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Edinburgh City sweep to victory over Cramond

Edinburgh City FC 7

Alex Thomson 14,38, Jardine 26, Cowan, 36,58,60, Hepburn 65

Cramond FC 2

Cunningham 19, Harrison 24
  • Sunday, 15 March 2015
  • Forrester HS
  • Under 14´s
  • SERYFA League 3
Chris Grieve

Chris Grieve | YFS South East Region Journalist

Edinburgh City recorded a comfortable win after a strong start from Cramond made for a pretty even first half. Two goals just before half time gave the home side the momentum and three further goals in the second period gave a gloss to the scoreline. Cramond continued to battle but City were too strong in the end.
The recent wind had died down and conditions were good for football even though the temperature was on the low side. The artificial surface looked slick and both sides looked to get the ball down and pass it. The coaches and spectators settled in for what promised to be an entertaining game!
Both sides started the match at full throttle looking to gain the early advantage but the breakneck speed of the game didn’t offer any timely openings. Once the match matured a bit the passing football began to shine through and some space was starting to open up in the middle of the park. It was the home side who took advantage of this first with the ball breaking to Alex Thomson who controlled it before dinking a neat shot into the far top corner. A great goal for the home side; exactly what they were looking for.
The response from Cramond was swift though with a couple of half chances which were well dealt with by the City defence. Eventually Mark Manclarkmanaged to pick an excellent pass between the centre backs for Jamie Cunninghamto run through on goal. He showed great composure to wait for Craig Liddle to commit before sliding the ball beyond the City keeper to equalise.
That goal seemed to really lift Cramond and they sensed the game was there for the taking. They pressed forward and created a good chance for the lead. It was Cunninghamagain who was causing problems with his runs from deep and one of his low shots forced Liddle into the save round his post. The resultant corner was to provide fruitful though with Daniel Harrisonheading in the perfect cross at the near post.
The second Cramond goal sparked Edinburgh into life and they looked to restore parity but a last ditch block prevented Cole Cowan from adding his name to the score sheet. There was more to come from the number nine in the second half though…
City were beginning to control periods of the match now and they kept Cramond pressed in their own half. The pressure eventually paid off with Callum Jardine finding space inside the box to dispatch a low shot into the far corner of the net to bring the home team back level again. A very close and entertaining opening half hour saw four well-taken goals!
Edinburgh City looked to be the stronger side and carved another couple of good chances. Firstly, Oliver Niven found himself space in the box but his header from a freekick was too high to trouble Murray Brownin the Cramond goal before Thomson worked his way towards goal but his shot flashed wide of the far post.
Cramond responded well though and came close through Manclarkwho was found by an excellent pass from Harrisonbut his shot slid by the post.
It was Edinburgh City who finished the half stronger and two quick goals put them in command of the match once more. Jardine threaded a ball through for Cowan to plant a shot beyond Brownto give City the lead before Edinburgh grabbed a fourth. Thomson picked up possession in the middle of the park and drove forward into space before unleashing a powerful long range effort which nearly took the net off! What a strike! 
  • Half Time:
  • Edinburgh City FC
  • 4-2
  • Cramond FC
The half time break allowed Cramond to regroup and they came back at Edinburgh in the second half. They were defending well and broke forward when they could although City were in no mood to give anything away.
You could sense that there might be more goals and it was City who forged further ahead. A ball into the box was initially headed clear but it broke to Cowan inside the box and he finished high into the net.
The dust had barely settled before Cowan had completed his hattrick. He was played in and had the composure to round the keeper and roll the ball home. His calmness was impressive bearing in mind he was on a hattrick, a very well taken goal to mark a good all round display.
Cramond continued to push forward in search of a way back into the match. Cunninghamwas released down the left hand side but his shot was well saved by Liddle in the City goal.
The game was heading towards its final stages and Cramond were still looking to grab a late goal. Jamie Smithnearly got it too, he fired a shot goalwards which was stopped and gathered at the second attempt by Liddle before Cramond could capitalise.
As much as Cramond pressed for a goal it was City who found another one. The ball was worked through to Leon Hepburn who was one-on-one with the keeper and he made no mistake, rolling the ball into the net.
It was a tough day in the end for Cramond who started brightly and created some good chances but City managed to score the goals at the right time. They were clinical in front of goal and they managed to keep Cramond at bay. Cramond did well to keep fighting to the very end and showed great desire to keep going despite the scoreline. 
  • Full Time:
  • Edinburgh City FC
  • 7-2
  • Cramond FC


Edinburgh City FC
Cramond FC
1. Craig Liddle
2. Lee Alexander
4. Callum Scott
5. Nathan Graham-Donn
6. Lucas Denholm
7. Jaden Steele
8. Jack Johnston
9. Cole Cowan
10. Oliver Niven
11. Leon Hepburn
14. Alexander Campbell
15. Callum Jardine
16. Jack Morrison
17. Euan Harley
19. Alexander Thomson
23. Brandon McCutcheon
1. Murray Brown
4. Daniel Harrison
5. Donald Livingstone
6. Jack Hannigan
10. Ollie Hunt
11. Andrew Bryce
12. Paul Clarke
14. Ben Uwandu
15. Mark Manclark
17. Jamie Cunningham
18. Jamie Smith
20. Cameron Forsyth
21. Ross Nicholson
Star Player
Edinburgh City FC
Cramond FC
Cole Cowan had an excellent game finishing with a hattrick for his team. He was constantly a threat with his direct runs and was clinical in his finishing.
Mark Manclark was at the heart of everything that Cramond did. He gave an excellent assist for the first goal and created several other chances for both himself and his team mates.
Magic Moment
Edinburgh City FC
Cramond FC
It has to be the sensational long distance strike from Alex Thomson. The laser-like precision and the confidence to have a go from that far out provided a superb goal at a critical time for City.
The second Cramond goal was a study in perfect set pieces. The cross into the box was inch perfect and the header from Daniel Harrison was exquisite, giving the keeper no chance to save it.
Club Views
Edinburgh City FC
Cramond FC
Scott Niven, coach of Edinburgh City, said: "Cramond played well, they came at us and went 2-1 up, we had to really dig in and fight but we got the goals at the right time and got ahead at half time and I thought second half we played quite well."

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