Season is over but junior clubs still await league destiny

Ross Morgan shoots for goal in Thornton's 4-0 win over Lochee on Saturday. Pic: FPA
Ross Morgan shoots for goal in Thornton's 4-0 win over Lochee on Saturday. Pic: FPA

The junior football season may be over, but two local clubs must wait to find out their final league position.

The fate of both Thornton Hibs and Kennoway Star Hearts now depends on the outcome of Downfield’s appeal against a points deduction – and there is a lot at stake.

For Hibs, who guaranteed themselves promotion with a 4-0 win over Lochee on Saturday, the outcome will determine whether they go up as North Division champions or runners-up.

For Hearts, the possibility of promotion to the East Premier League hangs in the balance.

Downfield finished the season in first place on 71 points – 10 ahead of Thornton and 13 ahead of KSH – but are facing a 15-point deduction, and a drop to third place, after being found guilty of fielding an ineligible player in five matches.

The Dundee side has appealed against the punishment but the hearing, which was due to held last week, was postponed so that the East Region JFA could seek legal advice.

All three clubs now face an anxious wait to discover their fate.

There are no such complications over the outcome of Glenrothes’ season.

Glens have been relegated from the East Premier League after finishing the season third bottom on 33 points and will now play at the lowest level of junior football for the first time in many years.

The club has signed Reece Sawers from Cowdenbeath, Daryl Falconer from East Fife, and retained Iain Griffin.