Sean Wringe’s 88th-minute winner saw a below-par Lothian Thistle eke out victory at home to Kelso United in East of Scotland Qualifying League Section A. The Borderers went 1-0 up at Saughton Enclosure, but Chris Milligan equalised later in the first half before Wringe’s late decider.
Lothian boss Grant Carnie, whose side also missed a penalty through Jamie Butler, said: “We didn’t seem up for it. We weren’t competing. Kelso didn’t come here to play football and got their tactics right until the very end. We just went through the motions and scraped a win.”
In Section B, Stirling won 5-0 at Ormiston and Edinburgh University triumphed 3-1 at home to Duns.
Craigroyston beat Leith Athletic in an eventful Section C match at St Mark’s Park. Both sides went down to ten men, but Craigie weathered the storm to win 3-1.
Also in Section C, Hibs emerged from a goal down at Burntisland Shipyard to win 3-1. Hibs boss James McDonaugh reserved special praise for Republic of Ireland under-19 international striker Cody Mulhall, the 16-year-old who scored twice for the visitors.
“He’s much more than just a centre forward – he’s got a lot more to his game than that,” said McDonaugh.
Tom Gardiner scored the other goal for McDonaugh’s men.
Coldstream’s meeting with Peebles Rovers in Section D ended in a 1-1 draw, while the First Division encounter between Easthouses Lily and Eyemouth United also ended 1-1.