Portobello HS defeated 10 man Lasswade HS in a close Edinburgh Schools Cup final. Despite only being able to field a side of ten players, Lasswade actually took the lead and, were very close to winning the cup, however, the fitness of Portobello proved to be the difference as they prevailed after extra time to lift the silverware.
It was a cup final to remember for both sides however as category one official Kevin Clancy was in charge. Clancy was officiating at Hampden in last weekend’s Scottish Cup final and has also featured in the Europa League; however, he was officiating at Meggetland as a favour for a friend.
The first-half was fairly quiet in the way of chances, with the 10 men of Lasswade defending resolutely, however, Portobello did manage to create a couple of decent opportunities. Firstly, Darren Scally was found by Olly Rudge but Scally shot straight at the keeper.
Two minutes later Portobello came close again. Aidan McFarlane played in Sulaiman Ashraf and he forced Harris Spent into an excellent save.
On the 25 minute mark, Harris Spent was called into action again. Robbie King raced through on goal but his effort, which was bound for the top corner, was tipped over the crossbar.
With this effort, the first-half drew to a close with both sides going in level.