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Musselburgh Windsor do the double

Leith Athletic 1

Farrall 40

Musselburgh Windsor 3

Gregory 15, McKay 50, Brady 75
  • Monday, 21 May 2018
  • St. Mark's Park
  • Under 19´s
  • Cruden Bowl

St Mark’s Park, home to Craigroyston FC, played host to the U19 Cruden Bowl Final, which saw Musselburgh Windsor complete a league and cup double. Despite Leith’s first-half dominance, Windsor battled well and scored twice in the second period to lift the silverware.

Both sides entered this cup final full of confidence, with Windsor having won the league title recently and Leith progressing to every cup final in the region. However, it was to be Windsor who would strike first.

There were 15 minutes on the clock when Windsor won a throw-in in the final third. Laurie Cunningham found Brok Robertson on the wing, he lifted his head and cut the ball across to Liam Gregory who was composed to find the bottom corner and give Windsor an early lead.

Leith took this wake-up call and went on to dominate the remainder of the first-half, creating numerous clear-cut opportunities.

Just before the half-hour mark, a long ball from the keeper was flicked on by Leith’s Craig Ferrier. He found Andrew Dempster, who drove into the box but fired over the bar from close range.

Only a minute later and it was Ferrier’s turn to come close. He picked up the ball at the edge of the box and turned quickly, but his snap shot went inches wide of the far post.

Then, five minutes before the interval, Leith got the goal that their performance deserved. Michael Shaw won a tackle on the edge of the box and bundled his way into shooting range. His effort was stopped by Jack Stewart, but the rebound fell to Ryan Farrall, who tapped the ball into the empty net.

Leith Athletic’s equaliser brought the first half to a close, with Windsor fortunate still to be level.

  • Half Time:
  • Leith Athletic
  • 1-1
  • Musselburgh Windsor

The second half began in the same manner as the first; with an early goal for Musselburgh Windsor.

This time, Gregory turned provider as he collected possession in midfield and found Lewis McKay inside the box. McKay then produced a rasping effort, which flew past Adam McLean into the top corner to restore Windsor’s lead.

Leith responded well, and on the hour mark, they should have been level. A good free-kick was delivered to Liam Reid; however, he could only head straight at Jack Stewart from six yards, as Windsor’s lead was preserved.

Leith would come back to rue this miss as, on 75 minutes, Windsor put the game to bed. A long clearance from the Windsor defence was not properly dealt with and substitute Matthew Brady was allowed in. He held off his marker before slotting the ball into the bottom corner to put Windsor 3-1 up.

Musselburgh Windsor were able to see out the remaining minutes, relatively easily, to lift the Cruden Bowl. They were also presented with the League trophy, as the night became very memorable for the players and coaches.

  • Full Time:
  • Leith Athletic
  • 1-3
  • Musselburgh Windsor

Lineups

Leith Athletic
Musselburgh Windsor
1. Adam McLean
3. Cameron Brisbane
4. Ewan Farmer
5. Liam Reid
6. Rory Smith
7. Andrew Dempster
8. Michael Shaw
9. Matthew Salsked
10. Craig Ferrier
11. Ryan Farrall
12. Jay Corner
14. Jake Montgomery
15. Kieran Milne
16. Lee Griffin
17. John Webley
18. Arron Cowper Barrie
1. Jack Stewart
2. Cameron Walker
3. Lewis McKay
4. Laurie Cunningham
5. Michael Lennie
7. Murray McDougal
9. Jack Morgan
10. Jay Kilboy
11. Liam Gregory
12. Ross Hope
14. Liam Wishart
15. Cameron Leslie
17. Glenn Robertson
18. Matthew Brady
19. Jame Pringle
22. Brok Robertson
Star Player
Leith Athletic
Musselburgh Windsor
Leith’s star man was their striker Craig Ferrier. He led the line well and was at the heart of almost every chance created by his team. Ferrier was unlucky not to get on the score sheet and is worthy of his award.
The star player for Windsor was midfielder Murray McDougal. He broke up play effectively, and every move started from him. Holding midfielders rarely get the credit they deserve. However, McDougal caught the eye on a special night for his side.
Magic Moment
Leith Athletic
Musselburgh Windsor
The magic moment for Leith was their goal. It was excellent work from Michael Shaw in the build-up, and the goal sparked jubilant scenes amongst the Leith players. Unfortunately, the goal didn’t mean much; however, it is still the magic moment for Leith.
Musselburgh Windsor’s magic moment was their double trophy presentation. This was probably the only time a team will be given two trophies on the same evening and, as a result, it will live long in the memory everyone associated with Windsor.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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