A minute’s silence was held in tribute to the late great Alex Young, who played for Newtongrange prior to a career with Hearts, Everton and Scotland.
From the start, the home side threatened as MacDonald threaded a pass to Montgomery whose low cross was cleared for a corner.
The corner was headed clear but eventually fell to Montgomery who blasted past Amos’s right hand upright.
The home side weren’t to be denied and with only seven minutes gone good work by Somerville wide left saw his cross missed by everyone and land at Gay’s Feet and he slotted calmly home.
On the quarter hour mark a Montgomery drive across the box was met by Somerville at the back post but his effort flew high and wide.
Two minutes later a free kick by Star’s Currie found Richardson on the six-yard box but Easton was equal to his effort and the ball was cleared.
Lander was influential for the visitors and in the 22nd minute set up Cropley but his shot cleared the bar by a considerable distance.
Then in the 40th minute the home side extended their lead as a Gay corner was nodded on by Somerville and was met at the backpost by Forbes who netted from six yards out.
In the second half, it was the visitors who were first to show as Lander saw his effort easily saved by Easton before a slack Noble pass gave the same player another opportunity but he shot wide.
Star were taking the game to the hosts and both Currie and Martyniuk saw efforts kept out by some stout home defending.
On the hour mark, it was the home side who showed their quality with a six-man passing move down the right seeing Somerville flash his diving header past the upright with Amos beaten.
Four minutes later a Hume cross was bundled goal ward by Somerville and amid claims the ball had crossed the line referee Stuart waved play on.
On 75 minutes Gay released MacDonald who skipped past Richardson and picked out McCallum whose sublime finish left Amos stranded to put the game to bed.