Youths: Edinburgh South 13s claim George Salmon Cup glory
Edinburgh South Under-13s beat St Bernard's BC 5-3 in a thrilling encounter to win the George Salmon Cup at New Dundas Park, Bonnyrigg.
In a game that entertained from the first minute to the last, the difference was the clinical finishing of Edinburgh and, in particular, striker Haseeb Saleem.
The healthy crowd didn’t have to wait long for the opening goal. Advantage went to St Bernard’s as their talisman on the day, Ryan Sim, scored just a mere two minutes in.
Sim’s pace took him away from defenders towards the left of the box where he drove a fine strike in at the near post.
Edinburgh brought themselves level through Arham Saleem. His brother Haseeb snuck the ball past Ryan Wilkinson in the St Bernards goal and cut it back from a tight angle for Arham to tap home.
Just three minutes later, the tables had turned. Haseeb utilised his explosive pace and, exploiting St Bernards’ high line, ran in behind to rifle a shot into the net to make it 2-1.
Following a missed Edinburgh penalty, it was Sim again who would pull St Bernard’s level. A lovely lay-off into his path from Jake Smith set him off one-on-one and the striker made no mistake with a cool finish.
St Bernard’s were in the lead again four minutes from half-time when Robbie McCormack fired an unstoppable shot into the top corner restoring his side’s hopes of lifting the trophy.
The second half brought less chances as both teams began to tire on a huge pitch but Edinburgh found a second wind to level the match again.
Murray Hamilton looped a wonderful strike over the stretching Wilkinson from 20 yards to bring the game to 3-3.
With both teams looking for the winner, Edinburgh substitute Halvey Nielson became the hero with a tap-in at the back post to make it 4-3.
There was just time for Haseeb to net his second with the last kick of the ball. He ran confidently down the left to slot a near-post shot into the net sending Edinburgh South into raptures.
• Hutchie 14s held by Tynecastle
In the Under-14s Division 1, high-flyers Hutchison Vale FC and Tynecastle FC fought out a 2-2 draw.
Aidan Walsh and Callum Begg netted for Hutchie, with Arin Tuncay and Louie Clark notching for Tynie. That was only the fifth point dropped by Hutchie this season, reflecting a strong Tynie performance.
In the Under-15s Division 1, Bonnyrigg Rose Colts grabbed their fourth win of the season, beating Hutchison Vale Colts 4-2. Arran Laidlaw notched the first with an excellent solo run with James Scobie, Linden Koya and Ross Lynch getting the other three. Lewis Hoenigmann continued his goalscoring form with one for Hutchie while Jordi Yewdale added the other.
• Blackhall 16s win after goal-fest
There was goal-fest in the Under-16s Division 3 match between Blackhall Athletic and Currie FC.
Blackhall ran out 5-4 winners thanks to goals from Ziad Segalla Humbert, Louis Pettinger, Brodie Thomson Miller, Thomas Peel and an own goal. Jamie Anderson scored an impressive hat-trick and Jaiden Steele was also on the scoresheet for Currie.
Cavalry Park and Tynecastle 15s drew 2-2 in Division 1. Tom Davies scored a brace for Cavalry Park, the first a terrific free-kick from 19 yards. Ross Watson and Scott Hunter grabbed the two goals for Tynie to secure a deserved point.