Tynecastle Under-17s beat league rivals Edina Hibs 4-0 in the quarter-finals of the Craig Gowans Memorial Trophy.
The two sides, returning to action after the winter break, are level on 21 points at the top of Division 1, but there wasn’t anything close about this cup tie as Tynie swept aside their nearest challengers in the title race.
Tynecastle began to exert their dominance on the tie midway through the first half and after 30 minutes they went ahead.
In-form striker Cameron Jeffrey notched the opener, making it ten consecutive matches in which he has scored, as he rifled low into the net from inside the penalty area.
The hosts then hit the woodwork and had an effort cleared off the line.
Edina were struggling to get forward as Tynecastle continued to dominate after the interval.
Twin brothers Greg and Jason Kerr linked up well to get their crucial second ten minutes after the interval. Jason Kerr forced his way into space on the edge of the box and after being teed up by brother Greg, he fired low into the bottom corner to leave Edina’s goalkeeper with no chance.
It wasn’t long before Greg got in on the act himself, when, after being felled in the area, he confidently dispatched his penalty into the net.
With five minutes remaining, Euan Graham sealed an emphatic win and a place in the semi-finals for Tynecastle with his side’s fourth goal.
The winger found space down the left, and his dinked ball into the box went sailing over the head of Edina’s goalkeeper and into the net via the inside of the post.
Tynecastle now face AC Oxgangs in the second semi-final, with Hillfield Swifts already awaiting the winner in the final.
Tynie head coach Douglas Ormiston was delighted at the manner in which his side reached the last four.
He said: “The boys played really well with it being the first game back, and after the first 25 minutes we totally controlled the game. I was particularly pleased with our attacking play and of course delighted to seal a semi-final place.”
Meanwhile, Tranent Colts under-14s moved five points clear of second-place North Merchiston in Division 2 with a 2-1 home win over third-place Easthouses.
Lomond Gray has been in inspirational form for Tranent this season, and the striker, who played as a goalkeeper last season, continued his purple patch in front of goal as he took his tally for the season through the 20-goal barrier. The tall centre-forward got on the end of a Sean Dick through ball after 10 minutes before slotting past the Easthouses goalkeeper Lee Anderson for the opener.
Easthouses pulled a goal back just five minutes later when defender Ryan Watson bundled the ball into the net after the home side had failed to clear from a corner.
Tranent were keen to regain their lead, but with Easthouses containing them well, they didn’t do so until ten minutes into the second-half as Gray latched onto a pass before chipping Anderson from the edge of the box.
As well as pushing to secure the league title in the coming months, in-form Tranent also have a chance of winning a cup competition, with a final against Leith Athletic Colts to be decided in the Ian Mackay Cup.
Elsewhere, Spartans Reds convincingly disposed of Bonnyrigg Rose under-14s in Division 3 with a superd 6-0 away win in only their sixth league match of the campaign.
Reds have been pre-occupied with cup fixtures of late, but they got back to league duty here and swept aside third-place Rose. The opening exchanges were fairly even, and despite the final scoreline telling a completely different story, Rose could quite easily have got something out the match had they got the opener.
It wasn’t to be for the home side however, and Glen Aitken put Spartans ahead after Cameron Garland has set him up after 20 minutes. Spartans were two goals to the good before half-time when captain Sam Brown slotted past the Rose keeper from Charlie Mack’s assist. Stand-in Spartans goalkeeper Jake Kelly – usually a striker – was unbeatable for Spartans as Rose tried to pull a goal back.
Spartans brought on Kieran Brydon at half-time and he was the star for the visitors in the second period. His ball winning skills in midfield set up Aitken to make it three with his second goal soon after the break, before Brydon scored two brilliant goals within minutes of each other.
The midfielder curled one into the top corner from 18 yards, before adding his side’s fifth with a carbon-coby goal soon after.
Brydon then set up Brown for his second of the afternoon late on.