Seniors: Craigroyston take Strollers’ derby gifts

Strollers' Kevin Dimingo clears. Picture: Malcolm McCurrach
Strollers' Kevin Dimingo clears. Picture: Malcolm McCurrach
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Craigroyston claimed three points and local bragging rights from their Central Taxis Premier Division meeting with Civil Service Strollers, with two second-half strikes on the way to a 2-1 victory.

However, both managers agreed that the north Edinburgh derby was not the most pleasing on the eye.

Andy Raeburn, the Strollers boss, said: “It wasn’t the best football to watch. We let ourselves down. If you give a team two gifts of a goal, then you get punished.”

Craigie’s Stewart Adams outjumped home goalkeeper Willie Stewart, but his header was cleared off the line early on by Danny Burns, and Adams shot past the post soon afterwards. Michael Dick had Strollers’ best first-half opportunity, and Craig Dickson’s failure to keep a header down ensured the first half remained goalless.

Craigroyston took the lead on 47 minutes when a Steven McCormack cross was headed into the path of Ewan MacIntosh, who shot past Stewart.

Strollers put the ball in their own net in the 54th minute when Greg Summers won a challenge 25 yards out but saw the ball loop over Stewart.

The home side pulled a goal back in the 73rd minute when substitute Ryan Raeburn chased a long ball and beat Stuart Burnside at the subsequent one-on-one.

Leith Athletic suffered a 4-1 defeat by league leaders Stirling University, for whom Lee Nichol claimed a brace.

Chris Wright headed home Christopher Barrie’s cross to give Leith the lead, but Nichol’s double and an Elliot Sutcliffe strike put Stirling 3-1 up by half-time. Oliver Monguel completed a convincing victory by adding a second-half goal.

Derek Riddell, the Leith manager, said: “We played pretty well but were beaten by a better team.”

Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale and Edinburgh University shared the spoils at Saughton Enclosure after a 1-1 draw. Willis Hare gave Lothian a half-time lead, but Stefan Ross equalised for the students.

Uni boss Dorian Ogunro admitted his side should have gone on to win. He said: “We went 1-0 down when we were playing quite well and we were denied a win after finishing strongly, with some fantastic saves from their goalkeeper.”

Matthew Costello’s goal set Tynecastle en route to a 2-0 victory over Heriot-Watt University, who scored an own goal to compound their troubles. Chris Smith, whose Watt side are without a point from four league matches, said: “In the second half, we didn’t compete as well and lost a second via an own goal, which killed the game.”

On Friday night, Spartans beat Coldstream 4-0 at Ainslie Park, with Lucasz Rusin, Mike Gray, Haydn Crane, and Robbie Laird all on target.