Nine-man Easthouses hit back to share the points

Easthouses Lily MW 2-2 Pumpherston Juniors
Easthouses Lily MW 2-2 Pumpherston Juniors

Easthouses entertained Pumpherston at a sunny Newbattle complex on Saturday, with promotion still on the cards for the home side.

The first real chance fell to the Lily’s Paul McDermott with a 20-yard effort just shading the cross bar in the 16th minute. But Pumpherston took the lead in the 22nd minute when they were awarded a soft penalty kick. Two minutes later they were awarded another soft penalty, but this time keeper John Falconer got down low to his right to make a save.

This spurred the Lily lads on and in the 35th minute they should have equalised when Ally Elliot was clean through on goal, but his effort was well saved. The Easthouses equaliser did arrive in the 39th minute when Gary Shearer’s superb cross was bulleted into the back of the net by a 
Graeme Young header. However, in the 40th minute the Lily were reduced to ten men when Gordon Wilson was sent off for his second bookable offence.

Easthouses kicked the second half off and in the 47th minute again should have taken the lead when McDermott’s fine cross found Young on his own in the six-yard box but he screwed his header well wide.

Pumpherston capitalised on that miss and in the 49th minute took the lead at 2-1 from a breakaway attack.

But Easthouses again equalised in the 78th minute, from a long throw-in by Stevie Barrie which was knocked on by a Young header to Russell who smashed the ball home.

Even so, the Lily were reduced to nine men in the 85th minute when Young received his second booking.

The Lily now need to win all four remaining fixtures and hope that other teams drop points to gain promotion in their first season of junior football.