Musselburgh emerged victorious in this derby to progress to the next round of the Scottish Junior Cup. In front of a sizeable crowd the home side got off to the perfect start with a goal in the opening minutes when Paul Harvey latched on to a loose ball in the box and fired home from six yards.
Four minutes later the home side went two up when Jackie Myles was fouled inside the box and Steven Thomson calmly converted the penalty. But Arniston pulled one back five minutes later with a well-taken goal from Gerry Burgess, and then the visitors had a strong claim for a penalty waved aside by the referee.
Musselburgh increased their lead just before half-time when full back Lewis Turner, who was making his debut, scored with a low, angled drive.
Arniston pulled a goal back after 58 minutes through Lumbert Kateleza with a shot from 20 yards but, almost straight from the kick-off, Harvey scored his second after a mistake by the Arniston defender for 4-2. Then Harvey had a header cleared off the line and, five minutes later, he unselfishly set up Michael Hunter to score Musselburgh’s fifth goal when he cut the ball back into the path of the Burgh midfielder.
However, with 20 minutes remaining, Harvey did get his hat-trick when a 20-yard effort from Lewis Turner came back off the post and the striker fired the ball low past the despairing keeper. In the final minute substitute Mark Aitken got a consolation goal for the visitors when he shot home from close range.
Musselburgh Athletic: Adams, Turner, Martin, Moffat, Hamilton, Myles, Murray, Hunter, Harvey, King, Thomson. Subs: McKenna, Lauder, Christie, Sinclair, Cornet.
Arniston: Rachowski, Anderson, Forbes, Brady, Fauld, Wigellath, Burgess, Lucas, Kateleza, Meaney, Garden. Subs: Beattie, Aitken, Hunter, Callaghan. Ritchie.