GRANT CARNIE picked up his first win as Whitehill Welfare manager as his team came from behind to secure a 3-2 win at Cumbernauld Colts in the Ferrari Packaging Lowland League.
Gary Espener claimed the honour of scoring Colts’ first-ever Lowland League goal, finishing emphatically past Connar Easton. Carnie’s men then staged a quickfire turnaround, Jamie Devlin levelling on 41 minutes before Stevie Manson gave Welfare a half-time lead two minutes later.
The Lowland League debutants equalised just after the hour mark when Stephen O’Neill showed good footwork in the box before send a low shot past Easton. The Rosewell club weren’t to be denied, however, as Callum Connelly struck with just six minutes remaining following some good work by sub Sean Martin.
Champions Edinburgh City also won from a losing position as two second-half strikes secured them a 2-1 win against Edinburgh University at Peffermill.
Both sides passed up decent chances in the first period. The Uni’s Mark Tait produced an excellent one-handed stop from Dean Carse after the striker had latched on to Mark McConnell’s flick on and sent a powerful volley goalward after quarter of an hour.
Jack Guthrie then headed over from a Dan Maskrey cross before Shaun Harrison had the ball in the net for the visitors but his back-post header was ruled out for offside.
The students went ahead just two minutes before the break. McConnell was dispossessed on the edge of his own area by Guthrie, who fired low across Gregor Amos into the far corner.
The champions turned the game on its head in the second half, however. Substitute Ross Guthrie was instrumental, equalising after latching on to a clever flick from Ross Allum before turning provider for his strike partner, Allum heading home a pin-point cross two minutes later.
Any chance of a Uni equaliser was dashed when captain Duncan Black was harshly shown a red card for a late tackle on Allum in stoppage time.
Preston Athletic boss Colin Jack saw his side claim their first point since he took over with a 1-1 draw with Spartans at Ainslie Park.
Dean Horribine gave the hosts the lead on 16 minutes when Preston goalkeeper Chris Flockhart fumbled his effort under the crossbar.
The Panners showed some second half resilience, though, with Chris Moffat heading home via the post just two minutes after the interval.