Redhall Star YFC Under 16’s progressed to the semi-final of the Colin Greenhill Memorial Trophy after dismantling a Gala Fairydean Rovers side who are no mugs.
The damage was done within the first thirty minutes, a Grant Doyle hat trick and a Nathan Robertson strike giving them a comfortable 4-0 lead at that point.
It was always going to be difficult for Gala to recover from that and Doyle scored again in the second half, before Jack Anderson added the sixth from the penalty spot.
Many would have expected a closer battle, with Star having beaten their Division 2 rivals 1-0 two weeks ago.
Redhall were at it from the off and Adam Shortiss had a go early on which was just off target.
It then became the Doyle show. He opened the scoring on 14 minutes, getting on the end of Tommy Hendry’s cross before a neat turn and low finish.
Three minutes later and the little winger had made it two. Only he will know if he meant to score but the piece of skill which set it up was outrageous. With pressure on the ball from a defender, he flicked it round him before half volleying in what was probably a cross. But it was awkward for the keeper and flew in off the post.
Gala responded and had a good chance through Ben Mitchell. Nathan Henderson played him in but the front man slid it beyond the far post.
Doyle got his hat-trick on 22 minutes. He normally plays at right back but was operating in a more advanced wide midfield role, and he certainly repaid that decision. Calum Henderson delivered a free kick from the left hand side. With the defence trying to play offside, Doyle found himself all on his own in the box and a simple finish completed the treble.
Doyle turned provider for the next goal. Star’s sturdy defence broke down a Gala attack and they broke quickly. Doyle found himself on the left side of the pitch, and picked the ball up close to the touchline before helping it on to Robertson. A turn of pace put him in the clear and he was composed enough to hit the net.
Gala had to respond and they did manage to attack a bit more. Brendan Jack’s low cross evaded everyone and Ben Swan had a shot from distance which went over the bar.
But the Edinburgh side could have been five up before the break. Shortiss fashioned a chance for himself with good skill, but Tyler Grainger made a good block.