The hosts took control of the game early on and grabbed the lead after four minutes following patient build-up play. Ryan Porteous held the ball up on the edge of the box before playing it back to Sam Jones, who fired into the bottom corner from 25 yards out.
Spartans came back into the game but, despite coming close to levelling on a number of occasions, they were foiled by some good shot-stopping from Loanhead goalie Tomasz Wieruszewski.
By the 60th minute, Loanhead were 2-0 up. Centre-back Ross Currie played a one-two with Liam Higgins before sprinting through on goal and finding the net.
Liam Taylor nodded in from a corner five minutes later to further extend Loanhead’s advantage. Then, with ten minutes to go, Michael Hutchison rounded off a polished performance from his side with a fourth of the afternoon, finding the top corner from just inside the box.
The win takes the South Edinburgh side to within six points of league leaders Tynecastle, with two games in hand.
A high five for Spartans
Spartans YOUTH 19s took advantage of a depleted Easthouses 19s side to triumph 5-1 in the battle of Division 2’s top two teams at Spartans Academy. The win took the North Edinburgh side ten points clear of their league rivals, who looked dangerous at times in the opening half hour of the game.
But with nothing to show for their attacking intent, Spartans capitalised and took the lead soon after when Sam Murphy latched onto a corner at the back post to make it 1-0.
The home side doubled their advantage before the break when a free-kick from the right-hand side found centre-back Eoghann Douglas, who lashed in from close range. Ryan Love extended his side’s lead on the hour mark with a superb solo run which finished with a placed effort finding the net from outside the box.
In the space of five minutes Murphy grabbed two more for his hat-trick and his side’s fourth and fifth. After a neat run he finished from just inside the box. He then scored another when he got on the end of a corner to prod in from five yards out.
At the death Josh Elliot managed to pull one back for the visitors but it was too little, too late for Easthouses.
City prove the Real deal
Edinburgh City Real 14s swept aside rivals Edinburgh City Whites 14s to stay top of Division 1 with a 3-0 scoreline at Forrester High School.
In what was a dominant display from the hosts, they wasted no time getting going and took the lead ten minutes into the encounter. Zac Nicol created space for himself down the left flank before crossing to Callum Page, who towered a header past the Whites goalie.
Five minutes later, Real were two up after another Nicol cross wasn’t dealt with by the visitors’ defence, allowing Scott Clark to tap in the loose ball from six yards.
Despite their best efforts, the Whites couldn’t get a breakthrough in the final third to make things interesting in the second half and Real made sure of the win after 45 minutes.
Colin McKinnon wrapped things up for the home side when he dispatched a shot from inside the box.