Edinburgh South Vics took another step closer to promotion as they produced an accomplished performance to see off FC Oceana at Saughton 3G.
The Edinburgh East division leaders knew the opposition were more than capable of producing an upset after their results in recent weeks. Oceana quickly showed what they were about as the game began and were unlucky not to be ahead five minutes in. Jamie Grant burst down into left-hand side of the box, attempting an early shot from an angle, but Vics’ goalie Graham O’Brien got down well to smother the shot.
It was an early scare for the table toppers but Vics soon got into their stride and they found the net with their first real chance of the game. Peter Gilhooley’s free kick from halfway reached Robert Bennett 18 yards out and he controlled the ball with his chest before striking in a cracking volley past Ross Henry in the Oceana goal.
With the deadline broken Vics were the side on top and they were desperate to add to their tally. Bennett almost added another for his side but his free kick from distance rattled the bar. Oceana didn’t take notice of the danger and were made to pay shortly after when Bennett this time turned creator. The winger played a pinpoint ball over the top to Gordon Ramsey and he beat the opposition’s offside trap to lob Henry from the edge of the box.
It had been one-way traffic since the opening goal and although Oceana looked to make inroads back into the game, Vics added a third right on half-time to knock the stuffing out of the boys in blue. Ramsey scored after Liam Tomassi’s brave attempts to twice block the ball on the line.
When the league clash got underway after the break Oceana showed a renewed belief to get something out of the game. Ross Davies saw his headed rattle the upright ten minutes after the break but it wasn’t to matter as Oceana pulled one back five minutes later. With Vics throwing men forward a through ball forward enabled Davies to sprint through on goal and finish into the bottom left corner.
Oceana had some momentum and they looked to reduce the deficit but quickly Vics moved to secure the result with two goals in the final ten minutes. Gilhooley made it 4-1 to his side with an impressive solo effort. Darting forward from the halfway line the Vics No.6 dodged three challenges as he made it into the area, smashing into the bottom right corner from an acute angle.
Vics were out of sight but late on they grabbed another to round off a professional display. Gilhooley tried his luck again with an effort from the edge of the box and although the shot was initially palmed away by Henry, Scott Waterston made no mistake with the rebound to make it 5-1.
As the football calendar reaches the business end, Vics lead the way on 30 points, five ahead of Gilmerton, although their league rivals still have a game in hand. Having played 11 and lost only one game though, Vics look set to make the leap to the above division at the first time of asking.
Manager Trevor Bennett was confident of seeing his side end the season on a high.
“I don’t see why we can’t at least get promoted, we’re aiming for the league title and we’d also like to do well in the Logan Cup,” he said.
Edinburgh South Vics: Stephen Abbott, Robert Bennett, Keith Cairns, Gordon Ramsay, Stewart Cotton, Ian Crease, Peter Gilhooley, James Hunter, Ryan Moore, Graham O’Brien, Ryan Smithwaite, Scott Waterston, Lee Watson, Robert Nesbett
FC Oceana: Ross Henry, Philip Brown, Liam Tomassi, Connor Moore, Chris Barrie, Isaac Imrie, Jed Grant, Shaun Turnbull, Ross Davies, Jamie Grant, Jonny Kay