Amateurs: Edinburgh Harps call tune in 5-1 win over Shotts

Edinburgh Harps were in fine goalscoring form as they beat Lothian West League leaders Shotts Thistle
Edinburgh Harps were in fine goalscoring form as they beat Lothian West League leaders Shotts Thistle
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Edinburgh Harps turned in a five-star performance against LEAFA Lothian West League leaders Shotts Thistle at Meggetland with a 5-1 win.

The Green and Whites will face Thistle again in two weeks in the quarter-finals of The Victory Cup, and they will be hoping for a repeat performance of this display.

Steven Mahon went close for Harps with a curling free-kick that was tipped behind but they didn’t have to wait long to break the deadlock. Colm McGurk latched on to a long ball over the top of the Shotts defence, evading the challenge of keeper Jordan Stevenson and slotting into an empty net.

Ten minutes later, McGurk scored his second of the afternoon as he once again raced on to a defence-splitting pass and finished with great composure from inside the area.

The visitors were reduced to ten men at the start of the second half when David Gardner was ordered off and Harps took full advantage, Gerry Edelston heading in from a Luke Stephen free-kick on 58 minutes.

Two minutes later, there was a debut goal for new signing Craig Lamb when he bundled the ball in and Harps had a comfortable four-goal cushion.

Their winning goal on 79 minutes was a touch of class as Mahon played in a corner and Stephen cutely flicked the ball in with the outside of his boot.

Michele Convertino tried an acrobatic effort that went wide for the Capital side before Shotts scored a late consolation, but this was an impressive seventh successive victory for Harps for whom Paul MacGuiness was a standout performer.

Shotts’ defeat meant that Salvesen FC had the chance to take their place at the top of the league and they were to make no mistake against Bank of Scotland Strollers at Forrester High School.

Both Matthew Duncan and Michael Yuill hit doubles for Salvesen in a comfortable 5-0 win for the home side who are now 12 games unbeaten in all competitions and have yet to be beaten in the league.

• Sandys stay six ahead

In the LEAFA Premier League, Sandys defeated Spartans AFC 5-0 at Castleview to maintain their six-point lead over Tollcross Thistle at the top.

The goals came from Gordon Ramsay, Steven Philip, Robert McKenzie and a double from Kevin Stewart.

Tollcross remain on their coat-tails after a 1-0 win at East Linton. The only goal came after 25 minutes in a scrappy encounter in which both sides passed up numerous opportunities, Stefan Hay scoring as Thistle keeper John Nisbet kept a clean sheet for the third successive game.

• Better day for Barca

Barca Milton 97 put their Scottish Amateur Cup exit behind them with an 3-1 win over Armadale Thistle in the LEAFA Championship, but St Bernard’s took another important step towards the title after a hard-fought 4-3 win at Newcraighall Leith Vics. They are nine points clear of Clermiston Star who lost 2-1 at Craigshill Thistle on Friday night.

Edinburgh South Vics picked up silverware at Ainslie Park on Friday night with a 2-1 win over Pencaitland in the Ian McDonald Cup Final. Michael Kennedy scored both goals for the Lothian East league leaders after Dean Woods had levelled the scores from the penalty spot midway through the second half.