Newburgh made the trip over the River Forth to Pumpherston on Saturday to play this Fife & Lothians cup quarter final against the recently crowned Premier league champions Pumpherston.
The league encounter at Recreation Park was an excellent game of football with the home side winning 3 – 1.
The home side started the game well and opened the scoring on the 13th minute when a corner was not cleared properly by the ‘Burgh defence. The ball was eventually turned into the net by Pumpherston’s Grant.
Newburgh rallied from the loss of the goal and took the game to the home side. Newburgh used the wide pitch to their advantage with Gay on the left and Robinson on the right stretching the home defence allowing space in the centre of the park. The home side conceded a series of corners with Newburgh’s pressure eventually paying off in the 24th minute. A vicious in swinging corner from the left was parried by the Pumpherston keeper down into the penalty area. Craig Robinson was first to react volleying the ball home form 8 yards out to give Newburgh a deserved equaliser.
Pumpherston restored their lead within 90 seconds of the re-start. Newburgh’s defence stepped up as one in an attempt to catch Pumpherston’s attack offside but a well-timed run caught Newburgh out. The ball was squared to Murray who made no mistake from 2 yards out to restore the lead.
The remainder of the first half was an end to end affair with both sides relying on some strong defending and excellent goal keeping as attack after attack at either end made this an excellent spectacle for the spectators around the ground.
Newburgh were the happier team at half time having limited Pumpherston to the single goal advantage.
Jack Mackay replaced the injured Logan Cunningham at half time. Newburgh started the second half in fine fashion taking the game to the home side probing for the equaliser. The ‘Burgh created numerous chances as the game progressed with both Craig and Fraser Robinson coming close to scoring. Ryan Smart’s energy in midfield support by strong play from Jack Hutchison was causing the home side problems. Smart was unlucky not to latch on to a through ball from Gay near the hour mark that would have seen him one on one with the keeper.
Newburgh continued to limit the home side to counter attacks as they pushed hard for an equaliser. Johal and Meaney were combining well in the centre of defence for Newburgh holding strong as Newburgh pushed their wide defenders, Milton and Fraser forward to bolster the attack.
Newburgh were struck a hammer blow just on the 64th minute when Pumpherston grabbed the all-important 4th goal of the game to extend their lead. A quick break down the left was cleared by Calum Sutherland as he swept the ball away from the advancing attacker. The ball broke to Anthony about 35 yards from goal who struck the ball first time back into the penalty area over the defence. Sutherland could not get back quickly enough and the ball looped fortuitously into the net.
Newburgh continued to push hard to find their way back into the game but they could not find the vital second goal that would have given them the foot hold that they so deserved.
Scott Sutherland and Craig Nicol were introduced in the last 10 minutes replacing Fraser and Smart, who had both played well throughout the game. Pumpherston managed the last 5 minutes of the game well not allowing Newburgh any opportunities to produce a grandstand finish.
Manager Scott Hudson spoke after the game “As disappointed as I am to have been knocked out of the cup I am really proud of the team. Pumpherston have had a phenomenal season winning our league easily. We have given them two really tough games here at Recreation Park both in the league and the cup. Both of these games could have gone either way showing we are not far away from competing further up the league next season”.
Newburgh travel to Kirkcaldy YM next Saturday to play the first of four group fixtures in the Consolation Cup. This is sure to be a close game with the YM finishing their league campaign with only 1 point less than Newburgh. Kick-off is at 14:30 at Denfield Park Kirkcaldy.
Newburgh 3 Stoneyburn 2
Newburgh’s league campaign got off to a winning start at East Shore Park on Saturday with Stoneyburn Juniors the first team they have faced in the all new South Premier League.
With an exodus of predominantly East Lothian and Edinburgh based teams choosing to join the East of Scotland league this season a re-shuffle of the league structure has moved Newburgh into the South Premier league where they will face teams from Fife and West Lothian.
Newburgh manager Scott Hudson has retained a number of players from last season’s squad and added several players in the close season. Having a settled squad in place prior to the start of the competitive fixtures Hudson is sure that Newburgh will be more competitive in the league this season.
Newburgh started the game on the front foot pushing the Stoneyburn defence back and exploiting the space on the wings with Scott Sutherland and Craig Robinson causing problems from the start with their direct movement causing the defence to turn and defend. The closest the home side came to opening the scoring was from a Lambert snap shot that cleared the bar.
The opening goal came at the other end of the park on the twelfth minute when a defensive slip up allowed Wade to steal the ball and slot it past Sutherland in the ‘Burgh goal.
Newburgh steadied themselves and continued to play the ball through midfield. It was from some excellent play on the left by Skinner that the equalising goal came. The ‘Burgh left back beat his man and opened up space for Sutherland to drive into the box, the young ‘Burgh forward drove a vicious cross across the box that Craig Robinson slid onto to direct the ball into the net for a deserved equaliser.
Newburgh’s tails were up and they had the better of play for the remainder of the half with Stoneyburn keeping the score even through some excellent defending and goalkeeping.
The second half got off to a superb start for Newburgh with only 3 minutes played. Ryan Smart who was having an excellent game in the middle of the park for the home side played an inch perfect through ball between the Stoneyburn central defenders that Craig Robinson latched on to. With plenty still to do the ‘Burgh striker lifted his head and coolly turned his strike round the advancing keeper into the net.
Stoneyburn rallied from this early setback and had the better of the play for a 15 minute spell. The visitors forced a series of corners that the ‘Burgh defence dealt with.
With almost an hour played Newburgh extended their lead from a corner at the other end of the park when another corner taken by Hughes flew too high over everyone causing the visiting defence issues, the corner was not dealt with properly allowing Craig Hall to rise above everyone to head towards goal. The ball was cleared off the line but dropped to Craig Robinson who headed it over the line to secure his first hat trick for Newburgh.
Stoneyburn were handed another lifeline just 5 minutes later when a mis-placed clearance fell to O’Brien just outside the 18 yard box. The striker twisted and turned into the box and smashed a shot low under Sutherland to haul his side back into the game.
‘Burgh manager Hudson introduced fresh legs into his side shortly after this bringing Reilly and MacBride on for Fraser and Craig Robinson who had put in an almighty shift on their competitive debuts for Newburgh. Stoneyburn continued to press but the Newburgh defence held firm and limited the visitors to shots from range that never threaten the ‘Burgh lead. With a few minutes remaining Kyle Fraser was introduced for Hughes who had run his heart out for 85 minutes.
Hudson was happy with his teams performance but isn’t getting carried away just yet, “this is a long term project at Newburgh, we are looking to stabilize and get the squad to gel together for the future. Stoneyburn are a good side and I am pleased we took the 3 points on offer but each week will bring new challenges for the team. Our focus is now on the game next Saturday when we face Kirkcaldy YM”.
Newburgh: C Sutherland, Johal, P MacBride, Hall, Skinner, Lambert, C Robinson (Reilly 76), F Robinson (S MacBride), Smart, S Sutherland, Hughes (Fraser 85)
Newburgh’s first away fixture of the season will take us across the silvery Tay to Dundee.
East Craigie will be looking to improve on last seasons 4th place finish so this is sure to be a difficult fixture for the ‘Burgh
Last season both games between Newburgh and East Craigie were close affairs with the Dundee side winning both by a single goal.
Saturday 19 August 2017 14:30 ko
Dundee East Craigie v Newburgh
Other East Region fixtures scheduled for the 19th of August
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Bo’ness Utd v Bonnyrigg Rose
Broughty Ath v Jeanfield Swifts
Broxburn Ath v Kennoway Star Hearts
Camelon v Hill of Beath Hawthorn
Forfar West End v Dundonald Bluebell
Lochee Utd v Linlithgow Rose
Newtongrange Star v Carnoustie Panmure
Penicuik Ath v Sauchie
McBookie.com East Premier League
Blackburn Utd v St Andrews Utd
Dunbar Utd v Dalkeith Thistle
Fauldhouse Utd v Downfield
Glenrothes v Arniston Rangers
Haddington Ath v Kirriemuir Thistle
Musselburgh Ath v Bathgate Thistle
Thornton Hibs v Whitburn
Tranent v Tayport
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Brechin Vics v Coupar Angus
Dundee North End v Dundee Violet
Kinnoull v Scone Thistle
Lochee Harp v Forfar Albion
Lochore Welfare v Arbroath Vics
Luncarty v Blairgowrie
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Easthouses Lily MW v Armadale Thistle
Edinburgh Utd v Kirkcaldy YM
Harthill Royal v Pumpherston
Livingston Utd v Craigroyston
Oakley Utd v Lochgelly Albert
Rosyth v Crossgates Primrose
Stoneyburn v West Calder Utd
Pre-Season plans are taking shape for Newburgh with Lochgelly Albert visiting East Shore Park on the 15th of July followed by Newburgh hosting East Region Premier League side Glenrothes Juniors on the 22nd of July kick off at 2pm
15/7/17 Newburgh v Lochgelly Albert ko 14:00
22/7/17 Newburgh v Glenrothes ko 14:00
Newburgh host Luncarty this weekend in our final game of a long and hard 2016-17 season.
The team would appreciate all the support that it can muster so why not come along to East Shore Park and cheers the lads on.