Braces from Jackson Barker and Calum McDonald helped Currie Star see off Dunbar United in the 1998’s age group on Saturday by a score of 5 goals to 2. McDonalds goals either side of Barker’s slick finish had the home side cruising ahead at 3-0; however, Cameron McAlpine replied for Dunbar which would have given the side a glimmer of hope had Barker not scored once again for Dunbar immediately after Currie took centre. Both sides scored a goal apiece in the second half, with Dominic Kane adding Currie’s fifth before a late reply from Ryan Young concluded the scoring.
Judging by the glorious sun and perfect astroturf pitch at Meggetland you would have been forgiven into thinking these would be terrific playing conditions. It was anything but: a horrific wind disrupted the game often and it meant chances created were all too few and far between.
The first real chance that the game presented to either side ended up with a Currie goal: some fine individual striking play from Arran Singh allowed him to get a shot away - albeit one the keeper would have saved had it not ricocheted off a defender and presented an open goal to strike partner McDonald who duly turned the ball home.
Callum Thomson in the Currie goal was called upon for the first time on the 21st minute mark - the big goalie got down well to hold onto a twenty five yard drive from Kyle Binning.
Unfortunately for Dunbar the next fifteen minutes saw Currie grab three goals and what proved to be an unassailable lead.
First came Barker’s effort who nonchalantly capped off a slick passing move with a sweet finish from outside the box: a shot which required little power because of the technical accuracy that left Dunbar’s goalkeeper Stuart Allan no chance.
Things swiftly went from bad to worse though when a defensive mix up allowed McDonald to swing a boot at a loose ball which sailed into an empty net to complete a brace and give his side a three goal lead.
McDonald almost completed a hat trick when he knocked a header down from a corner, but the defender on the line more than did his job by hoofing the ball to safety.
Dunbar thought they got right back into the game when Binning emphatically finished off a fine move involving himself and strike partner Cameron McAlpine - the forward fired across Thomson and duly gave the goalie no chance.
Dunbar probably felt it wasn’t to be their day though when Barker got his second in almost identical fashion to McDonald’s first goal that opened the scoring: another weak effort came off a defender and the midfielder was never going to miss an open goal from ten yards out to put his side 4-1 ahead going into the break.