Three quick second-half goals for Spartans amateurs gave Heriot Vale a fright on Saturday as the Premier One sides played out a twelve-goal thriller.
Vale had cruised into a 6-2 lead early in the second period, but slack defending from the home side allowed Spartans back into the match with the scoreline ending up 7-5 to Vale.
Two strikes from Jordyn Sheerin in the opening five minutes put Vale into an early ascendancy. The first came in the opening minute when the striker capitalised on a mix-up in the Spartans defence and he slipped the ball under William Turner before leaping at the back post to nod in Callum Kane’s corner.
Spartans pulled one back through David Campbell when he chipped over Vale goalkeeper Sam Gibson, but Pieyam Khosrowpour restored Vale’s two goal advantage before half-time after showing determination and strength to drive through a few Spartans challenges and score.
Vale increased their lead in the second half after a fantastic backheel from Sheerin set-up left winger Ryan D’Angelo for a simple finish before Iain Cartwright found the net from an acute angle to reduce Vale’s lead to two.
Sheerin grabbed his hat-trick and then netted his fourth in quick succession to make it six for Vale. D’Angelo’s ball over the Spartans defence found Sheerin who finished well for his hat-trick and he then found the net at the back post.
Vale looked as if they’d go on and dominate with further goals a possibility, but Spartans fought back to give themselves a real chance for what looked like an unlikely comeback.
Substitute Ross Hutchison set up the first of three Spartans goals which would give Vale a real scare, sending the ball to the back post where Andy Hornell challenged in the air and the ball broke to Andy Howat who found the net.
Cartwright notched his second of the afternoon from the penalty spot and then Jamie Campbell reduced Vale’s lead to one, setting up a nervy finish for the home side before substitute striker Alan Sheriff quelled any fears with Vale’s seventh in the last few minutes.
Meanwhile, Edinburgh United Alba won their third game in a row with a 3-1 home victory against Dunalba at Paties Road in the Lothian West league.
After a fairly even first half which ended goalless, it appeared that the first goal of the game would be crucial and so it proved with Edinburgh United notching three – one after the other in a ten minute spell in the second period.
Warren Lenehan’s cross from the right found Euan Scott in the box and his header was met by Alan Sebbon who found the back of the net for the opener.
Lenehan was involved again when he set-up Jamie Archibald for United’s second goal of the afternoon, Archibald nipping in at the near post to poke the ball into the back of the net.
Archibald made sure of all three points for his side when he latched onto a through ball from midfielder Mark Law and finished from ten yards.
Jordan Hopkinson got a late consolation for Dunalba when he curled a shot into the far corner of the net after beating two players.
Elsewhere, Pavilion made it two wins out of two with a 3-0 victory over Alba Athletic in Sunday’s Premier One to continue their winning start to the season.
On a windy afternoon at the Gyle, both sides found it difficult in the conditions, but it was Pavilion who prevailed with two first half goals putting them 2-0 ahead at half-time.
Graeme Cummings put Pavilion in front when he lobbed Alba’s goalkeeper after Robert McVicar had flicked on for his fellow striker after a ball was played forward from within Pavilion’s half.
Left-back Stuart Paterson’s free-kick then set-up Cummings for his second goal when he played the ball into the box and the striker nodded into the back of the net.
Midway through the second half, Pavilion sealed the win with their third after McVicar beat the offside trap to leave him one-on-one with the Alba goalkeeper and he stroked the ball into the net to seal a comfortable victory.