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Currie Star comeback to clinch cup

Currie Star 5

Elmslie 24', 25', Darrington 34', Findley 42', Neil 66'

St Bernard's BC Midlothian Blues 1

Nicholl 10'
  • Friday, 15 April 2016
  • Saughton Enclosure
  • Under 13´s
  • Polar Foods Cup
Jamie Braidwood

Jamie Braidwood | YFS South East Region Journalist
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Currie Star came from behind to beat St Bernard’s in an open, yet entertaining, Polar Foods Cup final.

Charlie Nicholl had given his side an early lead within the first 10 minutes, but two goals from Cameron Elmslie and one from Matthew Darlington, all within the last 10 minutes of the first half, turned the final on its head.

After the break Currie increased their lead thanks to goals from Daniel Findlay and Zach Neil which helped them secure a comfortable final win over their Division 4 rivals.

Although Currie found it comfortable in the end, St Bernard’s started the game like a side who, so far this season, have been unbeaten in the league and took the lead after only 10 minutes.

Midfielder Nicholl received the ball on the left edge of the box before shifting it onto his right foot and firing a powerful shot into the top right corner. Currie goalkeeper Rory McGeogh got a hand to the shot but the ball slipped through his fingers.  

Even though there was a heavy downpour before the match, creating wet and slippery conditions, McGeogh would have been disappointed with his error. However, the goalkeeper redeemed himself soon afterwards with a number of saves to keep his side in the game.

Zak Manson made a strong run down the right side of the pitch and got to the byline before cutting it back into the box. Striker Niall Kemp scuffed his shot but it fell to Jay Stevenson who was arriving from the left. McGeogh was on hand, however, to save his low shot.

St Bernard’s were constantly finding space when going forward and, driven on by the pace and energy of Manson, carved out a number of chances.

The best of them fell to Manson who broke free from the Currie back four before rounding the goalkeeper and beating the covering defender but, with the angle tight, he could only shoot into the side netting.

After that scare Currie began to grow into the game. Matthew Darrington, playing behind central striker David Findlay, started to find space in the middle of the park and created several openings thanks to his precise through balls.

Findlay was usually the target and was twice denied by St Bernard’s stopper Sam Whitson after the striker had been played through on goal.

Midfielder Cameron Elmslie then did well to beat two men down the right before clipping a pass into the box. It found Darrington, who rounded the keeper, but he was challenged by a defender as he was about to pull the trigger.

Currie eventually levelled the game in the last 10 minutes of the first half. Darrington’s low, inswinging corner from the left evaded everyone but found its way to Elmslie at the back post who tapped in.

They then took the lead only a minute later. Darrington was again the architect, splitting the St Bernard’s defence with another ball through to Findlay who unselfishly squared the ball to Emslie to score his, and his side’s, second of the night.

With only a minute left to play, Currie scored again to seal an impressive first half comeback. Again the St Bernard’s defence was caught square as Cameron Scaife slipped in Darrington who chipped the ball over the keeper with his weaker left foot before wheeling away in celebration as it rolled in off the left post.

  • Half Time:
  • Currie Star
  • 3-1
  • St Bernard's BC Midlothian Blues

After the restart St Bernard’s could have found themselves back in the game if not for a great piece of defending by Currie’s Charlie Hogg. Manson again was the threat, bursting into the box after another individual run from midfield but just as he was about to shoot Hogg dived in and executed a perfectly timed sliding challenge.

From then on, St Bernard’s rarely troubled Currie, whose fourth goal seemed to kill off the game. When the St Bernard’s defence failed to clear, Elmslie recovered the ball on the right wing and cut it back to Findlay who was waiting on the penalty spot and swept the ball into the bottom right corner.

A flurry of substitutions then slowed the game down but with five minutes to go Currie scored their fifth. Again, St Bernard’s failed to clear the ball from the box, this time the ball fell to Zach Neil who finished well from 10 yards and rounded off a successful day for his team.

With one trophy already in the bag, Currie will also be confident of clinching the SERYFA Division 4 title. St Bernard’s, however, are unbeaten, in third place and have a game in hand. They may have lost on this occasion but there is plenty left to play for. 

  • Full Time:
  • Currie Star
  • 5-1
  • St Bernard's BC Midlothian Blues


Currie Star
St Bernard's BC Midlothian Blues
1. Rory McGeogh
2. Calum Gourlay
4. Lewis Kerr
5. Coll Dracup
6. Euan Morrison
7. Cameron Elmslie
8. Matthew Darrington
9. Zach Neil
10. John I’Anson
11. Cameron Scaife
12. Ruaria Westwood
14. Daniel Findlay
15. Oliver Findlay
16. John Bailey
17. Charlie Hogg
18. Michael Cantle
1. Sam Whitson
2. Corey Smith
3. Charlie Nicholl
4. Ryan Wilson
5. Abdul Malik
8. Zak Manson
10. Jay Stevenson
12. Liam Lumsden
14. Jack Allan
15. Bailey Harkness
16. Steven Todd
17. Ciaran Greig
19. Fraser Burnett
22. Logan Whitson
24. Niall Kemp
26. Aiden Young
Star Player
Currie Star
St Bernard's BC Midlothian Blues
Matthew Darrington – He was a driving force in the Currie midfield and was involved in all of his side’s first half goals, not to mention the numerous chances he created with his precise passing.
Zak Manson – He was his side’s standout player thanks to his lightning pace and fast dribbling. Seemed capable of running past the whole Currie defence on his own at times and he created a number of chances for himself and his teammates.
Magic Moment
Currie Star
St Bernard's BC Midlothian Blues
Charlie Hogg – The outcome of the final could have been so different had it not been for Hogg’s intervention in the opening minutes of the second half. Not only was his tackle an outstanding piece of defending but it was a defining moment in the game.
Charlie Nicholl - His opening goal perhaps should have been saved but nevertheless it was a fine strike from the edge of the box.
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