Fixture: Dunbar United Colts v Currie Star Blue
Competition: Under 13's SERYFL Division 3
In very blustery conditions, Dunbar continued their winning run in a scrappy game where both teams struggled with the gale force wind blowing across the pitch.
Dunbar started poorly and keeper Purves saved his team with barely a minute played. Hood lost possession in the left back position, a cross from the right found the striker who in turn found a keeper in great form and Purves saved well.
This was as much as the keeper was asked to do in the game and Dunbar dominated territory and possession for the majority of the game.
The home side opened the scoring after only 3 minutes when the Currie Star Blue team played the ball forward and found a defensive rock in Tait who stopped the attack in its tracks, then played a great pass through to striker Dixon. Dixon held up the ball, as Pickles surged through. The pass was played to perfection, and Pickles collected, waltzed round the keeper and smashed home in some style.
Cooper had a similar chance minutes later when he too elected to round the keeper but could only find the side netting from a tight angle.
The wind played a part in some scrappy play for the next 10 minutes or so but Dunbar increased their lead with 12 minutes on the clock. Cooper, as is so often the case this season, the provider. He sprinted down the left, came in from the bye-line to see Pickles again timing his run to perfection, as he rifled home a perfect cross from around the penalty spot.
Pickles was in the mood and he was hungry for his hat-trick but the Currie Star Blue keeper was playing well to contain him and the Dunbar team.
The 3rd goal did come and the crowd were treated to the goal of the game. Foggo took a short free kick to Knox on the edge of the box. He laid it square for his midfield partner Sutherland. Readman overlapped from full back and a Sutherland through ball, and first time cross over from Readman found Foggo in at the back post to fire home. It was no easy chance but he caught it on the half-volley as he returned to the scoring charts with his 16th of the season.
Half Time : Dunbar United Colts 3-0 Currie Star Blue
With a strong bench, Dunbar rang the changes at half time. Beddell-Jones, Twist, Hall, Mclean and Gallagher were all introduced.
For the opening few minutes, the crowd were treated to the best football of the game with Gallagher making an instant impression and linking up well with Beddell-Jones. Some great 1-2 work between the two forced a corner, but this was well taken by the busy keeper.
By now, Purves in the home goal found himself a lone spectator in the Dunbar half.
Beddell-Jones was finding all the space in the world and twice he found himself through on goal. On both occasions, the keeper saved bravely.
The Currie keeper did have a moment to forget as he completely lost his bearings when kicking from hand. He found himself 10 yards out of his box with the ball still in hand. Hall came forward from the free kick and a superb strike was inches from finding the top corner of the goal.
Minutes later and Dixon showed Hall how it was done. The striker was fouled on the edge of the box – he dusted himself down, ushered other players away and struck a fantastic 20 yard free kick over the wall and into the roof of the net for his 30th goal of a prolific campaign.
The game was played out in the Currie Star Blue half now, with the visitors hemmed in by a home attack keen for more goals and a strong wind now blowing into their faces. Dunbar were wasteful in attack with Beddell-Jones finding great space and timing his runs to perfection. On another day he would have scored a hat-trick, but instead could only take the positive that he was finding himself in such positions.
Beddell-Jones best chance was when Sutherland stopped a Currie Star Blue midfielder on the half way line, won possession and placed a perfect through ball for the diminutive number 4 to chase onto. This time he again found a brave goalkeeper saving well at his feet.
Knox, on his last appearance before serving a suspension, forced his way into the box. His shot was spilled and the ever eager Twist was on hand to slam home the rebound and make it 5-0 to the home team.
The final goal was saved for midfielder Sutherland. Here is a man who rattles in top corner pile drivers for fun at training but remarkably this was his first goal of the season and no less than his work-rate, passing and generally unselfish play deserved. He won the ball outside the box, chested it forward, past one defender before smashing it past the keeper.
This was a long overdue goal, which was well celebrated with his team-mates. So, 8 in a row for the Dunbar team. Next week sees a sterner challenge when Edinburgh South visits Hallhill. The Edinburgh team dished out a footballing lesson to the young Dunbar team in the opening fixture of the season.
Full Time : Dunbar United Colts 6-0 Currie Star Blue