NEWTONGRANGE STAR
1980/81

LORIMER LEAGUE 'A' DIVISION
PLD
W
D
L
F
A
GD
PTS
Penicuik Athletic
22
13
8
1
49
23
+26
34
Arniston Rangers
22
11
5
6
29
22
+7
27
Linlithgow Rose
22
11
4
7
40
27
+13
26
Bonnyrigg Rose
22
9
8
5
35
23
+12
26
Newtongrange Star
22
9
6
7
44
33
+11
24
Bo'ness United
22
6
11
5
30
34
-4
23
Broxburn Athletic
22
7
7
8
31
37
-6
21
Sauchie Juniors
22
7
5
10
24
36
-12
19
Camelon Juniors
22
8
2
12
28
41
-13
18
Tranent Juniors
22
8
0
14
29
31
-2
16
Whitburn Juniors
22
5
5
12
24
36
-12
15
Dalkeith Thistle
22
5
5
12
28
48
-20
15
Relegated from
'A' Division:
Whitburn Juniors
Dalkeith Thistle
Promoted to
'A' Division:

Livingston United
Ormiston Primrose

OPPONENTS
VENUE
SCORE
MATCH DETAILS
Arniston Rangers
H
A
3-0
Small, Balanowski, Tulloch
Bo'ness United
H
2-2
Balanowski 2
A
Bonnyrigg Rose
H
0-2
A
0-0
Broxburn Athletic
H
3-3
OG, Brown, Hislop
A
4-5
Watson 2, Balanowski, OG
Camelon Juniors
H
5-0
Reid 2, Small, Brown, Prentice   

Ross, Jones, Russell, Ramsay, Grandison, B. Ross, Reid, Brown, Small, Tulloch, Prentice. Subs: Watson, Hislop.

A
4-1
?
Dalkeith Thistle
H
1-1
Hislop
A
1-0
Hislop
Linlithgow Rose
H
2-1
Brown, Hislop
A
1-2
Brown   

Ross, Jones, Russell, Dingwall, Ramsay, Gilmour, Small, Brown, Reid, Tulloch, Prentice. Subs: Watson, Cropley.

Penicuik Athletic
H
1-2
?
A
2-3
Small, Reid
Sauchie Juniors
H
6-2
Hislop 2, Tulloch, Cousins, ?
A
1-1
Watson
Tranent Juniors
H
2-1
Cousins, Small   

McLafferty, Jones, Grandison, Cropley, Ramsay, Tulloch, Hislop, Cousins, Small, Watson, Prentice. Subs: Balanowski, Gilmour.

A
Whitburn Juniors
H
2-3
Brown, Balanowski
A
0-2

SCOTTISH JUNIOR CUP
ROUND
VENUE
OPPONENTS
SCORE
MATCH DETAILS
1
A
Nairn St Ninian
3-1
Prentice, Small, Balanowski
2
H
Perth Celtic
2-0
Brown, Prentice   

McLafferty, Cousins, Tulloch, Grandison, Ramsay, Brown, Balanowski, Watson, Small, Gilmour, Prentice. Subs: Hislop, Jones.

3
H
Balbeggie Juniors
5-0
Brown 4, Hislop
4
H
Benburb
0-3

SCOTTISH BREWERS CUP
ROUND
VENUE
OPPONENTS
SCORE
MATCH DETAILS
1
Bye
2
H
Blackburn United
1-0
Small
3
H
Tranent Juniors
1-0
Brown
QF
?

DRYBOROUGH CUP
ROUND
VENUE
OPPONENTS
SCORE
MATCH DETAILS
1
Bye
2
A
Arniston Rangers
1-2
Small

ROBERTSON HOMES CUP
ROUND
VENUE
OPPONENTS
SCORE
MATCH DETAILS
1
Bye
2
A
Linlithgow Rose
2-1
Hislop, Grandison
QF
H
Bonnyrigg Rose
1-0
?
SF
H
Preston Athletic
1-0
Hislop
F
N
Arniston Rangers
2-1
Tulloch, Brown   

McLafferty, Cousins, Jones, Brown, Dingwall, Grandison, Tulloch, Small, Hislop, Gilmour, Balanowski. Subs: Prentice, Ramsay.

   

GALA DAY STAR WIN CUP
Advertiser

Newtongrange Star, celebrating their 1981 Gala Day back home, added a neat piece of silverware to their festive occasion by beating arch rivals Arniston Rangers in a local derby cup final to determine the destination of the 1981 Robertson Homes Cup at King’s Park, Dalkeith, last Saturday.

But behind the scoreline is a sad story of Sam Lynch’s sending off early in the game to reduce Arniston to 10 men, which proved to be a handicap they were unable to overcome.

The Rangers were playing their fourth match in eight days, including their second cup final (they defeated Linlithgow Rose 3-2 the week before in the Drybrough Cup final to qualify for the National Drybrough competition and a home tie against Maryhill).

In midweek they beat Sauchie in the Laidlaw ‘A’ Division to ensure runners-up place behind champions Penicuik, then held Camelon to a 2-2 draw in the semi-final of the Scottish Brewers Cup at Gorebridge before last weekend’s cup final.

Andy Kelly’s men were without cup-tied Eric Davidson so their only change from the Drybrough Cup winning side saw Bobby Woods on the left wing.

Star were on familiar lines and looked the zippier team at the outset. The crowd was smaller than expected.

A Balanowski header in the second minute was deflected on to the roof of the net for Newtongrange’s first corner.

Slowly Arniston settled but then Sam Lynch, following a lecture from Falkirk referee Mr Brown, committed a foul again on Small near the touchline and was promptly sent off.

Perhaps a booking first might have been more appropriate especially so early on in a cup final. Stranger things happened than 10 men winning matches but Newtongrange, inspired by some fine defensive work from Dingwall and Jones, closed the door on Arniston’s attack.

Pryde for Arniston dropped back from midfield to fill the left back spot vacated by Lynch.

The game was rather physical and Grandison was booked for a foul on Woods.

From Arniston’s third corner Woods had a clear-cut chance but his shot was deflected for a corner from which MacAulay sent an overhead kick too high.

Ferguson crashed a superb shot against the crossbar next before Woods let another snip go by.

Ten-man Arniston were doing well to contest the game but Gowrie had to look sharp to thwart Small when Pryde was short with a pass back.

Defences were in command until the 33rd minute when Newtongrange went in front.

Tulloch took a neat inside ball, moved forward and struck the ball wide of Gowrie to put the Star 1-0 up. This was a fine goal and set Nitten on the victory trail.

Gowrie was busy but good as he next dived to save a shot from Gilmour.

Skipper Dougie Keith marshalled his defence well and had the energy to charge through and have a real shot at goal while Gordon Robertson and Bobby Woods wanted to walk the ball home!

Pryde was booked for fouling before half time as Star took the break 1-0 up.

Arniston should have equalised in the first minute of the second half when a strong Ferguson cross found Gordon Robertson but his header was weak and McLafferty easily collected.

In the 51st minute Gowrie again excelled with a fine save from John Hislop as Star gained command.

Newtongrange were playing the right game in the circumstances keeping it tight at the back while looking to Hislop, Small and Balanowski to net a safety goal.

Keith was next booked before a short pass back by Dingwall to Woods again did not produce the fireworks from the winger.

It was more of an efficient game than attractive but going into the last quarter of the final, Newtongrange moved 2-0 ahead from their sixth corner.

Balanowski’s flag kick was not cleared and Brown stole in on the far post to head home Star’s second.

This second blow more than finished Arniston who however hit the woodwork again when a Pryde shot was deflected off the upright.

In the closing minutes Arniston introduced Fleming for Woods and pushed Pryde forward.

In the 86th minute, too late to have any real effect on the game, Arniston pulled one back. A ball was driven across the penalty box and struck Gilmour on the arm.

Referee Brown awarded Rangers a penalty and Pryde made a fine job of the spot kick.

At the finish Arniston counted the cost of Lynch being sent off, but Star took full advantage. The beaten finalists had a fine keeper in Gowrie and tireless skipper in Keith.

Teams:
Newtongrange Star: McLafferty, Cousins, Jones, Brown, Dingwall, Grandison, Tulloch, Small, Hislop, Gilmour, Balanowski. Subs: Prentice, Ramsay.
Arniston Rangers: Gowrie, Graham Robertson, Lynch, Ferguson, Roger, Keith, MacAulay, Pryde, Gordon Robertson, Aird, Woods. Subs: Fleming, Anderson.


HIGHLAND QUEEN LEAGUE CUP
PLD
W
D
L
F
A
GD
PTS
Arniston Rangers
3
2
1
0
5
2
+3
5
Newtongrange Star
3
1
1
1
1
1
0
3
Bonnyrigg Rose
4
1
0
3
3
6
-3
2
The group was won by
Arniston Rangers.
OPPONENTS
VENUE
SCORE
MATCH DETAILS
Arniston Rangers
H
A
0-0
   

Marshall, Jones, Grandison, Dingwall, Ramsay, Tulloch, Reid, Cousins, Small, Watson, Hislop. Subs: Prentice, Ross.

Bonnyrigg Rose
H
0-1
A
1-0
OG