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Spartans edge out Longniddry in ten-goal thriller

Spartans FC Reds 6

Robertson 3' 7' Currie 12' 16' 55' Tait 30'

Longniddry Villa 4

Mackay 17' Wright 24' Burgoyne 35' McCowan 50'
  • Sunday, 23 August 2015
  • Inverleith Park
  • Under 13´s
  • SERYFA Division 1
Rafie Thompson

Rafie Thompson | YFS South East Region Journalist
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In an exciting end-to end game it was Spartans Reds who came out on top in this early season encounter at Inverleith Park to make it three wins out of three against a fighting Longniddry Villa side.

A hat-trick from Josh Currie was accompanied by a brace of penalties from Kyle Robertson and a goal from Jack Tait to put Spartans beyond any doubt. Villa hit back throughout the game with goals from Robbie Burgoyne, Callum McCowan.

The opening stages saw an open affair and with only a few minutes gone Kyle Robertson had the task of taking a penalty after a foul in the Villa box. The No.9 was calm and collected as he slotted away his penalty to put Spartans in the driving seat.

Villa were trying their best to get into the game but an attacking Reds side claimed another penalty soon after the first as they settled into the game with ease. Robertson was on the penalty again and despite Kit McRitchie’s best efforts he could not stop Robertson scoring again.

Spartans were on fire and Josh Currie was the next name on the score sheet with two goals. The striker was composed as he finished past the Villa ‘keeper to put Spartans into a commanding lead for his first and a few minutes later Spartans had four goals as Currie again showed he had brought his shooting boots with a great finish.

The scoreline did not show the whole story though and Longniddry were not going down easily. Seb Mackay brought the blue team back into the game shortly after Spartans had their fourth when he was put through on goal. His composure meant that Villa were back in the game at 4-1.

Ben Wright gave Spartans something to think about as he carried on the Villa comeback. The Reds defence were tight and were looking confident but Wright had other ideas as his finish saw Villa come back to reduce the deficit to two.

With half an hour gone the Reds halted the Villa come back when Aidan Savage’s cross was put away by number three Jack Tait. The scorer ghosted in between the defence to put away the cross at the far post with the keeper stranded.

The end-to-end nature of the game was truly alive however as the side in blue scored their third of the game through Robbie Burgoyne. The striker took the ball in the box and knocked it past the Spartans defender to open space for a curling effort past the keeper into the far corner.

  • Half Time:
  • Spartans FC Reds
  • 5-3
  • Longniddry Villa

There was an early chance in the second half for Robertson to claim his hat trick but his shot from the left was wide of the right post after a great ball from Darren Scally.

Villa showed extraordinary fight-back as on 50 minutes they had another goal to keep them in the game. A swinging cross from Harvey Thomson troubled the Spartans defence and Callum McCowan pounced with a finish into the top right corner past the keeper.

Longniddry thought they had the equaliser when Benjamin Wright’s inch-perfect through ball found Matthew McMillan. His resulting shot hammered the crossbar and fell right onto the goalline with the Villa fans and players wishing they had goal-line technology on hand as the referee waved away the protests for a goal.

Unfortunately for Villa their battling efforts were once again nullified as Josh Currie burst into the box and completed his hat trick with a finish into the far corner from the right from the edge of the box.

Villa had two free-kick opportunities as they piled on the pressure. The first from Wright going agonisingly close past the near post and the second from nearly the same spot going over the keepers bar.

Some great play between Lawson McConnell, Aidan Savage and Glen Lorimmer saw the latter bend a shot with his back to the goal just over the bar after some quick passing manoeuvres.

Around the hour mark Savage had a great chance to get his name onto the scoresheet as he was desperately unlucky not to connect to Currie’s cross with the goal gaping.

Spartans Reds managed to hold onto their two-goal cushion and the thriller of a match came to an end soon after. With three wins out of three Spartans will want to push on and after overcoming such a tough opponent in Longniddry Villa their spirits will be high while Villa themselves will surely bounce back with aplomb after a battling performance.

  • Full Time:
  • Spartans FC Reds
  • 6-4
  • Longniddry Villa


Spartans FC Reds
Longniddry Villa
1. Mikolaj Komocki
2. Reece Cairns
3. Jack Tait
4. Dean Wilson
6. Alistair Adams
8. Aidan Savage
9. Kyle Robertson
11. Joseph Nicholson
12. Glen Lorimmer
14. Lawson McConnell
15. Liam Thabet
17. Darren Scally
18. Pablo Bell Martina
19. Josh Currie
20. Charlie Peat
1. Kit McRitchie
2. Stuart Lindsay
3. Ryan Prentice
4. Daniel Collin
5. Arron Darge
7. Callum McCowan
8. Benjamin Wright
9. Robbie Burgoyne
10. Sebastian Mackay
11. Sam Smith
14. Matthew McMillan
15. Harvey Thomson
16. Coby Miller
17. Benjamin Smith
Star Player
Spartans FC Reds
Longniddry Villa
Josh Currie - The forward showed great character on the day bagging a hat-trick while constantly giving the Villa back line problems, working hard even when his team did not have the ball.
Harvey Thomson - The marauding full back was not only sound in defence but in attack every cross put in was of great quality. Each cross caused problems for the Spartans defence and he managed to bag himself an assist too.
Magic Moment
Spartans FC Reds
Longniddry Villa
Currie's third goal - The joy on the players face when the ball hit the net was on show for all. It was a great finish that epitomised his spirit and his ability to score.
Burgoyne's goal - An emphatic finish into the top corner from Burgoyne. It showed that his team stayed strong despite being behind for all the game and were willing to go for the win.
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