Redhall Star boss insists team can hold their heads high

Redhall Star 15s made it to round four of the 'Scottish Cup
Redhall Star 15s made it to round four of the 'Scottish Cup
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Redhall Star 15s coach Jimmy MacCusker turned his attention to league success after his side lost their Scottish Cup fourth-round tie against Westerton United on penalties.

After a 2-2 draw in normal time, there was no separating the two sides in the additional 20 minutes either. In the end it was the visitors who held their nerve to win 4-2 in the shootout at Redhall Park.

Despite the result, MacCusker said: “We’re staying positive. This has been a great adventure for us – it’s the furthest we’ve got in this tournament. If we put in performances like that we’ll win the league. That now is the priority.”

Ruairidh Sorbie got Westerton off to a flier in the tenth minute when he headed in Calum Smith’s cross from the right. Redhall, who had started sluggishly, eventually found their rhythm and equalised when Samuel Donachie spun his marker and fired in from 18 yards. The Glasgow side restored their lead when Smith scored from close range.

But once again Redhall levelled, with Adam Shortiss bundling the ball home just before half-time. It was left to Westerton keeper Joel Hinde to settle the tie with two saves in the shootout.

Loan stars

Loanhead MYFC 19s continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 3-2 victory over Spartans 19s in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup at Memorial Park.

Hosts Loanhead went ahead through Liam Matthew. Then, in a key moment for the visitors, goalkeeper Calum Paton sustained an injury and was forced off, meaning defender Blair Lawson had to take over between the sticks. Loanhead continued to press and despite Lawson making some decent saves there was nothing he could do to prevent Mikey Hutchison doubling the home team’s lead just after the break. Spartans pulled one back when Aaron Murrell rounded the goalie to net.

With 20 minutes left, Loanhead scored a third thanks to Sam Jones before Murrell pulled another goal back for the visitors at the end.

Ivan inspires

Tynecastle 13s romped to a 5-0 win over Bonnyrigg Rose 13s in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup at Saughton.

Striker Ivan Alapiki was the star of the show as he grabbed his team’s first four goals, with one of them coming before the break and the other three in the second half. Christopher McCallum completed the rout.