Youths: Spartans Whites go nap to lift Belmont Vauxhall Cup

Spartans FC Whites celebrate with the trophy and their medals at Bonnyrigg
Spartans FC Whites celebrate with the trophy and their medals at Bonnyrigg
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Spartans FC Whites won the Belmont Vauxhall Cup with a 5-1 win over Peebles FC.

It was their first silverware of the season, and they secured it with flying starts to each half.

They raced into a three-goal lead inside the first 21 minutes, thanks to a double from Lusanda Ndlovu and one from Cameron Brincker.

Peebles’ Keith Kitching scored a crucial goal on the stroke of half-time to leave his side with hope that they could come back out with something to fight for.

However, Spartans were like a train again after the break, with Harry Little scoring after two minutes and Oscar Jamieson clinching it three minutes later.

Little went close early on when his cross from the right was side footed wide by Luke Fyvie in the first minute. Little was the provider for Ndlovu’s early first goal with the forward tapping home from right in front of goal.

He showed a striker’s instinct again for the second goal burying a rebound after Jamieson’s header had been blocked.

Peebles began to show in an attacking sense and Rory MacDonald flashed a shot across goal before Kitching had a shot blocked when one-on-one after a lovely exchange with Jordan Sykes.

Spartans got back on the front foot and it was in no small part down to the good work in midfield of Fyvie, Brincker, Little and Logan Cameron, who kept them in the ascendancy.

Ndlovu almost got his third after good work in winning the ball in a wide area in cutting inside, but his effort went wide.

It was 3-0 after 21 minutes and it was a clever goal by Brincker. Sent running towards the Peebles defence by Little’s ball inside, Brincker took two defenders out with one shimmy to the right before slamming the ball low into the net.

However, Peebles managed to get themselves back to within two goals of their opponents thanks to Kitching. The captain had been his team’s busiest player, looking to get forward from the middle of the park whenever he could. He did so to get effect and broke through two challenges before placing the ball high past Dylan Tas.

So with that goal the Borders side had renewed belief that they could launch a dramatic comeback and lift the cup.

However, Spartans began the second half with the same purpose as they had the first, and within minutes the game was back out of reach for Peebles.

Two minutes after the break, Cameron got forward on the left and pulled the ball across for Little who was waiting at the back post to prod home.

And in the fifth minute of the second half Jamieson’s bullet header made it 5-1 after being picked out by Cameron’s cross

Despite being on the wrong end of the scoreline Peebles continued to piece together some decent moves, and with three minutes to play Kitching went close from Evan McConell’s pull back but was denied by Tas.

The deficit could also have been increased, but for a great save by Peebles’ Oliver Gray from Finlay Halton’s effort, and a searching ball by Cameron played in Little but his attempted lob went into Gray’s arms.

Spartans FC Whites: Dylan Tas, Michael Duff, Scott McKie, Ellis Gray, Bailey Stevenson, Oscar Jamieson, Luke Fyvie, Scott Findlay, Lusanda Ndlovu, Cameron Brincker, Harry Little, Finlay Halton, Abdou Thiam, Hamish Black, Daniel Hood, Logan Cameron

Peebles: Oliver Gray, Mark MacKay, Frey MacIver, Liam Moffat, Lewis Scrimger, Stan Swain, Keith Kitching, Fraser Whyte, Thomas Pickburn, Rory MacDonald, Rhys MacDonald, Conor King, Brodie Combe, Evan McConnell, Daniel Paton.