Edina Hibs progressed to the Under 13 Scottish Cup semi finals after a comprehensive 8-1 victory over St Mirren YFC at the ON-X Sports Centre in Linwood.
It was not a day for the feint hearted. St Mirren kicked the game off amidst lashing rain and mud, and the game got off to a whirlwind start. Within minutes all 22 players found themselves caked in mud.
The first attempt at goal came early doors when St Mirren’s Adam Herron zipped a free kick off the muddy surface to test the goalkeeper, but Thomas McLean between the sticks for Edina Hibs gathered the ball well. St Mirren’s keeper, Matthew Weir, got his first taste of the awkward conditions when a Nicholas Aitchison corner kick slipped out of his hands, but the ball was scrambled clear as the yellow shirts of Edina Hibs piled in.
It was clear the conditions were playing a part. That said, there was some impressive football on show. William Hosie looked the part for St Mirren while Aitchison and Alassan Jones were combining very well down the left flank for Edina Hibs. Aitchison in particular has a wonderful left foot, which he used to cause St Mirren all sorts of problems at every opportunity.After there was so much good work happening on the left flank for Edina Hibs, it was creativity on their right flank that led to the first goal of the game. Liam Edmonston opened the scoring after a nice exchange on the right sent the striker through on goal and Edmonston showed good composure to slot the ball home to make it 1-0 to Edina Hibs.
The visitors doubled their lead almost instantly. Aitchison received the ball on the left and sent it up the line, Dean Burgess met it on the overlap and returned the ball to Aitchison who picked out Jordan Keenan in the six-yard box to finish clinically. It was a well worked goal to make the score 2-0.
Edina Hibs began playing magical football; moving the ball around in perfect triangles and looking like they could score at will. They almost scored a third after quick feet from Matthew Combe prompted a foul and the award of a free kick. Aitchison used the conditions to his favour by zipping his free kick at the goalkeeper, who gathered the muddy ball at his second attempt.
The third goal was always coming and Edina Hibs scored it a short time later. Aitchison was involved again when yet another of his wicked corner kicks whipped into the box left-footed from the right. Jones rose unmarked in the box to bullet a header into the bottom left corner of the net. 3-0.
Then Lewis Sives helped himself to a goal for Edina Hibs. Some good work yet again by the captain Jones on the left wing won a corner. Aitchison again took it left-footed and prompted havoc in the St Mirren box resulting in Sives knocking the ball into the empty net after it fell kindly for him a yard or two from goal. 4-0.
St Mirren to their credit dug deep and managed to claw a goal back. It came after Hosie rolled up his sleeves and went battling for the ball. He won it, and in a sweeping passing movement with Heron, the duo fashioned an opening for Heron to smash an effort at goal. The keeper could only parry the ball into the path of the lurking Calum Henderson who knocked the ball home to make it 4-1.
The St Mirren fight back was briskly quashed and the rampant Edina Hibs scored a fifth on the stroke of half time. The vibrant Jones set off on a strong and powerful solo run down the left and cut the ball back to the boot of Edmonston who finished from close range to make it 5-1.