Leith Athletic tie with Lothian but remain top

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Leith, who remain unbeaten at the top of the Central Taxis Premier Division, took an early lead through Kevin Murray on nine minutes after he capitalised on goalkeeper Gregor Amos’s slip.

Lothian equalised just before the break through former Leith Athletic Under-21 player Liam O’Donnell when he volleyed in from close range following a goalmouth melee.

Within 60 seconds of the second half opening, Lewis Martin restored Leith’s advantage with an angled drive into the corner, but the home side restored parity through O’Donnell’s second of the afternoon.

Athletic manager Derek Riddell was pleased to see his side continue their 11-match unbeaten run.

“Lothian are a cracking side and quite rightly are still the favourites to retain the title. We were feeling a little disappointed to have only drawn the game, but we didn’t manage to take a point off them last season so we are already one point better off,” said Riddell.

Lothian manager Kevin Twaddle was pleased to see O’Donnell net two against his former club and is delighted with the progress the youngster. “To make the step up from Under-21 level to East of Scotland level is never easy but Liam is doing really well at the moment and he is handling the physical aspect of the league very well,” remarked Twaddle.

Elsewhere, Spartans EOS snatched a late point at St Mark’s Park against Craigroyston. The home side took the lead on 66 minutes through a Mark Hendrie strike and they doubled their advantage five minutes later through Craig Dickson. But, with time running out, Alex Cunningham’s men got themselves back into match when Blair McWhirter fired in from 25 yards out and, on 86 minutes, Kyle Hogg netted at the back post following a neat move down the left flank.

In the Image Printers Cup first round, Civil Service Strollers had to come from behind twice before overcoming First Division Duns at New Hawthorn Park.

The Borderers were two goals up after 12 minutes thanks to a double from Michael Robinson. James Guy netted for Strollers with a crashing 30-yard strike and Steve Moncur’s header six minutes before half-time put both teams level at the interval.

Des Chisholm restored Duns’ lead on 61 minutes, but Strollers showed good resilience as further goals from Guy and an injury-time strike from Moncur saw the Capital side advance into round two.

First Division

Ormiston moved top of the Central Taxis First Division after an emphatic 7-1 win over struggling Hawick Royal Albert at Recreation Park.

Brian Johnston’s side raced into an early lead through goals from Kieran Watson and Declan Quinn.

The visitors pulled a goal back just before half-time but Ormiston turned in a scintillating second-half display with pre-match injury doubt Dean Woods netting an impressive hat-trick. Further goals came from former Preston Athletic man George Cunningham and an own goal.

“The boys were really impressive and I had 19 hungry players to choose from in the squad,” said Johnston.

The Ormiston manager also revealed that he had to keep his goal-machine Woods on the bench despite the striker declaring himself match fit just a few hours earlier.

“Dean was a little disappointed not to be named in the starting XI, but we were aware of the knock he was carrying. He still managed to score three goals so that shows you the quality he has. But there is good competition for places now.”

Woods is currently the division’s top scorer with eight goals to his name.

Heriot-Watt University claimed a draw against Alex Jack Cup finalists Peebles Rovers at Riccarton.

Chris Donnelly netted both goals for the students but Watt’s defensive frailties were again exposed as the visitors netted from two set plays with goals coming from Dale Richardson and Scott Sutherland.