THERE was no stopping AC Oxgangs Under-16s striker Joshua Neill who scored six goals in a 7-3 win over Spartans – with the hot-shot bagging a hat-trick inside the opening ten minutes.
Spartans simply couldn’t handle the forward – everything he touched turned into a goal – as Oxgangs moved up to second place in Division 2 with only their second home league win of the season.
The only surprise was that it wasn’t Neill who got the opening goal. Team-mate Ben Pritchett took the acclaim, firing home a shot out of nothing from 25 yards in the opening minute which flew past Spartans’ keeper Blair Dodds.
Just two minutes later AC Oxgangs made it 2-0 as Neill opened his account. A long ball from Coner Purvis found the feet of the slight forward, who controlled it perfectly before beating Dodds.
AC Oxgangs couldn’t have hoped for a better start and they inflicted further damage on the visitors when Neill got his second in the eighth minute. Alexander Lee’s inch-perfect pass met the run the No. 9, who dummied Dodds before rounding the keeper and rolling the ball into the empty net.
Neill then sealed his hat-trick on ten minutes after Pritchett flicked on from a long ball and the striker calmly flicked it over the head of Dodds.
Spartans pulled a goal back through Nile Falconer, who nipped in front of his marker from a corner, but there was no stopping that man Neill. He got his fourth with another instinctive finish after Dodds had saved well from Raymond Law’s initial shot.
Neill incredibly took his personal tally to five before half-time when he took advantage of a mix-up between two Spartans defenders to pounce on a loose ball and get the better of Dodds.
Spartans’ Gabriel Hill and Jason Scott reduced the deficit to three in the second-half, but they had no answer for halting the ever-hungry Neill, who rounded the scoring with his sixth goal of the afternoon.
Edinburgh City Whites Under-15s shocked league-leaders Edinburgh South with a 3-0 home win in Division 2 as South lost their first league game of the season.
South had come into the match flying high in the league with ten wins in 11 matches, but they couldn’t handle the challenge from Whites in only their seventh league match so far.
South had settled better in the opening stages and were putting heavy pressure on the City goalmouth, but against the run of play Tommy Walker produced an unstoppable strike to put the home side ahead.
City then doubled their lead shortly after when Callum Doig teed up Michael Murphy, who slotted past the onrushing keeper. There was simply no stopping the home side thereafter and they went three up before half-time when Walker got his second of the match.
South tired to find a way back in the second period, but with Owen Chan performing well in defence and Callum Miller unbeatable in goal, City held on comfortably.
Star shine on
Redhall Star Under-14s secured a last-eight home tie against top-tier side Dalkieth CYP with a 5-1 victory over Peebles in the Kenny McLean Cup.
After an even first half, Redhall went ahead through Marc Hannah before striker Adam Robertson scored two well-taken goals.
Peebles pulled one back, but Division 3 league rivals Redhall were in the mood for more, with Blair Salvona and Lloyd Gould adding two more for the home side.