Tranent Athletic go top

Tranent Athletic got off to a slow start against Burgh Vale but went on to win the match emphatically
Tranent Athletic got off to a slow start against Burgh Vale but went on to win the match emphatically
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Tranent Athletic put themselves at the top of the Sunday Morning league with an emphatic 5-2 win over Burgh Vale at Gyle Park.

After a slow start, Burgh took the lead on the 20-minute mark with Mark Hogg chasing a through ball and finishing past Stuart Ferrier.

The visitors’ response was instantaneous, however. Stewart Hood’s diagonal ball into the box found John Brash, who flicked a header over Dominic Falconer in the Vale goal.

With the momentum in their favour, Tranent looked to strike again and five minutes later took the lead thanks to Scott Bathgate’s turn and finish.

Burgh came out fighting in the second 45 and equalised on the hour with Brent Falconer deftly lifting the ball over the goalkeeper.

The hosts’ hard work to pull level was quickly rendered meaningless, however, with Tranent scoring two in the space of five minutes through Daniel Mendum and Brash, who picked up his second.

Tranent wrapped things up late on thanks to Steven Love’s half-volley for 5-2.

Menzies fires a hat-trick

Dunedin Athletic edged out Seton CFC Amateurs 3-2 in a wet and windy league clash at the Royal High School.

The visitors settled quickest in difficult playing conditions, taking the lead in the early stages of the first half. Jonny Hoy’s free-kick from the right caught the goalkeeper off guard, with the ball just sneaking inside the near post.

Revitalised after half-time, Dunedin scored two quick goals to put themselves in the driving seat. Lyall Menzies got on the end of Terry Philbin’s whipped ball in to level things. Then, ten minutes later, Menzies got on the scoresheet again, firing in from just inside the area.

With 20 minutes left, the Dunedin striker grabbed his third to put his side into a 3-1 lead. Martin Bews tried an ambitious half-volley from range that hit the bar and it was Menzies who followed up the rebound.

Seton reduced the deficit when Euan Patterson buried a spot-kick. However, Dunedin kept things tight in the dying stages to take the points.

Spartans are hit for six

Fernieside ran out 6-2 winners against The Spartans in an entertaining game at Peffermill.

It didn’t take long for the hosts to get into their stride and they were 2-0 up by the 25th minute through two close-range finishes by Stephen Christie and Darren Deary.

Spartans fought back into the game and had something to show for their efforts on the verge of half-time when Garth Fitzsimons headed in from a corner.

Any hope was quickly extinguished for the visitors, however, thanks to another two Fernieside goals in quick succession.

First, Christopher Gordon powerfully headed in from a corner to give the home side breathing space, then, Alistair Anderson got on the end of Christie’s cross to nod in to make it 4-1.

It was a ruthless second-half performance from the South Edinburgh side, who attacked till the end scoring two more to rub salt in Spartans’ wounds. Gordon intercepted a misplaced backpass to fire in past the goalie, and then at the end Gavin Marshall got in on the act to head in Christie’s corner.

Spartans pulled another back in stoppage time through Kevin Connolly’s close range tap in but it was a mere consolation in what had been a dominant Fernieside victory.