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Edina ease through to the next round at City Real's expense

Edinburgh City Real 1

MacFarlane 64

Edina Hibs CFC 8

Edmonston 3' 42', Sives 10', Blackie 19' 27', King 45', Burgess 70', Bowers 79'
  • Sunday, 06 December 2015
  • Forrester High School
  • Under 15´s
  • Scottish Youth Cup

Gregor Kerr | YFS South East Region Journalist
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On a weekend of rain, floods and cancelled games there was one cup tie that survived Storm Desmond and it featured two Edinburgh sides, with a spot in the Scottish Cup quarter final at stake.

Edina started the game on the front foot and remained there for the majority of the match, thanks to their slick, quick and efficient play between the forwards, combining for goal after goal.

The first opening came for Edina with only a minute on the clock, as they won a free-kick on the right-hand side touchline. Steven King looked to use the wind to his advantage as he swung an inviting ball into the box, it looked goal-bound but the City keeper was there to meet it. It only took two more minutes however for Edina to open the scoring through Liam Edmonston, as he raced onto Russell Bowers’ clever lobbed ball, shrugged off the challenges of defenders and hammered it shot past the keeper.

Edinburgh City came close to levelling the match straight from kick-off, Robbie Walker controlled a high ball fantastically and turned the defender, however his shot didn’t have the required power to beat Thomas McLean in goals. With ten minutes on the clock Edina had a good chance to double their lead from Fraser Blackie’s in swinging corner and Lewis Sives didn’t let them down, as he rose highest and powered a header into the back of the net, extending the lead further.

There weren’t many chances for a period as both teams cancelled eachother out, until Edmonston turned creator on 19 minutes, chipping a clever ball through to Blackie who met the ball before the keeper, slotted it past him and added a third goal for Edina.  It was all one-way traffic at that point, and the gap between the two sides only grew bigger in the 27th minute. Sives, who was a constant runner in midfield, worked his way down the right wing, and his cut-back was duly converted by Blackie who rifled a first-time effort into the left corner, the electric winger clearly wasn’t in the mood for letting up.

City managed to carve out a good chance through Jack O’Connor, but was defiantly denied by the feet of McLean in the Edina net on 30 minutes. Up the other end four minutes later, Blackie almost took home the match-ball, as his effort from Russell Bowers’ cross shaved the post and went out.

City looked determined to finish the half with some consolation, and Walker looked the most likely to create a piece of magic in the 37th minute, he did brilliant to beat not one, or two, but four men, faked to shoot, and crossed towards the back post, unfortunately for him nobody was there to finish it off. 

  • Half Time:
  • Edinburgh City Real
  • 0-4
  • Edina Hibs CFC

One instruction from Scott Bonnar, the Edina coach, which clearly had a big impact, was “It’s still 0-0“, and his side clearly took that on board. Only two minutes after the restart, Blackie was causing havoc again, he took the ball left and right, worked himself some space and dug out a cross which was headed into the bottom corner by Edmonston.

Three minutes later and they showed their ruthlessness again, Edmonston laid the ball back for Steven King who needed no invitation to hammer his shot into the roof of the net, six of the best for Edina.

City were still working hard, and McLean had to be alert to palm away David Forbes’ effort on 49 minutes, who were desperate to grab some consolation. Five minutes later and it was City’s turn to produce some wonderful goalkeeping, Bowers cross was met by the head of Jordan Keenan, but Aiden Black was there to pull out a stunning leaping save and tipped the ball over the bar.

City still had a moment to cheer on 64 minutes, as Ross MacFarlane managed to meet a corner at the back post and powered a header into the back of the net, too late to rally a comeback however.

Edina clearly weren’t content with the six goals, and stretched the advantage even further with ten minutes to go. Bowers, who was proving to be a menace down the left-wing, produced the goods and his cross was tucked home by Dean Burgess.

Bowers completed the rout and his excellent performance with just a minute left on the clock. He beat a man, for what seemed to be the hundredth time, played a neat 1-2 and rifled a shot from 25 yards, which swerved all the way into the top right hand corner. The perfect way to round off a perfect day for Edina Hibs.

  • Full Time:
  • Edinburgh City Real
  • 1-8
  • Edina Hibs CFC

Lineups

Edinburgh City Real
Edina Hibs CFC
Aiden Black
Ali Bouhaddou
Zac Nicol
Ross MacFarlane
Josh Davidson
Ben Hunter
Robbie Walker
David Forbes
Patrick Carin
Colin McKinnon
Emre Karaduman
Calum Dignan
Greg Jones
Hamish Glashan
Ethan Williams
Jack O’Connor
Thomas McLean
Dean Burgess
Nicholas Aitchison
Lewis Sives
Jordan Keenan
Alassan Jones
Liam Edmonston
Russell Bowers
Ross Jamieson
Dean Coyle
Tadgh Flanagan-Woodhead
Steven King
Fraser Blackie
Star Player
Edinburgh City Real
Edina Hibs CFC
It was a day to forget from City but Ross MacFarlane managed to grab himself a goal from a well-worked corner.
Fraser Blackie was causing chaos all day down the wings, and played a part in goal after goal. Special mentions must go to Russell Bowers and Alassan Jones, who both controlled the game.
Magic Moment
Edinburgh City Real
Edina Hibs CFC
Robbie Walker's sublime piece of footwork deserved a goal.
Russell Bowers' stunning late strike was the icing on the cake for Edina.
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