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Broughton HS Under 13s
Craigmount HS Under 13s 
Competition: ESFA League Cup - Final
Venue: St Augustine's HS 3G
Date: 28/04/2012
Author: Robbie Forsyth

Broughton HS vs Craigmount HS - Under 13sIn a fitting end to the Edinburgh Schools FA's Under 13 season, the two headline makers of the year met in the cup final. Craigmount got off to a bright start, taking the lead through prolific goalscorer Michael Allan. Broughton hit back before the break through Tod Rowell before dominating the second half. Trevor O'Hara netted a double before Murat Dag hit a fine strike to seal a 4-1 victory and ensure the cup would be heading back to Broughton.
Talk on the terraces was rife as the two teams, wearing their contrasting shades of blue, kicked off. Craigmount were still on a high from their recent SSFA Shield semi final victory over Bishopbriggs Academy, to bag them a place in the national final which looks set to take place at Spartans Academy in around 10 days time. On the flip side, they were also missing a couple of key players. Things weren't quite as upbeat for Broughton, who last week finished their league campaign boasting a 100% record, but are unsure on whether they will be crowned champions due to a possible rule breach.
What was certain, is today would yield a trophy winner. The 3G surface of St Augustine's HS was similar to that of Broughton and it was the boys in navy blue who got off to a bright start. Euan Page had to dive at the feet of strikers twice in the first five minutes, showing great bravery, but you sensed an opening could be coming. Lewis Glasgow was starting to pull the strings with his sublime first touch and short passes, and Kyle Bell came close when his shot narrowly missed the top right hand corner.
However, in their run to the showpiece national final, Craigmount have came up trumps in the face of adversity time and again. It would be a fool who ruled them out and in the 12th minute they showed exactly why. A ball was played upfield in the direction of Michael Allan, who pounced on the opportunity. The scorer of many a goal this season outmuscled the usually rock solid Cameron Walker and slipped the ball past Patrick Martin into the net.  
It was a goal which brought the game to life. The last meeting of these sides had resulted in a tense 1-0 victory for Broughton in the league, but there was now no chance of this happening. Broughton responded by pushing forward at every opportunity and eventually got their reward. Kyle Bell's shot, after a fine piece of dribbling, was saved by Page but he could do nothing to stop Rowell slipping in the rebound to put his side level. It proved to be the last goalmouth action of a pulsating first half.

Broughton HS vs Craigmount HS - Under 13s
Half Time: Broughton HS Under 13s 1-1 Craigmount HS Under 13s
The second half belonged to Broughton from the first whistle. Glasgow had an early save which was well saved by Page. The big Craigmount goalkeeper was powerless, however, to stop Trevor O'Hara putting his side into the lead minutes later. O'Hara rounded the goalkeeper but still had plenty to do, engineering a shooting opening and firing past a line crowded by covering defenders.
With 45 minutes played, O'Hara struck again. This time he was sent through by a superb slide rule pass and showed excellent composure to once again take the ball past Page, before this time executing a far more straight forward finish.
Broughton kept pressing and it was to the credit of the Craigmount players they never let the heads go down and battled throughout, keeping their pride well intact. David Gibson and Marcus Mbewe worked tirelessly in the middle of the park without any real opportunities to impose themselves in an attacking sense. However, there was nothing they could do to prevent Broughton adding to the scoreline with one final moment of magic. 
Murat Dag picked up the ball on the edge of the penalty area. The fresh legs of the substitute produced a fine turn before and even more sublime finish, curling the ball high into the top right hand corner. Page managed to get fingertips to the ball, but even he couldn't keep this effort out.
Broughton celebrated cup glory as both players shook hands at the end of the game, brimming in mutual respect. A happy ending for a team who will surely go on to be a powerhouse in school football in the years to come. For Craigmount, their date with destiny is approaching when they meet Braidhurst HS of Motherwell, with the honour of being crowned national champions on the line.

Full Time: Broughton HS Under 13s 1-1 Craigmount HS Under 13s

Broughton HS Under 13s
Craigmount HS Under 13s
1. Patrick Martin
2. Callum Donaldson
3. Josh Williamson
4. Cameron Walker
5. Sean McCorkindale
6. Daniel Sutherland
7. Blake Campbell
8. Kyle Bell
9. Tod Rowell
10. Trevor O'Hara
11. Lewis Glasgow
12. Ryan McIvor
13. Murat Dag
14. Guy Mathieson
15. Ross Robertson
1. Euan Page
2. Sam Thompson
3. Jamie McIntosh
4. James Pringle
5. Jack Murray
6. Russell Drummond
7. Ryan O’Donnell
8. David Gibson
9. Robbie McNeill
10. Michael Allan
11. Marcus Mbewe
12. Scott Shields
14. Joe Paterson
15. Fraser Wood
16. Andrew Hunter

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Givova UK Man of the Match: Lewis Glasgow
Givova UK Man of the Match: Euan Page