Vale prove there’s a first time for everything

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DAVE RYCE reports from

the Newbattle Complex

SATURDAY was a day of firsts as Vale came from behind twice to book a place in the third round of the King Cup.

Keeper David Livie was making his first competitive appearance for the club, but his first task was to pick the ball out of the net in the first minute of play as a 20-yard free kick from Lily’s Kyle Boggie sneaked inside the post to give the Midlothian men the lead.

But in the 17th minute, Vale did find an equaliser. It has only taken him 82 appearances to do it, but captain Paul Lee scored his first goal for the club when David Anderson knocked on a corner and Lee was on hand to hammer the ball home from 10 yards out.

Despite his inauspicious start to the game, Livie spent the rest of the afternoon largely untroubled and his opposite number Brian Young was by far the busiest keeper, gratefully clutching a Darren Gillon header before pulling off a superb save to deny Scott Moffat as the first half drew to a close.

Scorer Boggie passed up a chance to grab his second of the day early in the second as he put the ball wide from a good position, but Lily regained the lead in the 67th minute when Craig Stupert was body-checked in the area by Andy Milligan and the resultant penalty was converted emphatically by Ross Gaylor.

Five minutes later Vale were back on level terms when Jamie Lauder chipped a ball into the middle and Anderson rose to glance a header in off the post.

With the possibility of extra time looming, six minutes from the end of the regulation 90, Vale got a break as Anderson was chopped down in the area by Euan Smith and referee Paul Hanlon pointed to the spot.

Substitute Paul Doohan was entrusted with the spot kick and calmly slotted home what was also his first goal for the club, to put Vale in front for the first time in the game.

A scrappy closing spell saw Mr Hanlon brandishing several cards as the home side, who had been aggrieved by the penalty award, concentrated more on losing their discipline than manufacturing a leveller.

Vale of Leithen: D. Livie; A. Milligan, J. Lauder, J. Hall, P. Lee, P. Greenhill (P. Doohan 76), A. Martin (C. Beaton 88), K. Dodds, S. Moffat (S. Radzynski 75), D. Anderson and D. Gillon.