Craigie boss ‘gutted’ as Hibs prevail

Jamie Beaton, left, scored the second after Gavin McCaffrey, right, put Hibs 1-0 up

Jamie Beaton, left, scored the second after Gavin McCaffrey, right, put Hibs 1-0 up

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Hibs’ youngsters won automatic qualification to the knockout stages of the Central Taxis East of Scotland League Cup.

In defeat, hosts Craigroyston, had to settle for a play-off place.

Gavin McCaffrey’s superb individual goal put Hibs one up, and Jamie Beaton doubled the visitors’ advantage after the break with a superb curled effort into the top right-hand corner – but only after Mark Hendrie had missed the chance to equalise for Craigie with a penalty.

Kyle Boggie scored a late consolation for Craigie, who, along with Leith Athletic, enter the play-off stages from Section C of the qualifying leagues.

“I’m gutted for our players, as we really should have got something from the game,” said Craigie assistant Gary Sutherland. “The first goal was a bad one to lose from our point of view, but we began to pass the ball better and created a couple of good chances afterwards.”

Edinburgh University are odds-on to qualify as winners of Section C after goals by Kohei Habata and Dan Ward ensured victory over Hawick Royal Albert at Peffermill.

Heriot-Watt University fought back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at Leith Athletic, but a point was sufficient for Leith to qualify for the play-offs from Section C.

Chris Wright and Robbie Mason scored early on for Leith, but Brian Anderson and Henrik Dahle netted to level for Watt.

Civil Service Strollers retain an outside chance of qualifying from Section A after earning a 1-1 draw at Eyemouth United. Kieran McGachie opened the scoring for Strollers after 10 minutes before Eyemouth equalised 25 minutes later.

Michael Dick hit a brace as Tynecastle kept the pressure on Section A leaders Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale by beating Kelso United 4-1 at Fernieside.

Easthouses Lily completed their ultimately unsuccessful Section D campaign with a 4-2 defeat at Coldstream, where Mark Brown and John Hunter scored for Lily.

Coldstream, with a game in hand over Section D leaders Spartans, would leapfrog the Ainslie Park side into the sole berth for automatic qualification with a point in their final match. Spartans finished their group campaign strongly, with a 5-0 win over Peebles Rovers, thanks to doubles by Mike Gray and David Stewart as well as an Ian Ballantyne strike.

In the only league match, Ormiston slipped to a 1-0 defeat at Central Taxis First Division rivals Burntisland Shipyard.