Cunningham happy with Spartans’ ‘stroke of luck’

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Spartans EOS will face Leith Athletic in the semi-finals of the King Cup after an injury-time Kyle Bogie free-kick gave them a dramatic win over Tynecastle at Ainslie Park.

Lewis Russell had given Tynie a first-half lead at Ainslie, with Hayden Crane equalising for Spartans. Ryan Malcolm 
restored Tynecastle’s advantage, but Bogie equalised for Alex Cunningham’s side just after the hour mark.

With time running out, 
Spartans were awarded a controversial free-kick, with Tynecastle substitute Kyle Fee receiving a straight red card for his protestations after Chris Milligan’s tackle was punished.

But Bogie stepped up confidently to curl his free-kick past Stewart Hogarth and seal an April 26 semi-final clash with Leith – who Spartans already play in the League Cup Final.

“It was a goal fitting enough to win any game of football, but I have to be honest and say that from where I was standing, it looked like their player committed a fair tackle,” admitted 
Cunningham afterwards.

“But we’ll take that stroke of luck because we haven’t always had it this season and it’s another match against Leith to look forward to.”

Leith had to recover from the loss of an early goal at 
Coldstream to book their semi-final berth.

Midfielder Regan Graham had given the Border side the lead after 15 minutes at Home Park.

Robbie Mason equalised for Athletic just before half-time.

Second-half goals from Keith Murray, Sean Melvin and Euan Campbell allowed Leith to eventually overpower their hosts in a 4-1 victory.

Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale suffered penalty shoot-out heartbreak to First Division league leaders Peebles Rovers.

Alan McDonough had given Hutchie the lead on 63 minutes but Rovers equalised ten 
minutes later through Dale 

Sean Wringe had a goal chalked off for offside as well as hitting in the bar in extra-time as Lothian pushed for a winner, whilst Connor McGregor was ordered off for a late challenge just before the end of 90 

But Rovers triumphed 4-3 
in the shoot-out after John 
Williams missed his penalty.

Craigroyston will face Peebles in the other semi-final after a 2-0 win over Heriot-Watt 
University at St Mark’s Park.

Craig Anderson was at the double for Craigroyston with strikes coming on the 33rd and 67th minute.