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Preston Lodge lift Lothian Schools Cup

Preston Lodge HS 1

Main 47

George Watson's College 1

Carr 12
  • 1-1 (5-4 Pens)

Ainslie Park, home to Lowland League side Spartans, played host to this U16 Lothian Schools Cup Final and in an end to end affair it was Preston Lodge HS who prevailed on spot kicks to lift the silverware.

Both sides seemed confident before kick-off; however, it was Preston Lodge who began brightest. After some good build-up play, Preston’s Jack Main was allowed time to slip in Nathan Muir, but his shot was straight at Watson’s keeper Euan Burgess.

After this early opportunity for Preston Lodge, George Watson’s began to grow into the game and, only a few minutes later, they had their first opportunity. Jamie Richmond was given space on the edge of the box and he managed to find Rory Stephen, who found space and stung the palms of Connor Currie in the Preston goal.

George Watson’s continued to press and on the 12-minute mark, they opened the scoring. Jack Carr found himself on the wide left and his first effort was blocked but when the rebound fell back to him, he made no mistake in curling the ball over the keeper and into the top corner. A wonderful goal to put Watson’s in front.

Despite taking the lead, Watson’s began to sit deeper and allow Preston Lodge back into the game. In the next 15 minutes Preston had a flurry of good chances but, ultimately, could not take advantage.

Firstly, some good build-up play in midfield resulted in Lewis Fitzpatrick being played through on goal but his low effort was well saved by Euan Burgess. Preston continued their good spell and won a free kick in the middle of the park. Watson’s couldn’t clear the initial cross and when the ball was collected by Finn Higgins he crossed back into the box but Ben Tracey could only stab the ball into the goalkeeper’s arms.

George Watson’s had another opportunity before the break, however, and they so nearly doubled their lead. Rory Stephen created space excellently, beating three men, before unleashing a powerful effort which was expertly turned around the post by Connor Currie.

Watson’s managed to see out the remainder of the first period to go in at the break one goal in front.

The second half was a slightly cagier affair, but Preston, once again, begin the better of the two sides and, a couple of minutes after the restart, they were level.

A long ball wasn’t properly dealt with by the Watsons’s defence, and Preston’s Jack Main collected possession before stroking the ball into the bottom right corner to level up the game.

The next 35 minutes didn’t produce much in the way of chances; however, the last five minutes of the match provided Preston Lodge with some good opportunities to win the game.

Main was at the heart of this pressure as firstly he engineered space well before shooting straight at the keeper and only a minute later he was unlucky when his curling effort was well held by Burgess. Just before full-time, Daniel Mair was free inside the box. He was played in but shot narrowly wide of the far post.

After this final opportunity, the referee blew for full-time, and the match would be settled on penalties.

Preston Lodge began the shootout, as Daniel Mair stepped up and coolly slotted the ball into the net. It was then the turn of Rory Stephen for Watson’s, but his tame effort was well saved by Connor Currie, as Preston took an early lead on penalties.

Preston would hold this lead for the remainder of the shotout. Goals from Tracey, Main, Stewart and, finally, Calum Stevenson was enough to win the cup for Preston Lodge.

Final Result: 1-1 (5-4 Pens)

Lineups

Preston Lodge HS
George Watson's College
1. Connor Currie
2. Ewan Ford
3. Tommy Doran
4. Sam Bird
5. Ben Jenkinson
6. Daniel Mair
7. Billy Stewart
8. Lewis Fitzpatrick
9. Ben Tracey
10. Jack Main
11. Finn Higgins
12. Byron Archibald
13. Calum Stevenson
14. Nathan Muir
15. Zak Johnstone
1. Euan Burgess
2. Jack Hughes
5. Ben Reilly
6. Henry Aggrey Van Mark
7. Dylan Stephen Brown
8. Jamie Richmond
10. Rory McGregor Stephen
12. Jamie Phayre
13. Jack Carr
14. Harry Hughes
16. Benjamin Sibson
17. Rory McCrae
18. Toby James Packer
19. Jamie Clark
20. Joshua Henderson
21. Niall Hutchison Reid
Star Player
Preston Lodge HS
George Watson's College
The star man for Preston Lodge has to be Jack Main. The influential playmaker was at the heart of all things good for Preston on the day. He also scored the equaliser and converted his spot-kick in the shootout in an excellent performance from Main.
Jack Carr wins the award for George Watson's. He scored the opening goal with a brilliant piece of skill and always looked dangerous in possession, making him a worthy winner of the star player accolade.
Magic Moment
Preston Lodge HS
George Watson's College
The magic moment for Preston Lodge has to be the winning penalty from Calum Stevenson. His goal sparked jubilant scenes among the Preston players which will live long in the memory of the school.
Jack Carr's goal was a fantastic piece of individual skill to take the lead in the cup final. Unfortunately, the goal did not mean much; however, it will still be remembered by Carr for years to come.

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