Robertson hailed as Strollers make semi-finals

Ross McNeil

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Civil Service Strollers booked a semi-final berth with Whitehill Welfare in The South Region Challenge Cup after a 1-0 victory over Lowland League Dalbeattie Star.

A second-half free-kick from Dayne Robertson, who has been carrying a groin injury, was enough to secure the victory for Strollers at a windy Islecroft Stadium.

Depite Chris Tobin seeing red for Civil late on, manager Ross McNeil was delighted with the result.

“Dayne played through the pain barrier and took his goal well. Kieran McGachie had the ball in the net for offside too, so I thought we more than matched them,” said McNeil who has added Martin Pagliarulo to his squad from Edinburgh United and Liam Young from Craigroyston.

Civil will host Mike Lawson’s Whitehill at Marine Drive on April 4.

The second-round ties in the EOS King Cup took place over the weekend. Premier Division leaders Leith Athletic recorded a fifth straight win with a 2-0 victory over Burntisland Shipyard at Recreation Park.

Two goals from Stephen Baigan did the business for the Meadowbank club who meet Easthouses Lily in the semi-finals of The Central Taxis League Cup this weekend.

At a blustery Ainslie Park, Spartans EOS advanced as they also dispatched First Division opposition in Ormiston.

Ian Ballantyne opened the scoring for the hosts on 18 minutes with a cross-cum-shot that may have been aided by the wind.

Ormiston striker Dean Woods equalised on 23 minutes for his 13th goal of the season, but Spartans regained the lead on 36 minutes when Davey Stewart curled in a 25 yard free-kick.

Raymond Carr got his new managerial role at Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale off to a winning start with a 4-1 victory at Eyemouth United.

A double from John Williams, and goals from Scott Moffat and Scott Taylor McKenzie ensured Hutchie comfortably progressed into the next round.

“I know the players have the talent and the ability to perform so I wasn’t surprised with the level of performance,” said Carr.

Carr also revealed a good luck morning phone call from former boss Kevin Twaddle may have helped to spur the Lothian players to victory.

“Kevin phoned on Saturday morning to wish everyone the best of luck and that was very much appreciated.”

Craigroyston’s tie at Stirling University fell victim to the rain on Saturday morning and will be replayed at Gannochy Complex this weekend.