Fixture: Haddington Athletic v Edinburgh City
Competition: Under 15's SERYFL Division 2
For a Valentine’s Day encounter not much love was shown after a thrilling and controversial game took place. Both teams sit around mid-table so this was always going to be an exciting match.
Both teams looked strong and a well-rounded Haddington side sparked the return of Tom McGavigan who hasn’t taken part in a competitive game since May 2014 due to injury. He started on the bench.
The match kicked off. Within the first few minutes both sides were creating quality chances. The top goal scorer for Haddington, Ross Grieve, was looking dangerous and the City left back clearly struggled to handle his pace. After 10 minutes, a lovely threaded pass fell into the path of Harry Phillips who put Haddington into the lead with an easy tap into the back of the net.
At the end of the first half, Edinburgh City equalized after a brilliant strike from range left the Haddington keeper Daniel Sked at a standstill. The whistle blew for half time and both teams had a lot to improve on. Half time changes saw Finn Connell come off for Tom McGavigan and goal scorer Harry Phillips be moved up-front.
Half Time : Haddington Athletic 1-1 Edinburgh City
The second half began. Almost instantly, Harry Phillips broke through on goal and a sublime strike from outside the box regained the lead for Haddington Athletic. It was all the Hi Hi’s at this point. A couple of minutes later, Ross Grieve danced around the City defense and eventually finished coolly into the net. This made it 3-1.
A controversial offside decision took place as McGavigan was well on-side and in on goal. He was denied by the blow of a whistle that should have definitely not been blown.
With around 20 minutes to go, Haddington were given a corner. A delightful ball in from Ryan McClung guided its way to Ross Grieve who smashed the ball in from a volley to increase the gap to 3.
Haddington may have become a little complacent because Edinburgh City began to create a few more chances of their own. With 10 mintues to go, the Haddington left back at the time, Jordan Robbins, made a clear attempt to get the ball but the City player fell over in the box. A weak penalty decision was given. However, it was converted to make it 4-2. City managed to close the gap further with a consolation goal on full-time.
Unfortunately for Edinburgh City, this wasn’t enough. Haddington came out on top with a deserved 4-3 victory. There were high spirits after the game but both teams came away with things that must be worked on in the training ground.
Full Time : Haddington Athletic 4-3 Edinburgh City