Scottish Cup Day.
We kicked off as the underdogs according to the Turf Accountants who had us at 7/1 for a home win!
Buoyed by our landslide victory the week before Lanark took the game to our higher ranked opponents and gave as good as we got. Their keeper had the better saves to make although the best 2 chances fell to our opponents who shot wide from an excellent position and a chip hit the bar before Ronan Kearney put us 1 up after 40 minutes with a low drive from around 12 yards in a busy box.
We had a strong shout for a penalty when their defender stuck out an arm to block a Cammy Lawson piledriver.
Team continued to perform well into the 2nd half which resulted in a second goal slotted home expertly by Sean McKenna on 60 minutes. This was a much needed buffer as our opponents continued to press in what was becoming a 'tasty' encounter. However, all our good work looked like it could come to nought when we lost a goal and our goalkeeper on 83 minutes. 'Cat' as he is known had been becoming every more excitable as the game progressed, getting involved in stuff that a man of his veteran status should know better of. However, there was a further scuffle which resulted in a straight red! Hearts sank as he trudged off and Cammy donned his jersey as we faced the prospect of playing the remaining 7 minutes and what turned out to be a further 7 minutes a man down. Before we could restart Dalkeith's captain said something to the ref which resulted in a yellow which saw him lunge towards the ref to receive a 2nd yellow in 10 seconds! Utter madness.
Whilst the finale was tense we actually came closer to scoring a 3rd rather than them equalise with a superb effort by Ronan.
The team played like a team today. The effort was immense. The lads look fitter. Our midfield get through a power of work. Scott Schoneville has been an excellent signing, settling in to the Juniors well. The return of Sean McKenna made a big difference with his nous. He holds up the ball so well and makes excellent use of his physical attributes. Defence seemed more cohesive today. We are moving in the right direction.
Fingers crossed we get a team that we are not used to playing against in the upcoming draw.