Amateurs: Salvesen sail into cup final

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SALVESEN marched into the final of the Division 1 West IME Cup with a convincing 4-1 win over Edinburgh Caledonian at Forrester High School.

After penning Edinburgh back early on, the away side found a breakthrough 16 minutes into the encounter. A hopeful ball forward by the Salvesen rearguard found Jamie Butler and he lifted the ball first time over the head of Steven Tindall in the hosts’ goal.

Just after Butler had rattled the post with a free-kick from 22 yards, Edinburgh equalised on the stroke of half-time. Dirk Otway’s initial shot from the edge of the area was palmed away by Salvesen goalkeeper Jamie Meechan to Iain Crombie, who followed up to tap in at the back post.

Salvesen came out flying in the second half and David Ross restored their lead with a header barely a minute after the interval then, just minutes later, he found the net again with a clinical strike from outside the box.

With 55 minutes on the clock, Salvesen grabbed another to make it 4-1, Matthew Duncan getting up to power in a header from a corner.

• Craigroyston CYFC are in good Stead

CRAIGROYSTON CYFC progressed to the final of the Stead & Simpson Cup as they edged out Heriot Watt A 5-3 at Craigie Park.

Heriot Watt A got off to the perfect start after 15 minutes when Bruce Hay latched onto a forward ball before firing the ball into the top corner.

It was to be a short-lived lead, however, as the hosts raised their game.

Chris McLeod volleyed in to put the Craigroyston on level terms before Ian Wilson tapped in at the back post to give his side the lead. Despite the visitors’ best efforts, Craigie continued to create and they found two more before half-time. Ryan Robertson extended their lead and Wilson struck his second.

After the break, Heriot fought back into the game when Hay got on the scoresheet twice more to complete his hat-trick.

As they battled to pull the scores level, Heriot conceded a penalty when Robert Hood was hauled down in the area. Darren Boyle stepped up to smash the ball into the bottom corner, securing the victory for the hosts.

• Edinburgh Harps on song in semi-final

EDINBURGH HARPS secured a place in the final of the Stead & Simpson Cup with a hard-fought 4-1 victory over Redpath Albion at Saughton.

Harps scored two goals in the opening 15 minutes to put themselves in a commanding position. Kostas Magoufas intercepted a loose pass at the heart of the Redpath defence to run through on goal and coolly fire past goalkeeper Darren Wallace.

Then, soon after, John Mcclarey doubled the hosts’ advantage as he picked up the ball deep in the Redpath half before finding the goal with a composed finish.

After regrouping at the break, Redpath came out with purpose in the second half and, five minutes in, Harps conceded a penalty. Redpath substitute Jamie Archibald sent the ball crashing into the back of the net from the spot.

As the visitors continued to press in search of an equaliser, Harps caught them on the break to make it 3-1. Paul Henderson took the ball down the right-hand side before squaring to Matty Moran, who sent the ball into the far corner from close range.

Steven Mahon wrapped things up for Harps late on as he rounded Wallace to send the ball into an empty net.