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Midfield maestros seal Scottish Cup Last 16 spot for Riverside

Riverside CSC 2

Burnett 40, Old 67

Portobello CFA 0

  • Sunday, 09 December 2018
  • DISC
  • Under 14´s
  • Scottish Cup

Andrew Creegan

Andrew Creegan | YFS East Region Multimedia Journalist
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Strikes from Jaydn Burnett and Liam Old were enough to see Riverside into the Last 16 of the Scottish Cup. The Dundee scored twice in the second half to see off Portobello CFA.

Both these sides have been in fine form domestically this season and it was Riverside that looked to seize the initiative early on in the match as Jamie Richardson went close to opening the scoring twice early on.

The first opportunity saw the forward denied by Rory Comerford before he glanced a header wide from a matter of yards out shortly after.

Portobello could only clear Arran Taylor’s free kick as far as Jaydn Burnett, who tested Comerford with a controlled volley from the edge of the box.

Riverside looked to have finally beaten the inform Comerford when Richardson slipped the ball through to Odin Chalmers, but he saw his first-time strike come crashing off the woodwork.

Portobello had offered little in an attacking sense in the opening 35 minutes and nearly fell behind with the final touch of the half when Aidan McDougall headed wide from a corner.

  • Half Time:
  • Riverside CSC
  • 0-0
  • Portobello CFA

After a frustrating first half in front of goal, Riverside needed just five second half minutes to break the deadlock.

A long free kick wasn’t dealt with by the Portobello defence and despite seeing his initial effort kept out be Comerford, Burnett managed to stab the loose ball over the line.

It wasn’t the prettiest of goals Riverside had scored, but one that their domination merited.

Riverside looked to have doubled their lead when McDougall swept Richardson’s cut back towards the far post, but Comerford was on hand once more to keep the ball out.

With Riverside leading by a single goal, Portobello knew they just needed one chance to draw level. Loaay Mahmoud looked to have created that chance when he let fly from 20 yards, but Jamie McCabe was equal to his effort.

Portobello’s chances of mounting a late comeback were increased as Comerford continued to thwart Riverside’s attempts to put the game to bed with a second goal.

The goalkeeper producing a fine stop with his feet to deny Richardson before keeping out a long-range effort from Burnett as the game became increasingly end to end in the final 10 minutes.

Riverside’s fears of Portobello equalising appeared to have been realised when Matthew Winn sent Farrell Bain in one-on-one with McCabe, but the Portobello man lashed the ball harmlessly over the bar.

With three minutes remaining, Riverside did grab their second goal through Liam Old, who beat Comerford with a fine strike from 20 yards that flew into the top corner, sealing their place in Round Six of the Scottish Cup.

  • Full Time:
  • Riverside CSC
  • 2-0
  • Portobello CFA


Riverside CSC
Portobello CFA
17. Jamie McCabe
2. Louis Jenkins
4. Max Laing
5. Ryan Anderson
6. Adam Anderson
7. Jayden Burnett
8. Jamie Richardson
11. Mitchell Williams
12. Odin Chalmers
14. Cameron Buist
15. Liam Old
16. Kai Hamilton
18. Baily Dickson
19. Aidan McDougall
20. Frankie Hughes
21. Arran Taylor
1. Rory Comerford
4. Lucas Martin
5. Josh Ingles
5. Paul Serpenkas
5. Euan Walker
6. Matthew Winn
8. Stevie Renton
9. Loaay Mahmoud
10. Mathias Martinez
11. Luke Griffiths
12. Ben Vietch
16. Farrell Bain
18. Max Evans
Star Player
Riverside CSC
Portobello CFA
Jaydn Burnett and Liam Old - With a goal a piece it's difficult to separate Riverside's central midfielders, who bossed the game, limiting Portobello to a handful of clear cut chances and scoring the goals for their team.
Rory Comerford - Pulled off a string of top drawer saves that kept Portobello in the tie until the very end.
Magic Moment
Riverside CSC
Portobello CFA
Old's Goal - It was going to take something special to beat the inform Comerford and that's exactly what Old delivered with a thunderous strike from the edge of the box.
Comerford's Save from McDougall - Riverside were looking to add a second goal quickly after breaking the deadlock and if it wasn't for Comerford's fantastic low stop they may well have. The pick of the bunch from the Portobello keeper.
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