SPARTANS REDS 16s were crowned Scottish Cup winners after beating Hutchison Vale 2-0 at Airdrie’s Excelsior Stadium.
Matt Brady secured the victory with two first-half goals as his side caught Hutchie out on the break. The first came with Hutchie pushed up the park as they pressed for an opener. Their opponents quickly broke forward and former Hutchie player Harry Girdwood came back to haunt his side as he set up Brady to provide a clinical finish from just inside the area.
Although Vale were having more of the ball, they were finding it difficult to make their possession count. Spartans capitalised on the break once again as Girdwood played in Brady and the striker kept calm to fire into the bottom corner past keeper Patrick Martin.
The best opportunity for Hutchie to find a way back into the game came ten minutes before the break when Euan McGuire’s free-kick was glanced towards goal by Cameron Stewart, only to be denied by Jamie Mitchell in the Spartans goal.
In the second half, Hutchie continued to press, holding onto the ball for large spells. Spartans – resolute at the back – were able to see off the threat and hold their lead, much to the delight of their travelling support.
• Edinburgh United front up in final
EDINBURGH UNITED 16s lifted the Division 2 League Cup with a 3-1 win over Edinburgh City 16s at Saughton Enclosure.
United began brightly and were rewarded with an early goal. A corner from the right was half-cleared by the City rearguard to defender Che Cousland, who provided a striker’s finish with a volley from the edge of the box.
After the interval, City probed for an equaliser and found one ten minutes into the half. Tommy Walker surged down the left-hand side before squaring the ball to Michael Murphy to tap in from close range.
The scores were level for only five minutes, however, as the goal sparked an instant reply from United. Danny Peden delivered a corner into the six-yard box and centre half Ross Castle headed in from six yards. Not long after, sub Dillon Anderson extended their lead as he rounded the goalie to fire in from a tight angle.
• Peter perfect for Spartans 13s
Spartans 13s ran out 4-0 winners over Tynecastle to lift the Peter O’Neill Cup at New Dundas Park.
Kyle Dempster set up the Ainslie Park outfit for the opening goal when he played a defence-splitting pass through to Jack Crombie, who finished coolly one-on-one with the goalkeeper.
Tynecastle rallied in search of a reply but the Spartans defence kept things tight at the back.
They built on their lead just before the break when Jack Ewing’s free-kick from the right found Campbell Swanson’s close-range header.
Spartans made it 3-0 15 minutes into the second half, Ewing the first to react to a loose ball in the box to steer a shot in from close range.
The boys in white and red added a fourth to put the icing on the cake. Jordie Yewdale drifted in a corner from the left which found substitute Reece Mason, whose header wrapped up a comfortable win.