Amateurs: Heriot Vale into Logan Cup semi-finals

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HERIOT VALE marched on to the Logan Cup last four as they edged league rivals Tollcross Thistle 4-3 at Peffermill.

The win stretches Vale’s unbeaten streak in all competitions to 12 games as they look for league and more cup glory after securing the Challenge Cup.

It didn’t go all Vale’s way against a formidable Tollcross outfit, who took the lead after five minutes when Craig Pinnons was first to a ball played over the top and used his strength to fend off a Vale defender before placing past the goalkeeper.

Vale equalised from a similar move, Alan Sheriff knocking the ball on to strike partner Pieyam Khosrowpour, who finished well.

Vale then took the lead when Jordyn Sheerin’s free kick went underneath Tollcross goalkeeper John Nisbet, then raced into a 3-1 lead as deadly strike duo Sheriff and Khosrowpour linked up well again to cut through the Tollcross rearguard.

After an impressive bit of midfield play, Sheriff laid the ball on for Khosrowpour – who beat one defender before unleashing a left-foot shot to notch his 
37th goal of the season.

Vale scored their fourth of the afternoon when Jordan Leishman saw a gap in the defence and threaded a ball though to Eddie Mangan, who chipped Nisbet to make it 4-1.

Tollcross had a late tilt at what would have been an incredible comeback, scoring twice through Stewart O’Neill after 90 minutes. Firstly, he found the bottom corner from outside the box, then a good strike across the goalkeeper found the net for 4-3. But there was no time for another.

Meanwhile, Pencaitland lifted the Robertson Cup at Paties Road as they saw off Clermiston Star in style, winning the final 4-0 on Saturday.

They opened the scoring inside 15 minutes. George Cunningham squared the ball to Scott Allan, who struck low and hard from 25 yards.

Pencaitland were in dreamland after 22 minutes as they doubled their advantage. A free-kick by Gareth Gray wide on the right found striker Dean Woods amid a sleeping Clermiston defence and Woods punished them by tucking it away at the near post.

In the second half it was much the same story and on 55 minutes the trophy was just about sealed for Pencaitland as Allan fed Lee Cockerill down the left. He crossed for Cunningham, whose header from point-blank range was parried by the goalkeeper, but the prolific Woods was there to stab home for his 56th goal of the campaign.

Having been involved in two of the three goals, man of the match Cunningham got his reward after 73 minutes. From around 20 yards, he struck a fantastic free-kick over the wall and into the goalkeeper’s top right-hand corner to seal the cup triumph.

Elsewhere, Tynecastle lifted the Holyrood Cup by sweeping aside Newtongrange Star ‘A’, winning 4-1 at Ainslie Park on Friday night.

With both sides close in the Lothian East division of LEAFA, a tight final was anticipated – but Tynie ensured that was not to be the case.

They broke the deadlock after 15 minutes, Stewart Crozier beating the goalkeeper from 25 yards with a looping set-piece.

Tynie doubled their lead through Lee Cairns as he prodded home from close range just ten minutes later.

Cairns was in the mood as he got his brace just after the restart – placing a fine shot inside the goalkeeper’s right-hand post to make it 3-0.

Newtongrange had a lot of the ball, but with their advantage and dangerous counters, Tynie always looked favourites and, with an hour played, scored a fourth through Russell Johnston, who rounded the goalkeeper and slotted into an empty net.

Newtongrange pulled a goal back with 15 minutes left, David Beattie notching for the Midlothian side to make it 4-1.