Elliot fires a winning brace for Lily

Easthouses v Haddington
Easthouses v Haddington

A fine brace of goals by Ally Elliot took Easthouses’ tally to 40 for the season in an entertaining Midlothian v East Lothian derby clash.

The first came in just four minutes when a slip by a Haddington defender allowed Elliot to apply a cool finish .

Home goalkeeper Steven Hay dashed out of his penalty area to thwart a Paul Devlin attack before a chance for the visistors’ Chris Inglis went wide.

Paul McDermott tried his luck next with a long-range effort but he sent it too close to Hi Hi ’keeper Liam Amos.

Though Haddington were favourites, it was a closely-fought contest and in 18 minutes an excellent save by Hay denied James McPartlin.

Easthouses maintained their narrow lead up to the break despite some late Haddington pressure.

Haddington were expected to come out strongly for the second half but the Lily had other ideas and in 52 minutes an excellent tip over the bar by Amos denied Steven Barrie’s netbound header.

Haddington’s frustrations continued and it was Easthouses added to their lead when Elliot claimed his second of the day in 65 minutes. Following a mix-up in the visiting penalty area involving keeper Amos and defenders Hume and Forbes, Elliot seized his chance again and found the Hi Hi net with another fine opportunist strike.

It was more likely that the Lily could add number three as Haddington’s continued efforts only found ’keeper Hay in superb form.

Despite Haddington’s possession, it just wasn’t their day and in the end Easthouses thoroughly deserved to win this top Cup tie 2-0.

Easthouses are away from home this coming Saturday with a South League visit to Fife’s Lochgelly Albert.