Leith Athletic push Colts so close in Challenge Cup

Lewis Martin scored for Leith
Lewis Martin scored for Leith
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Leith Athletic emerged with their pride intact despite exiting the South East Challenge Cup at the hands of Lowland League Cumbernauld Colts.

The East of Scotland League leaders proved to be more than a match for the Colts at a wet and windy Broadwood Stadium with home goalkeeper Ross Doohan forced into a series of important saves during the 90 minutes with James Hainey and John Ferguson both going close.

Leith keeper Iain Gordon had to be alert to keep out an effort from Jamie Broadfoot whilst Alex Tilley squirmed an effort wide for the hosts from eight yards out.

But it was Broadfoot who opened the scoring for Colts eight minutes into extra time with a shot from inside the penalty area.

Five minutes later, the home side doubled their advantage when Broadfoot clipped the ball over Gordon from close range.

Colts had a third goal ruled out twice by the referee after a foul on Stephen Glynn which resulted in Jamie Barclay receiving his marching orders for his protestations. Into the second period of extra time, Leith refused to buckle and they gave themselves a fighting chance when Lewis Martin pulled a goal back from a corner.

Leith also ended the match with ten men, Sean Murphy harshly receiving a second yellow card but Athletic came mightily close to an upset on the night.

Meanwhile, in one of only two East of Scotland League fixtures to survive the weather on Saturday, Spartans EoS claimed their biggest win of the season so far with an 8-0 thrashing of Leith’s Alex Jack Final opponents, Eyemouth United.

A hat-trick from McLean Simpson was added to by a double from Chris Anderson with Andy Howat also on the scoresheet for the Ainslie Park side, the Border outfit netting two own goals at Warner Park.

The win moves Colin Tomassi’s side to within six points of Leith at the top with Spartans having played a game more in second position.

Tomorrow night, Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale host Hawick Royal Albert at Saughton Enclosure (7.45 pm kick-off) in league action.