Musselburgh Athletic withstood a terrific second-half fightback from Newtongrange to claim a 3-2 win and their place in the fourth round of the DJ Laing East of Scotland Cup.
Star boss Stevie McLeish admitted: “It took us an hour to wake up but when we did we were the better team, but the final whistle came too quick for us.
“To be fair, though, Musselburgh came here to do a job and their tactics won the day but I’m pleased the way the team almost turned the game around.”
The experienced Musselburgh attack racked up a three-goal cushion in the first hour, opening their account with a strike from Michael Moffat in the sixth minute. They doubled their lead with a typical Mathu King effort with ten minutes to go to the break.
King later said: “It was good to get back on the scoresheet again. I would like to say it was well-executed but it was more of a hit and hope effort but, they all count.”
Musselburgh scored a third within five minutes of the restart when Connor Thomson took advantage of a slip from Newtongrange goalkeeper Liam Amos’s kick-out to block the ball and send it over his head and into the net.
Star came roaring back, though. First, Lee Currie headed home the rebound after keeper Kieron Renton had saved a free-kick then, five minutes later, David Morris scored at the back post.
Newtongrange were now flying and Burgh keeper Renton had to be at his best against his old club to keep them out.
Musselburgh gaffer Calvin Shand said: “It was a good result for us.”
Newtongrange Star: Amos, Cook, Currie, Douglas, Flynn, Martynuek, Morris, Murray, O’Brien, Richardson, Wilson. Subs: Hamilton, Lally, Lander.
Musselburgh Athletic: Renton, McManus, Lynch, Hogg, O’Kane, Cherrie, King, Davie, Moffat, Ralton, Thomson. Subs: Dunn, Spowart, McLean.