It was Royal High School’s evening as they triumphed over The James Young High School 4-0 to win the hotly contested U18s Lothian Schools FA Cup final at Ainslie Park.
It was a Friday night to remember as goals from Callum O’Neill, Gregor Jack and a brace from Mario Falsone saw RHS ease to victory with no reply from James Young.
The first ten minutes were tense as both teams tested each-other out. James Young were finding good space down the right hand side with Jamie White, but the first real chance of the game went to Royal High. Ali McCann’s shot following a cross from Matthew McKenzie was blocked and the ball fell to Calum Brown who fired over the bar with 16 minutes gone.
Target man Aidan Quinn was next to have a go for the team in black as he headed over the bar from a corner just a minute later.
Eventually Royal High’s pressure paid off and it was the impressive No.10 Mario Falsone who opened the scoring at Ainslie Park. A long ball from the defene caused a mix-up between the James Young goalkeeper and his centre-half and the two clashed together leaving Falsone with the easiest of tap-ins after 22 minutes.
It was all RHS after their opening goal and they nearly bagged a second through Cameron Paton after 34 minutes. Paton picked up the ball near the half-way line and after playing a quick one-two with Aidan Quinn he made his way into the box and lashed a fierce shot from the right which hit the bar.
Just five minutes later Royal High had their second. It was Falsone again and after a cross from Calum Brown was not cleared properly the ball fell to the winger who drove into the box and curled a finish into the far post from 15 yards to bag his brace.