James McDonaugh throws down the gauntlet to Easthouses

James McDonaugh. Pic: Jon Savage
James McDonaugh. Pic: Jon Savage
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Hibs’ East of Scotland manager James McDonaugh challenged title rivals Easthouses Lily to close the margin at the top of the Central Taxis First Division after the East Mains youngsters ran four points clear at the summit with a 4-1 win at Eyemouth United.

With just two league games to play, Hibs are four points clear in first place, but Easthouses have a game in hand and the two championship contenders are scheduled to contest a last-day showdown that could determine the destination of the second-tier title.

McDonaugh’s youthful charges – who have, like Easthouses, already secured promotion to the Premier Division – posted a strong start to proceedings at Warner Park, with Taylor Hendry executing a textbook long-range drive into the home goal after just two minutes. Connor Lough levelled 25 minutes later for Eyemouth, but Hibs blew away their hosts with a second-half display that yielded three goals for the visitors, through Lewis Allan and a brace of Jamie Beaton penalties.

McDonaugh said: “Easthouses have a game in hand they now must win – it sets us up well with two league games left.

“I was delighted for the boys to get this win, we’ve gone behind Easthouses for one week and in the space of the last fortnight we now have a lead at the top of the table on points.

“The message at the interval was just to tidy up on the ball, play a bit more and relax. I honestly felt we played very well in the second half. We moved the ball around the pitch well.”