Strollers win as Craigroyston have three sent off

Ross McNeil
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CIVIL SERVICE STROLLERS Ross McNeil came up trumps as his side defeated his former club Craigroyston 2-0, but he is hoping to add to his squad before this weekend’s Central Taxis Premier Division clash with Stirling University.

Second-half goals by Kieran McGachie and former Craigroyston player Ross McWilliams handed Civil their fourth straight win at Edinburgh College Sportsground, where the visitors were reduced to eight men following three red cards in the last five minutes.

McNeil said: “Next week, I’m missing Kieran (McGachie) and Chris (Tobin) due to prior engagements, so I might have to bring in a few loan players. We play a friendly against Falkirk Juniors at Grangemouth tomorrow night, so it will give me an opportunity to look at some potential new faces.”

Craigroyston manager Gary Aitchison felt the late dismissals of Gerri Burgess, Craig Dickson and a trialist thwarted his side from making a late comeback.

“I’m not saying we would have won the game, but even when we had nine men, I still felt that we were trying to push forward for an equaliser and after the third sending-off, they just hit us on the counter and finished it off,” said Aitchison.

“But you can’t afford to have ill-discipline and that’s something we have to keep telling the players because with our current position, we can’t afford needless suspensions”.

Elsewhere, Leith Athletic manager Derek Riddel hailed his side as the league leaders defeated nine-man Tynecastle at Meadowbank to go six points clear at the summit.

Two goals by the Lewis Martin and a late strike by Chris Beaton handed Leith a comprehensive 3-0 victory, with Chris Milligan and Jamie Devlin ordered off for the visitors.

“I thought it was one of our best performances of the season so far, the hunger and desire of the players was fantastic,” said Riddel. Easthouses Lily finally claimed the scalp of Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale after losing the two previous cup encounters with a 3-2 victory over Kevin Twaddle’s side.

Louis Swanson gave Vale the perfect start after five minutes but Darren Robertson headed in a Euan Smith corner on 38 minutes.

Scott Gormley restored Hutchie’s advantage on 48 minutes but the turning point came just after the hour mark when Connor McGregor – just back from a two-match suspension – was ordered off for a dangerous two-footed lunge having just come off the bench for the visitors.

Two goals in the last ten minutes by David Scott and Graham Young saw Lily take advantage of their extra man.

Hutchie manager Twaddle was incensed with Connor McGregor’s sending-off. “That has turned the game undoubtedly,” he said. “We were on top of the game at that point, and the sending-off has changed it. Connor knows that is not acceptable because we were in a winning position.”

Spartans EOS were held to a second successive draw by Coldstream at Ainslie Park.

Jamie Dishington handed the Capital outfit an early advantage, but Alex Cunningham’s injury list is continuing to mount after Keith Boyes was stretchered off with a broken collar bone that is expected to keep him out for a minimum of eight weeks.

Coldstream equalised on 66 minutes when striker John Crawford tapped in at the back post from a corner and Spartans missed some chances late on.