Fixture: Dunbar United Colts v Currie Star FC U14
Competition: South East Region YFL
Venue: Hallhill, Dunbar
Date: Sunday 7th February 2016
The SE Region again took advantage of the excellent facilities down in Dunbar with the young Colts side allocated a home match for the 7th weekend in a row.
The visitors requested an early kick off with players heading off to Tynecastle straight after the match. The pitches were set up nice and early and a 0945 kick off would serve as a test to those who enjoy a Sunday morning lie-in, or to those who participated in free hospitality watching the Scotland v England rugby game.
Dunbar were without the injured Pickles, Mclean, Jones and Cooper, with bad news also filtering through that Dixon could be out for the rest of the season. Kielty was celebrating his birthday so Dunbar were light with a squad of just thirteen players!
The home side certainly looked the quicker out the blocks, with the opening two minutes suggesting that Kinghorn looked a likely scorer. With only 2 minutes played, he was put through on goal but his shot was too close to the keeper and the young Currie Star number 1 made a good stop. Renton created a similar chance for Kinghorn moments later but this time the pacey left footer could only drag his effort wide.
Renton showed him the way to goal when Foggo delivered a great through ball and the striker did what he has been doing all season, controlling brilliantly and finishing calmly into the corner of the net.
Dunbar then lost Twist to a nasty looking knee injury and are still waiting on news of the energetic midfielder’s recovery.They re-shaped with Knox operating further forward, Foggo sent out wide and Hall sitting in a holding midfield role with Sutherland alongside him.
Dunbar were on top but the Currie Star team looked dangerous on the break. Smillie was smart to see a ball fall into the box and as the Currie Star striker lined up his shot, Smillie slid in with such precision to prevent what looked a certain goal.
Brunton donned the Captain’s armband for this game and he returned a display that has long been his trademark – breaking up play, winning tackles and organising his defence. Dunbar scored a second though with Sutherland picking off passes with ease, this one falling into the path of Foggo. He still looked like he had much to do but took the shot early and volleyed into the far corner of the net.
Dunbar then won a succession of corners. The quality of delivery from Renton was perfect and it was a surprise to see Dunbar fail to score from any of these. The closest they came was when Hood saw an effort cleared off the line then Kinghorn nodded over the bar from only a few yards out. Hood and Kinghorn were a big threat down the left and it was surprising to see none of them enter the half time break with their name on the score sheet.
Half Time: Dunbar United Colts 2-0 Currie Star FC
Dunbar upped the tempo in the second half with the elements in their face. They were now playing into a strong wind which made passing difficult.
Nerves were settled early in the half when a corner was half cleared to Hall who stood close to the penalty spot. He was calm, took a good first touch before unleashing a great shot into the corner for his first goal of the season.
Dunbar’s fourth goal was not long in coming, and Foggo was taking the game by the scruff of the neck and was instrumental in everything good about Dunbar’s play. He dropped deep and picked up the ball. Ford made a trademark run from his full back position and Foggo timed his pass to perfection, with Ford not breaking stride. He crossed in for Renton who did the rest, converting a well-worked Dunbar team goal.
Knox was looking restless at the thought he may not get on to the score sheet. He took matters into his own hands when he collected the ball on the right. He used his pace to burst past the covering defence, his touch offering a glimmer of hope for the keeper but the athletic midfielder was first to it and he powered his shot in off the underside of the bar for his 17th goal of the season. His sister showed no signs of waking up and slept through the cheers.
Knox should have added a second later in the game – he was through on goal but the goal-bound effort somehow came off the inside of the keeper’s legs, deflecting the ball wide of the target.
Purves made a good stop from a curling free-kick late in the game as Currie Star looked to get on the score-sheet.
So, a fragmented display in terms of quality for Dunbar but it was great to see a return to action for Smillie. Foggo delivered a quality performance in midfield, scoring one and instrumental in two but Brunton wins the star player award as he was calmness personified and never put a foot wrong.
Full Time: Dunbar United Colts 5-0 Currie Star FC
Dunbar continue their home run, as they entertain Penicuik Athletic next weekend. The two sides met in a cup competition earlier in the season when Dunbar squeezed through on penalties after a closely fought 4-4 draw.