Glens take point in physical tussle

Napier's header is cleared off the line.
Napier's header is cleared off the line.

Dalkeith Thistle 1, Glenrothes Juniors 1

Glenrothes travelled to Dalkeith for their first league game of the year against a team at the top end of the table.

The Glens had Greig Meikle and Reece Sawer making their debuts and Callum Bissett was able to make his first start since being injured last year.

Glenrothes conceded a free kick in the first minute of the game from which C Gay managed to punch clear. A minute later John Martin got himself forward and put the ball across the face of the goal with no takers.

With the Glens pushing forward at every opportunity the breakthrough came in the seventh minute when a fine run by Meikle on the left ended with his shot nestling in the corner of the net, a fine goal on his debut.

The game had started brightly for the Glens and another run from Meikle found him straying just offside.

Dalkeith had a chance but Watters shot wide, then another when Glenrothes conceded a free kick in a dangerous position but Macbride headed clear.

The home side came close again in the twentieth minute when a fine run by Watters ended with him striking the post and just five minutes Glenrothes also hit the woodwork; John Martin’s effort striking the inside of the post.

Dalkeith made a change at the break with Manson replacing Liddle, but the first chance of the second half fell to the visitors but Meikle dallied too long in the box and the chance was wasted.

Hunter came close for Dalkeith but his shot strayed wide. Glenrothes conceded another free kick on the edge of the eighteen yard box from which Gay made another fine save. On the hour mark Meikle put through an excellent ball to John Martin but Paterick raced from his line to take the ball.

On 66 minutes Dalkeith got the equaliser when, after some good play, McNaughton got his shot away from twenty yards and gave Gay no chance.

With both sides now pushing for the winner the game was getting a bit physical and Glens’ Griffin was sent off after being shown a second yellow.

Dalkeith came close to grabbing a winner when a header from Sean Lally struck the post, but the last real chance of the game came to Glens when Napier saw his header cleared off the line by a defender.

Glenrothes face Carnoustie in the East of Scotland Cup on Saturday at Warout with a 2.15 KO.

Dalkeith: Paterick, McNeil, Main, Hunter, Liddle, Linton, Morris, M Hunter, Lally, McNaughton, Watters. Subs: Pennycuick, Manson, Haines, Flynn

Glenrothes: Gay, Sawers, Bissett, Macbride, Napier, Kinnes, Griffin, Martin, Meikle, Wallace, Subs: Moffat, Steele, McKie, Pearson, J Gay