Easthouses Lily closed the gap on league leaders Leith Athletic at the top of The Central Taxis Premier Division to three points after a scintillating second-half display against Tynecastle at Fernieside.
Tynie took a deserved two-goal lead into the break thanks to goals from Jamie Devlin and Gary Bennett.
But whatever Lily manager Dave McQueenie said to his players at half-time appeared to do the trick, with the Midlothian side pulling a goal back within a minute of the restart through Mark Brown following neat build up play from Darren Robertson and Paul McDermott.
Further goals from Robertson, Graeme Young – a 25-yard drive – and Ally Elliot capped off a tremendous fightback from the visitors.
“I went in at half-time and the boys were all shouting at each other in the dressing-room and you want to see that because they knew the first half was unacceptable, probably our worst display of the season so far,” said McQueenie.
“I had a few choice words for them at half-time and they went out there and showed their true character. We scored some excellent, well-worked goals in the second half. It was a real Jekyll and Hyde display.”
Civil Service Strollers moved up to third and are now unbeaten in their last six matches after racing into a two-goal lead against Coldstream at Edinburgh College Sportsground.
oss McNeil’s side effectively put the game beyond Coldstream’s reach with strikes from Kieran McGachie and Chris Moffat inside 25 minutes.
Further goals in the second period from Chris Tobin and McGachie extended Civil’s advantage, although they had to play the final half-hour with ten men after Connor Kane was ordered off. John Crawford scored for Coldstream.
“The first 25 minutes was sublime. I had a few committee members saying to me that was the best Civil performance they had seen in a while,” said McNeil. “We got a little bit cocky in the second half and allowed them a little more time on the ball, but, aside from the sending off, I was really pleased with the way the guys played.”
Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale recorded their first Premier League win since September 6 with a 6-2 victory over struggling Craigroyston. Kevin Twaddle’s reigning champions have been struggling for form of late and could only name a substitute goalkeeper on the bench for Saturday’s clash due to player shortages.
However, a Scott Gormley hat-trick and further strikes from John Williams, Sean Wringe and Liam O’Donnell gave Hutchie the win. Craigroyston had briefly threatened a comeback in the first half when goals from Craig Dickson and Greig Tulloch reduced Vale’s advantage to one.
The result puts Craigroyston bottom n goal difference, after Stirling University beat Spartans EOS with a hat-trick from Chris Geddes. Davy Stewart scored for Spartans EOS.
Ormiston netted a 98th minute winner against Burntisland Shipyard to go top of The Central Taxis First Division.
Brian Johnston’s side had failed to capitalise on two opportunities in the previous fortnight to go top of the division after defeats by Peebles Rovers and Duns, but with John O’Hara’s Peebles in action in The Alex Jack Cup Final on Saturday, Ormiston were able to leapfrog their rivals with this home victory.
Ormiston were without their top scorer Dean Woods due to injury, but they were the better side for the majority of the 90 minutes, with Lee Cockrell hitting the bar midway through the first half with a header.
Declan Quinn also struck the outside of the post.
Shipyard took an unexpected lead through Craig Lowe on 47 minutes, but George
Cunningham equalised from the spot on the hour mark. Deep into stoppage time, Ormiston’s pressure paid off when Quinn scrambled the ball over the line with the visitors aggrieved at the amount of time added.
Heriot-Watt defeated Duns at Riccarton. On loan Spartans midfielder Sean Mushin netted a hat-trick, with captain Chris Donnelly on target and Elliot Sutherland netting another two goals after a Stevie Shennan double had given Duns a 2-1 half-time advantage.