Musselburgh Windsor 19s overpowered their local rivals Musselburgh Windsor Colts 5-0 at Pinkie St Peters to move nine points clear at the top of SERYFA Division 1.
Windsor’s lead at the league’s summit now makes them favourites for the title, while Colts still have work to do to avoid being sucked into a relegation battle.
The grass pitch at Pinkie was not in its most prime condition and, to the players’ credit, both sides looked to get the ball down and make passes.
Windsor’s Ryan McConville’s fast break almost created an opening, but the No. 7 failed to keep his shot under the crossbar. Colts were struggling to get to grips with Windsor, who were beginning to dominate proceedings and a clever pass from Jack Thomson was almost rewarded when team-mate Jack McIntyre’s shot cannoned off the outside of the left post.
Windsor’s pressure finally paid off in the 20th minute when a searching ball from defender Craig McLeod picked out the run of McConville and he lifted the ball over Callum Marshall to place the ball into the bottom left corner.
Colts’ Ryan Cameron then brought out a good save from Daniel Laing as Colts tried to assert their authority on the match.
Windsor, however, increased their lead ten minutes before the interval when Jack Moffat guided a header into the top corner after Ewan Ralton had headed back across goal.
Colts began the second period with more composure and they should have reduced the deficit when Ryan Watt’s inswinging corner was met by the onrushing Cameron, but he failed to hit target from eight yards.
However, Windsor put the game out of sight with the most sensational strike from distance. With Ralton hovering 25 yards from goal, the ball fell kindly to the attacking player and he displayed great control before firing a volley which crashed into the back of the net.
Substitute Jordon Burrows then made it 4-0 when he showed great trickery in the penalty area, faking to go one way before cutting the ball back onto his left side and placing the ball into Marshall’s top right corner.
McConville completed a good day at the office when he added a touch of gloss to the scoreline by adding number five from close range.
Windsor coach Stuart Turnbull was pleased with his side’s application and hopes to continue picking up the points that will secure them championship glory.
Turnbull said: “It’s a good solid start where there’s always a risk after Christmas that things are a bit rusty but we got into the game well and played solid enough. It was always going to be a difficult game against the Colts team because they are always up for it.
“But it’s another three points in the league and if we keep winning then nobody will be able to catch us. We’ve had nine wins and a draw now in the league so we can’t complain.”
Musselburgh Windsor Colts: Callum Marshall, Patrick Dempsey, Ryan Hutchison, David Reid, Connor Clark, Jordan Reid, Paul Dery, Robbie Murray, Ryan Watt, Lee Edwardson, Shaun Davidson, Ryan Cameron, Andrew Cameron, Andrew Lang.
Musselburgh Windsor: Daniel Laing, Patrick Harrold, Craig McLeod, Kieran McHarg, Jack Moffat, Ryan McConville, Daniel Moffat, Jordon Burrows, Craig Turnbull, Kevin Keane, Jack Thomson, Jack McIntyre, Gary Scott-Learmonth, Ben Stewart, Wayne Simpson, Ewan Ralton.