Youths: Portobello 15s pitch perfect in League Cup win

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Portobello CFA 15s triumphed 6-0 over Peebles FC on a difficult Bingham Park pitch to set up a semi-final tie in the Division 2 League Cup away to North Berwick Colts.

Both sides were urged not to overplay due to the conditions but it was a case of exactly that when Porty when 1-0 up in just 14 seconds.

Peebles tried to build from the back following kick-off but the pressure applied by Porty’s Devan Craighead paid off as he dispossessed the centre back before finishing calmly under the goalkeeper to get his team off to a flying start.

As both teams struggled to get the ball under control, it was Porty who were playing more effectively and they doubled their lead within 12 minutes.

Jamie Martin flicked a header through to Josh Dailly, who lifted the ball over the onrushing Evan Polak in goal and into the net.

The second half started the same way as the first with Ronan Gallacher chipping Polak from 17 yards to make it three. Peebles’ best chance came from a Connor Thorburn header but, when his effort failed, a comeback didn’t look likely.

Porty finished the game off with a flurry of goals in the last 15 minutes courtesy of John Devlin’s bullet header, Szymon Merwa’s mazy run and finish and Dailly’s second of the game. A comprehensive win for the home side.

• Leith Athletic 14s into Willie Bauld final

in the Under-14 Willie Bauld Cup semi-finals, Leith Athletic defeated Longniddry Villa 2-0.

With only three points separating the teams in the league, it was always destined to be a close encounter.

Rory Hunter opened the scoring for the home side before Ethan Wynne sealed the win. Leith will face Spartans FC Reds in the final as they won 5-2 against Tynecastle FC.

Peebles ran out winners against Tranent Colts FC in their Under-13 Belmont Vauxhall Cup semi-final after a 7-5 thriller.

It was a marvellous day for Keith Kitching as he scored a remarkable five goals to help his side through. Thomas Pickburn and Frey McIver scored the other two for the home side. Mackenzie Scott’s brace and goals from Ross Montgomery, Cameron Higgins and Lee Jamieson would normally have been enough for a win but, unfortunately for Tranent Colts, this wasn’t a normal game. Spartans FC Whites are the other finalists after they claimed an 8-1 win over Dunbar United Colts.

In another semi-final, the spotlight was on Spartans FC 15s as they managed to squeeze past Bathgate Thistle 2-0 in the SPORTSassist South East 
Region Cup.

The away side continued their strong form by booking a spot in the final of this highly-contested cup. Their scorers were Jonny Jarron and Reece Mason.

• It’s all Whites for Edinburgh City 15s

Edinburgh City Whites 15s ran out 6-1 winners against AC Oxgangs in the Division 1 League Cup.

The victory keeps City’s hopes of progressing into the semi-finals alive with four games left to play.

The players on the scoresheet for Edinburgh City were Paul Clarkson, Jules Carrie, Afa Osibanjo and Scott Peggie with a hat-trick. Despite their excellent form in the league which sees them occupy top spot, Oxgangs could only grab a solitary goal by Kyle Campbell.