Easthouses and Kirkliston South Queensferry met for the final of the U13 Persevere Cup on Sunday. It turned out to be a comfortable win for the league leaders as they defeated Easthouses five goals to one at New Dundas Park in Bonnyrigg.
Kirkliston got off to a flying start when Andrew Bradford opened the scoring after just five minutes. His team had pressed high from kick-off and their pressure paid off when Muir Deckers layed the ball off to Bradford who cut inside and powered a right-footed shot past Easthouses keeper Liam Spencer. Easthouses were shocked by the way in which Kirkliston had taken the game to them from the first minute. They had little time to compose themselves before Kirkliston doubled their lead five minutes later. Again it was Decker who played the vital pass, this time setting up Fraser Glass, who finished in a similar way to how Bradford had moments earlier.
Kirkliston now had a comfortable lead and up until this time hadn’t been pressured by Easthouses at all. They didn’t take their foot off the gas and continued to press high up the park, looking to get the ball down when possible and played some good football in large spells. They didn’t give Easthouses an opportunity to get back into the game and it wasn’t long before they increased their lead even further. It was Glass who grabbed his second of the game after fourteen minutes after capitalising on a poor Easthouses clearance. He side-footed the ball past the keeper, to the delight of his teammates who must have been thinking that the game was over even at such an early stage.
However Easthouses, who had got off to a poor start began to string together a few passes and created some chances for themselves. Zac Scally in particular worked hard to keep a hold of the ball, something that his side had struggled to do for large parts of the first half. Scally worked the ball into the box several times but often found himself with little passing options. One opportunity saw Scally with just the keeper to beat but Kirkliston’s Callum Robertson rushed off his goal-line to clear the ball away. A long range effort Andrew Nelson saw another chance for Easthouses but Robertson did well to hold the shot and prevent his side from concealing a goal before half-time.
At the other end, Easthouses keeper Spencer did well to stop a couple of powerful shots from Ryan Forrest and Andrew Bradford, which surely would have sealed the game if they had found the back of the net. Kirkiston went into half-time with a three goal lead then but things were looking more promising for Easthouses who were beginning to show signs of getting back into the game.