Currie Seniors took a giant leap towards securing the under-18s Lothian Senior West Division as they tore apart school rivals Firrhill 5-0 away, striker Calum Helm firing four.
The locals affectionately call it the ‘Stade de Tesco’ but it was not a happy stomping ground for Firrhill on Friday as they lost this crucial clash.
An amazing 300-strong crowd watched the match with drums, banners, horns and flags – even smoke bombs at the end of the game.
The home contingent were left reeling by matters on the pitch, however, as Currie took the lead after 14 minutes. A fortunate rebound off a Firrhill defender allowed Currie’s star forward Helm the opportunity of a one-on-one, the No.9 making no mistake as he slotted past the goalkeeper.
Helm was the main man again ten minutes later as he doubled Currie’s lead. A ball was played from midway up the pitch, the Firrhill rearguard failing to make contact with it and allowing Helm to retrieve it inside the box. He took the defender the wrong way before stroking home from six yards.
Their lead was built upon again just before half-time by a special goal. Daniel Mitchell crossed perfectly into the danger area from the right wing to find hitman Helm, who produced an unbelievable bicycle kick to the goalie’s right from around eight yards. It was a fitting way for Helm to complete his hat-trick.
After the break it went much the same way for Currie. A ball was delivered in from the right, Firrhill’s Sam Leslie failing to get any distance on his header, which landed at the head of Jack Philp, who nodded high into the back of the net for 4-0.
With the three points sewn up midway through the second period, there was still time for Helm to grab his fourth of the day. The ball was fed from the right again and Helm waited for a bounce on the grass before powering home well past the keeper’s reach to complete the 5-0 rout and give the Currie faithful the bragging rights.
Merchie hit Leith for six
NORTH MERCHISTON showed their class as they swept away Leith Athletic 6-1 to reach the under-19s Division 1 League Cup Final, where they will face Musselburgh Windsor 96.
The home side made a great start to the game as they took the lead in the semi-final tie after just five minutes. Calum Baptie picked out Jake MacDonald on the left and MacDonald beat his man tight on the byline before curling a shot over the goalkeeper from a crossing position.
There were no further goals in the first 45, but after the break North Merchiston went to town. After 50 minutes it was 2-0, Nathan Evans’ header being latched upon by Hamish Law who lifted over the advancing ‘eeper.
Law got his brace ten minutes later, slamming the ball home from 12 yards at the near post following a move involving Evans again.
Sam Tulloch put the game beyond doubt with Merchie’s fourth, timing his run perfectly to head in a cross at the back post.
Baptie then won his side a penalty with 20 minutes on the clock, being brought down by the Leith goalie. James Redpath made no mistake with his spot kick, firing into the bottom left-hand corner.
Evans was proving a handful for Leith as he set up the sixth Merchie goal with five minutes left. A well-worked move was finished off by Fraser Eddington from close range.
Leith managed a consolation goal near the end. Ryan Ward was fouled inside the box and took it upon himself to take the penalty, which he converted to finish the scoring at 6-1.
Oxgangs on right track
AC OXGANGS 17s remain on course for a mid-table finish as they comfortably defeated Leith Athletic 97 in this Division 1 league fixture on Saturday.
Oxgangs took the lead when a great interchange of passes between Harvey Blackie and Jamie Hamilton resulted in the latter setting up Lewis Temple, who didn’t disappoint with a quality finish to make it 1-0 to the away side.
The scorer Temple then turned provider as his great delivery from a corner kick was met by Sam Philp, who bulleted his header into the back of the net. It left the Leith goalkeeper with no chance.
Elliot Sked then virtually guaranteed the three points were going to Oxgangs, as his ferocious 30-yard strike gave his side a 3-0 lead.
The visitors to Leith didn’t rest up there, Callum Berry finishing off another great move with a well-taken strike to make it 4-0 and game over.