Dunalba get new season off to winning start at Saughton

Dunalba FC took three points
Dunalba FC took three points
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Dunalba FC ran out 2-1 winners against Dalmore United in a closely-fought Division 2 clash at Saughton.

The first 45 was a tight affair with both teams looking to start the season with a win.

Dalmore had the best chance early on when Tony Keating took control of a through ball and rounded the keeper. Luke Willmott prevented the deadlock from being broken, however, as he scrambled back to make a crucial challenge before Keating could score.

James Grubb almost put Dunalba ahead before half time. He flew down the left flank and skipped past three players, but lacked the finish with just the keeper to beat.

In the 55th minute, Craig Brooks let fly with a 25-yard piledriver on goal. It flew into the bottom left corner of the net to put Dunalba 1-0 up.

Just five minutes later, though, the scores were level when Stuart Inglis got in front of the keeper to head in powerfully from a corner.

With 15 minutes to go, Dunalba got the winning goal. On the counter-attack, Craig Hepburn raced down the left-hand side, before pulling the ball back to Kenneth McKenzie, who slotted home with confidence.

Meanwhile, on a blustery afternoon at Memorial Park, East Linton grabbed a narrow 2-1 win over The Spartans. Five minutes into the clash, Spartans went 1-0 up. Greig Veitch seized upon a defensive lapse in concentration to comfortably slot home.

By the 20-minute mark, East Linton had taken charge of the game and had managed to bring the scores level. Julian Anderson provided some width on the flank, got forward, and crossed into Kevin McKillop, who headed in with precision.

The momentum was in their favour and, soon after, East Linton went 2-1 up in fortuitous circumstances. A free-kick 20 yards out from Alistair Leslie deflected off Jim Clelland in the Spartans wall and flew past the helpless goalkeeper.

The second half had a familiar feel, with East Linton dominating. Craig McIntosh almost made it three with a close-range chance, but it was cleared off the line. Both teams were looking lively in the final 20 minutes, but there wasn’t to be many clear cut opportunities.

Spartans’ Seweryn Syska almost made it 2-2, but his shot from range was tipped over the bar.

Polbeth pay the penalty

It was all square at East Pilton Park, when Lauriston Thistle and Polbeth United played out a 2-2 draw on the opening day of the amateur season.

In the opening stages, both teams struggled to deal with the strong winds. It really was scrappy stuff.

Then, in the 20th minute, Kevin Robertson broke the deadlock for Lauriston when he struck a fizzing shot on goal from all of 20 yards which left the keeper with no chance.

Shortly after, John Batt equalised for Polbeth after he got in behind the Lauriston backline before side-footing in.

After the break, Batt struck again in similar circumstances. On the 60th minute he caught the defence napping, broke the offside trap to be in on goal and slotted home to give his side the lead.

Fifteen minutes from time, Lauriston pressed forward in search of an equaliser. Michael Troy cut into the box from the right-hand side and was brought down. A penalty was given and Troy dusted himself off to bring the scores level.

Both sides seemed happy to settle for a point a piece in what was an entertaining one to watch.