Links United beat Tynecastle to lift Ian McDonald Cup

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Links United lifted the Ian McDonald Cup following 120 minutes of action at Ainslie Park which saw them emerge 3-1 winners over Tynecastle.

The Lothian West side, who sit in the lower regions of their league, went into game as slight underdogs against opponents who sit in the top half of Lothian East.

Links grabbed the opener ten minutes after half-time through captain Colin Kay. A foul was awarded right on the edge of box and, after a long run-up, Kay hit a thumping free-kick into the top left corner of the net.

Tynecastle almost replicated that shortly after, Stewart Crozier seeing his curling free-kick from 20 yards smack off the junction of the crossbar and post and bounce into a crowded box only to be cleared to safety by the Links defence.

Tynecastle got a deserved equaliser after 65 minutes of play. A corner was played in from the left side and, after an initial shot at goal was saved, defender Steven Lynch was first to the ball at the near post and bundled it over the line for 1-1.

Extra-time was tight but Links got a crucial goal to regain their lead just a minute before the end of the first period.

A searching through ball was played to the energetic Dale Wight, who charged into the box on the right side before playing a ball across the face of goal for David Pool, who couldn’t miss from three yards out.

With Tynecastle desperate to get a goal and keep themselves in with a chance of silverware, Links began to exploit gaps at the back. A clinching third goal arrived after 113 minutes. A Tynecastle throw on the left eventually landed at the feet of United’s Scott Ross, who fired the ball towards goal. David Pool ran on to the loose ball in the box, getting there just before Tynecastle No.1 Neil McArthur, to poke home to secure the cup for Links.

Roslin lift holy grail

ROSLIN DA VINCI clinched the LEAFA Sunday Premier 1 title in style, as they defeated Dunalba 4-1 in blustery conditions at Meadowbank 3G.

Roslin knew victory would make it mathematically impossible for Pavilion or Royal Penicuik to catch them and they grabbed all three points to be crowned champions.

The away side took the lead in the first half, right-back David Brydon playing the ball up to Richard Harris, who held the ball up well before firing into the net for 1-0.

However, Dunalba put the Roslin champagne on ice after half-time, forcing an equaliser as Roslin captain Scott Edwards headed into his own net.

Murray McRae regained Roslin’s lead shortly after, though, mis-hitting his cross from the right and the somewhat surprised goalkeeper being beaten.

Roslin could sense the championship trophy was in their grasp and made it 3-1 from the penalty spot. Bryan Adams was fouled in the area and fellow substitute Darren Clapperton duly delivered from 12 yards out into the top-right corner.

Midfielder Ross Connell made sure of the three points and league crown by sending a great 25-yard shot into the back of the net following an assist from captain Edwards.

Moncur gives Spartans cup

PAUL MONCUR scored the winner as The Spartans clinched their first silverware of the season, winning the Edinburgh Cup with a 1-0 victory over Bilston United.

On a poor Paties Road pitch, last year’s LEAFA Sunday Premier 1 champions were pipped by a determined Spartans side, who are also likely to earn promotion to Premier 2.

The cup final could have been won in the first half had Spartans been clinical with three great chances through Dean Walker (twice) and Ryan 
Taylor.

But they opened the scoring with the first move of the second half. The ball was played to Malky Monkhouse on the left flank, who crossed for Walker. He weighted a great pass to Moncur, who composed himself to score the decisive goal.

Bilston hit the crossbar and Spartans’ Grant Robertson had to put his head where it mattered to prevent an equaliser, but it wasn’t to be for United.