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South East Region Round Up - 1/2 February 2020

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U13s

It was a great weekend for Nova Star in the SERYFA First Division as they secured a stunning first league win of the season against Hutchison Vale. Their record before the game saw them secure two draws and four defeats before their victory on Sunday.

Leith Athletic maintained their unbeaten second division record this season with a narrow 2-1 win away to Tynecastle Maroon. The win sees them creep closer to table toppers Tranent Colts. Athletic have four games in hand over the leaders.

In Division 3A, Craigroyston missed an opportunity to move further clear at the top of the table as they played out a thoroughly entertaining 4-4 draw with Musselburgh Young Stars. The draw opens the door further for Penicuik Athletic, who now have four games in hand over Craigroyston, to take top spot.

Edinburgh South Cobras were able to move to within one point of Division 4 leaders Newcraighall Leith Vics after their emphatic victory over Hillfield Swifts Colts. The two have now both played 10 games each, but will be looking over their shoulders at Lauderdale FC and Ancrum FC, who are following close behind.

In cup action in the SERYFA leagues, Lasswade Thistle advanced to the final of the Peter O’Neill Cup with an impressive 3-1 victory away to Salvesen CFC. They will face either Edinburgh South Athletico, Edinburgh South CFC or Musselburgh Windsor for the trophy.

Lasswade Thistle Reds followed their sister team’s steps and also booked their place in a final, beating Lochend FA for a place in the final of the Edinburgh Cup. They will face the winner of the second semi-final between Dalkeith Thistle and Haddington Athletic.

With Gartcairn Academy in WLAYFC County Cup action, Milton Rovers took advantage to take top spot in the A League last weekend with a 7-0 win away to Bathgate Thistle Blue. Rovers still have one game in hand over Gartcairn at the top.

Kirkfield United continued their dominance at the top of the B League by securing an emphatic win over bottom side Armadale Stars to move 15 points clear at the top and maintain their perfect record in the league this season.


U14s

SERYFA Division 2 leaders Peebles put some much needed distance between themselves and second placed Edinburgh South with a 3-1 win away to Edinburgh City Whites. The win puts them four points clear at the top, though Edinburgh South do have three games in hand. At the other end of the table, Spartans FC Reds secured a vital win over Cramond FC to move themselves further away from bottom side Longniddry Villa.

In Division 4, Newtongrange Star YDA kept up the pace on league leaders Melrose with a comfortable win over Cramond FC Romans. Newtongrange now move to within 11 points of the leaders, but also hold a massive seven games in hand. The game of the division came between Cockenzie Star and Lothian Colts Blues, as they played out a 5-4 thriller in the Blues’ favour.

In the cups, Craigroyston CYFC secured their place in the final of the David Innes Cup by beating Dunbar United Colts 4-0. They will now face the winner of the second semi final between Edinburgh South and Musselburgh Windsor.

Melrose also have cause to celebrate as they booked their place in the final of the Charles Kilvin Cup in an entertaining tie that had to be separated via a penalty shootout. They will face their title rivals Newtongrange Star in the showpiece event.

Airdrie United were the big winners in the WLAYFC A League last weekend as they secured a big victory over leaders West Lothian FC. United are now just six points behind West Lothian.

In the B League Carluke Athletic extended their lead at the top of the table with a big win over Broxburn Athletic Colts. They are now a whopping 15 points clear ahead of second placed Linlithgow Rose Maroon, who could only draw against Bathgate Thistle Red.


U15s

With Hutchison Vale in cup action this weekend, Lasswade Thistle took advantage and move six points clear at the top of the SERYFA Division 1 table with a narrow 1-0 win at home to Edinburgh City Blacks. Longniddry Villa also kept up the pace with the leaders with their 3-1 win against Edinburgh City.

Two of the top sides in the Division 2 table faced off at the weekend as Cavalry Park and Hutchison Vale Colts played out an entertaining 3-3 draw. Colts now move 10 points clear at the top ahead of second placed Kelso FC.

In Division 3 Cramond FC earned a huge win in the title race as they battled to a 3-2 win over Spartans FC Colts. The win moves Cramond into first place ahead of Spartans, having played one game more. Haddington Athletic also kept themselves in the title fight with a narrow win over North Berwick FC.


U16s

Hutchison Vale moved further clear at the top of the SERYFA Division 1 table last weekend as they secured a comfortable victory over Newcraighall Leith Vics. The Vale are now 13 points clear at the summit of the mountain, but will be keeping an eye on second placed Tynecastle who have four games in hand.

Dunbar United Colts kept their outside chances of catching league leaders Spartans FC Reds alive by securing a hard fought 3-2 win over Edinburgh City Colts. The Colts moved to within 13 points of Spartans with two games in hand.

Redhall Star suffered a setback in their Division 3A title ambitions last weekend as they fell to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Currie FC Colts. The loss means they remain two points behind leaders Eyemouth United, who have a game in hand.

Division 3B leaders Currie Star Colts used the fact that their nearest title rivals, Lochend YFC, were in cup action to their advantage as they increased their lead at the top of the table with a 4-1 win against Cramond FC. They are now four points clear having played one game more.


U17s

Spartans FC Reds increased their lead at the top of the SERYFA Division 1 table with a comfortable 5-1 win over Edinburgh South Reds. They’ve opened up an 11 point lead over second placed Leith Athletic, although Leith do still have five games in hand. At the other end of the table, Hutchison Vale recorded their first league win of the season last weekend over Musselburgh Windsor to lift them clear off the bottom of the table.

Cavalry Park used one of their games in hand in the second division to bring themselves close to league leaders Beechwood, securing a 5-3 win over Spartans FC Youth. Cavalry Park are now six points adrift with a game in hand.

In cup action, Edinburgh City Blacks earned their spot in the final of the Craig Gowans Memorial Cup with a narrow 1-0 victory over Longniddry Villa. They will face the winner of the second semi final tie between Tynecastle FC and Leith Athletic.

In the second Andrew Towns Memorial Cup semi final an all Edinburgh City final was set up for the final as Edinburgh City recorded a narrow 3-2 victory over Broxburn Diamonds to set up clash with Edinburgh City Blacks in the final.

And Salvesen have also booked their place in a cup final, with their semi final win against Gala Fairydean Rovers in the Victor Paris Bathrooms Cup. They will face the winner of the second semi final between Cavalry Park and Edinburgh City Whites.

In the WLAYFC U17s League, Murieston United Blue took advantage of Linlithgow Rose’s game against Broxburn Athletic Colts being postponed to draw level on points with them at the top of the table. Murieston defeated Linlithgow Rose Maroon to draw level. Kirkfield United also secured an emphatic win over Bathgate Thistle to move to within three points of top spot with three games in hand.


U19

Blackhall Athletic earned their place in the final of the David Murray cup as they beat Spartans after extra time. They will play the winners of the tie between Edinburgh City Reds and Edinburgh South CFC.

In the WLAYFC U19s League, Blackburn United closed the gap at the top of the league to eight points with their win at the weekend over Armadale Calcio.

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