East of Scotland: Leith into another Alex Jack final

Neil Lowson scored the winner for Leith Athletic
Neil Lowson scored the winner for Leith Athletic
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LEITH ATHLETIC booked their place in the final of the Alex Jack Cup for a fourth-successive season after netting a dramatic extra-time winner against Craigroyston at St Mark’s Park.

In a match that ended with five goals and three sending-offs after 120 minutes, Craigroyston had opened the scoring after 16 minutes when former Edinburgh City midfielder Stuart Donaldson netted his first goal of the season.

Craigroyston’s lead lasted only nine minutes as Sean Murphy continued his impressive run of form, which has seen him net 12 goals already this campaign, by bagging the equaliser. Oliver Fleming was ordered off for a second bookable offence on 34 minutes before Stephen Baigan put Athletic ahead on the stroke of half-time.

Craigroyston captain Craig Dickson equalised on 57 minutes and, after both sides missed late chances to snatch a winner, the match went into extra-time.

Ten minutes into the first period of extra-time, Leith youngster Declan Heron was dismissed for a foul.

With penalties looming, Leith’s Neil Lowson rose to head in from a free-kick to clinch a final berth for the holders against Eyemouth United, who beat Duns 3-2 in the other semi-final, next month.

Craigroyston had Stewart Fisher red-carded at the death.