Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale boss Kevin Twaddle paid tribute to his battle-weary players as they surrendered the club’s proud year-long unbeaten run at home.
Twaddle’s men were ousted 5-4 by Lowland League club East Kilbride after extra time and lost the chance to reach the South Challenge Cup final.
The Central Taxis Premier Division champions were ahead just once in the semi final, with John Williams’ penalty opening the scoring at Saughton Enclosure. Ritchie Wilkes made it 2-2 later on and Sean Wringe equalised to make it 3-3 with the last kick of the ball during regulation time. Lothian then found themselves 5-3 down in extra time, but scored a consolation through Craig Stevenson.
“The boys fought to the end but just fell short,” said Twaddle. “A build-up of games has left the lads a little short, but they did me proud.”
A brace by on-loan Clyde striker Kieran McGachie and a goal by Chris Tobin helped Civil Service Strollers end the Premier Division season strongly with a 3-1 win over fellow bottom-two side Heriot-Watt University at Marine Drive.
“We deserved the win,” said Strollers boss Ross McNeil. “I thought we played some really good stuff in the second half and scored some good goals.”
Calum Murray put Edinburgh University 1-0 up by half time in their derby with Craigroyston, but the hosts had to settle for a share of the spoils at Peffermill.
Craigie exerted pressure on the home goal after the restart and the visitors’ efforts were eventually rewarded when Craig Anderson slotted home,
Spartans EOS bounced back from their 5-0 midweek thrashing by Lothian with a 2-0 victory at Tynecastle. David Stewart netted two penalties as Alex Cunningham’s side ended the season level on points with fifth-placed Edinburgh Uni.
“It was a good performance after losing poorly last week,” said Cunningham.
At Home Park, visitors Leith Athletic beat hosts Coldstream 2-1.
In the Central Taxis First Division, Ormiston’s Brian Mean and Kevin Gordon both netted, but visitors Duns, for whom Stevie Shennan notched a hat-trick, emerged from Recreation Park with a 3-2 win.