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Currie Star Colts edge past Bonnyrigg Rose Reds

Bonyrigg Rose Reds AFC 1

Bell 25'

Currie Star Colts FC 2

Essah 20', Caldwell 64'
  • Sunday, 30 August 2015
  • Poltonhall Recreational Ground
  • Under 14´s
  • South East Region Youth Football League
Gregor Kerr

Gregor Kerr | YFS South East Region Journalist
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Poltonhall Recreational Ground was the venue as Bonyrigg Rose Reds welcomed Currie Star in this SEYYFL clash. Bonyrigg began the proceedings, and created the first opportunity of the match in the first minute. Corey Hamilton slipped Lewis Cahill behind the Currie defence, he timed his run perfectly, and hit a shot which narrowly crept wide of the post.

Only two minutes later and Currie created their first opening. Kevin Essah sent Lewis Murray through on goal, but unfortunately for him the shot which followed was just short of the target.

In the sixth minute Essah nearly found himself on the scoresheet. He burst his way through the Rose defence, however the goalkeeper was there to prevent him from opening the scoring.

In the 14th minute Bonyrigg created a great chance. Ewan Borthwick slid a ball through which Matthew Bell latched onto, before Owen Nolan in the Currie Star net stood firm to deny him.

The action was end-to-end at this point and Currie Star’s Essah was the next to test the goalkeeper. His low shot was saved down at the right-hand post in the 19th minute. Only a minute later, however, he was to put things right. Essah held his run, Fraser Caldwell released him, and he did not pass up the opportunity, placing his shot underneath the onrushing keeper, handing Currie Star a 1-0 lead.                                    

In the 25th minute Bonyrigg came back with a swift reply. Bell evaded two defenders and went one-on-one with the Currie keeper, the opportunity appeared to be lost as he cut inside, but Bell had other thoughts, and curled his shot into the far corner, levelling the score at 1-1. 

With 34 minutes on the clock Lewis O’Brien struck a volley inside the box, although the keeper was there to hold it, preventing Bonyrigg from taking the lead. And so the sides went in at half-time on level-pegging.

  • Half Time:
  • Bonyrigg Rose Reds AFC
  • 1-1
  • Currie Star Colts FC

Only three minutes into the second period, Bonyrigg went close to starting the half like they finished the first. A lovely through ball from Ciaran McMullen gave Scott Thompson an excellent chance to score their second goal, but a strong right-handed save from Nolan kept the scores level.

Two minutes later and they went close again. Ewan Borthwick won a tackle on the edge of the Currie box, worked the ball out of his feet and hit a high shot which Nolan comfortably caught with both hands. The Bonyrigg pressure was relentless at that point and when Kieran McDonald swung in a corner for Rose in the 46th minute, Ewan Borthwick got the break of the ball, his shot was well caught by the excellent Nolan, who was being worked time after time.

Currie began to ease their way back into the match. In the 51st minute Essah, who had been causing Bonyrigg problems throughout the whole game, burst down the right-wing and swung a cross into the 18-yard box which fell to George Towers, who was close with a low effort.

They kept knocking on the door, again through Essah, who picked up on Olly Heimann’s lofted pass in the 60th minute. He picked the right-hand side of the net, but so did the Bonyrigg keeper who made a superb save to keep his team in the match.

In the end, Currie Star’s persistence paid off in the 64th minute. Essah found himself in a spacious right-wing position and swung a deep cross into the box. After the ball bounced around the box like a pinball, Fraser Caldwell got the vital touch, and placed an effort into the far corner. With just six minutes to go, Currie had taken the lead.

In the final minute there was a chance to rescue a point for Bonyrigg. The ball sat up nicely for Jay Withers, although the half-volley that followed was only enough to test the palms of Nolan in goal. Currie held on and claimed the important three points.

  • Full Time:
  • Bonyrigg Rose Reds AFC
  • 1-2
  • Currie Star Colts FC


Bonyrigg Rose Reds AFC
Currie Star Colts FC
3. Callum McKean
4. Ryan O'Donnell
5. Jay Withers
6. Lewis Cahill
7. Ewan Borthwick
8. Corey Cameron
9. Samuel Davis
11. Kieran McDonald
12. Scott Thompson
15. Ciaran McMullen
16. Matthew Bell
17. Sol Watson
18. Gregor Hutchison
20. Jack Grieve
21. Murray Muir
1. Owen Nolan
3. Cameron Bond
4. Matthew Lewis
5. Caitilin Meir
6. Gus White
7. Fraser Caldwell
8. Louis Kennedy
9. George Towers
10. Kevin Essah
11. Olly Heimann
12. Aidan Sturrock
13. Lewis Murray
14. Ryan Ness
16. Lewis O'Brien
17. Harry Mack
18. Kacper Mirek
Star Player
Bonyrigg Rose Reds AFC
Currie Star Colts FC
Matthew Bell - Bonyrigg's striker caused problems with his dribbling and strength throughout the contest. He scored one, but could have had so many more.
Kevin Essah - Currie's diminutive striker was a constant thorn in the side of Bonyrigg's defence, thanks to his pace and expertly timed runs. He had a huge impact, scoring the first and setting up his team's winner.
Magic Moment
Bonyrigg Rose Reds AFC
Currie Star Colts FC
Lewis Cahill's run through the Currie defence in the 10th minute was a great display of speed and control.
Kevin Essah's goal was the result of a brilliantly timed run behind the Bonyrigg defence.
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