Easthouses FC 15s beat Edinburgh City 15s 2-1 in Division 2 at Forrester High School.
Easthouses, the visitors, got off to a flyer in cold and windy conditions, taking the lead two minutes in. A loose ball in the area was followed up by Ryan O’Connor, who made no mistake five yards out to score.
Edinburgh, however, weren’t prepared to let their heads drop and after Wallace Jennings almost gave his side an equaliser from a free-kick, he volleyed in superbly from a corner to make it 1-1.
With the momentum in their favour, the home side continued to attack and almost made it two goals in two minutes. After some good play between Kalvin Nichol and Antony Little, the former set up Little in the box with a pinpoint cross but Little could not direct his effort on target.
Both sides were keen to end the year with a win and so the contest became a very attacking-minded one, with the next goal crucial in deciding who would take the points. In a game which could have gone either way, Easthouses grabbed what proved to be the winning goal on the 55th minute when Samuel Rutherford finished one-on-one past Edinburgh goalie Daniel Kerr.
Hair-raising from Baldie
Longniddry Villa Blues 19s ended 2014 on a high after they beat Dalkeith 19s 3-0 in Division 2 at Middleshot Square.
The hosts began brightly and went ahead in the 15th minute when Chris Baldie chased onto a well-weighted through ball from Jordan Ritchie before slotting past the Dalkeith goalie.
After what became an evenly contested affair the next goal was crucial and Longniddry grabbed it. Baldie again was instrumental in attack as he beat three players before cutting into the box from the right and firing a shot into the far corner.
Despite their best efforts Dalkeith were unable to get a foothold in the game and, five minutes later, the home side made it 3-0 when David Singer found the goal from ten yards with a neat finish.
After a slow start to the current campaign, Longniddry have won four out of their last six games in the run up to Christmas, propelling themselves up the Division 2 table to fifth place.
Peebles put Colts out
Peebles 13s progressed to the second round of the Ken Ritchie Cup with an emphatic 6-0 win over Edinburgh South Colts. The hosts raced into a 2-0 lead at half-time with Edinburgh unable to take their chances in front of goal. Joe Dougal grabbed the first for his side when he cut into the box and shot through a crowd of defenders to open the scoring. Then, 12 minutes later, Luke Maclean won a penalty then took responsibility to stay calm and find the net.
After the break the visitors initially quelled Peebles’ attack, but were unable to stop them racking up four goals in the final ten minutes.
Winger Aaron Russell made it 3-0 on the 60th minute when he cut in from the right to latch onto a through ball before smashing a shot into the far corner.
Kyle Erskine then grabbed Peebles’ fourth of the afternoon before Russell got in on the act again with a well-timed run behind the Edinburgh defence to bag his second goal of the game.
Peebles really were in the mood for goals and in the 68th minute they grabbed yet another when Maclean registered his second of the afternoon with a poacher’s effort five yards from goal, to put the seal on a splendid victory.