Edina Hibs find a little extra to reach semi-finals

Edina Hibs 15s

Edina Hibs 15s

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Edina HIBS 15s progressed to the semi-finals of the John McConnell Memorial Cup with a 2-0 victory in extra-time over Division 2 North Merchiston at Meggetland.

In what was a hotly-contested cup tie, both sides had a number of chances to seal their place in the last four during normal time.

After 15 minutes, Edina’s Sean Lamb was put through on goal but Merchie goalkeeper Struan Cant made a good stop to push the ball wide.

Merchiston themselves played some good counter-attacking football against their Division 1 opponents and could have gone ahead in the second half. A free-kick from the right-hand side was well delivered into the box and Andrew Towns stuck out a foot to direct it on goal. However, Edina keeper Brodie Kennedy was alert to make the stop.

After neither side could take the initiative in the 90 minutes, extra-time was required to find a winner. With time ticking away in the second period, Edina scored two goals in quick succession to end Merchiston’s resistance.

Luka Crolla grabbed both goals, the first after he rounded Cant, and the clincher when he got on the end of Sean McCole’s ball across the box.

Star ‘A’ hit the heights

High-flying Star ‘A’ produced another clinical performance to win 3-0 away to Liberton United 16s in Section 1 of the Division 3 League Cup.

Despite a number of good first-half opportunities for the hosts, Liberton were unable to find the target and the league leaders made them pay when they went ahead in the 35th minute.

Jack Smith provided Gregor Pollock with a nicely-weighted pass and he ran onto the ball before finding the net with a composed finish.

Star continued to look good on the ball in the second half, creating opportunities aplenty. Ten minutes after the break, they made it two with a similar goal. Pollock again ran onto a through ball, this time from Thomas Wishart, before firing the ball into the net from a tight angle in the box.

Despite a resurgent spell from the hosts, Star extinguished any hope they had of a comeback with a third goal shortly after. Rhuaridh Oraw received a throw-in from the left-hand side before turning his man and hitting a sweet strike into the net from range to secure the win.

Swifts swoop for victory

Hillfield Swifts 19s edged out Longniddry Villa Blues 19s with a 2-1 away win in the Federation of Hibs Supporters Cup second round.

The hosts started brightly and went close to taking an early lead in the second minute when Chris Baldie did well on the wing to get past his marker and deliver a cross.

Jordan Ritchie looked set to find the net, but the Villa player couldn’t find the required touch to score what looked a certain opener.

Extra-time appeared to be on the cards with neither side able to take their chances. However, on 70 minutes, Hillfield finally put one away when Aidan McGuire set up Mark Higgins from a free-kick and he found the net to put the visitors in front. Hillfield then doubled their advantage ten minutes later when Daryl Healy scored. After a clash with the goalkeeper, the ball was spilled and Healy tapped home.

With time running out, Longniddry worked tirelessly to grab a goal and they did with minutes to spare. A brilliantly taken free-kick from Lee Grant 25 yards from goal flew straight into the top corner. As good a goal as it was, it wasn’t enough to take Hillfield to extra time with the visitors seeing out the remainder of the game to progress to the third round.