Scottish Cup: Lothian Thistle set up Kelty date

Raymond Carr was pleased with Lothian Thistle's character. Pic: Andy O'Brien
Raymond Carr was pleased with Lothian Thistle's character. Pic: Andy O'Brien
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Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale manager Raymond Carr hailed the character of his side as they overcame Girvan to book a William Hill Scottish Cup First Round match with Kelty Hearts.

The Capital side had to come from behind twice early on in the Second Preliminary Round replay, but they established a 4-2 lead at the interval.

Scott Gormley netted a double for the East of Scotland Champions, with further strikes from Scott Moffat, Darren Smith and Scott Taylor-McKenzie ensuring the Saughton Enclosure outfit will now face the East Region 
Super League winners at home on Saturday, September 26.

Carr had to make a few changes to his personnel, with Dean Cummings suspended following his red card in the first game, but the Lothian boss felt they paid off.

“We are thrilled to be in the next round,” he said. “It was always going to be difficult coming through here because it was a tough surface and they had us under the cosh early on.”

“We had to absorb a lot of pressure early on, but the character of the players was first class and to come from behind twice shows the spirit and determination that we have in this young team.”

Carr insists the challenge posed by Kelty Hearts – 4-0 conquerors of fellow East of Scotland side Civil Service Strollers in the last round – will not faze his charges.

“We’ll look forward to that when it comes. They are obviously filled with quality, but we won’t be scared by the prospect of facing them. We have two important league games against Duns and Leith before then, so nobody will be getting carried away.”