Youths: Hutchison Vale 13s end year on a high

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Hutchison Vale 13s secured back-to-back wins as they defeated Edinburgh City 3-0 at Forrester High School.

Hutchie looked sharp from the off and by the fifth minute had the lead, Ben Wardlaw showing composure in the box to curl home Jack Furness’ incisive pass. With the deadlock broken, Hutchie started to dominate and they could well have had another before half-time. Grant Herbert forced a fine save from City goalkeeper Fraser Taylor when he cut in and shot from the left flank. Then, soon after, Furness came close but twice he saw strikes from range well turned away by Taylor.

After the break, Hutchie were rewarded for their perseverance. Wardlaw was fouled in the area and the referee immediately gave a spot-kick that the No.10 himself fired in for 2-0.

City looked livelier as the half progressed but they could do little to prevent Hutchie scoring a third. Substitute Nathan Gallagher scored the goal of the game when he sent a majestic lob over Taylor from 25 yards.

• Edinburgh City 16s City maintain perfect record

Edinburgh City 16s maintained their 100 per cent league record as they recorded a 5-2 win over Whitehill Welfare at Forrester High School.

City began strongly and quickly opened up a 3-0 first-half lead. Ali Hogg found the net with a fine from chip inside the box before he again put the ball in with a carbon copy of his first goal. Then, as the half drew to a close, City found a third when Ryan Foggo reacted first to a loose ball in the box.

Despite the scoreline, Whitehill had very much been in the game and they pulled one back minutes before the break when Tony Glodek pounced on a ball over the top to fire home.

Buoyed by their goal, Whitehill showed determination at the start of the second and they soon found another. Tommy Logan ran through on goal before sending the ball beyond City goalie Dean Shearsby to make it 2-3. Whitehill looked likely to complete a turnaround but, after Shearsby made some crucial saves in a ten-minute spell, City went on to find two more goals. Robbie Telford curled in an effort from distance to make it 4-2 then Kyle Rylance followed up a Hogg shot to secure the points for his side with ten minutes to go.

• Leith Athletic Colts 14s are six shooters

Leith Athletic Colts 14s ended the year on a high as they recorded a blistering 6-2 win over Edinburgh South Colts at Leith Links.

After a stuttering start, Athletic eventually settled into the game and went ahead midway through the first half thanks to a tidy close-range finish from Dylan Greatorex.

Leith picked up three more before half-time in a ruthless attacking spell.

Corey Griffin made it 2-0 when he took the ball round goalie Finn Watkins before stabbing the ball in.

Then, Andrew Eagan and Logan Reid produced some deft finishing in the box to put Athletic comfortably on their way to nother three points.

Although South pulled a goal back early in the second half through Callum Harvey, substitute Scott Monteith and then Greatorex scored for Leith.

In the closing stages, Didi Dublin-Green scored a fine solo goal for South when he dribbled from halfway before finding the net but Athletic had already done enough to ensure they would end the year just three points behind league leaders North Merchiston.