Hutchison Vale 17s eased into the third round of the Victor Paris Bathrooms Cup with a convincing 7-0 win over Cavalry Park at Meggetland.
Hutchie wasted little time in facing up to the task ahead and took the lead after 12 minutes. Owen Richardson latched onto a long ball before dinking it over Cavalry keeper Scott Capaldi.
To their credit, Park showed fight in response, but there was little they could do to contain Hutchie’s attack and Murray Rose set up Jamie Watson to make it 2-0 on 20 minutes.
After the interval, Hutchie continued to dominate and things got even more difficult for Cavalry when Capaldi was dismissed for a foul on Fareid Yassein.
Then, after Yassein himself got on the scoresheet, Lewis Wright found the net with Cavalry despondent.
The goals kept coming for Hutchie and they found three more in the final ten minutes to extend their winning margin. Cavalry’s Lewis Thomson was unfortunate when he turned the ball into his own net for five. Then, after Wright struck once more to complete his brace, Cameron Walker stroked home to make a statement of Hutchie’s intent for the competition.
• Spartans FC Reds 13s edged out Leith Athletic’s A Team 3-2 in an enthralling top-of-the-table clash at Leith Links.
Spartans were quick out of the blocks and earned a penalty. Kyle Robertson was given an opportunity to convert 12 yards and he did so with little fuss to put the visitors in front.
Leith remained upbeat and they carved out a response midway through the first half when Cameron Stewart tried his luck from 20 yards with an effort that crashed into the net past Spartans’ keeper Lewis Fox.
It was Spartans who ended the opening half the stronger of the two sides and a quick-fire double put them in the driving seat. Aidan Savage was on hand to follow up Lawson McConnell’s initial effort to make it 2-1. They found the net again when Josh Currie charged forward before firing in one-on- one.
Leith pulled a goal back thanks to Thomas Ramage, who broke into the box, avoided three challenges and slotted into the far corner of the net.
The home side upped their efforts in search of an equaliser in the remaining ten minutes, but league leaders Spartans dug deep to hold on for a crucial three points against their rivals.
• Cavalry Park 14s continued their unbeaten start to the season with a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Edinburgh City at Duddingston Playing Fields.
The Division 2 leaders started strongly, but it was City that took the lead. On the break, Ollie Hossack played a precision ball over the top to striker Kieran McCallum and he out-foxed keeper Lewis Hamilton for 1-0.
Cavalry responded with force and they equalised when Jakub Zawislan unselfishly pulled the ball back to Charlie Mackinnon to fire in from close range.
However, after the break the pendulum swung back the way of City and they made their moment in front of goal count. Ross Middleton was the creator this time as he drove to the byline before teeing up Hossack.
Cavalry only became more determined to win the game and completed their spirited fight-back through Murray Lockhart and Mackinnon.