East Region Round Up – 22.04.17

Round Up by Mark Johnson

Saturday 22 April 2017

It may have been a day of disappointment for the regions clubs in the Scottish Junior Cup Semi Finals with Linlithgow Rose and Bonnyrigg Rose both went out but it was a day of joy for Kennoway Star Hearts and Blackburn United who both secured promotion. 

D J Laing East of Scotland Cup 3RD Round

The wheels certainly appear to have come off for Penicuik Athletic as they are now 4 games without a win after exiting the East of Scotland Cup at home to Jeanfield Swifts on penalties. Penicuik had to come from 2-0 down to take the tie to penalties after a Tony Holt double on 50 and 70 minutes had put the visitors in control. Ross Montgomery pulled one back on 76 minutes and Keith Lough hit a dramatic equaliser with a minute to go. So, to penalties and after two misses apiece Daniel Kelly took the Perth side through with a cheeky chip past Billy Bald that slightly enraged the home keeper. 

Kelty Hearts overcame the potential banana skin of a tricky trip to Sauchie, winning 3-0 to book a Quarter Final tie against Carnoustie or Bonnyrigg Rose. An own goal gave the Super League leaders the advantage after just 5 minutes but it wasn’t until two late Stephen Husband goals on 87 and 89 minutes that Hearts were assured of the win. 

G. A. Engineering Cup Semi-Finals

The GA Engineering Cup Final will be an interesting encounter between Broughty Athletic and Tayport after both sides progressed from the Semi Final in differing circumstances. 

At Glenesk Park, Dundee Violet were unlucky not to pull off a shock against Super League Broughty Athletic and were left to rue their luck as The Fed went through after a 2-1 victory. After Violet had dominated play it was Stuart McConnachie that put the Super League side in front on 75 minutes and then Danny Cavanagh made it 2-0 with ten to go. Violet pulled a deserved goal back on 83 minutes through a Ben Middleton header but couldn’t manage the equaliser their performance so warranted. 

In the other Semi Final, Tayport were comfortable winners at Kirriemuir Thistle. In a game where a lot of local experts predicted a possible shock, the visitors took the lead on 14 minutes through Jamie Mackie and led at the break. There were three goals in the space of four minutes just after the break, Alan Tulleth scored twice on 49 and 53 minutes to put Tayport on easy street but on 53 minutes Bryan Duell pulled a goal back from the spot. However, the home side threatened but couldn’t add to their tally and the Fife side progress to the final. 

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It was all about the relegation battle in the Super League and results mean it is now even tighter at the bottom.  

Musselburgh Athletic are very much in the thick of it after they were thrashed 5- 1 at Bo’ness United. United had themselves been on something of a slump but put that right in emphatic style. Robert Sloan put the home side in front on the half hour and Marty Wright made it two, five minutes before the break. Fraser Keast gave United a further cushion just after the hour but Musselburgh managed to pull a goal back on 66 minutes through Matti King but Ruari MacLennan restored the advantage with ten minutes remaining. With Five to go it became 5-1 through an own goal.  The Olivebank side are in the playoff place at the moment and face a massive game on Wednesday night at Newtongrange. 

Camelon and Hill of Beath are both very much involved in the battle at the bottom and didn’t do themselves any favours with a 2-2 draw at Carmuirs Park. Stuart Bell put Vamelon in front on 20 minutes but the Haws were soon level through Lee Bryce. Scott Taylor put the homeside in front just after half time through Scott Taylor but again the Fife side responded and equalised on the hour through Greig Smith. Both sides are running out of games and those that are remaining are tough. 

It’s probably too little too late but Newtongrange were comfortable and emphatic winners over Carnoustie at New Victoria Park. Star took the lead on 56 minutes when Ryan Roche was penalised for a push on Sean Lally in the box and Jack Wilson converted the penalty. Panmure came back and when a great run by Robert Urquhart was illegally stopped in the box the referee had no hesitancy in awarding a second penalty, Gordon Macdonald scoring from the spot. Carnoustie appeared to switch off at the restart and within 20 seconds Newtongrange were back in front thanks to a Kyle Lander strike. Lally had proved to be a real handful after he replaced Errol Douglas at half time and was rewarded with goals on 84 and 88 minutes to ensure victory. 

Lochee United had to play for seventy minutes with ten men after keeper Mark Fotheringham was sent off. Paddy Deane was sacrificed and Darren Clarkson came on, the young keeper acquitted himself well and Lochee were rewarded just before the hour mark. Bryan Deasleys penalty was initially saved but the Lochee man reacted quickest to poke home the rebound. 

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Armadale’s fate has not been in doubt for a while but relegation was finally confirmed when they lost 2-1 at home to Downfield at Volunteer Park. The scores were level at the break after Ross Gallacher had levelled for The Spiders, Marc O’Leary scored the winner for the visitors after half time. 

Forfar West End knew that they couldn’t afford to slip up in their last two games if they were to be promoted automatically although technically they could still pip Sauchie but that is unlikely. Bathgate weren’t prepared to lie down to their visitors, although it was an own goal that put Thistle in front after just 9 minutes. As much as Daryl Mackenzie’s side tried they couldn’t equalise until the 92 minute through a Graeme Hart penalty. Bathgate popped the champagne corks for Kennoway when Robbie Feeney scored a free kick in the third minute of stoppage time. 

Whitburn know that their survival is in their own hands with six games in hand on St Andrews United. It was seven until yesterday’s defeat at home to Tranent, Stephen Manson gave the visitors an early lead but then became the villain when he was sent off on the hour. Ben Miller put Tranent further in front with fifteen to go and Whitburn were given hope with ten minutes left through James Martin but it wasn’t to be for the home side. 

Glenrothes and Arniston served up a six-goal thriller at Warout Stadium and shared the points as well as the goals in a 3-3 draw. Conor Schiavone put Glens in front on 18 minutes and Sean Simpson made it two, a minute later.  Greig Callaghan pulled one back for Rangers in first half stoppage time. Glens restored their advantage early in the second half but Arniston never gave up. Danny McFadden pulled a second goal back on 72 minutes and Chris Tobin hit a deserved equaliser with seven minutes remaining. 

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Just how Blairgowrie led 2-1 at half time baffled most people inside Ogilvy Park as Arbroath Vics had dominated the first half. Rikki Gillespie put the home side in front early on but goals from Stefan Brown and Darren Neave in a crazy sixty seconds just before the break meant the visitors went in, leading. Sam Clark levelled things up and then with the last kick of the game A Trialist scored the winner for Vics. 

It was back to a case of bad luck for Lochore Welfare as they went down 3-1 at Coupar Angus. The Fife side could have been 3-0 in front at half time, such was their first half superiority but had to settle for 0-0. However, they looked to have got their reward when Scott Warender scored, five minutes in to the second half. Coupar were stung in to action and levelled things up when Daniel Neath scored on 54 minutes. Neath’s former Carnoustie teammate Chris Liversedge put the home side in front with 15 left and in the dying minutes Alex Gibb made it 3-1. 

Dundee East Craigie romped to a 6-1 win over Forfar Albion away from home. Liam McCartney helped himself to a hat trick while Lee Maloney, James Malone and Nik Mann scored a goal apiece. 

An understrength Lochee Harp were beaten 5-1 at home by Dundee North End who maintained their 100% record under Ross Lunan. Pat Martin and Dayle Robertson both notched twice with Ryan Smith getting the other Dokens goal. Sam McDonald scored the Harp consolation. 

Luncarty were comfortable winners over strugglers Brechin Vics at home. Jon Reid, Lewis Allan, Richard Doig and Martin Maher were on target for the Perthshire men in a 4-0 victory. 

Newburgh’s slump continued at Scone Thistle as the visitors went down 3-0 to Derek Lawson’s side. Gary Fergus put The Jags in front at half time then after the break Abi Njie helped himself to a double on 46 and 60 minutes, to complete the scoring. 

Thornton Hibs slipped up slightly at home to Kinnoull but not by enough to start a panic about their promotion hopes with a 2-2 draw. Daniel McNab put Thornton in front at half time but a half time berating saw Kinnoull come out all guns blazing and were deservedly level on 61 minutes through Mark Smith and then in front seven minutes later through a Rhys Davies penalty. Thornton battled for the equaliser and Stuart Drummond was the man on the spot to level it up with five minutes to go 

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Its congratulations to Blackburn United who secured their place in the Premier League for next season following a 1-0 win at West Calder United. Andy McQuillan with the important goal on 67 minutes. 

It looks like it will be Dunbar United who will be joining Blackburn going up after they thrashed Edinburgh United 7-1 at New Countess Park. Dean Ballyntyne scored a hat trick with Chris Grant scoring as well as The Seasiders led 4-0 at half time. Jason Darling pulled a goal back on 65 minutes but Kevin Tait on 74 minutes then Chris King on 77 and 87 minutes completed the rout. Goal scorer then turned villain as Edinburgh’s Darling was sent off in stoppage time. 

Livingston United and Oakley United shared the goals and the points in a 1-1 draw. Richie Kay putting the home side in front before Lee Celentano levelled it up three minutes later for the Fifers. 

Lochgelly Albert continued their impressive end to the season as they were comfortable 4-0 winners over Stoneyburn at Gardiners Park. Martin Rennie with a brace and a goal apiece from Andy Watt and Craig Bateson sealed the win for Craig Ness’s side. 

Finally, for this weekend, Rosyth enjoyed their return to Recreation Park as they trounced Crossgates Primrose 6-2. Mark McDiarmid put Rosyth in front with an Own goal just before the break making it 2-0. Stan Chitemere made it 3 and two goals from Evan made it 5-0 with over twenty minutes left. McAleavey and McNeish pulled two back for Primrose before Tam Hampson made it 6-2 in the last minute. 





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