More birthdays round Millfield way these days than you can shake a stick at... Our best wishes go out today to goalkeeper coach Davie Simmonds, as cheery and unassuming a guy as can be found in Loanhead. Simmie's a youthful thirty four today - many happy returns from all involved with the Hi Hi!! ... See MoreSee Less
Not a great showing at Whittingehame Drive this afternoon, it has to be said. We'd a few bodies missing what with holidays, etc, but our opponents had only twelve players stripped so that's not an excuse.
Nitten went ahead in only the fourth minute when George Hunter, a Hi Hi's signing target last season, netted from the penalty spot. Things were pretty even for the next thirty five minutes though our visitors had the edge in terms of shots on goal - we failed to trouble Star 'keeper Jordan Dunsmore. Such was the heat today we'd the novel sight of a water break twenty five minutes in - after play resumed we fell further behind on thirty nine minutes, allowing Star left back Dale O'Hara far too much freedom to drive deep into our penalty area on the left, and he surprised everyone in going for goal from a very tight angle, successfully as it transpired, when most expected him to square the ball to a team-mate. Worse followed seconds before the break, when a soft free kick was awarded on the left byeline - the ball was played into a crowded six yard box, from where Star youngster Connor Dyet forced it over the line. The loss of two poor goals inside five minutes or so meant a half-time scoreline of 3-0 in Nitten's favour.
Things were generally better after the break, and we managed a few shots on goal, but Dunsmore was called upon to make only one save of any note all afternoon. We'd a first look at another two trialists, ending the game with only seven registered players on the pitch, and it looked as if the second half would end goalless until Star were awarded a free kick twenty yards out in the ninetieth minute - O'Hara made it 4-0 with a low drive towards the bottom corner to Craig Cockburn's left.
Not many of our players will be satisfied with their performance today, but worth mentioning the 16 year old left back Guy McGarry who did well until he'd to go off injured midway through the second half, and Shaun Hill, our best player by some margin today. ... See MoreSee Less
Happy birthday to Pinkie Tufail, 23 today. A former Livingston defender who has also played with Musselburgh Windsor, Dalkeith Thistle and Musselburgh Athletic, Pinkie made his Hi Hi's debut as a trialist in a 3-3 draw at home to Kirriemuir Thistle eleven months ago before signing permanently in early October. Though he's had some injury concerns to contend with in recent times, Pinkie's proven a reliably consistent, not to mention versatile, defender - we look forward to his first full season in Hi Hi's colours. All the best Pinkie! ... See MoreSee Less