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Liberton graces spared as they advance to the Lothians youth cup final

Liberton HS 3

Duncan 5, 27, 58

Gracemount HS 2

McMillan 4, Wright 26
  • Saturday, 25 April 2015
  • Meggetland
  • Under 16´s
  • Lothians Cup - Semi Final
Peter Joyce

Peter Joyce | YFS South East Region Journalist
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A thrilling encounter at Meggetland saw Liberton come from behind twice to overcome Gracemount, and seal their place in the final of the Lothians Youth Cup.

The game started at a ragged pace, with both sides looking to settle in the opening minutes. Goals were not slow to come by however, and the ball was in the back of the net after four minutes.

Gracemount found themselves with time on the ball on the right wing, and the composed Blair Ferguson whipped a stunning high ball to the back post. Coming down just in front of the far post, it was met perfectly on the volley by Aidan McMillan who slotted home. With just four minutes on the clock, it could have easily been a long morning for the Liberton side. 

They need not have worried however, and were soon level in the tie once again. The imperious Brodie Duncan scored his first of the match a mere minute later. After being slotted through following a neat move in the middle of the park - he held his composure to fire neatly past the keeper, slamming it in to the middle of the goal; the power in the strike leaving David Harrold helpless.  

The game gad started at a hectic pace and this was a sign of things to come. Liberton were always looking comfortable, with the pace of Duncan stretching Gracemount at every opportunity, and the obvious ability of Liam Mitchell at the back, who just oozed class all afternoon. 

By no means were Gracemount outplayed however, with young Lewis Kynoch causing havoc down the right side. His blistering pace was evident, and his wicked ball to the back post was well defended by Liberton on the 20 minute mark.

And it was indeed Gracemount who once again took the lead. A break away from a Liberton corner, and that pace was key. As Liberton claims for a handball were ignored, Kynoch burst away like lightning. His perfectly slotted pass was inch perfect for Lewis Wright, and the number rammed it home, pinging it off the far post before it hit the net. 26 minutes played, and Gracemount had the upper hand once more.

They again could not keep the lead though. A scramble in the middle of the park, and the ping pong saw Duncan through on goal once again. The class centre forward repeated his feat from earlier in the match, and fired it home, dragging his Liberton side level in the tie. 

  • Half Time:
  • Liberton HS
  • 2-2
  • Gracemount HS

From there on, the match was a very even affair. Little margins were obvious between the sides, and a highlight of the play was the free kicks of Liam McIntosh for Liberton, which were testing the Gracemount back line from all angles and all distances. A rocket of a right peg, the defender was chancing his luck from all of 40 yards in the second half. 

The second half was similar to the first in that Kynoch was impressing down the right for Gracemount, using his pace to full effect. They were beginning to take control, when they lost concentration, and were punished. 

Seemingly in control of the ball, they left it loose in the middle of the park. Once again Duncan was released, but he had almost half the pitch to cover before he could reach the goal. Sprinting at pace, he opted to attack the left side of the area. As he moved in to the penalty area, a swiping leg was thrown in to his feet, and a clear penalty was awarded to Liberton. Coolness personified, Duncan stepped up and slotted home, to seal his Hat-Trick, and finally give Liberton the lead on 58 minutes.

In the final 20 minutes, Gracemount threw all they had at Liberton, but created nothing of note. Liberton’s defence was resolute, and if anything they began to frustrate the Gracey ranks with consistent possession and closed door policy at the back. The one real opportunity came with five minutes to go. Great pace down the right side, and a perfect cut back, gave Lewis Wright and the chance to fire home. From eight yards however, he could only find the gloves of the keeper, and the opportunity was gone. 

Liberton had chances after to seal the tie, as Gracemount pushed everyone forward. The match was gone for Gracemout however, and arguably, the better side had advanced. A thrilling tie between two even sides however, with the best of luck wished to Liberton in the final.

  • Full Time:
  • Liberton HS
  • 3-2
  • Gracemount HS

Lineups

Liberton HS
Gracemount HS
1.Ross Jardine
2.Denis McCance
3.Ross Logan
4.Spencer Roberts
5.Robbie Urquart
6.Juwon Abubakar
7.Jordan Thomson
8.Murray Hand
9.Brodie Duncan
10.Kyle Taylor
11.Ryan Paton
12.Kieran Twist
15.Liam McIntosh
16.Liam Mitchell
17.Rory Rutherford
1.David Harrold
2.Mark Barnet
3.Kieran Bian
5.Liam Richardson
6.Calum Fitzpatrick
7.Lewis Kynoch
8.Liam McAbe
9.Lewis Wright
10.Aidan McMillan
14.Ryan Dunbar
15.Blair Ferguson
16.Gary Tickle
17.Alex Johnston
Star Player
Liberton HS
Gracemount HS
Brodie Duncan - A hat-trick and a wonderful display to match. Best player on the park.
Close between the pace Lewis Kynoch who caused problems all day for Liberton, and the classy operator Calum Fitzpatrick who was always cool on the ball.
Magic Moment
Liberton HS
Gracemount HS
The celebrations at full time will be fondly remembered by all at Liberton High.
The perfect start, and the beautiful cross from Ferguson on four minutes was magical.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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