Two second half goals proved to be enough for Longniddry Villa as they defeated Gala Fairydean Rovers in the David Innes Cup Final. In a hard fought encounter, numerous chances were created, however Gala lived to rue missed opportunities as Villa were clinical to lift the silverware.
New Dundas Park, home to junior outfit Bonyrigg Rose Athletic, played host to the U14 David Innes Cup Final. Both sides knew they would have to fight hard if they were to win the trophy and it was Gala who were strongest in the first fifteen minutes.
Firstly, Gala’s influential playmaker Sam McClymont picked up the ball at the edge of the box, but his shot was too weak to trouble Villa keeper Aaron Thompson.
Moments later, Gala had another opportunity from a McClymont free-kick. The midfielder crossed the ball into the box and it was brought down well by Finlay Wheelans, but his snap shot on the turn was well held by Thomson.
Gala didn’t have long to wait for their next opportunity and it again came from McClymont. He drove into the Villa box, engineered space well and unleashed a venomous shot which was collected at the second attempt by Thomson.
Gala failed to capitalise on their early pressure and then allowed Villa back into the game. Villa’s first chance came from Thierry Murray who was played through on goal, however his low effort was initially saved by Ryan Gibson and Gala cleared the loose ball.
Ten minutes later, Murray had the best chance of the opening half. A long kick up the park found its way to Murray and his powerful half-volley crashed off the crossbar and away from goal.
On the stroke of half-time Gala should have been in front. Some good work by McClymont in the middle of the park allowed him to slip in Kerr Johnston. His first effort came of the right hand post and rebounded back to him; he then rounded the goalie and fired a shot towards the goal however it was expertly cleared off the line by the Villa defender.