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Royal High ease to 4-0 victory over James Young in Lothian Schools FA Cup

Royal High School 4

Falsone 22', 40', O'Neill 57', Jack 73'

The James Young High School 0

  • Friday, 20 May 2016
  • Ainslie Park
  • Under 18´s
  • Lothian Schools FA Cup
Rafie Thompson

Rafie Thompson | YFS South East Region Journalist
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It was Royal High School’s evening as they triumphed over The James Young High School 4-0 to win the hotly contested U18s Lothian Schools FA Cup final at Ainslie Park.
It was a Friday night to remember as goals from Callum O’Neill, Gregor Jack and a brace from Mario Falsone saw RHS ease to victory with no reply from James Young.
The first ten minutes were tense as both teams tested each-other out. James Young were finding good space down the right hand side with Jamie White, but the first real chance of the game went to Royal High. Ali McCann’s shot following a cross from Matthew McKenzie was blocked and the ball fell to Calum Brown who fired over the bar with 16 minutes gone.
Target man Aidan Quinn was next to have a go for the team in black as he headed over the bar from a corner just a minute later.
Eventually Royal High’s pressure paid off and it was the impressive No.10 Mario Falsone who opened the scoring at Ainslie Park. A long ball from the defene caused a mix-up between the James Young goalkeeper and his centre-half and the two clashed together leaving Falsone with the easiest of tap-ins after 22 minutes.
It was all RHS after their opening goal and they nearly bagged a second through Cameron Paton after 34 minutes. Paton picked up the ball near the half-way line and after playing a quick one-two with Aidan Quinn he made his way into the box and lashed a fierce shot from the right which hit the bar.
Just five minutes later Royal High had their second. It was Falsone again and after a cross from Calum Brown was not cleared properly the ball fell to the winger who drove into the box and curled a finish into the far post from 15 yards to bag his brace.
  • Half Time:
  • Royal High School
  • 2-0
  • The James Young High School
The second half began the way it ended – with RHS on top. James Young High defended strongly, but with 57 minutes played the winning side added to their lead. Callum O’Neill was next on the score-sheet, he let the ball run across his body and followed it up with a left-footed ping from 18 yards leaving the ‘keeper with no chance.
James Young, playing in green and white, had a good opportunity when Greg Forrest played a perfect ball across the face of goal on the counter but there was no-one there to tap it in.
Defender Gregor Jack killed the game off with 15 minutes to go. The No.5 assisted himself following a corner by heading the ball into the air and then heading it again to loop the ball over the ‘keeper to make the score 4-0.
RHS hit the bar for the second time on 82 minutes. Nathan McCulloch was unlucky to see his effort from close range hit the bar following a low cross from Paton.
A few James Young chances from long range went close but with the game looking all over Royal High made it a hat-trick of hitting the bar. McCulloch had another go at goal from 18 yards as he cut inside his man and fired a shot off the crossbar.
Minutes later it was all over and Royal High had their names on the cup. A hard-working performance saw them keep a clean-sheet and they will be delighted to win by a score-line of 4-0. 
  • Full Time:
  • Royal High School
  • 4-0
  • The James Young High School


Royal High School
The James Young High School
1. Charlie Brice
2. Calum Brown
3. Joe Beaton
4. Cameron Paton
5. Gregor Jack
6. Ali McCann
7. Aidan Quinn (C)
8. Matthew McKenzie
9. Oran Hosey
10. Mario Falsone
11. Callum O' Neill
12. Ben Martin
14. Nathan McCulloch
15. Leo McNeill
16. Ben Morris
1. Luke Williams (C)
2. Greg Forrest
3. Neil Atkinson
4. Cameron Donaldson
5. Connel Gibson
6. Scott Hay
7. Dominic Foulkes
8. David Hendry
9. Aaron Anderson
10. Jamie White
11. Cameron O'Brien
12. Connor Nicol
14. Darren Cassidy
15. Neil Pyper
16. Calum Dunn
17. Rhys Lochhead
Star Player
Royal High School
The James Young High School
Mario Falsone - Falsone really looked a level above on the football field. His play was intelligent and it's clear he has big potential. His two goals helped to put his team in the driving seat and he never stopped hassling the opposition defenders.
David Hendry - The midfielder was given the job of marking the tallest man on the field in Aidan Quinn and despite becoming frustrated at times he kept his head down and never stopped working for his team. His side were unlucky not to score but Hendry worked hard right up to the final whistle. He also had a clean nutmeg.
Magic Moment
Royal High School
The James Young High School
Falsone's second goal - This was a great moment because it paved the way for a perfect second half performance from Royal High. Falsone's second goal was a great finish with his right foot and it was right before half time which allowed his team to have breathing space.
There was some great passing play in an attack for James Young which lead to a ball across the box which no-one could tap in. They built from the back and managed to pass their way up the field and they were unlucky not to score from that chance.
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