Easthouses Lily bid to keep title hopes alive

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Easthouses Lily manager Dave McQueenie is expecting another tough encounter with Civil Service Strollers at Marine Drive tomorrow as Lily aim to keep their title hopes on track.

McQueenie’s side needed a late winner to see off Strollers last month with a late Paul McDermott strike securing a 2-1 victory and the Lily boss is anticipating a similar contest tomorrow.

“We didn’t have it easy there the last time. Civil have a cup final on the horizon so their players will be fighting for their places,” McQueenie said.

“It will be a difficult game, but confidence is high after the Tynecastle game last week. We needed that victory after the Lothian defeat the week before and with three games left to go, we know it’s still possible.”

McQueenie will be missing captain Euan Smith for tomorrow’s clash, with Graeme Young and Ross McManus also sidelined. Dayne Robertson is missing for Stollers.

Leith Athletic travel to Fernieside to face Tynecastle with top goalscorer Keith Murray an injury doubt for the visitors having left the field during last Saturday’s King Cup defeat to Spartans EOS.

Tynecastle interim manager Dougie Dalgleish is missing Euan McIntosh and Gavin McCarthy due to suspension.

“Leith have had a tremendous season and they always like to play in the right spirit, so tomorrow’s game for the neutral should be entertaining,” Dalgleish said.

League leaders Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale have the chance to increase their lead at the top when they travel to Stirling University, who are still battling to beat the drop.

Willis Hare will be missing for Lothian with Raymond Carr sweating over injuries to a few others as he aims to keep his squad intact for next season.

Carr said: “We have been in contact with a couple of players about signing on for next season. It’s getting to that time of year where we need to know what their plans are. Our sole focus at the moment is on trying to win the league, but players have to look at their own careers as well, and we’ll never stand in the way of any player who wants to move elsewhere.”

Spartans EOS travel to Coldstream with Alex Cunningham set to field a few under 20s for the match with the Border side.

Meanwhile, the date for the King Cup final between Spartans EOS and Peebles Rovers will be played on Saturday, May 30. However, the venue is still to be determined.

• Peebles Rovers claim First Division title

Peebles Rovers wrapped up the Central Taxis First Division title on Wednesday with a 6-2 victory over Ormiston.

Two goals apiece from Daniel McAleavy, Paul Murray and further strikes from Christopher Flockhart and Lee Zavaroni, clinched the title for John O’Hara’s side which has seen them go 21 games unbeaten.

“The boys have worked hard all season and I think the pain of losing our unbeaten record to Ormiston the week before spurred us to victory,” O’Hara said.

Ormiston manager Brian Johnston watched his side take the lead through Declan Quinn at Whitestone Park, only to capitulate in the second half with Liam Skinner being sent off and Craig Wojtowycz netting a consolation as Ormiston’s promotion hopes suffered a blow. “It’s been taken out of our hands now because Heriot Watt have four games left to our three,” Johnston said ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Eyemouth United.

Heriot-Watt remain on Ormiston’s coat-tails after their midweek 2-1 victory over promotion rivals Duns.

The students travel to Burntisland Shipyard tomorrow (2.00pm kick-off) knowing that four wins from their remaining matches will secure promotion.