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Set piece show as East Kilbride Blues progress

Edinburgh City White 1

Burgess 65

EKFC Blue 2

Taylor 36, Smith 40
  • Sunday, 25 March 2018
  • New Dundas Park
  • Under 17´s
  • Scottish Youth FA Cup

It was a set piece show in the SYFA Cup as East Kilbride saw off a strong Edinburgh City side to progress to the final. Two goals in five first half minutes were enough for the Blues who, despite a second half reply from City, battled well to set up a mouth watering final with Hurlford Boys Club.

New Dundas Park, home to junior side Bonyrigg Rose Athletic, played host to this crunch game between two well established youth sides. Both teams were full of confidence before kick-off but it was Edinburgh City who dominated early on. Just four minutes in and City left back Blair Short came close as his free-kick from the left hand side of the box hit the side-netting. 

City’s good opening spell continued over the first 20 minutes, as Jonathan Sedstrem fired just over from the edge of the box before Cai MacDonald stung the palms of EK goalkeeper Adam Haynes.

For the next 15 minutes, the game descended into a midfield battle. Both sides tried to play football, however the pitch, which wasn't conducive to good football, had an impact on the quality of play.

However, on the hour mark, it was the Blues who came closest to scoring. A corner was not properly cleared by the City defence and, as EK returned the ball to the penalty area, Dominic McLaughlin’s flicked header clipped the outside of the post. This was a sign of things to come from EK, who dominated the final 15 minutes of the first half.

East Kilbride’s Ross Smith then began to pull the strings for his side. Smith picked up the ball at the edge of the box and engineered space well, before unleashing a powerful shot, which was gathered at the second attempt by City shot stopper Thomas McLean. 

The Blues were not finished there and 10 minutes before the interval they won a penalty. Zak Lindsay’s low shot was parried and the incoming attacker was bundled over by a combination of McLean and Lennie. Ross Taylor placed the ball on the spot and remained calm to send the keeper the wrong way and put EK in front.

East Kilbride, cheered on by a large travelling support, continued their dominance and a few minutes later they were two in front. Ross Smith, who began at left back before being moved up front by his manager, placed a free kick low, in off the right post to put EK in full control of the cup tie.

East Kilbride held firm for the remainder of the first half and went in at the break the happier of the two sides.

  • Half Time:
  • Edinburgh City White
  • 0-2
  • EKFC Blue

The second half began in much the same vain as the first, a midfield battle. Not many chances were created early on and frequent stoppages in play, alongside a flurry of yellow cards, interrupted the flow of the game. However, just after the hour mark, Edinburgh City were back in the tie.

City forward Dean Burgess produced a moment of magic as he curled a free kick over the goalkeeper and into the top left corner. 

Edinburgh City would have hoped this goal could have spurred them on, however it wasn’t to be. Few clear cut chances were created by City and whilst pushing forward in search of the equaliser they were caught short at the back and substitute Dean Coyle saw red for a last man tackle.

With this red card, City’s hopes of reaching the final vanished and EK saw out the remaining minutes to progress. News came in from Ayrshire about Hurlford's success over Jerviston and EKFC celebrated claiming their place in the showpiece final against them.


  • Full Time:
  • Edinburgh City White
  • 1-2
  • EKFC Blue


Edinburgh City White
1. Thomas McLean
2. Ross Jamieson
3. Blair Short
4. Mark Tennant
5. Daniel Lennie
6. Joseph Healy
7. Cai MacDonald
8. Jonathan Sedstrem
9. Liam Edmonston
10. Dean Burgess
12. Jonny Robertson
14. Charles Marr
15. Louis Baigen
16. Alexander Marr
17. Eyvindur Bjarnason
18. Dean Coyle
19. Samuel Newman
20. Jake Grandison
1. Adam Haynes
3. Ross Smith
6. Alistair Peacock
8. Ross Taylor
9. Dylan Paberzs
10. Zak Lindsay
11. Michael Peden
13. Matthew Weir
14. Barrie Donaghue
15. Max McWilliams
17. Dylan Collins
25. Bradley Wilkie
26. Mark Risi
27. Evan Wylie
28. Dominic McLaughlin
Star Player
Edinburgh City White
Star Player for Edinburgh City has to be Cai MacDonald. He gave the East Kilbride left back a torrid time in the first half and could easily have had a couple of goals on another day.
For East Kilbride, the star player is Ross Smith. His manager's decision to him move from left back to striker was vital in EK getting the victory. He took his goal very well and pulled the strings for the Blues in the first half.
Magic Moment
Edinburgh City White
Dean Burgess' free kick was magnificent. To get the ball over the wall and into the far corner from close range was a fantastic piece of individual skill.
The full time celebrations for East Kilbride were clear for all to see. A thoroughly deserved victory and a place in the SYFA Cup Final is the magic moment for the Blues.
Club Views
Edinburgh City White
Edinburgh City would have hoped for a better performance on such a big occasion, however, the pitch did hamper their normal silky play and as a result they never reached their full potential.
East Kilbride, on the other hand, were worthy winners of the cup tie. Their defending throughout was admirable, as was the battling display by the midfield four. A similar performance in the final will give them a great chance of achieving Scottish Cup glory.
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