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Edina Hibs hit super-eight to reach the semis

St Mirren YFC 1

Henderson

Edina Hibs 8

Edmonston (2), Keenan, Jones, Sives, Aitchison, Robertson, Bryce
  • Tuesday, 04 February 2014
  • ON-X Sports Centre
  • Under 13´s
  • Scottish Cup

Paul Elliott | YFS West Region Journalist
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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.
 
  • Half Time:
  • St Mirren YFC
  • 1-5
  • Edina Hibs
St Mirren came out for the second half fighting. Their first opportunity came when Kristopher Lawson pounced on a defensive error to go sprinting into the Edina Hibs box. McLean in goal for the visitors was aware however, and sped out quickly from his goal line to deal with the danger very well.
 
Hosie was the driving force for St Mirren. He, Heron, Lawson, Henderson and Christopher Bryce were combining well to pose questions of the Edina Hibs rearguard. All questions were given a strong answer as the visitors’ defence remained resolute.
 
The game’s next big chance came up the other end of the park when yet another Aitchison corner prompted yet another goalmouth scramble in the St Mirren six-yard area. This time the hosts were let off the hook and the ball was somehow cleared.
 
As the second half grew older, Edina Hibs assumed control again, and just as they did in the first half they carved the St Mirren defence open at will. A Combe solo run into the box was eye-catching but his finish ended up comfortably in Weir’s arms.
 
Then the sixth goal came for Edina Hibs. Of course it was Aitchison who swung in another of his brutal corner kicks and it somehow dropped into the net through the grasp of the keeper under serious pressure from Matthew Dillon. 6-1.
 
Substitute Mitchell Robertson looked the part when he came on for Edina Hibs and he helped himself to a goal following yet another Aitchison corner kick. Jones’ effort was cleared off the line but the ball landed at the feet of Robertson who smashed it home to make it 7-1.
 
Edina Hibs then scored their eighth through Owen Bryce. A delightful pass through the St Mirren defence by Leno De Gaetano found the Bryce run into the box and Bryce rifled the ball past Weir to make it 8-1.
 
It took a couple of magnificent saves by St Mirren’s Weir to keep the score at eight. The first was a sensational twisting save to deny Jones from six yards. Then Weir denied Bryce by tipping a powerful shot from the edge of the box over the bar at full stretch.
 
As the full time whistle sounded, Edina Hibs sent a cold message to the remaining teams in the Scottish Cup - beware, this is a team to be reckoned with.
  • Full Time:
  • St Mirren YFC
  • 1-8
  • Edina Hibs

Lineups

St Mirren YFC
Edina Hibs
1. Matthew Weir
2. Fraser Cowan
3. Cynan Mackie
4. William Hosie
5. Jamie McGoldrick
6. Christopher Bryce
7. Thomas Haggarty
8. Calum Henderson
10 Adam Heron
12. Mathew Hughes
14. Scott Whitelaw
16. Darren McEnhill
17. Chimwemwe Joy Goma
20. Lewis McKerrall
18. Kristopher Lawson
11. Lewis Thomson-Smith
11. Alassan Jones
3. Dean Burgess
12. Greg Jones
14. Jay Thomson
4. Jonathan Sedstrem
5. Jordan Keenan
8. Leno De Gaetano
7. Lewis Sives
9. Liam Edmonston
10. Matthew Combe
15. Matthew Dillon
16. Mitchell Robertson
6. Nicolas Aitchison
17. Owen Bryce
2. Seamus Russell
21 Thomas McLean
Star Player
St Mirren YFC
Edina Hibs
William Hosie - Industrious and talented, Hosie was the stand out performer for St Mirren
Nicholas Aitchison - Caused problems as day with his corner kicks. His left foot is simply wonderful.
Magic Moment
St Mirren YFC
Edina Hibs
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.
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.
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