Musselburgh Athletic manager Stevie McLeish hailed his team for putting themselves “in a nice place” after they won 3-2 away at Armadale.
Lewis Turner’s winner moved the Olivebank club up to joint-fourth in the Super League table and McLeish said: “Armadale is a very difficult place to come and get anything. It was a very competitive game and a game which I believe we deserved to win. It puts us in a nice place, a place we’re delighted with.”
Musselburgh started the game well and took the lead with a super strike from Jordyn Sheerin in the 21st minute, but Armadale equalised in the 49th minute when Darren Dalrymple pounced on a mistake by the Musselburgh keeper Ally Adams to slam the ball into an empty net from 20 yards.
Musselburgh retook the lead in the 56th minute courtesy of an own goal from Gary Brown, only for Dalrymple to level things again five minutes later.
Armadale’s fight for a share of the points was blown out of the water only a couple of minutes after drawing level again when Lewis Turner sent over a cross-cum-shot which deceived everyone and landed in the net.
Armadale tried hard to draw level once again, but time ran out for Jim Henderson’s men as they saw once again their defensive frailties cost them dear.
“We are scoring goals but it’s criminal the way we leak them at the back,” lamented their boss Henderson.
“After a poor start to the game when Musselburgh had us under a lot of pressure, we came back into it and deserved to draw level, but we leak goals at the back and you don’t win game doing that.
“We came back into it and deserved to draw level, but we will need to work on our defensive system.”
Armadale: Walker, G Brown, Bonnar, S Brown, Morrison, Mauchline, McLeod, Taylor, Feeney, Dalrymple, McCafferty. Subs: Valentine, Bann, Swinburne, Patrick, Thomson.
Musselburgh: Adams, Munro, Wilson, Hamilton, Martin, Myles, Turner, K McDonald, Thomson, S McDonald, Sheerin. Subs: Davie, Ralton, Christie, Hunter, Russell.