Crunch Time for Colts

posted 26 Mar 2009, 04:35 by South Edinburgh Net Admin
Inch Colts 21s remain unbeaten in the league this season, and the club is still fighting on four fronts in a season that has all the makings of a memorable one.

Despite succumbing to Leith Athletic in a Scottish Cup replay by 3-1, Inch clocked up an impressive 3-2 win over Tynecastle to maintain their unbeaten league record and convincingly beat Tollcross Thistle to reach the final of the Willie Bauld Cup.

In addition, Colts overcame Cavalry Park to claim a place in the semi final of the Murphy Cup, while the Stuart Brown Cup and the South East Region trophy are still there for the taking.

Inch and Tynecastle withstood the elements to serve up a thrilling five-goal encounter at Double Hedges, and the Liberton side came out on top by the odd goal. On the half-hour, Mark Gallacher’s corner was headed home by Scott Nicholson to hand Colts a half-time lead. Robin Williams was felled in the penalty area soon after the restart and it was Michael Gallagher who netted the resultant spot-kick.

Tynecastle nicked a goal back with around 25 minutes to go, but Steven Robertson’s persistence forced an own goal at the other end to restore Inch’s two-goal advantage. Tynie pulled a second goal back as the clock ticked down, but Inch held on for another three precious points.

Inch’s season is getting to the stage where there is so much at stake in every game. As players and coaches start to talk about the prospect of a league championship, the semi final of the Willie Bauld Cup may have come as a welcome distraction.

Colts triumphed 3-0 over Tollcross, with goals from Sean Jamieson, a Dale Richardson freekick, and a Michael Gallagher penalty.

Inch then went into the Murphy Cup quarter final expecting a stiff challenge from Division One table-topping Cavalry Park. In an even game, Yussef Bernawi and Robin Williams struck the only goals to haul Inch into the semis.

South Edinburgh Echo, April 2009