Craigroyston CYFC came out 6-3 winners over Edinburgh City Whites in a thoroughly entertaining Persevere Cup final
Craigroyston opened the game well creating many chances and getting shots that trouble the keeper on several occasions such as a decent free kick effort from Joe Monaghan that was well saved by Billy Milne for a corner that came to nothing. Monaghan got a chance to grab a second as Kyle Shepard Thomson played him in but his shot was sent just over the bar.
The deadlock was finally broken in the 17th minute as Humphrey Scott powered a low effort from the corner of the box into Monaghan who timed his run perfectly and slides the ball under the keeper to give Craigroyston the well deserved lead.
Edinburgh City try and retain possession following the goal but can't breakdown the solid Craigroyston defence to score an important equaliser. Sean Coyle gets himself involved for Craigroyston after he beats his man and fractionally sends his shot wide of the post, making a second look likely for the leaders.
In the 23rd minute a free kick on the half way line was won by Craigroyston and taken by Kyle Barnett Brown who launches the ball into the opposition goalies arms but he could not catch it and the ball fell perfectly for Emanuel Rotibel who converted from close range to double Craigroyston's advantage.
Edinburgh City immediately reply through Jamie Hook who dispossesses a Craigroyston defender and powers the ball in, out of nothing to half the deficit just one minute after conceding the second, which gave City a crucial lifeline.
However, a corner from Monaghan that managed to cross the line despite the catch from the goalkeeper regained Craigroyston's two goal lead. Craigroyston further punished the slack defending from Edinburgh City as Coyle picked the ball up from 20 yards, beat two players before burying the chance to score Craigroyston's fourth of the game just before half time.