Youth football round-up: Hat-trick of victories for Spartans
Reds lead the way against Windsor
Spartans Reds under-17s are through the the semi-finals of the SPORTSassist South East Region Cup after the Division 1 league leaders secured a comfortable 3-0 victory over Musselburgh Windsor at Ainslie Park.
After surviving a pitch inspection due to the sub-zero temperatures, hosts Spartans quickly got into their rhythm and started to dominated in the early proceedings.
Sam Collins netted the opener for Spartans after 15 minutes when he finished well at the back post, and they were soon two goals to the good as Jack Tait netted their second five minutes later when he fired in from close range.
Musselburgh didn’t let their heads drop despite their opponents impressive early start, with Spartans reshuffling their formation to match the visitors in midfield. Substitute Seb Mrowczynski hit the post for Spartans as the game edged towards half-time, with Keir Foster also striking the woodwork.
Mrowczynski would put the game out of Musselburgh’s reach in the second half when he netted following a swift counter-attack.
Spartans Whites 14s secured their sixth Division 4 win of the season with a 2-0 victory against top-of-the-table Melrose. Harry Gray was the hero for Spartans as he netted both goals for his team, either side of half-time.
His first came after 15 minutes when he scored a tap in following an enterprising run from Callum Mather who set him up. Gray then netted again on the hour mark after a surging 30 yard run during which he beat two defenders before firing past the visiting keeper.
Spartans FC Youth 14s were also successful against Borders opposition as they beat Gala Fairydean Rovers 4-1 in Division 1. Lewis Harrison slotted in their first goal after Matthew Johnston had headed down from a corner-kick. It was quickly two as James Bird fired in the rebound after Gala’s keeper had produced a fine save. Gala did pull a goal back but there was no stopping Spartans in the second half with further goals from Lewis Harrison and Grant Day.