Musselburgh boss Stevie McLeish gave his team a rollicking at full-time – despite them securing their place in the last 16 of the Scottish Junior Cup.
The visitors progressed thanks to a 5-3 win over Glasgow side Rossvale in which striker Jordyn Sheerin scored a sensational hat-trick and fellow forward Steven Thomson notched a fine double.
Only the outcome pleased manager McLeish, though, as he revealed: “The result was the only thing to take from this game. We were well short of what we should be achieving.
“We’ll need to play a whole lot better in the next round. The two strikers did the business for us and we’re delighted with that, but there were lots of areas where we came up short.”
Musselburgh raced into the lead with a fabulous strike from Thomson in the fifth minute.
He turned inside from the left wing and curled a super effort into the net for the first of a top-class brace.
Rossvale, with former Aberdeen and Dundee United striker Robbie Winters, now 40, playing superbly up front, drew level in the 28th minute. The Musselburgh defence failed to clear a corner and Tony McDermott headed home.
Musselburgh responded immediately. They forced a corner on the left and when the ball fell to Sheerin just outside the box, he fired home a terrific strike. Then, just before half-time, Thomson grabbed a superb second. He played a one-two with Sheerin and turned his marker twice before drilling the ball into the net from an acute angle. Fabulous stuff.
It was a different Rossvale who came out for the second half however and they quickly hit back again.
In the 47th minute, Winters converted a penalty after he was brought down, then, a couple of minutes later, Fraser Team collected a Winters pass in the box and drove the ball into the net to make it 3-3. But Musselburgh raced upfield and, from a long, high ball, Sheerin outpaced the home defence to fire the ball into the far corner.
Right on the final whistle, Musselburgh were awarded a penalty. With both Sheerin and Thomson on doubles, who would take it? Sheerin grabbed the ball as the dedicated penalty taker and he converted easily.
Sheerin said: “The performance could have been better. I was delighted with my hat-trick but it’s the result that counts.”
Rossvale: Bowskill, O’Donnell, Winters, Team, Misanjo, Linton, Ardalini, Hepburn, Maguire, McDermott, McQuade. Subs: Cassels, Beattie, McQuarrie, Bamba, Brown.
Musselburgh Athletic: Lee, Christie, Martin, Myles, Hamilton, Doig, Ralton, Smith, Munro, Thomson, Sheerin. Subs: Russell, Dolland, Davie, Wilson, Moffat.