Youths: City hit six on poignant day

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A MINUTE’S silence was held just hours after the passing of Tynecastle under-14s youngster Jamie Skinner, with Edinburgh City ’99s and Jamie’s former club Edinburgh South Colts taking time to reflect on the tragic events which had taken place earlier on Sunday morning.

Jamie had previously been a part of the Edinburgh South Colts side before he impressed Hearts enough for them to offer him a contract. Friends and former team-mates showed immense character to play the fixture given the state of mind they must have been in after being told of the morning’s events.

Edinburgh City recorded a 6-1 win over their Division 2 rivals, but there were no real winners on a tragic day for youth football in Edinburgh.

City had multiple chances to open the scoring in the early exchanges, but they couldn’t find a way past a very impressive goalkeeper in Robbie Urquhart until Donald Dixon’s shot from the edge of the box took a deflection on its way past the stopper in the 14th minute.

It was 2-0 to City just ten minutes later. Kevin Munro latched onto a pinpoint Michael McLaren through ball and the left winger composed himself before firing under Urquhart.

South Colts were finding it tough playing into the wind and rain, and with City’s centre-back and captain, Matthew Brien, marshalling his defence tremendously, South could find no way through.

City made it three before half-time after McLaren played a neat one-two with John Reddington before firing into the net. McLaren then got his double early in the second period when he capitalised on a poor goal kick from Urquhart, which came straight to the striker, and he sent it back in the same direction.

Three minutes later, it was five for City – who were battling against the conditions to increase their lead, as Adam Markham was left with the simplest of finishes from three yards out.

South Colts were determined to pull a goal back and after Jamie Hunter came close with a lob attempt which just dipped over the bar, Connor Hall bundled the ball into the net when City keeper John Gallagher fumbled a cross.

McLaren restored City’s five-goal lead with his hat-trick, with minutes to spare – and he certainly saved the best for last – the ball popped up nicely in the box and he laced the ball into the bottom corner.

Meanwhile, Loanhead Miners Youth under-16s edged out league rivals Tranent Colts 3-1 in the group stage of the Division 2 League Cup, as the Miners got revenge for their Scottish Cup first-round exit at the hands of Tranent.

Hosts Loanhead went into half-time with a slender one-goal lead after a Ryan Sommerville through ball found Phil Alexander, who showed great bravery to get ahead of the Tranent goalkeeper and slide the ball into the net.

Sommerville was influential in central midfield upon return from injury, and he provided the assist for the Miners’ second goal. The midfield star drove into Tranent’s half and picked out Alexander, who, from all of 25 yards out, found the bottom corner.

Tranent pulled a goal back when Paul Quinn rose highest to power a header into the net from Bradley Dodds’ corner kick after the visitors had missed a host of chances.

However, Scott McNaughton ensured the victory for Loanhead when he knocked in a rebound from Euan Greig’s initial shot.

Elsewhere, there was no stopping Haddington Athletic under-14s, who consolidated their position at the top of Division 3 when they inflicted an 11-1 defeat on Peebles on Sunday.

Haddington’s Ross Grieve was in particularly magnificent form, as the striker notched a double hat-trick – six goals – in the rout to maintain his side’s unbeaten league record.

Grieve opened the scoring direct from kick-off as the home side got off to an incredible start, and a tone was set for the rest of the match, as Haddington raced into a 6-1 half-time lead.

Haddington seemed to score with every chance that came their way, and the remainder of the goals came from a Jake McClung double plus a strike apiece for each of Ben Clark, Harry Phillips and Euan MacNaughton.