East Region Round Up – 27.05.17

Round Up by Mark Johnson

D J Laing East of Scotland Cup Quarter Final

An understrength Jeanfield Swifts crashed out of the East of Scotland Cup against Musselburgh Athletic, who gained revenge for the Perth side relegating them last weekend. The Lothian side led 2-0 at the break with goals from Matti King and Euan Ralton. Within 5 minutes of the restart the game was over as a Declan O’Kane strike on 48 minutes was followed by a Michael Moffat effort two minutes later. King made it 5-0 on 63 minutes before the visitors pulled a goal back on 64 minutes. Musselburgh weren’t finished, King completed his hat trick on 67 minutes and Ralton made it seven a minute later. O’Kane hit an eighth for rampant ‘Burgh before King scored his fourth and Musselburgh’s ninth with eleven minutes to go. As if things couldn’t get any worse, Jeanfields’ Chris Anton was ordered off towards the end of the game for a second booking

Fife & Lothians Cup Semi Final

A game to far for Bo’ness United but Broxburn march in to the Final of the Fife & Lothians Cup against Tranent. Bo’ness thought they had taken the lead on 20 minutes when Fraser Keast had the ball in the net but the referee pulled play back to award a penalty, unfortunately for United, Marty Wright’s kick was saved. Three minutes later and the visitors took the lead through Darren Cole and then just before the break the United’s task was made harder when Michael Gemmell was sent off for a second booking. Kieran Anderson doubled Broxburn’s advantage on 63 minutes and then with eight minutes left Zander Millar made sure of the place in the final with a third.

McBookie.com Super/Premier League play-off First Leg

Forfar West End are in the box seat in the Super/Premier League play off after a 3-1 win at home to Newtongrange Star. All the goals came in the first half of a highly entertaining game. Lee Currie put Star in front with a free kick but West End equalised straight away through Graeme Hart. The big striker then put West End in front before Matty Ramsay made it 3-1. There is still plenty to play for in the tie as it moves to New Victoria Park for the Second Leg next week.

McBookie.com East Super League

The Super league title is back in Bonnyrigg’s hands after they defeated Carnoustie Panmure 5-0 at New Dundas Park although as normal in football the scoreline fails to tell the full story. An understrength Carnoustie side had repelled everything thrown at them by Rose and despite losing Liam Scott on the half hour with a shoulder injury, looked like they would get to half time level, that was until Kieran McGachie popped up to put his side in front in First Half stoppage time. The home side went further in front on 49 minutes after being awarded a penalty after McGachie went down in the box, Sean Jamieson converting the kick. Eight minutes later it was three after Robbie Horn’s men were awarded a second penalty, again after McGachie had gone down easily in the box once more, again Jamieson converted the kick. With Carnoustie feeling highly aggrieved at some of the official’s decisions, Rose took advantage. Kerr Young headed in at the back post four number four and on stoppage time McGachie scored his second to make it 5-0.

Three goals in fifteen minutes, midway through the second half ensured Linlithgow Rose would start the second Mark Bradley era with all three points from their visit to Thomson Park. Colin Leiper put the visitors in fron on the hour before Kevin Kelbie made it 2-0 on 68 minutes, Kelbie then added his second with fifteen minutes to go. Paddy Deane managed to pull a goal back on 83 minutes but it proved to be just a consolation.

McBookie.com East Premier League

Dundee Violet ended the season with two defeats from five games, both against Sauchie but that was all too late as the Pansies went down to the North League. They completed their season with a 2-2 draw with Whitburn at Glenesk Park, a result which not only saves the Lothian side but condemns St Andrews United to the North League. Gary Brass and Jordan Bain put the visitors 2-0 in front at the break but Violet were level within 10 minutes of the restart with goals from Lee Milton and David O’Neill. With no further goals the game petered out to a tame end of season draw.

McBookie.com East North League

Thanks to an excellent run under Ross Lunan, Dundee North End are in with a shout of finishing third in the North League after a comfortable 3-0 victory at Kinnoull. All the goals came in the second half and leaves North End needing to beat champions Kirriemuir on Wednesday night at West View to claim that third place.

Thornton Hibs celebrated their promotion to The Premier League with an emphatic 6-0 victory over Brechin Vics at Memorial Park. Chris Ireland put Craig Gilbert’s side in front after 15 minutes but it wasn’t until the second half that Hibs really took control. Garry Thompson scored his 100th goal for the club on 67 minutes then scored again on 73 and 79 minutes to complete his hat trick. Dean McMillan made it 5-0 on 82 minutes and Thompson was on hand a minute later for his fourth and Hibs sixth.

G.A. Engineering Cup Final

Broughty Athletic won the G.A. Engineering Cup in fine style with a 5-1 win over rivals Tayport at Dundee United’s Tannadice. Ross McCord put The Fed in front on 20 minutes from the penalty spot and his side led at the break. The second half was the Grant Lawson show as the former Tayport man scored on 53 and 57 minutes before wrapping things up on 82 minutes from the spot for his hat-trick. Tayport had scored a consolation on 72 minutes when the ball was turned home off a Broughty defender but when Tayport where reduced to ten men on 75minutes it was all over. Paul McLellan hit a fourth for Broughty on 80 minutes before Man of The Match, Lawson got his hat trick.

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