In an exciting end-to end game it was Spartans Reds who came out on top in this early season encounter at Inverleith Park to make it three wins out of three against a fighting Longniddry Villa side.
A hat-trick from Josh Currie was accompanied by a brace of penalties from Kyle Robertson and a goal from Jack Tait to put Spartans beyond any doubt. Villa hit back throughout the game with goals from Robbie Burgoyne, Callum McCowan.
The opening stages saw an open affair and with only a few minutes gone Kyle Robertson had the task of taking a penalty after a foul in the Villa box. The No.9 was calm and collected as he slotted away his penalty to put Spartans in the driving seat.
Villa were trying their best to get into the game but an attacking Reds side claimed another penalty soon after the first as they settled into the game with ease. Robertson was on the penalty again and despite Kit McRitchie’s best efforts he could not stop Robertson scoring again.
Spartans were on fire and Josh Currie was the next name on the score sheet with two goals. The striker was composed as he finished past the Villa ‘keeper to put Spartans into a commanding lead for his first and a few minutes later Spartans had four goals as Currie again showed he had brought his shooting boots with a great finish.
The scoreline did not show the whole story though and Longniddry were not going down easily. Seb Mackay brought the blue team back into the game shortly after Spartans had their fourth when he was put through on goal. His composure meant that Villa were back in the game at 4-1.
Ben Wright gave Spartans something to think about as he carried on the Villa comeback. The Reds defence were tight and were looking confident but Wright had other ideas as his finish saw Villa come back to reduce the deficit to two.
With half an hour gone the Reds halted the Villa come back when Aidan Savage’s cross was put away by number three Jack Tait. The scorer ghosted in between the defence to put away the cross at the far post with the keeper stranded.
The end-to-end nature of the game was truly alive however as the side in blue scored their third of the game through Robbie Burgoyne. The striker took the ball in the box and knocked it past the Spartans defender to open space for a curling effort past the keeper into the far corner.