Respect shown in the best way by Thornton

Chris Ireland
Chris Ireland

Arbroath Victoria............1

Thornton Hibs.................5

In their previous outing, the Hibs’ players wore black armbands as a mark of respect to a former manager, Bill Mercer, who had passed away in December.

Sadly they had them on again at Arbroath on Saturday after hearing the awful news that another ex-manager, Kevin Parker, had died aged only 58.

Kevin would surely have looked down favourably on his old charges though as they blew Arbroath Vics away.

Chris Ireland opened the scoring before turning provider six minutes later for Raymond Crichton.

The first goal in the second-half was always going to be massive in deciding the outcome of the game and it came from the man of the moment, Ireland, in the 53rd minute when he had time to steady himself before striking a low shot into the net.

Ireland completed his hat-trick in the 64th minute when he coolly rounded Cargill then rolled the ball into the gaping goal.

Although Joe Tindal pulled one back for the home side in the 80th minute, Ireland restored the Hibs’ four goal advantage in stoppage time from the penalty spot after he was brought down by Dale Riddell with the Vics’ defender being sent-off for his misdemeanour.

Kirkcaldy YM and Dundonald Bluebell were without a fixture.

This weekend YM travel to Forfar Albion, Bluebell visit Kinnoull and Hibs make the journey to East Craigie in the D J Laing East of Scotland Cup.