Star shine in very local derby cup tie

Newtongrange Star 3-1 Arniston Rangers
Newtongrange Star 3-1 Arniston Rangers

Newtongrange Star welcomed near neighbours Arniston Rangers to a busy New Victoria Park on Saturday in the East of Scotland Cup.

In Nitten’s very first attack Kris Renton set up Jordan Cropley with the Arniston defence posted missing and the Star number 11 swept the ball past Arnie goalkeeper Dale Cornet to put the Star 1-0 up.

It was end-to-end play in this competitive cup tie with both ’keepers in action.

A glancing header by Kateleza was seized by Star ’keeper Jim McQueen, then Danny McFadden fired a shot off target before a long-ranger by Star’s Jack Wilson also cleared the target.

Both sides kept up the pressure, and another Arniston chance went begging when McTiernan fired over the bar.

Arniston’s search for the equaliser was undone in 42 minutes when a McFadden free kick was cleared upfield by Brian Murray.

Craig Thomson went in hot pursuit all the way upfield in a solo run and he finished it off, coolly slotting the ball past Cornet into the Arnie net to put Alan Miller’s men 2-0 up.

Star almost made it three just before the break. First, Lee Currie’s effort was blocked then a free header by Cropley ended up too high.

In 53 minutes Renton should have scored but he saw his header rebound off Cornet’s crossbar.

In an unlucky 13th minute of the second half, Arniston conceded a penalty when Cropley was felled by Ross Pullen. Thomson scored from the resultant spot kick to make it 3-0 .

Arniston bravely replied with determination and effort but all in vain as in the 70th minute another excellent McQueen save denied David Jeffrey’s shot on target.

Renton then hit a netbound screamer only to be superbly touched round the post by Cornet.

Arniston’s consolation goal came five minutes from time when their late pressure finally paid off, Darren 
McTiernan hitting the Star net, but that was to be the end of the scoring.