Youth wrap: Jack's the lad for Hutchie Vale 16s
kieran Jack bagged a brace as Hutchison Vale 16s recorded a commanding 4-1 victory over rivals Tynecastle 16s to get their League Cup campaign off to the perfect start.
Hutchie took the lead just five minutes in at Meggetland. Jack Murray swung in a corner from the left and Ryan Batchelor headed home at the near post.
Tynecastle showed a brief rally in response, but it wasn’t long before Hutchie found the net again – albeit with a bit of fortune. Sam Walker’s corner from the left crept in at the front post with the Tynie defence unable to get the ball away.
After the interval Hutchie continued to dominate and a third goal soon followed. Grant Rose split the Tynecastle defence with an excellent pass and sub Kieran Jack took full advantage by lashing home.
Jack made it 4-0 with a fine free-kick, although Tynecastle did get a consolation through Russell Cairns’ neat finish.
• Leith Athletic A Team 13s began 2016 with a deserved 5-0 win over Bonnyrigg Rose 13s to put themselves joint-top of Division 1.
Athletic showed confidence from the off at Lasswade High School and although Rose showed initial resistance, the league toppers soon got themselves ahead when Cammy Stewart struck from just outside the box.
Athletic didn’t rest on their laurels and Ben Murray made it 2-0 before the half was out.
Snow began to fall after the interval, but it didn’t put the freeze on Athletic’s goalscoring exploits. A patient move which started with goalie Jamie Smith ended with Cammy Kerr sending a placed finish into the net to make it four before Lewis Owens knocked in at the front post right at the death.
• Cavalry Park 14s climbed to the top of Division 2 with a 5-1 win over North Berwick Colts 14s.
Charlie MacKinnon broke the deadlock for Cavalry when he dispatched Michael Cornelius’ cross from the left with ease. Then, shortly after, Harris McGregor provided a pinpoint pass for MacKinnon to run through on goal and slot home for two before half time.
Jakob Zawislan had been denied by Berwick goalie Alexander McCrae on a number of occasions in the first half, but early in the second he finally got his goal as he rounded the keeper to score.
Berwick hadn’t given up despite the scoreline and they pulled one back in the 50th minute when Harry Ford rounded off a quick counter-attack.
With the momentum in their favour, Ford’s side looked to capitalise, but Park goalie Lewis Hamilton was on his game to deny Shaun Samson and Finn Baxter.
Building on their goalie’s efforts, Park then upped their game and a brace from Jack MacKinnon secured the points.