Lowland League: Edinburgh City back on top

City captain Dougie Gair scored two penalty kicks

City captain Dougie Gair scored two penalty kicks

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Edinburgh City returned to the top of the Ferrari Packaging Lowland League with a 4-2 win over Selkirk at Meadowbank.

City should have been ahead within the first five minutes, Mark McConnell pouncing on a poor first touch and driving into the area but Selkirk keeper Jamie Newman saved well with his feet. The Souters then took the lead in fortuitous circumstances, a corner from the left being punched into his own net by Andrew Stobie.

The champions were level immediately after Ross Allum’s shot was blocked by a hand in the area. Dougie Gair stepped up to squeeze the ball past Newman. They’d completely turned the game when Mark McConnell sent a powerful strike high past Newman from the angle of the box. Allum should have made it three one on quarter of an hour but fired wide from close range before Newman denied McConnell after a Paul Gascoigne-esque flick and volley. Newman then saved a first-time effort from Allum with a foot.

The hosts did eventually double their advantage and again it came from the spot, Gair with a carbon copy of his first penalty. Newman impressively kept City out, tipping over Dean Carse’s header just after the break. Carse should have again scored with his head soon after but somehow sent it over. City were made to pay when Selkirk pulled one back, Jon McInally firing a looping volley over Stobie to make it 3-2. The City keeper then had to get down well to stop Garry O’Connor levelling after a fine first touch and strike. McConnell was again on target for City to restore the two goal lead, arriving in the box to slam past Newman from close range.

An Aaron Murrell double plus strikes from Michael Herd and a Keith Murray penalty gave Spartans a 4-0 win over Cumbernauld Colts at Broadwood while a Callum Connolly goal was enough for ten man Whitehill to win 1-0 at Galafairydean Rovers.

Peter Mair’s stoppage time winner made it four wins in five league games for Edinburgh Uni with a 3-2 victory against BSC Glasgow. Jack Guthrie and a Anrault Bembo o.g. had them ahead after Bembo netted at the right end before a David Gray penalty for BSC.

A Juan Belope brace earned Preston Athletic a 2-2 draw with Vale of Leithen after Teven Lynch and James Elliot had the visitors two up.

Other results: East Kilbride 2, Stirling Uni 2; Gretna 2008 3, Threave Rovers 0.