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Extra time drama sees South pip Star to cup glory

Cockenzie Star 1

McIntyre 107

Edinburgh South 2

Smith 98, Cameron 105
  • Final Result: Cockenzie Star 1-2 Edinburgh South (AET)
  • Sunday, 18 May 2014
  • New Dundas Park, Bonnyrigg
  • Under 15´s
  • SERYFL D2 League Cup - Final
Alasdair MacKenzie

Alasdair Mackenzie | YFS South East Region Journalist

It took extra time to separate Cockenzie Star and Edinburgh South in the Division 2 League Cup final on Sunday, but it was South who came out on top with a dramatic 2-1 victory. Two resolute defences stood firm in normal time as ninety minutes failed to produce any goals, but the tie exploded into life in extra time as goals from Shaun Smith and Dean Cameron gave South a comfortable-looking lead. Star showed their fighting spirit by pulling one back with minutes left to play through Ross McIntyre, but South held firm to complete a remarkable league and cup double for the season.
 
Cockenzie started strongly on a blustery day at Bonnyrigg and carved out a good chance with only five minutes played. Craig MacDonald picked out Lewis Bartleman with his pass, and the winger’s cut-back was met by a fierce shot from Cameron Redpath that fizzed narrowly wide.
 
Edinburgh South soon grew into the game and Dean Cameron drew an excellent save out of Star goalkeeper Scott French with a half volley struck across the face of the goal. South were beginning to take control of the game, but a Cockenzie defence marshalled by the excellent Kritsana Dokkhaoram prevented them from creating any gilt-edged chances. 
  • Half Time:
  • Cockenzie Star
  • 0-0
  • Edinburgh South
The second period exploded into life thanks to an audacious effort from William Aitken. The midfielder set his sights on goal from a good 30 yards out and French was again called into action in the Cockenzie goal to brilliantly tip the shot onto the crossbar before claiming the rebound as it fell dangerously in the box.
 
Both teams upped the tempo in the second half, and Edinburgh South were being driven forward by their superb captain Scott Hay who was making his presence felt in both defence and attack for his side. Twelve minutes into the second half, Hay collected the ball and beat three defenders before playing a one-two with a teammate and curling a shot just wide of the target in a great moment of individual skill and strength.
 
The tie was on a knife-edge and soon the momentum was back with Cockenzie Star. They showed themselves to be capable of playing some very attractive passing football, but were struggling to get past the imposing Kieran Weighand who was repelling attacks calmly and efficiently.
 
Marauding left-back Craig Thomson proved to be a real threat from range and let fly an excellent shot from a good 25 yards that went narrowly over at the end of an impressive passage of play from Star. 
  • Full Time:
  • Cockenzie Star
  • 0-0
  • Edinburgh South

With the tie level after 80 minutes, extra time was required to find a cup winner. First blood very nearly went to Cockenzie after an excellent pullback from Alan Wojcik was met by a curling shot from tireless forward Jonathan McVie that flew just wide of the post.

However, it was South who eventually broke the deadlock towards the end of the first period of extra time. Again they had the technical ability of their captain to thank, as Hay found some space to let fly from 25 yards. French was again on hand to parry the effort, but the rebound fell into the path of the onrushing Smith, who had worked tirelessly all day to get on the scoresheet.

Five minutes into the second period, the scores of Edinburgh South fans were sent into raptures as they doubled their lead. A high ball over the top of the Cockenzie defence was controlled superbly on the chest by Dean Cameron, who was composed enough to take the ball down and tuck it under the outrushing keeper to all but seal it for his side. However, Star had proved themselves a resilient squad and almost immediately found a way back into the tie. Again, a long through ball was the supply and this time it was Ross McIntyre who broke past the last defender to slot calmly home from twelve yards and offer Star a late lifeline.

Cockenzie did everything in their power to try and push forward in the final few minutes, but the well-organised and calm Edinburgh South midfield successfully held onto the ball and saw out the game to take home the trophy. Both teams can be proud of providing a great spectacle in front of a large and boisterous crowd at New Dundas Park, with the victory of Edinburgh South testament to their fighting spirit and organisation.

Final Result: Final Result: Cockenzie Star 1-2 Edinburgh South (AET)

Lineups

Cockenzie Star
Edinburgh South

1. Scott French
2. Liam Reid
3. Craig Thomson 
5. Cameron Redpath
6. Ross McIntyre
7. Lewis Bartleman
9. Luke Inkster
10. Craig MacDonald
11. Jack Hoy
12. Jamie Wallace
14. Alan Wojcik
15. Lee Linton
16. Aidan Shearer
17. Jonathan McVie
18. Kritsana Dokkhaoram
21. Cameron Burt

2. Cameron Mitchel
3. Kieran Weighand
5. Scott Hay
7. Marcus Cairns
9. Shaun Smith
10. Greg Park
11. Dean Cameron
12. Liam Devine
13. Jordan Thomson
15. Kieran Merrilees
16. Max Mantle 
17. David Weddell 
19. Mathew Thomson 
20. William Aitken

Star Player
Cockenzie Star
Edinburgh South
Kritsana Dokkhaoram had an excellent game at the heart of the Cockenzie defence. He showed great speed and awareness to anticipate attacks as they came, as well as a deft touch with the ball at his feet.
Without doubt, Scott Hay. It was a true captain's performance as the towering midfielder made his presence felt all over the park. Solid at the back and a constant danger going forward, he set the benchmark for the rest of his side to follow throughout the match.
Magic Moment
Cockenzie Star
Edinburgh South
Ross McIntyre's goal with only three minutes remaining brought the crowd to fever pitch and made his side believe again. Their ability to get back into the tie with so little time remaining was testament to their great fighting spirit.
In a moment of fantastic individual skill, Scott Hay carried the ball forward from the centre line past three defenders, played a one-two with a teammate and unleashed a curling effort that went narrowly wide of the target.
Club Views
Cockenzie Star
Edinburgh South
Dougie MacDonald, Head Coach of Cockenzie Star, said: "Two evenly matched teams contested today's final and were only separated by the finest of margins in extra time. While I am really disappointed to lose, I must congratulate Edinburgh South on their win. I am extremely proud of my lads' efforts today and throughout the whole of the season, they are a great bunch of lads and a pleasure to coach."
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