Lightning strikes twice as Craigroyston beat Uni

Heriot-Watt University (yellow and navy) vs Craigroyston (all blue) in the East of Scotland Premier Division match.

Heriot-Watt University (yellow and navy) vs Craigroyston (all blue) in the East of Scotland Premier Division match.

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On the first day of a full card of East of Scotland Premier Division fixtures, Craigroyston produced their second 3-1 success at Heriot-Watt University this season.

Having overcome the students in a cup tie last month, Craigie again emerged on top to claim three Premier Division points. John Dunn twice came close to giving Craigroyston the lead early on, but Heriot-Watt opened the scoring on eight minutes when a Michael Connor cross found Jamie Forsyth, who shot past Stuart Burnside.

Craigie’s Liam Young was felled in the penalty area on 33 minutes, allowing James Guy to net the equaliser from the spot.

Heriot-Watt’s Ewan Henderson missed the target from close range on 64 minutes, and the hosts were made to pay for their profligacy as Craigie struck a minute later to assume the lead.

Dunn’s cross was headed in by Stewart Adams to make it 2-1, and another Dunn cross 12 minutes later was converted by Craig Dickson to seal the points for the visitors.

Craigie boss Ross McNeil said: “I thought we were on top for most of the game. We deserved the win against a much-improved Heriot-Watt team.”

Meanwhile, Heriot-Watt manager Chris Smith was encouraged by a battling display. He said: “It was a much better performance from us, especially for the first hour where I thought we were very competitive. After that, we tired and gave possession away too cheaply, which allowed Craigroyston to take control of the game and score their second and third goals.”

Tynecastle triumphed in a goal-filled encounter with Edinburgh University. After going 3-1 down by half time, Tynie, aided by a Jamie Devlin hat-trick, recovered to score five second half goals and triumph 6-5. Kevin Brown struck twice for the victors, for whom Kyle Fee also scored from a penalty. Uni’s goals came courtesy of a Calum Murray brace and single strikes by Stefan Ross, Kohei Habata, and Tim Rawlinson. Dougie Dalgleish, the Tynecastle manager, said: “There were goals galore and it was great for the spectators, but not for the coaches. Both teams served up a real cracker of a match with 11 goals in total.”

Jon McInally and John Williams both netted for Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale in a 2-0 home win over Coldstream, with Lothian boss Grant Carnie pleased that another victory is beginning to instill a winning mentality among his men.

Carnie said: “We are happy to still be unbeaten after six games as building a winning mentality is vital for any team hoping for success. Having said that, we really haven’t played anywhere near what we are capable of and we are still getting results.”

Spartans and Leith Athletic drew 2-2 at Ainslie Park, where late strikes by Christopher O’Daly and David Stewart saw Spartans steal a point after an own goal and Chris Wright strike had put Leith 2-0 up.

Civil Service Strollers and Stirling University drew 1-1, with Michael Dick on target for Strollers.