Youth wrap: Shortiss strikes late as Redhall 16s win

Redhall Star's hopes of winning the Colin Greenhill Memorial Cup are still alive after their win over Spartans. Pic: Chris Martin

Redhall Star's hopes of winning the Colin Greenhill Memorial Cup are still alive after their win over Spartans. Pic: Chris Martin

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Redhall Star YFC 16s secured a safe passage into the quarter-finals of the Colin Greenhill Memorial Cup thanks to Adam Shortiss’ late strike against Spartans Reds 16s.

The first-half was goalless, but after the interval both sides came out looking more settled and it was Redhall who opened the scoring. Tommy Hendry broke to the byline before firing a ball across goal that deceived keeper Erland Paraiwa and ended up nestled in the far corner.

As the game went on, both sides looked likely to score, but it was Spartans who levelled things up with ten minutes to go thanks to a penalty-kick from Liam Philp.

With the game at 1-1, it looked to be heading to extra-time, but Redhall found a late winner in the nick of time as Shortiss followed up Hendry’s rebounded shot to secure a timely victory.

• North Merchiston 17s edged out Musselburgh Young Stars 17s 3-2 in a pulsating league game at Polton Hall.

Merchie got off to an ideal start in the Division 1 clash when Johnathon McVie netted with a delicate lob, but Mussy levelled on the half-hour mark through a fine strike by left-back James Brownley.

Merchie went in 2-1 ahead at the break thanks to a header from Maxwell Farerr, but Mussy responded with an equaliser in the second half through Brownley again.

However, Merchie found a winner when Calum Hope slid a precision pass through to substitute Josef Smith to score.

• Penicuik Athletic YFC 16s made it nine wins from 11 in Division 3, beating Currie Star 16s 6-0 at Balerno High School.

An own goal put Athletic ahead on ten minutes and Cammy Haig shortly doubled their advantage.

With Jack Wann volleying in a third for Athletic just before the interval, the visitors were comfortably on top and they soon pushed on, finding a quick-fire double in the second half. Daniel Glen’s free-kick picked out the top right corner for a fourth before Matthew Chandler netted the fifth.

As the second half progressed a sixth goal looked inevitable and it soon came, Chandler’s cross-cum-shot taking a deflection on its way into the net.