Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale manager Kevin Twaddle felt his side’s 3-0 William Hill Scottish Cup preliminary-round win over Burntisland Shipyard flattered his side
Two goals from the in-form Sean Wringe and another from 19-year-old Kevin Keane – straight from a corner kick – secured Vale’s victory to maintain their impressive unbeaten home streak which now stretches back 14 months.
Although Twaddle was delighted to advance to the next round of the national competition, he felt the game was spoiled by a strong wind at Saughton Enclosure.
“I thought the result flattered us a little because Burntisland played really well and can count themselves a little unfortunate. In the first half, we were playing against a very strong wind and found it quite difficult to create any real opportunities. I thought Burntisland were the better side in the first half, I don’t know if perhaps the occasion got to the players a little bit In the second half, we had the wind at our backs and we got the two crucial goals that mattered, because the third goal came late on with them still pushing forward.”
Twaddle was nevertheless happy to progress to the next round in what is the club’s first ever attempt at The Scottish Cup since the merger of Lothian Thistle and Hutchison Vale.
“In the end I’m delighted to progress to the next round because in any cup competition that’s what it’s all about. We’ll now be hoping for a home draw and with Civil Service Strollers and Edinburgh City in there with us, we certainly wouldn’t mind a derby at home.”
The reigning Premier Division Champions were in all honesty lucky to go in at the break on a level pegging with Shipyard creating the better opportunities. Adam Doig hit the bar for the visitors on 25 minutes in what was the best chance of the opening 45 minutes.
The opening goal for Thistle came on 55 minutes although weather conditions may have played their part. After the Shipyard defence scrambled away Kevin Keane’s initial corner, his second corner drifted towards the back post before crossing the line with the Shipyard defence wondering whether it had been a deliberate effort or not.
Nevertheless, the goal gave the hosts a much needed boost after a low key first half and they started to cause problems with their set piece deliveries. With 12 minutes of play left, Sean Wringe scored his fourth goal of the campaign so far with a close range header and with the Fifers still pushing for a late goal which would give them hope, defender Andy MacDonald was dispossessed by Wringe inside the area and he had the easiest task of stroking the ball past the impressive Jordan Mushet in goal.