{"JP":[ {"NewsSection":{"name":"football","detaillevel":"full", "Articles": {"count":25,"detaillevel":"full","articlesList":[ {"article": { "url":"http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hearts/austin-macphee-we-will-win-hearts-players-over-1-4311590","id":"1.4311590","articleHeadline": "Austin MacPhee: We will win Hearts players over","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1481178607000 ,"articleLead": "

Austin MacPhee insists a lack of senior playing background will have no effect on whether he and Ian Cathro can command the respect of the Hearts dressing-room.

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Doubts have been raised in some quarters about the ability of the new management team to get players onside despite the fact they haven’t played the game themselves to any notable standard. However, MacPhee, the assistant to head coach Cathro, is adamant this perceived disadvantage will not be an issue and that they are no more likely to be found wanting in the man-management department than anybody who has played the game at a high level.

The 37-year-old, who has previously been part of Danny Lennon’s backroom staff at Cowdenbeath and St Mirren and remains assistant to Edinburgh-based Michael O’Neill at Northern Ireland, believes modern footballers are intelligent and forward thinking enough to decide for themselves if a coach’s ideas and methods are worth buying into, regardless of their playing history.

“Players ultimately want to see that you can help them be better,” said MacPhee. “If you can do that, they’ll listen to you. People talk about ‘the dressing-room’ like you’re going into some kind of zoo. Footballers are human beings, and there are a lot of intelligent ones in there. The only thing that helps you govern the dressing-room is respect.

“Pele [widely deemed the greatest player ever] could lose respect in ten minutes and I could gain respect in ten minutes. He’s not going to lose respect as a player but he’s going to lose respect as a manager if players think ‘he can’t coach us very well’, if it’s not organised very well, if it doesn’t work, if they don’t believe in your ideas, if you don’t help them, if you don’t know that some people need a cuddle and some need a kick up the a*se. Ultimately it comes down to human behaviour.”

Cathro and MacPhee met the Hearts squad for the first time on Tuesday and it is understood they made a positive impression on the players.

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Bonnyrigg Rose are hopeful that “commonsense will prevail” and they will be able to play their Scottish Cup glamour tie against holders Hibs at Tynecastle next month.

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The Super League champions caused a major upset when they won 1-0 away to SPFL Championship side Dumbarton in Tuesday’s third-round replay.

The Scottish Football Association contacted the Midlothian club yesterday to enquire about their intentions for the mouthwatering fourth-round tie – scheduled for Saturday, January 21 – in which Neil Lennon’s Championship pacesetters will begin the defence of their trophy.

Bonnyrigg officials are desperate to have the match switched from their humble 3,000-capacity home, New Dundas Park, to the 17,000-capacity Tynecastle in order to maximise exposure and revenue, while accommodating everyone who wishes to see a historic match unlikely to be televised live.

Hearts, who are away to Raith Rovers in the fourth round, have already intimated to Bonnyrigg chairman Charlie Kirkwood that they would be open to hiring out Tynecastle for the biggest match in their history. Once further talks take place with both Hearts and Hibs, a proposal will be lodged to the SFA, who are then likely to decide on the venue next week. According to SFA rules, the match cannot be switched to Easter Road, but Bonnyrigg are concerned by the prospect of potentially being asked to play the tie at Ainslie Park, Meadowbank or Almondvale.

“The SFA have been on the phone and they said it would be the ground nearest both teams,” Bonnyrigg secretary Robert Dickson told the Evening News. “I mentioned Tynecastle, which would be the favourable choice for everyone in terms of size, policing, access, car parking and transport. They said one of the options would be Spartans, and I was surprised by that. If it’s going to be Spartans, we’d be as well keeping it at Bonnyrigg because there would be no difference in the crowd. There’s been talk of Livingston as well, but that’s through west and it’s not so convenient.

“We want to take it to a bigger venue because I genuinely think we could get close to 15,000 people there. We want it to be a family day out for the people of Bonnyrigg. We’ve touched base with Hearts, who seemed quite keen, and we’ll put our proposals to them in the coming days. I don’t think Hibs will have a problem playing at Tynecastle, so I hope they let us have our big day at a venue that ticks all the boxes. I don’t deny that we’d gain financially from it being at Tynecastle, but we’re a small Junior club who have committee men out begging all the time just to keep the club afloat. Playing it at Tynecastle would allow us a bit of financial security for a few years. At the end of the day, it will be the SFA who make the final decision.”

Meanwhile, Hibs have been drawn at home to Celtic in the quarter-final of the SFA Youth Cup. The tie will take place on or before Sunday, January 22.

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Esmael Goncalves is best-known among Jambos as the man who played a big part in breaking their hearts in the 2013 League Cup final.

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Ian Cathro, 30, and Austin MacPhee, 37, have made waves in the game in recent years despite their lack of background as football players, and now these bright young operators have been appointed Hearts’ head coach and assistant head coach, respectively. Because of their similarly unconventional routes to prominence and the fact they hail from Dundee and Fife respectively, they had been bracketed as kindred spirits and long-time friends battling against the old boys’ network to make their presence felt in the Scottish game.

However, MacPhee dispelled the perception that he and Cathro go back a long way. “That’s maybe slightly a myth,” said Hearts’ new long-haired No.2, who will continue to double up as Michael O’Neill’s assistant at Northern Ireland. “I knew Ian and he knew me but we weren’t friends or anything.”

When MacPhee was part of Danny Lennon’s backroom team at St Mirren, he contacted Cathro, then assistant manager at Portuguese side Rio Ave, to enquire about players who might benefit the Paisley club. Cathro paved the way for Goncalves to move to St Mirren on loan and it was to prove an inspired decision as the Portuguese party animal scored one and made one as the Buddies roared back to beat Gary Locke’s Hearts side 3-2 at Hampden in March 2013 and secure the club a first major trophy in 26 years.

MacPhee takes up the story, explaining how he and Cathro started developing a bond that would eventually lead to the latter offering the former the chance to become his right-hand man at Hearts.

“The defining moment, and when we started to exchange more ideas about football, was with Esmael Goncalves,” said MacPhee. “I was looking at innovative ways to bring better players into St Mirren. I phoned Ian about players in general. He spoke of Isma and said he had someone who was really talented but we’d need to breathalyse him at training. Ian said he was the biggest party animal and had been frozen out of their squad. He said I knew I liked a challenge and this would really take my man-management to the next level.

“I went into the board and told them there was someone who I felt I could really work with well. The only requirement is that when he comes to stay at the Glynhill Hotel [in Renfrew], you need to get me a room there as well. They asked why, and I went on about how one thing Scottish football doesn’t do well is assimilate foreign players well. So we got the deal done between Rio Ave and St Mirren and Isma arrived on the Wednesday. I picked him up and he didn’t smell of booze.

“I took him to the Glynhill and it was me and him having dinner. I took him into training the next morning on the Thursday and he was unbelievable, to the extent that the other players were like, ‘Austin, why’s he here?’ We were playing Celtic at Hampden at noon on the Saturday in the semi-final of the League Cup, which we went on to win against Hearts, ironically. I had a discussion with Danny about him and he said ‘I’ll maybe bring him off the bench’. I said ‘ach, just start him, he could last 45 minutes or more’. We hadn’t scored against Celtic in eight games before that.

“I stayed in the hotel again with him on the Thursday night and I phoned Ian and said ‘I think we’re going to start him because he’s done really, really well’. Ian said ‘don’t leave him in the hotel by himself’. It was my mum and dad’s silver wedding anniversary celebration on the Friday night, starting at 8.30pm at a little Spanish restaurant in the centre of Glasgow.

“I phoned Danny and said ‘I’m going to take Isma to this party.’ He said ‘Austin, you can’t do that –you’re going to have a big guy from Portugal out with you in Glasgow the night before a big game. He’s been in the paper already – what if a supporter sees you?’ I said ‘no, Ian’s given me the heads-up on him, I need to take him with me’. Danny said ‘on your head be it, then.’ I took him to the party and my missus and kids were there and Isma, who is kicking off at midday the next day, is sitting next to me drinking orange juice and eating Spanish food’. I thought ‘this is good because at least I know where he is’.

“We come out at 11.45pm, we’re walking around Glasgow city centre and he’s due to be kicking off 12 hours later against Celtic, but everything went perfectly and he scored after eight minutes and we won the game. He went on a great run after that, so me and Ian kept communicating about him. From Ian’s guidance on Isma, we began to speak about football more and I ended up doing a coaching study out there in Portugal and here we are now.”

MacPhee is thrilled that Cathro recommended him to Craig Levein as his favoured candidate to become assistant. He is excited by the opportunity and stability afforded at a club which has a clear and established football structure in place under director of football Levein.

“Craig and Ian spoke at length about what they perceive the assistant manager to be like and I satisfied a number of those criteria,” he said. “Ultimately Ian made the decision. I’m sure he had a number of people he could have brought in. For me, coming here, a big part of it was listening to Ann Budge and Craig and knowing that you’re coming somewhere that, in the highs and in the lows, the direction the club is going – the objective, the strategy, the tactics – isn’t going to change. The results and the team might change but there’s a really clear process both in the business model and on the pitch in terms of how they promote staff and young players.”

MacPhee – who started his own youth development football club in Fife and then had jobs with Cowdenbeath, St Mirren and the Mexico national team before arriving in his current positions – is hopeful that he and Cathro can inspire other young coaches without a background to strive for the heights. Asked if their appointments at Hearts can act as a watershed in Scottish football, MacPhee said: “Only if we do well. Sometimes young coaches who haven’t played use that as a barrier. There’s been a lot said about what ex-professionals have said [about Cathro] but I also think it’s up to coaches who haven’t played to be ambitious, to break in, to do that extra thing that you need to do to get in. At the start, nobody’s going to open the door for you. You need to volunteer, do things for free, get yourself to the point where you can get in, and then if you’re good enough, there will be opportunities there.

“There is a balance to be struck. People who haven’t played have got to try harder to get in initially but they shouldn’t use that as a barrier. Likewise, people who have played shouldn’t use that as a CV requirement in coaching. There is no right answer [about the background of the perfect coach]. It could be a watershed moment, but obviously we need to do well.”

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Six weeks out of the game have been difficult for “football mad” John Doolan to contend with.

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The popular former Hibs first-team coach thrives on being on a training ground every weekday and then cajoling them from the technical area on a Saturday afternoon.

Since he, Alan Stubbs and Andy Holden were sacked as Rotherham United’s managerial triumvirate in mid-October, however, the 48-year-old Liverpudlian has been missing the day-to-day intensity of his profession.

“I’m a football man – I’m football daft,” Doolan told the Evening News. “I don’t care what people say – it’s hard being out of it because it’s in your blood. I keep myself busy walking the dog but even when I’m out with him, I’m thinking about the game I’ve just watched on telly or been out watching the previous night.

“I’ve been going on continued professional development courses, which you’ve got to do to keep your badges, and getting to as many games as possible in the Liverpool area. I was at Everton Under-23s against Portsmouth on Monday.

“People in the game generally know what you’ve done and where you are at the moment but you can’t just hide away and wait for the phone to ring. You’ve got to get out and about and do a bit of networking. There are jobs available all the time in academies and things like that but once you’ve had a taste of first-team management, you want more of it. I just can’t wait to get back into it.”

Doolan left Hibs in the aftermath of the historic Scottish Cup triumph in May to become Stubbs’ assistant at Rotherham. He had the chance to remain at Easter Road and was a genuine contender to replace Stubbs before current incumbent Neil Lennon signalled his interest, but Doolan was in a bad place off the pitch, with his father having just succumbed to cancer and his sister-in-law battling the same disease. The chance to return to his family home in Liverpool, allied with a sense of loyalty to boyhood friend Stubbs, meant the move to Rotherham made sense. “Hindsight’s a great thing,” he said ruefully. “If you’re asking if I’d go back to Hibs, I’d probably go back in a heartbeat, but I don’t regret anything because at the time I think it was the right thing to do.

“I was gutted about [Rotherham] because we only got 13 games of a three-year deal but, at the same time, it’s a results-driven business. You’ve just got to get on with it. There’s worse things that can happen in life – as I found out when I lost my dad. That puts a different perspective on what happens in football.”

Ideally, Doolan would like to continue working with Stubbs and Holden, although he recognises that he may have to return to youth coaching to keep himself ticking over if nothing materialises early in the new year. “At the minute I just want to enjoy Christmas with my family,” he said. “If the phone rings tomorrow and something happens, and it suits, then you go with it. In terms of continuing to work with Alan, we’ve spoken about it and I think we’d definitely go together if Alan got something. We’ve done well together in a short space of time, so I’d look forward to the next challenge with him. If the phone rings and somebody wants to speak to me, we’d cross that bridge when we come to it. I’m ready to go again though.”

Having had his fingers burnt by leaving a stable Edinburgh club for a notoriously volatile environment in England this year, what does Doolan make of Robbie Neilson’s decision to leave Hearts for MK Dons last week? “I think Milton Keynes is a good club for someone like Robbie,” he said. “The chairman backed his last manager in Karl Robinson, who I know well from working with him in Liverpool’s academy. Robbie will want to challenge himself down south and with the backing of the chairman, I think he’ll do well. I can see why he’s gone. If he didn’t take it, he’d end up asking himself ‘what if?’ and questions like that. He’s been at Hearts a long time, so this is a good new challenge for him.”

Doolan made his first visit to Easter Road since leaving the club in June when he and his wife returned to Edinburgh last month and watched Lennon’s side cruise to a 4-0 win over Queen of the South before attending a Supporters Club Scottish Cup victory commemoration gathering that night.

“It was tough being up in the stand instead of the dugout but it was great to see the lads win so comfortably,” he said. “I really enjoyed being back to see everyone. I wasn’t just back at Hibs when I was up, I went back to the Kings Manor and the Ormelie in Joppa because I made friends when I lived there. I’ve spoken about it so many times before but once you and your family have been touched by Hibs, it never leaves you. Hibs are my club now, the same as Everton are my club.”

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Rangers manager Mark Warburton anticipates little change in Hearts’ approach at Ibrox on Saturday under new boss Ian Cathro.

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Robbie Neilson’s last game in charge of the Jambos before taking over at MK Dons was a 2-0 win over the Light Blues at Tynecastle last Wednesday night.

After the Govan side responded with a 2-1 home win over Aberdeen at the weekend to move into second place in the Ladbrokes Premiership, the Edinburgh club confirmed Cathro as their new head coach, joined by Austin MacPhee, the Northern Ireland assistant.

While much has been made of the appointment of the 30-year-old former Newcastle coach, who has never played or managed at senior level, Warburton is expecting Hearts to pose the same questions to which he hopes this time to have the answers.

He told the club’s official website “You have to think that they will play a very similar game, they were quite rightly successful at Tynecastle, what we have to do is find solutions.

“I don’t know much about Ian Cathro, I know he is highly thought of but no more than that.

“If you are there for a week, I imagine if I was Ian I would do very much the same as the previous week when they have won the game 2-0 at Tynecastle, you’d want to try and repeat that.

“Our job is to focus on Rangers and do what we do better, learn from last week, learn from Saturday as well and deliver a performance in what is a very important fixture.

“We are at home off the back of a good performance, we are second in the league and we want to reinforce that and send the crowd home happy again.

“We do that by being positive, getting on the football and doing everything we did on Saturday and hopefully adding some more quality balls in there as well.

“The fans will be crucial, our home record is very strong and very solid and a big part of that is down to the backing.

“The atmosphere on Saturday was outstanding. Now our job, of course, is to earn that type of support and I hope the fans can see what we are trying to do.”

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League One opposition proved an obstacle too far for in-form Edinburgh City in last night’s William Hill Scottish Cup third round replay, as they went down 1-0 at home to East Fife.

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Chris Kane’s second-half strike was enough to end City’s eight-match unbeaten run, and send the New Bayview club through to a fourth round tie away to Livingston in the process.

While Gary Jardine had admitted the league is City’s priority this term, going out of the cup at home is always a disappointment.

“We looked flat,” he admitted. “We were disappointed with the way we played, but we were our usual selves. We worked really hard and competed well on a heavy park. There wasn’t a lot of good football and it was always going to be a scrappy goal that decided it and it was East Fife who got it, and they probably deserved it.

“The manner of the goal was disappointing because that’s the type of goal we’ve spoken about. The first part of the season, teams were getting those chances week win, week out but we put a stop to that recently. Maybe the change of personnel had something to do with it, but nevertheless it’s a poor goal to lose.”

City made six changes from the weekend win at Arbroath, perhaps with one eye on this weekend’s home clash with Stirling.

Jardine’s team certainly didn’t start like a team that was more concerned with their league campaign, however. A strong early run from Ross Guthrie resulted in the ball eventually falling to Aaron Dunsmore, and the on-loan Hibs defender let fly from fully 30 yards, requiring Ryan Goodfellow to put strong wrists behind the ball.

Opportunities were rare, but the visitors spurned the clearest one of the game on 25 minutes. Kevin Smith dug out a cross from the byline that took Andrew Stobie out of the game, although former Hearts midfielder Scott Robinson could only head over from close range.

East Fife’s own Easter Road-loanee, Jamie Insall, did everything but score shortly before half-time, spinning and smashing the ball goal-wards from close range, only for Marc Laird to arrive just in time to block.

Ross Allum then went close to marking his return to the starting line-up with a goal, lifting the ball over Goodfellow after Ian McFarland had put him through on goal, but Jason Kerr was alert enough to spot the danger and clear before the ball crossed the line.

The League Two side finally livened up a dull encounter by taking the lead ten minutes after the break. Scott Mercer’s corner was headed back in to the area by Scott Robinson, and with the City defence not able to get out at once, the midfielder’s former Hearts Under-19 team-mate Kane was left onside to hook past a static Stobie.

The Fifers looked to have been denied a cast iron penalty soon after when Smith for all the world appeared to have been scythed down in the area. The majority in Meadowbank were awaiting David Lowe’s whistle and award, which bafflingly never came.

City managed to force some slight pressure at the other end, but a low, trundling Dean Cummings free-kick that bounced harmlessly wide was all they had to show for it. Captain Dougie Gair was more threatening, his low drive requiring a smart stop from Goodfellow who tipped round the post.

Edinburgh City: Stobie, Caddow, Dunsmore, Harrison, Laird, Muhsin (McConnell 72), McFarland (Cummings 72), Gair, Allum, Guthrie (See 72), Mbu.

East Fife: Goodfellow, Mercer, Kane, Page, Kerr, Brown, Wilkie, Slattery, Robinson (Wallace 67), Insall (Austin 87), Smith.

Referee: David Lowe

Attendance: 397

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Bonnyrigg Rose hero Adam Nelson dedicated his stunning, history-making strike to his ill father after he sent Rose through to face William Hill Scottish Cup holders Hibs with a third-round replay win over Championship side Dumbarton.

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The Newtongrange-born midfielder was gutted his dad, Adam, couldn’t make the tie through illness, especially after seeing his team-mates being lauded by family members at full-time, with few tearless eyes in the 400-strong visiting support who basked in the glory on a dreich winter’s night on the banks of the Clyde.

Nelson 86th-minute effort from outside the area set Rose up for a glamour home tie against the Easter Road outfit. The match is likely to be moved to Tynecastle, with Bonnyrigg’s New Dundas Park ground only able to cater for 3000 spectators. Rose are also set for a cash windfall from the tie, which will allow to them to prosper for years to come.

“The only thing I’m gutted about was my family couldn’t make it,” said former Blackburn Rovers youth Nelson. “My dad is ill at the moment and he’s been having a hard time – he’s had to retire through ill health. He’ll have seen it on Twitter and Facebook through my sister though – he’ll be a happy man. He was the man who travelled me up and down the country when I was a boy, so that’s for him. He’s the guy I’ve got to thank for taking time off his work to tour me about. Just seeing everyone else’s family in there I was getting a bit emotional myself ... I was just gutted he wasn’t there. He’ll probably have a tear in his eye.”

Many had written Rose off after failing to make their domination count in the original tie, with the Super League champions held to a 0-0 draw by the struggling Championship outfit. Underdogs don’t usually get a second bite at the cherry, but backed by manager Robbie Horn, they held an unwavering belief that they could knock out their second-tier opponents and did so with a 1-0 scoreline.

“In the first game at home I thought we had enough chances to win it and everybody was writing us off and saying we had blown our chance,” continued the 32-year-old.

“We were quietly confident. We didn’t have a good result at the weekend in the Junior Scottish Cup, but we prepared well for this – we went to the hotel and had a good pre-match meal.

“Over the two games, certainly the game today, both teams had chances, but I don’t think anybody can argue we won the match over the two games.”

Nelson certainly took his shot at glory when he was presented with it by striker Keiran McGachie, the central midfielder curling the ball with his left foot past the outstretched arm of home goalkeeper Alan Martin and in off the inside of the post before he was mobbed by his delirious team-mates.

Nelson, who works as a custody officer at Edinburgh’s Sheriff Court, said: “At home last week I had a couple of chances and they fell to my right foot. I said to one of the coaches, David White, at half-time, ‘I just want one chance with my left foot and hopefully I can do the business’. I saw big Keiran holding it up and I made the run across the front of him. It seemed to take an age to go in, it seemed like it was rolling along the line forever. I kept looking when I was running away and eventually I saw it go over the line.

“I didn’t know where to celebrate – there were no fans at that side and I was never going to make it all the way past the players to get to the other side. I just hit the deck, they all piled on top of me and I couldn’t breathe.

“I said to the people at work for a laugh, ‘Make sure you’re sitting watching Sky Sports News, I fancy my chances tonight’. You can’t write it any better, happy days.”

Nelson will in some way be out for revenge against the Hibees. As a Rangers fan, he only has one fellow Gers team-mate in striker Frasrer McLaren and was on the end of some stick when Hibs ended their 114-year hoodoo in May, with sole Hibee Lewis Turner at the heart of the ribbing.

He added: “I was absolutely devastated last season. We watched the Scottish Cup final at the Rose club and there’s only a few of us who are Rangers fans – I had a few boys like [Lewis] Turner rubbing it in my face. It will be a great experience to face them and anything can happen. We’ve just got to look forward to it.”

Rose have nothing to lose in the intriguing Lothian derby against Hibs in January. They’ve come through five rounds and have already beaten one Championship side, why can’t they outfox another? That will be the fearless attitude they’ll adopt next month.

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A bouncer at an Edinburgh nightclub has been ordered to perform 90 hours of unpaid work within six months after admitting to assaulting Hibs striker, Jason Cummings.

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The incident happened as Jason Cummings celebrated his club’s victory over Rangers in the Scottish Cup Final.

Harris Zahid of Wester Drylaw Drive, Edinburgh, pled guilty at the Sheriff Court after admitting to placing his arm around 21-year old Cummings’ neck, biting him on the head and pushing him on the body to his injury.

The 22-year-old attacked Cummings in the Shanghai Club in George Street in the early hours of May 22 this year.

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Brian Cormack has stepped down from his dual role as Foundation of Hearts chairman and club director in order to focus on work commitments.

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The Edinburgh businessman was one of the founders of FOH in 2009 and succeeded Ian Murray MSP as chairman in May 2015.

Garry Halliday, a fellow founding director of Cormack’s, has been promoted to interim chairman, with Stuart Wallace, who has assisted the Foundation on financial and tax issues, the prime candidate to be elected chairman on a permanent basis in February and subsequently become a Hearts board member.

“I’m travelling abroad a lot with business at the moment and will be especially over the next year,” Cormack told the Evening News as he explained his reason for ending a seven-year labour of love with the Foundation. “It’s just got to the stage where I felt I couldn’t put the required amount of time into it and I don’t want to be a chairman or a director who’s not putting the work in.

“I spoke to the guys a few months ago and we decided the best time to go would be close to the AGM [in February]. Being part of the Foundation has been a big part of my life. It’s been a great seven years, brilliant to be part of it. I just felt it was the right time to move on.”

The Foundation has around 8000 monthly pledgers whose financial backing is deemed crucial to the club’s ongoing progress on and off the field since emerging from administration two and a half years.

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A LEADING amateur football club in the Capital has been left “disturbed and upset” after a former player claimed he was raped by ex-Hibs talent scout Gordon Neely during his time at the club as a coach.

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Hutchison Vale spoke out after 49-year-old Colin Anderson alleged that Neely, who died two years ago, groomed him for more than a year before carrying out three sex attacks in a treatment room.

It is the latest in a string of allegations being laid against the coach and scout, who worked for Hibs in the 1980s. He was fired by Rangers in 1990 following an accusation of inappropriate behaviour.

Mr Anderson said Neely subjected him to unnecessary groin massages before raping him. The incidents happened in the Capital when he played for Hutchison Vale in 1980.

He said he had been left tormented by Neely’s alleged abuse and even tried to kill himself because of what happened.

Speaking to a newspaper, he said: “He told me to make sure the clubhouse door was locked. I’d no idea what was going to happen – I just thought it was going to be a massage.

“He raped me. Afterwards he said, ‘That’s physio over for the night’.

“It happened another two times – I was only 13.”

Hutchison Vale leader Tam Smith previously said he had not heard of any allegations of misconduct against the coach.

Mr Smith has said he would co-operate with any investigation “to the fullest extent”.

Mr Anderson’s claims come after another man, who did not want to be named, told the News about his encounters with Neely at a training weekend at Dalguise with other young players at Hutchison Vale.

He described how Neely would take boys out for late-night “orienteering” sessions, scare them with ghost stories and tell them they could stay in his room overnight.

In a statement, Hutchison Vale said: “We are disturbed and upset to hear the reported comments from our former player, Colin Anderson.

“Gordon Neely was at Hutchison Vale more than 30 years ago and there is no record of any complaints made about him, to the club during that time. However, we will of course support any investigation that is now undertaken.

“Today, all of our coaches are registered with the Protecting Vulnerable Groups scheme and we have a dedicated child protection officer at the club. We take the safety of our boys and girls more seriously than any other matter.

“It is time for football more widely to put the safety of children above all other interests and we will play whatever role we can to build confidence in the game and keep providing opportunities for young people to enjoy football in a safe and secure environment.”

Another man yesterday claimed Neely was beaten by the father of a young player he is alleged to have sexually abused in his office at a football club in the Capital.

The alleged victim, who is now in his 50s, told how Neely said he had been “bad”, pulled down his shorts and pants, put him over his knee and beat him.

The man said he was ten at the time and that the incident happened in the club rooms of youth team Edina Hibs in the mid-1970s.

Eddie Lamb, club chairman at Edina Hibs, said in a statement: “Edina Hibs have acknowledged the recent historic allegations published in the media, surrounding a former coach who was at the club in the 1970s.

“Edina Hibs will continue to correspond with all the relevant parties to make sure any individual is giving the appropriate help and guidance needed.

“We urge anyone who suffered abuse from any persons to contact the police or call the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000.

“Our top priority here at Edina Hibs is the safeguarding and wellbeing of children who play for the club and always will be.

“We wish to stress that all our volunteers within the club, adhere to the strictest codes of conduct, especially when dealing with children and young people. All of our coaches are registered with the Protecting Vulnerable Groups scheme and we have a dedicated child protection officer at the club.”

Police have revealed they are investigating a claim of historical sex abuse from the 1980s, which the News understands is connected to Neely.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Police in Edinburgh have received a report of non-recent sexual abuse that took place during the 1980s and inquiries are continuing.”

Hibs legend Pat Stanton said he was shocked to learn of the allegations. Stanton, who also managed the Easter Road side from 1982-84, said: “It’s a surprise and it’s not very nice, but it’s something to keep an eye on. I didn’t see anything suspicious at all.

“It comes as a big surprise and a concern for everybody.”

A Hibernian spokesman previously told the News: “We have not been contacted or made aware of the allegations but clearly this matter is of great concern and we will co-operate with any investigation.”

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Edinburgh City boss Gary Jardine was pleased of an extra two rest days ahead of tonight’s William Hill Scottish Cup third round replay against East Fife.

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The clubs had been ordered by the SFA to play tonight’s game at Meadowbank on Monday despite meaning City would have had just one day off following a 1-0 league win at Arbroath, while tonight’s opponents were inactive.

The clubs had originally planned to play this game tonight before the SFA intervention, however, a frozen pitch meant Monday’s game was called of with Livingston awaiting the winners in round four. “We trained on Monday night and there were still a few boys feeling the effects of the difficult game on Saturday,” explained Jardine. “It was a hard-earned win so we’d planned to freshen it up but now we’ll maybe look at it from a different perspective.”

The postponement means Queen of the South-bound Gary Naysmith won’t be in the away dugout, although he’ll watch from the stands.

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For someone supposedly shy and introverted, Ian Cathro does a fine impression of a confident, driven, articulate football coach.

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Which is exactly why Hearts have handed him his first managerial job at the tender age of 30.

He talks of growing, refusing to set limits for himself and working in a supportive environment. His No.2, the 37-year-old Northern Ireland assistant Austin MacPhee, is equally impressive. Cathro has coached at top clubs in Portugal, Spain and England. He is now entrusted with the task of continuing Hearts’ progress despite never working as a head coach before.

Doubters point to his obvious lack of experience for the role. He has been accused of being too young, too quiet and too much of a Powerpoint coach. None of it bothers him. He even joked during his media unveiling yesterday that he could illustrate his playing style by showing “numerous Powerpoint presentations on my laptop”.

If there were any lingering doubts at the back of his mind about his ability to take Hearts to the next level after Robbie Neilson’s exit, they dispersed when Rafa Benitez told him he was ready. Cathro was working as an assistant to the Newcastle United manager when he was offered the chance to become his own man at Tynecastle just a few days ago.

“The biggest influence on me will always be Nuno Espirito Santo [whom Cathro worked under at Rio Ave and Valencia] but I also have to say that working with Rafa has been a really positive experience,” said Cathro. “He’s an incredible professional with outstanding experience and intelligence. He can make things make sense really easily. He’s been very supportive of me in this situation. I’ve taken a lot from him and his staff.

“He was supportive of this idea. His only thoughts were about me making sure it was the right place. If I felt it was right, then it was the right time. I feel this is the right place. There are lots of bits of advice he’s given which I’ll keep to myself because it’s quite personal. The biggest thing was about going to the right place. To start as a manager is a big step but it was mainly about where.”

With Craig Levein director of football, Hearts is the ideal starting point for a young Dundonian who never played professional football but who has studied and coached his way to the Tynecastle manager’s chair. Levein appointed him head of youth at Dundee United before Cathro took the chance to broaden his horizons on the continent. He is now back in Scotland complete with UEFA Pro Licence and eager to cement his reputation in management.

“I’ve been ready a while. It would always depend on the place,” admitted Cathro. “I had an idea of what I wanted to work in. I’m not a valid option for a football club where you sign your contract, they open the manager’s office, give you the key and then shut the door. If that’s the scenario, then don’t appoint me. I’m not right for that and I don’t want that. I want an infrastructure, I want support, I want to be able to grow with people. If that was the case here then I’m not ready. For this, I’m ready.”

Is he ready to deal with resistance from any player who may feel he isn’t properly qualified because he hasn’t played professionally or managed previously?

“I don’t think I really have [encountered resistance] from players. Certainly in Portugal that was never the case. I went there without knowing a word of Portuguese and, a couple of days in, I’m told to run a whole training session with very few English speakers in there. So you either do it or you don’t – you step up or you don’t.

“From then on, my very poor, grammatically incorrect or completely wrong Portuguese was made up for by enthusiasm and gesticulations! We were fine from that on. I didn’t learn Portuguese from a teacher or a class. I learned it from the players. There was never an issue, and Valencia was the same. That enquiring attitude isn’t driven by players, it is part of me. I want to explain things and have conversations about football. It is part of the process.

“In any dressing room, you have players who have come from different backgrounds, with different youth development and different concepts. You talk to a Dutch player who wants to go man-to-man and press, you go to an older British lad who wants to be on the edge of his box. Then you might have a Spanish lad who wants to control space and press where we can.

“You have those things going on and you need to be able to take them and say ‘this is what we are doing and this is why’. The whole thing breaks if there is no collective clarity. You don’t achieve anything by just saying ‘do that...grrr!’ It just doesn’t work. You might need to speak different languages and I don’t know what ‘grrrr’ is in a different language!”

He’ll soon find out what it is in Scottish if Hearts’ results are not to fans’ satisfaction. So far, the Tynecastle support have welcomed the appointment and the fact their club continue to think differently with Levein and owner Ann Budge working together.

Levein’s presence will be a comfort to Cathro after the 52-year-old helped launch his career at Tannadice. “At that point it was all about an opportunity,” explained Cathro. “I had been doing work like that for the previous four or five years. Not a lot changed. I was a youth coach running an academy with a lot of the same kids who were at United. The biggest thing was the opportunity and the belief.

“It was a similar situation with Steve [McClaren at Newcastle], you do your work and prepare training. Prepare what you think is the best way to play and we’ll deal with it. That was a difficult time, with a lot of factors around that, which, as it turns out, have been very important on a personal level. That has continued with Rafa. He has a very strong staff with big roles and initially the way I could help was with ‘here is what I would do’.

“So the way I work on a day-to-day basis won’t really change that much, it is just the other things – decision making from small to large – that will be different.”

Cathro will also be grateful to see a familiar face in the dressing room. Hearts defender John Souttar coached by Cathro as a teenager at United.

“I’ve kept in touch with him and he’s a member of the squad here,” said Cathro. “He’s been doing well in the games I’ve looked at. If he does his work, he has a chance to improve. Special treatment doesn’t exist and everyone knows that. This is serious. This is work. Part of my responsibility is to help players improve. John is one of them.”

His baptism takes place this Saturday at Ibrox against Rangers. “It’s an ideal start because you always can get a bit more value out of the analysis and the outcome of these sorts of games. There are a few more eyes on you. It’s a good challenge, playing away from home in a strong environment. It may help us speed up how quickly we get each other and how quickly we can learn about everyone.”

What his players will learn quickly is that he doesn’t operate with any kind of metaphorical ceiling. Asked whether a league title is realistic for Hearts in the near future, Cathro replied: “I don’t want people to be living with the idea that you get to there and that’s it. You don’t go as hard all the way because you know, ‘well, I’m going to hit the roof so I’ll go a wee bit slower and take my time’. No. Don’t. We don’t know where it is. It might be there, it might not. It might be somewhere else. The point is to go in search of where our limit is and not be trapped by anything that’s just historical.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "BARRY ANDERSON"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4310643.1481051718!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4310643.1481051718!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Ian Cathro has waited a long tim e for the chance to be a manager and is hungry for success at Hearts","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Ian Cathro has waited a long tim e for the chance to be a manager and is hungry for success at Hearts","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4310643.1481051718!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4310646.1481051721!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4310646.1481051721!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Ian Cathro was in a good mood at the press conference","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Ian Cathro was in a good mood at the press conference","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4310646.1481051721!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/lower-leagues/youth-wrap-cup-defeat-for-windsor-13s-city-17s-shine-1-4310460","id":"1.4310460","articleHeadline": "Youth wrap: Cup defeat for Windsor 13s | City 17s shine","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1481092244000 ,"articleLead": "

Musselburgh Windsor 13s’ Scottish Cup journey came to an end as they were knocked out by Giffnock North BC United 13s in the fifth round.

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On a bright but frosty winter morning at Pinkie, the game sprang into life when Giffnock scored a sensational opener. Sean Fyfe hit a rasping low strike from 25 yards that Mussie keeper Lennon Flood could do little to match.

With the goal Giffnock edged out Mussie but the hosts defended resolutely in response as they looked to produce an equaliser.

But Mussie could only soak up the pressure for so long. As half-time neared, Giffnock’s Michael Moynihan was given too much space on the edge of the box and he rifled the ball into the bottom right corner for 2-0. And, just before the interval, Giffnock struck twice through Fyfe and Gerard Burns to make it 4-0.

Mussie started the second half looking much better. With the ball they passed around with confidence and off it they worked tirelessly to win back possession.

But, despite their improved performance, Giffnock made it 5-0 through Moynihan’s clinical finish.

Late on Mussie came mighty close to grabbing a consolation through Tyler Pryde who shot narrowly wide.

• Edinburgh City 17s maintained their unbeaten league form this season with yet another victory, as they defeated Musselburgh Windsor Blues 17s 5-1 at Forrester High School.

Mussie were out of the traps quickest and they took the lead as Ethan Singh cut into the box and slotted in from a tight angle.

City quickly made amends for conceding. Chrissy Bennett hit a shot from 20 yards that rattled into the Mussie net.

City pushed on to make it 2-1 before half-time as Alastair Hogg steered the ball in from a corner.

With their tails up, City took their chances in the second half to extend their lead. Aidan Lawson was given too much time and space to shoot from outside the box and he laced a strike into the top right corner.

It was one-way traffic and Jamie Black rounded off a team move following good play from Bennett and Hoggg. Then, late on, City made it 5-1 as Jason Whitehead spun his man on the edge of the box.

• Edinburgh South CFC 13s secured a spot in the semi-finals of the George Salmon Cup with a hard fought 3-0 win over Hutchie Vale Hornets 13s at Meadowbank.

Hutchie and South locked horns with both sides battling hard in a physical start to the contest. Chances came and went for either side but by the 20th minute mark the deadlock was broken. Rory Hamilton saw the run of the Haseeb Saleem down the middle to play through the South striker to score.

The foundation had been laid and South built upon it to make it 2-0 before half-time. An aerial ball in the Hutchie box broke to Michael Ward on the right and he volleyed home.

Despite the scoreline it was a fairly even half with Hutchie hitting the woodwork twice.

After the interval South made sure to up their efforts and shut Hutchie out. The hosts were keen to get back into the game but South contained their attacking efforts and added a third. With Hutchie pressed upfield looking for a way back into the game, South broke and Saleem was played through in behind to slot in his second and his side’s third.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "CHRIS MARTIN"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4310458.1481041014!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4310458.1481041014!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Musselburgh Windsor 13s have enjoyed a good run in the Scottish Cup this season","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Musselburgh Windsor 13s have enjoyed a good run in the Scottish Cup this season","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4310458.1481041014!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hearts/ian-cathro-i-m-not-faulty-goods-i-ll-silence-doubters-at-hearts-1-4310649","id":"1.4310649","articleHeadline": "Ian Cathro: I’m not faulty goods & I’ll silence doubters at Hearts","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1481092242000 ,"articleLead": "

Ian Cathro admitted today Hearts are taking a huge risk appointing him head coach but pledged to silence those who have criticised his arrival.

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In a strong defence of his credentials, Cathro stressed he had no issue with people questioning why he has been chosen to succeed Robbie Neilson at Tynecastle.

The new head coach has signed a three-and-a-half-year contract to take his first managerial job aged 30. He never played football professionally and is aware people are sceptical about his lack of management experience.

He previously coached at Rio Ave in Portugal, Valencia in Spain and, most recently, Newcastle United. His Hearts assistant will be his close friend Austin MacPhee, also No.2 to Northern Ireland coach Michael O’Neill.

Cathro, 30, vowed to take full responsibility for proving that he can guide Hearts to new heights and, in turn, prove sceptics wrong. “In short, yes, it’s a risk,” he conceded. “Backed up by the fact any new manager coming into a club is a type of risk.

“The type of risk with myself is obviously specific as I have not done it before.

“Something I want to be really clear with is that I understand those doubts. Those doubts are valid and I accept the responsibility for the removal of those doubts. That’s on me.

“Not much bothers me. I’m quite direct and quite a focused person. There’s a lot of noise but I tend to only hear the things that allow me to make a difference.

“I will 100 per cent accept the responsibility of that risk but in the weeks and months some of them will disappear. A little bit further down the line, they will all be gone.”

Cathro thanked Hearts director of football Craig Levein for having the bravery to appoint him. It was Levein who gave him a job as head of youth at Dundee United aged 22.

“He’s thought: ‘Here’s someone who can make a difference. Why wouldn’t I give him the platform to make a difference in my club?’ That takes courage, it takes an independent mind, it takes belief, it takes risk. To have someone give you that opportunity was positive.”

Cathro defended his own character and stressed he has all the tools required to succeed as a head coach. “There’s no missing piece I don’t think. I want all the pieces to be bigger and brighter and more polished and stronger, but I’m not sitting here as someone who’s got a piece missing.

“I’m not faulty goods. Like everyone, I’m just going to grow and improve in every aspect. That’s one of the reasons for stepping up to do this.

“You reach a point where maybe you stop growing in your existing environment. I don’t like that. I like growing. I like improving. I like challenge.

“The biggest change now is decision making. I’m now the person who makes all the decisions all of the time. I need to get us efficient, together and strong. I’ve always done the work. I’ve just been handing it over before.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "BARRY ANDERSON"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4310648.1481051786!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4310648.1481051786!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Hearts owner Ann Budge is captivated by new head coach Ian Cathro during his first press conference since taking command","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Hearts owner Ann Budge is captivated by new head coach Ian Cathro during his first press conference since taking command","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4310648.1481051786!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hearts/austin-macphee-refused-sfa-to-join-the-hearts-journey-1-4310545","id":"1.4310545","articleHeadline": "Austin MacPhee refused SFA to join the Hearts journey","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1481092207000 ,"articleLead": "

Hearts’ new assistant coach Austin MacPhee revealed today that he refused the chance to become the SFA’s new performance director to work with Ian Cathro.

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MacPhee will work at Tynecastle and continue as No.2 to Northern Ireland coach Michael O’Neill. He cited that and his friendship with Cathro as central to his decision to reject the SFA’s offer.

“The magnitude of the job of performance director for a federation is a very, very long-term project,” explained the 37-year-old. “My ideas for it were long-term as well.

“I felt that the combination of being allowed stay with Northern Ireland and work for someone who I really respect in Ian was one that took me to the path I find more exciting.

“I was at Tynecastle last week at the Rangers game. You see the direction Hearts is going. I feel we can achieve things that maybe other people don’t think we can achieve.

“Always having ambitions that are maybe just a little bit further than you can reach is important. This whole club has that. I just felt it was a journey I didn’t want to miss out on.

“Also, with Northern Ireland, I felt a great loyalty to Michael O’Neill. He has given me the opportunity to be acceptable in football, although I’ve still not cut my hair. He’s given me a lot of support, guidance and opportunity. And we are currently second in our group.

“There are targets at Hearts – which I know Ian and I have – and there is a target at Northern Ireland, which is obviously qualifying for the World Cup. It would be a lot to miss out on as a young coach.”

Cathro and MacPhee have signed three-and-a-half-year contracts and believe they can drive Hearts to a new level.

“Another great appeal about Hearts is that Hearts have a budget greater than most teams in the league, whereas Northern Ireland players play at a lower level than most teams we play against.

“With Northern Ireland, we have to be a little bit more conservative in the way we play. So that is another big appeal. Hearts will be on the front foot. I know a lot of Ian’s ideas and feel we can support them well.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "BARRY ANDERSON"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4310544.1481043862!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4310544.1481043862!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Austin MacPhee didn't want to miss out on the Hearts journey. Pic: SNS","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Austin MacPhee didn't want to miss out on the Hearts journey. Pic: SNS","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4310544.1481043862!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/bonnyrigg-greatest-night-in-our-history-hibs-tie-set-for-tynecastle-1-4310795","id":"1.4310795","articleHeadline": "Bonnyrigg: ‘Greatest night in our history’; Hibs tie set for Tynecastle","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1481092200000 ,"articleLead": "

A Heroic Bonnyrigg Rose pulled off the greatest result in their history last night as they stunned Championship side Dumbarton to set up a “fairytale” Scottish Cup fourth-round tie at home to holders Hibs next month.

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Adam Nelson struck the winner for the Super League champions four minutes from the end of a tightly-contested replay. The full-time whistle was greeted by a pitch invasion and chants of “Bring on the Hibees” from the jubilant Bonnyrigg supporters who had braved a drizzly winter’s evening on the banks of the River Clyde.

The Midlothian minnows now hope to move the tie against Neil Lennon’s Championship leaders to Tynecastle. Chairman Charlie Kirkwood wept tears of joy as he spoke to the Evening News afterwards. “I’m absolutely overwhelmed,” he said. “I’ve been chairman for seven years but I’ve always been involved with the club. This is just the icing on the cake. In my opinion, this is the biggest result we’ve ever had.

“I spoke to [Hearts owner] Ann Budge at the weekend on another matter and I told her I might be phoning her back on Wednesday to see about hiring her ground depending how this game went. She said hopefully you get there Charlie and then we’ll get round the table and speak about it. I’m really hopeful it will be at Tynecastle because three quarters of the boys are Hearts fans. It’s a dream come true. I’m an emotional person at the best of times, but I’m so proud. It’s very rare these boys let us down and they’ve certainly stepped up to the mark this time. They were magnificent.”

This famous victory over a Dumbarton side they arguably should have beaten in the goalless first match ten days earlier maintains a superb Scottish Cup surge in which Rose have eliminated Glasgow University, Burntisland Shipyard, Turriff United and Highland League champions Cove Rangers.

“It’s an absolute dream,” said Bonnyrigg manager Robbie Horn, a former Hearts youngster. “I’m delighted for the supporters and all the guys on the committee who put their heart and soul into the club and deserve this reward.

“The club have got to maximise what they can make out of the tie. I’d be delighted if it’s at Tynecastle because I’m a Jambo. The only time I played a first-team game for Hearts was against Hibs in Craig Levein’s testimonial. I hope it’s there because I think the whole of Bonnyrigg as well as a lot of neutrals would turn out for it. The Scottish Cup holders against a Junior side – it’s a fairytale game.”

Horn is adamant that his team will be intent on making their presence felt against the holders.

“We’re not just going to turn up to enjoy it – we’re going to try and win it,” he said. “We’ve shown confidence and belief in the two games against Dumbarton – who knows what we can do? If we catch Hibs on an off-day and perform even better than we have in our last couple of games, then you never know.”

Underlining the calibre of opponents Bonnyrigg defeated, Dumbarton’s starting line-up included three former Hearts – David Smith, Ryan Stevenson and Darren Barr. Ex-Hibs goalkeeper Mark Brown was on the substitutes’ bench, while Sam Stanton, the midfielder on loan from the Easter Road club, again missed out through injury.

Bonnyrigg started in bright fashion and carved out the first clear chance of the match in the sixth minute when Ruaridh Donaldson’s pass up the left channel put Keiran McGachie in behind the home defence, but, with goalkeeper Alan Martin advancing to close him down, the striker curled his effort beyond the far post from the edge of the box.

Dean Hoskins then tried his luck with a firmly-struck free kick from a central position 25 yards out, but Martin was equal to it. The sense that the visitors might be able to pull off an upset was lent further weight in the 15th minute when winger Lewis Turner burst into the box and smacked an angled shot against the crossbar from 15 yards out.

This seemed to act as a wake-up call to Dumbarton, who gradually started to make their presence felt, creating a string of half chances, mostly from set-pieces, before the break. However, they never really looked breaching a spirited Rose rearguard, and the visitors were deservedly applauded off at the interval.

Bonnyrigg, who had fallen out of the game as an attacking force since the opening 20 minutes, began to reassert themselves after the break and felt they should have broken the deadlock on the hour mark. McGachie latched on to a pass from Kerr Young just outside the box and spun away from Gregor Buchanan before running on to slot into the net, but referee Greg Aitken had already ruled that the Rose striker had used foul means to get clear of the Sons defender. The Bonnyrigg players and supporters were livid at this perceived injustice.

At the other end, Stevenson drilled a low free-kick just wide from the edge of the penalty area. However, Bonnyrigg had looked the likelier side for most of the second half and they hit woodwork for a second time in the match when Nelson’s inswinging corner kick dropped on to the crossbar in the 73rd minute.

Nelson wasn’t to be denied, however, with the midfielder sparking jubilant scenes when he smacked an effort in off the inside of the post from the edge of the box. “I’m immensely proud of the way the players performed over the two games,” he said. “I think we’ve got boys here who could play senior and the game against Hibs gives them the chance to test themselves against top-level opposition.”

Dumbarton: Martin, Docherty, J Thomson, Buchanan, Stevenson (Pettigrew 68), Todd, Fleming, R Thomson (McCallum 68), Barr, Smith, Stirling. Subs: Brown, Crawford

Bonnyrigg Rose: Andrews, Horne, Donaldson, Stewart, Young, Hoskins, Turner, Kidd (Gray 80), McGachie, Nelson, McIntosh (McLaren 80). Subs: Rooney, Moyes, Archibald

Referee: Greg Aitken

Attendance: 632

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "ANTHONY BROWNat The Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4310794.1481065490!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4310794.1481065490!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Bonnyrigg manager Robbie Horn celebrates with Wayne McIntosh. Picture: Robert Perry","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Bonnyrigg manager Robbie Horn celebrates with Wayne McIntosh. Picture: Robert Perry","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4310794.1481065490!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/dumbarton-0-bonnyrigg-1-rose-secure-dream-cup-date-with-hibs-1-4310740","id":"1.4310740","articleHeadline": "Dumbarton 0, Bonnyrigg 1: Rose secure dream Cup date with Hibs","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1481060953000 ,"articleLead": "

Heroic Bonnyrigg Rose pulled off the greatest result in their history as they stunned Championship side Dumbarton to set up a Scottish Cup fourth-round tie at home to holders Hibs next month.

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Adam Nelson was the hero with a strike four minutes from the end of a replay in which the Super League champions more than held their own on a drizzly winter’s evening on the banks of the River Clyde.

The full-time whistle was greeted by a pitch invasion and chants of “Bring on the Hibees” from the jubilant travelling support. Early indications are that the Midlothian minnows will seek to move the glamour tie with Neil Lennon’s men away from their compact 3,000-capacity New Dundas Park.

This famous victory over a side they arguably should have beaten in the goalless first match ten days earlier maintains a superb Scottish Cup surge in which they have also eliminated Glasgow University, Burntisland Shipyard, Turriff United and Highland League champions Cove Rangers.

After resting several of their key men for Saturday’s Junior Cup tie at Thorniewood United, manager Robbie Horn reverted to his strongest side, meaning top scorer Wayne McIntosh returned after taking a pain-killing injection to numb the pain of a fractured foot bone sustained in the first game against the Sons.

The hosts included three former Hearts players in their starting line-up – David Smith, Ryan Stevenson and Darren Barr. Ex-Hibs goalkeeper Mark Brown was on the substitutes’ bench, while Sam Stanton, the midfielder on loan from the Easter Road club, again missed out through injury.

The Midlothian side started in bright fashion and after winning a free kick wide on the left in the third minute, Dean Hoskins sent in a dangerous inswinging delivery which was well clutched by home goalkeeper Alan Martin underneath his crossbar.

Three minutes later Bonnyrigg carved out the first clear chance of the match when Ruaridh Donaldson’s pass up the left channel put Keiran McGachie in behind the home defence, but, with Martin advancing to close him down, the striker curled his effort beyond the far post from the edge of the box.

Hoskins then tried his luck with a firmly-struck free kick from a central position 25 yards out, but Martin was equal to it. With their side looking fairly comfortable in the opening minutes, “Bring on the Hibees” was the chant from the Rose fans. The sense that the visitors might be able to pull off an upset was lent further weight in the 15th minute when winger Lewis Turner burst into the box and smacked an angled shot against the crossbar from 15 yards out.

This seemed to act as a wake-up call to Dumbarton, who gradually started to make their presence felt. The hosts’ first chance of the game came in the 22nd minute when Robert Thomson headed a Stevenson free-kick straight into the arms of Michael Andrews. Bonnyrigg’s keeper had to work far harder two minutes later, however, as he threw himself to his left to claw out a Gregor Buchanan header from another Stevenson free-kick.

Although the Championship side had seized the upper hand, they were generally being kept at arm’s length by the well-organised visitors. In the 33rd minute, Barr, who scored the opener for Hearts against Hibs in the 2012 final, headed over after connecting with a Mark Docherty free-kick from the right.

The theme of the hosts threatening with headers from set-pieces continued five minutes before the break when Josh Todd nodded over a Stevenson corner. Dumbarton created their first real chance from open play in the 41st minute when Thomson managed to sidestep Rose left-back Donaldson inside the box, but the striker’s angled shot was tipped over by Andrews.

Two minutes before the break Sons midfielder Joe Thomson fired a half volley over the bar from just inside the box after Andrew Stirling had nodded a Smith cross down into his path.

The Rose players were warmly applauded off at the interval after a spirited first-half showing in which they could be deemed to have held their own.

Dumbarton started the second half on the front foot, and went close in the 50th minute when Joe Thomson fizzed a low shot inches past from just outside the box.

Bonnyrigg, who had fallen out of the game as an attacking force since the opening 20 minutes, reminded the hosts of their threat in the 54th minute when McIntosh’s shot from a Turner cross was deflected behind for a corner.

There was a moment of controversy on the hour when McGachie latched on to a pass from Kerr Young just outside the box and spun away from Buchanan before running on to slot into the net, but referee Greg Aitken had already ruled that the Rose striker had used foul means to get clear of the Sons defender. The Bonnyrigg players and supporters and were livid at this perceived injustice.

At the other end, Stevenson drilled a low free-kick just wide from the edge of the penalty area.

Bonnyrigg had generally looked the likelier side for most of the second half up to this point and they hit woodwork for a second time in the match when Nelson’s inswinging corner kick dropped on to the crossbar in the 73rd minute.

Nelson wasn’t to be denied, however, with the midfielder sparking jubilant scenes when he smacked an effort in off the inside of the post from the edge of the box.

Dumbarton: Martin, Docherty, J Thomson, Buchanan, Stevenson (Pettigrew 68), Todd, Fleming, R Thomson (McCallum 68), Barr, Smith, Stirling. Subs: Brown, Crawford.

Bonnyrigg Rose: Andrews, Horne, Donaldson, Stewart, Young, Hoskins, Turner, Kidd (Gray 80), McGachie, Nelson, McIntosh (McLaren 80). Subs: Rooney, Moyes, Archibald.

Ref: Greg Aitken

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "ANTHONY BROWNat The Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4310751.1481061422!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4310751.1481061422!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Bonnyrigg manager Robbie Horn celebrates with winning goal scorer Adam Nelson. Picture: Robert Perry","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Bonnyrigg manager Robbie Horn celebrates with winning goal scorer Adam Nelson. Picture: Robert Perry","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4310751.1481061422!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hibs/hibs-hand-trial-to-french-midfielder-enzo-reale-1-4310312","id":"1.4310312","articleHeadline": "Hibs hand trial to French midfielder Enzo Reale","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1481048995000 ,"articleLead": "

Hibs are running the rule over Frenchman Enzo Reale as they bid to replenish their depleted midfield.

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The 25-year-old, who came through Lyon’s academy, played the full 90 minutes of today’s development league match against Ross County at Oriam.

Hibs are eager to bolster their squad at the earliest opportunity as injuries to key duo John McGinn and Fraser Fyvie, which are likely to keep them sidelined into the new year, have left them short of established options in the engine room at a crucial phase in their bid to win promotion from the Championship.

Head coach Neil Lennon has already stated that he intends to recruit a free agent this month, possibly even before Saturday’s Championship match at home to Dumbarton, and Reale has emerged as a contender after the run-out for Grant Murray’s development team.

The Frenchman, who has represented his country at various youth age-groups, has been without a club since leaving Ligue 2 side Clermont in the summer. Reale struggled to establish himself in Lyon’s first team before joining Lorient for €1 million in 2012 and subsequently moving to Clermont three years later.

Italian midfielder Fausto Rossi and English Premier League pair Leon Osman and Jermaine Pennant have also been on Hibs’ radar.

The Easter Road youngsters remain top of the development league despite losing 2-0 to County. Reale was the only senior player to feature in Murray’s team.

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Ian Cathro reckons Hearts is the perfect place to kick off his managerial career because the possibilities for the Tynecastle side are limitless.

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The 30-year-old is Gorgie owner Ann Budge’s bold choice to replace former head coach Robbie Neilson after his departure to MK Dons.

Despite having had no notable playing career, he has built up an impressive CV. After started his coaching journey with Dundee United’s youth academy, he has gone on to have stints with Spanish big guns Valencia and most recently English championship leaders Newcastle.

He will now be assisted by Northern Ireland coach Austin McPhee - who turned down the opportunity to become the Scottish Football Association’s new performance director to accept the Jambos post - and is already planning big things for a club who are have made significant strides since their 2014 administration crisis.

He said: “This is the right place. It’s the right place because of the tremendous work that has taken place over the last two-and-a-half years.

“There isn’t a limit to what you can do unless you believe in the limits set by other people. I think you can already see I don’t live with those limits in my mind. I’m willing to make the statement we can go a little bit further.

“I believe there are improvements to be made here. There is space to grow and develop. We intend on being here for a long time. There will be highs and lows, but it’s about improving.”

Cathro’s appointment has sparked some fiesty debate in recent days, with the likes of former St Mirren midfielder Jamie Fularton and Kilmarnock striker Kris Boyd publicly doubting his suitability for one of Scottish football’s biggest jobs.

But Budge is happy with her new-look management team.

She added: “I’m excited and delighted. We’ve had a number of conversations over the last few days and I think Ian and Austin are a fantastic addition to our team.”

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POLICE are investigating allegations of sexual abuse which the Evening News understands are related to a former Hibs talent scout.

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Gordon Neely, who worked for the Easter Road club in the mid-1980s, was sacked by Rangers in 1990 following an accusation of inappropriate behaviour.

The police investigation comes after a former Hibs youth player told how he and others were abused and allowed to drink alcohol by Neely during training camps in Perthshire.

And now another man has told the Evening News that Neely deliberately frightened young players at the same place while working with Edinburgh amateur club Hutchison Vale – who said they were unaware of any allegations against Neely, who died two years ago.

The man said he was ten-years-old when he encountered Neely during a training weekend at Dalguise with other young players at Hutchison Vale.

He described how Neely would take boys out late at night for “orienteering” in the woods and then said they could stay in his room overnight after scaring them with ghost stories.

He said: “What they would do was set guys up with lights – they would say ‘what’s that there?’ and try and scare you.

“Others were rushing about the woods and having to go back to what looked like a big haunted house. Then they would tell you ghost stories. They were only nine or ten years old – it was really frightening at the time. Everybody went up to his room and they would be drinking beer. I just knew it wasn’t right.”

The man said he felt Neely’s actions were “premeditated” and ended up calling his dad to come and collect him from Dalguise earlier than scheduled.

He added: “I have always said since I came back there was something not right about the whole place.”

The man spoke out after a former Hibs youngster said Neely would call them inside from training sessions before molesting them.

No-one at Hutchinson Vale was available for comment last night, but club leader Tam Smith previously said he had not heard of any allegations of misconduct against Neely.

He said: “I’ve heard of him and I know he was well known at the club before my time. But I’m not aware of any allegations being made about his conduct while he was here. I am aware things have been tightened up very much for the better.”

A Hibernian spokesman said: “We have not been contacted or made aware of the allegations but clearly this matter is of great concern and we will co-operate with any investigation to the fullest extent.”

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Police in Edinburgh have received a report of non-recent sexual abuse that took place during the 1980s and inquiries are continuing.”

Meanwhile, the Scottish Football Association has apologised after a man said he was abused by coach and assistant referee Hugh Stevenson in the 1970s. Peter Haynes said the abuse began the day before the 1979 Scottish Cup Final between Rangers and Hibernian.

It has also been reported that children were targeted at Hibs youth training camps.

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Ian Cathro had his first media conference as Hearts manager today after being unveiled as the successor to Robbie Neilson last night.

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Here’s what he had to say.

On why it’s the right time to join Hearts...

“It’s the right place because of the tremendous work that’s gone on in this football club in the past two and a half years. I’ve been lucky that I’ve been at places like Newcastle and Valencia, where the club is such a huge part of people’s lives. The fantastic support that poured into the club [Hearts] from the fans during the dark days shows you what a special place this is. It’s been incredible work by Ann Budge and Craig Levein, and by Robbie Neilson and Stevie Crawford, and I want to take that on further.”

On the criticism he’s received...

“I’m quite interesting, aren’t I? I was genuinely unaware of this.

“If you met me when I was 18, you would have thought “what a boring 40-year-old”.

“Comment on football is part of what it is, it’s part of the reason why stadiums are full, because everyone can be involved. It’s completely fine.”

However, he did have a subtle dig at the critics later, when asked on how he plans to set out the team...

“This is not a day for specifics. I mean, I’ve got numerous powerpoint presentations. You just need to go to the back there and lift the laptop and see them all.”

Asked if he’ll represent a radical change from Robbie Neilson...

“I don’t think it’s a radical departure than what’s gone before. All of the words that have been used about me, they are certainly not what I’d choose to describe myself. I don’t think my methods are necessarily radical, maybe slightly different.”

On what his relationship with Craig Levein will be...

“It’ll be me that picks the team. If I can have help, then I want it. I want support and for this to be a collective effort so we can take real steps forward that can last, but it’ll be what I want.”

On what his title will be: head coach or manager?

“In Spain they’re not obsessed with terms like manager or sports director. I’m not particularly fussed with the title. It comes down to what I do and what I want from the people around me.”

What he thinks of the current team...

“It’s in a good position. There is talent and energy in the group. There’s a decent balance of experienced types in the team and still some guys with points to prove, which is a good thing. I see guys at different stages in life but with the same hunger.”

On the January transfer window...

“We’ve talked about January very briefly. I hope to be able to improve the squad prior to bringing in anyone else. That’s where the first emphasis is. There’s not a lot of time for that but there is a bit of time.”

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Austin MacPhee has been announced as the new assistant manager at Hearts, where he’ll be No.2 to head coach Ian Cathro.

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Hearts have managed to beat off competition from the SFA to land the 37-year-old after the governing body looked to hire him as their new performance director.

MacPhee is currently assistant manager at Northern Ireland to Michael O’Neill. He was previously the assistant boss to Danny Lennon at St Mirren between 2011 and 2014, which included a League Cup final victory over Hearts in 2013.

MacPhee said: “It isn’t anything to do with the SFA and Hearts. It’s two different career paths. One is going down the technical director route, one is staying in coaching. It was a choice in terms of career path rather than one over the other.

“The decision to come here and work with Ian, Craig and Ann, will hopefully prove to be the right one over my career. If I had two of me I’d want to do two jobs, but I’m convinced I’ve made the right choice.”

Chairwoman Ann Budge said: “I’m excited and delighted, I’ve said that to both Ian and Austin. I think they are a fantastic addition to our team here at Tynecastle.”

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Dylan McGeouch insists Hibs won’t be unnerved by Dundee United’s surge up the Championship table.

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The Tannadice side beat the Easter Road team on Friday night to move level on points with them at the summit.

Ray McKinnon’s men, who were seven points behind Hibs in mid-September, are now on an 11-game unbeaten run in all competitions and have won six of their past seven league games since drawing in Edinburgh two months ago.

McGeouch, however, is adamant that his team, who were unbeaten in six before the defeat at Tannadice, are still of a strong mindset and fully focused on returning to winning ways when they host Dumbarton on Saturday.

“I’m not worried about how Dundee United are going,” the midfielder said.

“They’re a big club and a good side with a lot of good players and they’ve obviously done well to get results and catch up with us, but we just need to concentrate on ourselves.

“We’re still top of the league and I think we’ve got enough in the squad to deal with anything that comes our way.

“We just need to pick ourselves up and get back on a good run because we had a few good results just before the break.

“We believe we’re good enough to get promotion and we just need to keep that belief because we’re title favourites and we’ve got a strong squad. We need to be looking to get the three points against Dumbarton and get on a good run again.”

McGeouch, who made his first start in two months on Friday, insists he saw nothing from United that caused him any major concern with regard to how the rest of the season might unfold. He insists the Tannadice side were no better than Hibs in a match which saw the hosts claim victory courtesy of a Tony Andreu penalty after Easter Road striker Martin Boyle had missed from the spot.

“We were disappointed not to get something because I felt we dominated most of the second half,” said McGeouch. “We didn’t create too much but we dominated the ball and got into good positions. If we’d scored the penalty, it would have been a totally different game – I think we’d have seen it out. But the result hinged on the two penalties. We missed one, they scored one – and that was all there was in the game.

“We had the majority of the play in the second half but they went up the park and took their chance.”

Meanwhile Hibs face Ross County in an SPFL Development League fixture at the Oriam at 2pm today.

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Tynecastle boss Stevie Vinter admits the forthcoming winter break couldn’t have come at a worse time for the ambitious club.

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The East of Scotland League outfit enjoyed a fruitful November winning all three matches including a 1-0 scalp over Lowland League opponents Spartans in the third round of the South Region Challenge Cup.

Tynie will contest their final match of the year at home to Coldstream a week on Saturday before the league shuts down for a fortnight. And Vinter, who has pre-warned his players not to overindulge during the festive break, says he hopes their momentum doesn’t suffer as a result.

“We really could do without the winter break to be honest but hopefully we can get the game on this weekend down in Tweedmouth and the following week to keep us going,” the head coach explained. “We’ll be training right up and through Christmas and we have a couple of friendlies organised as well so I want the guys to be sensible with what they eat and drink. We want to end the year on a high before heading into the second half of the season.”

Tynie’s latest win on Saturday, a 6-0 triumph at Ormiston, again underlined the Saughton-based club’s title credentials.

Striker Pieyam Khosrowpour’s brace with further strikes from Dean Crabbe, Louis Swanson, Robbie McIntyre and Stephen Manson all contributed to the rout in East Lothian.

“We had goals from all over the pitch so I’m delighted when you can spread them out among the team,” Vinter said. “We’ve managed to win four in a row since we dropped points in the league at home to Stirling and we’ve kept clean sheets in three of them so we’re doing well and in a bit of form because we beat Spartans during that period as well.

“I didn’t expect to win by such a margin on Saturday before the game but I thought we completely dominated apart from a five-minute spell in each half. Even though it was only 1-0 at half-time I was happy because I knew if we kept going they would tire and that’s what happened. We stuck to our game-plan and I don’t think 6-0 was unfair on them.”

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Meadowbank AFC extended their winning streak in all competitions to exactly a year as they fought from behind to defeat Duddingston Athletic 4-2 in the Scottish Amateur Sunday Cup third round.

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At Meadowbank 3G, the Premier Division leaders won their 29th game on the trot but they had to work hard for the victory after opening the scoring with ten minutes playerd. Fraser Andrews hit a piledriver from outside the box that flew in to break the deadlock.

It was a mighty opening goal but the lead wasn’t to last long. Richard Hill helped carve out Duddingston’s equaliser as he drove to the byeline and crossed for Stephen Hughes to volley in.

Duddingston had their tails up and Meadowbank were below par as the half came to a close. At the start of the second half Duddingston took full advantage of the momentum to go 2-1 up. Sam Scott robbed Meadowbank of possession deep in their own half and fired beyond keeper Aaron Griffiths.

But Meadowbank were never going to throw the towel in. They battled back into things with Ross Grant equalising and Marc McGregor’s thunderous strike from range putting them back in front.

Meadowbank were flying and they wrapped up a fine turnaround as Mark Griffiths fired in late on to make it 4-2.

• McKenzie hat-trick for Danderhall in Scottish Cup

Lee McKenzie bagged a hat-trick as Danderhall Miners negotiated a tricky away tie at Beechwood Albion to book a spot in the fifth round of the Scottish Cup.

The Edinburgh outfit looked comfortable throughout the first half at Forth Bank, despite facing a side who were unbeaten at home in their past 12 games. Hall brought their ‘A’ game when it mattered and deservedly took the lead as McKenzie ran on to a diagonal ball, turning his man inside out on the edge of the opposition box and picking out the bottom left corner of the goal.

As the half progressed Hall really should have had another but they couldn’t quite capitalise on the amount of possession they had.

It wasn’t to matter though as they atoned for their misses with a second goal 55 minutes in. McKenzie scored once again following a goalmouth skirmish.

Hall had not been troubled but out of nothing they somehow conceded five minutes after scoring. Stuart Smith chased down a long ball to bag a goal for Beechwood.

It wasn’t to fluster Hall, however, as they stuck at their task. Another goal came for the visitors with 15 minutes to go. Kieran Glen was upended in the box, giving McKenzie a gift of a goal from the penalty spot, making it 3-1.

• McNulty helps Sandys brush aside Ellon

Sandys brushed aside Scottish Cup fourth-round opponents Ellon AFC at Castleview with a 5-1 victory.

The cup tie began with both sides looking fairly evenly matched, but it was all change by the 20th minute as Sandys got a grip on affairs. Kevin McNulty showed he knew where the net was with a lethal volley from close range to give the Edinburgh side the advantage.

With that Sandys were on their way and they took full advantage of the momentum created to add another. McNulty made no mistake from the penalty spot with Ellon rattled.

The Aberdeen side did at least manage to pull a goal back before the interval through Dillon Rhodes but it was only delaying the inevitable as Ellon seemed way out of their depth.

Sandys picked up where they left off in the second half as they further dominated proceedings. McNulty added his and Sandys third with a copy of his first goal and Bob McKenzie drilled an effort low into the Ellon goal to make it 4-1.

It was too easy for Sandys and they wrapped up what had been a straightforward victory late on. Ryan Andersons’s incisive finish completed a fine passing move from the Edinburgh side on a day they had been on top in all areas of the park.

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