Tynecastle 15s defeated table-toppers Leith Athletic 5-2 to progress to the final of the SPORTSassist South East Region Cup at Meggetland.
The boys in maroon will now face Hutchison Vale in June’s final which is scheduled to take place at Hallhill’s impressive complex in Dunbar.
Tynecastle’s Bradley Sinclair was in scintillating form scoring four of his side’s five goals with Sean Waterston adding a solitary strike as Leith eventually ran out of steam despite clawing the match back to 2-2 courtesy of Murray and Calum Scott.
Tynecastle’s Stephen Park was thrilled by the energy shown from his players and he is already relishing the showpiece final with rivals Hutchie when his side will be looking for revenge. “We were delighted with the level of performance from the players as we’ve only got 12 available to us because we have four who are cup-tied. We are down at the bare bones and the players that went out did a fantastic job.
“We’ve already faced Hutchie in the Scottish Cup this year and they beat us 4-3 so it was quite a tight game. But we’ll need to up it in the final to get past the line so hopefully the lads will take the challenge on. It’s a great set-up they have down at Hallhill and you get to lead your team out so it will be a good experience for the players and one they will be looking forward to.”
Redhall are Polar stars
Redhall Star 13s edged out Dunbar United Colts 3-1 in the semi-final of the Polar Foods Cup at Hallhill.
The visitors have already booked their place in the final of the AC Taxis Cup but will be anticipating their shot at securing a potential cup double.
Enzo Parente put the Division 4 outfit in front with a clinical finish into the bottom corner but Dunbar responded with a quite blistering strike from Jordan Robbins who unleashed a 30-yard drive into the top corner to send the teams in all square at the break.
Redhall regained the lead when a corner taken from the right crept in at the near post, although there appeared to be some confusion whether the ball had taken a ricochet off a defender. The impressive Parente then ensured a final spot for Redhall as he raced onto the ball before finishing with a low drive to make it 3-1.
Redhall’s Gavin Millar has been impressed with his players in what is their first competitive season at 11-a-side. He said: “That’s the second league cup final we’ve got ourselves into so we’re doing really well and I’m extremely proud of them. It’s been a great achievement.”
Cramond edge Colts
Cramond 14s squeezed through to the final of the Pilmar Smith Cup on penalties after a titanic battle with Edinburgh South Colts at Inch Park.
With the teams level at 4-4 after extra time, Cramond goalkeeper Sam Philips pulled off two great saves to send his side through. Cramond’s Alan Morrison said: “Edinburgh South Colts played a great game and I am sorry they had to lose out that way but unfortunately one team have to go through.”
Cramond opened the scoring through Dylan McGhee but Connor Hall equalised for Colts from the penalty spot after Finlay Veith had handled on the goal line with the teenager being shown a straight red for his actions.
The visitors went 3-1 ahead despite Veith’s dismissal after a double from Mark Mackay but Colts fought back when Jamie Hunter played Hall through and he struck into the bottom right corner with his left foot.
Junior Kadabarwa then sent the game into an additional period with a cool chip from outside the box to level the match at 3-3. Cramond were 4-3 ahead after Owen Logan appeared to have struck the winner but Kadabarwa had other ideas as he converted to send the tie to penalties.
Cramond’s Mackay, McGhee and Nikolas Zakrzewski all scored to win the shoot-out 3-1.
Colts’ Adam Hill said: “We are disappointed to go out but I was happy with the character shown to comeback.”