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Electrifying Edina convincingly beat Craigie

Craigroyston BC 0

Edina Hibs CFC 5

Merwa 11', 19', 21', Dodds 34', Martin 51'
  • Sunday, 24 April 2016
  • New Dundas Park, Bonnyrigg
  • Under 14´s
  • Pilmar Smith Cup
Blair Meikle

Blair Meikle | YFS Scottish Borders Senior Reporter
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Edina Hibs won the Pilmar Smith Cup today with a devastating display. Four of the goals came in an electrifying first half, meaning it was an uphill task for Craigroyston to get back into the game.

The triumphant players were quick to pay tribute to their friend and team-mate Sean Hogg, who was diagnosed with leukemia recently and had played his part in the cup run. T-shirts featuring his photo and the message: “Get well soon Hoggy” meant that he was in their thoughts as they picked up the trophy.

If you had a quick look at the Division 3 table beforehand you would be expecting a close game – both teams are locked on 33 points, albeit Hibs have two games in hand. But the men in white and green had other ideas as they seemed intent on lifting the cup.

Edina were also missing Wictor Danzeski through illness but they quickly put their double loss to one side. They came out of the traps like greyhounds, but instead of an artificial rabbit they were steaming towards the goal.

Several opportunities had been created before they opened the scoring on 11 minutes. Jordan Ewing was central to a lot of their good play, making passes to carve out openings.

Devan Craighead almost profited from the midfielder’s creativity on a couple of occasions but one shot was wide and another went over.

Jamie Martin put a volley wide, while in acres of space, with the Craigie defence incorrectly thinking they had played him offside.

The first goal came in the 11th minute and it was a glorious strike from Szymon Merwa – thumping it in from the right edge of the box. He hit it so quickly, and with such power, that even the best 'keepers in the world would have struggled to get to it.

Merwa embarked on a period of play where he was unstoppable, and he bagged another two goals to give daylight between the sides.

He latched on to a long throw down the left in the 19th minute, before tricking his way into the box and slotting it past Darren Owen.

Two minutes later the winger had his hat-trick. Aidan Dodds fed him and he beat two men before finishing calmly again.

Steven Pouton was working hard to try and make something happen for Craigroyston and a strike from distance was well saved by Kyle Betts.

Edina edged further in front one minute before half time through Dodds. The striker was alert on to a ball through the defence and his low finish widened the gap at a crucial time.

Pouton had another valiant attempt at registering his team on the scoresheet. This time a bending free kick was well saved by Betts.

  • Half Time:
  • Craigroyston BC
  • 0-4
  • Edina Hibs CFC

Greens started where they had left off at the beginning of the second period when Lennon Garry went through on the left but his low strike was held by Owen.

At the other end Max MacGillvray was put in by Ryan Adamson but his effort was just wide.

The intensity then dropped off slightly with players tiring after such a fast paced opening period.

The final goal was scored in the 51st minute. Jamie Martin was on the end of a well worked passage of play involving John Devlin and Merwa, which ended with Dodds squaring for Martin in front of goal.

Craigie’s best chance of a goal seemed to be from free kicks, with Pouton looking capable of producing. One of his efforts whistled narrowly past the post.

Garry could have made it worse for his opponents, after Merwa had squared to him, but Owen made a brave save.

That was all she wrote as Edina’s blistering start carried them to glory. Craigroyston certainly played their part in a pulsating final, but they just could not stop the steam train that came at them.

  • Full Time:
  • Craigroyston BC
  • 0-5
  • Edina Hibs CFC


Craigroyston BC
Edina Hibs CFC
1. Darren Owen
2. Chelsea Diamond
3. Lewis Hunter
4. Tyler Mckinlay
5. Liam Moorhead
6. Ryan Anderson
7. Steven Pouton
8. Allan Selkirk
9. Jamie McEwan
10. Max MacGillvray
13. Joshua Clunie
15. Brandon Ndlovu
16. Alexander Lipscombe
17. Jamie Stewart
18. Jamie Storrie
1. Kyle Betts
2. Jordan Ewing
3. Connor Kesson
4. James Stewart
5. Mac Morrison
6. Thoma Fleming
7. Devan Craighead
8. Ronan Gallacher
9. John Devlin
10. Aidan Dodds
11. Szymon Merwa
12. Oliver Dodds
13. Owen Brennan
14. Joe Brennan
15. Jamie Martin
16. Lennon Garry
Star Player
Craigroyston BC
Edina Hibs CFC
Steven Pouton - Worked really hard to try and engineer something for his side. Good forward passes to his attackers, one strike from distance in open play and several free kick attempts.
Szymon Merwa - Wow. The winger was simply sparkling in the first half and could not be touched. Everyone in attendance at New Dundas Park should be aware that they witnessed something special from this young man.
Magic Moment
Craigroyston BC
Edina Hibs CFC
Ryan Adamson's backheel flick and subsequent run down the right was a brief moment of respite for his team.
Merwa's first goal gave them the breakthrough in emphatic fashion, when they had been knocking at the door.
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