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South East Region League and Cup Roundup – 12/13 September

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Apart from the first round of the SYFA Scottish Cup, there were league and other cup matches on display as well last weekend, rounding off an exciting two days.

In the under-21s league, Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic were held to a 1-1 draw by Leith Athletic while Newtongrange Star YDA got a convincing 4-1 win against Newcraighall Leith.

Leith Athletic YFC, Salvesen CFC 98, Bonnyrigg Rose FC, Murieston United White, Dalkeith Thistle FC, Leith Athletic FC and Tynecastle FC were the lucky teams to go through to the next round in the Bob Bankier Trophy on under-19s level.

Meanwhile, Loanhead MYFC scraped past Edinburgh City with a narrow 1-0 win in the Federation of Hibs Supporters Cup while Hutchison Vale FC produced a dazzling performance, seeing off Longniddry Villa 8-0.

In Division 1, Currie Star FC stayed in sight of league leaders Tynecastle FC as they clinched second place with an 8-2 win against Spartans FC Reds. In the interim, Spartans FC can hope to top Division 2 after their emphatic 9-0 success against Penicuik Athletic YFC Blues – they are in second place with a game in hand. Dunbar United Colts established themselves in mid-table by beating Loanhead MYFC Colts 4-2.

The under-17s age group was mainly involved in the Victor Paris Bathrooms Cup. It proved to be a high-scoring affair, with Cockenzie Star and Hutchison Vale FC both scoring a remarkable nine goals each as they beat AC Oxgangs and Bonnyrigg Rose Reds, respectively. Haddington Athletic, Fernieside FC, Beechwood FC, Preston Athletic YFC and Division 1 leaders Spartans FC Reds also made it through to the next round.

Although most teams were in action in that competition on the weekend, Cavalry Park and Leith Athletic FC played out a closely contested action-packed Division 1 match as well, with the former getting their first win of the season under their belts by narrowly edging it 6-5.

In the first round of the Craig Gowans Memorial Cup, Loanhead MYFC thumped Star ‘A’ CYP 8-2.

The weekend proved to be drama-laden in the under-16s section. In the SPORTSassist South East Region Cup, Linlithgow Rose hammered Edinburgh City 9-1 while Cramond FC were clear winners against Spartans FC Blues, scoring five goals and keeping a clean sheet.

The Jackie Faichney Memorial Cup then saw several goal fests. Redhall Star YFC and Musselburgh Young Stars both scored eight as they went through to the next round. North Merchiston even went one step further and got an astounding nine goals while conceding none. Musselburgh Windsor FC and Preston Athletic YFC both advanced with narrow 3-2 victories while Edina Hibs BC and Hutchison Vale FC also progressed.

In the Colin Greenhill Memorial Cup, Blackhall Athletic beat Dunbar United Colts 4-1 and made it through to the third round.

Fauldhouse United extended their lead in Division 1 as they shared the spoils with Tynecastle FC. Elsewhere, Bonnyrigg Rose FC secured a mid-table spot as they won 2-1 against Leith Athletic FC.

In Division 2 of the under-16s section, Livingston FCBC confirmed their first place position with a clear 4-0 victory over Gala Fairydean Rovers.

Meanwhile, Penicuik Athletic YFC extended their lead at the top of Division 3, but will be looking over their shoulders as Edinburgh City are just a point off of them and have two games in hand. In other Division 3 games, Craigroyston BC and Currie FC drew 3-3 while Currie Star proved victorious against Cramond Blues in a 6-3 thriller.

Naturally, the under-15s age group saw a lot of action, too. Tynecastle FC, Edinburgh City Whites, Musselburgh Young Stars, Tranent Colts FC, North Edinburgh Wanderers, Leith Athletic FC, Hillfield Swifts, Gala Fairydean Rovers and AC Oxgangs all progressed in the Federation of Hearts Supporters Cup. It was a remarkable round, with 50 goals scored in just nine matches.

In the John McConnell Memorial Cup, Currie Star Colts won 5-2 at Edinburgh United while Dunbar United Colts proved hungry for goals as they scored seven and conceded just one against Spartan FC Whites. Edina Hibs CFC boosted their lead in Division 1 with a 1-1 draw against Longniddry Villa. Musselburgh Windsor FC came close to earning a valuable point against Edinburgh City Real, but eventually succumbed to a 3-2 defeat.

In Division 2, Kirkliston South Queensferry temporarily sit at the top after a good 3-0 win over Hutchison Vale Colts, although Peebles FC will be breathing down their necks with a game in hand. Tynecastle FC Colts and Currie Star FC got a point each after their 2-2 draw.

Leith Athletic Colts sit in first place of Division 3 after their 7-2 victory against Cramond FC. However, they too will feel the other teams with games in hand snapping at their heels. The other Division 3 match of the weekend saw Penicuik Athletic YFC Reds in red hot form, continuing their unbeaten run with a 6-2 success against Blackhall Athletic.

As far as the under-14s go, most teams competed in the Willie Bauld Cup at the weekend. Gala Fairydean Rovers Colts, Haddington Athletic, Bonnyrigg Rose FC, Fernieside FC, North Berwick Colts, Whitburn FCA Thistle, Tynecastle FC, Bonnyrigg Rose Colts, Leith Athletic Colts, Hutchison Vale Colts and Dunbar United Colts all advanced to the next stage.

Still, there were also a couple of league matches on display. In Division 1, Spartans FC could not close the distance to leaders Bonnyrigg Rose Colts, drawing 2-2 with Tynecastle FC Colts.

Division 2 produced two more draws as there were no winners in the matches between Edinburgh South FC and Peebles FC, and Penicuik Athletic YFC and Edinburgh City Reds.

Invincible so far, Edina Hibs CFC Greens and Craigroyston BC have both taken a maximum of points from their first five Division 3 matches, and they continued in that fashion at the weekend, thrashing Currie Star Colts 9-0 and Earlston Rhymers 5-1, respectively.

In the under-13s group, the Lothian Buses Cup was the prime competition contested at the weekend. Redpath Albion, Spartans FC, Salvesen CFC Reds, St. Bernards BC, Redhall Star YFC, AC Oxgangs Blacks, Laurieston Thistle, Edina Hibs CFC, Longniddry Villa, Cramond FC and Blackhall Athletic were all successful and went through.

The opening fixture of the Ken Ritchie Cup saw Edinburgh City Blacks batter Tranent Colts FC 9-0. Additionally, the Peter O’Neill Cup commenced as Leith Athletic A Team beat Musselburgh Windsor FC by two goals to one.

Furthermore, a couple of high-scoring matches took place in the under-13s leagues. In League D2, Musselburgh Windsor Blues proved too hot to handle for Peebles FC as they beat them 4-1.

In Division 3, Edinburgh South FC and Lochend YFC both stayed unbeaten and directly vying for the top spot, winning 9-2 against Currie FC and 7-5 against Spartans FC Whites, respectively. Arniston Rangers had too much for Musselburgh Young Stars Blues, who were beaten 4-1. In the last Division 3 fixture, AC Oxgangs Blues went level on points with Salvesen CFC after just about nicking it 6-5 against them in an exhiliarating encounter.

Finally, there were two Division 4 matches on show. Currie Star FC saw their chances of taking the top spot boosted after winning 9-0 against Calvary Park whereas leaders St. Bernards BC Mid Blues only managed a 5-5 draw against Craigroyston BC. Currie have a game in hand and will be looking to seize that advantage.

Jonas Joedecke | YFS Intern
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