Leith Athletic defeat champions LTHV with howitzers

Sean Murphy
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Two wonder-strikes from Sean Murphy and Scott Wilson helped Leith Athletic to a 4-1 win over East of Scotland Champions Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale on Saturday.

Lothian took the lead after just 15 minutes when Scott Moffat stabbed in from close range at Meadowbank 3G.

But it was the league leaders who equalised in some style on 35 minutes when Murphy let fly from the edge of the box with an unstoppable shot that flew past Kevin Swain into the top corner.

Four minutes later, Scott Wilson doubled Leith’s advantage with another tremendous angled drive.

Just moments before half-time, Robbie Mason scored from the spot for the second week running after Richie Wilkes was adjudged to have fouled inside the area.

Five minutes into the second half, Murphy scored his second goal of the afternoon when he picked up on a loose ball inside the area before firing past Swain.

Both teams still continued to go forward and press for more goals with Leith moving eight points clear at the top to become the league’s early pace-setters.

Lothian boss Raymond Carr paid tribute to both sides entertaining play and conceded his team were beaten by two quality strikes.

“We started in the ascendancy, we had two goals ruled out for offside in the game and we never stopped creating chances, but Leith have scored two fantastic goals and you have to hold your hand up and say well done.”

Carr also believes his side will pick themselves up for this weekends Scottish Cup First Round Clash with Kelty Hearts.

“Some boys were maybe pulling out of challenges with an eye on that game and they were disappointed in the dressing room at full-time, but it’s only our first defeat and we have the character to bounce back.”

In the weekends other games, Ormiston claimed a surprise 5-3 win over strong-going Spartans at Recreation Park.

Johnny Edmond netted a hat-trick for Brian Johnston’s side, with Chris Robertson netting another two goals to take his tally to ten goals so far this campaign with Chris Cairney also on the scoresheet.

Civil Service Strollers won 5-2 against Eyemouth with Ian Ballantyne netting a hat-trick, David Middlemass and Matthew Cunningham also scoring.

Chris Donnelly was the hero for Heriot-Watt as they defeated Hawick Royal Albert in the Borders, whilst a first goal of the season for Greg Summers couldn’t prevent Craigroyston from losing 3-1 to Coldstream.

Tomorrow night, Tynecastle face Burntisland Shipyard at Saughton Enclosure in a league encounter (7.45pm kick-off).