East Craigie 0, Thornton Hibs 2
Thornton Hibs took another step towards promotion by claiming the three points from this very competitive match that saw the home side end the game with just nine players.
There were no goals in the first-half although Mathew Gay came desperately close to breaking the deadlock with a sizzling drive that Shaun Logie brilliantly diverted on to the underside of the crossbar before the ball was hastily cleared.
Gay had better luck in the 54th minute as his drive from the angle found the back of the net to give the Hibs a crucial opening goal.
Indiscipline cost The Shipbuilders dear just four minutes later. First of all Andrew McDonald was shown a straight red after a very robust challenge and just seconds later Stephen McNally joined him in the pavilion following a second yellow card, both of which were for speaking out of turn.
So now the Hibs were up against just nine men and should have been on easy street but this handicap appeared to galvanise East Craigie and they were able to keep the ball better than their opponents, so much so that you’d have thought they’d sneaked the culprits back on when the ref’s back was turned.
It wasn’t until Garry Thomson volleyed home Mathew Gay’s perfect cross in the 83rd minute that the Hibs could finally relax and see out the rest of the game comfortably.
Strathore Plant Hire Hibs’ Man of the Match – Ian Shanks
Dundee East Craigie: Logie, McNally, Small, McDonald, Malone, Gray, Walls, McFarlane, Mann, Black, Wilson. Subs: Ferrir, Millar, Constable, Geekie, Ross.
Thornton Hibs: Rowbotham, Clark, Shields, McGowan, Shanks, Adam, Gay, Hepburn, Ireland, Morgan, Thomson. Subs: Leslie, Crichton, Wilson, McNab.
Referee: Mr S. Leslie