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Strong Edina performance wins the South East Region Cup

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Syngenta Juveniles
Edina Hibs
Grotlin (2)


U16 South East Region Cup - Final
New Countess Park, Dunbar


By Craig Wilson
YFS South East Region Reporter
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The last game of finals' weekend at New Countess Park in Dunbar was worth waiting for. The impressive Edina Hibs side from the Under 16's age group were strong and efficient in ensuring they were to be the cup winners on the day. This game though, despite finishing 3-0 to Edina, was one which was well contested especially in the opening 45 minutes.

Edina Hibs' most impressive victory on the road to Dunbar was a 3-1 success away to Scottish Cup semi finalists Bathgate Rose (who are currently locking horns with Syngenta in the West Lothian AYFC title race). The South Edinburgh side also saw off Leith Athletic in a 5-4 quarter final thriller.

Syngenta of Grangemouth had saw off last year's finalists Loanhead Miners, who had already knocked out the reigning champions Tynecastle. They had only conceded three goals in the five rounds so far, and came into the match off the back of two cup successes in West Lothian - including a County Cup victory at the home of Livingston FC.

Edina started the match the better and forced Syngenta number 1 Taylor Jackson into action early on. Jackson saved well on a couple of occasions in the first half.

However any thought that Syngenta were going to sit and allow Edina a free path for the trophy were to be dispelled as they created the best chance of the first half. The impressive Andrew McNee, ran impressively down the right flank and worked his way into the penalty area, his cut back was perfect fpr team mate Jordan Paterson but Paterson's strike unfortunately was too high and sailed over the bar.

The first half was competitive and both sides were ensuring they gave their all. It seemed they would both head in at half time level and frustrated at being unable to take the lead.

That was until Edina grabbed the lead. Scott Walker's right footed shot forced Jackson to make a good save diving to his left but unable to hold, the ball broke to Edina striker Jonathan Grotlin who bundled the ball into the net.

Half Time: Syngenta Juveniles 0-1 Edina Hibs

That goal at the end of the first half was to prove crucial. When the second half began Edina looked boosted by their lead. They were now controlling the ball more and beginning to cause Syngenta more and more problems. Darren McCraw for Edina was a threat down their right hand side and he won a couple of early corners.

Syngenta though, to their credit, refused to lie down. They battled and still believed they could get an equaliser. Paterson and then Ross Weir both had sights of goal but were unable to take advantage. Gregor Monro's long range shot was also well saved by Jamie Shiels, who turned the shot over the bar.

Edina were soon 2-0 up. Connor Dyet and Grotlin linked well, only for the striker to see his shot come back of the crossbar. The ball soon ended up with Scott Walker and he decided to have a shot from 25 yards. Great decision. The ball soared into the top right hand corner of the net and Edina now hand one hand on the cup.

Grotlin added a third soon after, again he was found by midfielder Dyet and this time the striker slotted home showing fantastic composure.

Three nil was enough and when the referee blew for time it was the Edina lads who were celebrating their triumph. Well deserved it was too.

The club captain said a few emotional words before lifting the trophy, thanking coach John Blaney before lifting the cup amongst jubilation from players and a very passionate group of supporters.

Full Time: Syngenta Juveniles 0 - 3 Edina Hibs

Syngenta Juveniles Edina Hibs
1. Taylor Jackson
2. Josh Reid
3. Andrew MacNally
4. Cameron McCart
5. Gregor Monro
6. Greig Rae
7. Andrew McNee
8. Andrew Morrison
9. Christopher Hamilton
10. Jordan Paterson
11. Ross Weir
12. Ross McConnell
14. Grant Walker
15. Peter McGinlay
16. Jay McMahon
17. Greg Sneddon
18. Clayton Lancaster
19. Nicholas Taylor
1. Jamie Shiels
2. Ryan Dawson
3. Brandon Torrance
4. Daniel Tomassi
5. William Noble
6. Aaron Waugh
7. Jack Wright
8. Barry Hogg
9. Jonathan Grotlin
10. Connor Dyet
11. Scott Walker
12. John Fleming
14. Kerr Scott
15. Ryan Keirney
16. Tyler Connachan
17. Darren McCraw
19. Christopher Scott
Andrew McNee was his side's biggest threat. The right winger was quick and skilful. Always looked liked he'd be the one to get the Juveniles back in the game.
Jonathan Grotlin was outstanding and got 2 goals. His movement was excellent and he lead the line really well.
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