Lily hope Leith can hold Lothian and give them title

Easthouses Lily manager, Dave McQueenie
Easthouses Lily manager, Dave McQueenie
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Easthouses Lily manager Dave McQueenie is hoping for a favour from Leith Athletic this weekend in their final match with Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale.

A draw or a defeat for Lothian at Meadowbank would hand the Central Taxis Premier League title to Lily, who finished their campaign on Saturday with a 3-0 win at Spartans EOS to ensure they ended their season at the summit of the league with a fantastic 52 points in their first year back in the Premier League.

“I’m over the moon with the players and extremely proud of the efforts they have put in this season,” said McQueenie, pictured below.

“We now hope that Leith can do us a favour on Saturday and beat Lothian, and I know Derek [Riddel] and his players will certainly not want to lose that game on their own patch.

“No matter what happens we have done ourselves proud, we are a tight-knit squad with a good work ethic and that’s what we’ve needed to be this season in order to consolidate our place in the league.”

The first half at Ainslie Park saw Davy Stewart hit the bar for Spartans EOS and Kevin Swain receive his marching orders for a foul on Craig Brown with Robbie Laird saving Paul McDermott’s resultant spot-kick.

But second-half goals from Craig and Mark Brown put Lily in command with substitute David Scott heading a late winner. Steven Campbell also saw red for the visitors.

Easthouses’ victory meant the end of Leith Athletic’s title ambitions, but they cruised to a comfortable victory at Civil Service Strollers in their penultimate league game.

A Keith Murray hat-trick took his goal tally to the season for 33 as he enhanced his East of Scotland Player of the Season prospects.

Further strikes from Sean Melville and John Ferguson meant Derek Riddel’s side claimed an emphatic 5-1 victory.

There was last minute heartbreak for Craigroyston in the relegation decider at St Mark’s Park, as a late strike from Stirling University’s Joshua Nordo condemned the Warriston side to a place in the First Division next season.

Gareth Gray had equalised for Craigroyston moments before the winner after Andrew Gillen had put Stirling in front on the hour mark.

Outgoing manager Jamie Burrell was devastated with the final outcome but paid tributes to the efforts of his players.

“I was brought in to try and keep us up and it hasn’t happened but we had enough chances to win the game and we’ve just switched off near the end,” reflected Burrell.

“I’m sure the committee will get the right people in to get the club back where it belongs. I had to bring in a few trialists to supplement the squad and the results that Grant Carnie managed to get had given everyone a lot of optimism we could stay up.”

In the other weekend fixture, Tynecastle drew 2-2 with relegated Coldstream with Jamie Devlin and Robbie McIntyre on target. “The performance wasn’t great from the players but we made a few changes for the second half and managed to get a draw,” said Dougie Dalgleish.

Craigroyston are inviting applications for the position of Manager. Contact secretary Jim Sivewright on 07817 530152.