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Currie take the cup at expense of league winners Fernieside

Currie Star 1

McGovern 17

Fernieside FC 1

Adams 8
  • Final Result: Currie Star 2-2 Fernieside FC (Currie Star win 6-5 on penalties)
  • Friday, 23 May 2014
  • Saughton Enclosure
  • Under 16´s
  • SERYFL D2 League Cup - Final
Kieran Green

Kieran Green | YFS South East Region Journalist

Division 2 league winners Fernieside locked horns with runners up Currie Star in the final of the Division 2 League Cup. Currie were out for revenge with their opponents already being crowned league champions, but they didn't get off to the best start. Fernie striker Charlie Adams put his side 1-0 up after only 8 minutes, but powerhouse forward Mark McGovern leveled the scores on 17 minutes with a low shot across Reece Sneddon. The game needed extra time and penalties to decide the fate of the trophy, and with the shootout going to sudden death, Currie scored their 7th to put all the pressure on Fernie, and the pressure got to them as Brice saved Gardiners' powerful penalty to give Currie the cup.
 
Both teams were struggling to find their feet early on, with the strong breeze and constant drizzle causing the ball to zip around the pitch and out of play more often than not. However, the first effort on goal produced the first goal. Brendan Ogg's chip over the top to striker Charlie Adams was perfect, and this allowed him to use his pace to glide past Jack Blaney and Liam Hutchison in order to round onrushing keeper Charlie Brice and slot home to put Fernie 1-0 up after only 8 minutes. 
 
Currie almost responded immediately. Calum McDonald played the ball into the feet of Mark McGovern, the striker turned superbly to get away from Lewis Gormley but dragged his shot wide of Sneddons' post. 
 
In an almost carbon copy of his previous chance, McGovern did level the score. McDonald with the chipped ball to the strikers feet, he turned Gormley and fired low across Sneddon into the far corner, despite the claims for offside from the Fernie players. 1-1.
 
Currie were having a strong spell in the match which they would of been looking to take their chances in. A series of shots over and wide of the goal frame meant the players were getting frustrated with themselves. The closest Currie came to taking the lead was through a long range effort from Hutchison. The centre half picked up the ball on the half way line, drove forward and smashed his effort inches over the crossbar from 25 yards out. 
 
Big forward McGovern was proving a real hand full for the Fernie defenders, with his pace and power he was causing all sorts of problems. On this occasion, he was able to nimble his way past Gormley and fire towards goal, but strong hands from Sneddon pushed the ball round for a corner. The corner came to nothing and was claimed well by the keeper.
 
Just before half time, Currie came close to going in front. McGovern forced another save out of Sneddon, and the resulting corner taken by McGovern met the head of the late arriving Lewis Conner, but he couldn't keep his header down as it sailed over the bar.
 
That was to be the last action of the first half, as the teams headed towards the dressing rooms at Saughton to keep dry from the rain. 
  • Half Time:
  • Currie Star
  • 1-1
  • Fernieside FC
Overall, the second half was pretty uneventful, with neither side creating more than a couple of opportunities each. Fernie did create the first chance of the second period, and it came from striker Adams. A free kick into the box from Ogg was knocked down by Ben Gardiner and Adams fired low towards goal, but his effort was saved by the legs of Brice.
 
Sneddon almost gifted Currie the lead with his poor attempt at a clearance that fell to the feet of McGovern. He beat one player then rifled his shot towards goal, but Sneddon redeemed himself by produced a smart save to prevent Currie from going in front.
 
Good play down the left from Fernie full back Ryan Forrest and midfielder Brandon Smith meant they could work the ball into the box, and Forrest pulled the ball back for the arriving Ogg to pull the trigger, but his shot ended up just wide of the post. 
 
The bookings began to to mount up as the game headed towards the final stages. A few tired legs meant late challenges, which did hinder the chances that either team were able to create. The final chance of the game was to Currie, and talisman Mark McGovern. He hit a free kick from fully 30 yards out, which moved all over the place in the air, and Sneddon had to throw himself to the top corner to tip the ball away, and as the ball was cleared up the pitch, the final whistle went to signal the end of regulation time, and to take us into extra time.
  • Full Time:
  • Currie Star
  • 1-1
  • Fernieside FC

Currie began extra time as they finished normal time, on the front foot. McGovern shooting wide after Jack Blaney played a superb ball into his feet on the right corner of the penalty area.

Once again, Currie were looking the more likely team to score, with all attacks coming through McGovern. He found himself wide on the right hand side, swinging the ball in towards Philip Blaney, who looked destined to score, but Lewis Gormley through himself in front of the shot to stop any chance of the ball going in. Great piece of defending.

A lot of tired players in the second period of extra time, and Fernie looked as though they would settle for penalties. Currie striker McGovern ONCE AGAIN causing problems! He was hitting free kicks from all over the place, and each time Sneddon was dealing with them.

With less than a minute left of extra time, it looked as though Currie had scored the winner. A corner taken by Kyle Dixon fell to Philip Blaney 12 yards out, but his effort scraped the outside of the post.

That was that and we went to penalties.

With 6 penalties taken each, and 5 scored each, Donnie Campbell stepped up for Currie to score their 7th, and it Ben Gardiner was next for Fernieside. His powerful effort was pushed away by Charlie Brice, and it sent the Currie players and coaches into raptures.

Final Result: Final Result: Currie Star 2-2 Fernieside FC (Currie Star win 6-5 on penalties)

Lineups

Currie Star
Fernieside FC

1. Charlie Brice
2. Donnie Campbell
3. Jackson Barker
4. Lewis Connor
5. Jack Blaney
6. Liam Hutchison
9. Mark McGovern
10. Jack Harkness
11. Kyle Dixon
12. Philip Blaney
14. Connor Holleran
16. Cameron Ross
17. Calum McDonald
18. Domenico Pacitti
19. Thomas Wedgwood
20. Murray Drew

1. Reece Sneddon
2. Jack Doyle
3. Ryan Forrest
4. Calum Sibley
5. Brendan Ogg
6. Brandon Smith
7. Charlie Adams
8. Jordan Dolan
11. Charlie Stewart
12. Jacob Hutchison
14. Lee Dillon
16. Reece Cron
17. Ben Gardiner
18. Lewis Gormley

Star Player
Currie Star
Fernieside FC
Mark McGovern couldn't be overlooked at all. His performance up front was excellent. He could hold the ball up, bring others into play, and also turn and score himself as he did for Currie's goal.
Brendan Ogg in the Fernieside midfield was a threat going forward, and also worked his way back to assist his defenders when required. Composed on the ball, and strong in the tackle. He got his team going in the shootout with a well struck penalty
Magic Moment
Currie Star
Fernieside FC
The save from Charlie Brice to keep out Ben Gardiners' penalty proved the decisive moment in the shootout was the signal for jubilant Currie to celebrate
Charlie Adams got through the Currie defenders, and then past goalkeeper Brice to slot home the opener for Fernieside after a well worked move before the finish
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