ALLY MASSAQUOI stole the show with a superb man of the match performance in Duddingston Athletic’s 4-1 victory over Westside in Edinburgh and District Amateur FA Division One.
The Duddingston striker scored two and caused numerous problems for the Westside defence as Duddingston moved within three points of the promotion positions, with two games in hand over the majority of their rivals.
Despite their defeat, Westside are still level with second-place Bonnyrigg Rose Albion. The Westsiders took the lead after seven minutes when Jamie Meechan’s shot from the right side of the area was parried by Duddingston keeper Ross McGill and Bryan Ferry simple tapped in the rebound.
Duddingston responded well to the setback, though, and went on to dominate. Their first good opportunity arrived after 15 minutes when Grant Brockiehurst shot just past.
The equaliser came after 20 minutes when Massaquoi powered the ball past Westside goalkeeper Gavin Stuart after Robbie Forsyth’s long throw from the half way line was flicked on by John Lowe.
Duddingston continued to attack in the second half and, after 51 minutes, Massaquoi scored his second with a superb shot from the right corner of the penalty area, which fllew into the top left corner of the net. Westside began to show signs that they were finding a way back into the match, but it was Duddingston who put the game beyond doubt. A Westside pass deflected off the referee and fell kindly for Lowe. He passed the ball to Craig Thomson, whose shot from inside the box was parried by Stuart and player-manager Michael Dixon followed up to hammer the ball into the top right corner from a yard out. Massaquoi nearly completed his hat-trick with three minutes remaining when he fired just wide of goal.
But Thomson completed the scoring two minutes later. Michael Meechan’s through ball released Thomson, who dribbled past Stuart and calmly passed the ball into the net.
Westside manager Matthew Duncan said: “The match did not go well for us at all. We hadn’t played for a few weeks but that is no excuse for not turning up. Duddingston deserved the win.”
Duddingston player-boss Dixon added: “It was a massive result for us. We really needed that to get back into the mix for the league title.”
Westside: Gavin Stuart, Simon Thomson, Joe Stewart, Jordan Campbell, Michael Elder, Jamie Meechan, Gary Sougall, James Brown, Bryan Ferry, Craig Dobson, Mark Burt, Steven Kane, Kevin Brown.
Duddingston Athletic: Ross McGill, Robbie Forsyth, Grant Brockiehurst, Michael Meechan, Richard Hill, Paul Nibloe, Gary Scott, John Lowe, Craig Thomson, Edward MacInally, Ally Massaquoi, Derek Lambie, Garry Oliver, Alan Congleton, Martin Grant, Michael Dixon.