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Musselburgh Grammar U16's see off Firhill HS

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Musselburgh Grammar School
Firhill HS
U16's Lothian Schools
Pinkie 3G
23 September 2014
Musselburgh got another important three points in their Lothian Schools Under 16's league game with Firhill on Saturday.
The match started tentatively, with neither side really able to gain a foothold. This was Musselburgh’s first game in 3 weeks and perhaps it showed a little in the first ten minutes or so. However, they started to stamp their authority on the game with Jay Kilboy and Lewis Jarvis working hard in midfield.  
Left-back Ross Maguire was enjoying a lot of the ball in the opening minutes and he sent a great ball over the head of the Firhill defence to send Brandon Cullen through on goal. The striker made no mistake with a cool side-foot finish.  
However, Musselburgh failed to capitalise on this as Firhill began to come into the game, and deservedly equalised after good play down their left wing. The cross came into the box and the Firhill striker got to the ball first, seeing his strike come off the post but netting the rebound.  
This was perhaps the wake-up call Musselburgh needed as they began pushing forward before half-time to get themselves in front. Jay Kilboy, Ross Greig and Liam Hunter all had chances before a good flick-on by PJ Grieve sent Cullen through on goal again. The striker scored with a near identical finish to make it 2-1 to the hosts.  
Half-time: Musselburgh 2-1 Firhill
Into the second half, and Musselburgh started to look a lot more confident on the ball.  They enjoyed some good possession, playing out from the back, with centre-back Ross Greig and full-back Stuart Robertson enjoying a lot of the ball.  
After missing a few chances, they were awarded a penalty after Kilboy’s shot was blocked by the hand of a Firhill player in the box. Kilboy then stepped up to take the penalty but was denied by a great diving save from the Firhill goalkeeper.  
However, Musselburgh weren’t disappointed for long as Lewis Bartleman made it three with ten minutes left.  The left-winger showed good composure in a crowded box to finish low into the bottom right corner.  
Despite going 3-1 down, Firhill were not prepared to accept defeat and were handed a lifeline when their striker was deemed to have been fouled in the box. However, a great save from goalkeeper Jack Stewart ensured Musselburgh took the three points.  
Full-time: Musselburgh 3-1 Firhill 
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