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More cup glory in Leith as Edinburgh City lose out

Edinburgh City Blacks 0

Leith Athletic A Team 2

Kerr 28', Mackay 49'
  • Sunday, 29 May 2016
  • New Countess Park, Dunbar
  • Under 13´s
  • South East Region Cup
Blair Meikle

Blair Meikle | YFS Scottish Borders Senior Reporter
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Leith Athletic A Team secured the Under 13 South East Region Cup with a 2-0 win over Edinburgh City Blacks. A goal in each half was enough to secure yet another trophy for the east end of the capital, 8 days after Hibs had finally brought the Scottish Cup home. Impressive wingers Cameron Kerr and Strathy Mackay scored them and both had very lively games. City worked hard to stay in the game but the two-goal deficit deflated them when it came with 21 minutes to play.

City had the first shot on target when Ben Henderson guided a side footer towards goal but Jamie Smith held it.

Kerr started to have a big influence down Leith’s right hand side, and he won the ball high up the pitch before crossing to Thomas Ramage who was denied by Fraser Taylor.

The winger then created an opportunity for himself by dribbling through several bodies, but Taylor was in the way again.

The keeper was not the only one keeping them at bay with a hard working bunch in front of him doing all they could to close down and harry. Kieran Millar was at the heart of it and he organised, and made tackles, blocks and clearances.

Louie Clark had his work cut out against Kerr, who never stopped running, but the full back stuck to his task manfully.

Leith did find a way past the keeper, after 28 minutes, and it was largely down to a surging run by Mackay after he had intercepted a clearance. The ball broke loose to Kerr who slid it into an unguarded net.

Taylor produced another fine save to keep it at 1-0 a minute just before half time. Kerr was the supplier again and Cameron Stewart’s strike was kept out.

  • Half Time:
  • Edinburgh City Blacks
  • 0-1
  • Leith Athletic A Team

Kerr drove into the box early in the second period and tried an unorthodox flick towards goal but it was off target.

Taylor Steven was playing as a lone front man for City and despite working hard he always found himself outnumbered.

City made the required switch to two up front to search for an equaliser but they found that left spaces in midfield, which led to the killer second.

The diminutive Stewart displayed all game that he had excellent positional awareness, which he utilised to find pockets of space between the lines. He did just that before cleverly turning and slipping in Mackay, who finished across the keeper from the left of the box.

Euan Gillespie had a couple of efforts from outside the box as City replied. He advanced down the left for the first one and the second was the result of good work by Clark.

They continued to push more men forward and Leith came closest to scoring another on the counter. A jinky run into the box by Ethan Wynne was halted by Taylor before Stewart tried his luck twice, shooting wide and forcing Taylor into another save.

Not quite the cup parade the Hibs’ got, but this one will mean just as much to the Leith players.

  • Full Time:
  • Edinburgh City Blacks
  • 0-2
  • Leith Athletic A Team

Lineups

Edinburgh City Blacks
Leith Athletic A Team
1. Fraser Taylor
2. Ben Lovell
3. Euan Gillespie
4. Charlie Craig
5. Kieran Miller
6. Louie Clark
7. Ben Henderson
9. Aiden Walsh
14. Nathan Drummond
26. Callum Begg
35. Taylor Steven
1. Jamie Smith
2. Cameron Kerr
3. Daniel Turner
4. Cameron Stewart
5. Euan Howie
6. Adam Zajac
7. Ethan Wynne
8. Lewis Owens
9. Ben Murray
10. John Ward
11. Strathy Mackay
14. Sam Lewis
15. Thomas Ramage
16. Cal Stenhouse
17. Owen Gray
Star Player
Edinburgh City Blacks
Leith Athletic A Team
Fraser Taylor - Produced some fine saves to keep his team in with a shout of a comeback.
Cameron Kerr - Full of running and trickery to create chance after chance and scored the first goal.
Magic Moment
Edinburgh City Blacks
Leith Athletic A Team
Taylor made an unbelievable block when Ethan Wynne had tricked his way into the box and looked certain to score.
When Strathy Mackay struck the second goal the Leithers could feel safer in the comfort of a two goal lead.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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