East Region Round Up – 29.04.17

Round Up by Mark Johnson

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Bonnyrigg Rose continued their race to chase down Kelty Hearts with an impressive second half performance that led to 4-0 victory over Dundonald Bluebell at New Dundas Park. The sides had gone in to the break level but within five minutes of the restart Rose were in front through Kieran McGachie. Ewan Moyes increased the lead ten minutes later before Wayne McIntosh on 83 minutes and Lewis Turner in the last minute, put the icing on the cake.

Broughty Athletic manager Keith Gibson said that his sides performance was the worst in his time at the club as they lost 6-1 at home to Broxburn Athletic. Broxburn went in front in six minutes and increased the lead four minutes later. The visitors went in 2-0 in front at half time but it could have been more. Broxburn started the second like they had the first and were 4-0 in front inside an hour. Paul McLellan pulled a goal back for The Fed on 69 minutes but Broxburn restored their four goal advantage a minute later before hitting a sixth, five minutes from time. Zander Miller scored twice alongside goals from Craig Scott, Scott McNaughton, Frazer Patterson and Keiran Anderson for Broxburn.

A poor game at Laing Park was decided by two questionable penalty calls from the referee. Danny Millar appeared to be harshly punished when John Anderson went down in the box on 55 minutes, the referee pointed to the spot and Tony Holt struck the penalty in to the bottom corner just out of Jamie Robbie’s reach. Then Mark Mitchell appeared to clatter in to Panmure skipper Steven Cook but this time the appeals were waved away. The result was vital for Jeanfield who climb out of the bottom three with five games left.

Hill of Beath Hawthorn remain on the edge of the relegation fight following a 2-0 defeat at home to Penicuik Athletic. The Edinburgh side put an end to their poor run of form, thanks to two superb strikes from. The full back struck a sweet drive from 30 yards after 17 minutes and then rammed the ball in to the roof of the net to complete a slick passing move fifteen minutes from time.

Kelty Hearts maintained their lead at the top as they chase down a treble but they had to come from behind to beat Bo’ness United at home. Fraser Keast seized on a poor back pass from Murray Carstairs to put the visitors in front after 6 minutes but Hearts went in level at the break when Stuart Cargill scored his 100th goal for the club on 37 minutes. It was a double celebration for the leaders on 63 minutes when Brian Ritchie marked his 150th game in a Kelty shirt with what proved to be the winner.

Newtongrange Star know that they need to pick up maximum points from their remaining games and then hope that those around them slip up. Star made it three in a row and seven games unbeaten with a 2-1 win against Lochee United at Thomson Park. Gary Hamilton put

Stevie McLeish’s side in front in first half stoppage time and Kyle Lander made it two, ten minutes after the break. Scott McComiskie scored a consolation for Lochee late on.

Linlithgow Rose may have games in hand but their 1-1 draw with Camelon at Prestonfield saw Todd Lumsden’s side drop in to the relegation places. It is still unthinkable that the illustrious Rose will go down but they need to get results on the board. It was an own goal that put Linlithgow in front on 66 minutes before David Kane equalised ten minutes later.

Fauldhouse United’s relegation was finally confirmed as they lost 4-0 at Musselburgh. Mathu King put his side 2-0 in front with two goals in a minute on 38 and 39 which was followed by United Player Manager Jon Connolly being sent off just before half time. Keith Murray made it three just before the hour mark and John McManus scored the fourth with fifteen to go to ease Musselburgh’s fears of relegation.

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Things are a little less complicated in the Premier League but only just, Armadale’s fate was confirmed in midweek and they slumped to a heavy defeat at home to Bathgate at Volunteer Park. Thistle skipper Stuart MacLeod put his side in front on 23 minutes and Robbie Feeney made it two from the spot on 34 minutes. The home side pulled a goal back on 37 minutes but JJ Henderson sent The Jags in 3-1 in front at the break. Henderson scored his second on 57 minutes before MacLeod scored his sides fifth and his second with fifteen to go. Armadale scored a second with three to go but Feeney made it 6-2 with a minute to go.

Forfar West End may miss out on automatic promotion to Sauchie but they were in no mood to make it easy for the Clackmannanshire side as Daryl Mackenzie’s side laid down a marker with a 3-0 win at Strathmore Park. Connor Ireland scored twice with Graeme Hart getting his usual goal to complete their regulation season in style.

Whitburn need three points from their four games to avoid the drop after an excellent 4-2 win at Haddington Athletic. The Hi Hi officially unveiled Davie McGlynn as manager before the game but his side couldn’t build on a 2-1 lead as Whitburn came from behind to take an important three points. Chris Patrick put Whitburn in front after just five minutes but Michael Fairnie equalised ten minutes later before Stephen Sinclair put the home side in front on the half hour and they led at the break. The second half was all Whitburn, Gary Brass levelled on 55 and then put the visitors in front just six minutes later. With 18 minutes left Jordan Bain made sure with a fourth for his side.

St Andrews United have won just one game since the end of August, against Armadale Thistle and are now favourites to join them in dropping out of the Premier League after a 3-1 defeat at home to Downfield at Barnetts Park. The visitors went in front through Ross Gallacher and Marc O’Leary put the Dundee side further in the lead. United pulled one back with an Aiden Hendry penalty but Dominic Blair made sure late on for The Spiders. Saints have won just one league game under Craig Morrison.

Tayport and Glenrothes shared the points from an entertaining 0-0 draw at The Canniepairt. Glens boss Willie Campbell said “We are happy with a clean sheet away from home. Our away form is something we need to work on for next season so to go to Tayport and take a point without conceding is a good starting point.”

Dundee Violet are almost down after they were thrashed 5-1 at Tranent although Ralph Henderson’s side did take the lead on twelve minutes. Ben Miller equalised for Tranent on 24 minutes and it was plain sailing after that with Kayne Paterson helping himself to a hat trick and the fifth coming from an own goal.

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Brechin Vics enjoyed a rare victory winning 3-1 away from home at Arbroath Vics. A brace from Dougie Crowe and a Colin Lawson strike saw the visitors to victory

Blairgowrie boss Billy McKay was pleased his threadbare side could get the win against Newburgh but was not happy that his side conceded three goals in the process. Gary Axworthy put Blair in front and the lead was doubled just before half time through an own goal. Stefan Brown started a crazy seven minutes when he made it 3-0 on 49 minutes only for Greg Fairweather to pull one back two minutes later. Gordon Pirie restored the three-goal advantage on 54 minutes but Liam Keiller pulled another goal back for Newburgh, two minutes later and with five minutes to go Fairweather scored his second to make sure it was a nervy last few minutes for Blairgowrie.

East Craigie halted North Ends 100% record under Ross Lunan in midweek but couldn’t follow that up with a home win as they lost 1-0 to Kinnoull. Ross Norrie the goal scorer for Alan Cameron’s side with twenty minutes to go.

As already mentioned Ross Lunan’s 100% record as North End manager went in midweek but they got back to winning ways with a 3-0 win at home to Coupar Angus. Pat Martin got the first on 35 minutes before Dayle Robertson added a second midway through the second half before James Russell made sure with a third in added time.

Luncarty ran riot against Forfar Albion as they hit their hosts for an unlucky thirteen goals. Richard Doig and Jon Reid both scored hat tricks with Bally Whytock scoring twice. The other goals came from an own goal and Darren Gray, Dan Walker, Lewis Allan and Player Manager Johnny Kelly.

Lochee Harp put an end to their recent poor run of results with a 3-1 win at home to Lochore Welfare. All three Harp goals came from trialists with the same player scoring the first two.

It looks to be just a matter of time before Thornton Hibs and Kirriemuir Thistle’s promotion is confirmed but the title is still very much up for grabs after the two protagonists shared the points from a 0-0 draw at Memorial Park.

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Dunbar United all but confirmed their promotion and showed that they want the League title to go with it after a 1-0 win over already promoted Blackburn United. Scott Gibson scored the vital goal for the Seasider’s on 78 minutes but Craig Young missed the chance to equalise six minutes later when he saw his penalty saved.

Elsewhere, Stoneyburn enjoyed a 2-1 win away from home at Crossgates while Rosyth beat Easthouses 1-0 at Recreation Park

Lochgelly and Edinburgh served up a six-goal thriller at Gardiners Park as they drew 3-3. Martin Rennie put his side 2-0 in front on 32 and 34 minutes before Gabrielle Auriemma pulled one back on 35 minutes and Jason Darling equalised on 37 minutes then incredibly put his side in front two minutes before half time. Lochgelly got a deserved equaliser with two minutes left through John Ferguson.

Photo courtesy of Kayem Photography

 

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