Late penalty sees the Jags into the next round of cup


A Stephen Pusledski penalty with five minutes remaining on Saturday put the Jags into the third round of the Scottish Junior Cup.

The Jags gave a home debut to loan signing Dean Whitson and also saw Dawid Paterek making his first appearance of the season in goal. The visitors started strongly and from a corner in the second minute Mikey Hunter landed awkwardly and had to be replaced by substitute Pusledski.

In truth this was a dour game with not much happening by way of goalmouth action. The Jags struggled to get forward and had to thank the woodwork and Paterek for a good save with his feet to keep the score level at half time.

Into the second half and with the wind at their backs the Jags started to exert some pressure but it took until the 60th minute before they had a shot on target. Rees Smith firing in a long range net bound effort which swerved and dipped but the Kirrie keeper was up to the task and tipped the ball round the post.

Dean Whitson blasted a close range volley over the bar when perhaps a header was required but going into the last quarter it was still goalless. Tadg Moriarty was next to try his luck with a shot from the angle of the box but it was just too high and clipped the crossbar on the way over.

With five minutes remaining a bit of Thomas Waters trickery saw him twist and turn inside the box before having his legs whipped away from under him by the Kirrie full back. The penalty was awarded without hesitation by the referee and dispatched with ease by Pusledski to send the Jags into the hat for the third round draw.

Next up for Dalkeith this Saturday is an away trip to Lochee Harp in a second round East of Scotland Cup tie, kick-off 2pm.