Lothian Thistle 4-2 Coldstream

Football
Football

Those present at Saughton on Saturday witnessed a thrilling South Challenge Cup tie with Streamers showing some fighting spirit which has been lacking in recent weeks.

Finding themselves three goals down at half-time, Andrew Gibson’s men made a game of it in the second half and could have been level late on before the home side sealed the win with the last kick of the game.

After a bright start, which could have seen them ahead through John Crawford, Coldstream eventually succumbed to some pressure from the home side, Chris Milligan cutting inside to rifle home one of the goals of the season past a helpless Mark Walters.

The home side then missed a free header at the back post before their lead was doubled via their striker, who latched onto a through ball to round Walters and finish despite Jake Birkett’s best efforts on the line.

Crawford again went close, but a last ditch tackle deflected his effort wide. New signing Ainslie Hunter also went close, a driven shot sending the home keeper scrambling across his goal, but it went just past the post.

With five minutes remaining in the half, Walters palmed away an effort, but it fell kindly to the Lothian forward, who made no mistake to power home a third.

After the restart, the visitors looked like a different side. There was more urgency and intent in their play and despite the game seemingly being over they dug in and created some chances of their own.

A pin point centre from Gary Wales found Aaron Punton unmarked, who nodded home. Moments later and the cup tie sprung to life - Greg McCrudden’s corner headed home with force by the onrushing Crawford for his second goal in as many matches since coming back from his recent knee injury.

With doubt creeping into the home side, the match became stretched and open with plenty of chances at both ends. Walters was called upon numerous times and denied Lothian from close range.

Sean Simpson hit the target only for another fantastic save from the home keeper to keep the Streamers at bay.

With time running out and the referee’s watch entering into injury time, Lothian broke clear and with tired Coldstream legs unable to catch the pacy substitute, he slotted past Walters to put the game out of sight.

Coldstream: Walters, Allan, Birkett, Baxendale , Wales , McCrudden , Punton , Hunter, Chisholm , Crawford (C), S. Simpson.