Tranent Athletic continued their encouraging start to the season with a 5-0 win over Partizan FC at Gyle Park.
The Sunday Division 1 leaders took the lead when Dean Saxby received the ball in the box before spinning his marker and firing into the left corner.
Then, with 15 minutes on the clock, they had another. Scot Bathgate lost his marker in the Partizan box to head in John Brash’s cross from the right.
Brash was looking lively as always, and soon after he then turned scorer as he buried the ball from ten yards to extend Tranent’s advantage.
It was one-way traffic and Tranent grabbed a fourth and fifth before half time through Craig McConnell.
After the break Tranent continued to press and could easily have added to their tally. Brash crept into space once more behind the Partizan defence but he saw his first time shot from the edge of the box well tipped over by keeper Mark Peacock.
As the half gradually progressed Tranent took their foot off the gas, with the result all but a formality. Partizan looked to pull back a consolation, but in the end it finished 5-0.
• Inter Edinburgh emphatically progressed to the second round of the Logan Cup with a 6-0 demolition of Edinburgh Star at Gyle Park.
Star actually began the brighter of the two sides, but they couldn’t make their attacking play count for anything and Inter took the lead before the interval. Karim Bengharbia struck a sublime 30-yard shot first time and it flew into the Star goal to break the deadlock.
The onus was on Star to come back into the game after half time, but Inter built on their advantage to make it 3-0 ten minutes after the break. Gordon Chalmers’ cross-cum-shot made it two before Roberto Del Campo extended Inter’s lead with a composed finish in on goal.
Star had battled to get back into it, but with the third goal their heads dropped and Inter took advantage. Mihai Bogatu intercepted the ball at the heart of the Star defence to convert before Chalmers stuck away sub James Thomson’s ball in from the left for 5-0.
Inter were full of confidence and late on they showed no remorse to add a sixth. Bogatu floated a freekick over the Star wall from the edge of the box to round off the scoring.
• Stuart Morrison bagged a hat-trick for Edinburgh Rose as they maintained a strong start to the Premier Division campaign, defeating Fernieside 3-1 at Duddingston Playing Fields.
Rose distributed the ball well from back to front and it led to the opening goal as Morrison hammered home a low ball into the box past Fernieside keeper Scott Walker.
Rose were full of attacking intent and they continued to impose themselves in the game. They continued to press high and could really have been three or four up at the break but Walker in the Fernieside goal as he made some fine saves to deny Morrison and Co.
Rose didn’t let up in the second half and eventually scored another. Morrison showed a turn of pace to beat his marker and fire the ball in from a tight angle for 2-0.
Fernieside battled to pull a goal back in the game through Ben Dempsey and briefly it looked like they could turn the match around, but with five minutes remaining Rose made sure of the points. Morrison struck a driven shot at the Fernieside goal that cannoned off the underside of the crossbar before falling over the line to secure the win.