Portobello under-14s hit five in SPORTSassist Cup / Tynie face Hutchie in SE Cup last four

Youth football round-up

Tuesday, 17th December 2019, 2:41 pm
Updated Tuesday, 17th December 2019, 2:52 pm
Portobello Under-14s

Portobello under-14s defeated Division 1 rivals Currie Star 5-1 at Meggetland to secure their spot in the last 16 of the SPORTSassist South Region Cup.

Both clubs have shared similar fortunes so far in their respective league campaigns, but on this showing, Portobello certainly proved they have the edge on Currie as they ran out comfortable winners to set up a fourth-round tie at home to Spartans.

There was no stopping a rampant Porty in the first half as they went into the half-time break four goals to the good.

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After early Porty dominance, Lennon Muir played in Bailey McKenzie who found the top corner with a terrific strike.

Lewis Moore and Keiran Wilson were causing Currie all sorts of problems down the left side but it was through a direct piece of play that goal number two arrived as goalkeeper Michael Wilson launched a precision ball upfield for McKenzie who fired across goal and into the net.

A flowing passing move involving Evan Bonar, Arran Bone, Muir and Wilson ended with the latter backheeling the ball into the path of Moore who whipped a delightful cross into the path of Robbie Peffers to net goal number three.

McKenzie netted his hat-trick after a strikingly similar move on the opposite side in which Dylan Monteith, Jamie Anderson, Peffers and Taylor Hammil linked up, with Hamill producing a marvellous assist after beating two Currie players.

This Portobello side aren’t accustomed to losing games, suffering just one defeat in the past 12 months, but a Currie goal in the second half did

little to perturb Porty as a further goal from the unstoppable McKenzie rounded off a fine victory.

Tynecastle under-16s will take on Hutchison Vale Colts in the semi-finals of the South East Region Cup after they returned from West Lothian with a 4-1 win over Murieston United Blues.

It was 1-1 at the break after Sam Nicholson’s close-range effort on 20 minutes was cancelled out by a long range strike from the home side.

Kyle Fraser fired Tynie into the lead on the hour mark when he shot home inside 12 yards after the hosts had failed to clear from a corner-kick, and Charlie Nairn’s goal five minutes later gave the visitors some breathing space when he converted after going through one-on-one.

Murieston had chances of their own to reduce the deficit but found Tynie keeper Josh Philp in form. The pressure was taken off him when Nicholson notched his second of the day to send the visitors through.