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Boroughmuir HS
Newbattle HS
Beith 34
Lawson 60
Windram 68
Reid 73


Senior Lothians Cup - Semi Final
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By Steve Knight
YFS South East Region Reporter
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The not so small matter of a cup final was at stake for the winners of this semi final of the Lothian Schools FA Cup tie. It was evident right from the off, as the determination and willingness to win from both sides was clear on the eye.

The home side came out victorious thanks to four goals without reply. Strikes from Blair Lawson, Angus Beith, Gavin Reid and Calum Windrum were the difference between the sides in a 4-0 victory which was perhaps harsh on their opponents.

The game took a while to get going with the early exchanges being somewhat of a sizing up process. On 7 minutes a superb ball over from the wide right found Windram in the box for Boroughmuir’s first chance but his header went agonisingly past the post.

The home side continued to press on and on 11 minutes they brought the Newbattle keeper into action for the first time. A long range effort from James Williamson had to be tipped round the post for a corner to keep scores level.

The first signs of a Newbattle threat came from back to back corners with the same end result, Both occasions a fantastic corner from Ben Smith found the head of Roger Jones but on both occasions unable to direct on goal. On the 25 minute mark Newbattle rode their luck, a loose ball in the defensive area fell kindly to Williamson and he looped the ball over Fleming only to see his effort go just by the post for the second time.

The first goal of the match came on the half hour. A through ball from Wyper fell kindly to his team mate Beith, who had the composure to slot it into the bottom corner to give his side the lead.

Seconds before halftime it was nearly 2-0. Alex Wyper rounded the Newbattle keeper but due to trying to get the ball onto his left foot, he flashed it across goal and inches wide.

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

The second half kicked off and Newbattle continued to search for an equaliser. They had a glorious opportunity to do so on 58 minutes. Thomas Thomson went through on the goalkeeper but rather mishit his shot wide and kept the game at 1-0.

Punishment was immediate as the ball went to the other end of the pitch which saw a penalty awarded for a foul on Alex Wyper. Blair Lawson stepped up and cool as you like slotted it low and hard into the right hand corner despite best efforts from Fleming in the Newbattle net.

Boroughmuir made the deficit three on 68 minutes. Some individual brilliance from Windram saw him evade three players, jink his way to the penalty spot and finish clinically into the bottom right hand corner of Fleming's goal.

The fourth and final goal wrapped up the home side's victory. A free kick from the wide left position looped expertly into the top corner. Though if it was genius or fortune only Gavin Reid will know, as he completed his brace.

So Boroughmuir progress to the final and will be confident if they play with the same desire and hunger as shown in the final four. The opposition will be known in a week's time, as Linlithgow HS host Balerno HS in the other semi final.

Full Time: Boroughmuir High School 4-0 Newbattle High School

Boroughmuir HS Newbattle HS
1. Andy Dunnet
2. Blair Lawson
3. Ruairidh Barlow
5. Gavin Reid 
7. Angus Beith
8. James Williamson
9. Calum Windram
10. Lewis Scott
11. Callum Watson
12. Murray McCallum
17. Thomas McRoberts
18. David Jeffries
19. Luke Botra
21. Alex Wyper 
1. Gareth Fleming
2. Ryan Miller
4. James-Roger Jones
6. Rory McIver
7. Andy Watson
8. Josh Elliott
9. Barry King
10. Thomas Thomson
11. Ben Smith 
12. Chris Duncan
14. Season McIlever
15. Calvin Clark
16. Tim Enge
Alex Wyper showed plenty of signs of class in the match, ran the channel well playing up front by himself and had a great engine for going by players all afternoon.
Ryan Miller, playing wingback still managed to provide a great attacking threat, great energy levels displayed all match and was a tad unfortunate not to get on the scoresheet.
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