The long-anticipated winner-takes-all showdown between Hibs and Easthouses Lily will be played out at East Mains on Saturday after the two Central Taxis First Division title challengers both ground out victories to prolong a two-horse race for the championship.
A nerve-racked Easthouses eventually prevailed at home to Kelso United, with Rory McKinnon and Mark Brown netting for the hosts, and can leapfrog Hibs to claim the title with victory this weekend.
Lily boss Dave McQueenie said: “The players are now a mixture of excited and relieved. There was a little bit of anxiety in our play, but we managed to do what we set out to do – to take the title race to the final game of the season.
“It was a great result in very difficult conditions. But, we got the result we wanted to take it to the last game for the title.”
Hibs, a point ahead of Lily at the summit, can win the title with just a draw in their final match and will aim to reproduce the sort of form that saw them win handsomely, by 3-0, at Hawick Royal Albert. Lewis Allan notched a double, with Max Todd netting the third.
Hibs coach James McDonaugh has called upon fans not attending the first team’s match at St Mirren to make their way to the training centre at East Mains for Saturday’s game.
He said: “We now have a chance at home, if we can compete with Easthouses, to win the league. We hope that all the Hibs supporters that can’t make it to Paisley will be at the Training Centre.”