Coldstream 1, Ormiston 0: A late Sean Simpson goal helped Coldstream scrape through into the next round of the Image Printers East of Scotland QualifyingCup, but another spate of injuries meant the home team had to finish the match with ten men.
Michael Allan and Craig Heugh both ended up in hospital to have their ankles assessed, while Stuart Coyle limped off with a pulled hamstring ten minutes from full-time after all three subs had been used.
The visitors have improved since losing to Coldstream at Recreation Park in August. They were a lot more organised and showed fight, desire and passion throughout the game.
Richard Baxendale replaced the injured Martyn Cornish in central defence for his first start since playing against Coldstream back in May for Eyemouth. He has had a nasty ankle injury – something that now seems to be plaguing Andrew Gibson’s squad.
The match itself was a scrappy affair played in windy conditions, but it was the visitors who probably edged a non-eventful first half.
Gary Wales had a shot well saved by the Ormiston keeper and a Kieran Ainslie hit the post, but other than that Coldstream lacked a cutting edge. Jordan Young was the away team’s biggest threat and came close to opening the scoring with a stunning strike from the edge of the box which rattled the crossbar.
Allan came off the bench oft half time, but but within minutes his afternoon was over after an awkward fall on an already weak right ankle. An X-ray later showed that it was previously broken in a pre-season match Ainslie was dominant in the air for Coldstream, winning every header asked of him to ease the pressure on the Streamers backline, but both teams were guilty of giving the ball away cheaply.
A challenge on Heugh from behind saw the tricky winger carted off to hospital, the referee booking the Ormiston defender for the challenge.
The deadlock was finally broken by Simpson, who scrambled home from close range after a shot had been blocked.
The goal was as scrappy as the game itself, but at least ensure there would be no extra time.
Coldstream: M Walters, J Ainslie, M Simpson, K Ainslie, R Baxendale (M Allan 45, D Cornish 68) G Wales, S Simpson, J Hebdon, C Heugh (G McCrudden 77), S Coyle, Lambert. Sub not used: M Cornish.