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Lanarkshire reach final with Edinburgh victory

Written by  Andrew Watson
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Lanarkshire Schools Under 15s
Edinburgh Schools Under 15s
Competition: National Trophy - Semi Final
Venue: Jock Stein Centre, Hamilton
Date: 22/03/2012
Author: Andrew Watson
Lanarkshire Schools select met their Edinburgh counterparts in the National Trophy semi-final at a sun drenched Jock Stein Centre in Hamilton.
Lanarkshire started as brightly as the weather, and opened the scoring with less than two minutes played. Liam McGuigan, a danger to the Edinburgh defence for the entire 80 minutes, was fouled on the right wing, and the visitors failed to deal with Jamie McCart’s dangerous ball into the area. Nicky Corns’ shot at goal was deflected into the path of Alastair Roy at the back post, and the forward drilled the ball into the bottom corner of the net.
Before the tenth minute, Lanarkshire doubled their lead through an excellent finish by the impressive Cameron Smith. The powerful striker received a pass and span away from his marker before firing an angled drive into the net from just inside the 18 yard box, giving Edinburgh goalkeeper Sean Brennan little chance.
Edinburgh looked shellshocked by Lanarkshire’s fast start, and it took them until midway through the first half to impose themselves on the game. Jamie McCart and Scott Burns in the home side’s midfield were dictating the play, meaning the Edinburgh front two of Aaron Currie and Lewis Temple were starved of any real service from their midfielders.
As the first half wore on however, Edinburgh started to assert themselves on the game, with Lewis Murray on the left wing looking their most dangerous player, but he failed to test Kenny Giles in the Lanarkshire goal with two long range efforts.
Aside from a chance for Smith, well saved by Brennan in the Edinburgh goal, Lanarkshire seemed content to see out the first half with a two goal cushion, as Edinburgh couldn’t create any real chances to reduce the deficit.

Half Time: Lanarkshire Schools Under 15s 2-0 Edinburgh Schools Under 15s
Whatever the Edinburgh coaches said to their team at the interval, it seemed to galvanise the team, as they started the second half with more urgency, with Craig Russell and Ryan Smith snapping into tackles in the midfield.  However, they again could not test the home side’s goalkeeper.
In the 55th minute, Lanarkshire replaced Nicky Corns with Kyle Johnstone, who looked keen to make an impact on the game, and immediately won the ball on the Lanarkshire right, before feeding Smith a chance, but Brennan saved well for Edinburgh.
On the hour mark, Edinburgh’s Lewis Murray drilled a shot across goal which Giles did well to hold on to. The keeper then set up a Lanarkshire attack which forced two chances in quick succession for Cameron Smith, but the striker was denied again by Brennan. The Edinburgh goalkeeper was standing up well to the challenges presented to him by the strong Lanarkshire attack, saving further efforts by Smith and substitute Callum Welsh.
With ten minutes to go, Edinburgh rolled the dice one last time, replacing Murray with Bradley Scott. However, this left more gaps for Lanarkshire to exploit, and with three minutes to go they added a third goal to wrap up the victory. Lanarkshire’s Man of the Match Jamie McCart won the ball inside his own half, and charged forward to the edge of the Edinburgh penalty area, where he laid the ball on a plate for Michael Hawthorne, who had replaced Alastair Roy up front. Hawthorne controlled the ball and finished well on the half volley, giving Brennan no chance.
In the 80th minute, with Lanarkshire assured of their place in the final, Edinburgh managed a consolation goal, but it was a fine move involving interplay and one touch passing between Danny Cameron, Josh King and Lewis Temple, with Temple slotting the ball past Giles for 3-1.
It was all Edinburgh could manage, but it gave a glimpse of the flowing football that they had been trying to play all game. Lanarkshire simply did not allow Edinburgh the chance to play this style, as the home side’s combination of strength and skill was ultimately too much for the team from the capital, and they progress to the National Trophy final as merited winners.
Full Time: Lanarkshire Schools Under 15s 3-1 Edinburgh Schools Under 15s

Lanarkshire Schools Under 15s
Edinburgh Schools Under 15s
1.  Kenny Giles
2.  Dario Robertson
3.  Conor Ridgeway
4.  Jordan Lithgow
5.  Liam Baillie
6.  Scott Burns
7.  Liam McGuigan
8.  Jamie McCart
9.  Alastair Roy
10.  Nicky Corns
11.  Cameron Smith
12. Kyle Johnstone
13. Callum Welsh
14. Kieran Brown
15. Michael Hawthorne
16. Andrew Clement
20. Sean Brennan
2.  Ewan McLuskie
3.  Callum Cowan
4.  Craig Russell
5.   Danny Brooks
6.   Danny Cameron
7.  Ryan Smith
8.  Josh King
9.  Aaron Currie
10. Lewis Temple
11. Lewis Murray
12. Conner Agate
13. Bradley Scott
14. John Fleming 
15. Mark Aitken

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