SERYFA round-up: Cup wins for Dalkeith Thistle 13s and AC Oxgangs 15s as Leith Athletic 16s produce upset
Latest from the youths as teams compete in cup tournaments
Dalkeith Thistle under 13s made their higher league status count as they defeated Midlothian rivals Penicuik Athletic 6-1 away from home in the second round of the Ken Ritchie Cup.
Penicuik came into the cup tie with a 100-per-cent record in Division 3A with eight wins from eight but up against Division 2 Dalkeith they toiled despite taking the lead initially.
The hosts created a number of early chances before they eventually struck first after an error from Thistle goalkeeper Jay Currie saw him mistime his clearance and Penicuik’s striker simply rolled the ball into the net.
Penicuik would have doubled their lead had it not been for a fine Currie save as he made amends for his previous error, diving low to his right and pushing the ball around the post.
The home side were causing Dalkeith’s backline no end of trouble, with Currie having to quickly scamper back to his line to clear away.
Dalkeith’s coaches were forced into a rethink and they opted to make a couple of changes to the initial starting line-up with substitute Jed Miles firing in to equalise.
Miles would deliver a punishing blow to Penicuik on the stroke of half-time when he fired in the rebound after Jay Blues’ shot wasn’t held onto and the same player completed his hat-trick early in the second half after a Blues cross-cum-shot fell nicely for his team-mate to secure his treble with a stunning overhead-kick finish.
Dalkeith only grew in confidence with their three goals having the opposite effect on their hosts, and Sam Holmes would soon make it four.
Thistle’s top goalscorer Lewis Moffat made it five after he saw his first attempt saved, before Holmes rounded off an emphatic second half performance when he took the ball on his tight before firing high into the net with his left foot.
AC Oxgangs 15s put seven past Currie
Elsewhere, AC Oxgangs 15s cruised into the third round of the Federation of Hearts Supporters’ Clubs Cup with a dominant 7-0 win over Currie.
Aiden Fergus-Allen racked up a terrific first half hat-trick on a heavy pitch, with Fabian Bonkowski netting Oxgangs’ second of the day.
Further goals from Fergus-Allen and Bonkowski put AC out of sight before Reece Ogilvie capped the victory with their seventh.
Leith Athletic 16s stun Tynecastle
Leith Athletic 16s produced a shock in the second round of the Colin Greenhill Memorial Trophy with a 1-0 victory over Tynecastle.
Leith are bottom of the Division 1 table with Tynie second, but they upset the odds thanks to Ross Baxter’s second half strike.
Some imperious defending from Leith centre-halves Daniel Fennell and Finlay Stewart helped them see out the tie and they will face Longniddry Villa Colts in the next round.