East Region Round Up – 18/02/17

Review by Mark Johnson

Scottish Junior Cup 5th Round

Luncarty travelled to Ayrshire to take on Junior football giants Auchinleck Talbot but unfortunately their Scottish Junior Cup journey came to an end as their hosts secured their place in the Quarter Finals with a 4-0 win. Bryan Young put Talbot in front midway through the first half but it wasn’t until the hour mark that Graham Wilson doubled the West Region sides advantage. Six minutes later it was 3-0 through an own goal and with the game already won, Wilson made it 4-0.  

Kelty Hearts lost their first game of the season after they went down 2-1 to Kilwinning Rangers at New Central Park. The visitors matched Kelty in every department and deserved to progress, Ricky Hanvey got the last touch to put his side in front after 15 minutes. Ben Lewis doubled the advantage on the hour mark. Sean O’Neill pulled a goal back for the East Region Super League leaders but it was nothing more than a consolation. 

Dunbar United can concentrate on their battle with Pumpherston and Blackburn United to earn promotion from the South Division after their defeat to West Super League side Glenafton Athletic. David Gray put the Ayrshire side in front on 15 minutes but the game was then held up for ten minutes due to an injury to referee Stuart Luke who couldn’t continue. With the Seniors Assistant taking over the game continued and United stood toe to toe with the visitors. However, their resistance was broken on 66 minutes when Darren McGill converted a penalty. Chris Dallas then made it 3-0 with fifteen minutes to go. 

Penicuik Athletic and Kirkintilloch Rob Roy served up a thriller at Penicuik Park. The game started with a bang and never eased off. Penicuik took the lead on 6 minutes when Ryan McCallum beat the keeper from the edge of the box with an exquisite chip. The visitors were behind just four minutes, Lee Gallacher rifling the ball home from just inside the box after a cross wasn’t cleared properly. Penicuik were back in front within 60 seconds as Keith Lough volleyed home. The amazing start continued, Rob Roy were level for a second time after just 15 minutes when Kevin Green scored from the penalty spot. The game didn’t let up but managed to get to half time without further goals. Within five minutes of the restart the visitors were in front as Gary McMenamin directed a sweet shot in to the bottom corner. The home side were reduced to ten men on56 minutes as Darrel Young was shown a second yellow card but this didn’t deter Penicuik as ten minutes later they were level, as Ryan Gay seized on a defensive mix up to slip the ball in to an empty net. Scott Walker broke the Penicuik hearts on 67 minutes when he smashed the ball home from just outside the box after a corner was only partially cleared. 

Sauchie are one of only two east Region sides through to the Quarter Finals following their impressive 4-2 win at Renfrew. Oliver Fleming put the East Region side in front after just two minutes and Darren Cummings doubled the advantage on 16 minutes. Ross Gallacher pulled one back for Renfrew on half time before a mad six minutes saw three goals. David Morrison made it 3-1 to Sauchie on 71 minutes before Chris Zok pulled a second back for Renfrew from the spot on 74 minutes. Three minutes later and it was 4-2 to the visitors as Morrison hit his second to take Sauchie through to the Quarter Finals. 

The second East Region side through are Bonnyrigg Rose who won 2-0 at Petershill. Robbie Horn’s side went in front on 18 minutes from an Adam Nelson free kick. Bonnyrigg pushed for further goals but it wasn’t until the third minute of added time that Ross Archibald made sure of Bonnyrigg’s progress through to the last eight. 

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Kirriemuir Thistle took their expected place in the Quarter Finals of the GA Engineering Cup with a dominant 7-0 thrashing of North Region side Newburgh Thistle at Westview Park. Bryan Duell got his side up and running after 25 minutes and then doubled the advantage on 36 minutes. Stewart Russell sent his side in to the half time break with a three goal advantage when he scored in first half stoppage time. Darren Scott hit number four, ten minutes in to the second half and three minutes later Duell completed his hat trick. Scott scored Kirriemuirs sixth just after the hour mark and the seventh goal came courtesy of an own goal. Kirriemuir now go on to face Lochee Harp in the Quarter Finals. 

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Broughty Athletic will be hoping that they can transfer their cup form, all be it against lower league opposition, to their League campaign after they made it two wins in two games with a 2-0 win over Lochgelly Albert at Whitton Park. The game was switched from Albert’s Gardiners Park due to drainage issues but the Super League failed to take real advantage of being on their own patch. Keith Gibson’s Broughty had the majority of play in the first half but had Iain Ross to thank for one brilliant save to deny the visitors the lead on 25 minutes. The deadlock was broken on 52 minutes when Grant Lawson found Kevin Buchan 25 yards out and the former Cove Rangers man rifled his shot in to the net. Despite having the greater pressure the Super league side couldn’t put the game to bed until the last minute when James Collier converted a Buchan cut back. The Fed now go on to face Broxburn Athletic at Albyn Park in the Third Round. 

Conservatory Converters Fife & Lothians Cup

Linlithgow Rose put their Super League woes behind them as they were comfortable 7-1 winners over Thornton Hibs in their hastily rearranged Fife & Lothians Cup Second Round tie at Prestonfield after both sides original fixtures were postponed. Tommy Coyne got the Rose off and running on 12 minutes before Colin Leiper made it 2-0 on the half hour. Coyne scored his second five minutes before the break and the home side went in 3-0 in front at the break. Lewis Small scored the fourth on 56 minutes before Coyne completed his hat trick on the hour. Thornton pulled a goal back through Raymond Crichton but Jamie McKenzie hit his side sixth with eight to go and substitute Robbie McNab scored number seven late on to take Linlithgow through to a trip to Thornton’s local rivals Glenrothes at Warout Stadium 

Dundonald Bluebell went out of the Fife & Lothians Cup at home to Musselburgh Athletic. Bluebell were without Ricky Patrick through suspension and the trio of Sam Buchan, Barry Sibanda along with Craig Wedderburn were cup tied. Matti King got the decisive goal for the visitors seven minutes before half time and they go through Round Four 

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Bo’ness United made it 12 goals in two games as they demolished Fauldhouse United at Newtown Park but it wasn’t until ten minutes before the break that they took the lead through Marty Wright. Fraser Keast made it 2-0 just after the restart and three minutes later Jack Simpson made it three. Colin Strickland scored United’s fourth just before the hour mark before ten minutes later Ross Philp made it five. Calum Smith netted the sixth on 71 minutes and Will Snowdon became the seventh different score when he scored with seventeen to go. 

Jeanfield Swifts threw away a two goal lead and were ultimately grateful for a late Ross Gunnion equaliser to take a point from a 3-3 draw with Broxburn athletic at Riverside Stadium. A Lewis Baker double on 26 and 31 minutes had given the Perth side a cushion at the break but two goals from Zander Miller and a Nick Locke strike midway through the second half had given the visitors the lead and looked to have won the game until Player Manager Gunnion popped up four minutes from time to equalise. 

A period of 10 minutes in the first half that saw all four goals was the highlight in an otherwise poor encounter at Thomson Park as Lochee United comfortably beat Camelon 4-0. The first half hour had shown little sign of what was to come before Reece Ritchie headed home a McComiskie cross on the half hour. Bryan Deasley than scored a great goal three minutes later before Jamie Montgomery scored the goal of the game on 35 minutes. Camelon were shell shocked and it got worse on 40 minutes when Greg Kirk slammed the ball home from close range. The second half was a dour affair but the work had been done by United as they ended a run of five games without a win in the league. 

Hill of Beath took a valuable three points from their visit to Newtongrange Star that does nothing to help the home sides fight against relegation. Callum Adamson put The Haws in front on 18 minutes before Adam Moffat made it 2-0 on 27 minutes. Errol Douglas pulled a goal back for Star on 52 minutes but Greg Smith restored the cushion for the Fife side with twenty minutes left. Dale Richardson was shown a red card on 75 minutes as Newtongrange were reduced to ten men on 75 minutes. The home side were given hope on 79 minutes when Neil Martyniuk pulled a second goal back but Bobby Wilsons side held out for their first win in five games. 

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Kennoway Star Hearts promotion hopes took a dent at Creamery Park as the Fife side, despite taking the lead, went down 3-1 to an impressive Bathgate Thistle. Kyle Wilson put the leaders in front on 37 minutes as Alec Davidsons side led at the break. The second half was a different matter as the home side took the game by the scruff of the neck and were deservedly level after 52 minutes when David Taylor headed home. JJ Henderson then put Thistle in front with twenty minutes to go and Darren Dalrymple sit the third, two minutes later. 

The Fife side remain at the top however after second placed Forfar West End failed to take advantage by losing 2-1 to Tranent. The Lothian side took the lead on 17 minutes through a Ben Miller penalty and then doubled the advantage on the hour mark. West End pulled a goal back with five to go through Matty Ramsey but couldn’t find an equaliser. West End boss Daryl Mackenzie said after the game “It was a poor performance from us which was disappointing but we pick ourselves up and go again next week as we have eight big games left to try and get promoted.” 

Tayport were emphatic winners at Downfield as they finally put a performance together for 90 minutes in the Premier League, running out 5-1 winners. Dale Reid put John Ovenstone’s side in front on 9 minutes before Gary Sutherland celebrated his birthday with a second on 28 minutes. Jamie Mackie hit the Tayport third ten minutes before the break. Sergio Alvarez capped a great performance in midfield with number four on 53 minutes before Marc O’Leary pulled one back for the Spiders with fifteen to go. The Birthday boy restored Tayport’s four goal advantage with his second goal with nine minutes left. 

Craig Morrison’s St Andrews United have been plunged back in to relegation trouble after they went down 2-0 to Fife rivals Glenrothes at Barnett’s Park. Glens Player Manager, John Martin, put his side in front and Josh McPhie completed the win for the visitors. Saints have just seven games left and have played more games than those below them. The result eases any concerns that Glenrothes had about relegation. 

Arniston Rangers had to settle for a point against a much improved Armadale at Volunteer Park. Liam Kane gave the home side the lead after just five minutes. Arniston, who were on the edge of the promotion pack struggled to create many clear cut chances but managed one bit of quality that led to Darren Leslie levelling things up on the hour mark. 

Dundee Violet were left rueing their luck as they were plunged deeper in to trouble after a 3-1 defeat at Dalkeith Thistle. Paul Tansey gave the Jags the lead on 22 minutes and they looked comfortable when Callam McNeill made it two on the hour. Violet were given hope six minutes later when Dale Hart pulled one back but the homeside were in no mood to relinquish the lead and James Redpath made it 3-1 with a couple minutes to go to make it five wins on the bounce in 2017 for Dalkeith and lift them on to the edge of the promotion fight. 

Whitburn’s survival chances took a hit at home to Haddington, Scott Moffat put the HI Hi in front on 31 minutes and it stayed that way until the last eight minutes. Chris Robertson scored a second for the visitors on 82 minutes and then two goals in four minutes on 85 and 89 from Andy Jones put a flattering look on the scoreline for the visitors. 

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Scone Thistle continued their incredible run with a 5-2 home win over Lochore Welfare at Farquharson Park. The win makes it seven wins on the spin for Derek Lawsons side and takes the Perth side to the summit of the North Division. Arran McKay got Thistle up and running after just two minutes and A Trialist made it two after twelve. Lochore pulled a deserved goal back on the half hour but two goals from Fraser Mills within ten minutes of the restart took Scone out of reach. The visitors, as has become a trait of Andy Healy’s side, never gave up and scored a second on 66 minutes but Ben Moffatt popped up four minutes later to restore the three goal lead and ultimately take the points. 

Scone were able to take over the top spot with Thornton’s clash with Coupar Angus being postponed and Kirriemuir Thistle being in GA Engineering Cup action. Their situation was helped by rivals Blairgowrie and Kinnoull both being held to 1-1 draws. 

Dundee East Craigie scored both goals in their draw at Davie Park, Liam McCartney scored for the Shipbuilders and the Blair goal came from an own goal. 

Kinnoull huffed and puffed at Lochee Harp and had to wait until the 82nd minute to equalise against the ten man of the hosts. Harp took the lead on 10 minutes through Derryn Kesson and took the lead through to half time. Harp were reduced to ten men early in the second half when Sam McDonald was shown a second yellow card and the ten men held firm until Dominic Blair, making his debut on loan from Downfield hit a deserved equaliser. 

Dundee North End ran riot against a lacklustre Arbroath Vics at North End Park, routing the visitors 7-0. Dayle Robertson helped himself to five goals with Zak Wilson and Euan McIlvenney helping out. North End took the lead on eight minutes and then Vics were reduced to ten men just after the first goal and the home side took control. Vics had their goalkeeper sent off with fifteen to go but by then Andy Heggies side were 7-0 in front. 

Newburgh had to come from behind and settle for a point against Brechin Vics at East Shore Park. Vics took the lead on the hour mark against the run of play but that lead lasted just four minutes before Liam Keiller levelled things up for the home side.  

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Blackburn United continued their progress to promotion but were given something of a fright by Rosyth. The leaders went in front on 28 minutes through Young but Rosyth were level four minutes later when Ryan O’Connor equalised from the spot. United were the dominant side but couldn’t find the target until Campbell put them 2-1 in front with fifteen to go. Andy McQuillan made sure of victory with a third with two to go. 

Dale Prattis and Liam Forbes were on target for Crossgates Primrose against West Calder United at Humbug Park unfortunately the visitors managed five goals of their own to record a resounding victory . 

Oakley United enjoyed a comfortable 3-0 win over struggling Kirkcaldy YM at Denfield Park. Gregor McDonald put Lee Richardson’s side in front after half an hour and Lee Celantano made it 2-0 five minutes after half time. Reece Strachan hit the third with ten minutes to go, lifting United above Edinburgh United. 

The Capital side and Easthouses Lily served up a cracker, sharing six goals and the points. Stephen Ferguson gave the home side the lead after 10 minutes but United were level on 26 minutes through Auriemma. Ferguson scored a second for Lily three minutes before the break but Hendry levelled for Edinburgh right on half time. United were reduced to ten men when Fleming was sent off on 64 minutes and Shearer put Lily in front for the first time with fifteen minutes left. United weren’t dead yet and equalised on 80 minutes through Hendrie to take a share of the points. 

Pumpherston are still breathing down Blackburn’s neck after they won 3-0 at home to Craigrosyton. Mark Wilkin put his side in front after eleven minutes and Barry Nicholson made it 2-0 on 22 minutes. Wilkins killed off any Craigroyston hopes with his second and Pumphy’s third with fifteen to go. 

Livingston United recovered from having Kieran McKee sent off after just five minutes to win 2-1 at Stoneyburn. 

North Region

Chris Simpson’s Montrose Roselea kept up the pressure on Nairn St Ninian in the race for the promotion play off place with an emphatic 7-0 win over New Elgin at Broomfield Park. Kane Hester put his side in front on six minutes before Chris Cruikshank made it two after just ten minutes. Hester made it 3-0 from the penalty spot just after the half hour and Joe Aitken weighed in with the fourth, ten minutes before the break. Hester completed his hat trick on 50 minutes and Liam Bailey scored the sixth just five minutes later. Hester put further gloss on the victory with a seventh goal with eight minutes left. Roselea face East Region Super League side Carnoustie Panmure in a friendly this evening at home k.o 7pm 






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