Snippets: Welfare inspection, EOS semi, Reds run riot, Amateurs stun Shotts & Over 35s lose

Posted on Monday, April 11th, 2016

A 10.30am pitch inspection will take place at Whitehill Welfare’s Ferguson Park on Monday morning to ascertain whether the re-arranged Ferrari Packaging Lowland League fixture can go ahead.

According to the Welfare twitter account on Sunday evening, the pitch ‘was still very soft when looked at this afternoon with some standing water.’

Should the game take place (6.45pm kick-off), it will be the second of a gruelling four games in seven days for Dougie Samuel’s side who head into the game on the back of a 3-4 victory over Edinburgh University at the weekend.

The win made it seven league successes on the bounce and allowed the Ainslie Park outfit to leapfrog Stirling University into second place behind newly crowned champions Edinburgh City.

Meanwhile, Colin Tomassi’s East of Scotland side will be looking to bounceback from two defeats on the bounce when they take on Tynecastle in the Semi Final of the League Cup.

With the recent weather challenges deeming Saughton Enclosure unplayable, the fixture has been flipped with the match now being played at Ainslie Park (7.45pm KO).

When the sides last met on league duty, they shared four goals in a dramatic second half that saw Paul Dickson grab an injury time equaliser from a stunning free-kick.

The winners will play Leith in the Final on Sunday April 24th.

At the weekend, we celebrated some Spartans silverware!

The ‘Spartans Reds 99’ are the Under 17s side who recently enjoyed a successful trip to a tournament in sunny Spain.  On Sunday, they beat Edinburgh rivals Hutchison Vale to win the Victor Paris Bathrooms Cup.  Mikey Allen, Cameron Dawson, Matt Brady and Mark Mackay all finding the net in a 4-1 win.

On Saturday, the Saturday Amateurs fought back from 3-1 down on the road at Shotts to make a comeback Lazarus would have been proud of and take the game 3-4.  Darryn Cain netting a hat-trick with Chris Malone also getting on the scoresheet with, according to twitter, a ’30 yard free-kick to bring us level.’

Finally, the Over 35s ended the weekend with a 3-8 defeat to the ‘Scotland’ Over 35s.  Chairman Craig Graham was between the sticks and can count himself desperately unlucky with at least two of the goals following infringements and it was the deadly duo of Donal Henretty with a double and Keith McLeod who found the net for the home side.

Next Fixture

Date: Saturday 20th April
Opponent: Bonnyrigg Rose
Venue:New Dundas Park
Competition: SPFL 2
Kick off: 3.00pm

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