Dundonald Bluebell 3 Crossgates Primrose 4, King Cup second round (after extra time)

SCOTT LAWRIE was the Primrose hero as his extra-time winner sealed an impressive comeback victory at Dundonald Bluebell in the King Cup second round.

The Crossgates forward struck in the 99th minute of an enthralling contest at Moorside Park to seal a third round place for Alan Campbell's side.

In a topsy-turvy match, it was former Pars player Jason Dair's Bluebell who struck first when Calum Smith netted following a corner, but the visitors equalised in the 23rd minute when Mark McKenzie took advantage of a poor clearance by goalkeeper James Lennox.

But, with just half-an-hour on the clock, Dundonald regained the initiative when Lewis McKenzie finished well after good work by Billy Rogerson, and they made it 3-1 before the interval when McKenzie grabbed his second after latching on to former Kelty Hearts striker Archie Campbell's centre.

Crossgates were handed a lifeline seven minutes after the break when, after Liam McDaid committed a foul inside the penalty area, Lawrie netted from the spot to reduce the deficit to one before the equalised eight minutes later.

James McAteer, a recent signing from Oakley United, picked the ball up on the right and, after cutting inside, he smashed a superb shot into Lennox's net via the inside of the post to force an additional 30 minutes.

Dundonald came agonisingly close to taking the lead when midfielder Mike Ness headed against the Primrose bar and, in the ninth minute of the first period of extra time, Lawrie broke and slotted his second of the afternoon.

Grant Henderson twice denied Campbell as the hosts searched for an equaliser, but Crossgates held out and claimed a fine win.

Oakley United 3 Haddington Athletic 2, King Cup second round

OAKLEY UNITED produced their "best performance" of Stewart Kenny's reign in the second half of their thrilling King Cup success over Haddington Athletic.

That was the view of coach Brian Reid as the Blairwood Park outfit put their league struggles aside to advance to round three with an impressive victory over their East Lothian opponents.

The home side went into the tie with the visitors – ninth in Conference B of the East of Scotland League – having won just once in the previous 10 Conference A games.

That came against bottom club Tweedmouth Rangers but, after a scoreless opening 45 minutes at Blairwood Park, Oakley turned on the style to progress.

Bruce McAdam gave them the lead eight minutes after the break and, just after the hour, Johnny Harrison added their second.

Ali Simpson gave Haddington hope with a fine strike from outside the box but Harrison notched his second – and what proved to be the decisive goal – with five minutes left.

Gordon Harris' late penalty was mere consolation for the visitors, and Reid commented: "It has been a long time coming.

"When we first came in, we picked up but it has levelled off, and there's been a lack of confidence in the squad. We beat Tweedmouth but, although we won, it was a bit of a slog.

"In the first half on Saturday, it was a bit nip and tuck, but the second half was probably the best performance we've had. Their confidence and self belief grew.

"We made a couple of changes and brought on Derek Murray and Johnny Harrison, and they changed the game. In the last few weeks, there's been a lack of self belief but, all of a sudden, Bruce McAdam scored and everyone wanted the ball.

"Haddington are a decent team and it keeps the season going. It's a nice feeling on a Saturday night after a win and there's not been enough of that this season.

"It's good for the boys because they do work hard."

Ormiston 4 Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts 0, King Cup second round

INVERKEITHING Hillfield Swifts' King Cup interest came to an end after they fell to a comprehensive defeat at league rivals Ormiston.

Boss Lee Duffy had described the tie as a "big game" in the run-up but the East Lothian side, who are bottom of Conference C and three points behind the second bottom Swifts, comfortably secured their place in round three.

The home side went into the match on the back of a 5-1 loss to Blackburn United, while the Ballast Bank outfit went down to Craigroyston as they slipped to a third successive defeat.

Their last league victory came against Ormiston at the end of January but they were on the backfoot in this meeting midway through the first half when Daniel Purves opened the scoring.

He dealt Swifts a further blow just three minutes before half-time when he doubled the home lead, which was extended to three just 60 seconds after the restart by Anes Subasic.

He then completed his brace four minutes later to seal victory for Ormiston and send the Swifts spinning out.

Bathgate Thistle 2 Rosyth 1, McBookie.com Premier League South

INJURY-HIT Rosyth lost their second game in a row as they fell to fourth-top Bathgate Thistle at Creamery Park.

Boss Brian Muirhead, who watched his team lose a nine-goal thriller in controversial circumstances against runaway leaders Pumpherston in their previous game, was without nine players, including influential midfielders Scott Gilfillan, Mikey McMillan and Stevie Slimmings.

Although he felt that missing some of his key men didn't help his side's chances, Muirhead conceded that the hosts deserved to win and said that his players lacked urgency throughout the 90 minutes.

Things began well for Rosyth, however, as Gregg Page's deflected shot gave them the lead midway through the first half but Sid Easton levelled 10 minutes later with a shot into the top corner.

The Bathgate man repeated the trick on the hour mark for his second of the afternoon, which proved to be the winner, as a disappointing day for the Rec ended with them being reduced to 10 men late on.

Muirhead commented: "We didn't deserve anything from the game.

"I had nine players missing at least – we're really toiling to put out a settled team – but I felt we gave them too much respect. I was without my four central midfielders and it was a bit of a midfield battle.

"There weren't many chances but they fully deserved to win. The guys were disappointed in the changing room and were disappointed with the performance. We needed a spark, but it didn't come.

"They're a good side, they beat us fair and square and maybe it's a wee reality check for some of our guys. We pride ourselves on our work-rate, working from box to box, getting back into shape and making tackles, but there was nothing to take away from that game.

"We had no urgency, which was disappointing, but we've got to look at it as one of those days. It is what it is; we'll dust ourselves down and get on with it."

Friday night's fixture (kick-off 7.45pm): GeoSonic Lowland League - Spartans v Kelty Hearts. Saturday's fixtures (kick-offs 2.30pm): Central Taxis East of Scotland League, Conference A - Penicuik Athletic v Oakley United. Conference B - Crossgates Primrose v Tranent. Conference C - Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts v Edinburgh United. McBookie.com Premier League South - Lochore Welfare v Rosyth.