Lily aim to finish on top but title in rivals’ hands

Easthouses manager Dave McQueenie
Easthouses manager Dave McQueenie
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EASTHOUSES LILY will bring down the curtain on their impressive Premier League campaign this weekend knowing that a victory over Spartans EOS at Ainslie Park will see them top the table come tomorrow evening.

Lily pulled level on points with Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale at the summit on Wednesday night when goals from Paul McDermott and Graeme Young earned them a 2-0 win over Craigroyston at Newbattle.

Tomorrow they face a side they haven’t lost to this season, and although they would need a significant goal swing in their favour to have any chance of winning the Premier League title, manager Dave McQueenie has been proud of his battlers for their work following their promotion last season.

“We still have to pinch ourselves at times, but to still be in contention for the league title in our last game of the season is a tremendous achievement for the players,” said McQueenie.

“The three teams at the top are all still in the mix, you can’t rule out Leith because they have been top for a number of months and they would’ve been hurting after their draw with Tynecastle last week.

“They could still snatch it if they win their last two games and ourselves and Lothian drop points, but if we do our business tomorrow then we’d hope for Leith to do us a favour when they play Lothian in the last game.

“But our work rate has been superb this season and that is what has kept us going. Regardless of the outcome, it’s been a terrific season for us.”

Spartans EOS lost 2-1 to Tynecastle on Tuesday. Goals from Ryan Ferguson and Tony Muir were enough to secure the points for the Fernieside club, with Kyle Boggie replying for Spartans.

Leith Athletic know that anything less than three points at Civil Service Strollers tomorrow will see the end of their title dreams.

Athletic were held to a draw at Fernieside last Saturday, but a victory at Marine Drive coupled with an Easthouses defeat would put them back in contention ahead of a potential title decider against Lothian at Meadowbank next weekend.

At the opposite end of the table, Craigroyston need just one point to secure their Premier status against Stirling University, but manager Jamie Burrell wants to secure all three to beat the drop. “We want to end the season on a high, we won’t be playing for a point. We had Stirling watched last weekend and it’s just as big a game for them so both sides will be ready” said Burrell, who will miss Matthew Costello, Craig Dickson and Steven Togneri for tomorrow’s clash at St Mark’s Park (2.30pm). All other matches kick-off at 3pm.

Tynecastle travel to Coldstream in their penultimate game.

• Students now masters of own destiny after 7-3 win

Heriot-Watt University head coach Chris Smith was delighted with his side’s 7-3 win at Hawick Royal Albert in midweek that saw them leapfrog Ormiston into second place.

A hat-trick from Sean Muhsin, a double from Chris Donnelly and further goals from Andy Forbes and Jamie Hume gave the students a crucial three points in their game in hand and Smith is looking for a repeat performance at Kelso United tomorrow (3pm).

“We were fantastic on Wednesday night, we came out the traps early and for the first 20 minutes we were well in command,” said Smith.

“When we got to 5-0 in the second half we could afford to tinker a little bit, but we were very solid, Jack Robinson had a good debut in goals for us and with Duns losing at Peebles, the results went for us. It’s still in our hands, we have Kelso and then Eyemouth but we’re in second position now, whereas in recent months we’ve been in third or fourth, and with our superior goal advantage it’s an added bonus.”

Ormiston play the first match of their double header with fellow promotion rivals Duns at New Hawthorn Park tomorrow (3pm).

Brian Johnston’s side know three points are vital to keep them in the promotion hunt, with Duns having a six-goal advantage over the East Lothian side.