Spartans Reds have booked their place in the Trans World Soccer Scottish Youth FA Cup, beating Hillwood BC 3-1 to set up an all Edinburgh final with Hutchison Vale.
Goals from Oran Hosey, Lewis Mooney and Harry Girdwood cancelled out Calum Scullion’s earlier equaliser as they marched on to the final, to be held on May 3rd at Excelsior Stadium.
Spartans took control from the off and were unlucky not to be infant within the first three minutes when Lewis Hall’s header bounced off the crossbar, before Harry Girdwood fired over after a bursting run from Lewis Mooney.
It took just fourteen minutes for the deadlock to be broken and it was the Edinburgh side, who are unbeaten in the league with six wins from six, who got their noses in front. After Lewis Hall was chopped down, Oran Hosey stepped up and send a wonderful free kick round the wall and into the top right hand corner that gave Hillwood goalkeeper Kyle Murphy no chance.
Clearly in the ascendancy, Josh Williamson had a shot tipped over the bar from Hall’s corner as they looked to stamp their authority on the tie, being played McKenna Park.
Hillwood were then forced into an early substitution, Brad Cooper replacing the injured Aiden Donaghy.
Shortly after the half hour mark, Hillwood found a way back into the match. Calum Scullion was alert to a loose ball and pounced, cooly finishing from a tight angle to level the score.
Clearly taking confidence from the equaliser, Hillwood’s Lewis McCracken then fired narrowly over as they went in search of a second goal.
With less than five minutes of the first half remaining, Spartans retook the lead. Superb hold up play from Girdwood say him lay the ball off to Lewis Mooney, whose 25 yard daisy cutter clipped the inside of the post before nestling in the bottom corner. It was no less than Spartans deserved as they piled the pressure on a strong Hillwood side.