Inch Colts Star 17s secured their passage into the quarter-finals of the Craig Gowans Memorial Cup after a 2-0 victory over Division 2 rivals Edinburgh South at Meggetland 3G.
Inch will now face Division 1 outfit AC Oxgangs in the last eight in what is sure to be a tricky encounter against a team from the top tier.
Inch coach David Eaglesham felt his side’s opponents enjoyed a considerable amount of possession, but was pleased to get the goals when it mattered.
He said: “We managed to grind out a result and it was good to get a clean sheet. I thought we started quite well and deserved to take the lead. But we then sat back and allowed Edinburgh South to dictate the play. We changed the formation back to a 4-4-2 and then managed to get the second goal.”
The opening goal arrived within five minutes, when Lewis McGuire collected a pass with his back to goal and found space to turn and unleash a stunning strike from 20 yards into the top corner to fire Inch into an early lead.
Opportunities proved to be limited and the outcome wasn’t settled until the last ten minutes when Ross Rutherford showed great composure to chip in from 25 yards and send his side through.
Edinburgh South’s Alan Palfreyman didn’t believe there was much between the sides.
Palfreyman said: “I think we had a lot of possession but it was a game of few chances. They got an early goal and then got their second towards the end so it was a goal at either end that settled it. But it was a fairly even game overall.”
Tynecastle 13s may have pushed their way back into league contention after a 4-0 crushing of second-placed Leith Athletic down at Leith Links.
This Division 1 clash didn’t live up to its pre-match billing of being a close-fought encounter as the visitors proved too strong, cruising to a comprehensive victory where they were never seriously tested.
Craig Ferrier put his side on their way in the first half with a neat finish from just inside the box before Dylan Brown finished off a cross from the left from six yards to make it 2-0.
Brown then missed the opportunity to double his own tally as he missed from the penalty spot, but made amends after the half-time interval when he struck a crisp left-footed strike into the far corner.
Brown completed his hat-trick with the goal of the game when he fired an unstoppable shot from 20 yards which nestled in the back of the net to complete a handsome victory for Tynecastle.
Tynecastle’s Willie Connor is hoping this result will send out a warning to the remaining sides in Division 1. Connor said: “We had great deliveries down the left side in the first half and that’s where we got our goals from. I think this result sends out a message as Leith have been doing really well, so we’ll see in the weeks ahead.”
Rose bloom in Tranent
Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic ‘A’ 21s are through to the quarter-finals of the SPORTSassist South East Region Cup after a 3-1 victory away to Tranent Juniors.
The visitors went in front when Stuart McGuiness scored from the edge of the penalty area ten minutes before the break to hand Bonnyrigg the initiative.
Tranent equalised through Craig Wojtowycz’s powerful strike. Then confusion surrounded Bonnyrigg’s second goal with Tranent defender Blair Murray unfortunate to provide the final touch which put the ball into his own net.
Stephen Ferguson ensured a Bonnyrigg victory when he wrapped up matters with a fine solo effort, bearing down on goal before finding the back of the net from 20 yards.
Bonnyrigg coach Graham Pullen is already looking ahead to the next round, in which his side will face a tricky tie against Hutchison Vale.
Pullen said: “Hutchie have a big reputation this year as they have a big squad.
“We haven’t played them so far in the league but we have them at home in the next round so that could be an advantage for us.”