Wonder-strikes put Lily in fine fettle for Leith

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Easthouses Lily manager Dave McQueenie hailed two second-half wonder-strikes at Marine Drive as Lily regained second spot in the Central Taxis Premier League.

The deadlock was broken by Civil Service on 50 minutes through Mark Pagliarulo’s near-post finish.

Lily’s reply was instant when John Hunter fired home a 25-yard free-kick and with just 20 minutes left for play, Paul McDermott let loose with a 30-yard drive to clinch the 2-1 win.

The result lifted Lily above Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale into second and they are now just three points behind Leith heading into this weekends top-of-the-table clash at Newbattle.

“Conditions were far from ideal, but it’s a great win for us and we’ve scored two fantastic goals to seal the points,” said McQueenie. “We had four guys out suspended today, important players who can all do a job, so to show the character we did against a very good Civil team speaks volumes of the lads.”

McQueenie is now relishing this weekend’s clash with Derek Riddel’s side, but does not believe the game will be a title decider. “There will be more twists and turns after Saturday’s game regardless of the result,” he said. “It’s a game we can approach with confidence.”

Ormiston’s match at Hawick Royal Albert fell victim to the rain on Saturday morning.

Tonight, Heriot-Watt University play their fourth match in the space of two weeks when they face Hawick at Riccarton (7.30 kick-off).

Tomorrow, Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale travel to Stirling University in the Central Taxis Premier (7.45 kick-off).