Tynecastle 21s atoned for some disappointing league performances to land the SPORTS assist South East Region Cup by thrashing of Cavalry Park Colts 5-0.
The Saughton-based side were, until recently, favourites to secure league championship honours, but a late dip in form has now seen their hopes fade with Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic ‘A’ in the ascendancy.
Coach Ross Vinter believes their success at New Countess Park will go some way to making amends for allowing their league title hopes to slip away.
“To win a final 5-0, there isn’t much to complain about,” Vinter said. “I thought we were absolutely superb in the second half and some of the goals were magnificent. The league is what everyone wants to win, but if it’s not to be then this is the one, so we’re delighted.”
Tynecastle wasted little time in making their mark as they went ahead in the fourth minute as Gavin McCarthy connected with Scott Coleman’s corner from the right to power home a header beyond Colts’ goalkeeper Andrew Mackay.
Tynecastle doubled their advantage 15 minutes later, Coleman rounding Mackay after a hesitant Colts defence failed to stop the No. 10’s late run after a cross from Steven Togneri.
Stewart Adams appeared the only real threat to the Tynecastle goal in what was a lacklustre display from the Colts, his shot shortly before the interval going narrowly wide of target.
Lewis Russell ensured victory for Tynecastle just three minutes into the second half with a cool finish into the bottom right corner before three became four just minutes later after a well-worked move.
Gordon Harris was instrumental in working his way from one side of the park to the other before delivering a sublime cross for Russell to notch his second in quick succession.
Harris then completed the scoring with a fine header, directing the ball into the far left corner of the net after Coleman’s corner on 68 minutes.
Tynecastle, in truth, should have extended their lead further but appeared content with what was an all-round thoroughly dominant display.
Cavalry Park Colts: Andrew Mackay, Chris Joyce, Lewis O’Conner, Alan Murray, Greg Douglas, Christopher Barron, Stewart Adams, John Robertson, Steven MacGregor, Lyle Finney, Bruce Cunningham, Fraser McKinlay, Liam Tomassi, Johnny Malcolm, Ryan Cockburn.
Tynecastle FC: Jordan Dunsmore, Steven Togneri, Greig Jardine, Gavin McCarthy, Andrew Munro, Ross Yeoman, Scott Houston, Lewis Russell, Scott Coleman, Gordon Harris, Daniel Gemmell, Scott Wright, Craig Spalding, Stephen Lee, Dale Heatlie, Scott Hume.