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Ross High clean sheet earns cup final berth

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U16 Lothians Cup - Semi Final

Michael Ahari

By Michael Ahari
YFS South East Region Reporter
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Ross High robbed Boroughmuir of a place in the Lothian U16 Cup final where they will play Newbattle. Tyler Connaghan’s solitary strike on the half hour mark gave the visitors a 1-0 victory at Meggetland, albeit at the expense of a Boroughmuir side that dominated the game for much of the second half, but lacked cutting edge.

Boroughmuir had started the game on the front foot; a shot from Lewis Temple was saved by Craig Kinnear in the Ross High goal before the striker’s rebound struck the post.

And a frustrating day in front of goal for the home side began when Connaghan put the away side in front, stroking home as a deep cross dropped at his feet.

Euan Everett had gone close with a brilliantly struck volley which landed on the roof of Kinnear’s net.

However, Ross High’s physical presence and direct style of play was causing Boroughmuir defence problems on the break. Lewis Tod’s lob over onrushing keeper Fraser McKenzie almost doubled their lead after, ironically, smallest player on the pitch Jack Gilchrist flicked the ball on from a goal kick. 

Temple blazed a left footed snap shot high and wide from the edge of the box, surmising Boroughmuir’s wayward first half performance.

Half Time: Boroughmuir High School 0-1 Ross High School

Anthony Harrison kicked off the second half interrogation of the Ross High defence. Again his powerful drive drifted over the crossbar, and then Temple’s freekick on 51 minutes added to the growing list of efforts off target.

A 25 yard strike from Jack Pullar kept McKenzie alert, and from the resulting corner the goal keeper produced an excellent reflex save to deny Connaghan a second. But the Boroughmuir half was otherwise desolate for much of the second half.

Limited to long range shots, Boroughmuir did little to trouble Kinnear as the match slipped further from the home side’s grasp. Paul Macari fired over, and Harrison alike.

But then, on 64 minutes, Temple spurned Boroughmuir’s clearest goal scoring opportunity. Played through by Macari, the number nine clasped his head in his hands after watching his toe poke bounce agonisingly back off the post.

In desperation, Harrison forged a cross into the packed penalty box where Everett leaped highest, but steered a poorly controlled header wide.

The final whistle sounded as Temple lay sprawled in the box, bemoaning the referee’s failure to award him a penalty when he was up ended by Ryan Dawson. Their cup hopes mangled, you sense Boroughmuir’s grievance was more due to their own inability to find the scoresheet as they trudged off in the knowledge that, had they converted chances clinically, they would have seen off their Tranent counterparts.

East Lothian will meet Midlothian in the final, after Newbattle came from behind to beat Portobello 3-2 (AET) in the other semi final.

Full Time: Boroughmuir High School 0-1 Ross High School

Boroughmuir High 16s Ross High 16s
1. Fraser McKenzie
2. Thomas McKenzie
3. Tom Embleton
4. Michael Lafferty
5. Anthony Harrison
6. Euan Everett
7. Jamie Hamilton
8. Lewis Murray
9. Lewis Temple
10. Paul Macari
11. Zach Finney
12. Adam Corbett
13. Ruari Macpherson
14. Louis Radters
15. Billy Greenstone
1. Craig Kinnear
2. Ryan Dawson
3. Jamie Foy
4. Jamie Campbell
5. Jack Shanks
6. Lewis Tod
7. Kieran Watters
8. Ryan Flanagan
9. Tyler Connaghan
10. Jack Gilchrist
11. Jack Pullar
12. Brodie Ross
15. Kenny Pye
16. Connor Farrell
17. Ewan Porteous
Anthony Harrison tried to offer as much as possible in attack as well as defence and his passing game linked the play throughout.
Jack Gilchrist worked very hard on the wing as Ross High's outlet.
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