Reds’ depleted under-23s lift pre-season trophy after victory in Edinburgh

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With just seven minutes left on the clock, 17-year-old Jack Bearne scored a late-winner to give the Reds’ under-23 side a narrow, 1-0 victory over The Spartans FC.

A crowd of 1,500 watched the victory, which saw Neil Critchley’s side lift the Ronnie Swan pre-season trophy – named for the sad passing of the Edinburgh-based team’s honorary president in 2014.

Of course, many of Critchley’s charges have jetted off to the United States for the senior-side’s pre-season tour, forcing the U23’s manager to opt for a youthful selection.

Critchley was had to make do without the likes of Rhian Brewster, Ryan Kent, Adam Lewis, Curtis Jones, Nathaniel Phillips, Liam Millar, Ki-Jana Hoever, plus the injured trio of Caiomhin Kelleher, Anderson Arroyo, and Paul Glatzel.

Instead, players such as Isaac Christie-Davis, right-back Neco Williams, Herbie Kane, Pedro Chirivella, Swindon Town-linked Shamal George, and of course goalscorer Bearne featured in the match.

The match commemorated the 10-year anniversary of the Edinburgh side’s charity, the Spartans Community Football Academy.

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