Edinburgh South Vics progressed to the East Of Scotland Cup third round with a pulsating 3-2 extra time victory over St Bernards at Saughton.
After a subdued start to the game, Robert Bennett brought the cup tie to life when he swung a free-kick straight into the top corner from 25 yards to give Vics the lead.
It was the only thing separating the teams after an even first half, and the competitive nature of the game continued after the break.
As the half wore on though it was Vics who had the upper hand and they could have put the game to bed 55 minutes in but Peter Gilhooley’s surging run and strike rattled the crossbar from just outside the area.
Saints found a way back into the game when Steven Clee was judged to have been fouled in the box. A penalty was awarded and Ryan Raeburn made no mistake to blast it past keeper Graham O’Brien.
However, Vics quickly established a two goal lead to make it 3-1 in extra time, thanks to neat strikes from Gordon Ramsay and substitute Keith Cairns.
Saints again rallied and after Mark Cowan pulled one back for them, they almost levelled when Raeburn hit the bar in the final few seconds.
Back to back for Pathead
Pathhead came from behind to secure back-to-back wins in Lothian East division, beating Redpath Albion 3-1 at Forrester High School. Albion made their pressure count 20 minutes in. Andy Fraser went on a driving run into the Pathhead box and was upended by centre half Darren Borthwick. Chris Martin took took the penalty and he found the net.
However, Pathhead ended the first half on top courtesy of Grant Skinner. The striker first latched onto an inch-perfect pass down the middle before he kept cool wewhen one-on-one to pick his spot in the Albion goal. Then, with half-time looming, Skinner was put through on goal once more, this time rounding keeper Darren Wallace and rolling the ball in for 2-1. Albion didn’t lose spirit despite the turnaround of their fortunes and they might well have found another to pull level, but Pathhead held firm at the back after the break.
Then, with 20 minutes to play, the visitors secured the points when Sean Hunter set up Paul Mercer to fire home from close range.
McGregor makes Mark
Lochend’s Mark McGregor found a 90th-minute winner to hand his side victory in the East Of Scotland Cup second round at the expense of Heriot Watt University.
Lochend struck first On a chilly winter afternoon at Riccarton when David Aitkenhead rounded off a patient team move with a well-taken close range finish.
Uni drew level 20 minutes in. Bruce Hay’s shot was palmed away by Chris Robertson and Neil Robb followed up to make it 1-1.
The scores remained unchanged till half time but Lochend retook the lead soon after the break, and in some style. Peter Keenan controlled the ball in the box with his chest before swivelling and sending a cracking half volley that flew into the opposition goal.
Uni pulled the scores level for a second time. Hay was fouled in the box and he got up to tuck away the resultant penalty into the bottom right corner.
With time ticking away McGregor hit a first-time shot from range that cannoned into the Uni goal.