Keeper and woodwork come to Streamers’ rescue in away win

Craig Heugh scored for Coldstream
Craig Heugh scored for Coldstream

Ormiston 1, Coldstream 3: Stuart Coyle scored twice and Craig Heugh was also on target as Coldstream saw off Ormiston in their penultimate Qualifying League match.

On a decent surface both sides created early chances with the home side threatening mainly from the left flank.

Trialist goalkeeper Glaspar showed great promise in goal, effectively dealing with all the crosses that came his way and the Keiran Ainslie / Michael Allan partnership in central defence looked solid as ever, keeping the maroons at bay.

After some breaks down field from the Streamers, the opening goal arrived through Stuart Coyle, who shifted the ball onto his left side before curling shot into the corner of the net, leaving the keeper rooted to the spot. Moments later it could have been two, Neil opting to finish his forward run by firing wide, with Craig Heugh in hindsight perhaps being the better option.

After numerous forward surges the second goal finally arrived, again through the great forward play of Coyle, who blasted a shot goalwards, only for it to deflect kindly into the path of the oncoming Heugh, who smashed the ball into the bottom corner to double the lead.

A lack of experience then followed which eventually let Ormiston back into the game. Instead of keeping the ball and being patient, Coldstream insisted on playing the wrong passes and after a cross was fizzed across goal inches from the oncoming forwards stride, they still did not learn their lesson - the home side pulling a goal back through a similar move - their forward intercepting a loose ball on the right before firing past Glasper at his near post.

Although back in the game it still looked like the Streamers had a distinct edge in the match and that they would eventually kill the game off as it progressed.

Staying out in a humid atmosphere for the half-time team talk, assistant manager Stevie Roughead explained that further goals would come if they were to play the right clinical passes, keeping it tight at the back. On the hour, Coyle latched onto a through ball and passed another down the keepers right into the net to give Coldstream the breathing space they desired.

Again, however the wastefulness on the ball set in and Ormiston looked like they might pull another goal back. Fortunately, Glaspar was on hand to make some important catches and saves. Josh Hebdon and Sean Simpson both went close from distance, but no further goals could be converted.

In the dying moments the home side hit the woodwork twice, the latter heading for the top corner until the intervention of Glaspar’s fingertip diverted it onto his post and away to safety - a fantastic save by the youngster.

Coldstream: Glaspar (trialist), J Ainslie, D Cornish, Allan, K Ainslie, Hebdon, S Simpson, McCrudden, Neil, Heugh, Coyle. Subs: Baxendale, M Simpson, Wales, Tait, McLeod.