Super-sub Jordyn Sheerin lit up an inter-association clash between a Lothian and Edinburgh Amateur Football (LEAFA) and a Borders select with his second-half showing as the Heriot Vale striker struck all five of his side’s goals in a 5-1 victory at Ainslie Park.
Sheerin, who had missed out on a starting spot due to a sickness bug which had threatened his inclusion in the squad after he had been unable to train in the lead up to the fixture, was in unstoppable form.
LEAFA had dominated a first-half lacking intensity but couldn’t convert their chances into goals against the Borderers until the former East Fife striker’s inclusion – with the frontman notching a hat-trick in five second-half minutes.
Fellow Heriot Vale team-mate Jordan Leishman was pulling the strings in the centre of the park early on for LEAFA and he came close to the opening goal after nine minutes, but his 25-yard strike was always rising and flew over the bar of Borders goalkeeper Chris Watson. Another Heriot Vale star, striker Alan Sheriff, looked lively in the opening exchanges and his dangerous cross which flashed in front of goal was just asking to be diverted into the net – but no-one could get on the end of it.
Leishman and Sheriff then linked up after the centre midfielder played in his team-mate with a delightful dinked pass but Watson was quick off his line to put Sheriff off as he was about to strike.
LEAFA boss Alan McKay rang the changes at half-time and one of them, goalkeeper John Nisbet of Tollcross Thistle, had to be alert early in the second half as he made a superb double save. However, there was only going to be one hero for the home side.
Sheerin marked his half time introduction with his first goal, ten minutes after the interval. From the edge of the box, the striker’s opportunistic effort looked to be comfortable for Borders substitute keeper Kevin Archibald but somehow the stopper fumbled the strike and it rolled into the net.
Two minutes later, Sheerin grabbed his second to make it 2-0. Tollcross Thistle’s Stewart O’Neil put it on a plate for him and from six yards out the striker was left with a simple tap-in.
A further three minutes later and Sheerin was celebrating his hat-trick with a composed strike after rounding Archibald. O’Neil played him in with a defence-splitting pass from midfield and the goal-hungry striker deceived Archibald before slotting past a Borders defender on the line.
Everything Sheerin touched seemed to turn into a goal, but he had to wait for his fourth of the afternoon after Archibald saved well from his strike before Edinburgh Rose’s David Brogan was denied with his rebound effort.
His fourth came after 69 minutes when, after hitting the post with his initial effort from a corner, the ball came back to the eager forward and he side-footed into the net.
Edinburgh South Vics’ Paul Murray was close to halting Sheerin’s goalscoring sequence with a drive from the edge of the box but, after his shot was saved, Sheerin was on hand to score a simple poacher’s effort.
Grant Wilson got a consolation for the Borderers with a neat side-foot finish from Gary Hunter’s cross late on but it was too late for the visitors.
LEAFA Select: Scott Walker, John Diver, Steven Milne, Jamie Stewart, Faron Gribben, Jordan Leishman, Martin Cairney, Kyle Hay, Craig Stewart, Alan Sheriff, Craig Rankin, John Nisbet, David Brogan, Stewart O’Neil, Paul Murray, Jordyn Sheerin.
Borders Select: Chris Watson, Gary Hunter, David Richardson, Colin Smith, Paul Young, Andy Hardie, Ryan Clapperton, Billy Miller, Grant Robinson, Ash Langford, Ryan Shepherd, Kevin Archibald, Darren Munro, Grant Wilson, Stephen Swanson, Jordan Steele.