David McGlynn resigned as Musselburgh Athletic boss just hours before Saturday’s DJ Laing East of Scotland Cup win over Falkirk JFC, ending a spell of just under ten years as manager.
The news has fuelled speculation that McGlynn could be set to take over at Bonnyrigg Rose following the resignation of Max Christie, although neither McGlynn nor his father Charlie, Musselburgh’s chairman, were available for comment.
Nevertheless, without a manager, and with goalkeeping coach Walter Martyniuk and kitman Allan Todd in charge, Musselburgh got the job done to ease through to the second round of the cup with a convincing win over South Division side Falkirk. Goalkeeping coach Walter Martyniuk was unable to shed any light on the situation regarding McGlynn, revealing they had spoken to each other ahead of the game to talk tactics.
“The only news is Davie couldn’t make it and that’s as much as we know,” said Martyniuk.
“The boys in there are professional enough to get on with the job in hand and I think that’s what they did do.
“I just said to them ‘the gaffer can’t make the game, but you are all good enough to get the job done’ and I think they did that.
Musselburgh got off to the perfect start after ten minutes when Jordyn Sheerin’s delightful through ball found midfielder Michael Hunter, who took it to the left of Falkirk goalkeeper Steven McGlynn before slotting into the empty net.
The visitors, with just one win in five South Division games sofar this season, then went close themselves with James McAteer and Sebastian Tinning both hitting efforts narrowly wide of Ally Adams’ post.
However, with Falkirk continually gifting possession away to their hosts, Musselburgh made it two on 19 minutes. Kevin McDonald found a gap in the visiting defence to arrow a shot into the bottom corner past the helpless McGlynn from 20 yards out. The home side looked more comfortable with their two goal cushion and began to pass the ball around at ease.
The only surprise was that they didn’t add to their lead until the 33rd minute, when Sheerin used his experience to turn his marker with his back to goal before sliding the ball across McGlynn and into the bottom corner.
Sheerin then cannoned a free-kick from 25 yards off the post, before Lewis Turner made it four before half-time.
Jed Davie looked assured in the left-back berth, prominent in attack and defence, and he set up Turner on 42 minutes with a defence-splitting through ball which Turner headed over McGlynn with his back to goal.
It really looked a matter of how many now, but Falkirk returned from the interval with nothing to lose in the second half and forced a couple of opportunities of their own before the home side added to their lead.
Steven Thomson fooled both keeper and defence by shaping to cut the ball back across goal, but instead fired in at McGlynn’s near post for the fifth with half an hour remaining.
Sheerin, Musselburgh’s top goalscorer so far this season with five Super League goals, came close to his second of the afternoon with an audacious flick from Ewan Ralton’s cross, but McGlynn held on.
Falkirk pulled one back on 90 minutes with a great strike from Callan Kerr from outside the box, but Musselburgh restored their five-goal advantage in added on time through Thomson to round off their second home win of the season.
Musselburgh: Adams, Christie, Myles, Hunter (Doig), Turner (Ralton), McDonald, Thomson, Sheerin, Russell, Davie, Moffat.
Falkirk: McGlynn, Nicol, Mitchell, Chalmers, Lejman, Watson, Shirra (Lawrie), Ure, McAteer (McInnes), Tinning (Kerr), Faulds.