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Dunbar faced West Lothian opposition for the second week running. Having visited Armadale last Saturday in the Scottish Cup, it was Dunbar’s turn to host with Blackburn Utd the visitors in the regions second biggest cup competition.
The game kicked off at noon to allow the travelling support time to shake off any Saturday night effects.
It didn’t take long for the home side to kick into life, and from a couple of Cooper runs up the right, Dunbar won a corner. Unfortunately, Cooper seemed to tweak a hamstring and he could not continue. A reshuffle seen Renton switch from left to right and Kinghorn take his spot down the left.
With only 5 minutes played, a corner swung in from the left by Renton seen Smillie rattle a volley home from about 8 yards out. It was a very composed finish and the players enjoyed celebrating and acknowledging his first goal of the season.
A minute later and it was 2-0. It came from what is now becoming a trademark Ben Knox run into the box, where he collected the ball and fired a low shot into the bottom corner for his 8th goal of the campaign. He looks sure to beat his 11 goals from last season and is in a rich vein of form at present.
Dunbar laboured slightly from here, and their attacking threat came from the right hand side with Twist pushing high up the park, linking with Foggo and Renton and saturating the Blackburn left. This did expose the Dunbar defence on a few occasions but Brunton, Hall and Hood looked relaxed and able to deal with anything thrown their way.
The third goal was not long in coming and it came from goal machine Renton. He received a ball out on the right and spied the keeper off his line. The execution in chipping the ball over the Blackburn No. 1 and into the roof of the net was perfect.
Blackburn then lost their busy number 10 Ben Jamieson to a serious looking injury. It looked like a fairly innocuous challenge between Jamieson and Knox, with the Blackburn player landing awkwardly. There was concern from both sets of supporters as the young lad appeared unconscious for a few minutes and on coming to, was clearly confused and dizzy. An ambulance was called and play was stopped for approx. 20 minutes. Dunbar Utd Colts wish the player all the best with his recovery.
When play resumed, it was Blackburn who looked like they had adapted better to the stoppage. From a long ball, Purves came off his line. The striker nicked the ball past Purves but Twist was alert to the danger and sped back to make a goal-saving tackle.
However, Dunbar were outdone with a very similar move moments later when a long ball evaded Brunton and Hall. The Blackburn player was again quickly through and he rounded the Dunbar keeper and knocked the ball into the empty net.
With half time closing, Dunbar came back into the game and scored their 4th of the match through Dixon. Renton was the creator as he surged down the right – his ball in saw Dixon hit it first time. The goal keeper saved brilliantly but Dixon was calm and he curled it over the despairing keeper with his left foot.
Half Time: Dunbar United Colts 4-1 Blackburn United.
The second half showed how much strength in depth is on offer in the current Dunbar squad with Mclean, Kielty, Pickles and Sutherland all able to come on. The game looked won but the match was disjointed with regular niggly fouls and stoppages breaking up any periods of play.
Knox was pushed further up the park in recognition of his goal scoring form, but he seemed to change his shooting boots for two left feet at the break.
He was sent through 1 on 1 on goal – he looked certain to score, opened his body and pushed his effort well wide of the target. Kielty fell victim to the niggly passage of play when he was booked for speaking out of turn.
Knox recovered from his misfortune in front of goal and sent Renton through who showed him how it was done. His clinical finish making it 5-1 to the home side. It looked like 6 was right behind it when again Knox was in on goal – this time he saw the keeper make a great stop.
Goal number 6 did arrive soon after. Kielty’s persistence down the right and clever play on the touchline saw him charge into the box – his cutback was slotted home by Dixon who met the cutback just as Mclean was lining up his shot. This takes Dixon into double figures for the season and still a long way short of his 51 from last.
The Blackburn number 11 Stewart was the next player to be booked – again, for use of his tongue when the energy would have been put to better use playing football.
The second half continued in a fairly disjointed manner – Blackburn did threaten with the same long ball but on each occasion the added pace of Pickles in the home defence ensured Purves had little to do.
Knox had one more effort at goal but for some reason he seemed destined not to add to his tally. He again pulled his effort wide when he looked like scoring.
Kinghorn did score and he seems to regularly find himself in the right place at the right time – this time a Sutherland ball saw Mclean flick it on to Kinghorn, and he showed great composure to fire in his 9th of the season.
Dunbar rounded things off with a hat-trick for Renton – his pace took him clear, and when his effort was saved, he was clever enough to respond to the rebound and lift the ball over the keeper for his 30th goal of the campaign.
Full Time: Dunbar United Colts 8-1 Blackburn United
Musselburgh Windsor U13s Girls created club history in winning the Hayley Lauder League Championship. The first Girls team at the club to win any major honour.
After a shaky start to the campaign with just 2 points from their first 3 games they went on an 11 game winning run to clinch the League Title by 7 points. The season had its ups and downs with their Captain Ceri Thomas suffering a serious knee injury in a freak accident in a friendly midway through the season putting her out of action for the remainder but the girls didn’t let that affect their performances on the pitch. With a strong squad of determined Girls who all but one player were playing their first year at U13s and four players who could still have been playing U11s, they continued to surprise both coaches and parent each week as they went from strength to strength and grew in confidence with every game they played .
The turning point in the season was when they came up against a strong Hutchie Vale side who had been leading the League for a few weeks in the last game before the summer break. A win for Windsor would put them 2 point ahead of Hutchie and top of the league at the break. Windsor sensed the chance was there for them and grabbed it with both hands with a convincing win and after that never looked back. Ironically they clinched the League in a midweek fixture that they weren’t playing in when Leith Athletic won against Broxburn who were the only team that could catch Windsor.
The Windsor U13s Girls have achieved the title by applying themselves and a great deal of hard work and the support from their parents and very proud coaches Robert Taylor and Michael Windram
Congratulations again Musselburgh Windsor U13s Girls
League winning squad: Jade Sinclair, Brooke Robertson, Ceri Thomas, Hannah Jack , Jennifer Gallagher , Sarah Knox , Cleo Paris , Sasha Hewett-Marshall , Freyja Bjarnason , Megan Wood , Amy Forbes , Mia Brotherston & Rosie Livingston.
Dunbar Utd Colts were in blistering form as they saw off Armadale Falcons 9-0 in Round 2 of the Scottish Cup.
It was a journey to pastures new for Dunbar Utd Colts U14s as they continued their adventure in the Scottish Cup. Having overcome an away tie at Fernieside FC in Round 1, Dunbar were again asked to travel for Round 2; this time to West Lothian where they would experience Saturday football for the first time in 11-a-sides and against unknown opposition.
With the game played on a Saturday, Dunbar left Readman, Pickles and Sutherland to the school rugby team, with the sports mad and hugely enthusiastic Pickles willing to make the transformation from oval to round ball and arrive in time for the second half. A late call-off from Kielty with a recurring back pain meant that the Seasiders started with only two players on the bench.
The Dunbar team arrived for their warm-up with the pitch slightly uneven but conditions absolutely perfect. Dunbar are traditionally slow starters but they were quicker into their stride today. Smillie was in the holding midfield role he adopted for the second half of last week’s game and he was instrumental in everything good about Dunbar’s play in the early stages.
He took only 5 minutes to find his passing range and with the home team defending very high up the park, his ball over the top sent Renton on his way. Renton showed good acceleration, stretched away from the defender and netted with a fine finish.
Seconds later, the pace of Dixon exploited the home defence – this time, the home keeper produced a great stop to deny the striker. The second goal did quickly follow with only ten minutes played and although it didn’t quite match Manchester United’s 45 pass move before netting against Southampton, it was a fantastic team goal, and their best of the season so far.
From the right hand side, Mclean took a throw to Smillie, who returned it for Mclean to feed in Twist. Twist then played Dixon in down the right who took one touch before playing in an inch perfect ball to the edge of the six-yard box where a grateful Renton was running – his first time hit was clinically dispatched past the keeper leaving the Dunbar coaches purring in delight at a flowing team passing goal.
The home side adjusted their formation to cope with the striking pace of Kinghorn, Renton and Dixon and came into the game more. Knox likes a midfield battle and he was certainly involved in a physical duel with the imposing home side number five.
At the back, Purves in the visiting goal was calmness personified with Mclean, Hall, Brunton and Hood up for a battle and holding steady. Hall donned the captain’s armband for the first time in recognition of his performances the last two games.
The third goal did not look too far away, with Knox bursting into the box and smashing an effort against the bar. With only 17 minutes played, Dunbar went three up. The goal came from an unlikely source in the shape of one of the smallest men on the pitch. Renton delivered an inswinging corner and Twist evaded his marker and headed past the keeper for his first of the season.
Dunbar continued to work hard in the half without threatening too much, although their passing and possession play was as good as at any time this season.
Just before half time, there was some excitement with the home side hotly disputing a refereeing decision. The young lad was yellow carded for using foul and abusive language.
Half Time: Armadale Falcons 0-3 Dunbar Utd Colts
The interval saw Pickles arrive sans rugby gear but transformed instantly into the Dunbar Utd Colts home kit. He brought sad news regarding Dunbar Grammar Schools rugby match scoreline, but was delighted to see the Seasiders three goals to the good.
Pickles, Foggo and Cooper were all introduced to the team for the second half. Dunbar kicked off and had to weather a storm of attacking football from the home side. The Falcons team certainly came out fighting and were determined to score early.
The Dunbar defence were solid with Smillie, Hall, Brunton and Hood all in top form. They were ably protected by Pickles, Knox and Foggo with Dunbar’s front three feeding off scraps as the home side looked motivated by a half time team talk. Dunbar were outstanding in defence throughout this opening period and even managed a couple of breakaway chances with Knox denied a goal, as well as Renton.
With ten minutes of the second period played, Dunbar scored the decisive goal that killed the contest. Cooper was influencing the game now, and he was denied a goal after a run into the box. He was then fouled as he took the ball past one player and towards the byline. Renton took the free kick with Hood rising highest and crashing home a header for his fourth goal in his last three games.
This setback effectively knocked the stuffing out of the home side and Dunbar began to boss the game once more and dominate possession. They duly added to the Falcons’ misery with Foggo, Hood and Cooper combining in a well-worked move before Foggo sent Renton through to net his third of the game.
The sixth was similar and was again from a move down the left hand side. Great work from Hood in the left back position saw him feed Renton who was out on the left – he turned provider and his cross was superbly finished off by Dixon, who is so lethal inside the 18-yard box.
Dunbar were now playing their best football of the season with the home defence tiring. Foggo won the ball in midfield and his through-ball saw Renton reach the ball before the keeper, skip round the unlucky number one and fire home.
The good football on display was halted briefly when Hall tracked the home side number five across the pitch, timed a sliding tackle to perfection, which the Falcons player took exception to. Hall shrugged the player aside as they both rose from the ground and the referee booked the Seasiders’ centre half for being overly aggressive.
This appeared to motivate the visitor’s for the final period of play, with Renton netting his fifth of the game before unselfishly turning provider for Knox to smash into the roof of the net from 12 yards for Dunbar’s ninth goal and the midfielder’s sixth of the campaign.
There was still time for Kinghorn to spurn a golden opportunity while Purves, Brunton and Pickles did well to clear a goal-line stramash and keep a clean sheet.
The referee blew for full time with the Falcons kindly providing a well-earned buffet lunch for the travelling Dunbar side.
Full Time: Armadale Falcons 0-9 Dunbar Utd Colts
Dunbar progress to Round 3 of the Scottish Cup which sees the draw go from regional to national. Cup action continues for Dunbar when they host another West Lothian side, Blackburn Utd, in the second round of the SE Region cup on Sunday, 4 October.
In a world that can be unfair and miserable at times, acts of kindheartedness and empathy often provide a silver lining. Teaching our children the importance of such values should be of particular interest to all of us.
It is refreshing and fantastic to see, then, that Kirkliston & South Queensferry Football Club are doing exactly that by sending old match kits to Vietnam to help poor and disadvantaged children.
James Mackay, club secretary of KSQ, told Youth Football Scotland how it came to pass:
"Over the years, we have built up quite a stock of old kit which we have always thought about what to do with it instead of keeping it lying in storage. The opportunity to send the kit to Vietnam came through a work colleague of one of our Parent Helpers. His colleague Malcolm Osborne spends a month every year teaching English in schools in Vietnam. There is no welfare state in Vietnam, so all education has to be paid for. Most of the children love football and dream of being the next Ronaldo or Wayne Rooney, so the volunteering teams out there like to get old Football strips to support the dreams and aspirations of the kids.”
While acknowledging KSQ are not known around the world as a high-profile club, Mackay still believes they can make a difference: "KSQ may not be Man Utd, but we as a club, from the committee, coaches, volunteers and kids love the idea of helping to create dreams for the kids and build on their love of football. There is also something very cool about inspiring kids on the other side of the world to play for Kirkliston & South Queensferry."
Upon being asked what KSQ want to achieve with their charitable act, Mackay explained: "Inspiration. It may be a grand ambition, but as KSQ we want to foster a lifelong love of football for everyone who is part of the club and beyond. Through sending out some of our old kit, we hope that it sends a message to kids elsewhere that football is a great sport for fostering good health, wellbeing and teamwork. We want to inspire kids anywhere to play football, enjoy it and dream big about what they can achieve in life."
He went on to detail KSQ’s social responsibility and is convinced that the club can act as a role model for both other clubs and its members, especially the children playing for it: "For the 300 kids, their parents or guardians and 50 volunteers across the club, we also want to inspire them to think big and feel part of a club that can and does help others. We are based in the heart of the Kirkliston and South Queensferry community and want to show the power we all have to make a difference, no matter how small, to the lives of others. It is also good for our kids to understand the wider world and how life is for others while inspiring them that they themselves can help and make things better for others.”
Full Time: Edinburgh City 2-2 Dunbar United Colts
Full Time AET: Edinburgh City 3-2 Dunbar United Colts
As the season progresses, a clearer picture of the league hierarchy emerges. The weekend's matches in the West Lothian region saw continued brilliance, upsets, first victories and goals galore.
In the under-19s league, West Calder United inflicted the first league defeat of the season on Bathgate Thistle, scoring the only goal of the game. Unbeaten side Broxburn Athletic Colts laid down a marker as they brushed away Armadale CFC Colts 10-0. Further down, Uphall Diamonds managed to establish themselves in mid-table after their solid 2-0 victory against Central Football Academy. Diamonds are now level on points with Forth Community FC, who produced a great attacking display against Polbeth Utd, winning 9-3. Linlithgow Thistle, invincible so far and with games in hand, keep snapping at the heels of the leading pack after narrowly squeezing past Livingston Community FC.
Meanwhile, in the under-17s age group, Airdrie United Boys Club continued their flawless start to the campaign with a 5-3 victory against Broxburn Athletic Colts United. Livingston FCBC are slowly ascending in the league. Having played a fewer number of games than most of their opponents, they beat Broxburn Badgers 3-1 at the weekend and might yet hope to finish higher than in their current mid-table spot. Elsewhere, Polbeth United thumped Linlithgow Rose CFC Maroon in a commanding display. Mid Calder Colts managed to record their first win of the season, scoring three without reply against Linlithgow Rose CFC. There were points shared when two of the teams with perfect league records, Murieston Utd Blue and Bo’ness United Boys Club, met. Like Livingston, Bo’ness will also be hoping to capitalise on their games in hand.
The under-16s saw not just league but cup matches as well this weekend. Linlithgow Rose CFC dominated Edinburgh City in the SERYFA Regional Cup, scoring nine and conceding just one. In round two of the Scottish Cup, Shotts Victoria swatted away Haddington Athletic 7-0 to progress to the next round.
In the league, Blackburn Utd’s impressive start went on with a clear 6-0 win against Whitburn FCA Millennium. Their closest pursuers, Victoria FC, are breathing down their necks after their 4-2 victory at Whitburn Amber. In the interim, Broxburn Athletic Colts Utd have been dealt a blow to their hopes of challenging for top spot. Although they still have games in hand, they would have needed to win every game to reign in Blackburn and were narrowly beaten 2-1 by Murieston Utd Red at the weekend. Kirkfield Wallace got their first win of the season against Linlithgow Rose CFC Maroon, just about edging it 4-3. They will be hoping that this performance will push them on and stand them in good stead for the rest of the campaign. In Broxburn, Broxburn Athletic Colts turned on the style to emerge as the clear winners against Polbeth Utd, playing brilliantly and scoring a remarkable ten goals in the process.
On under-15s level, there was a Scottish Cup tie on display. Kirkfield Utd proved victorious against Salvesen CFC in their 5-0 success that saw them advance into the next stage.
In League A, Broxburn Athletic Colts carried on where they left off as they thumped Larkhall Thistle 5-1 and remain comfortably in first place. One of the teams most likely to run them close is Petersburn Thistle, who looked menacing in their 7-1 win at Forth Athletic. Broxburn Athletic Utd might also be in the mix after they edged out West Fife FC 4-3, bearing in mind that they still have a game in hand.
In under-15s League B, both Murieston Utd teams got good wins under their belts. With the Reds winning 6-2 at close rivals Linlithgow Rose Cfc and the Blues beating Harvey Juveniles 4-1, the Murieston sides are currently sitting joint top of the league. Unbeaten side Armadale Falcons triumphed 2-1 over East Calder Colts and might be looking to push ahead of their adversaries given they have played two fewer games than both of the leaders. Meanwhile, Polbeth Dynamos and Grangemouth BC were engaged in a fantastic mid-table clash that ended 4-2 to the Dynamos. This week’s most impressive team were no doubt Broxburn Badgers, who hammered Craigshill 9-0. And finally, Fauldhouse Foxes will be proud of their first win, a clear 6-0 thrashing of Shotts YMCA.
Further down in the under-14s leagues, Broxburn Colts White kept up their good form at the top of the A League, putting an astounding ten goals past Murieston United Red. Murieston United Blue, their closest rivals up to this point, have played two more games and are level on points with them thanks to their 3-2 victory over Gairdoch United FC Black. In the meantime, Bathgate Thistle CFC will be buoyed by their 6-2 success at home against Armadale Thistle; a result that keeps them near the leading duo. Pumpherston United managed to get out of the bottom three by scraping 1-0 past Broxburn Colts Red.
In the B League, previously untouchable side Kirkfield United FC fell to their first defeat of the season as they lost 2-0 against Linlithgow Rose CFC Maroon, their closest pursuers. Blackburn United sent a signal to all the other sides when they impressed in their 9-1 win against Armadale CFC Galaxy. And unbeaten Armadale Falcons rose to their challenge when they saw off Livingston CFC in an equally commanding 8-0. Linlithgow Rose CFC registered their first win of the season at Livingston CFC Maroon, scoring three goals and conceding one.
Elsewhere, in the under-13s section, A League leaders Bathgate Dynamo were not in league action this weekend as they hammered Blackburn United 9-0 in the first round of the Scottish Cup. Craigshill Thistle continue to pile on the pressure on them after their 5-0 win against Bathgate Thistle CFC. Similarly, Broxburn Athletic Colts Utd ensured that their rivals at the top of the table cannot rest with an emphatic 7-0 success against Murieston Utd Red. Broxburn Athletic Diamonds and Murieston Utd Blue established themselves in mid-table with a hard-fought 2-1 win against Boness Utd CFC and a 6-0 thumping of Linlithgow Rose CFC, respectively.
In the B League, unbeaten side Kirkfield Utd White narrowly defeated league leaders Armadale CFC Red 3-2 and took the top spot off them. Broxburn Athletic Colts are breathing down both of their necks as they beat Craigshill Thistle Red 3-1. Further down, Linlithgow Rose Maroon and Polbeth United will be delighted to have secured their first victories of the season after beating Mid Calder 4-3 and East Calder 5-2 in high-scoring affairs.
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.
With the first round of the Scottish Cup underway last weekend, the teams involved seemed poised to get off to a flying start to the road to Airdrie, producing an action-packed two days.
Both Bonnyrigg Rose under-21s and Penicuik Athletic recorded narrow 3-2 wins as they edged past Albion Rovers and Tranent Juniors under-21s, respectively. Musselburgh Windsor turned on the style against Giffnock Swift, producing a resounding 6-0 win.
It proved a dramatic weekend for Kirkfield United and Musselburgh Young Stars under-17s, with the former team triumphing 4-2 after a thrilling finale in extra time.
Meanwhile, Tynecastle FC saw off Lanark United with an impressive 6-1 success, whereas Shotts Victoria thumped Haddington Athletic 7-0 in the under-16s section.
It was heartbreak for under-15s side Spartans FC Youth as they succumbed to a 4-3 defeat against Hutchison Vale FC after extra time. Simultaneously, Kirkfield United came out on top against Salvesen CFC, scoring five goals in a really dominant display.
There were another four cup matches in the under-14s age group. Bonnyrigg Rose Pumas went through after an exhiliarating 5-3 encounter against Spartans FC 2002. Elsewhere, Hutchison Vale FC and Edinburgh City FC edged narrow 1-0 wins against Bonnyrigg Rose Reds and AC Oxgangs respectively. Further six goals were scored in the last under-14s Scottish Cup match as Musselburgh Athletic got four to Spartans FC Colts two in another thriller of a game.
Finally, the under-13s section saw two utterly convincing victories, with Hutchison Vale FC and Spartans FC Reds both scoring a remarkable amount of goals each to see off their opponents Edinburgh City and Shotts YMCA. In the interim, Bonnyrigg Rose FC and Musselburgh Young Stars also went through to the next round, recording exciting 5-3 and 5-2 wins against Kirkliston South Queensferry and Leith Athletic FC.
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