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Newbattle ease past Gracemount to retain Lothians trophy

Newbattle HS 3

Waugh 8, Smith 35, Somerville 52

Gracemount HS 0

  • Friday, 16 May 2014
  • Ainslie Park
  • Under 16´s
  • Lothian Schools' FA Cup - Final
Scott Thomson

Scott Thomson | YFS South East Region Journalist

Newbattle High's under-16 side matched the achievement of last year's squad to retain the Lothian Schools' FA Cup with a comfortable victory over Gracemount at Spartans' Ainslie Park.
 
Newbattle didn't take long to get the opener, the goal coming after just eight minutes through captain Kevin Waugh whose free-kick from the edge of the box flew over the head of Cameron Gill and into the net.
 
Gill couldn't do anything to stop Waugh's strike, but he kept Newbattle at bay just two minutes later when he tipped Connor Darling's fierce shot wide.
 
Gracemount struggled to get out of their own half in the opening quarter and it wasn't until the 18th minute that they had a chance of their own - Sean Waterston testing the gloves of Darren Samuel from outside the area.
 
Newbattle broke quickly on the counter and Shaun Smith came close to doubling their lead after Stefan MacLean strode clear of a defender before cutting back, but Smith's shot from close range was saved by Gill.
 
Gracemount were almost gifted a leveller when Mark Falls failed to deal with a long ball and Waterston snuck in, but his shot was palmed clear by Samuel.
 
Newbattle had missed several opportunities to double their lead after the opener, but they got a crucial second five minutes before half-time. Kieran Somerville cracked a shot off the post from the edge of the box and Smith reacted quickest to prod in the rebound.
  • Half Time:
  • Newbattle HS
  • 2-0
  • Gracemount HS
Gracemount began the second-half better and came close to pulling a goal back when Lee Dillon tried his luck from the edge of the box, however Samuel held on.
 
Newbattle put paid to any comeback on 52 minutes when they got their third of the afternoon. MacLean whipped in a great cross from the left flank straight onto the head of Somerville who directed a header into the net from six yards out.
 
Newbattle weren't finished yet though, and they twice came close to a fourth in the final ten minutes. A well-worked move down the right involving Darling and Smith freed Waugh in the centre of the box, who tried to sidefoot into the bottom corner, but saw his effort flash inches wide of the post.
 
Waugh then tried the spectacular from a free-kick wide on the right. Aiming for the near top corner, Waugh fired goalwards, but Gill got there just in time to tip wide.
 
Gracemount pushed hard for a late consolation, the best chance falling to Dillon from John Timmins' corner, but he couldn't hit the target.
 
  • Full Time:
  • Newbattle HS
  • 3-0
  • Gracemount HS

Lineups

Newbattle HS
Gracemount HS

1. Darren Samuel
2. Kyle Taylor
3. Jake Donaldson
4. Scott Hay
5. Ross Gemmell
6. David Turnbull
7. Liam Devine
8. Kevin Waugh
9. Kieran Somerville
10. Connor Darling
11. Stefan MacLean
12. Mark Falls
15. Shaun Smith
17. Kieran Weichand
18. Bryan Taylor

1. Cameron Gill
2. Ray Betts
3. Ryan Forrest
4. Marc Doughtey
5. John Timmins
6. Jack Doyle
7. Lee Dillon
8. Lewis Kynoch
9. Sean Waterston
10. Craig Skirving
11. Matthew Warner
12. Liam McCabe
15. Billy Donaldson
16. Ben Gardiner
17. Callum Fitzpatrick

Star Player
Newbattle HS
Gracemount HS
Newbattle had many standout performers, however in a cup final teams need leaders and captain Kevin Waugh led his side by example. Industrious in the middle of the park and a danger from free-kick's, Waugh was on form.
Cameron Gill did himself no harm despite conceding three goals. Had it not been for his efforts, Gracemount could have found themselves on the end of a bigger defeat.
Magic Moment
Newbattle HS
Gracemount HS
Move involving Smith and Darling down the right wing in the second-half didn't result in a goal, but it was great to watch.
Gill's save ten minutes in gave the keeper some confidence after conceding two minutes before.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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