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Loanhead lift Persevere Cup

Loanhead MYFC 3

Kay 17, Dunlop 42, Peackock 48

Kirkliston South Queensferry 1

Redpath 40
  • Sunday, 22 April 2018
  • New Dundas Park
  • Under 13´s
  • Persevere Cup

Loanhead edged an enthralling encounter in the Persevere Cup Final. In an end to end game, Loanhead were clinical with their chances and as a result lifted the silverware.

New Dundas Park, home to Bonyrigg Rose Athletic, hosted this U13 cup final, which began with sustained Loanhead pressure.

Only five minutes in and Loanhead had their first opportunity. Good work down the left wing by Joe Dunlop got him to the byline and he squared it for Jack Peacock however his effort went just wide.

Ten minutes later and again Peacock came close. He was slipped in by the influential Daniel McKenna but he could only drag his shot wide of the left post.

Loanhead didn’t have to wait long to make their pressure count. On the seventeen minute mark a corner came into the box and Archie Stephen collected the ball and laid it off to Ross Kay and from 25 yards he unleashed a rasping effort which flew into the top left corner. An unbelievable strike to put Loanhead in front.

Kirkliston South Queensferry responded very well and only a couple of minutes later they were so nearly level. The dangerous Zac Burns broke into the box and his cut back was deflected towards goal by Innes Campbell but keeper Matthew Tait made a wonderful acrobatic save to turn the ball around the post.

Loanhead responded themselves and on 25 minutes they could have doubled their lead. Archie Stephen’s shot from the edge of the box was held at the second attempt by Dylan Kelly, however Kelly’s poor kick fell to Peacock and his cross was met by Jack Somerville but his volley went just wide.

A few minutes later, Stephen was unlucky again. This time his stronger effort was spilled by Kelly and Joe Dunlop made some space and his shot was well saved by Kelly, who made up for his earlier mistake.

On the half hour mark, Kirkliston South Queensferry were so unlucky not to be level. This time Zac Burns dribbled past four Loanhead defenders and fired the ball towards goal but his powerful shot came back off the bar and Loanhead cleared.

Kirkliston didn’t need to wait too long to equalise and on the stroke of half-time, they finally scored. A good corner in fell to Ben Redpath whose first effort was blocked by keeper Tait but the rebound came back to Redpath and he tucked the ball into the bottom corner.

This equaliser from Kirkliston South Queensferry brought an end to a breathtaking first half, with the scores tied up at one-a-piece.

  • Half Time:
  • Loanhead MYFC
  • 1-1
  • Kirkliston South Queensferry

The second half was much more one sided, in the favour of Loanhead, and just a couple of minutes after the break, they reclaimed their lead.

Daniel McKenna won possession in the middle of the park and passed the ball to Joe Dunlop. Dunlop controlled excellently before driving forward and waiting for substitute keeper Elliot McCartney to commit himself before dinking the ball over McCartney to put Loanhead back in front.

Loanhead, clearly confident after their second goal, pushed forward and only a few minutes later doubled their advantage.

Again a long ball by McKenna found its way to Jack Peacock who chipped the goalie, on the half-volley, and put Loanhead in full control of the cup final.

In all truth Loanhead’s third goal ended the match as a contest, with only one clear-cut chance in the last 25 minutes.

Kirliston’s Kole Harrold collected the ball the ball from a corner and produced a wonderful Cruyff turn, before curling just past the post.

This effort was the closest that Kirkliston came to halving the deficit as Loanhead managed to see out the remaining minutes to win the Persevere Cup.

  • Full Time:
  • Loanhead MYFC
  • 3-1
  • Kirkliston South Queensferry


Loanhead MYFC
Kirkliston South Queensferry
1. Matthew Tait
2. Kyle McLay
3. Ethan Cleland
4. Archie Ralph
5. Alex De Gaetano
6. Daniel McKenna
7. Innes Campbell
8. Andrew Millar
9. Jack Sommerville
10. Archie Stephen
11. Christopher Norval
12. Lewis Cameron
15. Ross Kay
16. Max Wyllie
17. Joe Dunlop
18. Jack Peacock
1. Elliot McCartney
2. Logan Blain
4. Lee Macfadyen
5. Thomas Gilmour
7. Cieran Johnson
8. Gregor Hinchliffe
9. Kole Harrold
10. Morgan Witherwick
11. Brodie Donald
12. Zac Burns
14. Glen Hughson
16. Zach Mills
19. Jacob Powszek
24. Aaron Morris
28. Ben Redpath
30. Dylan Kelly
Star Player
Loanhead MYFC
Kirkliston South Queensferry
For Loanhead the star player has to be Daniel McKenna. He was at the heart of all things good for Loanhead and claimed two assists on the day. An outstanding performance in the middle of the park from McKenna.
Zac Burns is Kirkliston’s star man. He looked dangerous whenever he was on the ball and was desperately unlucky not to score on the day.
Magic Moment
Loanhead MYFC
Kirkliston South Queensferry
Loanhead’s magic moment has to be their opener from Ross Kay. His strike from 25 yards was brilliant and is well worthy of the magic moment accolade.
For Kirkliston South Queensferry, their magic moment has to be their equaliser. Despite proving not to be all that important, the goal from Redpath sparked jubilant scenes among the Kirkliston players.
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