No stopping Cavalry as they romp to semi-final

Cavalry Park Under-16s
Cavalry Park Under-16s
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Cavalry Park Under-16s sailed through to the semi-finals of the Jackie Faichney Memorial Cup after an 11-1 defeat of Division 2 side AC Oxgangs.

David Lindsay and Harry Davies both notched a hat-trick, with the former getting his three in the first-half before adding a fourth after the interval.

Truth be told, the scoreline could have been far worse for Oxgangs, with Cavalry missing a host of chances to inflict more damage on their beleaguered hosts.

Cavalry’s football was a joy to behold as they strutted their stuff on the artificial surface at Meggetland. Playing at a high tempo, they passed the ball around with ease as they left Oxgangs’ defenders running ragged.

Lindsay got his first on six minutes as he latched onto a pass played across goal before dispatching the ball past former team-mate Lewis Whitelaw, in goal for Oxgangs.

The hosts had coped well in the opening period and they were back on level terms just three minutes later after Whitelaw found Jamie Carrick with a long ball upfield. The little striker produced a finish, his brother Dale (Hearts striker) would be proud of as he lofted the ball over the onrushing Kerr Robertson.

Whitelaw had to be alert as Cavalry looked to regain their lead. The keeper made a great double save from Dylan Noonan after Kobi May’s cross into the box.

Noonan came even closer after he got on the end of a lovely defence-splitting pass from Calum Dunn, which was curled in behind the Oxgangs defence, but he struck the foot of Whitelaw’s post after being put under pressure by Oxgangs’ Robbie Beaton.

Davies put the visitors ahead again shortly after though, on 23 minutes, to kick-start a fruitful period for Cavalry – the first of what would be six goals in 15 minutes – after finishing well at the back post.

Sam Laverty got the third after a good move involving May down the left, before Lindsay got his second with a silky piece of individual skill. The striker flicked over the head of Whitelaw, before running round him to control the ball in mid-air and prod it into the empty net.

Noonan then got in on the act to make it five, after a quick move involving Laverty and Lindsay, as the latter drew Whitelaw wide before passing across to Noonan for a tap-in.

There was no stopping Cavalry. Laverty got his first-half double, despite starting the match as a substitute, when he sent Noonan’s cross into the net with a header.

Lindsay then completed his first-half hat-trick when he swept the ball into the bottom corner after another assist from the impressive Noonan.

The interval couldn’t halt Lindsay in his stride as he got his fourth seven minutes into the second-half with a clever sidefooted finish.

Davies was doing his best to match his team-mate, and he got his second of the match on 60 minutes after striding through the Oxgangs rearguard before sliding the ball past Whitelaw.

May had been dangerous down the left wing for Cavalry Park and despite his slackness in front of goal he was effective in setting others up to score. His ball across goal found Brandon Archibald who made it ten with 12 minutes to go, before Davies sealed his hat-trick after getting on the end of a clever Noonan pass.

Cavalry face fellow Division 1 side Leith Athletic in the last-four for a place in the final of the competition.

’Burgh brush off Spartans

Musselburgh Windsor Under-19s brushed aside fellow Division 1 side Spartans FC Reds with a 5-1 away victory over their mid-table rivals.

Ryan McConville put Windsor ahead early on after a bright start from the visitors when he diverted Marc Berry’s drilled low cross into the net. Soon after Windsor were two ahead, with Spartans wondering what had hit them. Gary Scott-Learmonth worked a short corner with Jack McIntyre before Kieran McHarg crashed a downwards header past Spartans’ keeper.

Spartans were brighter at the beginning of the second-half and pulled a goal back through striker Steven Havelin after he poked home at the front post from a low cross on the left wing.

The hosts had several chances to level, but found Windsor’s keeper in top form.

They were left rueing their luck in front of goal as McIntrye made it three after tireless work from Michael Spence to gain possession, before playing in his team-mate.

McHarg put the game out of sight with his second of the afternoon with another header, before Berry made it five after finding the net from the edge of the box with a low strike.

United beat City to semi

Edinburgh United Under-17s came out on top against Edinburgh City in the quarter-finals of the Michael Moran League Cup with a 2-0 away win.

United, top of Division 2 Section A, proved too strong for fourth-placed Division 2 Section B outfit City as they advanced into the last-four.

United went ahead when Nick Marshall got the better of his marker before finishing powerfully past City’s keeper.

City went close early in the second-half but for a point blank stop from United keeper Damian Iwola.

Arran Lovell then sealed United’s semi-final passage on 60 minutes. They will face Currie Star/Edinburgh South Reds or Dalkeith CYP/Peebles.