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Redhall outshine Craigroyston at Saughton final

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Craigroyston CYFC
Redhall Star YFC
Shanley 58
Parente 8, 25


U13 Polar Foods Cup - FInal
Saughton Enclosure

By Craig Flannigan
YFS South East Region Reporter
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Redhall Star put cup heartbreak behind them to win the Polar Foods Cup Final at Saughton Enclosure.

Two weeks ago, the Division 4 leaders were beaten on penalties by Blackhall Athletic in the AC Taxi Cup final, but there was to be no mistake this time with an assured victory courtesy of two first half goals by Lorenzo Parente, despite Ryan Shanley pulling one back for Craigroyston in the second period.

Redhall went into the game favourites, undefeated in the league this season and 15 points ahead of Craigroyston, but the opening exchanges were even and keenly contested.

The first clear cut opportunity for either side resulted in Redhall taking the lead, Parente through one on one with Jamie Ross and the striker coolly slotted home in the eighth minute.

Craigroyston almost equalised on 13 minutes, a powerful free-kick effort from Darren Hunter was spilled by Ryan Green, but the keeper recovered before the ball crossed the line and quickly set up a Redhall counter, with the dangerous Parente shooting wide at the near post.

The second goal for Redhall came on 25 minutes after another swift counter attack. Cameron Archibald put through Shanley who rounded Green, but he was unable to get sufficient purchase on his finish allowing Marc Daniel Hannah to clear off the line. Redhall broke up the park and Parente doubled the lead with another astute finish.

Craigroyston had opportunities of their own before the end of the half, and only an excellent save from Green denied Lewis Watson a minute before half time.

Half Time: Craigroyston CYFC 0-2 Redhall Star YFC

The second half was only two minutes old when the impressive Green was again called into action, saving a snap-shot from 10 yards by Hunter.

As the half went on Redhall looked increasingly comfortable, they were dealing well with Craigroyston's attacks and looked the more likely to score, a Jack Anderson half-volley from 25 yards went just past the post on 51 minutes.

Craigroyston appeals for a penalty fell on deaf ears in the 55th minute when Shanley and Green collided in the area, but three minutes later Shanley scored a great header from another excellent corner by Nathan Fallon.

The goal buoyed Craigroyston, Fallon's effort from a free-kick in the 62nd minute was just over the bar, though would have left Green with no chance had it been on target. The resulting goal kick was intercepted by Hunter but his shot was wide, and a minute later Redhall were having to scramble clear from a testing cross from Fallon.

However, Redhall weathered the storm and as the final stages approached they were the team attacking as if they needed a goal, it seemed as if the pain of losing just weeks ago was spurring them on, with Ross having to save bravely from Nathan Robertson in the final moments.

Full Time: Craigroyston CYFC 1-2 Redhall Star YFC

Craigroyston CYFC Redhall Star YFC
1. Jamie Ross
2. Brandin Sharpe
3. James Tipton
4. Bryan Dudgeon
5. Cameron Archibald
6. David Douglas
7. Nathan Fallon
8. Darren Hunter
9. Liam McDermid
10. Ryan Shanley
11. Lewis Watson
12. Brandon Sives
13. Deroin Simpson
14. Declan Howlett
15. Jamie Hunter
1. Ryan Green
2. Marc Daniel Hannah
3. Thomas Robertson
4. Jack Anderson
5. Andrew Gordon Dixon
6. Ross Graham
7. Blair Salvona
8. Max Dumayne
9. Lorenzo Parente
10. Ryan Greig
12. Nathan Robertson
14. Lloyd Gauld
15. Adam Robertson
17. Bockaire Sonnah
Nathan Fallon consistently delivered excellent balls into the box, was unlucky with a free-kick and was Craigroyston's most dangerous player
Lorenzo Parente as well as grabbing the crucial goals with two excellent finishes, the striker worked non-stop for his team.
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