Easthouses work hard for home win

Easthouses Lily MW 1-0 Blackburn United
Easthouses Lily MW 1-0 Blackburn United

Easthouses entertained Blackburn United hoping to bounce back from a very disappointing 6-0 defeat at 
Tranent the previous week.

Manager David McQueenie had to reshuffle his team as three players David Arthur, Ross McManus and the influential central midfielder Paul McDermott were all unavailable.

The Lily kicked this game off in glorious sunshine but on a very heavy pitch which hadn’t been played on since the win over Haddington in last November.

The home side quickly created the first chance in the fifth minute when a good cross by Gordon Wilson found Ally Elliot and his shot just went narrowly wide.

Both teams created and missed good goalscoring opportunities in the opening stages, but in the 28th minute The Lily were reduced to ten men, Darren Robertson being shown a straight red card.

This seemed to galvanise The Lily lads and in the 35th minute they opened the scoring from good play by Steve Barrie down the right-hand side and his low cross being turned into his own net by the Blackburn centre-back.

Lily goalkeeper Steven Hay, who was man of the match, pulled of a miraculous save right on half-time to allow the ten men to go in at the interval with a 1-0 lead.

The second half was mostly all Blackburn in the opening stages but they found Hay and his defenders in outstanding form.

The scoreline remained unchanged until the final whistle to give The Lily a very hard-earned three points .

This added to fine recent wins over Livingston and Lochgelly, and the Lily travel to Rosyth this coming weekend in search of more South League points .

East of Scotland Cup 3rd Round draw: NEWTONGRANGE v Dundee Downfield or BONNYRIGG, DALKEITH v Broxburn, Dundonald vEASTHOUSES, Lochee or Fauldhouse v Stoneyburn, Bo’ness v Linlithgow or St Andrews, Blairgowrie v Forfar WE or Falkirk, Broughty v Camelon or PENICUIK, Jeanfield v Dunbar.