Arniston may miss out on a semi-final spot in the Dechmont Forklift South League Cup after they crashed to a 4-0 defeat at Musselburgh.
Arniston boss Steve Osbourne said: “We were short of players, had players out of position, our keeper injured during the game and short of subs. It’s been a learning curve for the club and myself but we’ll just have to take it on the chin and get ready for Saturday.”
On the scoresheet for Musselburgh were Mattu King, Jackie Myles, Connor Thomson and Michael McKenna. This leaves Musselburgh trailing Newtongrange in their group as the Star beat Haddington 2-0. For Musselburgh boss Davy McGlynn it was a well-deserved win. “The players did their job well. It’s a young side but they are learning fast. Players like Mattu King are a guideline for the youngsters to perform.”
Grant Meaney gave Newtongrange the lead half-way into the second half with Lewis Turner getting the decisive goal at the end. This leaves Newtongrange in the driving seat and the incentive of a semi-final spot against, probably, Bo’ness, is an incentive for the Star to make sure there are no slip-ups. Manager Allan Miller was happy with the result, saying: “It was a stuffy game and we’re just happy to take all three points.”
Elsewhere in the Region, Penicuik had an emphatic 5-1 win away to Pumpherston. Pumpherston gave Bonnyrigg a tough game last week so for Penicuik to impress with a five-goal thrashing will give them a boost in confidence. Blackburn beat near neighbours Stoneyburn 3-0 while Spartans JFC, who were at Edinburgh United, won 3-0.
Meanwhile, the draw for the first round of the Emirates Scottish Junior cup was made yesterday at Hampden Park. For the East Region teams. It was a mixed bag:
Harthill v Whitburn, Bathgate v Clydebank, Dunbar v Penicuik, Bo’ness v Whitletts, Colony Park v Fauldhouse, Tayport v West Calder, Broughty v Armadale, FC Stoneywood v Tranent, St Andrews v Spartans JFC. The games are to be played on Saturday, September 22, kick-off 2.30pm.