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Laverty heads Currie to cup final glory

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U15 Edinburgh SSFA Cup - Final
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Currie High School met Lasswade High School in the 2012/13 Edinburgh Secondary Schools FA Cup final at Forrester High School's artificial pitch. A fiercely competitive game was eventually settled by a superb Sam Laverty header in the second half, clinching the cup for Currie.

Neither side had excelled in their respective league campaigns this season. Lasswade compete in the top flight, with Currie in the second tier and both looked set to finish in the top half without being in title contention. However, the cup had been where both teams had game to life. Currie had beaten Gracemount and Lasswade had overcame Newbattle in the semi final stage - ending the hopes of the two teams who are vying for the Division 1 title.

The match kicked off with sunshine but a nippy chill in West Edinburgh. A high tempo was set from the first whistle, with neither team prepared to let the other settle on the ball. 

With three minutes on the clock, the match's first chance came about. Dillon Cairns was alert to beat Lasswade goalkeeper Johnny Crutcher to the ball, but his first touch took the ball frustratingly out of play.

At the other end it wasn't long before Lasswade carved out an opening of their own. Roan Turkington showed a clean pair of heels to the Currie defence and rounded goalkeeper Callum Thomson. However, Thomson had done enough to force the forward wide and Euan Smith stuck to Turkington like glue before making a vital block.

The teams continued to match each other stride for stride, with plenty of good passing and first touches on show, but little in the way of goalmouth action. Whenever it looked like a player was breaking through on goal Crutcher and Thomson time and again proved alert to sweep up and deny a shooting opportunity.

One final chance fell before the half and it was Currie's. A Dylan Cairns corner was only cleared as far as Greg Page, who chested the ball before unleashing a half volley just over the crossbar.

The referee's whistle went for half time, with the tie completely in the balance.

Half Time: Currie High School 0-0 Lasswade High School

When the second half got underway there was little change to the pattern of play. Neither side wanted to make the mistake which would lose their team the cup - which is always a strong possibility whenever the deadlock isn't broken in the early stages of a final.

The first chance of the second period fell to Lasswade. A free kick was swept in from the right and met at the back post by Callum Smart, but he could only glance it beyond the target.

Lasswade went close again, when Smart turned provider and fired a low ball across the six yard box. Chris Drummond beat his marker to the ball, but arrived too early and could only leave the ball behind him.

Currie began to take the upper hand with possession and they went close when Connor Holleran half volleyed narrowly over the crossbar. It was a warning Lasswade didn't heed, as a series of set pieces finally resulted in a goal. Another excellent Dillon Cairns corner kick delivery was guided into the far corner by a deadly accurate Sam Laverty header (click here to watch video of the goal). Currie went wild, they knew they now had one hand on the silverware.

Nearly twenty minutes remained, but given the lack of goalscoring opportunities, it looked an uphill struggle for Lasswade to pull themselves back into the match. Currie continued to defend excellently, with Andy Walters instrumental in the centre of the four. There was a scare when Page headed over an isolated Thomson from a Lasswade set piece, but to the relief of everyone in grey shirts, it also cleared the crossbar.

The minutes ticked away and the match official blew for the final time, crowning Currie High School as cup winners. Both sides embraced each other at full time in good spirits, epitomising the sportsmanship which had been on show throughout the match. In reality it could have went either way, but Currie deserved their victory and lifted the cup with pride.

Full Time: Currie High School 1-0 Lasswade High School

Currie High School Lasswade High School
1. Callum Thomson
2. Sam Laverty
6. Greg Page
8. Connor Holleran
3. Lewis Connor
14. Ross Cairns
4. Josh O'Brien
7. Murray Drew
17. Dillon Cairns
9. Williams Jansch
5. Euan Smith
16. Andy Walters
15. Ally Bashiekh
10. Robbie McKenzie
11. Jack Harkness 
1. Johnny Crutcher
2. Jack Shaw
3. James Wilson
6. Cameron Allan
5. Max Roarty
15. Greig Young
10. Blair Jones
14. Chris Drummond
7. Luke Crawford
11. Callum Smart
12. Ross Pratt
9. Jose Herreros
8. Rowan Turkington
4. Michael Anderson
Currie were rock solid at the back and Andy Walters was the pick of four excellent defenders. His pace solved many a potential problem.
Ross Pratt showed energy from the first whistle to the last and matched it with good technique whenever on the ball.
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