Youths: Shoot-out pain for Newcraighall Leith Vics

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NEWCRAIGHALL LEITH VICS 14s bowed out of the Scottish Cup semi-finals after a penalty shoot-out defeat by Broomhill SC at Ainslie Park.

In what was a hotly-contested affair, the Edinburgh side went ahead after 15 minutes with their first chance of the game. Jordan Daly burst down the right before delivering a cross to Brandon Blair in the box and he controlled the ball and remained composed to fire in from ten yards.

It was to be a short-lived lead for the hosts, however, as Broomhill replied five minutes later. Jack Muir sent over a cross-cum-shot from the left which snuck just inside the far post. A minute into the second half, the West Glasgow side grabbed another. Gio Vezza’s free-kick from the middle found a glancing header from Calum Hughes to make it 2-1.

Newcraighall scored a dramatic equaliser in the final minute of the game, Blair turning in James Smith’s header across the box to take the game to extra time. With neither side able to find a winning goal in the additional 20 minutes, penalties were required and it was Broomhill who held their nerve to win 4-3 in the shoot-out.

• Hutchie 14s into semis

Hutchison VALE 14s progressed to the semi-finals of the Kenny McLean Cup with an emphatic 5-1 win victory over Longniddry Villa 14s at Meadowbank.

Hutchie went ahead four minutes when Ryan Shanley latched on to a pass in the box before firing in at the near post.

Longniddry pressed forward in search of an equaliser but Hutchie doubled their lead just as half-time approached. Shanley’s initial shot was followed up by Aiden Cross, who made it 2-0.

After the interval, the home side set about extending their lead and, within 60 seconds, the ball was nestling in the goal. John Rea reacted first to a loose ball in the area to steer a shot into the net.

After Shanley picked up his third to make it 4-0, Longniddry finally had something to cheer when Ajay Kilpatrick’s through pass was dispatched by Kieran Douglas with a well-struck volley.

Hutchie had the last say, though, as Lewis McCann got on the scoresheet.

• Craigroyston 13s keep pressure up

Craigroyston BC 13s kept up the pressure on Division 4 leaders Fernieside with a 3-1 win away to North Merchiston at Harrison Park.

The visitors got off to the perfect start with an opening goal two minutes into the game. Ben Hunter got on the end of Jamie McEwan’s square pass to bury the ball from six yards out. Merchiston went in search of an equaliser and found one ten minutes later. A free-kick into the area wasn’t dealt with by the Craigie defence and Marc Gibson bundled the ball in from close range.

The game opened up as the half drew to a close and Craigroyston grabbed a second before the break. Hunter was fouled in the area and Christopher Bell took the resultant penalty, smashing the ball high straight down the middle.

The visitors grabbed another with five minutes remaining to secure the win. Steven Pouton provided the ball from out wide and Bell toe-poked in.

The win puts the North Edinburgh side within touching distance of leaders Fernieside, who are one point ahead, having played two games more.