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Ten goal thriller as North Merchie see off Haddington

Haddington Athletic FC 3

Dryburgh, Campbell, Bathgate

North Merchiston FC 7

Stoner, Skakel, Warner, McLaren
  • Sunday, 04 October 2015
  • Whittingehame Drive
  • Under 14´s
  • Paladin Cup
Ben Riches

Ben Riches | YFS South East Region Journalist
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It was North Merchiston FC who were triumphant against Haddington Athletic in the first round of the Paladin Cup in what a ten goal thriller.
Haddington got the game under way at Whittingehame Drive and both teams had their fair share of possession. It was North Merchiston though who managed to break the deadlock after a ball was played over the top of Haddington's defence and Brodie Stoner finished off for the visitors.
Merchiston had a few good chances early on. Stoner again was involved in the build up and forced Haddington Athletic's goalkeeper, Jack Sneddon to make a good save. 
Mid way through the first half North Merchiston made a change which saw Oscar Bond come off for Sam Skakel. The change made an immediate impact as minutes later, Skakel made a clever run through the Haddington defence and managed to slot the ball past the goalkeeper.
Soon after, a misfortunate back pass saw Haddington win an indirect free-kick in the penalty area. Kieron Dryburgh was laid off and despite all the bodies on the line, fired the ball into the roof of the net to get his side up and running.
Any hopes of a quick equaliser soon vanished though as only moments later, a ball was played through to Stoner who managed to get on the end of it and chipped the ball over the keeper to restore Merchiston's two goal lead.
Stoner was involved again shortly after and went on a driving run before playing in Jamie Warner who found the back of the net to take their tally to four.
It was then Haddington's turn to have a spell of good football. A ball was played through and Bora Gunes had a good shot that was tipped over the bar by Finn McNicol in the Merchiston goal. 
Despite their possession, Haddington failed to score and they were punished further. A ball was played through from North Merchiston and Stoner was fouled on the edge of the penalty box. Max Maclaren stepped up to take the free kick and placed it in the back of the net.
  • Half Time:
  • Haddington Athletic FC
  • 1-5
  • North Merchiston FC
After a great first half of football, with both sides creating lots of chances, Merchie kicked off the second half. It was Haddington though that had the first real chance with Gunes getting a shot away that was well saved by McNicol. 
Their lively start soon paid off though and Gunes put Ross Campbell through and he slotted the ball around the goalkeeper to give them a possible lifeline. 
After Haddington's second goal they tried to press for a third and were linking up and passing well. With some good defending from Merchiston they weren't able to score. Haddington's Gunes was at the centre of the action again and fired a ball into the box. Kovalevskis met the cross, but was unlucky not to get his header on target. 
Afterwards, North Merchiston pressed on and found their top gear. Stoner took a good shot from inside the box and after a nice initial save from Jack Sneddon, it only set up Warner to fire in.
Merchiston soon added to their lead again as Stoner was put through and he simply guided the ball into the back of the net to make it 7-2 to the visitors.
However, there was some hope for Haddington as Ben Ritchie played a clever ball into the path of Gunes. He played it on to Donald Bathgate who fired in for Haddington's third. 
As the game drew to a close both teams had good chances and North Merchiston tried to get another goal. With some good defending from Haddington though, it was not to be. 
A very exciting game of football to watch and it's North Merchiston who are through to the next round of the Paladin Cup.
  • Full Time:
  • Haddington Athletic FC
  • 3-7
  • North Merchiston FC


Haddington Athletic FC
North Merchiston FC
1. Jack Sneddon
2. Tyler Dryburgh
3. Aidan Paul
4. Kaiden Craig
5. Kieron Dryburgh
6. Niall Holman
7. Ben Ritchie
8. Edwin Kovalevskis
9. Bora Gunes
10. Ian Dodds
11. Charlie Smith
12. Ross Campbell
13. Nicholas Thomson
14. Donald Bathgate
15. Marcus Stewart
16. Thomas Dunn
1. Finn McNicol
2. Andrew Stark
3. Michael Mooney
5. Alexander Goodall
6. Fraser Mclellan
7. Jai Aitken
8. Drew Forsyth
9. Brodie Stoner
10. Jamie Warner
11. Oscar Bond
12. Sam Skakel
14. Max McLaren
15. Zac Vyse
17. Jamie Richmond
Star Player
Haddington Athletic FC
North Merchiston FC
Bora Gunes - Two assists to his name and troubled McNicol on a number of occasions. On another day he would easily been on the score-sheet himself.
Brodie Stoner - A fantastic performance all-round from Stoner. Without him, it could have been a totally different score.
Magic Moment
Haddington Athletic FC
North Merchiston FC
Tyler Dryburgh's opening goal. Scoring from an indirect free kick after a back pass isn't easy, but Dryburgh was confident enough to hammer home.
A number of possible selections for this award, but Max Maclaren's free kick edges it on this occasion.
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