LOTHIAN Thistle Hutchison Vale manager Kevin Twaddle was left to rue the sending off given to Scott Gormley after his Central Taxis Premier Division men went down to Lowland League leaders Edinburgh City 1-0 in the second round of the South Region Challenge Cup.
Gormley was dismissed on 63 minutes for dissent and minutes later City scored through Mark Osborne. Twaddle felt that it turned the game.
“It was one bit of magic from them that was the difference between the sides,” said Twaddle. “The sending off was what cost us. With 11 men we could have got something.”
Gary Jardine’s men, without suspended top goalscorer Ross Allum, found the heavy conditions testing, although they went close early on with Ian McFarland flashing two shots over the bar,
Lothian failed to properly test keeper Andrew Stobie, with City defender Joe Mbu a commanding presence, although Callum Connolly’s header went just over the bar on the hour.
Then came the turning point when Gormley was ordered off on 63 minutes for dissent and moments after Osborne netted with a well-taken finish inside the area from John Dunn’s flick.
City boss Gary Jardine said: “The surface didn’t help and sometimes you have to play the conditions which we maybe have to learn, but both teams tried to get the ball down and play. We’re delighted with the clean sheet and the win.”
LTHV: Amos, Brown, Crawford, Munro, Williams, Mearns, Hare, Connolly, O’Donnell, Swanson, Gormley. Subs: Ogilvie, McDonagh, Malcolm, Keane, McGregor.
Edinburgh City: Stobie, Black, Donaldson, McKee, Torrance, Mbu, McFarland, Osborne, Wilson, Dunn, MacDonald. Subs: Vanson, Gair, Paterson, Harrison, MacKintosh.