Hibs crash out of East of Scotland Cup

Stevie Leslie takes on Liam Ross
Stevie Leslie takes on Liam Ross

East Craigie 4, Thornton Hibs 1

This second round East of Scotland Cup-tie finally got underway at the fifth attempt and it appeared like it was The Shipbuilders who were more desperate to get things going as they kicked-off and took the lead through Kieran Small with only 13 seconds on the clock.

From a Hibs’ perspective, on a positive note, they at least had 89 minutes and 47 seconds to mount a comeback however their day just went from bad to worse as they struggled to put two passes together on a difficult playing surface – although this didn’t seem to hamper the home side.

East Craigie doubled their lead from the penalty spot in the 31st minute with Andrew Millar blasting the ball home after Liam Ross had gone down following Nick McGowan’s challenge.

The introduction of Raymond Crichton at half-time gave the Hibs a bit of freshness and they came close to reducing the leeway a few times but the next goal came at the other end as Small’s free-kick was well-placed to put his side three up.

Shortly after, Thornton were reduced to ten men when Ian Hepburn received his second yellow card.

Keystone Cops style defending afforded Paul Constable to cleverly hook the ball into an open goal to make it four in the 73rd minute before Crichton scored an 84th minute consolation to complete the scoring.

Dundee East Craigie: Gourlay, Black, Small, McDonald, Malone, Gray, Ross, Walls, Millar, Constable, Ferrie. Subs: Hay, Mann, Ward.

Thornton Hibs: Rowbotham, McGowan, Drummond, Hepburn, Gordon, McNeil, McNab, Thomson, Ireland, Leslie, Wilson. Subs: Adam, Shanks, Crichton.

Referee: Mr B. Fraser