Dalkeith had goalkeeper David Hay to thank for keeping a clean sheet and securing all three points against an industrious Oakley side.
Despite a bright opening from the home side, it was the visitors who had the first chance of the game when David Hay allowed a cross to slip from his grasp,that required his team mates to bail him out after blocking further efforts.
With half time approaching, Oakley should have taken the lead when McDonough looked to have lashed the ball home fromten yards, however, Hay showed great agility and a strong hand to pull off a great reaction save to keep the score 0-0 at the break.
The second half was only two minutes old when the Jags took the lead. Pusledzki was played in wide on the left by Sean Lally and with the visitors claiming for offside, raced in on goal.
Puddy’s cross across the face of the goal found Thomas Water and he made no mistake from two yards slamming the ball high into the roof of the net.
The Oakley manager, incensed that the goal was allowed to stand, was red carded for foul and abusive language.
Moments later Hay came to the rescue again when he saved low to his right with a tremendous fingertip save to deny McDonough.
The Jags introduced Paul Tansey for McNaughton on the hour mark and the winger looked to have extended the Jags lead within minutes,however his shot from the left was deflected just wide into the side netting with many inside the ground thinking it had crept in.
Lally had the ball in the back of the net but was called offside – a very tight decision.
Oakley huffed and puffed but could only muster a couple of free kicks on the edge of the box, both of which left Hay untroubled.
The last action of the match saw Darren Flynn blast the ball over the crossbar from eight yards when he really should have done better.
The referee blew for full time shortly afterwards and the Jags claimed all three points.