Newtongrange miss chance to peg back Kelty

Broxburn boss Max Christie
Broxburn boss Max Christie
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A wonder strike in the last minute severely dented Newtongrange’s aspirations of winning the Super League.

After a hard-fought contest in which both teams created numerous chances, Liam Gray gathered the ball on half way, took a few strides forward and fired a swerving rocket shot past the startled Kieron Renton in the Star goal.

It was a disappointing day for the hosts as leaders Kelty were defeated so the chance to close the gap was lost.

Star spokesman said: “It is going to be hard to close the gap now. We really needed to win to have a realistic chance.”

Broxburn boss Max Christie was delighted with his depleted squad’s performance. “It was a great team effort at a place that has not been a happy hunting ground recently.”

Boxburn’s John Miller should have had a penalty after 13 minutes but the referee was having none of it. Just after the half hour Star’s Kris Renton had a great chance to open the scoring when a corner kick fell to his feet six yards out but Gary Maley saved his point-blank shot. Miller then forced Star goalkeeper Kieron Renton to make a fantastic save approaching half-time.

Star’s Jordan Cropley had a great chance after the break but again Maley was at his best. Sean Jamieson then put a great ball in from the right to the back post where Maley took two attempts to punch the ball over his bar. The game exploded in the last five minutes. Mike Willem got the ball on the half-way line and was recklessly challenged by Gary Cherrie who was given a red card. Kris Renton was next to see red two minutes into injury time with a similar challenge on Willem.

Newtongrange Star: Ki Renton, Gillon, Noble (Deland 45), Tolmie, Dunn, Thomson, Jamieson, Cherrie, K Renton, Cropley, Wilson (C King 65, M King 75m). Subs: Kerr, Amos.

Broxburn Athletic: Maley, Locke, Young, Willem, Rarity, Scott, Manson (Munn 79), J Miller, Keast, Cormack (Gray 85).