Lowland League round-up: Bonnyrigg Rose edge out East Kilbride, Civil Service Strollers school Edinburgh Uni and Spartans sweep aside Dalbeattie Star
Rose keep pace on Kelty Hearts; Strollers ease to win over students and Spartans thrash Dalbeattie
Jonathan Brown’s goal ten minutes from time gave Bonnyrigg Rose all three points in their clash at K-Park against reigning Lowland League champions East Kilbride.
Conditions were dreadful in South Lanarkshire and that made life extremely difficult for both sets of players.
The hosts enjoyed the majority of possession during a fairly underwhelming opening 45. However, the sending off of Kilby defender Craig Reid with 15 minutes remaining swung the game in the visitors favour and Rose took advantage when Neil Martyniuk’s through ball was finished off by the on-form Brown.
Jamie Docherty had the opportunity to put the game to bed in stoppage time but was denied by goalkeeper Matt McGinley.
Rose remain two points worse off than leaders Kelty Hearts – who thrashed Vale of Leithen 11-0 – in second place.
Strollers school students
Elsewhere, Civil Service Strollers earned the bragging rights as they swept aside Capital rivals and struggling Edinburgh University 3-0 at Christie Gillies Park.
Alieau Faye opened the scoring for Gary Jardine’s men when he beat the offside trap from Ryan Shanley’s pass before John Dunn doubled the visitors’ advantage from the edge of the box following Kieran McDougall’s save from an Andy Mair shot.
Scott Clapperton’s cross-cum shot nestled in the top corner to make it three in the second half. Strollers remain fifth in the table while the Uni, with just one win all season, occupy second bottom ahead of this weekend’s trip to the side that sits below them, Vale of Leithen.
Spartans sweep Star aside
Meanwhile, Spartans stay sixth, two points behind Civil, after their comprehensive 4-0 victory over Dalbeattie Star at Ainslie Park.
Aaron Murrell was the star of the show as he celebrated his 50th appearance for the club with a hat-trick for Dougie Samuel’s outfit.
Jack Smith had put the home side in front with a close-range finish before some deft finishing from youngster Murrell put the game out of sight.