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Fixture: Redhall Star YFC v Duns Juniors U16
Competition: South East Region YFL U16's Division 2
Venue: Redhall Park
Date: Sunday 8th November 2015
 
Redhall Star conceded a last minute penalty as they were held 1-1 by Duns Juniors at Redhall Park. The match was played in farcical conditions with heavy rain and strong winds which surprisingly lead to a goalless first half where Redhall defended well playing against the conditions. The home side took the lead from an unusual source as keeper Ryan Green launched a kick from hand. Wind assisted, the ball took one bounce and over the Duns keeper and into the net. Redhall created and missed so many chances and failed to put any away to secure the points. In the final minute Duns broke after an error from Hannah. Green sprinted from goal but the Duns forward got to the ball first and down he went. Penalty, which was hammered down the middle of the goal to level the scores.

Duns Juniors got the game underway, with the advantage of playing with the wind and rain in their favour, and were soon on the front foot as they pinned Redhall back. A couple of early shots on goal were saved well by Redhall keeper Ryan Green. Duns continued to push forward but Redhall had Adam Robertson and Ewan Mitchell defending well in the centre of the defence.

Redhall created a chance as Josh Slow-clayton played in Sam Donachie. The big burst past the defender but dragged his shot just inches wide of the upright. Calum Henderson then created a chance for Slow-clayton but his shot at goal was well saved by the Duns keeper for a corner which then came to nothing. The rain continued to pour as Duns attacked but the shots were wide of the target.

A rare Redhall attack in the first half almost had them in front. A corner was met by Antony Little, but his header crashed off the bar and was cleared to safety. Duns had a few more chances in an attempt to get in front, but Green saved comfortably as the shots posed little threat but in these conditions they had to be watched carefully. As we approached half time Duns almost went in front but Redhall's backline defended well to eventually clear the danger after the ball bobbled around the penalty spot.

Half time: Redhall Star YFC 0-0 Duns Juniors

After a half of constant defending in these awful conditions, Redhall were keen to take the advantage of playing with the wind and rain in their favour now as they restarted the game. Donachie and Slow-clayton fired shots towards the Duns goal but both were wide of the target. From a free kick, Slow-clayton this time warmed the fingers of the Duns keeper as he turned his shot over the bar. Good save. From the resulting corner, which was fired in by Henderson, Donachie almost got on the end of it, but the big man just couldn't get his header on target.

Duns were now under the cosh as Redhall continued to attack. A neat through ball had Adam Shortiss in on goal but his shot was blocked by the keepers legs. Little, down the right side, produced two fantastic crosses into the area but on both occasions Redhall failed to put the ball into the net. From a corner Adam Robertson poked a shot wide and Slow-clayton had another shot wide. Surely it was only a matter of time before Redhall broke the deadlock.

With 20 minutes to go, the goal eventually did come for Redhall, and it was from an unusual source. A very rare Duns attack ended with Green gathering the ball. Green then launched the ball from hand, high into the air and heading towards the Duns goal. One bounce, over the Duns keeper, flew into the back of the net off the soaking wet surface. Wow, the keeper has scored! A jubilant Redhall team mobbed Green in celebrating the rare occurrence of a keeper scoring from his own area - all of 90 yards!

Redhall went for the kill now as they wanted another goal to finish this game. Little had a shot blocked and his follow up was then superbly cleared off the line to keep Duns in the game. Substitute Tommy Hendry then possibly should have scored at the far post after another fine Little cross, but he turned inside which allowed the Duns defender to block his shot. Hendry then had another attempt which just flew past the post. What was it going to take for Redhall to kill this game?

The home side received a warning on a couple of minutes from time that this game wasn't over as Duns won a free kick on the edge of the Redhall area. The free kick looked destined for the top corner, but thumped the underside of the crossbar and was cleared to safety. On the counter attack, Redhall poured forward in search of it. Nathan Robertson forced the keeper into a double save, Slow-clayton's shot then blocked, Hendry's shot blocked and then Little knocked the ball over the bar when it appeared easier to score. Everything but the second goal.

As we reached the final minute Redhall were made to pay for the missed chances as Marc Hannah lost the ball in midfield. A ball in behind the Redhall defence created a chase for the ball with the Duns forward getting there just before Green, who has sprinted from his line, and down went the player. Referee Bain blew for a penalty. Duns player hammered the penalty high into the net to level the scores at 1-1 and to grab a point for the borders team.

Redhall quickly restarted the game and chased the winner but no clear cut chances were created as the final whistle was blown.

Full Time: Redhall Star YFC 1-1 Duns Juniors

Can't help but feel this was two points dropped, for the second time this season against Duns. Believe if Redhall had got two goals in front the game would have been over but credit to both sides in very testing conditions. Keeper Green very nearly the goalscoring hero but ends up feeling the villain by conceding the penalty. Next up for Redhall Star is a cup game, away to Spartans Reds.
 
 
 
 
Thursday, 05 November 2015 10:54

Goalkeeping crisis at Longniddry Villa? What crisis?

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A few weeks ago, Longniddry Villa Blue under 13's had to endure losing their Goalkeeper as he moved on to pastures new, leaving the team without a man between the sticks for their match against Lauriston Thistle. As head coach, Brian Hope broke the news to his team, he couldn't of hoped for a better reaction.
 
"I'll play in goals", said little Hamish. "I'll play a half aswell Brian" said Martin. It was a shock for Brian but also such relief that 2 of his players were willing to sacrifice themselves to help the team by pulling on the gloves. It was at that moment he knew that this team had team spirit that was very special. However, a little worry crossed his mind that the Villa boys would struggle without a recognised Goalkeeper.
 
What on earth was Brian worried for? A first half clean sheet for Hamish was all he could of asked for. 0-0 at half time, as Martin switched the blue and black stripes for the bright yellow as Hamish vacated the gloves. Villa took the lead, but were pegged back soon after. Martin made an outstanding save, but the Lauriston striker scored to equalise. Martin was put to the test in the second half but he more than held his own with some superb saves.  3 more goals from the Villa  boys, and some excellent defending gave them a win and Brian was delighted with his whole team that day.
 
With the October school holidays forcing 2 weekends without any football, St Bernards BC Mid Blues were next to visit Longniddry, and still without a keeper, Brian had to ask again for someone to step up. Hamish's hand shot up as he dived for the gloves and jersey and was first out onto the pitch.
 
Unbeaten and scoring barrel loads of goals, St Bernards would prove to be a touch test for the Villa boys. After taking all 3 points already in a clash between the sides earlier in the season, Villa were looking for revenge on their visitors, but this time in the cup. Extra time was needed to separate the teams, and makeshift keeper Hamish was playing more like a seasoned pro! Making all kinds of saves and distributing the ball expertly.
 
"In agony with a finger injury and feeling dejected with losing 5 goals, he still played on, and what a diamond he is little Hamish. I couldn't be more proud of him". When anybody asks Brian Hope about his Goalkeeping crisis, I'm pretty sure his responses will be, "Crisis? What crisis?"
 
Despite losing out 5 goals to 4, Brian told me he had never been involved in a defeat that brought about so many positives. "Never have I been so proud of my boys. The football they played was brilliant, all of them took responsibility and got stuck in. We lost 6-1 to St Bernards earlier in the season, and now we have taken them to extra time in the cup. It shows how far we've come. Every single player in that team deserve unbelievable credit for getting stuck in, working extremely hard and having that 'never say die' attitude for the entire game! That's exactly what I wanted from them, and without a shadow of a doubt I got that."
 
Read the match reports from Longniddry Villa Blues' matches against Lauriston Thistle and St Bernards BC Mid Blues
 
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 13:29

Watch: St Bernards BC Blue vs Currie Star U13

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Video highlights from the South East Region YFL D4 thriller at Iron Mills Park, Dalkeith.
 

 
Fixture: Longniddry Villa Blues v St Bernard BC Mid Blues
Competition: Ken Ritchie Cup
Venue: Longniddry
Date: Sunday 1st November 2015
 
After a 2 week break due to holidays it was time to get back to business. It was the battle of the blues as sunday seen us take on one of the toughest teams in our league, this time in a cup tie, St Bernards BC Mid Blues who are currently unbeaten in the league & unfortunately when we met them in the league a few weeks back we came up short suffering a 6-1 defeat away from home.
 
Since that time the boys have worked extremely hard and along with the addition of a few new faces to the team have shown remarkable improvement. Once again we had to improvise as we continue to look for someone to fill the goalkeeping gloves, but once again the unselfish nature of the team was humbling as our young "diamond" Hamish sacrificed himself to cover the goal tending. It is said that to be a goalkeeper you have to be a little crazy, and to take on the role of keeper in such a massive game against such strong opponents is just down right bonkers! With every passing week these lads improve and today they delivered a master class of never say die attitude that is starting to define their character both as players and people.
 
The game kicked off and I was a little worried that having no "proper" keeper would lead to us being steamrolled and losing by a cricket score. Some early "football" was being played by both sides as both Longniddry and St Bernard's showed real desire to get the ball on the deck and pass it about. Again, as shown against Lauriston, our midfield is starting to really show some grit and bite. Whereas previously tackles would be shirked, and now there is more desire to get the foot in and more importantly track back when possession is lost.
 
The footballing gods struck again as young Martin was forced off with injury as he was clearly struggling only 5 minutes into the match. However, he has heart of a lion and doesn't want let his team mates down as he tried to battle on but it soon became clear he was in no fit state. Thankfully, we now have the luxury of being able make a sub! So a reshuffle was required with Ben now pushing up into right midfield, and our makeshift keeper was playing more like a season pro making some great saves and really showing a growing confidence. Then disaster struck. I think I spoke to soon. Some crisp passing seen St Bernards break away, swung a great ball in the box and a nice finish despite the keepers best efforts. 0-1
 
Not long after, they struck again and now our opponents were showing why they are unbeaten so far this season. As the confidence grew so did their range of passing and we were starting to be stretched just a little but they could find no way past Hamish who was pulling of some realyl beautiful stops. One handed, tips over the bar, round the post, the lot! (I'm sure this lad's a goalkeeper!) Not that we were out of it by any means as we created 3 or 4 good chances, but just a little lack of vision or confidence to play the passes a little earlier & into space held us back. One chance just before half time seen Villa breaking into the box but nobody was able to get a solid connection.
 
Halt Time: Longniddry Villa Blue 0-2 St Bernards BC Mid Blues
 
At half time a little bit of hairdryer treatment was needed to wake the boys up, and to remind them to never give up. We sent them back out to "show their teeth", and they more than did that.
 
The 2nd half got underway and we once again showed we had what it takes to push any team in our league. We just need a little more confidence & belief in our own ability. One or two St Bernard attacks fizzled out as our keeper was playing more like Iker Casillas than our Hamish.
Time for a sub, and the introduction of new Signing Murray, and from a simple long ball Murray took a touch, got the ball under control, spun away from the defender, round the keeper and slotted home to half the defecit. 1-2 now, game on!
 
I think everyone in attendance could see a surge of belief and now the Longniddry boys started pushing the ball around not long after the deficit was halved, the ball was bobbling around the St Bernards box, half cleared, still bobbling around, "Shoot Muzza" were the cries from the touchline, and shoot he did! The ball landed just outside the box and an outrageous thunderbolt from Murray flew into the back of the net, and the Longniddry boys had come from 2 goals down to equaliser.
 
Could we now win the game? Some good possession football seen Murray race into the box and he played a nice ball across for Ross to smash home what looked like the winner. We were so close to completing a quite outstanding comeback, but as usual the football gods struck and a couple of poor tackles and some luck seen the St Bernards striker their striker race through and our painfully exposed makeshift keeper could do nothing to prevent a well taken equaliser with only 2 minutes on the clock.
 
Full Time: Longniddry Villa Blues 3-3 St Bernards BC Mid Blues

Extra time kicked off it was clear that the Villa lads where out on their little legs, but we were asked for one last big push unfortunately 2 goals in quick succession seen St Bernards all but kill the tie off at 3-5, or was it?
 
Not quite yet and once again the guys dug deep with a ball out of defence Murray raced clear of a tiring visitors defence and as the keeper came racing out , but Murray, with ice cold execution, lobbed the ball over the helpless keeper and not only sealed his hat trick but also gave us a last glimmer of hope. It wasn't to be the fairy-tale ending here as the clearly exhausted referee finally called an end to this epic game, and down we went 4-5.
 
There was no shame in the nature of this loss and I think we clearly earned the respect of our opponents after this performance, A massive well done to everyone of our players, Our new wonder keeper Casillas, wait, I mean Hamish! Our tireless defence, the midfield who are starting to battle, chase and pick passes and our forward guys who just need a little more luck in front of goal. Never in my coaching career has defeat come with so many positives. Last but not least, good luck to St Bernards in the next round.
 
 
Highlights from the SWF Scottish Youth Cup semi final at Kilwinning Sports Club.
 
 
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 16:18

Watch: Fernieside FC v Leith Athletic Colts U15

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Watch highlights from the entertaining South East Region YFL D3 tie at Drum Park, Edinburgh.
 

 
Fixture: Redhall Star YFC v Spartans Blues U16's
Competition: South East Region YFL Division 2 U16's
Venue: Redhall Park
Date: Sunday 25th August 2015
 
Redhall Star U16's seen off Spartans Blues 9-5 in the league to put them up to joint 5th in the table and only three points behind the leaders. Redhall were always in control as they led 3-0, 6-1 and 8-2 but even though the home side were a threat going forward the defending as a team was sloppy with basic mistakes and poor tackling.

Spartans got the game underway and Redhall immediately forced the game with their high pressing of the ball. Adam Shortiss, Sam Donachie and Josh Slow-clayton all fired shots at goal for the home side in the early stages as Redhall looked for an early goal. From the next attack Redhall took the lead. Keeper Ryan Green launched a kick long, Shortiss chased, got a foot to the ball but the keeper blocked. Unfortunately for Spartans the ball rebounded off the defender chasing back and ended up in the net. 1-0.

Buoyed by the good, start Redhall doubled their lead as Robbie Campbell won the ball in midfield. A pass to Jack Anderson was then fed to Slow-clayton who took control and fizzed a shot towards goal. Blues keeper parried but following in was Donachie to knock the ball into the net. 2-0.

It was soon three for the home side as good pressing from Shortiss and Campbell won the ball back from Spartans. Slow-clayton played a delightful pass in behind the defence where Grant Doyle latched onto the pass and fired past the keeper. Fifteen minutes played and 3-0 to Redhall.

Spartans did managed to reduce the early defecit as they got a goal back from some poor play from Redhall. Anderson lost the ball in midfield which was then played out wide. Calum Henderson attempted to escort the ball over the goal line but the Spartans player nipped in and fired a ball into the box. Redhall were slow to react and the ball was dispatched past Green for 3-1.

Wake up call for Redhall as they stormed forward from the restart. The early shot from Donachie suprised the Spartans keeper, but was saved well. However, from the keepers clearance Anderson won the ball back, played a neat pass to Doyle who had burst in behind the defence and chipped the ball over the advancing keeper to make it 4-1.

Redhall continued to boss the game and they were a force going forward, threatening to score from each attack. Shortiss and Campbell had efforts saved before Slow-clayton's effort was blocked for a corner. Henderson fired in the corner and leaping like a salmon was Donachie to power a header into the net for 5-1. I certainly like a 5-1 scoreline!

The home side continued pushing forward and got a sixth from the penalty spot. Doyle, a menace on the wing, was clipped as he drove to the byline. Anderson stepped up to send the keeper the wrong way as the ball nestled in the opposite corner, 6-1.

The Blues got a goal back on half time as the Redhall midfield switched off from a throw in. Non existant marking in the Redhall box allowed the ball to be slipped into the path of the Spartans striekr, and he fired past Green from a tight angle. 6-2.

Half Time: Redhall Star 6-2 Spartans Blues

Despite leading 6-2 the home side received some strong words at the break due to the poor team defending which had allowed Spartans two goals.

The home side got the game underway and were soon on the attack. Doyle and Shortiss fired in a couple of delightful crosses but there were no takers. Spartans, with the wind at their backs and going downhill, reverted to the long game as the ball was pumped into the home area. Ewan Mitchell was calm and controlled as he marshalled the defence in clearing their lines.

Neat play down the Redhall left between Shortiss and Henderson led to goal number 7. Henderson swung in a cross which fell neatly at the feet of Donachie, and he then fired high into the roof of the net to complete his hat trick. 7-2.

Straight from the kick off we had another goal. A Spartans attack ended with a shot which Green gathered in comfortably. His goalkick was headed on by Slow-clayton into the path of Donachie who then controlled, turned the defender and fired past the keeper for 8-2, and his 4th goal of the game.

Redhall made a few changes to the side with Donachie and Cammy Grant being replaced by Nathan Robertson and Adam Robertson. Spartans won a free kick after a strong challenge from Adam Robertson. The shot fired in was well saved by Green, diving low to his left. More changes made as Doyle took a knock and was replaced by Antony Little, who was making his debut for Redhall.

Spartans kept pushing forward and were rewarded with a soft goal. More slackness in the Redhall midfield allowed a run and shot to be fired in which Green allowed to slip under his legs and into the net, 8-3. Spartans continued to push forward in the hope of more goals and fired a couple of shots towards the home goal but the came to nothing.

Redhall briefly lifted their game and scored again. This time Slow-clayton, with his 4th assist, played in Nathan Robertson, who waltzed past two defenders, and fired low past the keeper for his first goal of the season to make it 9-3. Straight from the restart it was 9-4 as a poor attempted tackle by Anderson ended with the Spartans midfielder firing in an unstoppable shot from 25 yards despite Green getting a hand to it. Fine strike by the lad. 9-4 and there were still 24 minutes to go. Might need more fingers and toes to keep count.

Anderson was replaced by Cameron Markham and Lewis Blues was replaced by Marc Hannah as Redhall looked to shore up the defence. The home side continued pushing forward as they looked for more goals. Little, Slow-clayton and Shortiss created half chances for Nathan Robertson but it was Spartans who scored again. A free kick from 30 yards was thumped towards goal. Green attempted to 'palm' the ball down but lost control and a Spartans forward was on hand to knock the ball over the line. I think that's 9-5 now.

There were chances for both teams to add to the scoring but for the final 15 minutes the goals dried up.

Full Time: Redhall Star 9-5 Spartans Blues

Going forward Redhall were a real threat and maybe having comfortable leads throughout the game they switched off to allow Spartans back into the game. Can't fault going forward but the defending throughout the game was poor from the whole team, not just the defenders. Sloppy and powderpuff tackles are not what is expected so lesson to be learned - do not switch off. Credit to Spartans Blues for continuing to push forward and create chances.

The win along with the other results puts Redhall up to joint 5th and only three points now split the top 6.
 
 

 
Fixture: Dunbar United Colts v Peebles U14's
Competition: South East Region YFL U14's Division 2
Venue: Hallhill, Dunbar
Date: 27th October 2015
 
Two teams possibly the furthest apart in terms of distance in Division 2, but on paper, it looked like two well-matched teams. Peebles made the long journey to Dunbar looking to build on a good start to the season, with the hosts optimistic of continuing their recent good run.
 
Dunbar kicked off and it was clear from the opening exchanges that chances would be at a premium with both defences looking well-organised. Dunbar looked to play the ball out of defence regularly, and such is the improvement in the control and distribution of goalkeeper Purves, he was often an option as Dunbar worked patiently from the back, waiting for an opening. Ford, Hall, Pickles and Hood in defence were composed and passing well.
 
Peebles were the first to trouble the statisticians with a long range effort that would count as a shot on target but did little to trouble the safe hands of the Dunbar No.1.
 
Slowly, Dunbar were asserting their presence in a good midfield battle with Knox, Smillie and Kielty winning the ball and pushing forward. Cooper was often engaged in tracking back and he was prominent in the early stages of the game. He did well in tracking the lively Peebles winger Khan, while also using his pace in an advanced role.
 
Cooper was presented with the best chance of the game when Renton picked up the ball in a forward area before sliding an exquisite pass through for the pacey winger. Cooper took a touch before going 1 v 1 with the keeper. The Peebles keeper Clark proved to be no mug and he was smartly out to make a great block. 
 
Dunbar’s passing unit were now beginning to enjoy a large chunk of the possession with Dixon dropping deep and linking with his midfield, always looking for that killer ball. Kielty tested his passing range to the extreme, delivering a fantastic cross-field switch pass to Renton who was unlucky to see his effort go wide of the target.  
 
A minute later and it was Smillie with the ball through. Renton collected on the left, swung in the cross but Dixon could only poke wide.
 
Would Dunbar rue these missed chances? Time would tell. It looked that way as against the run of play, Peebles opened the scoring. Peebles are a strong, physical unit who looked likely to present a problem from a set-piece. So it proved, although Dunbar will be disappointed at the manner in which it was conceded. From a corner, the ball was played long. The Peebles winger collected on the right, spotted 3 unmarked players lurking in the box and the ball was played across to them.  Khan was the first to react and he connected with the cross. For a second it looked like Purves had completed a phenomenal point blank save but there was sufficient power in the shot to see it squeeze over the line.
 
Dunbar continued their patient attacks, but chances for both teams were becoming more infrequent. With the half drawing to a close, Knox and Dixon linked, before the ball was sent in to Cooper who saw his volley again well-saved by the visiting keeper. From the resulting corner, a quickly taken set-piece seen Kielty link with Renton. Renton swung the ball in towards the danger area - Knox stood tall and powered an unstoppable header in off the underside of the crossbar to tie the scores. This was the midfielder’s 10th goal of the campaign.
 
Half Time: Dunbar Utd Colts 1-1 Peebles FC
 
The second half was similar to the first with the only difference being that Peebles looked the more dominant team in possession although creating little in the way of clear-cut chances. 
 
Dunbar introduced Twist, Kinghorn and Sutherland in an effort to force an opening. Twist battled hard and was linking well with Ford down the right but the Dunbar team found a strong, well-drilled unit in front of them with Duncan in the visiting defence having a great game.
 
As the half went on, both teams were restricted to long range chances. Dunbar still looked a threat, winning plenty of corners but the coaches were perhaps too slow in changing the formation as the midfield and attack struggled to link. 
 
Peebles finally regained the lead after some sustained pressure, and it came from a corner again. This time the ball was not cleared properly and it took a real quality volley from the edge of the box to break the stubborn Dunbar defence.  Smith took one look at the bouncing ball before striking a sweet volley into the far corner of the net.  The away support celebrated, knowing with chances few and far between, this looked like being the winning goal. 
 
Still Dunbar attacked and they seen one or two half-hearted penalty appeals turned down before Twist was presented with the best chance of the half.  A great cross in seen the midfielder dive goal-wards to the ball.  He misjudged the flight of the ball and the chance was gone.
 
This looks like a very competitive league and a draw may have been a fairer result but it was Peebles who would make the long journey home with 3 points bagged. 
 
Best for Dunbar was Ford who dealt with the most dangerous man on the park, Khan, very competently while also distributing superbly. 
 
Full Time: Dunbar Utd Colts 1-2 Peebles FC
 
A break from league action now for Dunbar Utd Colts as they enter the 3rd round of the Scottish Cup and a long away trip to Dumbarton Riverside FC. 
 
 

 
Fixture: Blackhall Athletic v Currie FC U15
Competition: South East Region YFL John McConnell Cup
Venue: Tall Oaks Football Ground
Date: Sunday 25th October 2015
 
Blackhall Athletic progressed to the next round of the John McConnell Memorial Cup with a deserved 5-1 victory over Currie F.C, aided by a particularly impressive first half performance.

Following an even start, it was Currie who were first to threaten either goal in the 8th minute with a shot from distance by Christopher Laidlaw forcing Blackhall keeper Ryan Rudland into a fine save.

This sparked Blackhall into immediate action, taking the lead a minute later following good play from Jamie Barry. Barry collected the ball wide on the left, flew past a couple of Currie players before squaring a low cross which was met a few yards out at the front post by Matthew Laing. Currie keeper Sukveer Sandher blocked the initial effort which then ricocheted off Laing and into the net.

If there was an element of fortune with the opener, there was no luck with Blackhall's second, when the lead was doubled in the 14th minute. Sam Crees collected a pass just outside the box to the left and from 20 yards unleashed a vicious strike across goal that skidded off the moist surface into the far corner of the goal.

The next serious threat on goal came in the 16th minute when Currie almost pulled a goal back. Some neat play in the middle of the park led to Artur Wreczycki being fed through on the left and as he moved into the penalty area he struck a fine left footed shot that cracked off the underside of the crossbar, before the ball was scrambled to safety by Blackhall.

Blackhall's reaction was to up their game and dominated the remainder of the first half. In the 24th minute the lead stretched to 3-0. From a corner on the right, Ramsey Hodgson found space in the six yard box near the back post, sending a strong downward header into the net.

No more than three minutes later and it was 4-0 when Laing notched his second goal of the game when a free kick fell to him, and he cooly slotted the ball into the back of the net.

Blackhall continued to impose themselves and in the 37th minute seemed set to go 5-0 up. Laing bore down on goal on the inside left, however as he was about shoot he was thwarted by Currie defender Daniel Shepherd with an outstanding sliding tackle.

Half Time: Blackhall Athletic 4-0 Currie FC

Following an early Blackhall chance in the second half, it was Currie that reduced the arrears with a goal in the 46th minute. A good move released Wreczycki down the left who beat one defender and from the byline he squared the ball and 2nd half substitute Lee Coleman found the roof of the net from 6 yards out. Good finish from Coleman to reduce the defecit for Currie.

Buoyed by the goal, Currie then had their best spell of the game, with a period of 10 - 15 minutes where they had greater possession and were fashioning a few half chances. In the 57th minute Currie were unlucky not to pull another goal back when a low cross-come-shot struck the base of left hand post. 

As the game continued Blackhall regained the upper hand, creating a number of further chances, with Currie keeper Sandher making a couple of fine saves and a few shots missing the target.

Not to be undone, in the latter stages Rudland made a couple of fine saves of his own in the 72nd minute from Wreczycki and the 75th minute from Oliver Leavy.

In the 76th minute Blackhall rounded off the scoring, with Laing completing his hat trick with a composed finished to the bottom corner from close range after being put through on the inside left.

There was still time for some late drama in the final minute when Blackhall were awarded a penalty when Barry was brought down close to goal, however Sandher capped a good performance standing his ground to save the spot kick that was hit high and straight.

Full Time: Blackhall Athletic 5-1 Currie FC
 
 

Fixture: Dalkeith Miners 2000 vs Edinburgh City 2000
Competition: Jackie Faichney Memorial Cup, 2nd Round
Date: 25/10/2015
 
Edinburgh City squeezed into the quarter-finals of the Jackie Faichney Memorial Cup thanks to a dramatic 4-3 victory over Division 2 side Dalkeith Miners after a thrilling second round contest saw a Dalkeith comeback beaten by the clock.
 
In a fairly even opening both sides created chances without threatening either goalkeeper.
 
It was the visitors that opened the scoring. Robbie Telfer’s corner was met by the head of Ryan Foggo whose header bulleted in to the top corner.
 
The lead was short lived with Dalkeith hitting back quickly. A ball over the top saw the Dalkeith striker beat the covering Henry Arthur in defence to the ball and neatly round goalkeeper Arron Webster, despite the big keeper’s best efforts, and finish calmly into the empty net.
 
City reacted well and were piling on the pressure on the home side. Ten minutes before the interval, Lewis Bonnar played a good pass into the feet of Patterson Marfo. The striker turned the Dalkeith defender and finished with a fine left foot shot into the bottom corner.
 
Marfo was proving a handful for Dalkeith and was involved again as he advanced forward before being fouled just outside the 18-yard box. Chrissy Bennett placed the ball and expertly curled the ball round the Dalkeith and passed the goalkeeper who was rooted to the spot. 
 
HT: Dalkeith Miners 1 Edinburgh City 3
 
Dalkeith rang the changes at half-time and started the second half brightly, shooting down the hill looking for a goal to get back in to the game. Dalkeith had chances, but could not find a way past the City back four and the inspired Webster behind them in the City goal.
 
Ryan Deans replaced the injured Aidan Lawson in midfield after the City captain got a knock to the face that required treatment.
 
City caught the hosts on the break with a well worked counter attack. Wallace Jennings played a brilliant first time pass in to the feet of Alistair Hogg who finished well just inside the area to give the visitors a three goal lead.
 
With 15 minutes to go City were soaking up all the pressure, but Dalkeith gave themselves a glimmer of hope when they scored with a header from a corner.
 
Five minutes later it was game on. The lively Dalkeith winger did well to square a ball into the box and a midfielder arriving late finished past the diving Webster.
 
It was an anxious ten minutes for City, but they defended resolutely and restricted Dalkeith to just one more chance which was well saved by Webster.
 
FT: Dalkeith Miners 3 Edinburgh City 4 
 
It was a truly cracking cup tie and it is City who progress to the quarter-finals where they will play Gala Fairydean Rovers.
 
Every City player played well today and contributed to an excellent team performance. City had six players in their squad who only joined them in the summer and had previously played no competitive club football.