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Leith Athletic progress in league cup with victory over Easthouses

Leith Athletic YFC 8

McKenzie 19, 51 Hunter 27 Urqhart 37 Anderson 42 Brown 62 Buchanan 73 Robertson 83

Easthouses FC 0

  • Saturday, 28 February 2015
  • Leith Links
  • Under 17´s
  • Michael Moran league cup
Ryan Crombie

Ryan Crombie | YFS South East Region Journalist
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Leith Athletic YFC proved too strong an outfit for Easthouses to deal with throughout the ninety minutes, which saw the home side comprehensively secure an 8-0 victory. Leith Athletic played with flair, pace and determination and showed the two sides of their game as they went toe to toe with a physical side, but also showed their fluent attacking qualities simultaneously.

Despite the fact that the game would ebb into a one sided affair in favour of Leith, it was the visitors who started brightest. An early foray forward from Easthouses almost saw them in front. A neat cut back from Ross Pratt found Cameron Archibald, who’s outside of the foot effort, which looked to be heading for the roof of the net, was well held by goalkeeper Lewis Buchanan.

Leith then looked to respond to the pressure from Easthouses through Chris Robertson as he whipped a ball across the face of goal. All the ball needed was a touch and the deadlock would have been broken, but nobody was there to capitalise.

It wasn’t long before the first goal found the net though. Brandon Hunter played the ball into Brodie McKenzie. He controlled the ball well, swivelled and stuck a low shot past the goalkeeper to put his side one up.

Leith Athletic had their tales up and they were pushing for the second goal that would put them well and truly in the driving seat. A couple of efforts from Robertson and Hunter respectively warmed the palms of the keeper but did not give him much trouble. It was a warning sign of what was to come if anything else.

Sam Lawrie looked to get in on the action as he picked the ball up in midfield and attempted a speculative effort that was weak and drifted well wide of the target. The Easthouses defence were under the cosh and were struggling to cope with the attacking threat of Leith Athletic.

Leith’s lead was finally doubled when a foul in the box resulted in the referee pointing at the spot, it was not the last time he would do so either. Hunter stepped up to take the kick and the ball was emphatically dispatched into the top right hand corner giving goalkeeper Ryan Gordon not a chance.

Two soon became three as Liam Urqhart tapped the ball home into an empty net to set his team on the path to victory, which was looking very likely at this point in time. Easthouses were battling well and seemed to be managing the game relatively well, it was just the fact that Leith Athletic were clinical in front of goal which is pivotal in a game of football.

 

Tricky forward McKenzie had a fantastic small run as he dribbled past several defenders and into the box, only to be upended which gave the man in the middle no choice but to award another penalty. This time it was midfielder Oban Anderson who stood over the ball. The penalty taker may have been different but the result was not as he stroked the ball into the net albeit with a helping hand off of the post. 

  • Half Time:
  • Leith Athletic YFC
  • 4-0
  • Easthouses FC

The second period was, in honesty, a one sided affair with Leith dominating matters and taking complete advantage of the capricious nature of the Easthouses backline. That theme continued when McKenzie latched onto a lofted ball over the top of the defence and as the ball sat up he wonderfully volleyed it into the top right hand corner. A strike of the highest quality.

Another chance instantly fell Leith’s was and it was almost a carbon copy of the previous goal except on the opposite side. Robertson picked up the through ball this time but his resulting shot was pulled just wide of the target.

McKenzie was proving his worth and he chipped in with an assist this time as he hit the bi-line and cut the ball back into the path of Johnny Brown who powered his shot into the roof of the net to tick the score over to 6-0.

Then McKenzie provided the highlight of the match with a piece of skill of the highest echelon. He chipped the ball past the foot of one player and the scooped the ball over the head of another and collected it again at the other side of him. It was Gary Mackay-Steven-esque, however it was not to the liking of some of the Easthouses defenders who then took him down inside the box once more. Again the referee pointed to the spot.

This time the goalkeeper, yes goalkeeper Lewis Buchanan was on hand to carry out penalty duties. Despite what some people say about goalkeepers taking penalties, Buchanan’s was excellent as he slotted the ball into the bottom right hand corner to make it a 7-0 lead for Leith Athletic.

Leith were rampant and chance after chance appeared to be coming their way as they continually succeeding in opening up the Easthouses defence

Robertson compounded Easthouses’ misery late on when his powerful run in on goal was coupled with a calm and composed finish to slide the ball past the goalkeeper and into the net.

  • Full Time:
  • Leith Athletic YFC
  • 8-0
  • Easthouses FC

Lineups

Leith Athletic YFC
Easthouses FC
1. Lewis Buchanan
2. Jacob Hutchison
3. Andy Garson
4. Sean Gilroy
5. Jamie Starchan
6. Liam Urquhart
7. Brodie McKenzie
8. Sam Lawrie
10. Oban Anderson
11. Brandon Hunter
12. Ryan McDougal
14. Finnley Martin
15. Blair Ferguson
16. Johnny Brown
18. Chris Robertson
1. Ryan Gordon
2. Bree Dagg
3. Jack Murphy
4. Jake Donaldson
5. Jake Morris
6. David Turnbull
7. Callum Fowler
8. Ross Pratt
9. Stefan Maclean
10. Mark Meaney
11. Cameron Archibald
12. John Crawford
14. Connor Darling
15. Josh Hurd
16. Jordon Hunter
Star Player
Leith Athletic YFC
Easthouses FC
Brodie McKenzie - Chipped in with two goals and an assist (two assists if you count being fouled for the penalty) and performed a hatful of tricks all game. He was a delight to watch.
Mark Meaney - Played well when he came on and looked a composed player in the middle of the park. Didn't put a foot wrong.
Magic Moment
Leith Athletic YFC
Easthouses FC
When Brodie McKenzie scooped the ball over the defenders head and collected it on the other side to complete what was a magnificent piece of trickery.
Cameron Archibald's early strike which almost had the visitors in the lead.
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