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Edinburgh City lift Development League Cup after hard fought win against Spartans FC

Spartans FC 0

Edinburgh City 2

Hall 33, Kay 72
  • Saturday, 01 April 2017
  • Ainslie Park
  • Under 20´s
  • SLFL League Cup

Tidy finishes from Nathan Kay and Callum Hall were enough to lead Edinburgh City to victory over Spartans FC in a game of few chances.

City were the first to threaten at Ainslie Park, when Kay made room for himself at the edge of the box and struck it on the half volley but was smartly denied by keeper Jordon Pettigrew in the 4th minute.

Hall was the next City forward to cause problems for the Spartans backline when the tricky winger managed to have a crack at goal in the 14th minute, but once again Pettigrew was there to collect.

Spartans got their first real chance of the game in the 21st minute when Ollie Hetherington was unlucky to have his close ranged shot blocked off the line after numerous scrappy clearances from the City defence failed to leave the box.

However, it was Edinburgh City who broke the deadlock in the final after Hall picked up a stray defensive pass out on the left wing and charged towards the goal before dispatching a powerful low-driven shot into the bottom corner, not giving Pettigrew a chance in the 33rd minute.

Spartans struggled to get in the flow for the remainder of the first half with City piling on the pressure, but unable to finish the half with a reward of a second goal.

  • Half Time:
  • Spartans FC
  • 1-0
  • Edinburgh City

Spartans came racing out the traps in the second half, desperate for an equaliser and a chance to lift the league cup. Hetherington had another shot blocked after picking up a dangerous threaded through pass from Aaron Singh in the 47th minute.

Dougie Crowe was the next to go for Spartans equaliser in the 51st minute after his strike from distance was well held by City keeper Fraser Morton.

After dealing with Spartan’s pressure rather comfortably, City managed to double their lead in the 72nd minute after a fantastic run down the left once again by Hall, beating two players and swinging in a delightful ball into the back post where target man Kay, calmly volleyed in at near distance.

Pettigrew pulled off a great save in the 88th minute to deny Kay his second of the match and City’s third of the afternoon in the dominant final from close range.

The final chance of the game fell to Spartan’s Murray Hand in the 91st minute, who’s curled shot was dealt with easily by Morton and concluded what was a brilliant final performance by Edinburgh City, who went on to the lift the trophy.

  • Full Time:
  • Spartans FC
  • 2-0
  • Edinburgh City

Lineups

Spartans FC
Edinburgh City
1. Jordan Pettigrew
2. Callum O'Neil
3. Gabriel Hill
4. Lewis Grant
5. Anthony Laing
6. Dougie Crowe
7. Murray Hand
8. Lewis Hall
9. Rowan Fife
10. Olle Hetherington
11. Aaron Singh
12. Michael Allan
14. Oran Hosey
15. Conrad Cinar
16. Danny Sutherland
17. Robbie Urquhart
1. Fraser Morton
2. Ryan Day
3. Kyle McClung
4. Jack Blaney
5. Matthew Shaw
6. Kieran Watson
7. Harry Pullar
8. Michael Batfoot
9. Nathan Donnelly Kay
10. Luke Kennedy
11. Callum Hall
12. Chris Jack
14. Frazer Paton
16. Callan White
17. Brandon Mullen
Star Player
Spartans FC
Edinburgh City
Aaron Singh - Showed real glimpses of magic down both wings, with his quick feet and tidy distribution. Spartans best outlook of attack throughout the final.
Callum Hall - A final to remember for the pacey left-winger. A well deserved goal in the first half after causing major problems for the Spartans defense, then creating a superb run down the wing and swinging in an inch perfect cross for the second goal.
Magic Moment
Spartans FC
Edinburgh City
Singh's turn in the first half was a thing of beauty, managing to take almost three defenders out of the game.
City's second goal. A dazzling run made by Hall down the left wing, which allowed him to put a fantastic cross in which was finished of sweetly by Kay. Great goal.
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