Newtongrange Star draw a blank in penultimate game

newtongrange 0-0 armadale
newtongrange 0-0 armadale

Another frustrating afternoon for Star as they drew a blank in perfect conditions at New Victoria Park on Saturday against Armadale Thistle.

The home side started brightly though and Michael Deland was denied by an excellent block before Gary Cherrie headed over at full stretch from a very good cross by Jono McManus in the tenth minute.

Thistle’s Taylor was booked for a tough challenge on Craig Thomson before Matti King crashed a powerful header against the crossbar after good work by Sean Jamieson.

Relegation threatened Thistle were desperate to take something from the match and the first half deteriorated into a scrappy affair littered by niggly fouls and stoppages, although 
McManus almost provided a breakthrough just before the break, but his effort whistled past the post.

Kris Renton had arrived late for the match direct from the airport but the big striker made a welcome return at the start of the second half for the injured Deland.

Feeney tested Keiron Renton with a powerful drive before Thomson lashed a piledriver just over from 20 yards in the 58th minute. McManus sent a free header over the bar from a Thomson corner before Renton came agonisingly close to breaking the deadlock in the 65th minute when his excellent curling effort from the edge of the box came back off the foot of the post with goalkeeper Watson beaten.

The visitors’ goal was leading a charmed life and Blair Tolmie had a header cleared off the line before Davie Dunn swept the rebound just wide.

Thistle’s Brown, Bonnar and MacLeod were all yellow-carded in quick succession as the “Dale” held on desperately, and Tolmie came close again in the closing minutes when he volleyed wide from close range, but Star could not turn their domination into goals and were forced to settle for a single point.

Newtongrange Star, the only Midlothian side still in action, finish their season at Musselburgh on Saturday.