Lily boss fired up after team inflicts first defeat on Hibs

Hibs and Lily players battle it out. Picture (Alan Wilson)
Hibs and Lily players battle it out. Picture (Alan Wilson)
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Dave McQueenie predicts his Easthouses Lily side will give East of Scotland First Division leaders Hibs a “good run” in the title race after masterminding a first defeat of the season for the Easter Road youngsters.

Mark Brown hit a hat-trick as Lily beat James McDonaugh’s youngsters 4-1 at Newbattle Complex. Rory McKinnon also netted for the hosts, with Dominic Docherty, 16, replying for a youthful Hibs side that fielded a team made up solely of teenagers, the oldest of whom was their only 19-year-old player and the youngest aged 15.

McQueenie took pride in arresting Hibs’ 100 per cent record but urged rival First Division clubs to help make the second-tier promotion chase competitive. “Whether or not we can make a challenge for the title depends on how well other teams do against Hibs,” said McQueenie. “We will give them a good run for it, but they are still favourites with a team of full-time players.

“It was an absolutely great result and performance from our team. We are proud to be the first team to beat Hibernian in the East of Scotland league.”

Ormiston manager Murray Cheyne admitted disappointment with his side’s 3-2 home defeat to Kelso. “We squandered the chances we got and gave away soft goals,” said Cheyne, whose team countered through Conor Ramage and Scott Wright.