Musselburgh Athletic boss Stevie McLeish admits he’ll be powerless to keep hold of star striker Jordyn Sheerin after the 25-year-old bagged a double against their near neighbours to take his goal tally for the season to 25.
Along with Sheerin, midfielder Lewis Turner was a standout for the home side – the majority of whom were signed by former manager David McGlynn, returning to Olivebank for the first time since he ended his almost ten-year spell as boss in September to take over the reigns at Bonnyrigg.
Former East Fife and Arbroath forward Sheerin, picked up from Edinburgh amateur side Heriot Vale last summer, caused no end of problems against his former boss. His second goal and Burgh’s fourth, a 30-yarder, put the gloss on a convincing victory and made it seven home wins on the trot.
“You just can’t stop him scoring,” said McLeish of his striker, who spent time training with Dunfermline Athletic in December.
“I don’t know how long we’ll keep him. Goals bring attention and we’ve had some interest from Senior clubs, as you’d expect, as he’s a good player – and if you’ve got good players you’re going to lose them.”
The former Haddington manager couldn’t have been happier with his side’s showing though and even felt they may have put more past Rose, who picked up just their second loss in 17 games.
“I’m really pleased with the result. Once we got the third goal I felt we controlled the game and we could’ve probably scored a few more.”
McLeish handed starting debuts to goalkeeper Darren Walker and midfielder Graeme Beveridge, with the pair having signed the night before. Walker was brought in on just a week’s loan from Peebles Rovers with first choice stopper Ally Adams suspended, while Beveridge has signed on loan until the end of the season from Elgin City.
McGlynn threw defender Dean Hoskins straight into the action after signing him from Berwick Rangers and he made an instant impact on the halfhour mark.
Musselburgh had settled into the match better with a bright opening spell, but Hoskins gave Rose the lead with their first shot on target after he pounced on a rebound in the area.
The opener didn’t knock the home side off their track however, with a quick response ensuring an equaliser just two minutes later. Sheerin was the architect with a pinpoint through ball to Turner in space on the left channel and the winger cut inside. His shot was tame but it squirmed over keeper Paul Grant and into the net.
Turner then turned provider for Sheerin three minutes before half-time as the home side broke on the counter with a swift move. The goal owed much to the work of the striker however, who had it all to do with his back to goal just inside Bonnyrigg’s half. He flicked the ball round defender Alan Horne, regained possession and managed to hold off Horne’s challenge as he finished low past Grant.
The visitors enjoyed their best spell early in the second half, with Conor Thomson twice coming close to an equaliser. The midfielder was pushed upfront alongside Jonny Court, after striker Steven Hislop was taken off, and he shot narrowly wide from the right side of the box before bringing out an excellent save from Walker with a free-kick which looked headed for the top corner.
Rose were almost gifted an equaliser from right-back Alex Christie’s header across goal, but midfielder Jonathan Stewart sent his header from little more than five yards out straight at Walker.
Musselburgh made sure of the win though on 79 minutes when left-back Brian Martin got on the end of Steven Thomson’s first-time volley across goal to fire in at the back post.
The best was yet to come though as Sheerin sent the young band of Musselburgh’s support wild with his long range strike six minutes from time. Darren Smith slotted a through ball in behind Rose’s defence which found Turner who had a free run at goal. Keeper Grant came out to clear, but only sent his clearance straight to Sheerin and the striker, with the outside of his right boot, swept the ball over the stranded keeper.
Musselburgh Athletic: Walker, Christie, Martin, Wilson, Munro, Myles, Smith, Turner, Beveridge, Thomson, Sheerin.
Bonnyrigg Rose: Grant, Archibald, Brown, Hamill, Hoskins, Horne, King (Beaton) (Whitson), Stewart, Hislop (McLeish), Thomson, Court.