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Bryce nets four as Cramond see off tough Edinburgh United test

Cramond FC 6

Bryce 13, 22, 25, 38, Helliewell 49, Black 70

Edinburgh United Colts 2

Iqbal 35, Flexen 53
  • Sunday, 10 September 2017
  • Royal High School 3G, Edinburgh
  • Under 14´s
  • Kenny McLean Cup
Euan Bryce netted four times in the Kenny McLean cup which was enough for Cramond to see off Edinburgh United in a hard fought tie at Royal High.
It was a grim day with the weather ever changing - showers and high winds made it difficult for both sides.
The first ten minutes were fairly even although Cramond created the better of the chances, with Leon Cook having two early chances, the first of which agonisingly rolled across the face of goal.
After 13 minutes, the hosts took the lead through Euan Bryce. The ball fell to the forward inside the box following a long free kick, who still had a lot to do as he guided the ball in on the half volley.
Cramond doubled their lead with 22 minutes gone, the ball coming in from the left hand side and a brilliant dummy from Bryce gave him space in the box and once again he found the bottom right corner with a cool finish.
A clash of heads between United's Luke Ramage and Eesa Iqbal saw both players go to ground but luckily both were fine, although Ramage did have to leave the park briefly.
It was only a matter of minutes until the hat-trick came. A low finish from Bryce from a tight angle, this time on the right hand side of the penalty area, put the hosts three up inside 25 minutes.
Coming towards the end of the half, United began to build some pressure, Sonny Flexen worked an opening with John Young well on the right but Cramond keeper Euan Knight was left untested as Flexen's effort was always going wide.
Knight would be tested right on the stroke of half time, when Flexen's whipped cross was too far away from the keeper, who couldn't get enough on the ball to clear it from safety, and sat up nicely for Eesa Iqbal who slotted the ball away well to cut the deficit with the last kick of the first period.
  • Half Time:
  • Cramond FC
  • 3-1
  • Edinburgh United Colts
Cramond restored their three goal cushion just five minutes into the second period through no other than Euan Bryce again. A lapse in concentration from the Edinburgh United defence gifted the ball to the forward and his first time finish beat Ashoka Campbell from close range.
Moments later Edinburgh United had kicked off and were up the other end, a header flashed over Ewan Knight’s crossbar from a corner.
Campbell, Edinburgh United’s goalkeeper, played very well throughout and made multiple good saves in both halves however he was helpless as Ollie Helliewell’s finish nestled perfectly in the bottom left corner following a brilliant 20 yard driving run, putting the home side 5-1 up.
United continued to push for a goal as Calum Godon showed excellent close control to weave his way through the Cramond defence but his cutback was intercepted at the crucial moment to deny the away side.
Edinburgh United were rewarded for their pressure in the later stages, with the impressive Flexen powering through the middle of the Cramond back four and a confident finish into the top right corner giving the visitors hope with around 20 minutes left.
Campbell was called into action once again, making a wonderful diving save to keep out an equally spectacular curling effort from Christopher Black.
Opportunities followed at both ends of the park as the game opened up. Flexen almost doubled his tally for United as his close range effort was stopped by Knight in the Cramond goal and then Young fired wide on the right hand side of the box later on. 
In the final minutes, Jack Williamson saw his free kick parried out by Campbell but the ball wasn’t cleared and a tangle in the box led to a penalty being awarded. 
Black stepped up to the spot and calmly steered the ball out of the grasp of the goalkeeper who went the right way to give Cramond a 6-2 lead and insure their place in the next round of the Kenny McLean Cup.
  • Full Time:
  • Cramond FC
  • 6-2
  • Edinburgh United Colts


Cramond FC
Edinburgh United Colts
2. Christopher Black
3. Robert Dinsmore
4. Jack Williamson
5. Josh Templeton
6. Joseph Cornforth
7. Euan Bryce
10. James Lewis
11. Leon Cook
12. Mack Ireland
13. Ewan Knight
14. Ollie Helliewell
15. Adam Brown
16. Caiden Urqhart
Ashoka Campbell
Eesa Iqbal
Sonny Flexen
Charlie Robertson
John Young
Robbie Firth
Euan Sanderson
Arran Watt
Luke Ramage
James A'Hara
Ian A'Hara
Meciej Masternak
Johnny Ellen
Calum Godon
Star Player
Cramond FC
Edinburgh United Colts
Euan Bryce - Took all four of his goals very well and linked up excellently with Leon Cook, who between them caused all kinds of problems for the Edinburgh United defence. Credit should also go to Christopher Black and Leon Cook who were both key in Cramond progressing to the next round.
Sonny Flexen - He was the visitors main threat throughout, coming off the right hand side his ability to drive with the ball made him very hard to deal with for the Cramond back four and he took his goal very well when the chance came to him.
Magic Moment
Cramond FC
Edinburgh United Colts
Euan Bryce's second goal of the game - a superb dummy helped him find space inside a packed penalty area and the finish was just as good at a key stage in the game.
A fantastic save by Ashoka Campbell to deny Christopher Black - diving across to his left to push the curling effort away and save his team from going further behind.
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