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Wednesday, 02 October 2013 00:00

Thomson masterclass earns Tynecastle victory

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James Gillespie's HS
Tynecastle HS
Hamilton 40
Thomson 15, 28, 30, 32, 48


Senior Lothian Schools FA - West Division
Saughton 3G
27 September 2013
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Football is a team sport. If the performance of the team as a whole is poor, a single player is unlikely to be able to do anything about it. However, in a clash of two equally strong teams, a single player can often make the difference and win the match for his team if he catches a perfect day. Benn Thomson of Tynecastle High School’s senior team had the game of his life last Friday in the match against James Gillespie’s High School, when he scored all five goals in a 5-1 victory that was not as one sided as the score suggests. Both teams had not got off to an ideal start in the new season of the Lothian Senior West Division and were desperate to earn their first points.

At the beginning of the match, the two teams cancelled each other out and defended well so that there were not a lot of scoring chances. Both sides played the ball through midfield and had a couple of good combinations but were not able to deliver the penetrative pass that would confuse the other teams’ defence and create an opening.

After 15 minutes, Thomson grabbed his first goal of the match when he nodded home from within a packed six-yard box after a corner kick delivered by Craig Aitken from the right-hand side.

Only four minutes after having conceded the first goal, Gillespie’s had the opportunity to equalise. Mitchell Goodman broke through on the left wing and swung a cross into the box which landed next to the back post. However, James Hamilton wasn't able to connect and the ball was cleared. Also, Ben Smyth’s attempt from 18 yards after a corner kick didn't trouble Cameron Western in the Tynecastle goal.

Tynecastle went two up in the 28th minute when Aitken passed the ball to Joe Hemmingway who was standing at the 18-yard line. Hemingway passed the ball on to Thomson who flicked the ball into the upper left corner from 20 yards.

Two minutes after that, Thomson scored again. After a long kick from hands by Cameron Western, the Tynecastle forward found himself dribbling towards the goal with three defenders in front of him. Somehow, Thomson managed to keep possession of the ball and was suddenly standing 20 yards away from the goal. Everybody expected him to pass the ball to one of his team mates who had raced clear on the wings but Thomson was confident enough to strike the ball into the left corner again.

If anyone was still unconvinced Thomson was having a perfect day, there was no doubt after the 32nd minute. Hemmingway’s corner kick from the left-hand side found Thomson’s head and the Tynecastle forward had no trouble knocking it in from short distance.

Gillespie’s were down by four goals now although they had not necessarily been outclassed. In fact, Gillespie’s, too, had a couple of good opportunities. Eventually, they drew hope in the 40th minute when Jordie Bell outsmarted Tynecastle’s defence with a fine ball which found Hamilton who was running towards the goal, clear of the defence. He managed to curve around Western and put the ball into the empty goal from the right-hand side of the box.

Half Time: James Gillespie's HS 1-4 Tynecastle HS

The  goal seemed to encourage Gillespie’s to forget about the unfortunate first half and in fact, they started well in the second half and had a couple of good scoring chances. Thomson smashed the home team’s hopes of a comeback. Once again, Thomson jumped highest after a corner kick from the left in the 48th minute and netted his fifth goal of the day.

Immediately after that, Thomson's match came to an end when he was substituted. A well earned rest.

In the following minutes, the match cooled down considerably and there were not a lot of chances anymore. Steven Nicolson could have scored another goal for Tynecastle after a through ball delivered from midfield in the 71th minute but goalkeeper Laurie Donaldson’s brilliant save prevented further damage.

Gillespie’s, too, had some more chances but the home team either missed their attempts or the drives were saved by Tynecastle’s goalkeeper Western.

In the end, Tynecastle’s victory was deserved but perhaps victory by a smaller margin would have been a fairer reflection. In a fairly balanced match, Benn Thomson’s made the difference and it won't be a match he will forget anytime soon.

Gillespie's now look forward to a baseement battle with Forrester, with neither team having registered a point to date. Tynecastle's next fixture is against Queensferry.

Full Time: James Gillespie's HS 1-5 Tynecastle HS


James Gillespie's HS Tynecastle HS
1. Jed Corney
2. Ben Williams
4. Byron Muphkudzwa
5. John Jone
7. Brendan Ferry
8. James Hamilton
9. Mitchell Goodman
10. Jordie Bell
11. Evan McCulloch
12. Rory Barraclough
13. Max Allison
14. Sam Gallaway
15. Laurie Donaldson
16. Dany McGuire
17. Ben Smyth
1. Cameron Western
2. Craig McKay
3. Alan Downie
4. Daniel Harley
5. Calum Davidson
6. Aaron Martin
7. Steven Nicolson
8. Joe Hemmingway
9. Benn Thomson
10. Struan McCall
11. Kyle Fairgrieve
12. Steven Dick
15. Aidan Downs
16. Craig Aitken
James Hamilton scored a good goal and had a hand in a number of good pieces of attacking play, which on another day could have resulted in goals.
Benn Thomson was the man of the match because of his goals, no doubt, but Craig Aitken played very well, too, and created a number of chances due to his fine passing.
Frank Carstairs, teacher at James Gillespie's HS, said: "Tactically, we were not too bad but the other team just had more heart than we did and won more of the important challenges."
Mr. Connor, coach of Tynecastle, said: "The score did not reflect the closeness of the game. Of course, Benn's five goals were fantastic but the team as a whole played very well."
Monday, 30 September 2013 15:50

Easthouses stun Hutchie with second half comeback

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Easthouses FC
Hutchison Vale
Hutchison 50
Carter 65
Chalmers 35


U17's Scottish Youth FA Cup - Round 2
Mayfield Sports Complex
28th September 2013
Author: Michael O'Brien
The second round of the SYFA Challenge Cup drew together Easthouses and Hutchison Vale, two teams separated by a single point in the league. It is also to be a narrow margin that separated the sides on the day, with Easthouses defeating their visitors by two goals to one. The game looked like it could go either way for most of the ninety minutes. However, a spirited comeback by the home side in the second half was enough to see them progress to the next stage of the tournament.

It was Easthouses who looked the more likely of the two teams to open the scoring in the early stages. James Burns had the first shot on target when his speculative volleyed effort was caught well by Hutcison Vale keeper Chris Burt. Burt also did well to rush out and stop William Hutchison getting on the end of a Louis Norris ball for Easthouses not long after. Hutchison was to have another battle with the keeper however after picking up on a short Hutchison Vale pass back. Burt again came off his line to tackle well but with the ball falling to Robbie Carter on the edge of the box and the keeper off his line, Easthouses were presented with another chance to open the scoring. Carter’s shot however went over the bar.

Despite Easthouses having a number of goal scoring opportunities early on, it was Hutchison Vale who were playing the better football on the whole. Keeping the ball on the ground and making full use of the pitch, Vale continued to plug away and their efforts paid off on thirty-five minutes when Kieran Chalmers opened the scoring. Declanh Heron had a part to play in the goal as he skipped past an Easthouses defender on the left wing and delivered a cross deep into the box. Houses’ keeper MacFarlane managed to get a hand to the ball, only to set Chalmers up to score from six yards.

Hutchison Vale enjoyed a spell of possession after the opening goal and continued to press for another. Chances for Easthouses were few and far between towards the end of the first half due largely to a solid performance by Vale’s centre half pairing of Nick Tonner and Cameron Deal.

The last action of the opening fourty-five minutes was however to be a scoring opportunity for Easthouses. Louis Norris hit a free-kick which dipped over the wall and fell awkwardly for Vale’s keeper Chris Thomson, who had replaced Chris Burt early in the match. Thomson did well to recover the save as he pounced on the ball to keep Houses’ Robbie Carter from reaching it.

The scoreline at the end of the first half was perhaps fair, as Hutchison Vale had provided more of an attacking threat than their opponents so far. However, the home side were far from out of the game and caused Vale some problems of their own.

Half Time: Easthouses FC 0 – 1  Hutchison Vale

Easthouses started the second half much more positively than they began the match. The home side looked rather hesitant in attack for much of the first half, opting for a long ball approach as opposed to Hutchison Vale’s passing style. However, going a goal behind forced the team to take the game to Hutchie and they did so excellently.

Spreading the ball wide, Easthouses created a number of chances to draw level early into the second half and it was not long before they did so. Louis Norris’ did well with a run up the right wing before offloading the ball to Robbie Carter. Carter then attempted a cross which deflected off an Easthouses defender before falling at the feet of William Hutchison who did well to steer his shot round Vale’s keeper Thomson. Easthouses were right back in the game just five minutes after the restart and looked a much more confident side from then on.

Hutchison Vale however continued to threaten in attack and always looked dangerous on the break. Not long after Houses’ equaliser, the away side had a couple of golden opportunities to take the lead again, the first of which came for Connor Campbell. Brannon Bunce’s ball over the defence fell kindly for Campbell at the back post but he couldn’t manage to keep his shot down. Minutes later Owen Forrest had a glorious chance to head in from yards out but again saw his effort fly over the crossbar.

The match was finely poised and it made for an interesting spectacle as both sides searched for a goal that would put them ahead in the cup tie. That goal was to come on sixty-five minutes and it came for the home side who were now playing good football, keeping the ball on the deck and making good use of the wings. Hutchison Vale however were caught out in defence as a through ball bounced awkwardly on the edge of the box. Chris Thomson rushed out to deal with the danger but given how close the ball was to the eighteen-yard line, he opted to head the ball away as opposed to risking the catch. The attempted clearance found its way to Easthouses’ Carter who reacted well and powered his header into the back of the net.

Given the importance of the match, Easthouses could be forgiven for sitting back slightly and holding on to their lead for the last twenty minutes. However, they were in no mood to take their foot off the gas and continued to pile pressure on the Hutchison Vale defence. In particular, Hutchison had a chance to bury the game with a few minutes remaining but narrowly missed out on grabbing his second goal of the game. Substitute Lucas Mason’s ball from the left was well controlled by Hutchison initially but when presented with the chance to put the game to bed by beating the Vale keeper at his near post, he instead opted for power in his shot which ultimately saw the ball fly over the crossbar. After setting up Hutchison, Mason then had a chance of his own when he found himself one on one with Vale’s Burt. Choosing to poke the ball past the oncoming keeper instead of dribble round him, Mason’s shot went agonizingly wide of the goal.

Hutchison Vale twice almost made Easthouses pay for their missed chances but the away side couldn’t find the goal they needed to edge their way back into the match. Chalmer’s glanced a header just wide of the post and blasted a shot over the bar in the final few minutes, the latter of which chances turned out to be just about the last kick of the ball before the referee blew his whistle to signal full-time.

It is Easthouses then who progress to the next round of the SYFA Challenge Cup after a spirited second half comeback. Credit must be given to Hutchison Vale who played some good passing football throughout the game and also to the way in which the Easthouses defence managed to shut out the away side in the latter stages of the match.

Full Time: Easthouses FC 2 – 1  Hutchison Vale


Easthouses FC Hutchison Vale
1. Kieran MacFarlane
2. John Weir
3.Euan Greig
4. Louis Norris
5. Stephen Woods
6. Cameron Hall
7. Michael MacFarlane
8. Robbie Carter
9. James Burns
10. Connor McCallion
11. Callum Bain
12. Grant Low
14. Lucas Mason
15. Christopher Ramage
16. William Hutchison
1. Chris Burt
3. Callum Fleming
4. Callum McDonald
5. Nick Tonner
6. Cameron Deal
7. Allan Petticrew
8. Ryan Hutchison
9. Kieran Chalmers
10. Connor Campbell
11. Declanh Heron
12. Brannon Bunce
14. Chris Thomson
15. Owen Forrest
Louis Norris was a key player for his team who performed his defensive duties well and looked dangerous when going forward, creating a number of chances for the home side.
Nick Tonner was solid in defence, the stand out player in the first half who won almost every header he challenged for.
Cramond FC
North Merchiston FC
Wood 5
Brown 14
Mackay 20, 48
Gill 4
Anderson 39, 70, 87
Davidson 60


U15 Scottish Youth FA Cup - Round 2
29 September 2013

Cup ties follow their own rules. Quite often, the supposedly smaller team excels itself and manages to beat the bigger team. Also last Sunday, for a long time it seemed as if division three team Cramond FC could celebrate an unexpected win over division two team North Merchiston in the second round of the Scottish Youth FA Cup. In the end of a nine-goal thriller, however, Merchi sealed their place in the third round with a 5-4 victory.

Both teams had a decent start in their respective leagues and had also celebrated impressing away wins in the first round of the Scottish Cup with Cramond winning 4-7 over Penicuik Athletic YFC and North Merchiston’s 3-0 victory over Linlithgow Rose CFC Maroon. Now, Cramond wanted to prove they can also compete with a second division team and they started well, forcing two corners in the first two minutes.

However, it was Merchi that opened the scoring after four minutes on the clock. Dillon Anderson and Frank Gill played a wonderful one-two on the right wing which enabled Gill to enter the box. From there he passed back again to Anderson who took a shot from close range which could be parried by Cramond’s goalkeeper Sam Phillip. The rebound was converted by Gill who netted from short distance and dampened Cramond’s hopes of kicking Merchi out of the cup.

But only one minute after that, Cramond’s Dylan Wood cancelled out Gill’s opener for the visitors. Phillip had delivered a long kick from hands that bounced over the perplexed defenders of North Merchiston. Wood took advantage of this confusion and raced to the ball to lift it into the upper right corner of the goal.  

In the minutes to follow, the game was rather balanced and both sides created a couple of scoring chances. Merchi were the slightly better team with respect to passing and technique while Cramond won more challenges and could cause serious problems for Merchi’s defence with high crosses delivered from midfield and sent into the path of Cramond’s forward Mark Mackay.  

In the 14th minute, Cramond grabbed the third goal of the day. Ryan Brown put the hosts 2-1 ahead with a beautiful header from within a packed six-yard box after a corner kick from the left-hand side. Six minutes later, Cramond even went two up when Mackay stepped around Merchi’s goalkeeper Jude Mothersole and netted into the empty goal.

Being behind by two goals, North Merchiston went on the front foot and forced a couple of brilliant saves from Phillip with some drives from long distance. In the 34th minute, the away team had their best chance to reduce the deficit when Gill ran down the line on the right wing and could not be stopped by four opponents from entering the box. Gill passed the ball back to Anderson who was standing in the six-yard box but lifted the ball over the cross bar from close range.

Just before the interval, Merchi grabbed their second goal of the match when Anderson found himself unmarked ten yards from the goal and flicked the ball into the lower left corner.

Half Time: Cramond FC 3-2 North Merchiston FC


Eight minutes after the restart of the match, Merchi were awarded a corner kick from the right-hand side. Although it was not delivered badly, Cramond cleared it quite easily and initiated a counter attack. Brown got the ball in midfield and sent a long ball into the path of Mackay. Mothersole was uncertain whether to leave his goal or not which gave Mackay just the time he needed to reach the ball first and lift it over the goalkeeper to make it 4-2 and grab his second goal of the match.

The scoreline suggested that Cramond were in control, but the visitors were far from finished. In the 60th minute, Declan Davidson demonstrated his magnificent technique when he scored to make it 4-3. After a fine pass from midfield, Davidson found himself unmarked only nine yards from the goal. He sidestepped a Cramond defender and, having the ball lying in front of his right foot, he could have hammered it home. But rather than that, he looked up and saw Phillip leaving his goal. Therefore, he cleverly lifted the ball over the goalkeeper, scoring the goal of the match.  

After that, North Merchiston took more and more control over the game and put Cramond under pressure as they went for an equaliser. Every other minute, the second division side created scoring chances and the home side had to limit themselves to counter attacks and occasional drives from long range.

Eventually, Merchi leveled the game in the 70th minute. A free kick delivered from midfield found Anderson who slammed the ball into the net with a sublime left-foot volley.

Only minutes before the final whistle, Cramond could have secured cup progress in return for their courageous performance but unfortunately, Brown’s shot after a free kick from midfield hit the left post.

The immediate counter attack saw North Merchiston score the winner in the 77th minute. Marc Marino outsmarted the Cramond defence with a pinpoint cross ball and again, Anderson found himself unmarked 16 yards from the goal from. The Merchi forward netted the winner with a brilliant lob over Phillip.

Overall, a bit unfortunate for Cramond who were on the edge of tripping the favourite but in the end, Merchi deservedly booked their place in the third round of the cup for they were fitter and more determined to win towards the end of the match.

Full Time: Cramond FC 4-5 North Merchiston

Cramond FC North Merchiston
1. Sam Phillip
3. Connor Pearson
4. Fraser Rillay
5. David McLean
7. Owen Logan
8. Dylan Robertson
9. Mark Mackay
10. Callum Dixon
11. Dylan McGhee
12. Dylan Wood
14. Jordon Ohaigan
15. Ryan Brown
17. Ross Robertson
19. Jason Mackenzie
1. Jude Mothersole
3. Zach Murray
5. Brandon McGinn
7. Frank Gill
8. Calum Hope
12. Kerr Mackenzie
16. William Proudfoot
18. Marc Marino
19. Dillon Anderson
20. Declan Davidson
24. Max Gargaro
51. Callum Bryce
52. Evan Swan
53. Jamie Carlyle
54. Nicholas Robertson

Marc Mackay scored twice and caused a lot of trouble for Merchies's defence with his quickness and alertness.

Decland Davidson and Frank Gill played brilliant football together on the right wing, created a number of chances for their team mates and both of them scored goals which earned the team the victory in the end.
Scott Mackenzie, club secretary of Cramond FC, said: "It was a hard game and both teams would have deserved the win but, you know, that's football."
Hugo D'Ulisse, head coach of North Merchiston, said: "We organised ourselves better in the second half, played football and kept the ball on the ground. That was the key to winning the match in the end."
Monday, 30 September 2013 01:59

Penicuik progress after away day win at Currie

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Currie Boys
Penicuik Athletic


U14 Kenny McLean Cup
Currie Playing Fields
22 September 2013

Author: Robert Scrimgeour
Penicuik Athletic turned in a clinical display against Currie to advance to the next round of the U-14 Kenny McLean Cup. The two sides met each other two weeks previously in a closely contested encounter which finished 2-1 in Athletic's favour.
There was no shortage of commitment in this match either. Adam Walker and Jack Wann went close early on for the visitors but the deadlock was eventually broken five minutes before the half-time whistle through Walker. He received a pass from Jay Bothomley, steadying himself before firing past Preston in goal. 
Walker doubled the advantage two minutes into the second half and Wann scored the third after a fine penetrating run through the middle. Currie were showing good attacking intent without seriously troubling Ben McInnes in goal.
Currie's first real opportunity of note came when Scott Borthwick fired just wide of the post from inside the area.
John Barclay scored Penicuik's fourth goal soon after but Currie pulled one back through Lewis Bell.
Full Time: Currie Boys 1-4 Penicuik Athletic


Currie Boys Penicuik Athletic
2. Jaygor Nelson
3. Andrew Bruce
4. Josh Weir
5. Finlay Hunter
6. Kyle Mannion
7. Conor Heneghan
8. Joe Metiner
9. Lewis Bell
10. Scott Borthwick
11. Miller Stenhouse
13. Connor Preston
15. Rory Lewis
1. Ben McInness
2. Scott Brown
3. Fraser Davies
4. Connor Hisle
5. Daniel Glee
6. Matt Chandler
7. Jay Bothomley
8. Aaron Liddle
9. Adam Walker
10. Jack Wann
11. John Barclay
12. Dean Sime
14. Billy Smith
Lewis Bell showed real attacking intent that was an inspiration to his team mates even when they were trailing.
Adam Walker was hungry to score from the first whistle and could have possibly had a hat-trick.

Colin Campbell, Penicuik Coach said: "It was always going to be a sticky game having played Currie a few weeks ago and we won that game 2-1. Today was similar and I just thought we were a little more clinical up front and the defence played well so I'm delighted with the result. "

Firrhill HS
Portobello HS
Clarke 29, 80
Pellorew 35
Macdonald 37, 41
Murrell 22
Grant 52


Colinton Mains Drive
20 September 2013
Author: Sascha Bolder
Conceding a goal is never a good thing but it does not at all mean the match is lost already. In last Friday’s first round of the Scottish Schools FA Shield, Firrhill High School Seniors proved that a 0-1 deficit can still be turned into a glorious win. In a hard-fought game against Portobello High School, Firrhill finally won 5-2 and enters the second round.
Especially in the first half, the encounter between the two schools’ teams was a highlight not so much for football aesthetes but rather for lovers of the more rustic aspects of the game who like one-on-one battles as well as sliding tackles. Portobello seemed to get on better with that and they had a better start to the game than Firrhill, winning more duels and having more ball possession.
Also, Portobello had the first scoring chance when Jack Smith overran two Firrhill defenders of the left wing and delivered a back pass to Sam Murphy who took a shot from the 18 yard line which narrowly went past the right post.
It took Firrhill more than ten minutes to come into play and create their first chances. Consequently, their first opportunity resulted from a corner kick. Standing eight yards away from the goal, Gavin Birrell reached the ball with a header. Unfortunately, however, he was not able to put enough power on it so that Liam Randall had no trouble to hold it. This chance seemed to give Firrhill a bit more confidence and from now on they were slightly the better team although this did not necessarily result in a lot of scoring chances.
In fact, it was Portobello that had the next big chance in the 17th minute. Paul Kennedy sent the ball into the path of Kieran Grant who cleverly lifted the ball over Cameron Tulloch who was storming out of his goal but the ball went over the cross bar.
Only five minutes after that, Portobello had another chance and this time, they were more fortunate and eventually took the lead. Ryan Smith had run down the line on the right wing before passing the ball back to midfielder John Flemming who directly played the ball to Aaron Murrell who was standing in the box and had no trouble forcing it in.
But Firrhill was far from being shocked. In fact, Portobello’s lead did not give the away team self-confidence but seemed to lull them into a false sense of security. Firrhill got stronger and stronger and in the 29th minute, Ryan Clarke eventually equalised when he entered the box on the left wing, sidestepped a Portobello defender and flicked the ball into the right corner of the goal.
Six minutes later, Firrhill could even turn round the game when they capitalized on a weak goal kick. Allan Pellorew got the ball with no defender standing in front of him and did not leave Liam Randall a chance.
Portobello stood beside themselves now and even had to concede the third goal shortly after that. In the 37th minute, Jake Macdonald headed the ball into the net after a corner kick delivered by Allan Pellorew.

Half Time: Firrhill HS 3-1 Portobello HS 
http://www.youthfootballscotland.co.uk/component/joomgallery/image?view=image&format=raw&type=img&id=57513Having scored three goals in eight minutes only, Firrhill was determined to immediately put Portobello under pressure again at the beginning of the second half. Only one minute after the restart, Firrhill scored the 4-1 when Ryan Clarke played a through ball to Jake Macdonald who curved around Portobello’s goalkeeper and scored his second goal of the match.
Considering how unfortunate the beginning of the second leg was for Portobello, they would have had all the reasons in the world to resign and accept their fate. However, they came back and created a couple of good chances after corner kicks and shots from long distance.
In the 52nd minute, Portobello was finally rewarded for this effort when Kieran Grant lifted the ball over Firrhill’s goalkeeper Cameron Tulloch from a 14 yard distance. Grant’s ball hit the bottom edge of the cross bar from where it bounced behind the goal line.  
In the following, the match was quite even with scoring chances on both sides. Had Portobello been a bit more fortunate, they would have made use of some of their good opportunities. Also, Firrhill could have extended their lead. However, Ryan Clarke’s shot from within the box in the 74th minute came back off the post.
It was already deep into extra time when Firrhill finally decided the match. Nick Mortimer and William Kerr played a one-two on the right wing and entered the box before passing it back to Ryan Clarke who slammed it in from 6 yards.
Full Time: Firrhill HS 5-2 Portobello HS


Firrhill HS Portobello HS
1. Cameron Tulloch
2. Murray McDermoll
3. Greg Benson
5. Gavin Birrell
6. Nick Mortimer
7. Jake Macdonald
8. Danny Brooke
9. Joe Turner-Law
10. Ryan Clarke
11. Allan Pellorew
12. William Kerr
14. Angus Luff
15. Lewis Ross
16. Adam Robertson
46. Sam Leslie
1. Liam Randall
2. Craig Logan
4. Robbie Martin
5. Connor Brian
6. Ryan Smith
7. John Flemming
8. Sam Murphy
9. Jack Smith
10. Kieran Grant
11. Aaron Murrell
12. Craig Swinney
14. Hugh Brown
15. Paul Kennedy
Nick Mortimer was a constant danger to Portobello's defence on the right wing and delivered a couple of excellent passes and crosses into the box.
Kieran Grant scored and had a number of other opportunities. Also, in the second half he could have been awarded a penalty kick when being tackled from behind in the box but he rather opted for fair play and stayed on his feet.
William Kerr, midfielder of Firrhill HS, said: "It was quite a hard game but we played well and deserved the win".
Chris Aitken, manager of the football team of Portobello HS, said: "I think we had a very slow start in the first half but we did quite well in the second half. In the end, the better team has won the match, to be honest".
Tuesday, 24 September 2013 09:52

Longniddry Villa progress in Craig Gowans Cup

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Edinburgh United
Longniddry Villa
Craig Gowans Memorial Cup Rnd 1
Paties Road
21 September 2013
The pitch at Paties Road was in great condition on a beautiful afternoon in Edinburgh so conditions were ideal for playing football. This Under 17's Craig Gowans Memorial cup tie was an entertaining and open game played in the right spirit between Edinburgh United and their opponents from East Lothian, Longniddry Villa.  Both teams enjoyed good periods during the game and the only surprise, given the chances created was that the game only provided 4 goals, although this was down to some very good goalkeeping.
Edinburgh United started the game the brighter and more composed but without troubling the Longniddry defence.  As the game progressed, Longniddry started to dominate possession and missed a number of very good chances to take the lead, mainly down to the efforts of Iwola in the United goal who had a fantastic game. Somewhat against the run of play, United took the lead after 30 minutes when their striker, Marshall managed to find space for himself and dispatch a clean finish behind Wishart in the Longniddry goal.  Parity was restored within 5 minutes when Longniddry's, Soso finished powerfully following a corner. The score stayed this way until half time despite a great run from Longniddry's Campbell, who ran from his own half into the United box only to see his effort just clear the top of the crossbar.
Half Time: Edinburgh United 1-1 Longniddry Villa
Longniddry started the second half with more purpose but without creating the chances of the first half.  Longniddry did miss a penalty after 60 minutes but eventually took the lead following another corner which was hit firmly by Young into the back of the net.
Both teams kept pushing for another goal and Edinburgh were denied an equaliser by a great save from Blakely in the Longniddry goals.  Longniddry then secured that all important third goal after 79 minutes when McSorley executed a lovely lob over the United keeper.
To their great credit Edinburgh United kept going at Longniddry and were again unlucky not to score but a terrific block from Shanks in the Longniddry defence stopped a certain goal on the goal line.
Overall a good cup tie, where both teams worked extremely hard in a game well handled by referee R. Menzies.
Full Time: Edinburgh United 1-3 Longniddry Villa
Monday, 23 September 2013 16:35

Classy Hearts come through tricky Spartans test

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Heart of Midlothian FC
Spartans FC
Oliver 13
Carrick 21, 85, 90
King 73
Craigie 88
Atkinson 44


U20 SFA Youth Cup - R2
Tynecastle Stadium
22 September 2013

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Author: Sascha Bolder
If a match ends 6-1, this speaks for itself, usually. A result like that suggests one team was highly superior to the other, leaving the opponent not the least chance to compete. However, this need not always be true. last Sunday’s match between Heart of Midlothian FC and Spartans FC in the second round of the SFA Youth Cup (Under 20’s) is a good example of that. Although it is true that the 200 fans at Tynecastle stadium saw a stunning 6-1 win of the home team, the final result hides the fact that for most of the match, Spartans kept the match fairly balanced. In the end, Hearts celebrated a deserved win due to their better fitness and more sophisticated technique but still, courageously fighting Spartans have no reason to be ashamed of their performance.
Right from the kick off, Hearts proved they would dominate the match completely. Immediately, they put Spartans’ defence under pressure with smart passes and constantly switching play from one angle to another. After three minutes already, Billy King had the first scoring chance when he attracted two defenders of Spartans with a dribbling before playing a one-two with Gary Oliver and unleashing a drive from 26 yards that narrowly drifted the wrong side of the post.
Throughout the initial stage of the match, Spartans had a tough time preventing Hearts from causing damage. Although Spartans fought courageously and kept tackling Hearts’ ball-carrying players with two defenders at the same time, their opponents always found space and openings to create a couple of good opportunities. However, all of their shots either missed the target or were parried by brilliant goalkeeper Blair Carswell.
Just when Spartans had begun to get a foothold in the game and Hearts had slowed down a bit, Gary Oliver put the home team in front in the 13th minute. Spartans had a free kick 10 yards inside Hearts' half but rather than delivering a cross into the box, they played a short pass and lost the ball which gave Hearts the opportunity to start a counter attack. On the right wing, Sam Nicholson overran two Spartans’ defenders and entered the box before taking a shot. Though Blair Carswell could again prevent the goal at first, he was not able to keep hold of the ball which gave Gary Oliver the opportunity to force it into the bottom right corner from short distance.
After that, Hearts increased the pressure level again and besieged Spartans’ box, taking shots from various angles and distances. At that time, it was mainly the goalkeeper Carswell who held Spartans in the game for he parried not only Dale Carrick’s shot from outside the box but also three shots of Hearts’ best player Billy King.
However, in spite of Carswell’s amazing performance, he could not prevent Hearts from taking a 2-0 lead in the 21st minute. Referee Simon MacLean had awarded Hearts a free kick from 22 yards and two Hearts players positioned themselves close to the ball as if planning to pass and stop the ball so that a third team mate could shoot. But rather than doing so, one of the three lifted the ball over Spartans’ surprised players who were standing in the wall. Again, it was Billy King who was waiting for the ball and shot from short distance but due to the difficult angle he was shooting from, Carswell was able to deflect the ball so that Hearts were awarded a corner kick. The pinpoint corner kick delivered from the right wing found the head of Dale Carrick who had no trouble putting it into the net.
So far, Spartans had not had any opportunity to score at all and Hearts dominated the match at will. But just one minute before half-time, Spartans came back into the match when Blair Atkinson scored the 2-1 against the run of play. After a through ball from midfield directed at Harvey McIntosh, Hearts’ goalkeeper Jack Hamilton left his goal to slide towards McIntosh and catch the ball but he spilled it so that it came to Atkinson who put it into the empty goal from outside the box.

Half Time: Heart of Midlothian FC 2-1 Spartans FC
http://www.youthfootballscotland.co.uk/component/joomgallery/image?view=image&format=raw&type=img&id=57905Despite Hearts’ dominance throughout the first leg of the match, Spartans’ goal was a warning to the home team and from now on, they played more carefully than before. Also, Spartans’ defence was more stable now and Hearts could not create chances as easily as before anymore. As a result of that, the match cooled down a bit and chances to score mainly came about from shots from outside the box.
Although Hearts were still dominant, Spartans remained being an unpleasant opponent, creating some chances after counter attacks every now and then. In the 56th minute, Spartans’ Jamie Dishington could have equalised, but his shot from the right side of the box was blocked by a Hearts’ defender who slid into the ball before it hit the target.
It was not until the 73rd minute that Hearts extended their lead. Left wing midfielder Billy King eventually decided the match when he entered the box and side-stepped three Spartans’ defenders before slamming it into the net.
Despite the fact, that Spartans had fought courageously in the second half, in the last five minutes of the match, Hearts benefitted from being fitter than their opponents and scored three more goals. In the 85th minute, Billy King burst past two defenders on the left wing before delivering a cross ball into the box which could not be cleared properly by Spartans’ defence. The ball came to Dale Carrick who did not leave the goalkeeper any chance from 9 yards.
Three minutes after that, substitute Rhys Craigie scored the 5-1 with a strong and accurate shot into the upper left corner from the right edge of the box.
A sixth goal came when Carrick scored his third goal of the match in the 90th minute, again after a cross ball from the left wing.
Overall, a deserved win for Heart of Midlothian although the final result of 6-1 is maybe two goals too high and does not reflect that Spartans were quite competitive throughout most of the second half.
Full Time: Heart of Midlothian FC 2-1 Spartans FC


Heart of Midlothian FC Spartans FC
1. Jack Hamilton
2. Liam Smith
3. Jordan McGhee
4. Adam King
5. Elliot Ford
6. Angus Beith
7. Billy King
8. Sam Nicholson
9. Gary Oliver
10. Sean McKirdy
11. Dale Carrick
12. Robbie Buchanan
13. Jamie Sneddon
14. Rhys Craigie
15. Leon Jones
16. Ian Smith
1. Blair Carswell
2. Alex Imlah
3. Andrew Mair
4. Paul Dickson
5. Kris Buchanan
6. Scott Irving
7. Jordan Brown
8. Jamie Dishington
9. Blair Atkinson
10. Sean Stewart
11. Harvey McIntosh
12. Elliot Carruthers
14. Martin Lackie
15. Harry Oliff
16. Kyle Doig
17. Dylan Tait
Billy King scored an amazing goal and had an assist, apart from various other scoring opportunities. Also, he always knew when to dribble and when to pass the ball to a teammate standing in a better position.
Blair Carswell held his team in the game with a number of impressive saves.
Darren Murray, player development manager of Heart of Midlothian, said: "The type we played was pleasing to the eye. But I think Spartans were excellent, too, and a 6-1 defeat is pretty harsh on them."
Les Atkinson, head coach of Spartans, said: "I don't think the final result actually reflects how well we played. I am really pleased with how my boys played and I think playing against such a good team was good learning for us."
Monday, 23 September 2013 14:23

Currie triumph in nine goal thriller

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Longniddry Villa
Currie Star FC
21 September 2013
Saturday’s game between Longniddry Villa and Currie Star was Currie’s first game in 3 weeks against a team from their own division after playing two division 1 teams in cup competitions. The game on Saturday was a good advert for Division 2 as both teams tried to get the ball down and play.
After only 8 minutes it was 2-2 with an own goal from Currie’s right back allowing Villa to take the lead and 2 quick goals from Currie shortly afterwards to turn the game around.
Villa then equalised before Currie took the lead once again and Villa then scored to make it 3-3 at half time. 
Half Time: Longniddry Villa 3-3 Currie Star FC
Currie then scored again 10 minutes into the second half and had further chances to increase the lead and also hit the post. Villa had a good spell midway in the half and scored with about 7 minutes to go. We then took one of our chances to take the lead with about 4 minutes to go.
This was a really good game of football with hardly a bad tackle to be seen all afternoon. In the end it was a deserved win for us and hopefully gives the boys confidence for our next game.
The scorers today were Liam Walker with 2 and Shaun Munro with a hat trick. 
Full Time: Longniddry Villa 4-5 Currie Star FC
-       Harry Lawrie Currie Star 19's coach.
Monday, 23 September 2013 15:08

Dall hero for Spartans Xavi against Vale

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Spartans Xavi
Hutchison Vale
2004 ESSDA
22 September 2013
Hutchison Vale started this match against two of the division's strongest teams very well, without really troubling the Spartans keeper. Playing fast passing football forced Spartans to dig deep to keep on level terms.
Midway through the first half, the impressive Finn Mcfarlane fed Aaron Cameron in the midfield area. ' Azza' slid an excellent pass between the Hutchie defenders into the path of Bailey Dall, who took a touch before dispatching into the Hutchie goal.
Spartans were now on top and as the second half played out could have scored more. As it was Dall's first half strike was to be the winner in this competitive, high quality football match. 
Sunday, 22 September 2013 19:32

Tynecastle come from behind to see off Leith

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Leith Athletic
Tynecastle FC
J. Henderson
D. Henderson


U16 South East Region YFL - Division 1
22 September 2013
Author: Michael Ahari

Daryl Henderson’s late goal snatched a 2-1 victory over Leith Athletic at Meadowbank. Conal Prior’s goal had given Leith the lead but the home side were pegged back shortly before halftime when Jake Henderson poked home.
The win puts Tynecastle second in the league, but it was a game which lacked quality and cutting edge. Stephen Park of Tynecastle lamented the lack of flow in the game.
“It was a poor game. We’re not used to this surface, it’s very bouncy and the ball doesn’t stick. We’ll take it though.”
There was no doubting that Tynecastle’s defence would have been most relieved with the win after their shaky start. They were beaten by the first ball Leith played over the top, as Marco McBride brought it down in the box, the Tynecastle centre backs falsely claiming offside, and cut the ball back for Prior to nonchalantly back heel into the empty net.
Leith’s direct style of play was causing Tynecastle problems and, had it not been for keeper Kieran Green arriving at the edge of the box to save Prior’s effort, they could have been two down with just fifteen minutes on the clock.
But such was the scrappy nature of this game, Leith never built on their lead. It was no surprise then that they were punished by Tynecastle in the thirty fifth minute. Jake Henderson found himself in the perfect position to net when the ball bobbled away from team mate Jason Aitken.
The confidence Tynecastle gained from the equaliser was visible and they might have gone in to the break leading had Daniel Headspeath struck more powerfully at Aaron King’s goal.
Half Time: Leith Athletic 1-1 Tynecastle FC
Leith threatened to start the second half as they did the first after Jamie Chapman’s shot bounced just wide of goal. However, their play petered out as the half wore on.
Daniel Matthews, striding forward frequently from right back, opened up the opportunity for Daryl Henderson to strike but he shot straight at King.
The introduction of Dan Hanna was positive in an attacking sense for Tynecastle. The number eight’s well weighted pass set up Daryl Henderson who could not find a way past the Leith keeper.
However, with five minutes remaining, Tynecastle’s number seven was on hand to strike the ball into the empty goal after King struggled to punch the ball clear. The goal was perhaps fortunate for Tynecastle as a winner for either side seemed an unlikely possibility.
Leith’s Colin Scott was disappointed with the quality of Leith’s play. He commented: “It was a scrappy game with no flow; always stopping and starting.
“It’s frustrating because we know that in training we teach these boys to pass, it just doesn’t show in the games.”

Full Time: Leith Athletic 1-2 Tynecastle FC


Leith Athletic Tynecastle FC
1. Aaron King
2. Ross Aitchison
3. Rory Pilbeam
4. Murray Scott
6. James Burt
7. Lee Thomson
8. Coll Reekie
9. Calum Smart
10. Ewan Stark
11. Jamie Chapman
14. Conal Prior
15. Calum Sandison
16. Jay McManus
17. Marco Mcbride
18. Jarek Wdowiak
55. Kieran Green
2. Daniel Matthews
3. Daniel Headspeath
4. Aaron Nugent
5. Scott Cameron
6. Mark Mathison
7. Daryl Henderson
8. Dan Hanna
9. Sean Waterston
11. Alexander Hutchison
12. Lloyd Fiddler
14. Samer Lazim
15. Jake Henderson
16. Sonny Swanson
17. Kacper Korpalski
18. Jason Aitken
Marco McBride looked sharp and dangerous up front for Leith, especially in the first half
Sonny Swanson was always an outlet for Tynecaslte and most of their attacking threat came through the winger.
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