Manager’s blast inspires Broxburn fightback at Musselburgh

Kieran Anderson scored Broxburn's winner
Kieran Anderson scored Broxburn's winner
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Broxburn boss Max Christie revealed “a stiff talk” at half-time was key to his side’s 2-1 victory at Musselburgh.

A second-half fightback from the in-form visitors saw them consolidate their position in the Super League.

Christie said: “We started the game badly and couldn’t get into our stride. The pitch didn’t help, though. At half-time, we had a stiff talk with the players and it was a different side who came out for the second half.

“We were more concentrated and, after we equalised, were more comfortable on the ball. We’re on a good run just now so I hope it continues.”

Musselburgh had grabbed the opener with a super strike from Declan O’Kane, his effort from distance finding the corner of the net leaving goalkeeper Connor Easton helpless.

Within a couple of minutes of the restart, Broxburn were level, though. Zander Miller rose above a packed home defence to head the ball towards goal. Goalkeeper Kieron Renton looked to have it covered but it somehow squirmed narrowly over the line.

Broxburn took the lead in the 55th minute with a superb free-kick from Kieran Anderson. As he did last week against Camelon, Anderson curled his 25-yard effort around the wall and into the bottom corner of the net.

Broxburn dominated for long spells thereafter and although Musselburgh did apply some pressure in the dying minutes, they were having a day to forget in front of goal.

Defeat for Burgh sees them hovering close to the relegation zone. Manager Calvin Shand said: “We scored the opener and had a good first half but we went to sleep for the opening ten minutes of the second and paid the penalty.”

Musselburgh: Renton, Lynch, Hogg, O’Kane, Murphy, Cherrie, Spowart, King, Davie, Donaldson, Thomson. Subs: Adams, Dunn, McManus, Ralton, Gillan.

Broxburn: Wallace, Cole, Baptie, Gavin, Paterson, Richards, Nimmo, Scott, Miller, Locke, Anderson. Subs: Donoghue, Purves, Browne, Downie.