Football: East of Scotland round up

THERE was little joy in the second round of the South Challenge Cup for Borders sides.

Hawick Royal Albert were the biggest victims, losing by a record scoreline of 13-1 at Stirling University. Youngster Declan Hogg got the Royalists’ consolation goal.

Selkirk were also hammered, going down 7-0 at Lothian Thistle HV, with Stephen Anderson scoring a brace at Saughton Enclosure.

Also in Edinburgh, Gala Fairydean lost 2-1 at Craigroyston with Jay Wilson grabbing the Fairies’ solitary goal.

Kelso United led 2-0 at home to Eyemouth United thanks to goals from Gary McNulty and Des Burnett, but James Wilson, Shaun Phillips and Leigh Walker all replied meant it was the Fishermen who advance to round three.

Ahead of their huge Scottish Cup third round tie at Cowdenbeath this Saturday, Vale of Leithen exited the South Challenge Cup, losing out 2-1 at home to Edinburgh City. Scott Devlin got the Vale’s goal.

And there was further misery for Borders clubs in the First Division, as Peebles Rovers let slip a two goal lead to lose 3-2 at home to Burntisland Shipyard. Greig Shortreed and player/manager Jason Girdwood were both sent off.

Read full match reports in this week’s Southern.