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North Berwick Colts took a step in the right direction in their quest to achieve a top four finish, in Division 2, against a Peebles side who had started the day only one place behind them in the table. Manager Keith Gibb has set that as a target for his men after admitting that first and second places might be a step too far.
The match was closer than the score line suggests, particularly in the first half. But the away side created more in the second with Peebles seeming to tire in their third game this week. On top of that, they had their team day out the day before which must have zapped even more energy from them.
An even first period remained goalless, although that takes nothing away from the fayre on display as both sides passed the ball about well. It was far from a ‘boring 0-0’ half.
Owen Mackie threatened first for Colts after Peebles goalie Evan Polak had cleared a long ball, but Mackie fired over. And Jack Drijver-Headley rounded Polak but had his cross cut out by Lewis Swan.
Kyle Erskine had a shot tipped wide at the other end, but Ben Duncan came closest to opening the scoring. The big defender found himself with plenty of time to shape up a shot 30 yards out. He struck it beautifully but saw it smack the crossbar.
Two teams from the same club were matched together in a Division 2 fixture, as league leaders Currie Star FC looked to strengthen their seven point advantage against their neighbours Currie Star Colts, who were sitting in mid-table looking for a result to climb the rankings.
The game started with immediate domination from Currie Star FC as they scored twice in the first 10 minutes, first from Harris Dracup who got on the end of a low cross from Callum Ritchie, and Marcus Forbes who picked up a misplaced defensive pass and finished to start off at 2-0.
Currie Star Colts responded right away as Lewis Muego hit an incredible strike from the right wing that dipped into the bottom left corner to make the score 2-1.
Currie Star FC managed to score again, after 20 minutes, as Josh Brock took a freekick from around 45 yards out and managed to score. However, it was disallowed as Colts were awarded a free kick, themselves, inside the box.
The Colts had a couple of chances afterwards but were not able to equalise before half time.
Penicuik Athletic Reds became Under 15's Division Three League Cup winners today by overcoming Gala Fairydean Rovers Colts at a sun kissed New Dundas Park.
Both teams had a lot to live up to if they were too match Edina Hibs Under 14s who had stormed to victory on the same pitch just prior. This one was a lot closer, although Penicuik deserved their success.
A first half double from Michael Robertson had them looking good until Sam Cockburn replied with a beautiful goal.
Gala threatened to level towards the end of the first half, but Athletic went on to dominate the second period.
A strike from Jake Grandison rammed home that dominance and secured the win.
Ahletic took the lead after only eight minutes. Cailean Ryan’s corner was headed in by one of the smallest men in the box, Robertson. It was a goal reminiscent of John Robertson, with his name sake showing a predatory instinct in the six-yard box.
Fairydean Rovers had two chances, which sandwiched their second concession. Declan Bell’s volley was straight at Robert Stevenson and Sean Curran’s header from Cairnie’s corner was blocked on its way to goal.
In between those they had fallen further behind. Robertson’s second was supplied by Lewis Allan who burst forward and played it across the box for him.
Bell spurned another good chance when the ball broke to him eight yards out. It has to be said though that he was denied by a super save by Stevenson.
The stopper was eventually beaten in the 19th minute. His kick out was met by Cairnie who returned it with a perfect lob, which sailed over Stevenson’s head.
Gala began to apply a bit of pressure, although they were limited to shots from outside the box.
Cammy Finlayson did manage to get closer in for a strike but Stevenson was equal.
Edina Hibs won the Pilmar Smith Cup today with a devastating display. Four of the goals came in an electrifying first half, meaning it was an uphill task for Craigroyston to get back into the game.
The triumphant players were quick to pay tribute to their friend and team-mate Sean Hogg, who was diagnosed with leukemia recently and had played his part in the cup run. T-shirts featuring his photo and the message: “Get well soon Hoggy” meant that he was in their thoughts as they picked up the trophy.
If you had a quick look at the Division 3 table beforehand you would be expecting a close game – both teams are locked on 33 points, albeit Hibs have two games in hand. But the men in white and green had other ideas as they seemed intent on lifting the cup.
Edina were also missing Wictor Danzeski through illness but they quickly put their double loss to one side. They came out of the traps like greyhounds, but instead of an artificial rabbit they were steaming towards the goal.
Several opportunities had been created before they opened the scoring on 11 minutes. Jordan Ewing was central to a lot of their good play, making passes to carve out openings.
Devan Craighead almost profited from the midfielder’s creativity on a couple of occasions but one shot was wide and another went over.
Jamie Martin put a volley wide, while in acres of space, with the Craigie defence incorrectly thinking they had played him offside.
The first goal came in the 11th minute and it was a glorious strike from Szymon Merwa – thumping it in from the right edge of the box. He hit it so quickly, and with such power, that even the best 'keepers in the world would have struggled to get to it.
Merwa embarked on a period of play where he was unstoppable, and he bagged another two goals to give daylight between the sides.
He latched on to a long throw down the left in the 19th minute, before tricking his way into the box and slotting it past Darren Owen.
Two minutes later the winger had his hat-trick. Aidan Dodds fed him and he beat two men before finishing calmly again.
Steven Pouton was working hard to try and make something happen for Craigroyston and a strike from distance was well saved by Kyle Betts.
Edina edged further in front one minute before half time through Dodds. The striker was alert on to a ball through the defence and his low finish widened the gap at a crucial time.
Pouton had another valiant attempt at registering his team on the scoresheet. This time a bending free kick was well saved by Betts.
Salvesen CFC Reds made it through to the Edinburgh Cup final, but they required extra time to overcome Gala Fairydean Rovers in a thrilling cup tie.
A stunning strike from Marcus Duncan in the second half of the added twenty minutes won it for them.
Salvesen had been doing much of the pressing late on after an even opening in which Gala gave as good as they got.
The teams traded chances early on. Bryce Ormiston had his shot saved by visiting keeper Callum Macdonald, while Liam Collins dragged one wide at the other end.
Ormiston went close again after good wing play by Emil Neves but it was Salvie who took the lead.
Gavin Mabon was rewarded for positive play when he picked up the ball on the left, cut inside and had a go, which Kieron Butler unfortunately could not keep out.
Mabon and Tyler Bolochoweckyj were looking a threat down either flank, as were Neves and Tyler Hayes at the other end. It looked likely that the wingers could have a big part of play on the large pitch.
But it was a thrusting run from centre midfield which brought about Gala’s equaliser on 30 minutes. Dylan Curran broke forward and managed to ride a sliding challenge before steadying himself again and burying the finish.
Currie Star came from behind to beat St Bernard’s in an open, yet entertaining, Polar Foods Cup final.
Charlie Nicholl had given his side an early lead within the first 10 minutes, but two goals from Cameron Elmslie and one from Matthew Darlington, all within the last 10 minutes of the first half, turned the final on its head.
After the break Currie increased their lead thanks to goals from Daniel Findlay and Zach Neil which helped them secure a comfortable final win over their Division 4 rivals.
Although Currie found it comfortable in the end, St Bernard’s started the game like a side who, so far this season, have been unbeaten in the league and took the lead after only 10 minutes.
Midfielder Nicholl received the ball on the left edge of the box before shifting it onto his right foot and firing a powerful shot into the top right corner. Currie goalkeeper Rory McGeogh got a hand to the shot but the ball slipped through his fingers.
Even though there was a heavy downpour before the match, creating wet and slippery conditions, McGeogh would have been disappointed with his error. However, the goalkeeper redeemed himself soon afterwards with a number of saves to keep his side in the game.
Zak Manson made a strong run down the right side of the pitch and got to the byline before cutting it back into the box. Striker Niall Kemp scuffed his shot but it fell to Jay Stevenson who was arriving from the left. McGeogh was on hand, however, to save his low shot.
St Bernard’s were constantly finding space when going forward and, driven on by the pace and energy of Manson, carved out a number of chances.
The best of them fell to Manson who broke free from the Currie back four before rounding the goalkeeper and beating the covering defender but, with the angle tight, he could only shoot into the side netting.
After that scare Currie began to grow into the game. Matthew Darrington, playing behind central striker David Findlay, started to find space in the middle of the park and created several openings thanks to his precise through balls.
Findlay was usually the target and was twice denied by St Bernard’s stopper Sam Whitson after the striker had been played through on goal.
Midfielder Cameron Elmslie then did well to beat two men down the right before clipping a pass into the box. It found Darrington, who rounded the keeper, but he was challenged by a defender as he was about to pull the trigger.
Currie eventually levelled the game in the last 10 minutes of the first half. Darrington’s low, inswinging corner from the left evaded everyone but found its way to Elmslie at the back post who tapped in.
They then took the lead only a minute later. Darrington was again the architect, splitting the St Bernard’s defence with another ball through to Findlay who unselfishly squared the ball to Emslie to score his, and his side’s, second of the night.
With only a minute left to play, Currie scored again to seal an impressive first half comeback. Again the St Bernard’s defence was caught square as Cameron Scaife slipped in Darrington who chipped the ball over the keeper with his weaker left foot before wheeling away in celebration as it rolled in off the left post.
Edina Hibs fought back for a 3-3 draw on Sunday against fellow Edinburgh side, Hutchison Vale, in the Division 1 League Cup. The match was too close to call as both sides produced stellar performances with Edina going ahead twice while Hutchie went ahead just the once. Yet it finished level at Jewel Park.
Into the first half and Edina opened up the scoring in the 19th minute thanks to a free kick taken by Lewis MacKinnon 25 yards away from goal. The youngster played the ball into the box to find his captain, Rhys Kert, who took a touch and then made body contact with Hutchie keeper, Max Gordon-Tennant. Despite this, the ball still managed to roll into the goal and meant Edina were the ones who lead first.
Hutchie managed to level things just three minutes later. Ryan Borthwick received the ball in the 22nd minute inside the box surrounded by Edina defenders. However, he managed to get a shot away and stick the ball into the bottom left hand corner of goal.
Edina managed to get their second goal of the match in the 36th minute which meant they lead at half time. Another free kick, this time just in from the half way line. The ball is sent into the box where Gordon-Tennant makes a fumbling effort to collect the ball but instead just makes the save. Edina captain, Kert steps up again as he benefits from the Hutchie keeper’s mistake by slotting the rebound into the bottom right hand corner of goal.
Tynecastle FC met Fauldhouse United in the SPORTSassist South East Region Cup semi-final. The two teams are doing well in Division One of the SERYFA u16s league. Fauldhouse top the division, having been unbeaten so far this season whilst Tynecastle lie in 4th place with games in hand over the teams above them. Both teams are also still in all the local cup competitions and may potentially meet again later in the season. Fauldhouse also have an eye on the Scottish Cup as they face Rossvale FC in the semi-final on the 3rd April. Today’s focus, however, was to book their place in the final of the South East Region Cup against Hutchinson Vale FC.
The game started at a ferocious tempo as Tynecastle and Fauldhouse battled to assert their dominance early on. Both teams, had early half chances with Fauldhouse winning a corner within the first minute and Tynecastle winning a free-kick in a good position two minutes later. Both set pieces came to nothing but it was clear that the teams had an attacking intent from the off.
On 8 minutes, there was an opportunity which summed up the first ten. The ball was passed back to the Fauldhouse keeper and it was chased down by tenacious winger, Martin Maughan. The keeper, taking too long with the ball at his feet, had to hurriedly clear the ball as Maughan sprinted forward. Jumping up, Maughan got his body in front of the ball and it deflected back towards goal. Fortunately, for Fauldhouse keeper, Matthew Craig, the ball went wide. This encapsulated the first 10 minutes as it demonstrated desire, speed and mistakes. Both teams clearly had the desire to get off to a good start hence the game starting at such a quick pace. However, mistakes were made and fouls were conceded, breaking up individual phases of play.
The next 15 minutes saw Tynecastle begin to dominate. On 12 minutes, pressure from Tynecastle forced two corners which Fauldhouse failed to clear. From the second corner, Fauldhouse were caught in possession on the edge of the box as they tried to get rid of the ball and conceded a free-kick which forced another corner. Fauldhouse couldn’t relieve the pressure as their clearances were repeatedly picked off by central midfielders Callum Bremner and Gregor Lamb.
On 19 minutes, Fauldhouse's Elliot Ferrier won a free-kick 20 yards out but Kyle Sampson put it over the bar. Fauldhouse got another rare opportunity two minutes later but the ball was picked off and Tynecastle broke with pace. Bremner, Jackson Cowan and Daniel Purves combined well setting up an opportunity for Cowan to shoot but he fired wide from the edge of the box, 6 yards from centre.
Minutes later Purves got in behind the defence after Maughan played the ball through. Purves shot was deflected onto the crossbar and the ball came out to Bremner whose deflected shot went wide.
On 34 minutes, Maughan drove down the right wing before cutting inside and drawing a foul from a Fauldhouse defender. The resulting free-kick was poor but forced a corner. Craig, the Fauldhouse keeper leapt above the rest to collect the whipped corner ball and launched a counter attack with a huge kick up to Sampson. Sampson was tackled and the ball was passed back to the Tynecastle keeper, Jamie Macpherson. The pass who too short however and Macpherson had to race off his line to clear the ball out of play to prevent the onrushing striker latching onto the end of the pass.
Fauldhouse followed up this counter attack with a number of chances, albeit long range shots which didn’t hit the target. As the first half drew to an end, Fauldhouse had just about clawed themselves back into the game following a poor 15 minute spell where Tynecastle dominated.
Tynecastle had the better of the chances in a frantic first half. Fauldhouse will have been frustrated by their inability to clear their lines and retain possession. The match was littered with fouls and mistakes by both teams but Fauldhouse’s mistakes always seemed to result in them handing over possession. Tynecastle were the more dominant in midfield and got the ball wide effectively. The midfield linked up successfully with the strikers, with Purves holding the ball up magnificently especially considering his small stature.