Thistle end on high with cup triumph

Linlithgow Thistle celebrate after winning the Centenary Cup
Linlithgow Thistle celebrate after winning the Centenary Cup

Linlithgow Thistle rounded off their season in style by lifting the Lothian & Edinburgh AFA Centenary Cup with a 3-2 win over Craigshill Thistle in the final.

Thistle went into the match against the current East of Scotland Cup champions - played at Albyn Park in Broxburn - with the disadvantage of not having played a competitive fixture in over two weeks.

The Linlithgow side were facing a team which had been playing three times per week and in good form, having only been beaten once all season in all competitions.

A sluggish start was expected and it came with goal for Craigshill after just 45 seconds.

But Thistle responded well and in three minutes pulled level with a clever Smith interception and smart finish.

However the early mayhem continued as a 30-yard strike put the Livingston side back in front with just six minutes on the clock.

The game then calmed in terms of goals but the performance by both sides was fantastic for the neutral.

On 35 minutes Bauros pulled the game level with an easy tap in from an unselfish Smith move.

Around the hour mark, the game became a little scrappier as the intensity levels dropped but a good footballing battle continued.

And with three minutes remaining Smith headed a superb Meikle cross into the net to the delight of the Thistle players, committee and supporters, securing a well deserved piece of silverware to conclude an excellent season.