Strollers and Tynecastle become giantkillers

Ian Ballantyne scored twice for Civil
Ian Ballantyne scored twice for Civil
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Civil Service Strollers and Tynecastle overcame Lowland League opposition at the weekend in The SFA South East Region Challenge Cup.

Although conditions underfoot were far from ideal at Selkirk’s Yarrow Park, Alex Cunningham’s Strollers turned in an impressive showing to win 4-1 and claim their second Lowland League scalp of the season having defeated Whitehill Welfare in the Qualifying Cup in October.

Davy Stewart netted two early goals for Strollers as the Edinburgh side played their first competitive match in four weeks.

A second-half brace from Ian Ballantyne completed the scoring for Strollers with Jordan Allan netting with a diving header for Garry O’Connor’s team.

“It’s a fantastic result for everybody connected with the club, for guys like Tom Brown and Keith Stewart who work so hard on the committee to put this club on the map,” said a delighted Cunningham.

“The pitch wasn’t ideal but I know they were very keen to get the game on after the previous call-offs and I know our players were champing at the bit to play.

“We defended really well under pressure and scored some excellent goals so it was a brilliant day for the lads.”

Civil are due to play Selkirk again this weekend in the second round of the Qualifying Cup at Christie Gillies Park, Marine Drive.

Tynecastle also claimed their best result of the campaign with a 3-2 win over Vale of Leithen in the first round, the match having been switched to Gala Fairydean’s Netherdale ground following two previous postponements.

Steven Vinter’s men had to weather the storm at times with Vale striker Keith McLeod causing problems for the Tynie rearguard, but goals from Dean Crabbe, Stewart Adams and Scott Coleman ensured a fantastic win for the away side.

“We hit the bar and had another shot cleared off the line early on so our intent was there, and the boys have been training hard every Saturday morning in recent weeks with the call-offs we’ve had,” said Vinter.

“It’s a tremendous result and Vale paid tribute to us at the end; it’s never easy against any side managed by Mikey Lawson as they are so well organised.”

All East of Scotland League games at the weekend fell foul of the weather and Leith Athletic’s Alex Jack Cup Final with Eyemouth United at Home Park on Sunday was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

A new date will be announced in due course.