Crossgates Primrose v Hill of Beath Hawthorn

2pm  8 November 2014

SJFA East of Scotland Cup, Second Round
Crossgates Primrose 0 Hill of Beath Hawthorn 4 (att 103)

These very local rivals were drawn together in second round of the East of Scotland Cup, but there was never much doubt that Super League Hill of Beath would triumph over South Division strugglers Crossgates.

Any hopes of a cup upset evaporated within the first five minutes, as that's how long it took for the visitors to go in front thanks to a penalty.

But rather than pushing on and adding more goals it was a rather stuttering performance from Hill of Beath. They dominated play, but couldn't add to their lead, and Crossgates had their own moments going forward.

It was ill-discipline which ultimately cost Crossgates. They lost two players to red cards, either side of half time, and it was then only a matter of time before Hill of Beath added more goals. They scored three more, in quick succession around halfway through the second half.

Crossgates Primrose is one of Scottish Junior football's evocative club names, as is the name of their home ground, Humbug Park. It's a neat and tidy venue, but basic by Junior standards. There's no cover, so an umbrella was necessary on a wet afternoon, but it's enclosed, railed on three sides, and there's some overgrown and uneven terracing behind the far goal.

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