Lochee Harp v East Craigie

2.30pm  20 August 2016

SJFA East Region, North Division
Lochee Harp 3 East Craigie 2 (att 63)

Lochee Harp got their first points of the new league season with a hard-fought win against fellow Dundee side East Craigie.

It may have been a local derby, albeit one between two of the city's lesser junior teams, but I was tempted north by the chance to visit Beechwood Park, a ground which could soon disappear if plans for the club to relocate get the go ahead.

A move would probably be a good thing for Lochee Harp. Their current venue has the charm of a run-down long-established Scottish non-League ground, but it's seen better days and starting again at a new site would be a good option.

A small building behind the goal near the entrance houses the changing rooms and a tea bar, with an enclosure at the front providing the ground's only cover. The rest of the ground is raised grass banking, so spectators look down on the pitch, in places through overgrown vegetation.

It was a decent game though. Harp scored first but it was level at 1-1 by half time. The home side regained their lead in the second half, but East Craigie always threatened to equalise, and might have done had they been awarded what looked, to me, like a penalty.

Instead a late third goal put the home side in control, and proved a useful insurance policy as East Craigie pulled a goal back in the final minute.

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