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Currie Star Progress in South East Region Cup

Currie Star FC 5

Stephens, Forbes x3, Ritchie

Easthouses FC 2

McKimmie, Scally
  • Sunday, 05 October 2014
  • Dovecote Park, Kingsknowe
  • Under 14´s
  • South East Region Cup
Chris Grieve

Chris Grieve | YFS South East Region Journalist

Currie Star turned in a determined performance to overcome the challenge of Easthouses FC in a closer match than the 5-2 scoreline suggests. Easthouses took the lead before Currie equalised and added two more. Despite halving the arrears just before half time Easthouses were squeezed out in the second half.
Both sides took a bit of time to settle into the game but it was Currie who managed to fashion the first chance. Marcus Forbes chased a through ball and was very close to reaching it first but for a timely intervention from Scott Nelson in the Easthouses goal.
Easthouses took heed of the early warning and began to take control of the game. A corner on the far side forced Star ‘keeper Aaron Hamilton to tip the ball over the bar before the resultant corner was converted at the back post by Fraser McKimmie. 
Currie responded to the goal by playing themselves into the game. Some slick passing in the midfield released winger Joseph Saddler down the left side. As the defenders came across to cover he slid the ball inside for Forbes to fire a shot but it bounced wide of the near post.
It wasn’t long however before Currie equalised. The ball broke fortuitously towards Douglas Stephens who collected it and rattled a low shot into the bottom corner from distance. A very well taken goal restored parity.
The goal lifted the confidence in the Currie side and they began to build some good possession although the forwards were well marshalled by the Easthouses defence. 
Easthouses almost took advantage of the Currie pressing by hitting them on the counter attack. The ball was cleared to Mathew Duffy who played a ball into Zac Scally but his shot from outside the box was saved by Hamilton.
Currie’s striker Forbes was coming more and more into the game and managed to fashion himself a chance midway through the first half. The ball was played towards the corner and after good chasing he shifted the ball onto his right foot before firing a shot at goal. Nelson was equal to it though and saved low to his right. 
Forbes did get himself onto the score sheet a few minutes later after good chasing again down the left. He won the ball and closed in on goal before rounding the ‘keeper and finishing into the far corner from a tight angle.
Currie added a third shortly afterwards when Saddler was played down the left side. His low dangerous cross was perfect for Callum Ritchie to run onto and dink over the onrushing ‘keeper to open up a two goal lead.
Currie continued to press forward and were nearly rewarded again when Forbes was played in towards the corner. Saddler made the run behind him and received the ball from Forbes but his shot narrowly escaped the far post.
Easthouses weren’t out of the game by any means and almost pulled a goal back. Andrew Nelson was released on the right and after breaking though the tackle sent a shot just wide of the near post.
Easthouses were determined to reduce the deficit before half time and they did just that. Robbie Finlay forced a corner on the far side and when Scally took it, the wind carried it beyond the ‘keeper and curled it nicely into the net. Not a type of goal you’ll see every week but it was a well taken corner all the same and set things up nicely for the second half.
  • Half Time:
  • Currie Star FC
  • 3-2
  • Easthouses FC
The game was restarted after the interval by Easthouses and fell into a similar pattern to the first half. Some good ball retention by both teams looked to create a few chances but both defences did well to repel any danger.
Easthouses were looking to continue the momentum from the goal just before half time but it was Currie who forged further ahead. The ever-busy Forbes was played through behind the defence and he slotted the ball under Nelson to extend the lead. 
The goal really lifted Currie and they created a similar goal to the previous one. The ball was worked out to Conor McCabe on the right and he played a nice pass into Forbes who finished low across the ‘keeper. 
Currie were in the ascendancy and looked to add to their lead. A freekick was swung into the box and although the initial cross was cleared the ball fell to Ritchie at the edge of the box but his shot slid by the post. 
A couple of chances fell to Currie in fairly quick succession; firstly a cross into the box was headed clear but presented itself nicely to Ibraheem Malik. He hit a fierce shot but it was well saved by Nelson. Similarly a chance was created for Lewis Muego as a ball found its way to him inside the box but his shot was too high.
Easthouses kept going though and were unlucky not to get a third goal. Some good passing in the midfield made space for a shot by Finlay but the ball flew just wide of the far post.
Before Easthouses were able to build another attack the referee blew for full time. A very entertaining cup tie found Currie on form but all credit to Easthouses who kept battling right to the end. 
Currie Star coach Billy Hislop said afterwards, “It was a good win for us today. We made a bit of hard work of it in the second half but we did well to stay ahead. We needed a bit more tempo in our game, especially in the second half, but there was some good passing, something to build on for next week though.”
An even contest finished 5-2 to Currie Star who go on in the competition to face Penicuik Athletic Blues. 
  • Full Time:
  • Currie Star FC
  • 5-2
  • Easthouses FC


Currie Star FC
Easthouses FC
1. Aaron Hamilton
2. Ibraheem Malik
3. Ross Lowder
4. Douglas Stephens
5. Harris Dracup
6. Ben Wilson
7. Josh Brock
8. Lewis Muego
9. Callum Ritchie
10. Blair Primrose
11. Marcus Forbes
12. Rory Stephen
14. Conor McCabe
15. Michael McDonald
16. Keir Hislop
17. Joseph Saddler
1. Scott Nelson
2. Arran Ferguson
3. Caleb Ness
4. Fraser McKimmie
5. Corey Watt
6. Mathew Duffy
7. Liam Spencer
8. Andrew Nelson
9. Jay McCallion
10. Robbie Finlay
11. Zac Scally
12. Kieran Wilson
14. Alex Chalmers-Bugueno
15. Dylan Innes
16. Lauchlan MacClean
17. Josh McFarlane
Star Player
Currie Star FC
Easthouses FC
Marcus Forbes - The hat-trick more than earned him the title of star player for Currie Star.
Robbie Finlay - created the corner for Easterhouses second goal and was unlucky not to get himself on the scoresheet.
Magic Moment
Currie Star FC
Easthouses FC
Douglas Stephen's equaliser to make it 1-1 was a spectacular goal.
Zac Scally's goal to reduce Easterhouses deficit before half-time. An unusual goal, but also the piece of magic they were looking for.
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