Dalkeith to the four to remain in the hunt for league promotion


Scottish Cup heroes Dalkeith Thistle returned to league business at King’s Park last Saturday, and stretched their unbeaten run to seven games.

They now sit fifth in the Premier League, two points behind third-placed Haddington with a game in hand.

In was a 12th minute goal from Paul Tansey, who was on the spot to rifle home a Michael Hunter cross to the far post, that started the Thistle on their way. Next Tansey had the ball in the Edinburgh net again but the referee spotted offside.

By the 20th minute it was a good entertaining game with just that Tansey goal separating the two teams until the 24th minute when Thistle went 2-0 up. Set up by Scott McNaughton for Craig O’Reilly to hold off a challenge and finish with composure into the back of the net.

United’s Nicky Robertson was booked for showing fists to O’Reilly but then in 28 minutes some slack defending saw United pull a goal back, Gabriel Auriemma forcing the ball home to make it 2-1 .

Keeper David Hay was booked in 34 minutes for dissent before a good run by Michael Hunter set up Paul Tansey but his shot was just inches off target. Matty Hunter then had a shot blocked by keeper Connor Easton’s legs in a competitive contest which saw more home chances fall to Michael and Matty Hunter before the half finished with Scott McNaughton hitting the United net only to be ruled offside.

After Reese Smith had cleared off the line for Dalkeith following a United corner, dissent early in the second half saw Craig O’ Reilly booked.

On 55 minutes it was 3-1 to Dalkeith following a long kick out of defence and Matty Hunter beat the offside trap keeping his composure to net a crucial strike for Dalkeith.

A minute later and the woodwork saved United as Mattie’s effort hit the crossbar. Edinburgh to their credit battled away.

On 70 minutes Paul Tansey was substituted by Mark Osborne before Thistle had the ball in the net but for the third time it was ruled offside by referee Rennie.

Edinburgh were to see a few bookings to add to their frustration but the icing on the cake for Thistle came via a fourth goal in injury time when a shot by substitute Stephen Pusledski went into the net via United’s Darren McGrath to cap a fine result for the Jags.