Opportunity Knox for Linlithgow Thistle

The jubilant Linlithgow Thistle players celebrate after winning the Cairns Cup at Ainslie Park
The jubilant Linlithgow Thistle players celebrate after winning the Cairns Cup at Ainslie Park
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Linlithgow Thistle celebrated lifting the Cairns Cup after a late Kenneth Knox goal secured a 2-1 victory over Edinburgh Uni at Ainslie Park.

In the opening 45, both sides came mighty close to breaking the deadlock but to no avail.

Midway through the second half, Thistle took the lead when defender Ross Ferguson dived in at the backpost to nod his side ahead.

Edinburgh never let their heads drop though and within 15 minutes they were level. Andy Thompson’s in-swinging free-kick from the right deceived everyone in the area and the ball nestled in the net from all of 30 yards.

It was a tight end to end encounter as extra-time loomed, but Lithgae grabbed the winning goal with two minutes to play. A ball from the left found its way to Knox and with the goal at his mercy he leathered it in to ensure his side would be lifting the trophy.

Riddell finds the solution

South Gyle kept up their promotion hopes in Premier 2 as they came from behind to defeat Newtongrange Star A 2-1 at Colinton Mains.

After a back and forth opening to the game, it was the visitors that went ahead with 25 minutes on the clock. Star were patient in the build-up and it paid off when a ball from the left was squared to Craig Mcintyre, and he slotted in from 12 yards.

The hosts upped the anti as the interval loomed and Stewart Crozier put his side on level terms with a well-taken volley across goal into the far corner.

It seemed with that, the half was over with the sides on level terms. But, with the referee about to blow his whistle to signal the break, Scott Riddell had the chance to score from the spot when Johnnie Niven was taken out in the area. The striker fired past the keeper to score what would prove to be the winning goal, gifting his side a crucial three points.

Da Vinci have the title code

Roslin Da Vinci secured back to back league titles with a 2-1 victory over Waverley Hotel in Division 1 East at Penicuik 3G.

After a persistent opening spell from the hosts, Roslin found an opening goal with 15 minutes on the clock.

Daryl Johnson won the ball in the visitors’ area before sending it into the bottom corner past keeper Shaun Thomson.

It was to be a short lived lead for the league leaders, however, as Hotel found a way back into the game just minutes later.

A mistake at the heart of the Roslin defence allowed Mark Abrahams the time to shoot from just inside the box and he sent the ball past goalie Fraser Smith.

The visitors couldn’t capitalise on their lead, however, and after the interval the home side cranked up the pressure and they eventually found another goal.

Left midfielder Paul Smiles drove to the by-line before cutting the ball back for former Waverley player Laurie Jones to curl in with composure, sealing the league title for Roslin.