Craigroyston assistant manager Gary Sutherland is looking for his side to make amends for their midweek defeat to Leith Athletic when they meet Ormiston at St Mark’s Park tomorrow in Section D of the East of Scotland Qualifying League.
Sutherland is well aware that Ormiston will be smarting from their opening-day 6-0 loss to Leith Athletic, but is hoping to get back on track quickly following Tuesday’s 3-0 reverse to Athletic at Meadowbank 3G.
“We actually started to create more chances once we went down to ten men, but we had three one-on-one opportunities against their goalkeeper and didn’t take them, and you’re not going to win any football match if you don’t take your chances. We can get ourselves back on track tomorrow. I don’t think people should focus too much on Ormiston’s opening result because they had a lot of new personnel in their team for that game, but I’m sure it would have hurt them just the same. On a good surface at St Mark’s Park tomorrow, both teams should be capable of playing some good fluent football.
“We are still looking to strengthen in one or two areas, but we’ve brought in Gerry Burgess from Edinburgh City, Matt Costello from Tynecastle and the young goalkeeper Douglas Horne, who was released by Hibs last year, so there is a good mixture of youth and experience in the team for this season.
“We were finalists in the League Cup last season, losing to a full-time Hibs team, but it was some achievement in itself getting to the final and so, of course, it’s a competition that we are taking seriously.”
Tynecastle kicked off their Qualifying campaign in Section E in midweek with a commanding two-nil win over Peebles Rovers, with goals from Shaun Turnbull and Lewis Russell. They travel to Duns tomorrow for their second group match.
Civil Service Strollers raced into a four-goal half-time lead against Eyemouth United in Section A, but although the visitors threatened a comeback with two second-half goals, Strollers held on for their first win.
Spartans also had a nervy evening against Burntisland Shipyard. The Fifers took an early lead through Keith Buckley, but the Ainslie Park outfit regained the lead through quick-fire strikes from Sebastian Pyda and Lukasz Rusin.
Burntisland’s Shaun Keatings was ordered off for an off-the-ball incident, before Buckley levelled for the visitors only to be countered by a debut goal for Spartans’ Blair McWhirter just before the break. Alex Cunningham’s men held on for their second group victory despite Burntisland hitting the post in stoppage time, and face Civil Service Strollers at Edinburgh Sports ground tomorrow knowing victory will take them into the knockout stage.
Easthouses grabbed their first win of Section B as a late Kenny McMillan header secured a 1-0 victory over Heriot Watt University. At Saughton Enclosure, Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale recovered from the loss of an early goal to defeat Hawick Royal Albert by three goals to one, with goals coming from John Williams, Scott Gormley and Scott Moffat.
Tomorrow, Easthouses play Hawick Royal Albert at Newbattle Complex and Heriot Watt University host table-toppers Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale.