A BRACE from super-sub James Henry salvaged a point for Musselburgh Youngstars 15s as they drew 3-3 with Tynecastle Colts 15s on the opening weekend at Saughton.
The Division 2 clash didn’t take long to get going and by the fifth minute Musselburgh were ahead. Samuel Leveque was the creator, showing a turn of pace down the left before putting the ball on a plate for Ryan Osborne to tap in.
The goal opened up the game and at times both teams looked light at the back. Tynecastle exploited the extra space when Evyindur Bjarnason played a through ball from deep to Lucas Anderson and the striker kept calm one on one to level the scores.
Tynie had started slowly, but the goal lifted their confidence and they soon added a few more to their tally either side of the interval. After Anderson produced the goods once again to grab his second, the forward grabbed his hat-trick when he ran onto Isaac Mackie’s through ball to slot in.
It seemed like Tynecastle were out of sight, but with 20 minutes to go the Youngstars had other ideas. Henry’s introduction gave them a different dimension going forward and he won his side a penalty on the 62nd minute which he put away to reduce the arrears and set up a grandstand finish.
Minutes later Henry got another to complete the comeback for his side as he reacted first in a goalmouth scramble to bundle in and secure his side a precious point against tough opposition.
• Hutchie 19s are all-White
Hutchison Vale 19s got the new season underway with a comfortable 3-1 victory against Murieston United White 19s.
Despite the attacking efforts of both sides in the first half, the game remained goalless at the interval, with Hutchie edging proceedings in terms of possession.
After regrouping at the interval, Hutchie kept up their superiority and their persistence eventually paid off when they opened the scoring. After good work from Ewan Waddell, Daryl Healy received the pass and the forward made no mistake to make it 1-0.
With their noses in front, Hutchie soon doubled their advantage through Waddell as he went on a mazy solo run before firing home. The striker then bagged his second and Vale’s third when he latched onto Ciaran Chalmers pass to score.
Murieston did at least have a goal to cheer at the end when Aron Novak scored from the spot, but it was too late to salvage a point.
• Cavalry keep on the charge
Cavalry Park 14s opened their account for the season with an emphatic 5-0 win over AC Oxgangs 14s at Duddingston Playing Fields in Division 2.
Cavalry played positively from the off and soon had a goal to show for their efforts, Charlie McKinnon bagging the first of his hat-trick when he finished smartly from inside the box.
By the 15th minute the striker had another to his tally when he turned his marker from close range and netted.
After the interval McKinnon completed his treble when he fired the ball into the roof of the net from two yards out and the hosts didn’t let up. Liam Neil cut in from the left flank before looping a shot over the Oxgangs goalie to make it 4-0 and Michael Cornelius then got in on the act late on, striking a 25-yard free-kick straight into the AC goal.