Victory puts West End boys three points clear at top

West End United gave a committed performance to see off Stables in a Sunday Morning League clash
West End United gave a committed performance to see off Stables in a Sunday Morning League clash
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Coach Paul Robertson praised West End United’s “effort and commitment” as they ran out 3-1 winners in their league clash against Stables AFC.

“We were excellent. Stables are as good a side as any in this league and we did well to come through that,” he said.

“I feel our work at set pieces has improved recently.

“We’ve been working on that aspect of our game and I feel our movement in the box was great.

“It made a big difference today. We would have never troubled a team like that before.”

The result puts West End three points clear at the top of the Sunday Morning League after seven games – but coach Robertson insisted they’ll be taking things “one game at a time”.

The visitors got off to the perfect start when James Spence intercepted a sloppy back-pass to sprint through on goal and slot home.

Just after the break West End doubled their lead when Paul Lindsay half-volleyed in a loose ball from a corner.

Stables pulled a goal back with 20 minutes to go thanks to Ryan Kecheran. Neil McGlade crossed from the right and Kecheran got up at the back post to head in.

It was a mere consolation goal for Stables, however, as just before the end David Caesar wrapped things up for West End with a simple tap in from eight yards.

Shotts down Cavalry Park

Shotts Victoria progressed to the third round of the Logan Cup after a straightforward 5-0 win against Cavalry Park.

In the fifth minute, Ritchie Barr gave the hosts the perfect start and it didn’t take long before they doubled their lead. An impressive free-kick from Kristopher Russell 22 yards from goal was bent around the wall and into the bottom corner.

The league leaders, unbeaten this season, showed their ruthlessness with a clinical third goal after the break when Barr was slipped in for his second.

Minutes later, Barr had a hat-trick after he was gifted a through ball from midfield and Frazer Kirkland then got in on the act late on to make it 5-0.

Windsor rise to summit

Musselburgh Windsor AFC went top of the Lothian East league after they brushed aside Salters Athletic with a 3-0 victory.

The hosts started brightly and they soon got into their stride, opening the scoring after 12 minutes through Scott Gourlay.

Musselburgh continued to come forward and were soon awarded for their persistence in the final third when Kriss Mack scored from the penalty spot after Gareth Kerr was brought down in the box.

By the 28th minute the home side were 3-0 up and it was Kerr who was involved in the thick of it again. After robbing the centre-half he ran through on goal and lofted the ball over the onrushing keeper.