Lothian boss admits they ‘stole’ points from Lily

Callum Connolly, right, scored late for Lothian
Callum Connolly, right, scored late for Lothian
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Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale snatched a late draw at Newbattle Complex against Easthouses Lily, despite ending the game with nine men.

Lothian’s disciplinary problems continue to mount with Matthew Jont and Darren Smith the latest players to see red.

However, the visitors managed to claim a share of the spoils thanks to Callum Connolly’s late goal to ensure that both sides remain in touch with Leith Athletic at the top of the Central Taxis Premier Division.

Lily took the lead on 36 minutes thanks to Craig Brown’s back post finish. Lothian equalised from the penalty spot on 63 minutes through John Williams, but Lily restored their lead five minutes later through Paul McDermott’s penalty with Jont ordered off for the last-man challenge on Brown.

Smith was then ordered off with five minutes to go for dissent, but the nine men claimed an unlikely point with ten seconds to spare when Connolly tapped in from close range.

“We stole the point today, even although I thought we were the better side in the first half and didn’t deserve to be a goal down” said Lothian boss Twaddle.

“The sendings off were just sheer stupidity and you can’t make any excuses for it, we’ll have to address the discipline.”

Lily manager Dave McQueenie said: “It’s disappointing, but we still have two games in hand over Lothian and Leith and if we win them both, we’ll go top so it’s still all to play for.”

Leith Athletic meanwhile stretched their lead at the top of the table to three points after a 3-0 victory over Stirling University at Meadowbank 3G.

Substitute Keith Murray took his goal tally to 25 this season with two goals, with Robbie Mason also on the scoresheet.

Spartans EOS recorded another impressive victory with a 4-0 win over Tynecastle at Ainslie Park. Alex Cunningham’s outfit have now scored eight goals in their last two games, Scott Clapperton, Craig Stevenson, Kyle Hogg and Kyle Boggie all on target

Spartans’ opponents in the Central Taxis League Cup semi-final will be Coldstream following their 3-1 victory over Civil Service Strollers at Marine Drive.

Two goals from Arnaud Gauthier and Jack Hay gave the Border side the victory, with Ross McWilliams replying for Strollers.