Amateurs: Stables bolt door to go top

Stables FC are leading the Sunday Morning League after fighting back against their fellow pacesetters
Stables FC are leading the Sunday Morning League after fighting back against their fellow pacesetters
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Stables FC climbed top of the Sunday Morning League with a 2-1 victory over Fountainbridge FC at the Jack Kane Centre.

Bridge started strongest against their fellow pacesetters and they could well have been ahead in the early stages if not for the reactions of Stables keeper Gavin Barclay as he kept out an attempt from Tomasz Ambrozy.

After coming close again with efforts from William McLintock and Douglass Ashall, Bridge went ahead on the stroke of half time when Bogumil Kaczmarek headed in at the back post.

The lead lasted only two minutes, however, as Ryan Kecheran drilled the ball across the face of goal and Craig Stachini stabbed home to make it 1-1.

After the interval, Stables ensured the second half would be less one sided as they came out looking fired up. Kecheran had a great chance to put his side ahead in the encounter midway through the second half but when bearing down on custodian Ryan McGovern the keeper did enough to put the striker off.

It wasn’t to be too big a miss for Stables however as Kecheran made up for the spurned opportunity with eight minutes to go, following up Matthew Clague’s shot to score.

Alba make Hermiston Vale see red

Edinburgh United Alba put nine-man Hermiston Vale to the sword with a clinical 4-1 league win at Paties Road.

Alba broke the deadlock early and they never looked back. Joe Boyle showed composure to send a lob over the head of goalkeeper Martin Power from long range to give Alba an early advantage.

Vale’s task was made more difficult when Derek Paterson and Michael Elder were both given their marching orders in the space of five minutes.

Alba soon capitalised with a second before the break. Kevin Kesson delivered the ball to Sean Lawson up front and he evaded a few challenges before volleying in from close range.

After the break Vale rallied and they found a goal for their efforts when Craig Dobson’s overhead kick beat Bruce Callan in the Alba goal.

But it wasn’t enough to spur on a comeback as Alba made their numerical advantage count with substitute John Diver firing the ball in from 25 yards for 3-1.

With the scoreline looking comfortable, Alba then added another late on when trialist Lloyd Dignan broke free one-on-one to wrap things up.

Knight wins it for Musselburgh Windsor

Musselburgh Windsor dug deep to claim a 3-2 turnaround in the league over Pathhead at Whitecraig.

Windsor took a deserved lead with 20 minutes gone when Stephen Ferguson’s strike from 25 yards flew in.

Pathhead are by no means a side that rolls over and they showed character to find an equaliser soon after. John Ray latched onto the ball in the box before sending a controlled finish into the back of the net.

As half-time approached both sides could have gone in at the break ahead but it was Pathhead who put their chance away to make it 2-1. Gordon Kolossy battled to win the ball in the box before smashing in seven yards out.

Mussie stuck at it after the break and their perseverance was rewarded when Ferguson got on the end of Peter Coyle’s cross to head an equaliser.

Then, with ten minutes to go, Lewis Knight received a cutback from the byline before firing home to give the hosts the lead. Pathhead gave it their all to carve out a reply before the end but Windsor who shut up shop at the death to claim all three points.