THE amateur game between Redpath Albion and East Linton at Pilrig Park produced ten goals and, although it was certainly not a thriller in the best traditions of amateur football, it was very controversial.
Veteran referee John Caldwell raised a few eyebrows with some of his decisions, including several penalty claims which were waved away.
Redpath eventually emerged the winners by 6-4 in this Lothian & Edinburgh Amateur FA league clash, after deservedly leading 4-1 at the end of a first-half that produced some lovely football and good goals.
The home side kicked off in brilliant style and went 1-0 ahead with a goal from Ryan Weir. That was followed by another for Redpath when Gavin Rutherford sent over a wonderful free-kick from the right touchline to the back post and Danny McQuade managed to tuck the ball past East Linton goalie Craig Lugton in a crowded goalmouth.
The visiting side from East Lothian hit back and Allan Crozier made it 2-1 when he beat the Redpath offside trap to come in from the right and fire the ball past the unprotected Darren Wallace in the home goal.
The goals then dried up as both sides worked hard to close each other down and the play went up and down the pitch at a tremendous pace, although Redpath Albion looked the better of the two teams.
In the 35th minute, a cross from Morrison took a deflection off an East Linton defender on its way into the goalmouth, where McQuade sent a great header past Lugton to put Redpath 3-1 up.
Morrison then took the score to 4-1 when he netted with a header after another free-kick. The pitch in Pilrig Park has a few ups and downs on the playing surface and the undulations made it difficult for both teams, added to by the muddy surface cutting up quite badly.
Lugton was in action on the restart to deal with another good shot at his goal and the East Lothian goalie did really well to clutch a shot from Shaun Moore.
Morrison was sent sprawling in the box when he cut in on the East Lothian goal, but Mr Caldwell waved play on.
The home side continued to build up moves from the back but East Linton were given a real boost when a free-kick from Marc Logan managed to catch Wallace unawares and the ball landed in the back of the net.
The home defence were made to work hard to clear the danger from two good East Linton attacks and, when the ball was hammered up the pitch, it was picked up by Weir only for Mr Caldwell to pull him back for offside. That decision was greeted with fury by the Redpath players and fans and it was the turn of the home defence to move out in a bid to catch East Linton offside at the opposite end of the pitch.
It was an untidy phase of what had been a good game up until then and the home players were upset again by the referee when he gave offside against Minto in another attacking move.
It was Minto who did the hard work to set up Morrison to smash the ball past Lugton at his left-hand post to put Redpath three goals ahead at 5-2. The strange second half erupted again when East Linton's Colin Menzies scored to reduce the deficit to 5-3, then came another howler from home keeper Wallace, when he let the ball from a 40-yard free-kick squirm out of his hands and over the line to make it 5-4.
It was an unbelievable scoreline and the home side had only themselves to blame for losing their composure when decisions went against them.
Mr Caldwell pointed to the spot when Minto appeared to dive theatrically after he was tackled in the East Linton box. Morrison took the spot-kick but hit the post and the ball was cleared.
The home side composed themselves sufficiently in the closing minutes to score a sixth goal, Minto again the provider with another great run in from the left and his well-hit shot rebounded off the far post for Morrison to make it 6-4 from close in – despite looking to be in an offside position.
Redpath club leader Bryan Maughan, said: "Most of the squad have been with Redpath Albion since they were boys.
"We are now a well-established club and we intend opening another section in the weeks ahead. We try to build from within."
Redpath Albion: Darren Wallace, Andrew Fraser, David Kelly, Andy Brown, Shaun Moore, Willie Minto, David Stevenson, Ryan Weir, Gavin Rutherford, Paul Ferguson, Gavin McColl, Michael Riley, Danny McQuade, Richard Irvine, Alan Morrison, Gordon McCreadie.
East Linton: Craig Lugton, Steven Kerr, Derek Rollo, Allan Crozier, Marc Gardiner, Callum White, Stuart O'Connell, Lee McEwan, Marc Logan, Graham Higginbotham, Malcolm Miller, Richard Hales, Ross Peffers, Colin Menzies, Jamie Watters.
Referee: John Caldwell.