Hutchison VALE 15s are through to the quarter-finals of the SPORTSassist South East Region Cup after a 3-0 victory over Stirlingshire-based outfit Milton FC at Meggetland.
However, it wasn’t all plain sailing for the SERYFA Division 1 side, who didn’t find the breakthrough until the second half.
After an entertaining opening 40 minutes where both sides had chances to take the lead, it was goals galore for Hutchie after the interval, with one particular individual stealing the show.
Innes Goodall, a half-time substitute, was in scintillating form for the home side as he claimed an impressive hat-trick to send his side into the last eight.
Goodall’s first arrived courtesy of some neat play from team-mate Cameron McAlpine, and the teenager made no mistake as he rifled the ball into the bottom corner to put Hutchie 1-0 up. Regan Hendry then played a pinpoint pass for Goodall to run onto and the striker showed great composure to add a second.
Frazer Paton’s surging run from deep inside his own half was rewarded when he delivered an exquisite cross into the path of Goodall, who steered the ball into the back of the net with a firm header to finish off a memorable day for the youngster. Hutchie will now face a tricky tie away to Bonnyrigg Rose in the quarter-finals but club secretary Les Trotter was keen to compliment his side’s opponents.
Trotter said: “It was a hard, competitive game and it could have easily gone to extra-time. They were a really good side, well organised with some good players, but I think once we got the first goal their heads went down. It’s been a good weekend and I’d also like to congratulate the Hutchie Vale girls’ 13s side who won their league.”
Lochend ’99 edge thriller
Lochend BOYS ’99 beat AC Oxgangs 4-3 after a thrilling encounter in their Division 2 clash at Seafield to move level on points with their opponents.
It was the visitors, however, who opened the scoring through Rory Bruce but Dominic McCann equalised with an effort which cannoned in off the post. Oxgangs then went ahead again courtesy of Aidan Longrigg’s effort, but McCann popped up to make things all square as he nipped in at the near post to steer home and send the players in level at 2-2 at the break.
Oxgangs regained the lead for a third time through Andrew Timmons, but were once again pegged back by a dogged Lochend side thanks to William Proudfoot’s lobbed effort.
With ten minutes remaining, the match was settled from the penalty spot when Lochend trialist Kieran McCalmin went over after a shove in the back and Kerr MacKenzie dispatched the ball into the net from 12 yards to win the game 4-3. Victorious Lochend coach Neil Goodwillie said: “It was a really good game. We beat Oxgangs 2-1 on their own patch last weekend so it was good to get another victory.”
Kerr boosts Salvesen 96s
Salvesen CFC 96s earned the local bragging rights as they secured their first league win of the season after a 3-0 victory over Salvesen CFC at Forrester High. Both Division 1 sides have failed to get off to the best of starts this year, struggling for form and languishing around the lower depths of the league table.
However, Salvesen CFC 96 coach Jason Ronaldson is hoping this victory can kickstart their season. He said: “It’s been a sticky start to the season, but I think we should be able to climb the table now that we have got our confidence back.”
Bryan Pollock got the ball rolling in the second half when he poked home from close range to put the 96s’ ahead.
William Kerr made it 2-0 when he showed great composure to fire into the corner, and the same player sealed the win with a firm drive into the net from the edge of the box.