Youths: Leith Athletic 13s in seventh heaven

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LEITH ATHLETIC 13s edged out Spartans Youth 7-4 in a highly-entertaining Scottish Cup first-round encounter at Leith Links.

There were four goals in the opening 20 minutes. After Paolo Benzoni fired Spartans ahead from a free-kick, Leith responded brilliantly with a hat-trick of goals. Rory Hunter scored a 25-yard effort from the right of the box which looped over goalkeeper Ben Jamieson, before Finley Henderson and strike partner John McNab gave Athletic a two-goal cushion.

Before the interval, Spartans pulled one back through Ben Dorricott, only to see Craig Brydon score from distance when the second half got going.

Spartans came right back into the cup tie, though, when Jack Thrumble whipped a free-kick over the wall to score and then Benzoni added his second to make it 4-4.

With both sides going for it, Leith held their nerve to score a trio of goals through John Dickson, Sean Wilson and McNab.

• Super six for Redhall Star

REDHALL STAR 16s secured back-to-back away wins in Division 2 with a dominant 6-0 display against Blackhall Athletic at Tall Oaks.

Redhall began brightly and took the lead after three minutes. Sam Donachie seized upon a loose clearance at the heart of the Athletic defence to put in Josh Slow-Clayton, who fired a low home.

Shortly after, Slow-Clayton turned provider as he sent a well-weighted ball over the top to Adam Shortiss and he burst through on goal before slotting in one-on-one.

Redhall then grabbed a third before half-time when Robbie Campbell put Donachie through and he sent a cross-cum-shot high into the net.

The same pattern continued into the second half as Slow-Clayton doubled his tally before Campbell then got his name on the scoresheet with a strike from outside the box.

Redhall were cruising and they added a sixth late on when Lorenzo Parente found the net from inside the box.

• Hi-His hit the h-eights

HADDINGTON ATHLETIC 14s made light work of their Scottish Cup first-round tie with a comfortable 8-0 win over Linlithgow Thistle at Haddington Athletic 3G.

Ross Campbell got the first of his hat-trick when he slotted in a penalty after 20 minutes.

Ben Ritchie then doubled the hosts’ lead before the break when he bent an effort from the edge of the area into the net.

The visitors huffed and puffed but couldn’t find a way back into the game with Athletic too strong. Campbell grabbed his second when he rounded Rose’s keeper to find the net with his weaker left foot, before Ritchie grabbed another to make it four.

Athletic didn’t let up and soon they had a fifth when Ritchie played in Edwin Kovalevskis.

Kovalevskis then added another for his side when he took the ball down in the box, held off a tackle and found the bottom corner for six.

Campbell then completed his treble before Charlie Smith got himself on the scoresheet with a shot from outside the area.