Salvesen CFC 19s recorded their first win of the season with a 3-1 victory in the first round of the Bob Bankier Trophy against fellow Division 2 side Tranent Juniors Blues at Forrester High School.
Neither side had picked up a league point so far, but this was a chance to try their luck in the cup.
Salvesen were two goals to the good at the interval in a first half which their defence dominated and their attackers took their chances.
The first goal for the home side came midway through the first period against the run of play, when Ross Mason’s free kick beat Tranent’s Andrew Punton at his left-hand post.
Salvesen made it two before half-time through Jordan Andrews. The ball popped up nicely for the midfielder and his speculative effort somehow made its way into the top corner.
Tranent could feel hard done by considering they had chances of their own in the first half with Johnny Bell having a couple of efforts, but Salvesen were clinical in front of goal.
Andrews grabbed his second, and his side’s third, early in the second half when he showed great technique at the back post to cushion a cross before firing an unstoppable volley into the net.
Tranent had an opportunity to get back into the game from the penalty spot, but Scott Munro’s effort came back off the post.
Munro did pull a goal back to make it 3-1 but Salvesen saw the game out at ease to give themselves a morale-boosting victory.
Meawhile, Spartans Youth under 14s came from two goals behind to win 3-2 away to Dalkeith Miners in the first round of the SYFA Challenge Cup.
Astonishingly, less than a month into the new season, the sides were meeting for the third time – with Spartans having romped to five and four-goal wins previously – due to there only being six teams in their Division 1.
Dalkeith were clearly fired up, hoping to make it third time lucky, and they were two goals ahead midway through the first half.
Robbie Yull was in the right place to tap the ball into the net after good build-up play down the left involving Mark Costello and Daniel Roulston, for the Miners’ first goal, before Costello completed a marvellous solo run when he fired past the Spartans goalkeeper.
Spartans were finding the conditions difficult but they rallied and levelled the scores before half-time.
Alistair Hogg pulled one back when he finished among a goalmouth scramble after Andrew Dempster provided the assist, before Botswana striker Washe Manyaphelo rounded the goalkeeper and rolled the ball into the net to make it two apiece.
In the second half, Spartans took the game to the Miners and new signing Robbie Campbell staked his claim for a starting place with the winning goal to send Spartans through to the second round, where they will face Blackburn United away from home.
Elsewhere, Edina Hibs under-15s knocked out Division 1 table-toppers Hutchison Vale in the first round of the Federation of Hearts Supporters’ Clubs Cup with a 2-1 home victory.
In windy conditions, Edina were two goals to the good at half-time in a dominant first half showing against their league rivals.
With the wind behind them in the first half, Edina pegged Hutchie back and they could have been further ahead going into half-time.
Daniel McKinnon put Edina ahead when he finished at the back post from a corner. Their second goal involved a intricate passing move which teed up midfielder Ryan Colgan who rattled one into the top corner from 20 yards.
Hutchie, with conditions reversed in the second half, would have been expected to roll over their opponents, but Edina continued to cause problems as they battled against the elements.
Kyle Hunter pulled one back 15 minutes into the second period when he was on the end of a cross into the box, but Hutchie didn’t create much more of note and Edina held on for a deserved win.