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Four-goal Balde inspires Broughton to victory over Preston Lodge

Broughton HS 4

Balde 15, 16, 50, 55

Preston Lodge HS 1

Grieve 25
  • Thursday, 18 May 2017
  • Ainslie Park
  • Under 16´s
  • Lothian Schools FA Cup
Gregor Kerr

Gregor Kerr | YFS South East Region Journalist
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A magnificent four-goal haul from Joao Balde saw Broughton overcome Preston Lodge to win the Lothian Schools FA Cup final, on an eventful afternoon at Ainslie Park.

The first chance of the cup final fell the way of Broughton when Balde floated a teasing ball towards the back post, where Robbie Ashdown-Adams was arriving into the area, but his effort flew over the bar.

They didn’t have to wait too long to open the scoring on the evening, as Balde grabbed his first goal of four in the 15th minute.

A clinical counter attacked sliced open the Preston Lodge defence as Matty Combe switched the ball over to Balde, who took a touch on his chest and slotted the ball underneath the goalkeeper; a deserved goal after a dominant opening.

Within barely a blink of the eye Broughton extended their lead to two goals, and Balde was on hand to score again. It was nearly a carbon copy of the first goal as once again Combe was the provider, sliding in Balde into the same position as before, and as before, he despatched beyond the keeper’ and gave his side a two-goal cushion.

After assisting the first two goals it was nearly Combe’s turn to get on the scoresheet himself, as an inswinging free-kick fell to him at the back post, but despite stretching, he was unable to convert it into the net.

A Preston goal didn’t look likely at that stage, as Broughton piled forward time after time and the result seemed a potential formality. However, their lead was cut on 25 minutes after a defensive mix-up. Broughton failed to clear a corner successfully and Ellis Grieve capitalised from inside the area to score. It may have been against the run of play, but suddenly the cup final was back in the balance.

Broughton really should have added a third just before the half-time interval, as Balde hung up an inviting ball into the centre after a storming run, Fynlay Connor managed to reach it but he spurned the chance and put it well over the bar from close range. 

  • Half Time:
  • Broughton HS
  • 2-1
  • Preston Lodge HS

Preston Lodge started the second-half with intent as Dylan Hamilton fired a threatening ball across goal two minutes after the restart, but nobody was on hand to take advantage of it.

In the 48th minute Broughton thought they had restored their two-goal advantage when Michael Reilly floated a ball in for Balde to head in from close range, but the flag was raised for offside and the goal was ruled out. Seconds before, Reilly himself was denied from inside the box when his half-volley was parred away by Aaron Hall.

Just two minutes later Broughton had their third and Balde had the match ball. This time it was a great solo-effort which involved Broughton’s number 10 flicking the ball past a Preston defender, skinning the next one, and then slotting underneath the goalkeeper with all the composure in the world. A well-deserved hat-trick for the striker who was stealing the show in this final.

He wasn’t finished with his scoring feats just there though. In the 55th minute, Balde was played through by a brilliant through ball from Jude Zietara, and with the entire Preston defence caught-out, he was able to simply lift the ball over the advancing goalkeeper to bag his fourth of the afternoon. It was a touch of class from a classy player.

He should have also had an assist to his name with five minutes remaining when he cut the ball back to Lewis Cunningham who was waiting yards out. Incredibly, he managed to lift the effort over the bar altogether. Luckily, he saw the funny side of it, considering the scoreline.

Broughton nearly capped off a five-star performance with goal number five in the final minute as a good cross found Reilly who was waiting to head home, although he was only able to divert his effort onto the roof of the net. It meant little at that stage though, as the final whistle blew shortly after and confirmed Broughton’s status as Lothian Schools FA Cup champions. 


  • Full Time:
  • Broughton HS
  • 4-1
  • Preston Lodge HS


Broughton HS
Preston Lodge HS
1. Chris Peden
3. Dan McKinley
4. Jude Zietara
5. Joe Coats
6. Fynlay Connor
8. Michael Reilly
9. Matty Combe
10. Joao Balde
11. Ryan Kerr
12. Robbie Ashdown-Adams
13. Owen Barnes
14. Callum Reynolds
15. Lewis Cunningham
16. Louis Pettiger
1. Aaron Hall
2. Dylan Hamilton
3. Daniel Mair
4. Kristijonas Idas
5. Marc Forsyth
6. Ryan Robertson
7. Rhys Heaven
8. Macauley Anderson
9. Alex Williamson
10. Ajay Kirkpatrick
11. Ellis Grieve
13. Sam Taylor
15. Kieran Douglas
16. Alistair Maclachlan
Star Player
Broughton HS
Preston Lodge HS
Joao Balde was the star of the show and his four-goal haul was well-deserved, and could have been more.
Ellis Grieve was Preston's most creative player on a day to forget, getting his side back in the game with a first-half goal.
Magic Moment
Broughton HS
Preston Lodge HS
A few of Balde's goals were outstanding but his fourth was the pick of the bunch. A brilliantly timed run and a classy finish.
Preston's first-half goal managed to spark life into them for the rest of the half.
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