Scottish Cup - Fourth Round
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East Kilbride 2-0 Lothian Thistle HV

By Kenny CrawfordBBC Sport Scotland at K Park
Jack Smith smacks home a volley for East Kilbride on 40 minutes
Jack Smith smacks home a volley for East Kilbride on 40 minutes

Lowland League side East Kilbride set up a home Scottish Cup meeting with Celtic with victory over Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale.

Jack Smith's stunning half-volley settled Kilby just before half-time, although the visitors had earlier hit the crossbar through Willis Hare.

East Kilbride goalkeeper Matt McGinley denied Hare after the break with a great diving save.

And Sean Winter sealed a money-spinning fifth-round tie from close range.

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Whether that match versus Celtic will be allowed to be played at the 500-or-so-capacity K Park remains to be seen, but the result has well and truly put East Kilbride on the map.

BBC Scotland will provide live television, online and radio coverage of the tie on 7 February and the revenue generated will have a significant impact on the club founded in 2010.

The hosts had failed to profit from their early dominance as Anthony Brady's mazy run left him one defender short of being clean through and Craig Hastings dragged a low shot wide of the far post.

Lothian Thistle HV from the East of Scotland League took Kilby's profligacy as encouragement. The hosts' goalkeeper Matt McGinley had to be sharp to deny Hare before the same striker struck the crossbar from 16 yards.

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths
Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths was among the spectators at a busy K Park

An injury to midfielder Ross Smith had East Kilbride rattled for a short spell but they got the crucial first goal shortly before the interval.

The visitors' stand-in keeper Byron Gibb had previously made a couple of decent saves, but had no chance when Smith lashed in from the edge of the box following a blundered defensive clearance.

Scott Gormley missed a half-chance for Lothian Thistle HV early in the second half and it did not take long for Kilby's Brady to cause more problems with his dribbling.

Smith had the opportunity to double his tally but fired wide of the near post.

In the meantime, East Kilbride captain Barry Russell chose to try and change his boots and ended up playing the majority of the second half with one black and one green one.

Hare continued to be Lothian Thistle HV's main threat and McGinley pulled off a brilliant low save to turn the striker's shot round the post.

And the home team could afford to start thinking about their meeting with the Scottish champions in earnest when the seasoned Winter demonstrated his predatory instinct to poke the ball home following an 86th-minute corner.

Line-ups

East Kilbride

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1McGinley
  • 2Gebbie
  • 4Stevenson
  • 5Russell
  • 3Coll
  • 6Winter
  • 8McBride
  • 10SmithSubstituted forJohnstoneat 25'minutes
  • 11Brady
  • 9Smith
  • 7HastingsSubstituted forGormleyat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Johnstone
  • 14Lachlan
  • 15Morris
  • 16Templeton
  • 17Macdonald
  • 18Gormley
  • 21Kean

Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Gibb
  • 2Moore
  • 5Joint
  • 6MearnsBooked at 64mins
  • 3MacKenzie
  • 7SmithBooked at 19minsSubstituted forFoxat 74'minutes
  • 4CrawfordBooked at 69mins
  • 8KerrSubstituted forMoffatat 61'minutes
  • 11HareSubstituted forO'Donnellat 77'minutes
  • 9Brown
  • 10Gormley

Substitutes

  • 12O'Donnell
  • 14Shala
  • 15Moffat
  • 16Fox
  • 17Mungall
  • 18Hendry
  • 20Ogilvie
Referee:
Nick Walsh
Attendance:
696

Match Stats

Home TeamEast KilbrideAway TeamLothian Thistle Hutchison Vale
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home8
Away2
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home10
Away4
Fouls
Home3
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, East Kilbride 2, Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, East Kilbride 2, Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale 0.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! East Kilbride 2, Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale 0. Sean Winter (East Kilbride) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, East Kilbride. Conceded by Mathew Joint.

  5. Post update

    Corner, East Kilbride. Conceded by Mathew Joint.

  6. Post update

    Anthony Brady (East Kilbride) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Scott Gormley (Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale).

  8. Post update

    Barry Russell (East Kilbride) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Scott Moffat (Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale).

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, East Kilbride. Liam Gormley replaces Craig Hastings.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale. Liam O'Donnell replaces Willis Hare.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale. Ryan Fox replaces Darren Smith.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale. Conceded by Matthew McGinley.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Willis Hare (Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  15. Booking

    Paul Crawford (Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

    Anthony Brady (East Kilbride) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Paul Crawford (Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale).

  18. Post update

    Corner, Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale. Conceded by Bernard Coll.

  19. Booking

    Eddie Mearns (Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Anthony Brady (East Kilbride) wins a free kick in the attacking half.