It was goals galore on Saturday, with no fewer than 19 strikes from the five Midlothian Junior clubs. But there was only the one winner on the day – Newtongrange Star.
The Star won a classic nine-goal thriller by 5-4 at Penicuik Park, where Athletic played their first home game in 14 weeks. Penicuik scored their first goal after just 30 seconds of play.
It was a strong period of play after the interval that edged Star ahead, as they clung to a narrow 5-4 lead in the closing minutes with Penicuik pressing for the equaliser.
Dalkeith Thistle and Arniston Rangers both scored four goals each in their respective away league matches at Oakley and Stoneyburn, but had to settle for draws.
The only losers were Super League’s Bonnyrigg Rose, who slipped up at New Dundas Park, losing 4-2 to Camelon, who completed a season’s league double over the Rose.
Cup ties dominate this Saturday’s junior football programme with Scottish Cup, East of Scotland Cup and Fife and Lothians Cup ties on the menu.
Lochee Harp will be at home to face Bonnyrigg Rose in the first round of the East of Scotland Cup as Rose bid to join the likes of Newtongrange, Dalkeith and Arniston in the second round draw.
Penicuik have yet to visit Forfar West End in the East of Scotland Cup but, instead, the Cuikie will be away to Tayport on Saturday in the Premier League for Penicuik’s seventh and Tayport’s 13th league match of the season.
Dalkeith Thistle beat Armadale Thistle 2-1 at King’s Park back in September in the Premier League and welcome them at King’s Park again this Saturday in the second round of the Fife and Lothians Cup.
Meanwhile, league matches are featured at both Newtongrange and Arniston on Saturday as Star, currently sitting top of the Premier League, entertain Glenrothes (Star won 2-1 at Glenrothes) while South League’s Arniston will be at home to Edinburgh United.
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