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Excellent Edina beat battling Gers to lift Scottish Cup

Edina Hibs CFC 3

Jones 31, Burgess 42, Bryce 63

Rangers SABC 0

  • Sunday, 11 May 2014
  • Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie
  • Under 13´s
  • TWS Scottish Youth FA Cup - Final

Alan Christie | YFS Central Region Journalist
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A superb attacking display from Edina Hibs saw them break down a determined Rangers outfit to win the Under 13’s TWS SYFA Cup Final.  The Edinburgh outfit were on the front foot from the start and scored the goals to earn a well deserved victory.  Hibs used the 3G surface to their advantage to move the ball about diligently with Rangers just unable to respond.  
There was a real cup final atmosphere at the Airdrie Excelsior Stadium as two of the form teams in under 13 football prepared to kick off.  The rain had cleared and a big crowd had gathered in anticipation of a great contest.  Both sides had scored freely on route to the final and would be looking to continue in this vein on a dull Airdrie afternoon. 
Rangers kicked off and instantly set about passing the ball about their back three.  As ever on these occasions the opening exchanges were somewhat cagey as each team looked to settle into the game.  Both sides were being roared on by vocal supports that had travelled to back their respective teams.  Rangers had some early pressure without being able to properly penetrate the Hibs back line.  There was a steely focus to each team which meant space was at a premium.  In the sixth minute Hibs Mitchell Robertson had a shot that was easily gathered by Robbie Walker in the Rangers goal.  
Hibs were knocking the ball about well with Robertson and Alassan Jones starting to have an influence in midfield.  Rangers run to the cup final proved they do not give away goals easily however with just one goal lost over seven games and that not until the semi final against Harmony Row.  Jones produced a terrific driving run down the left but just lacked the final pass to allow a teammate to capitalise.  Hibs were on top at this stage with fifteen minutes played.
Jones drew a free kick in the nineteenth minute.  Dean Burgess took it from the left hand side but as was becoming increasingly common it was dealy with easily by the Rangers defence.  It was clear that it was going to take a moment of inspiration for Hibs to be able to break them down.
 John Gilmour and John Balsillie appeared a bit isolated in the forward positions for Rangers but would be looking to capitalise on any chance offered to them.  The Rangers back three whilst under pressure from Hibs appeared relaxed and happy to defend anything that was thrown at them led by Zach Brown in the centre. Leno De Gaetano earned a free kick on the left for Hibs in the twenty fifth minute Nicholas Aitchison flighted in an enticing cross but it was once again cleared.  This led to a long range shot from Dean Burgess which lacked any power or precision to fade wide.  
Hibs did eventually break the deadlock just before half time and it was no surprise to see Jones as the scorer.  Aitchison once again delivered a terrific cross this time from a corner.  It was met terrifically by Jones who nodded emphatically into the top corner.  Hibs deservedly ahead and Rangers would now have to open up in order to try and get back into the match.  The goal eased some of the frustration Hibs had been feeling at being unable to break their opponents down.  Jones had won the corner himself with threatening run down left and this allowed the influential Aitchison to provide the delivery.
The half time whistle blew and this would allow Rangers the chance to regroup and consider how they might get back into this game.  Hibs were definitely on top and well worthy of their lead at the break.
  • Half Time:
  • Edina Hibs CFC
  • 1-0
  • Rangers SABC
Hibs kicked off the second half looking to get what would probably be the decisive second goal.  Rangers were still well in this final though and knew that it would only take one goal to be level.  John Wilson drove through midfield on the break with the ball eventually breaking to substitute Marc Dickson who forced Hibs keeper Thomas McLean into his first real save within minutes of the second half starting.  Just seconds later Liam Edmonston forced a similar save from Walker as the game looked to be opening up.
Any hope Rangers had taken from the early exchanges were extinguished somewhat in the forty second minute when Dean Burgess scored a goal worthy of any cup final to put his side two goals up.  There looked little threat as the ball fell to Burgess what appeared to be forty yards out.  He had not right to shoot from there really but the midfielder thought differently as he hit an absolutely terrific effort into the top corner.  Two nil to Edina Hibs and Rangers task was now considerably harder.  Dylan Brown had a quick chance to get them right back into however but blazed over the bar from a Dickson cut back.  It was clear Rangers were not going to give up.  Edmonston almost made it three however, shooting just wide after breaking clean through.
Brown again threatened down the left but was denied by the quick thinking McLean.  Edmonston then broke through for Hibs to again be denied by Walker.  The second half was now an attacking all action affair in contrast to the first.  A third goal for Hibs was likely to end the contest but one for Rangers would change the nature of the match once again.  The Hibs fans were in full voice perhaps sensing the opportunity for some glory after the recent travails of their senior side.  With ten minutes to go it looked like Hibs were going to see out this final relatively easily.  
Hibs substitute Owen Bryce shot just wide with a late effort as he looked to put the seal on an accomplished display.  Robertson won a free kick wide on the right to allow Aitchison another set piece opportunity which he fired over.  The attacking full back certainly did not lack in confidence when presented with a set piece opportunity.  Bryce did indeed make it three nil shortly after this.  Superb passing football through the middle presented him with the opportunity and he made no mistake to coolly slot home.  This sparked jubilant scenes’ amongst the Hibs players who knew now that the cup was fully in their grasp.
The full time whistle blew to confirm what had probably been inevitable since Hibs scored their second goal.  The players, staff and supporters of Edina Hibs celebrated exactly as you would expect after winning a cup final.  A terrific performance from the men in green.  Rangers battled manfully until the end but can console themselves by the fact they were beaten by a very good side.
  • Full Time:
  • Edina Hibs CFC
  • 3-0
  • Rangers SABC


Edina Hibs CFC
Rangers SABC
1. Thomas McLean
2. Jonathan Sedstrem
3. Nicholas Aitchison
4. Lewis Sives
5. Jordan Keenan
6. Dean Burgess
7. Leno De Gaetano
8. Matthew Combe
9. Liam Edmonston
10. Mitchell Robertson
11. Alassan Jones
12. Seamus Russell
14. Owen Bryce
15. Markas Murauskas
21. Jake Marron

Free kicks won: 11
Free kicks conceded: 7
Corner: 2
Shots on target: 7
Shots off target: 4
Headers won: 25
Tackles won: 48
Passes completed: 88
1. Robbie Walker
2. Joshua Gordon
3. Andrew Paulley
4. Zach Brown
5. Lee Gemmell
6. Louis Gordon
7. Dylan Brown
8. John Wilson
9. John Gilour
10. John Balsillie
11. Luke McNiven
12. Alex Smith
14. Brogan Watson
15. Euan Andrews
18. Marc Dickson

Free kicks won: 7
Free kicks conceded: 11
Corner: 0
Shots on target: 1
Shots off target: 1
Headers won: 22
Tackles won: 44
Passes completed: 63
Star Player
Edina Hibs CFC
Rangers SABC
Captain marvel Alassan Jones was everywhere today and his drive and energy was inspirational, scoring the first goal and being a part of everything good that his team.
Robbie Walker made a couple of excellent saves, as Edina piled on the pressure.
Magic Moment
Edina Hibs CFC
Rangers SABC
Can only be the terrific long range effort from Burgess to put his side firmly on the way to lifting the trophy. One of the best goals ever seen at this level.
Dylan Brown had a superb jinking run down the left hand side in the first half which offered his team hope that they could break down the Edina defence.
Club Views
Edina Hibs CFC
Rangers SABC

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