to the far corner where it was cleared off the line, however, Paul Tansey showed great technique to volley home the loose ball leaving Thistle edging it at 1-0 come the half time whistle.

The second half was much better from the Jags however and inside the opening two minutes they could have extended their lead from chances that fell to Scott McNaughton and O’Reilly.

The visitors were offering little by way of a threat to the Jags goal but the Violet were denied an equaliser on the hour when a Thomas Waters goal line clearance crashed off a Dundee player and into the back of the net. The referee, however, spotted that a hand was used by the Violet player and chalked the goal off, much to the relief of the home side.

With this let-off the Jags maintained a spring in their step and scored a quite superb second goal on 70 minutes when Tansey sent O’Reilly racing down the right wing. The big striker turning past a defender before delivering an inch perfect cross to Paul Tansey who bulleted home a header from six yards.

The Jags had chances to finish the game off and secure the victory, however with just two minutes left Ryan Dignan pulled a goal back following some confusion in the Dalkeith defence.

This made for a nervous late couple of minutes but the Jags held firm and secured all three welcome points.