Youth football: North Merchiston 14s too hot for Currie

North Merchiston 14s clocked up an impressive 6-1 victory over Currie Star Colts in the Pilmar Smith Cup
North Merchiston 14s clocked up an impressive 6-1 victory over Currie Star Colts in the Pilmar Smith Cup
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North Merchiston 14s eased into the second round of the Pilmar Smith Cup, defeating Currie Star Colts 14s 6-1 at Harrison Park.

It didn’t take long for Merchie to make their mark as with barely 30 seconds on the clock, Robbie Montgomery stabbed in a ball from the right for 1-0.

Things soon got even better for the hosts with two more goals in quick succession. After Connor Webb doubled their advantage, Alexander Goodall volleyed in from a corner to give Merchie one foot in the next round.

As the half drew to a close Merchie bagged two more to rub salt in Currie wounds. Brodie Stoner provided the first as he crossed for Zac Vyse to tap in at the back post before Jamie Richmond added a fifth.

Currie began the second half brighter and they deservedly found a goal through a cheeky lob from Kevin Essah. However, Merchie had the last laugh as they added an emphatic sixth when Jamie Warner raced in behind the opposition defence before sending a cool finish into the bottom corner.

• Loanhead MYFC 19s pulled off a dazzling 14-0 victory in the Scottish Cup second round as they eased past East Kilbride YM 19s at Lasswade High School.

The goal-fest began with Darren McCraw latching onto Kyle Scott’s ball over the top before sending a one-touch finish flying into the bottom corner.

After McCraw bagged a 30-minute hat-trick with two more neat finishes, goals from Stephen Scott, Kyle Scott and a fourth for McCraw meant the interval couldn’t come quick enough for Kilbride.

There was no let off after the break, however. Loanhead only upped their efforts and they took the scoreline into double figures thanks to two more Stephen Scott strikes in between efforts from Calum Smart and Sam Jones as East Kilbride just could not live with the on-fire hosts.

Mercilessly, Loanhead continued to press and Smart, Stephen Scott and Jones all struck once more in between a 25-yard piledriver from Ryan Porteous to make it a day to remember for the hosts as they chalked up an outstanding scoreline.

• Edinburgh United 17s came out on top in their Craig Gowans Memorial Cup second round clash, with a 3-0 victory over North Merchiston 17s at Meggetland.

A penalty was awarded when former United star Darragh McTierman fouled Liam McDaid in the area. Danny Peden took responsibility for it and he made no mistake to give United the lead. Five minutes later things got even better for Peden’s side when Ross Castle connected with Lewis Adgodani’s cross to make it 2-0.

After the interval United were on top but Merchie did have chances to find a way back into the game. The best of them fell to Kyle Wynne, but he couldn’t beat keeper Tommi Mcarthur one on one.

United could have been out of sight when Castle came inches away from heading in a third, though it wasn’t to matter, as with 20 minutes to go he headed in sub Mohammed Dukary’s cross to secure the win.