South and East Shield Final, New Murrayfield Park(Blackburn United), 26/1/20
The chance of a third cup final of the season was too much to resist. It was either that or witness St Mirren v Aberdeen, which lets face it, just oozes shite.
So West Lothian it was. But a day out with Wee Man in general. Todays point of interest was the Deep Sea World at North Queensferry. Good, interesting, Wee Man loved it but by christ thats an expensive whoor of a place. Had to go round the tunnel five times to get my moneys worth. But i jest. The little dude loved it so it was worth it
To New Murrayfield. Home of Blackburn United. A tidy place. God awful plastic pitch, but i wont vent my anger again on the all too common subject as ive made my thoughts clear on numerous occasions previously. But the clubhouse is decent and clean, the surrounding of the pitch are too. A decent wee set up
I have been to two cup finals this season and the have both been high scoring. West Region Sectional was the first with Auchinleck Talbot demolishing Lanark United 6-1. Accompanied by Wee Man I also attended the North of Scotland where Brora R*****s beat Caley Thistle 3-2. I was hoping for this run of goal gluts was to continue. What i didnt expect was Musselburgh to be in seventh heaven after absolutley by absolutley obliterating the men from Lockerbie. A hatrick bettered by a four goal haul and it really should have been more.
The game started in the fashion that was to continue for the ninety and it was quite clear who were going to have their name etched on the shield. But much more importantly find themselves in the Scottish Cup next season (this match was the winners of the East of Scotland Cup and the South of Scotland Cup Champions). Wee Man was lucky he saw anything bless him. He said “i cant see” and i just thought he was being daft, again he said it but i ignored it yet again Then on the third time i realised the railing was directly in his eyeline and with it being about five inches thick the wee fellow had no chance. So i allowed him to break the rule of going on the pitch(past the rail) on this one occasion. And he was in luck…….
Musselburgh were bloody excellent. From start to finish. They have some quality in their ranks, Downie, King, Myles and the big 23 centre half were all class acts. With the first two writing the headlines.
It didnt take long for the deadlock to be broken. King struck from twenty yards and from where i was looked like it deflected, wrong footing the keeper. From there it was one way traffic. Numerous chances were carved out but didnt seem to bother the Mid Annandale number one. The second wasnt long in coming though after a great ball from the right found captain King who finshed with a neat strike into the keepers left corner. This being the skippers two hundredth goal for the Burgh. The borderers created a few opening throughout the half but seemed criminally shot shy and always took another touch when the strike was on. They just wouldnt have a ping. Going by the fact they were up against a very good side any opening should have been attempted. HT 0-2
The second half was men against boys and it looked like an exhibition match for Musselburgh. 3-0 came via Downie again when he was served up a tap in from good tenacious play from the Athletic right winger. Four wasnt far behind when captain King was sent one on one and slotted home with aplomb. Number five came from the spot and the first hatrick of the day was bagged by the Burgh talisman King again. Musselburgh had sent numerous identical defence splitting passes all game and prospered from another when Downie found himself clean through to finish similary to Kings hatrick goal albeit at the oppsite side of the stranded Lockerbie keeper who by this stage most likely wanted home. But not happy with six and not happy with sharing the match ball, el capitano King buried a seventh in the dying minutes capping off a cracking performance from the EOSL side. Best team performance i have seen in my thirty two games this season? It was definatley up there. The Burgh head into the Scottish Cup next season and deservedly so. They play great entertaining fitba and clearly dont hold back. A very good way to finish off a great first weekend back from work with Wee Man
Three cup finals so far and nineteen goals. Not a bad record
Aberdeen were by all accounts terrible and drew 0-0 with St Mirren. Wee Man and myself chose correctly by the sounds.
Me 176, Wee Man 46