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.