Lowland League round-up: Spartans win; Strollers battle hard

Civil Service Strollers scorer David Churchill is hailed by his team-mates. Pic: Civil Service Strollers
Civil Service Strollers scorer David Churchill is hailed by his team-mates. Pic: Civil Service Strollers
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Both Capital clubs had something to celebrate.

Spartans 3

Dalbeattie Star 2

Alan Brown was the toast of Ainslie Park when his injury time strike saw Spartans snatch full points in a five goal Lowland League thriller. The initial breakthrough came on the half hour mark when Liam Park swooped to slide the ball past Andrew Scobie to give the visitors an unlikely lead. Spartans rallied and Scott Maxwell netted from the penalty spot after David Greenhill was upended in the box to send the sides in all square at the break. The game sparked into life in the final quarter of an hour. A wind assisted cross evaded a busy box only to find Scott Wilson in space to nudge Spartans ahead. Star looked to have earned a share of the spoils with five minutes to go when a tame effort cruelly cannoned off Adam Corbett leaving Stobie stranded. With three minutes of injury time played, Spartans launched one final assault. Dishingston delivered to Brown who sent a curled effort from the edge of the box beyond Parker to earn three valuable points.

Spartans: Stobie, Herd, Brown, Tolmie, Corbett, Greenhill, Dishington, McFarland (Stevenson 68), Wilson, Guthrie (Bremner 68), Maxwell (Atkinson 57). Unused Subs: Archibald, Thomson, Khutsishvili, Pettigrew.

Dalbeattie Star: Parker, Wilson, Thorburn, Todd, Cameron, Baty (Mason 86), McHarrie (McColm 90), Milligan, Muir, McKenna (Degnan 74), Park.

East Stirlingshire 2

Civil Service Strollers 2

STROLLERS battled hard to earn a point. Strollers’ Dean Carse had a good opportunity after just five minutes, and did well to get a shot away. The home side’s tactic was to go long when possible and it paid off after ten minutes when a long ball split the Strollers’ central defenders and Andy Rodgers scored past the advancing keeper, Stuart Burnside. Strollers kept pegging away but at half-time they were still behind. David Churchill replaced Carse up front for the second 45 and within minutes of the restart he was presented with a golden opportunity as Matty Cunningham played him through but he pulled his shot wide of the target. Strollers continued to play some good football and were rewarded 26 minutes in when Cunningham played a great reverse pass inside the box and Churchill was in the right place to slot home. The parity however, was very short lived as East Stirling drove up the park from the kick-off and a good cross from the left was headed home at the back post by Sludden for 2-1. Strollers never held their composure and kept pressurising the East Stirling goal and reaped the reward with eight minutes to play as Davy Stewart sent in a sublime cross for Andy Mair to head home.

East Stirlingshire: Barclay, McCormack, Ramsay, Greene, Tapping, MacGregor, Rodgers, Ure, Brisbane, Sludden, Allison. Subs: Grand, White, Ure (GK), Trialist, Trialist.

CSS: Burnside, Ballantyne, Fee, Laird, Verth, Cunningham, Stewart, Clapperton, Downie, Carse (Churchill), Mair.Subs: Watson, Nisbet, Hainey, 
Dillon.