LOTHIAN Thistle Hutchison Vale and Tynecastle, each fresh from their involvement in ten-goal cup ties in midweek, drew an unexpected stalemate at Saughton Enclosure in a Qualifying League Section A tie.
Tynie striker Kevin Brown struck the post with a 25-yard effort early on and team-mate Lukasz Czop came within inches of netting past Lothian goalkeeper Kevin Swain, but his shot narrowly missed the target.
The hosts’ Sean Wringe headed just above the crossbar on 72 minutes and sub Christopher Rooney blazed a 12-yard shot over with 15 minutes to go. A Ross Elliot cross was then headed inches over the bar by Jamie Butler. As Lothian pressed for the winning goal with time running out, Wringe, with the goal at his mercy, could only hit the crossbar with an eight-yard shot.
Home boss Grant Carnie was encouraged and said: “We are still creating chances – that’s the positive. The difference was that we didn’t take them on Saturday. The guys up front, Jamie Butler and Sean Wringe, put in a great shift and came close a couple of times, but we just couldn’t find that killer instinct.”
Carnie’s Tynecastle counterpart Dougie Dalgleish emerged reasonably satisfied with his young side having gained a point for their efforts.
Dalgleish said: “We have a very young side and many of them are experiencing their first taste of East of Scotland football. It’s a learning curve for them, and they won’t face many tougher teams than Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale.”
Having mustered seven points from three games, Lothian lead Section A on seven points, with Tynecastle, having played a game fewer, on four points in second place. Kelso have won their only game played, while Eyemouth United and Civil Service are each without a point after two games.
In the all-students tie between Edinburgh University and Stirling University at Peffermill, the visitors picked up three Section B points with a solitary goal. Hawick Royal Albert notched their second consecutive win with a 2-1 home victory over Ormiston.
In Section C, Craigroyston came back from 3-0 down at Burntisland Shipyard to triumph 5-4. Steven Moncur reduced the deficit to 3-1 shortly before half-time and Craigie equalised through a Paul Lynch penalty and John Dunn strike after the break. A second spot-kick by Lynch put the visitors in front, but their Fife hosts drew level soon after. However, Dunn’s second of the match, scored nine minutes from full time, proved the winner.
At East Mains, Hibs’ youngsters recorded an 8-0 win against Heriot-Watt University. Max Todd led the charge with his second and third goals of the season, while strikes by Aaron Dunsmore, Euan Smith, Jason Cummings, David Paul and Gareth McCaffrey added to an own goal.
Hibs boss James McDonaugh said: “I thought the result was unfair on Chris Smith and Heriot-Watt, as they have so many players missing and are yet to host their trials. No doubt they will get better as the season goes on.
“Including pre-season friendlies, every outfield player in our team has now scored. Max [Todd, with three goals this season] is on great form and is definitely one to watch.”
In Section D, Coldstream played the last five minutes with ten men after Sean Simpson was shown a red card, but still triumphed 3-2 at home to Spartans’ East of Scotland outfit. Jonny Simpson, Lee Lambert and John Crawford (penalty) were all on target for Streamers, while Robbie Laird converted a brace of spot-kicks for Spartans.
Midlothian side Easthouses Lily could manage only a stalemate against Berwick Rangers Reserves in the remaining Section D fixture.
In the Alex Jack Cup first round, former Hibs youngster Gerri Rossi notched a double as Peebles Rovers – for whom Dale Richardson also hit a brace – won 5-0 at Duns, who contributed to their own downfall by scoring an own goal. Eyemouth United also made cup progress with a 3-2 win at Kelso United.