Edinburgh City 99s 16s ran out emphatic 5-1 winners in their Division 2 League Cup clash with Red Star United 16s at Forrester High School.
City, the home side, looking to bounce back from last week’s defeat by Newcraighall, started with real purpose and almost took the lead with less than 30 seconds on the clock. From the kick-off the ball was worked to Michael McLaren who sprinted through on goal before smashing the ball off the post.
It was a sign of things to come and it wasn’t long before City went ahead. Out of nowhere Liam Crombie took aim from 25 yards and looped the ball over Red Star goalkeeper Ciaran Pugh to make it 1-0.
Despite the visitors pulling one back through Jamie Hamilton, the home side continued to press and, just before the break, Josh Reddington found the net to restore their lead. After the break City continued to pass the ball around well and by the 56th minute they were 3-1 up when Crombie poked in at the back post from McLaren’s low cross.
Donald Dixon then grabbed a well-worked fourth for City before McLaren registered a deserved goal at the end with a composed finish ten yards out.
Six for Ox in cup rout
AC Oxgangs 19s produced a terrific away performance in the third round of the Bob Bankier Trophy to defeat league rivals Salvesen CFC 96 19s 6-0 at Forrester High School.
With both sides coming close to breaking the deadlock early on, the visitors secured the crucial opening goal when Gavin Reid got on the end of a cross to loop a header over the Salvesen keeper.
Fifteen minutes later Murray Cockburn set up Lewis Temple to chest the ball in from close range, giving his side a comfortable 2-0 lead at the break.
After the restart, Reid bagged another to extend the away side’s advantage before Callum Berwick took the score to 4-0 when he reacted quickest to a loose ball in the area.
With ten minutes to go Paul Macari knocked the ball past Salvesen’s keeper before firing into an empty net to make it 5-0 to the visitors as they took full control of proceedings.
Oxgangs didn’t stop looking for goals.
They targeted the opposing defence at the end and grabbed a resounding sixth of the afternoon.
Jamie Hamilton scored the pick of the goals when he sprinted down the right-hand channel before cutting inside and he leathered a shot just inside the post.
Vics floor Tynecastle
Newcraighall Leith Vics 14s progressed to the fourth round of the Kenny McLean Cup with a 3-0 win over Tynecastle 14s at Peffermill.
Vics made their early pressure count when they went ahead in the tenth minute. Yirick Gallentes burst down the left flank before drilling a low cross to Jordan Daly who tapped in at the back post six yards out. Newcraighall continued to press and reaped rewards again ten minutes later when they grabbed a second. Daly picked up his second when he got on the end of another ball from the left to lob the keeper in the area.
Despite Tynecastle’s best efforts to respond, they were continuously crowded out by the hard-working home side who always looked to chase the ball when they didn’t have it.
Vics picked up a third to wrap up the game and what a goal it was. On 60 minutes a cross-field ball from the right picked out Brandon Blair and he struck a sweet first-time volley with his left foot into the far corner of the net.