The birthday celebrations of Sporting Icapb captain James Farrey quite literally had a dampener put on them as Edinburgh Harps beat his side 4-2 in the Edinburgh Central division.
The visitors gave the home team an absolutely torrid time in the first half giving Icapb little time to relax on the ball. Harps pressed relentlessly and forced their opponents into several mistakes as they hit on the counter.
John McClarey broke the deadlock for Harps on 15 minutes as he daintily lifted the ball over the keeper before heading home the rebound off the bar.
McClarey doubled the advantage minutes later as a throw-in found its way through a slack defence before being laid perfectly at his feet to fire home from close range.
Paul Henderson did not have the same luck in front of goal, blazing two efforts over the bar, being foiled by the keeper and fizzing a shot just wide within the first half hour. He was finally rewarded for his perseverance with a goal ten minutes before the break as a botched passing move in midfield allowed Harps to punish Icapb as Henderson was sent one-on-one with the keeper before passing the ball into the corner.
The heavens opened during the break, with the conditions providing a fast-paced second half. Harps added a fourth as McClarey rounded the goalkeeper to tap home and compete his hat-trick. Icapb did manage to improve their ball retention despite being pinned back into their own half. Their tenacity eventually saw them win a penalty which was duly converted by birthday boy Farrey. Icapb scored again with ten minutes remaining as Tony Black bundled home.
It’s seven up for Shotts
Shotts Victoria, strong contenders for promotion from the Lothian West, put seven past Blackridge Vale of Craig without reply. They were 2-0 up in the first half with strikes from Jamie Callan. The away side hit the woodwork another two times, leaving a respectable looking scoreline respectable after the opening 45 minutes.
But Shotts were in awesome form at Armadale as Callan completed his hat-trick with a 52nd-minute penalty before goals from David Paris, Johnny Lynch, Scott Barr and Kristopher Russell completed the rout as Blackridge offered little in response.
Tollcross go goal crazy
A one-sided clash in Premier Division 1 at Bingham saw Tollcross Thistle thump Lochend 9-1. Both Gary White and Michael Yuill grabbed hat-tricks for Tollcross.
Adam Perry, Jack Norman and Kyle Hay also managed to get their names onto the scoresheet as they dominated in every aspect of the match against a demoralised Lochend side, who managed to grab a consolation through Mark Ellis.