FIVE-GOAL Josh Currie’s extra-time winner sent Spartans Reds 13s through to the third round of the Lothian Buses Cup after an 11-goal thriller against Edinburgh City Blacks at Forrester High School.
Currie had put his team ahead in the first half only to see City turn the game on its head with two goals in the space of two minutes through Aidan Walsh and a thunderous strike from Euan Gillespie. Spartans made it 2-2 on the stroke of half-time after Currie’s second of the afternoon as he sent a smart finish past goalkeeper Fraser Taylor.
After the break, Spartans moved ahead through Currie’s third and fourth goals only to see City reply with strikes from Adam Henderson and Gillespie once more, making it 4-4 at full-time.
In extra time, Aidan Savage put Spartans ahead with a pinpoint lob from the edge of the area. But City equalised when Ted Jones showed composure in the box to slot home.
With a penalty shoot-out looming, Currie found the net with an instinctive finish to seal the win.
Leith Athletic 21s mow down Maryhill in Scottish Cup
LEITH ATHLETIC 21s beat Maryhill Juniors 21s 5-0 in their Scottish Cup second-round replay at Meadowbank 3G.
After a fairly opening half-hour, Athletic took the lead on 35 minutes when Gavin Reid to sent a diving header into the net from Sean Macpherson’s cross.
Leith came out strongly in the second half, bagging two quick goals to strengthen their position. First, Kern Hutchison made no mistake from the spot for 2-0 before he sent a free-kick into the top right-hand corner from 25 yards.
Athletic extended their lead midway through the second half. Hutchison was instrumental again as his free-kick picked out Matthew Sampson’s head for 4-0. Leith completed the scoring late on when sub Jason Coyle stabbed in from close range with his first touch of the ball.
Redhall Star 16s fight back for win
REDHALL STAR 16s left it late to secure all three points as they edged out Tynecastle Colts 3-2 at Redhall Park in Division 2.
Colts struck first after 20 minutes. Cameron Mills was caught in the box by Lewis Blues and the referee awarded a spot-kick that Gary Tickle tucked away.
Star managed to fashion an equaliser five minutes before half-time. Josh Slow-Clayton played a pass into the path of Adam Shortiss and he sent the ball into the roof of the net.
It took a slice of good fortune for Colts to regain the lead in the second half.
A shot in the box appeared harmless before deflecting off a defender and finding the back of the net.
Redhall were soon on level terms, though. Shortiss was provider this time as he drilled the ball in low for Robbie Campbell to tuck away
Redhall then made their momentum count as they found a dramatic. late winner. Shortiss did the leg work and Slow-Clayton fired in to secure Redhall victory.