Newburgh 2 Thornton Hibs 6
Newburgh faced Thornton Hibs in a dead rubber East Region League cup tie on Saturday. Thornton having already qualified for the latter stages of the tournament with 3 wins out of 3 in their previous group fixtures.
Newburgh introduced three new signings to their starting line-up with Chad Easton, Danny Martin and Jack Mackay all being given a place in the starting 11.
Thornton came out of the blocks quickly and showed why they were un-beaten in the group so far with Their expansive and pacy play causing Newburgh problems from the off.
With only 6 minutes on the clock Thornton were awarded a penalty kick when Cunningham caught Ireland’s shin whilst trying to clear the ball. The resultant penalty was well saved by Sutherland in the Burgh goal.
Thornton continued to press Newburgh back and were rewarded with an opening goal in the 11th minute when a Crichton shot looped past Sutherland into the net. Thornton were playing some excellent football with Newburgh struggling to cope with the attack. The visitors added a further 3 goal over the following 10 minutes to take the game out of reach for Newburgh.
Newburgh’s problems were added to on the half hour when Cunningham was forced off with a back injury, Meaney replaced him slotting into the centre of the defence beside Clark.
Newburgh’s best chance of the first half was created by Ryan Smart who combined well with Robinson to make space for a driven shot that Warrender in the Thornton goal did well to turn around the post.
The second half started at much more pedestrian pace with Thornton controlling play through their midfield. Newburgh’s livewire, Ryan Smart had to be replaced when he picked up an injury in the 53rd minute with Aman Johal introduced to the game. Shortly after this MacBride replace Easton who was beginning to tire.
Drummond extended the visitors lead just before the hour with a well-placed shot beating Sutherland
Newburgh continued to play good football in the forward areas with McKay and Fraser working well together. Newburgh grabbed a late consolation goal through Fraser Robinson who finished off a good run down the left flank with a perfect strike beyond Warrender.
Thornton re-established their 5 goal lead shortly after this with Thomson scoring from close. All credit to Newburgh they kept going with Fraser Robinson adding another goal in the closing minutes of the game.
Scott Hudson was understandably disappointed after the game “no one enjoys being beaten in the manner we were today but we have to take heart from our second half performance. Thornton are an excellent side who are doing well in the Super League. We just have to lick our wounds and get back to work through the week at training and get the lads up for next week’s visit to Bathgate”.
On the three debutants Hudson said “Danny, Chad and Jack were all thrown in at the deep end today as I wanted to see how they would fit in to the team. They all performed well and will bring more competition for starting places to the squad which is crucial to our development”.
Newburgh face Bathgate Thistle this coming Saturday in the league, kick off is at 2:30 at Creamery park.