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Wednesday, 16 May 2018 11:05

Quickfire double wins cup for Hillfield Swifts

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East Peffermill, home to Edinburgh University FC, played host to the final of the prestigious Willie Bauld Cup. Two goals in as many minutes was enough for Hillfield Swifts who battled well to lift the silverware.

The first half was extremely close with both sides fighting hard in the middle of the park. However, Swifts were very unlucky not to take an early lead.

A free-kick was only half cleared by the Vale defence, and the ball was picked up on the edge of the box by Austen Wood. His powerful effort was parried into the path of Nathan Morrice who tapped the rebound into the back of the net. However, the celebrations were cut short by the linesman’s flag, and the score remained 0-0.

Fifteen minutes later and it was Vale’s turn to have a goal disallowed. A free-kick from the wing was played in, and when Lewis Foster challenged the keeper, the ball fell to Lucas McGarry who smashed the ball into the net from close range. However, the referee deemed Foster’s challenge to be unfair, and the goal was chalked off.

Just before the half-hour mark and Vale had another great chance. A free-kick was played in by Ciaran Heeps and keeper Liam Campbell was caught under the ball, but Taylor Steven could only nod wide from close range.

With Steven’s miss, the first half came to an end with the game still tied up at 0-0.

Ainslie Park, home to Lowland League side Spartans, played host to this U18 Lothian Schools Cup Final. In all truth, it was a game which Broughton dominated, and they were well worth their victory on the day.

Broughton began much the better of the two sides and took the lead within the first minute.

Straight from kick-off, Broughton worked the ball out to Dan McKinlay on the right wing. He composed himself to deliver a cross, which Firrhill could only clear to the edge of the box. Influential playmaker Kris Gaff stepped onto the ball and blasted it beyond the keeper to give Broughton an early lead.

Broughton’s early dominance continued, and only seven minutes later they doubled their lead. Some good build-up play resulted in the ball being played to Matthew Combe, who turned the defender, steadied himself and stroked the ball past the onrushing goalkeeper Jordan Brown.

Broughton began to control possession of the ball, simply passing between the midfield and defence, without creating too many opportunities. However, after 26 minutes, they were three goals in front.

They initially won a corner after good work from David Whelan. Striker Washe Manyathelo took responsibility and whipped in an excellent corner, and Michael Reilly nodded in from close range.

Firrhill could not deal with Broughton’s strength and spent the remainder of the first half chasing Broughton’s shadows. Again, Broughton continued to retain possession without offering much in front of goal; however, Jude Zitara did come close five minutes before half-time.

Firrhill didn’t deal with the initial cross, and when the ball was returned to Zitara, he rose above the goalkeeper, but his header went just wide of the post.

Broughton were able to see out the remainder of the first half fairly easily and went in at the break 3-0 in front.

Saturday, 12 May 2018 10:36

Preston Lodge lift Lothian Schools Cup

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Ainslie Park, home to Lowland League side Spartans, played host to this U16 Lothian Schools Cup Final and in an end to end affair it was Preston Lodge HS who prevailed on spot kicks to lift the silverware.

Both sides seemed confident before kick-off; however, it was Preston Lodge who began brightest. After some good build-up play, Preston’s Jack Main was allowed time to slip in Nathan Muir, but his shot was straight at Watson’s keeper Euan Burgess.

After this early opportunity for Preston Lodge, George Watson’s began to grow into the game and, only a few minutes later, they had their first opportunity. Jamie Richmond was given space on the edge of the box and he managed to find Rory Stephen, who found space and stung the palms of Connor Currie in the Preston goal.

George Watson’s continued to press and on the 12-minute mark, they opened the scoring. Jack Carr found himself on the wide left and his first effort was blocked but when the rebound fell back to him, he made no mistake in curling the ball over the keeper and into the top corner. A wonderful goal to put Watson’s in front.

Despite taking the lead, Watson’s began to sit deeper and allow Preston Lodge back into the game. In the next 15 minutes Preston had a flurry of good chances but, ultimately, could not take advantage.

Firstly, some good build-up play in midfield resulted in Lewis Fitzpatrick being played through on goal but his low effort was well saved by Euan Burgess. Preston continued their good spell and won a free kick in the middle of the park. Watson’s couldn’t clear the initial cross and when the ball was collected by Finn Higgins he crossed back into the box but Ben Tracey could only stab the ball into the goalkeeper’s arms.

George Watson’s had another opportunity before the break, however, and they so nearly doubled their lead. Rory Stephen created space excellently, beating three men, before unleashing a powerful effort which was expertly turned around the post by Connor Currie.

Watson’s managed to see out the remainder of the first period to go in at the break one goal in front.

Saturday, 28 April 2018 18:00

Currie Star score late to lift Ian MacKay Cup

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Currie Star scored a late extra time goal to win the Ian MacKay cup final. Having trailed for the majority of the game, Currie Star came from two goals behind in what was an excellent spectacle and they, of course, were happiest as they lifted the silverware.

St Mark’s Park, home to Craigroyston JFC, hosted this cup final and it was Craigroyston who started the brighter of the two sides.

Only eleven minutes in and Craigy had the ball on the wing. A rather tame cross was delivered, however Currie keeper Daniel Barclay couldn’t deal with it and he dropped the ball at the feet of Rahman who forced the ball over the line to put Craigroyston ahead.

Currie responded very well and only ten minutes after they fell behind, they scored an equaliser. Nelson Egbule rose highest to knock the ball down to Adebayo who tucked the ball into the bottom corner.

Currie’s equaliser was the beginning of a crazy 15 minutes which saw three more goals.

After Currie scored, Craigroyston went straight up and raced into a two goal lead. Firstly, on the 25 minute mark, Finlayson picked the ball in the middle of the park and delivered a great through ball for Rahman and his initial effort was stopped by Currie’s substitute keeper Fraser Mill but the rebound hit the helpless Luff who diverted the ball into his own net, to put Craigy in front.

Two minutes later and Craigy doubled their lead. Finlayson, who picked up an assist for the second goal, claimed possession about 25 yards out and engineered space well before lobbing Mill expertly to put Craigy two in front.

Currie were not phased by conceding and responded yet again. They took kick-off and went straight up the park to pull a goal back. A good through ball from Thomas Luff found its way to Adebayo who chipped the goalkeeper to score his second and bring Currie Star back into the game.

The referee’s whistle brought to an end an exhilarating first half in which Craigroyston went in 3-2 up at the break.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018 19:01

Superior Spartans lift League Cup

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New Dundas Park, home to junior side Bonyrigg Rose Athletic, played host to the Division 2 League Cup Final, which saw Spartans FC Colts lift the silverware. They put in a very commanding performance to see off Pumas who, in truth, did not have enough about them to combat a strong Spartans side.

The opening half hour saw very few chances, with the best opportunity falling to Sean Roberts. Some good work in the middle of the park resulted in a through ball to Roberts, who created space for himself, before curling an effort towards goal. His effort was initially stopped by Spartans keeper Jamie Henderson, but the rebound fell to Evan Skelton who turned the ball goal wards, however his effort was cleared off the line.

Five minutes before half-time, Spartans had their first opportunity of the game, and with it came the opening goal.

A long free-kick from Max Sneddon wasn’t dealt with by the Pumas defender, who could only head the ball up in the air. The falling ball was met by Sam Tait who bulleted his volley into the bottom corner to put Spartans in front.

Spartans, clearly full of confidence after taking the lead, continued to push forward and on the stroke of half-time they doubled their lead.

Again it came from a long ball Spartans and Sam Tait won the initial header, he turned and chased his flick on and held off Lawrie Wilson before slipping the ball into the bottom corner to put Spartans in full control of the cup tie.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018 18:30

Loanhead lift Persevere Cup

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Loanhead edged an enthralling encounter in the Persevere Cup Final. In an end to end game, Loanhead were clinical with their chances and as a result lifted the silverware.

New Dundas Park, home to Bonyrigg Rose Athletic, hosted this U13 cup final, which began with sustained Loanhead pressure.

Only five minutes in and Loanhead had their first opportunity. Good work down the left wing by Joe Dunlop got him to the byline and he squared it for Jack Peacock however his effort went just wide.

Ten minutes later and again Peacock came close. He was slipped in by the influential Daniel McKenna but he could only drag his shot wide of the left post.

Loanhead didn’t have to wait long to make their pressure count. On the seventeen minute mark a corner came into the box and Archie Stephen collected the ball and laid it off to Ross Kay and from 25 yards he unleashed a rasping effort which flew into the top left corner. An unbelievable strike to put Loanhead in front.

Kirkliston South Queensferry responded very well and only a couple of minutes later they were so nearly level. The dangerous Zac Burns broke into the box and his cut back was deflected towards goal by Innes Campbell but keeper Matthew Tait made a wonderful acrobatic save to turn the ball around the post.

Loanhead responded themselves and on 25 minutes they could have doubled their lead. Archie Stephen’s shot from the edge of the box was held at the second attempt by Dylan Kelly, however Kelly’s poor kick fell to Peacock and his cross was met by Jack Somerville but his volley went just wide.

A few minutes later, Stephen was unlucky again. This time his stronger effort was spilled by Kelly and Joe Dunlop made some space and his shot was well saved by Kelly, who made up for his earlier mistake.

On the half hour mark, Kirkliston South Queensferry were so unlucky not to be level. This time Zac Burns dribbled past four Loanhead defenders and fired the ball towards goal but his powerful shot came back off the bar and Loanhead cleared.

Kirkliston didn’t need to wait too long to equalise and on the stroke of half-time, they finally scored. A good corner in fell to Ben Redpath whose first effort was blocked by keeper Tait but the rebound came back to Redpath and he tucked the ball into the bottom corner.

This equaliser from Kirkliston South Queensferry brought an end to a breathtaking first half, with the scores tied up at one-a-piece.

Monday, 16 April 2018 16:37

Villa victorious in David Innes Cup

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Two second half goals proved to be enough for Longniddry Villa as they defeated Gala Fairydean Rovers in the David Innes Cup Final. In a hard fought encounter, numerous chances were created, however Gala lived to rue missed opportunities as Villa were clinical to lift the silverware.

New Dundas Park, home to junior outfit Bonyrigg Rose Athletic, played host to the U14 David Innes Cup Final. Both sides knew they would have to fight hard if they were to win the trophy and it was Gala who were strongest in the first fifteen minutes. 

Firstly, Gala’s influential playmaker Sam McClymont picked up the ball at the edge of the box, but his shot was too weak to trouble Villa keeper Aaron Thompson. 

Moments later, Gala had another opportunity from a McClymont free-kick. The midfielder crossed the ball into the box and it was brought down well by Finlay Wheelans, but his snap shot on the turn was well held by Thomson. 

Gala didn’t have long to wait for their next opportunity and it again came from McClymont. He drove into the Villa box, engineered space well and unleashed a venomous shot which was collected at the second attempt by Thomson.

Gala failed to capitalise on their early pressure and then allowed Villa back into the game. Villa’s first chance came from Thierry Murray who was played through on goal, however his low effort was initially saved by Ryan Gibson and Gala cleared the loose ball.

Ten minutes later, Murray had the best chance of the opening half. A long kick up the park found its way to Murray and his powerful half-volley crashed off the crossbar and away from goal.

On the stroke of half-time Gala should have been in front. Some good work by McClymont in the middle of the park allowed him to slip in Kerr Johnston. His first effort came of the right hand post and rebounded back to him; he then rounded the goalie and fired a shot towards the goal however it was expertly cleared off the line by the Villa defender.

Sunday, 15 April 2018 17:14

Super South lift Edinburgh Cup

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Edinburgh South were victorious in the Edinburgh Cup Final, as they battled well to defeat Longniddry Villa. In a game of few chances, it was South who were clinical, scoring three well-taken goals. Villa did manage to pull a goal back, however it was too little to late as South took home the silverware. 

New Dundas Park, home to junior side Bonyrigg Rose Athletic, played host to the U13 Edinburgh Cup Final. The game was very much a battle between two powerful sides and not many chances were created in the first 20 minutes. 

The best of the limited chances fell to South’s number 2 David Thomson who, after some neat one-touch passing in the midfield, was played through on goal, however his chipped effort was held well by Villa keeper Ben Taylor.

Longniddry Villa responded immediately and within a minute had an opportunity of their own. Some good play down the right hand side led to a cross, which wasn’t cleared by the Edinburgh South defence, and a massive scramble ensued, eventually leading to Villa having a shot cleared from the line and South breathed a sigh of relief.

The large crowd inside New Dundas Park didn’t have to wait much longer for the opening goal and it came from a wonderful passage of play from Edinburgh South. They worked the ball out from the back and Louis Conlon picked up possession in the middle of the park. His through ball to Samuel Doig was inch perfect and he found some space in the box to unleash a powerful shot which crashed of the bar and the rebound fell to David Thomson, who made no mistake from close range to put Edinburgh South in front.

Towards the end of the first half, it was all Edinburgh South and on the stroke of half-time they doubled their lead. Again it was neat play in the midfield before Finlayson played in the influential Doig. He remained composed and picked out Thomson in the middle and the striker side footed the ball into the net to claim his and Edinburgh South’s second goal just before the break.

 

Thursday, 05 April 2018 20:15

Clinical City Seal Place in the Semi-Final

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A disciplined defensive performance from Edinburgh City secured their spot in the semi-final of the Ken Ritchie Cup following a smash and grab a 2-1 victory over Spartans FC Youth. Goals from Jamie Elliott and Lewis Munro cancelled out Jake Morrison’s late strike as City secured their second semi-final of the season.
 
The teams are battling it out for fifth place in the Southeast Region 1st Division with only 3 points splitting the sides as City currently edge their opposition.
 
Spartans began the tie the brighter of the two sides and were unlucky to not be ahead in the sixth minute as Finlay Croall evaded two challenges inside the box, however, a great last-ditch block from Connor Leask ensured the score remained 0-0.
 
This seemed to act as a wake-up call to the Meadowbank side as they slowly began to come into the game with Munro doing well in the middle of the park to link defence and attack. The game carried on like this with both sides cancelling each other out in midfield before a long ball over the top released Spartans’ Edward Murray who beat his man and played it across to Morrison who thought he’d given his side the lead but was judged to be in an offside position by the referee.
 
As the half went on, Spartans began to start dominating again but despite having the ball in the City final third for long spells, they struggled to create any clear chances until in the 24th minute Murray was once again freed down the left wing and cut it back to Morrison who played a backheel into the path of Croall whose low shot was saved well by Bruce Mackenzie in the City net.
 
City were doing well to hold out the Spartans attack and in the 30th minute, Mackenzie’s long clearance fell into the path Elliott who struck it past the helpless Adam Cooper into the bottom right corner to give his side 1-0 lead albeit against the run of play.
 
As the half drew to a close, Spartans launched one final attack and following some good team play, Murray crossed the ball in towards the front post where it was judged to have struck a City hand and Spartans were awarded a penalty.
 
Morrison stepped up to take the spot kick but his effort was expertly saved by Mackenzie and the rebound from Hamish Tully sailed over the bar.

Tidy finishes from Nathan Kay and Callum Hall were enough to lead Edinburgh City to victory over Spartans FC in a game of few chances.

City were the first to threaten at Ainslie Park, when Kay made room for himself at the edge of the box and struck it on the half volley but was smartly denied by keeper Jordon Pettigrew in the 4th minute.

Hall was the next City forward to cause problems for the Spartans backline when the tricky winger managed to have a crack at goal in the 14th minute, but once again Pettigrew was there to collect.

Spartans got their first real chance of the game in the 21st minute when Ollie Hetherington was unlucky to have his close ranged shot blocked off the line after numerous scrappy clearances from the City defence failed to leave the box.

However, it was Edinburgh City who broke the deadlock in the final after Hall picked up a stray defensive pass out on the left wing and charged towards the goal before dispatching a powerful low-driven shot into the bottom corner, not giving Pettigrew a chance in the 33rd minute.

Spartans struggled to get in the flow for the remainder of the first half with City piling on the pressure, but unable to finish the half with a reward of a second goal.

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