LEITH Athletic 16s fought back from a goal down to overpower their opponents AC Oxgangs 4-1 in the final of the Jackie Faichney Memorial Cup at Saughton Enclosure.
AC opened the scoring in the first half when winger Euan Everett skipped past his marker on the right before delivering a superb cross to the back post for team-mate Lewis Murray to rise and head beyond Leith goalkeeper Craig Kinnear.
Leith did eventually find their rhythm and equalised on the stroke of half-time through what can only be described as a freak goal. A free kick taken just inside the opposition’s half by Leith No. 2 James Cook somehow evaded everyone in a packed AC penalty box and the ball crept in at the left-hand post.
Leith returned to the field for the second half and looked a side on a mission for cup glory. The black and whites edged in front when Paul Kennedy out jumped AC goalkeeper Kieran MacFarlane to power home a header after a cross from the right from Robbie Ewing to give his side a 2-1 advantage.
Gavin Brown then made it three after a well-worked move from the right to put Leith firmly in the ascendency, and, despite some AC pressure late on, the Leith back-four held firm at everything the AC attack could muster.
Russell Hogg added a fourth goal late on to put a shine on the scoreline, but AC deserve credit in what proved to be a very entertaining spectacle between the two sides.
Leith coach Martin Owens said: “I think the game was played by two very evenly-matched teams but I think that reflects the Under 16 age group this year which has produced a really exciting season overall.”
Tranent Colts Persevere
Tranent Colts 13s ran out convincing winners after romping to a 4-0 victory in the Persevere Cup final at New Dundas Park in Bonnyrigg.
The East Lothian side have enjoyed an emphatic season, remaining undefeated in their Division 3 league campaign, and winning last weekend’s Under-13s Ayr International Youth Football Tournament.
The youngsters also have a further two semi-final appearances before the season draws to a close for the summer break.
Ryan McMurdo’s brace in the first half had Tranent in control before Lomond Grey’s header made it 3-0 after the break as Easthouses struggled to counteract the sharpness displayed from their opponents.
McMurdo then secured his hat-trick to mark a memorable occasion for the youngster on a personal note, but it was an all-round assured team performance that secured Tranent cup glory.
Vale claim the SB Cup
Hutchison Vale 13s are Stewart Brien Cup champions after a 5-2 triumph over Loanhead Miners Youth at Bonnyrigg’s New Dundas Park.
Gregor Lamb gave Hutchie a 1-0 lead at the interval after a tight opening 35 minutes before Ben Swan made it 2-0 after the break.
Hutchie increased their lead to three when Lamb dispatched his penalty kick into the corner after a foul in the area, but Loanhead responded when their No. 10, Declan Glass, scored a wonderful free-kick to make it 3-1. Grant Rose then restored Hutchie’s three-goal lead to make it 4-1, but Glass claimed his second from the penalty spot to make it 4-2.
However, it was to be Hutchie’s day as they sealed their victory with the seventh strike of the match when Swan tucked home his second effort of a pulsating tie.
Hutchie coach Norrie Lewis said: “We deserved it.”