St. Mark’s Park, home to Craigroyston FC, played host to the U17s Division 2 League Cup final between Currie Star Colts and Spartans Reds. Despite being reduced to ten men, Spartans were triumphant, scoring seven goals against a hard-working Currie Star side, as they lifted the silverware.
Spartans, who could complete the double next weekend, started very brightly and less than five minutes in, they were in front. Zion Dixon was played through on goal, and he composed himself to slot the ball past the onrushing goalkeeper to put the Reds in front.
Reds continued their pressure, and on 18 minutes they were two goals ahead. Right-back Kayode Fatunmbi-Randall picked up the ball about 25 yards out, and his speculative effort bounced in off the post to double Spartans lead.
Fatunmbi-Randall’s goal was the beginning of a crazy 25 minutes which would see another five goals.
Firstly, Spartans would extend their lead further. A counter-attack from a Currie corner allowed Callum Simpson to pass to Will Tweedie who stroked the ball into the bottom corner.
Spartans were ruthless and three minutes later they scored again. Struan Maclean collected possession on the right wing and crossed for Jude Zietara, who was perfectly placed to nod into the back of the net to put Spartans 4-0 up.
Ten minutes from half-time, Spartans added another. Afalabe Osibanjo controlled the ball from a through-in and turned, raced through on goal and calmly put the ball into the bottom right corner for Spartans fifth.
Finally, after 35 minutes of Spartans pressure, Currie Star created a chance and got on the scoresheet themselves. There was a mix up between Luca Scarpa and Kayode Fatunmbi-Randall which allowed Oliver Couts to win possession and stab the ball beyond the covering defender on the line.
The first-half drama continued towards the end of the half. After winning a free-kick in the middle of the park, the red mist descended on Osibanjo as he was dismissed for an apparent headbutt on the Currie midfielder.
Despite going down to 10 men, Spartans continued to pressure their opponents and on the stroke of half-time, they scored a sixth goal. Will Tweedie drove into the box and was hauled to the ground. From the penalty, Struan Maclean stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way to make it 6-1 to Spartans.
After the spot-kick, the referee brought the first-half to an end, with the score at 6-1.