A convincing victory from Lasswade Thistle in the quarter-final of the Peter O’Neill Cup helped keep their quadruple dream alive. Goals from Ritchie, Purdie, Mckenzie, Galloway and a Max Dowling double, consigned Civil Service Strollers to a second defeat in two weeks to the Lasswade side following a 4-0 victory in the South East Cup the week before.
Lasswade Thistle are currently sitting three points clear at the top of the South East Region First Division having only lost one match all season and will have been looking to replicate this form heading into the quarter-final tie. Civil Service Strollers, on the other hand, knew they had to win to keep their hopes of achieving silverware this season alive.
Lasswade started the better of the two sides with Dowling testing the Strollers keeper from the edge of the box early on, but Louis Aris was down well to collect the strike. There was little Aris could do two minutes later however when Millar Ritchie’s bullet header sailed past him following a good cross from David Malloy from the right wing to make the score 1-0.
The Lasswade side continued to control the game as they searched for a second goal and in the eighth-minute, they could have had a penalty following Finlay Aitken’s tackle on Ritchie, however, the referee judged the challenge to be a fair one.
Civil Service Strollers were beginning to come into the match with Leo Murray bringing the ball forward well from right-back. However, the strollers side were struggling to execute the final ball.
Thistle came close to doubling their advantage when an under-hit pass back to Aris was intercepted by Ritchie who tried to slot the ball past the onrushing keeper. However, an extended leg from the Strollers stopper was enough to put the ball onto the post and out for a corner.
Strollers were almost equal in the 15th minute when Dylan Mckeller’s shot from the edge of the box looked goal-bound if not for a great save by Joshua Lothian in the Lasswade goal.
Despite a promising spell for Strollers, five minutes later following some pressure from Max Purdie, Thistle were 2-0 after Purdie won possession and slotted in past Aris to double his side's advantage.
The Civil Service side began to pile on the pressure in search of a comeback and Michael Leslie looked to have released Connon Pettigrew, however, brave goalkeeping from Lothian ensured the score remained 2-0 going into the break