East of Scotland: Teams go down fighting in cup

Scott Coleman was on target for Tynecastle. Picture: Steven Scott Taylor
Scott Coleman was on target for Tynecastle. Picture: Steven Scott Taylor
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Tynecastle and Craigroyston both lost in the Football Nation Qualifying Cup despite valiant efforts against Lowland League opposition.

Steve Vinter took his Tynecastle side to Lowland League leaders East Kilbride on the back of three disappointing East of Scotland League defeats.

But Tynie were one goal to the good at the interval, Haydn Crane scoring his first goal for the club since his summer move from Spartans EOS with an early header. However, former Stranraer player Sean Winter equalised for the hosts three minutes into the second half before Barry Russell doubled East Kilbride’s lead.

Scott Coleman equalised for the Capital outfit with 20 minutes to go but with extra time beckoning, Anton Brady broke Tynie hearts with an 89th-minute winner.

Vinter said: “The effort and application of the boys was tremendous, to take the leaders of The Lowland League to the brink of extra time speaks volumes and hopefully we can take the positives into the league games coming up.”

Craigroyston also went close against Vale of Leithen at Victoria Park, edged out 4-3 by Mike Lawson’s side. Craig Dickson, Greig Tulloch and a Ewan MacIntosh penalty were not enough to prevent the St Mark’s Park side exiting the competition.

In the East of Scotland League, Leith Athletic went to the top of the table after a resounding 7-0 win over Peebles Rovers at Meadowbank. All the Leith goalscorers have featured for the club’s highly successful under-20 side. James Hainey netted a double with Sean Murphy, Scott Wilson, Sean Melvin, Kerr Allan and Declan Heron all adding their names to the scoresheet.

Spartans EOS fell to their first league defeat of the campaign at Heriot-Watt University.

Ian Little’s students went 2-0 up early on through Adam Kerlin and Chris Donnelly who was later stretchered off with an ankle injury, only for Chris Anderson and Harry Girdwood to level for Spartans after Blair Atkinson missed a penalty for the visitors.

Anton Dowds restored Watt’s lead before Andy Howat equalised from the spot. But with the last kick of the game Liam Walker scored a winner for the students to record their second league win of the season.

• KELSO UNITED are resigning from the East of Scotland League and Association. They will be merging with local amateur outfit, Kelso Thistle, to compete in the Border Amateur League.