AC OXGANGS 19s climbed to the top of the Division 1 table with a hard-earned 4-0 victory over Spartans Reds 19s at Meggetland.
The hosts took the lead with 20 minutes on the clock. Jamie Hamilton delivered a whipped cross-field ball into the area that wasn’t dealt with by the Spartans rearguard, allowing Callum Berwick to steer home the loose ball.
Spartans started strongly in the second half and were unlucky not to be on level terms. However, they couldn’t quell the Oxgangs attacking threat and substitute Lewis Murray bagged his first of two goals when he slotted the ball past Euan Morton in the visitors’ goal.
With 15 minutes to go, Hamilton extended the home side’s advantage as he rifled the ball into the bottom corner.
AC Oxgangs added a fourth when substitute Matthew Gray sent the ball over from the right-hand side where Murray was waiting to half-volley in from ten yards out.
• Division 2 title joy for Spartans 19s
SPARTANS FC YOUTH 19s sealed the Division 2 title with a game to spare as they won 3-1 away to AC Oxgangs Blues 19s at Colinton Mains Park.
In a tight first half, both sides had chances in front of goal but the defining moment came two minutes before the break. The visitors were awarded a penalty when Nick Marshall was taken out in the area and Blair Lawson stepped up to drill the ball into the bottom corner.
After regrouping at the break, the home side pegged back the league leaders.
Jack Lumsden’s in-swinging corner deceived Tomasz Wieruszewski in the Spartans goal before nestling just inside the far post to make it 1-1.
Spartans showed no sign of nerves, however, as ten minutes later they crafted a second of the game to put themselves on the verge of claiming the title. Jamie Cairns’ corner from the right found Brad Fergie six yards out and his shot took a deflection as it past goalkeeper Danny Potter.
As the game headed towards the final whistle, Spartans chose not to rest on their laurels and, with two minutes to go, they wrapped up the victory with a third of the afternoon. Mario Falsone chased a lost cause down the wing before playing the ball square to Max Michie, who turned the ball in to ensure his side would wrap up the title on Oxgangs’ turf.
• Loanhead MYFC Colts 19s hit back for draw
LOANHEAD MYFC Colts 19s came from behind to salvage a 3-3 draw against Penicuik Athletic YFC 19s in the Division 2 League Cup at Loanhead Leisure Centre.
The visitors started brightly and broke the deadlock 25 minutes in when Ross Walker got on the end of a ball into the area to find the net.
Five minutes before the break, Walker doubled his side’s lead when he rounded goalkeeper Ross Anderson before sliding the ball in from a tight angle.
In the second half, it seemed like the visitors were going to secure a comfortable 2-0 win but Loanhead had other ideas and they reduced the deficit when Zander White struck a well-taken penalty 78 minutes in.
After Penicuik re-established a two-goal cushion through Liam Skinner, the hosts scored two more at the death to snatch a point. Dre Horsburgh coolly slotted in a penalty for his side before Owen Cassidy headed home in injury time.