Danderhall Miners made it back-to-back wins in the Championship with a convincing 7-0 victory over Inverleith at Danderhall Recreation Park.
After racking up the goals mid-week away to Newtongrange Star, the Hall once again had no trouble finding the net as they showed their promotion credentials early on.
It was a slow start to the league affair with neither team looking threatening when suddenly Danderhall opened the scoring courtesy of an own goal. David Curran’s long throw into the box caused problems for the Inverleith defence and, under pressure from Grant McMillan, the aerial ball came off defender Arran Gosman and looped over keeper Steven Ferguson for 1-0.
To their credit the visitors rallied as they looked to make inroads back into the game, but their huffing and puffing did not amount to a lot, with Danderhall keeping it tight in the final third. Building from the back the hosts then grabbed their second of the afternoon with a well orchestrated counter-attack. With Inverleith bodies forward, McMillan brought the ball down the right with pace before cutting it back for Scott Cairney to whip into the bottom left corner.
As half-time loomed, the Hall could have been out of sight in the affair when McMillan was played through one on one with Ferguson, but the striker could only send his shot wide of the mark when it mattered.
It wasn’t to prove costly for the home side however, as ten minutes into the second half Danderhall put the game to bed with a third. Cairney sent James Laing down the right flank and the No.10 skipped past one challenge before cutting inside to fire in on his left foot past the helpless Ferguson.
Despite the score, the Hall didn’t take their foot off the gas and in a dominant 15 minutes, they grabbed four more with Inverleith heads down. Number four of the afternoon came courtesy of substitute Evan Watson, when his shot from the edge of the box took a wicked deflection off Alan Hodgison before lobbing the man between the sticks.
It was then the turn of fellow substitute, Darren Anderson, to make his mark on the game, and he bagged a hat-trick as Inverleith’s resistance faded. His first, and his sides’ fifth of the afternoon came courtesy of Richard Todd’s through pass from left back, with the sub running on to the ball before dispatching a cheeky lob over Ferguson.
Smelling blood, Anderson continued to make a nuisance of himself at the heart of the visitor’s defence. From the right-hand side of the box he provided an instinctive finish to double his account and further extend his side’s winning margin. The man off the bench then wrapped up proceedings with his third to make it 13 goals in two games for the Midlothian side, as he lobbed Ferguson from the edge of the box.
Manager Alex Stewart reflected on his side’s start to the season with hope for the campaign ahead. “I think with this team we’re going to go onto big things this season. The squad’s been improved and the bench is looking great too. We’ve got a very capable team now. We’re a compact team from back to front and I think for the season ahead we’ll not concede many goals, but we will score plenty. We’re aiming high after just missing out on promotion last year. We came up short because simply we had two or three players short but we’ll be on their coat-tails this year.”
Danderhall Miners AFC: Darren Anderson, Scott Cairney, David Curran, James Henderson, James Laing, Matthew Liddle, Craig Lyall, Kieran McDonald, Grant McMillan, Richard Todd, Kieran Turnbull, Evan Watson, Stephan Wilson, Kevin Milne, Andrew Dailly, Colin Lawson, Jason King.
Inverleith AFC: Euan Bell, Arran Gosman, Mark Low, Paul Martin, Marc McGregor, Peter Reilly, Ryan Rodgers, Jack Sandilands, Steven Ferguson, Jordan Davidson, Ryan Edmond, Alan Hodgison.