Musselburgh Windsor 16s remain in the hunt

Musselburgh Windsor 16s played controlled football, took the lead, and held on
Musselburgh Windsor 16s played controlled football, took the lead, and held on
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Musselburgh Windsor 16s picked up another crucial three points in Division 2 with a closely fought 1-0 win over Redhall Star 16s at Pinkie Playing Fields.

Musselburgh Windsor 16s picked up another crucial three points in Division 2 with a closely fought 1-0 win over Redhall Star 16s at Pinkie Playing Fields.

With things tight at the top of the league, Windsor were keen to get off to a good start. Chris Innes had the best chance for them early on with time in the box to shoot, but keeper Ryan Green did well to make a save.

Following that, Redhall themselves started to create, as the game began to even out. Lewis Blues played a one-two with Antony Little down the right before taking aim from just outside the box, only to see his effort wide of the left-hand post.

There was little between the two teams but by the end of the first half, Windsor were just edging proceedings. After the interval they made their efforts count when Stuart Frankland played in Duncan Tarry down the middle and, one-on-one, he stroked the ball home to make it 1-0.

With a goal to their name, Windsor were more than holding their own, and they could well have been out of sight as the second half progressed. Robert Cole swung the ball in from the left but sub Conal Loftus succeeded in volleying over from six yards.

Into the closing stages Redhall began to play to a better standard and they could well have picked up a point but Windsor keeper Alex Clarke was alert to deny both Sam Donachie and substitute Tommy Hendry in quick succession.

Hutchie into last eight

Hutchie Vale 13s landed a spot in the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup thanks to a determined 3-1 win over Glenvale AFC 13s at Ferguslie Sports Centre.

Hutchie wasted little time getting into their stride and 15 minutes in they took a deserved lead in the cup tie. Ben Wardlaw burst up the right wing and he delivered a cross for Grant Herbert to control and loft in to make it 1-0.

As the half progressed the Paisley outfit began to get more in the game, but really Hutchie didn’t look like conceding with the football they were playing. Building on their defensive efforts, they grabbed a second after the break when debutant Nathan Gallagher turned in Bailey Simmons’ drilled cutback from the left.

Hutchie were cruising and things got even better for them with ten minutes to go. Gallagher again pounced when he showed speed to reach a ball over the top and bury the ball past the keeper.

With time ticking away and the game as a contest over, Glenvale found a consolation when Robbie Elder stuck the ball in from six yards, but Hutchie had done more than enough to guarantee their place in the next round.

Tynecastle show no mercy

Tynecastle 17s progressed to the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup with a merciless 6-0 win over Barrhead YFC Yellows 17s at Cowan Park.

To open the scoring, Mikey Murphy cut in from the right and shot at goal but his effort was blocked. However, Robbie Polson followed up the rebound to score.

With that the shackles were off as Tynie bombed forward with confidence and a second soon followed. Scott Hay sent a looping header across the goal and in from Jordan Smith’s deep corner.

Smith created Tynie’s third moments later as he set up Clarke O’Connor to steer in another before Polson struck a wicked free-kick from 25 yards to make it 4-0 at the break.

Barrhead had been overwhelmed by Tynie’s attacking efforts and, although their second-half performance was an improvement on the opening 45, they couldn’t stop the Edinburgh side picking up two more goals.

Cal Thayers spun his marker in the box to slam in his side’s fifth before Polson had a straightforward tap in for his hat-trick.